May 19, 2010: Oxford, Ohio—Phi Kappa Tau received two awards at the Fraternity Communications Association annual awards competition May 7, 2010, in New Orleans—second place in the Human Interest Article (long) category and third place in the Annual Report category. “The Long Wait” written by Ed Washington, Lafayette ’09, on pages 12-15 of the Fall 2009 Laurel was recognized in the Writing category, and the 2008 Annual Report (“Connecting Links”) was recognized in the Annual Report category.

FCA is composed of fraternities and sororities, affiliates, and associate members, and was the first interfraternity organization. The association strives to assist members with education, networking and recognition in the Greek community. Originally, FCA was primarily made up of editors who worked with their group’s magazine, but today the group embraces all forms of written and verbal communication, including public relations, video projects, annual reports and websites.

The FCA annual awards competition, held at the end of this year’s annual conference May 5-7, honors an organization’s hard work in three categories—Magazine, Communication and Distinction.

“The thrill for me was having the article selected for submission into the competition,” Washington said after hearing of his story’s award. “Placing second was a great honor, but I would have felt the same way about third or fourth.”

The next issue of The Laurel is scheduled to drop this summer. The Annual Report was recently published. Questions about the magazine or report can be sent to laurel_editor@phikappatau.org.

To read Washington’s article, view the digital Laurel. To read the 2008 Annual Report, view the digital version.