Phi Mu Delta Named Chapter of Distinction
Published on April 29, 2013
Susquehanna’s chapter of Phi Mu Delta received the 2013 Chapter Award of Distinction from the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), a trade association representing 75 international and national men’s fraternities. The Mu Alpha Chapter was one of only five fraternity chapters in North America to be selected for the award.
The Chapter Award of Distinction recognizes highly functioning undergraduate fraternities that work in compliance with NIC standards, seek to educate others about the benefits of a values-based fraternity experience, and work to maintain a healthy relationship with their international and national organizations. Senior fraternity members Ethan Sentz, a mathematics and secondary education major, and Teague Emery, a business administration major, along with Joe Thompson, Susquehanna’s Greek life adviser, accepted the award on April 14 at the NIC Annual Meeting in St. Louis. (Sentz and Emery are pictured in the photo at right.)
The Mu Alpha Chapter was recolonized at Susquehanna University in 2007. Since then, the chapter has become a leader among the university’s Greek organizations. Advised by Associate Professor of Political Science Michele DeMary, the chapter currently consists of 66 men demonstrating a commitment to academic excellence and service. Its members achieve an average GPA of 3.38.
Last fall, two Phi Mu Delta brothers helped launch Up ’Til Dawn on Susquehanna’s campus, raising more than $16,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Locally, the fraternity does service projects at Grayson View senior living community and Ashburn’s Animals on a Mission, both located in Selinsgrove, and Mostly Mutts in Sunbury, Pa.
“They are men who challenge not only themselves, but all of Phi Mu Delta and their campus community to live a life of high values and excellence,” said Thomas Murphy, executive director of the National Fraternity of Phi Mu Delta and a 1994 graduate of Susquehanna University.
Emery said he and his brothers strive for academic excellence, community development and service to others. “The chapter provides the opportunity for individuals to be surrounded by like-minded people and practice inclusive leadership. We aim to uphold the image of ‘gentlemen’ who support and encourage each other for the betterment of the community and oneself,” Emery said.
Phi Mu Delta was founded in 1918 on the principles of democracy, brotherhood and service. It was the first national fraternity to accept men regardless of their race or religious affiliation. A chapter was originally established on the campus of Susquehanna University in 1924.