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Clarkson Fraternity Recognized With Top Chapter Award

The Sigma Phi Epsilon National Fraternity of Richmond, Va., recognized its Clarkson University chapter with its highest award at the annual Grand Chapter Conclave, held in San Antonio, Texas, earlier this month.

The Clarkson chapter was one of 37 chapters out of more than 260 chapters in the United States to receive the Buchanan Cup Outstanding Chapter Award.  The award is given to chapters “deemed truly exceptional in all areas of operation, including academic achievement, responsible chapter management, volunteer support, and financial responsibility over a two-year period.”

This was the first year that the Clarkson chapter, founded in 2000, was eligible for the award.

 “Ever since Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity came to campus they have demonstrated great motivation and dedication to achieve high levels of academic growth, community service and campus involvement,” said Jason C. Libby, associate dean for Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at Clarkson. “This award is another reminder of the positive influence the Clarkson fraternity and sorority system can have upon individual students and the community as a whole.”

Clarkson University fraternities and sororities must meet high standards of academic performance, conduct and community service. This past academic year, the chapter raised over $3,000 for charity and performed over 850 service hours.  Academically, the chapter succeeded in ranking first out of nine fraternities the past two semesters with 3.17 and 3.1 cumulative grade-point averages, which were higher than the all-fraternity and all male averages.  In the past 10 semesters at Clarkson, the all-fraternity grade point average has been higher than the all-male average for all but one semester.

Sigma Phi Epsilon National Fraternity was founded in 1901 at the University of Richmond, and has over 260 chapters throughout the United States.  The Clarkson chapter was formed in November of 2000.

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