PKT Epsilon Chapter Honored at National Convention

July 08, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio— At the 61st National Convention in Washington D.C., Mount Union’s Epsilon chapter of Phi Kappa Tau was presented with six awards including the Maxwell Trophy, which is awarded to the most outstanding chapter nationwide.

The Epsilon chapter presented along with the chapters named to the Founders Four. Their award-winning presentation elaborated on the prompt, focusing on the fraternity’s tagline of “Learning. Leading. Serving.”

“The men of Epsilon focus on learning academically and experientially,” said chapter president Greg Koman, senior public relations major of Painesville, OH. “We believe that fraternity life is co-curricular and enhances what is learned in the classroom.”

The chapter demonstrates leadership by attending the National Convention for the fourth consecutive year to compete again for the Maxwell Trophy, which they have not been able to win in previous years.

"We wanted to focus on more than just winning the trophy- we wanted to be deserving of the award,” said Koman. As a result, our actions were adjusted in 2013 so that we provided a quality experience to our members, one that ultimately won us the Maxwell trophy.”

As for community service, the chapter has gone above and beyond the minimum requirements.

“We complete community service, not because we have to, but because we want to,” said Koman. We want to make a positive impact in the world, on individual levels, on campus and in the community.”

The chapter also received other awards including the Academic Excellence Award, the Community Service Award, the Philanthropy Award and the Recruitment Pacesetter Award. These awards were given to chapters exceeding an average of 20 hours of community service per man, and raising more than $2,000 for philanthropic causes. Epsilon achieved an average of more than 85 community service hours per man and raised $12,380 to be donated to charities including Phi Kappa Tau’s national philanthropy, the SeriousFun Children’s Network.

In addition to chapter awards, Koman received the Jack L. Anson Undergraduate Award for an outstanding contribution to the university IFC, and the Dwight I. Douglass President’s Award for outstanding chapter president. Kate Carnell, director of student involvement and leadership at the University of Mount Union, received the Outstanding Greek Advisor Award.

Along with awards, Koman and Charley Gates, junior public relations and marketing major of Tallmadge, OH, were elected as two of the newest members to the Phi Kappa Tau Undergraduate Advisory Board, (UAB). The UAB serves the fraternity as the liaison between undergraduates and the National Council. Gates and Koman are now two of the 10 members on this board.

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