Westminster fraternity wins international award

Delts chapter honored for academic achievement

Members of the Delta Omicron Chapter of Delta Tau Delta fraternity at Westminster College in Fulton receive the Hugh Shields Award for Chapter Excellence, the international fraternity's highest honor.

Members of the Delta Omicron Chapter of Delta Tau Delta fraternity at Westminster College in Fulton receive the Hugh Shields Award for Chapter Excellence, the international fraternity's highest honor. Contributed photo

The Westminster College chapter of Delta Tau Delta fraternity has been honored as one of the Top Ten Chapters in the international fraternity.

Eight representatives of the Delta Omicron Chapter of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity received the award during the fraternity’s recent division conference.

The Westminster College fraternity received the Hugh Shields Award for Chapter Excellence, which is the highest award a chapter can receive. It is presented only to the top ten chapters in the international fraternity.

Founded in 1858, Delta Tau Delta has more than 130 active chapters and about 8,000 students as members. More than 165,000 men have joined the fraternity since it was started.

The Westminster chapter also received other awards, including the Court of Honor.

Travis Rockey, international president of Delta Tau Delta, congratulated the chapter for record-breaking academic achievement.

“The Delta Omicron chapter of Delta Tau Delta at Westminster College reported 21 men out of 65 in its chapter earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average during the fall 2011 semester. In the spring 2012 semester, 23 men had a 4.0 grade point average,” Rockey said.

In addition to the major honors, the Westminster Delts chapter also received awards for Excellence in Chapter Operations, Outstanding New Member Education Programming, Excellence in All Fraternities Average, First on Campus Academically. and the Service Award for the chapter’s philanthropy on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Next year the Delta Omicron chapter will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its founding on the campus of Westminster College.

Members of the Westminster chapter attending the Division Conference to receive the Hugh Shields Award for Chapter Excellence included Chapter President Ryan Harrison, a junior from Edwardsville, Ill.; Vice President Ryan Riggs, a senior from Quincy, Ill.; Treasurer Bradley Crecelus, a senior from Wildwood, Mo.; Secretary Thomas “Lake” Moore, a junior from Muskogee, Okla.; Assistant Treasurer Arno “Jack” Easterly, a senior from Little Rock, Ark.; Todd Reutlinger, a senior from Muskogee, Okla.; Michael Greaves, a senior from Fenton: and Matt Roehrs, a senior from Sedalia

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