A review of Chapter News from Across the Country Submitted to the Laurel by chapters themselves. 


Delta Chapter at Centre had its president Dexter Horne ’13 named homcoming king. He is the second member of the chapter to be so honored in the past three years.


Kappa chapter at Kentucky participtated in the annual fundraising event, Dance Blue, which raises money for the local Children’s Hospital in Lexington, Ky. During a 24-hour period, participants joined in many different events. Donations are made throughout the year for the individual teams. This year, the fundraiser raised 1.6 million dollars.

Rho chapter at Rensselaer received two honors in the spring: the Barker Cup (intermural champion) and a “Five Star” rating as a chapter—the highest rating for a fraternity on campus.

Upsilon chapter at Nebraska Wesleyan held a SeriousFun-a-Thon. The day was filled with new activities at the top of each hour, such as sand volleyball and water balloon wars. The chapter was able to raise more than $10,000 from the event.


Alpha Eta chapter at Florida had two members travel to Moscow, Russia. Brian Spychalski ’14 and Kevin Kling ’12 paused for a minute in front of St. Basil’s Cathedral in the Red Square to show their Phi Tau pride.

Alpha Lambda chapter at Auburn partnered with Kappa Sigma Fraternity to host an event benefitting the Lee County Humane Society. Students were allowed to play with puppies from the Humane Society. The service provided by this organization cares for community animals and raises advocacy for proper animal care and treatment.

Alpha Tau chapter at Cornell was named an outstanding chapter for the sixth consecutive year by the University. Chapter members also received two additional awards: Javi Ortiz ’12  was named outstanding chapter officer and Christopher Cox ’15 was named outstanding new member.

Alpha Phi chapter at Akron held a golf scramble which raised $10,000 for SeriousFun Children’s Network.


Alpha Omega Chapter at Baldwin Wallace served hot dogs and nachos alongside the USO for the Cleveland National Air Show on Labor Day weekend. Despite the weather, brothers grouped together, manned the grill, reeled in customers and sent out food with a smile, working alongside servicemen and longtime USO volunteers.

Beta Alpha chapter at Texas hosted the Six String, a live music concert, in true Austin style. Students and guests from the public came together in the storied Dallas Nightclub to listen to Whiskey Myers perform. Guests that didn’t feel like dancing were able to test their skills on the mechanical bull or participate in a silent auction. Six String raised $7,000 for the SeriousFun Children’s Network.

Beta Lambda chapter at Indiana completed recruitment and associated its largest class in three years with 14 members. Chapter officers and alumni also created a housing corporation and started fundraising for a house.


Beta Epsilon chapter at Southern Mississippi decorated the “little rock” on campus to show support for the Golden Eagles football team.

Beta Omicron chapter at Maryland hosted their annual “PKToberfest” philanthropy event. For the event, the chapter partnered with the campus women’s volleyball team to host a 5v5 bracket style volleyball tournament. The event raised $2,300 for SeriousFun.


Beta Omega chapter at Chico hosted an alumni reunion at the newly renovated Beta Omega house.

Gamma Alpha chapter at Michigan Tech hosted a winter carnival with the theme of “Hawaiian lava flow out of Michigan artic snow.” The chapter also ranked first in academics on campus.


Gamma Tau chapter at Old Dominion created a Phi Tau inspired chariot for the campus homecoming parade.


Epsilon Gamma chapter at College of New Jersey recently volunteered at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.

Epsilon Theta chapter at San Francisco State celebrated their 25th anniversary. This weekend long celebration welcomed more than 40 alumni. The culminating activity was the initiation of the spring 15 associate member class.

Zeta Gamma chapter at San Jose introduced the Serious Fun Club to campus. The goal of this club is to raise awareness and funds for the SeriousFun Children’s Network. Club members also volunteer at a SeriousFun camp. The club and chapter have set a goal to raise $2,000 and send a member to every domestic camp before the end of 2016.

Zeta Epsilon chapter at Lynchburg was named the 2014-15 campus fraternity of the year. This award is quite the distinction and is given to the fraternity that best embodies the values of Lynchburg’s campus.

Zeta Theta chapter at North Texas partnered with alumnus Matt Parker, Evansville ’93, and his foundation the Parker Foundation for Health and Happiness. Together more than $10,000 was raised for SeriousFun Children’s Network. The North Texas community honored the chapter with the True Gentlemen Award and their chartering president Kannon Callis ’15, was honored with the Standards of Excellence Award.

Zeta Kappa chapter at Kenyon held its first SeriousFun-a-Thon event. The chapter formatted SeriousFun-a-Thon as an unstructured afternoon of camp activities, including cabbageball, capture the flag and slime time. During slime time, the dean of students and campus sorority presidents were slimed. Surpassing their goal, Zeta Kappa was able to donate $2,361 to SeriousFun.

Zeta Lambda chapter at Middle Tennessee State recently chartered. With recruitment in the books, it is proud to welcome 21 new associates. The Zeta Lambda chapter is now working rigorously to build long term relationships with other student organizations on campus.