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Loyola Fraternity Wins National Award for Excellence

Loyola press release - August 26, 2005

Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity awarded the Buchanan Cup for Chapter Excellence to their Louisiana Gamma Chapter at Loyola University New Orleans during the fraternity’s Grand Chapter Conclave last week in Nashville, Tenn. Sigma Phi Epsilon was founded at Loyola in 1983 and is one of eight fraternities on the Uptown campus. This is the second time the chapter has received this recognition.

Thirty three of the fraternity’s 257 chapters and colonies received the Buchanan Cup this year. The award is among the highest honors a chapter can attain. Chapters must meet rigorous standards to qualify for the award. The fraternity selects recipients based on outstanding achievement in academics, volunteer support, community service, athletics and manpower.

With 79 members, Louisiana Gamma is currently the largest fraternity at Loyola and boasts a 3.15 chapter GPA. It logged 2000 man-hours in community service in the last academic year and has dozens of campus and organizational leaders in its ranks. “It is extremely gratifying to see our undergraduate brothers be recognized as one of the premier SigEp Chapters in the nation,” said J.T. Hannan, president of the Louisiana Gamma Alumni Association. “These men put their chapter up against universities across the nation that have more than 40 thousand students. It is a great testament to SigEp’s work ethic and leadership, and they have brought great honor to themselves and Loyola with last week’s victory.”

Headquartered in Richmond, Va., Sigma Phi Epsilon is among the nation’s largest fraternities with more than 13,000 undergraduates at chapters in 49 states. The fraternity was founded in 1901 at Richmond College, now the University of Richmond, and has more than 255,000 alumni, including actor John Goodman, author Dr. Seuss, athlete Orel Hershiser, and White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan. The fraternity also has chapters at Tulane University and Louisiana State University.