CSU’s Kappa Sigma Fraternity Garners 15 National Awards

COLUMBUS, Ga. --- Columbus State University’s Kappa Sigma fraternity chapter hauled in a load of national awards during its chapter’s annual leadership conference in Nevada last month.

The Xi-Iota Chapter competed against 318 Kappa Sigma chapters throughout the United States and Canada. For the fifth year in a row, Columbus State University’s chapter won the Founders Award for Chapter Excellence, given this year to only 36 chapters at the conference.

The 15 total recognitions have been noticed on campus and at the fraternity’s national headquarters.

“The Xi-Iota Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity has been synonymous with excellence across the international order,” said Dan Murdzia, deputy commissioner for awards at Kappa Sigma’s national office. “These men are leaders in the fraternity and one of the brightest jewels in Kappa Sigma.”

Britney Kelley, CSU’s student development specialist for Greek life and student leadership was also impressed. “I am always so proud when any of the chapters of the CSU Greek community receive national recognition,” she said. “Each of our 18 chapters devote so much time to living their organizations' missions and values, and that definitely deserves recognition. The Xi-Iota Chapter of Kappa Sigma continues to set a tremendous example of what it means to be a CSU Greek.”

Other awards the fraternity earned:

The Silver Bowl - for maintaining a GPA above the all-male GPA at their school for three consecutive years (only 18 were presented)
2013 Outstanding President - Kyle Williams (43 plaques were presented)
2013 Outstanding Vice President - Chris Grier (30 certificates were presented)
2013 Outstanding Ritualist - Garrett Hill (35 certificates were presented)
2013 Outstanding Treasurer - Frank Valdera (25 certificates were presented)
2013 Outstanding Secretary - Kendall Talley (24 certificates were presented)
Outstanding Communications Program Award - for excellence in communication with the university and community (only 18 plaques presented)
Greater Cause Award - for excellence in philanthropy work throughout campus and the community (only 10 plaques were presented)
Outstanding Single Community Service Award - “Shave to Save” Event. Xi Iota has raised a total of $61,000 toward breast cancer awareness over the past eight years. (only 18 certificates were presented)
Outstanding Intramural Achievement Award - for excelling in sports on campus (5 certificates were presented)
10% Ritual Proficient Chapter Award - Xi-Iota has won this award 9 years in a row. (46 certificates were presented)
Outstanding Alumnus Advisor Award - Torrey Wiley


“I’m so proud of this group of men and our chapter,” said Wiley, a 1997 CSU graduate. “We almost had to pay an extra $25 on our luggage on the way back from Las Vegas, because we won so much hardware from the conference!”

[caption id="attachment_5175" align="aligncenter" width="640"](L-R) CSU’s Kappa Sigma Fraternity members Andrew Kessler, Garrett Hill and Grant Carter display their certificates and plaques from Kappa Sigma’s annual leadership conference in Nevada last month. The Xi-Iota Chapter took home 15 national awards, including the Founders Award for Chapter Excellence. (L-R) CSU’s Kappa Sigma Fraternity members Andrew Kessler, Garrett Hill and Grant Carter display their certificates and plaques from Kappa Sigma’s annual leadership conference in Nevada last month. The Xi-Iota Chapter took home 15 national awards, including the Founders Award for Chapter Excellence.[/caption]

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