SIGMA CHI RECIEVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 17:09
Gamma Tau, the NDSU Sigma Chi chapter has been striving over the past few years to improve itself in all facets. This year marks the year when they have finally been recognized for those efforts.
The organization was given the Peterson Significant Chapter Award—the highest honor that the international fraternity presents to an undergraduate chapter.
For President Matt Nohr, it was a long time coming.
“They give it to excellent chapters,” Nohr said. “For our chapter, we’ve been really growing in the past couple years. The Peterson to us is really a way of showing that progress and improvement from where we’ve come a couple years ago.”
The last time the NDSU Sigma Chi chapter was honored with the award was 1999, a time when Bill Clinton was still president, “Ice Ice Baby” was on every radio station, and most of Sigma Chi’s current members were just entering school.
The Peterson Significant Chapter Award is proof that the NDSU Sigma Chi group has rallied and built its resume, said Vice President John Anderson.
“It was very important to us and our alumni as well,” Anderson said. “All of a sudden they see us receiving this award, and they know we’re changing directions and just getting everything better internally and externally as well.”
Nohr also elaborated on the significance the award holds, especially as motivation and reassurance of their current path.
“For us, it tells us that we’re headed on the right track,” Nohr said. “It’s really motivating for us, because we know that everything we’re doing is moving us forward. It’s good encouragement for our members moving forward.”
Anderson noted what the accolade—given to chapters who score 90 percent or higher on their annual report—truly means for the NDSU chapter moving forward. He said receiving more attention, particularly from potential members, plays a key role for Sigma Chi.
By gaining a bigger spotlight, the fraternity may have an easier time of furthering its recruitment as well expanding organization activities.
“On campus, it helps with recruitment,” Anderson said. “People understand that we’re headed in the right direction for our chapter. I can say ‘great’ many times, but it’s hard to put an actual definition to it. It’s kind of overwhelming.”
Nohr and Anderson both maintained how important it was for their chapter that they continue this path of progress. Their goal is to win the award once again next year, as well as achieve further accomplishments in the times ahead.
“We’re just really excited,” Nohr said. “It was a fantastic award for us to get.”