Advisor Award of Distinction

The Advisor Award of Distinction, awarded for the first time in 2017, recognizes exceptional commitment to advising a fraternity chapter, Interfraternity Council or fraternity/sorority community. Each recipient demonstrates dedication to guiding and mentoring the fraternity members with whom they work, and exemplifies the highest standards of character, leadership and interfraternalism both personally and professionally.

2018 honorees

Congratulations to the 2018 NIC Advisor Award of Distinction recipients!

Derek berger

Pi Kappa Phi, Ball state university

While Derek has been a long-time asset to the greater Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, his dedication to bettering the student experience both within Pi Kappa Phi and across the Ball State campus has been truly exceptional. Derek is an advisor who understands the complexity of navigating students through a decision-making process instead of simply offering solutions that present little opportunity for their personal or collective development. A large part of being a great advisor is being present and listening more than speaking; Derek is engaged at a level where he can provide coaching that challenges students to be thoughtful and intentional leaders, model the values of Pi Kappa Phi, and meet the high standards of being an award-winning chapter. Derek has been a wonderful asset to the Iota Chi Chapter and contributed to the chapter’s success, whether it be early-on in preparation for chartering or later building relationships with members and officers, helping them find future opportunities to thrive as young professionals. Derek has engaged with local area alumni and campus professionals to find and surround himself with other adults, appointing additional members to the chapter’s Council of Advisors. His exceptional performance as Chapter Advisor recently encouraged the Pi Kappa Phi national staff to enlist him for facilitating the training of newly appointed chapter advisors across the country at their Chapter Advisor Symposium.

jason dooley

sigma nu, kennesaw state university

Jason Dooley displays what it means to live one’s fraternal values in a representative and actionable manner that positively impacts those around him. His undeviating commitment to Sigma Nu has been colored with incredible stories of success from the chapters he works with, the students he mentors, and the individuals he interacts with in day to day life. His ability to transform delivered guidance into a surge of motivation has made him one of the most effective advisors Sigma Nu has to offer.

In 2004, Jason was appointed to a regional volunteer role as a Division Commander for the Fraternity; a role he continues to serve in today and has twice been recognized by the Sigma Nu Fraternity as Division Commander of the Year. In that role he assists seven chapters in the greater Atlanta area around recruitment, training, and maintenance of a Chapter Advisor and Alumni Advisory Board for each chapter; establishes/supports a regional alumni club in the area; assists with house corporation matters; establishes/supports alumni chapters; and serves as a faculty member for various training and education programs offered at local, regional and national fraternity events.

Jason has a special ability to engage students and help them connect concepts and skills from fraternity operations and leadership to life after school and into the workplace.

award criteria & nomination form

A potential Advisor Award of Distinction recipient is:

      • An individual (man or woman) who has shown exceptional commitment to guiding and mentoring a chapter, council or community.
      • Someone who exemplifies the highest standards of character, leadership and interfraternalism in both personal and professional pursuits.
      • Advising a fraternity chapter, Interfraternity Council or fraternity/sorority community.

To be considered, nomination must include:

        • Application
        • Fraternity OR institution endorsement
        • Supporting documentation

2017 advisor award of distinction recipients

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