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Chapter Award of Distinction

Chapter Award of Distinction The Chapter Award of Distinction recognizes exceptional collegiate fraternity chapters demonstrating excellence in operations, involvement in their larger interfraternal community and a commitment to a positive fraternity experience. Award criteria & nomination form A potential Chapter Award of Distinction recipient is: A highly-functioning chapter in compliance with NIC standards and that maintains a healthy relationship with its inter/national organization. A chapter that exemplifies and seeks to educate others about a values-based fraternity experience. Making measurable impact on the wellbeing of chapter members, the community and/or its campus. To be considered, nomination must include: Application Fraternity endorsement Institution endorsement Supporting documentation Submit a Chapter Award of Distinction Nomination 2017 Chapter award of distinction recipients Alpha Tau Omega Kappa Beta Chapter, Troy University Kappa Beta Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2016, and topped off the milestone by being named ATO’s Top Chapter of the year. Scholarship, member accountability, campus and community support, leadership development programming and an effective, fun brotherhood make this chapter ATO’s best and an outstanding representative of fraternity. “These brothers of ATO are excelling in all facets of community, campus and Greek life,” wrote a campus nominator. “Troy University stresses a high moral code of behavior called the Trojan Way, which accentuates respect for others, thoughtful speech, appropriate dress, responsible behavior and adherence to policies. The men of Kappa...

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Undergraduate Award of Distinction

Undergraduate Award of Distinction The Undergraduate Award of Distinction recognizes fraternity men who have found in their experience an outlet for developing as both a leader and a better man. award criteria & nomination form A potential Undergraduate Award of Distinction recipient is: An individual who strives to embody the values of his fraternity and expects the same from those with whom he associates. Currently enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student or graduated in the 2017 calendar year. Someone who exhibits high personal standards, academic achievement and a commitment to positive change in the chapter/campus/community. Someone who values and demonstrates campus and fraternity community involvement and participates in community service. To be considered, nomination must include: Application Fraternity endorsement Institution endorsement Supporting documentation Submit an Undergraduate Award of Distinction Nomination 2017 Undergraduate award of distinction recipients nick depeel Phi Mu Delta Ohio Northern University Nick DePeel is a re-founding member of Phi Mu Delta’s Mu Beta Chapter at Ohio Northern University. He later became President of the chapter and led the group to be recognized as the top Greek organization on campus, receiving 70 percent of awards within the fraternity and sorority community in 2016. For this work, he was also recognized by Phi Mu Delta as President of the Year at the organization’s 2016 National Conclave. “As one of the most strategic and driven members of our fraternity,...

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NIC Awards & Recognition

AWARDS OF DISTINCTION NIC Awards & Recognition Each year the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) recognizes excellence in the fraternal experience by conferring awards to individuals and groups who exemplify leadership, service and fraternal values. The NIC Awards of Distinction, including the Gold and Silver Medals and Laurel Wreath Award, play a significant role in advancement of the NIC mission and vision, as well as the industry as a whole. Recognizing the value and impact of individual and group efforts on college/university campuses and within fraternal organizations conveys the importance of innovation, courage and commitment to a positive fraternal experience.  Nomination Process The 2018 Awards of Distinction nomination process is now open! See below for the awards timeline, descriptions and links to nomination applications. March 5: The NIC puts out a call for nominations for the Awards of Distinction categories and the NIC Gold Medal, Silver Medal and Laurel Wreath Awards. Nomination forms are available electronically on the NIC website, and information is widely disseminated to member fraternities and campuses. Anyone can nominate an individual or organization for the awards. April 13: Award nominations due Late May: The NIC notifies honorees and makes announcements on our website, as well as via email and social media. Summer and fall: NIC representatives present awards to the winners in their local communities through public ceremonies on their campuses or at inter/fraternal events and programs. Please direct...

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Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act

Did you know room and board costs outweigh tuition costs at most public universities? CHIA would mean more not-for-profit student housing would be built, improved and maintained, saving future undergraduates potential student loan costs. Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act What is the problem? A discrepancy in the tax code prevents not-for-profit entities from being able to use tax-deductible charitable contributions to build, maintain and improve student housing. Fraternities often lack the financial ability to build new structures and make critical safety improvements to existing facilities. Because of this issue, fraternity members often live in sub-standard housing. Fraternities are losing capacity given that they cannot make the improvements we need to ensure a safe living environment for students. Alumni and donors want to contribute to improve fraternity housing to positively impact member living and learning experience, but are unable to make tax-deductible donations under the current code. What is the solution? The Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (CHIA) (H.R. 1200/S. 736) CHIA eliminates an arbitrary distinction in the current tax code that allows colleges and universities to use charitable contributions to build and maintain student housing but prevents other not-for-profit student housing entities from doing the same. CHIA would result in all not-for-profit housing being treated the same under the law. The text of the bill simply states that a 501(c)(3) organization will not lose its tax-exempt status solely because...

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Government Relations

Effective advocacy programs that strengthen partnerships with higher education along with governmental and legal affairs. Government Relations A solid government relations strategy is so central to the success of fraternities, it is one of the core five priorities (above) of the NIC 2.0 reform. Such advocacy has been critical in our past and it will be in our future. The very existence of fraternities as men’s organizations is enabled by an exemption to Title IX, legislation that NIC Executive Vice President Jack Anson and his interfraternal colleagues lobbied President Gerald Ford for in the mid-1970s. This hallmark example of legislative involvement might seem historical, yet, the value of single-gender organizations is still questioned today. The NIC employs a government relations strategy because advocating for the fraternal experience and the rights and benefits of its members is critical. Let’s dive deeper into the NIC 2.0 priority establishing a government relations program. Effective advocacy programs… The North-American Interfraternity Conference has developed a government relations strategy around three key questions: What are we trying to achieve? How can we foster ownership of the effort? How can we align all constituents around the strategy? The NIC’s answer includes coordination and collaboration within three distinct areas: Relationships Legislative Priorities Education …That strengthen partnerships… The NIC is dedicated to building strong relationships with interfraternal and higher education partners based on transparency, inclusion and respect. Moving...

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