June 24, 2010: Tallahassee, Fla.—The tradition of excellence at Beta Iota chapter at Florida State continued through the 2009-10 academic year when the group was recognized as the IFC Fraternity of the Year for 2009. This is the fourth time the chapter has received the honor in the last five years.

The award is based on scholarship, leadership, community service and philanthropy, risk management, campus involvement, greek excellence, and brotherhood. Each contender must submit a lengthy award packet, which Florida State IFC Executive Vice President and SEIFC Area II Vice President David Ward, Florida State ’08, said his chapter worked on for several months.

“Our chapter took a proactive role in improving our weaknesses as a group and continuing the great work we had been doing for the last few years,” he said. “We believe that we are achieving success every day, through pursuing right action always and bettering the name of Beta Iota.”

Ward said he and his brothers took a true team approach to the chapter this year.

“We really focused on being a ‘whole’ chapter … making sure that ALL of our brothers grew into the most well-rounded Phi Tau men we could be,” he said. “We achieved this through regular study hours and concentrated philanthropy efforts throughout the year, which helped to balance the social obligations that accompany any fraternity.”

The study hours paid off. The group also improved its scholastic report from fall 2009 to spring 2010. Out of 23 IFC fraternities, Beta Iota chapter finished fifth in new member GPA, improving more than 0.3 from the fall semester; fourth in active member GPA, improving 0.035; and fourth in overall GPA, improving nearly 0.2 and moving from tenth place.

“I am proud of the successes the chapter continues to achieve,” said BOG Chairman Ricky Bailey, Florida State ’03. “I’m in awe over the vast improvement in just one semester and hope they continue to hold each other accountable for their own successes. They understand their responsibility to continue to be a model chapter in all aspects, regardless of size.”

Ward said the chapter’s success is a source of pride.

“I love the fact that our chapter came together and truly lived our national creed,” he said. “We really are building men of character at Beta Iota chapter. We’ve continued the success laid down by our brothers before us and we intend to continue making them proud year in and year out.”

The group has numerous goals for the future, including building a chapter house, winning Phi Kappa Tau’s Maxwell Award, and continuing its success through service to the campus and community.

The men wish to thank the chapter’s leaders who have influenced the group’s success and leadership over the last decade.