Awards and Recognitions of Chi Phi Fraternity

Each spring Chi Phi posts awards application packets to its website for Chapters and Colonies to access. Applications are reviewed and awards are presented at Congress. The award recipients for the 2013-14 school year are listed below each description.

THE THOMAS A. GEHRING CHAPTER EXCELLENCE AWARDS
The Congress of 1980 authorized the awarding of the Thomas A. Gehring Chapter Excellence Awards as a tribute to the late Dr. Thomas A. Gehring, Iota Delta 1960, a former Grand Council Officer. Each year these awards are presented to Chi Phi’s most outstanding and most improved Chapters based on the Fraternity’s Standards for Chapter Excellence. Long term planning, goal setting, and unwavering standards are at the core of any Gehring Chapter. 

  • Lambda, University of California at Berkeley 
  • Omega, Georgia Institute of Technology – Most Improved 
  • Phi Lambda Theta, Bucknell University 
  • Eta Theta, University of Maryland 

E. BATES BLOCK CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT AWARDS
This award is presented annually to the Chapter that has demonstrated the best participation, visibility, and involvement in the leadership of extracurricular activities, student functions, and interrelated programs that promote good will and strengthen their respective college or university.

  • Omega, Georgia Institute of Technology 

PHILANTHROPIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 
Awarded annually, this award recognizes the Chapter who has made great strides in philanthropic service.

  • Phi Lambda Theta, Bucknell University 

OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIC SERVICE AWARD 
Awarded annually, this award recognizes the Chapter who has made great strides in community service.

  • Nu Delta Chapter, Florida State University 

OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS AWARD 
Awarded annually, this award recognizes the Chapter who has made great strides in community service to the Boys and Girls Club of America.

  • Zeta Theta, State University of New York at Oneonta

OUTSTANDING RISK MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AWARD
The Award for Outstanding Risk Management Practices was established by the 140th Congress of the Fraternity to recognize those Chi Phi Chapters which demonstrate excellence in overall risk management programming and practices.

  • Omega, Georgia Institute of Technology

OUTSTANDING ALUMNI NEWSLETTER AWARD 
This award is given annually to no more than three Chapters based upon the following criteria: (1) at least two newsletters published annually; (2) content timely and appropriate; (3) positive alumni response to the newsletter; and (4) quality organization, accuracy, and arrangement.

  • Xi Delta – Florida Institute of Technology 

OUTSTANDING WEBSITE AWARD
This award is given annually to the Chapter with the best website.

  • Omega, Georgia Institute of Technology 

OUTSTANDING NEW MEMBER EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM 

  • New award for 2014-15

OUTSTANDING TOTAL MEMBERSHIP EDUCATION PROGRAM

  • New award for 2014-15

HIGHEST GPA AWARD
This award is given annually to the Chapter with this highest GPA.

  • Beta – Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

ACCREDITED WITH DISTINCTION FOR BOTH SEMESTERS
This award is given to Chapters who achieve Accredited with Distinction status both semesters during the preceding academic year.

  • Phi Lambda Theta, Bucknell University 
  • Lambda, University of California at Berkeley 
  • Alpha Delta Colony, Pennsylvania State University 

SPARKS MEMORIAL MEDAL 
Sparks Memorial Medals were first awarded in 1925, in honor of Edwin Erie Sparks, Alpha-Chi 1884. This award is given to the man in each Chapter who has attained the highest scholastic standing for that year.

CARL J. GLADFELTER LEADERSHIP AWARD
Named for Carl J. Gladfelter, Alpha-Tau 1933, a former Grand Alpha, this award recognizes graduating Chi Phi Brothers who have exemplified themselves in leadership and service to their Chapter and to the Fraternity.

  • Steven Howard, Omega 2014

 WILLIAM D. PARR CHAPTER ZETA AWARD
This award is granted annually in honor of Brother William D. Parr. It is presented to the Chapter Zeta who most successfully documents his Chapter’s history for the academic year for use in future Chronicles of Chi Phi editions. 

  • Richard P. Shearer, Eta Theta 2016 

BEN WAYNE GREIG JR. OUTSTANDING SCHOLASTIC CHAIRMAN AWARD
This award is granted annually in honor of Ben Wayne Greig, Jr. It is presented to the Scholarship Chairman who most successfully contributes to academic endeavors to his Chapter in an academic year.

  • Benjamin J. Shapiro, Eta Theta 2016 

CHI PHI AWARD FOR ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE
This award was created by the 137th Chi Phi Congress and is presented to Chi Phi members who have exemplified themselves in athletics.

  • Robert L. Cookson III, Omega 2016 

AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING RECRUITMENT
Awarded annually and authorized by the 143rd Chi Phi Congress, these awards recognize Chapters who excel in recruitment.

  • Gamma Colony, Emory University- Outstanding Chapter Recruitment
  • Iota Theta Chapter, Schreiner University– Most Improved Chapter Recruitment

THE WILLIAM M. BYRD ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award, named for Brother William M. Byrd, Nu 1953, a former Grand Zeta and Trustee, is presented each year to the Chi Phi Alumnus who has best distinguished himself in activities and service on behalf of the Fraternity.

  • Matt D. Sheller, Psi

CHAPTER ADVISOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
Awarded annually, this award recognizes the top Chapter Advisors of all Chapters within the Fraternity. Nominations come from the Chapters themselves.  

  • James C. Davis, Omega 1972

CAMPUS ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Campus Administrator of the Year recognizes those university administrators who go above and beyond their required service to aid and develop Chi Phi Chapters.

  • Matthew R. Ferguson, Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, The University of Virginia 

CHI PHI CLUB OF THE YEAR AWARD
Also in its inaugural year, this award recognizes the Chi Phi Club that has done an outstanding job of promoting inter-Chapter Brotherhood, developing regional networks, providing benefits of membership to Chi Phi alumni, and promoting the mission of Chi Phi Fraternity.

  • National Capital Chi Phi Club, Washington D.C. 

CHI PHI FRATERNITY – DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
This annual award recognizes Chi Phi Brothers who have demonstrated an extraordinary level of service to the Fraternity in terms of numbers of years and throughout the previous year. 

  • Matthew T. Apesos, Pi Delta 2003, Mu 2005
  • John P. Christian, Lambda 1980 (two years in a row, a Chi Phi first!)
  • David Ebner, Delta Zeta 2008