Mount Union's Phi Kappa Tau Chapter Named Most Outstanding Chapter In Nation
July 25, 2017
OXFORD, Ohio – On Saturday, July 15, the Epsilon chapter of Phi Kappa Tau at the University of Mount Union, received the Roland Maxwell Trophy naming them the most outstanding Phi Kappa Tau chapter in the nation.
Members Tyler Longstreth ‘18, Brandon Lucas ‘18, Kyle Shepard ’18 and Mike Sovak ‘18, traveled to Oxford, Ohio for Phi Kappa Tau’s biannual Conclave and to present for the award. Mount Union’s chapter was competing with Case Western Reserve University, the University of Louisville and Nebraska Wesleyan University. All four schools had to present on, “How does your chapter develop men of character into men of distinction?” the fraternity’s new tagline.
Throughout the week, the chapter and its member received a variety of awards. Advisor Drew Canavan ‘00 received the Dr. Edgar Ewing Brandon Award, Wil Luca ‘20 received the Most Outstanding New Member Award, Lucas received the Clinton D. Boyd Award for most outstanding vice president of alumni relations and the John Franklin S. McMullan Scholarship, Cody Rohaley ’18 received the John M. Green Interfraternalism Award and the chapter received the Roland Maxwell Trophy.
“Being given the opportunity to present for the Maxwell award is something I will not soon forget,” Shepard said. “When our chapter’s name was announced at the brotherhood banquet, the four of us were all stuck with mixed emotions, but the common one between us was pride. It was an unbelievable accomplishment for a group of men who I know are beyond deserving. The chapter truly allows its brothers to maximize their potential to be the best men they can be. That’s pretty groovy.”
The final four chapters are selected through a rigorous evaluation process that includes a written application, responses to questions from the awards committee, philanthropic and community service endeavors, grade-point average and member recruitment and retention throughout the calendar year at hand.
The Epsilon chapter also earned the Roland Maxwell Trophy in 2014. Mount Union is now the 11th institution nationwide to win the Maxwell Award multiple times since it began in 1961.