GREENVILLE, Pa.—The Thiel College chapter of Kappa Sigma capped off its most successful two-year period by collecting 16 awards during the fraternity’s 71st Biennial Grand Conclave recently.
Current students and alumni represented Thiel College—a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania—along with about 320 other chapters and colonies of Kappa Sigma Fraternity in Las Vegas in mid-July. The Thiel College chapter was recognized with 15 awards for the undergraduate chapter and its chapter officers and alumni for the 2016-17 academic year.
The most prestigious of these awards was the Founder’s Circle Award, which is the highest award given to Kappa Sigma chapters. It recognizes the “best of the best” at the undergraduate chapter level. Founders’ Circle winners excel in the areas of fellowship, leadership, scholarship and service. Less than 10 percent of Kappa Sigma’s 298 chapters receive this award each year.
Kappa Sigma hosts several fundraising and military recognition events annually. The fraternity raises money for the Military Heroes campaign with its annual 72-hour See-Saw-A-Thon and a week of military-themed events each spring, which includes a 21-gun salute, community service projects at the Greenville American Legion, and military memorabilia displays.
The complete list of awards:
Kappa Sigma Founders Circle Award
Kappa Sigma Founders Award of Chapter Excellence
Kappa Sigma Champion Chapter Award
Silver Bowl Award for Academic Achievement
Outstanding Single Community Service Event
Chapter Academic Excellence Award, Fall 2016
Chapter Academic Excellence Award, Spring 2016
Undergraduate Officer Awards
Outstanding Grand Procurator Award; Evan Youker ’18
Outstanding Grand Scribe Award; Jason Takacs ’18
Outstanding Grand Treasurer Award; Austin Hall ’17
Star & Crescent Society; Tyler VanDyke ’19
Alumni Awards and Milestone Recognitions
Distinguished Service Commendation, Kappa Sigma Fraternity McCormick’s Circle and Gold Circle Club; Patrick Corr ’01
Outstanding District Grand Master; Jonathan Marcinko ’11
Outstanding First Year Alumnus Volunteer; Sean Oros ’16
10 years of Volunteer Service; Anthony Cancro ’07
5 Years of Volunteer Service, Joel Bussard ’09
About Thiel College
Thiel College is a private liberal arts institution founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 25 varsity sports, and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio to more than 900 students. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation as it celebrates 150 years.