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WKU FIJI chapter earns fraternity’s top award

WKU’s Chi Eta Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta has won its fraternity’s highest chapter award for the second time in three years.

WKU's Chi Eta Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta is the 2012-13 recipient of the Cheney Cup, the fraternity's most prestigious award.

WKU’s Chi Eta Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta is the 2012-13 recipient of the Cheney Cup, the fraternity’s most prestigious award.

The International Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta announced Friday that the Chi Eta Chapter is the 2012-13 recipient of the Cheney Cup. Phi Gamma Delta’s most prestigious award is presented annually to the chapter that exhibits the greatest all-around efficiency in scholarship, fraternity relationships and general collegiate activities. The chapter also won the Cheney Cup in 2010 and received honorable mention in 2011.

The chapter placed first in five of the six chapter awards it applied for and second in the final award.

“The Chi Eta Chapter’s recognition in Phi Gamma Delta’s awards program is unprecedented, particularly for a chapter that is just three years old, said Bill Martin, Executive Director of Phi Gamma Delta. “Their outstanding performance is a reflection of the quality of men they recruit, the support of dedicated graduate brother advisors, and the environment provided by Western Kentucky University.”

“The Cheney Cup is the highest honor that any chapter can receive in Phi Gamma Delta,” Chapter President Dylan Ward said. “The men in our chapter are extremely humbled to have won this coveted award for the second time in just our three years as a chapter.”

The Chi Eta Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta, also known as Fiji, arrived at WKU in the fall of 2008 and received its charter May 1, 2010.

The chapter won the Coon Plaque (best chapter publications) for the third-straight year and has placed in the Jordan Bowl (Achieving the highest scholarship among undergraduate chapters) each of the last three years, including this year’s first place.

In 2012, Chi Eta initiated 21 new brothers, donated more than $100,000 in philanthropy money, performed more than 5,000 service hours, and held the highest cumulative GPA among fraternities at WKU with a GPA of a 3.46.

Chi Eta has been active on WKU’s campus, with brothers holding leadership roles in a variety of campus organizations, including Spirit Masters, the Honors Toppers, the College Heights Herald, and multiple campus ministries.

In the past year, its members have raised more than $60,000 to support the Alzheimer’s Association through the Bike4Alz bike ride and Chi Eta’s inaugural Purple Run. They raised an additional $40,000 to install water purification systems in Haiti through Water4Life, and finally another $2,500 for the Bowling Green Independent School Systems through the Bowling Green Spring Luau.

Chi Eta also partnered with Operation Blessing over WKU’s Fall Break to perform service work in areas of Baton Rouge, La., that was affected by Hurricane Isaac.

“While we are truly honored to receive these recognitions, our Brothers desire more than just awards, they desire to better themselves, their campus, their community, and ultimately the world,” Ward said.

Chapter advisors Dr. Ray Blankenship and Bob Anderegg and current Chapter President Dylan Ward were all honored with individual awards.

Ward received an Honorable Mention for the Wilkinson Award, recognizing the most outstanding graduating senior. During his time on campus, he served as chapter president and treasurer, Spirit Master and Ogden College Ambassador.

Blankenship, who received first place in Crowder Cup (outstanding faculty advisor), serves as Associate Professor in the Computer Information Systems program at WKU. He also received first place in 2010 and second place in 2011.

Anderegg, who received first place in Coulter Cup (graduate brother with greatest contribution to chapter other than Purple Legionnaire), has served the Chi Eta chapter in several graduate capacities including primary advisor and house corporation president.

“These advisor awards are a testament to the graduate support that our Chapter receives,” Ward said. “Without strong graduate support, we would never have made it this far. They truly exemplify our motto, ‘Not For College Days Alone’.

“We are also very grateful for 2012 Chapter President Nick Burnett, 2012 Primary Advisor Jeff Baynham, and 2012 Cups and Awards Chair Brian Campbell, for their help in realizing these successes,” he added.

The chapter will be recognized for their awards in January at the annual Fiji Academy in St. Louis.

Chi Eta won or placed in the following chapter awards:

  • 1st, Cheney Cup – Greatest all-around chapter
  • 1st, Coon Plaque – Best chapter publication
  • 1st, Zerman Trophy – Promoting the involvement of brothers in student government, the campus newspaper and extracurricular activities
  • 1st, Baker Cup – Focusing on religious, ethical and social service activities
  • 2nd, Brightman Trophy – Maintaining and improving relations between the chapter and graduates
  • 1st, Jordan Bowl – Achieving the highest scholarship among undergraduate chapters

Representatives of Chi Eta also received these individual awards:

  • 1st, Crowder Cup – Outstanding faculty advisor, Ray Blankenship
  • 1st, Coulter Cup – Graduate brother with greatest contributions to chapter (other than Purple Legionnaire), Bob Anderegg
  • Honorable Mention, Wilkinson Award – Outstanding Graduating Senior, Dylan Ward

For information about Phi Gamma Delta and the Chi Eta chapter, visit www.wkufiji.com.

Contact: Dylan Ward, (270) 256-3469 or dylan.ward829@topper.wku.edu

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