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International Fraternity Honors Clarkson Chapter

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"It is nice to see that in the end all of our hard work can be recognized with such awards,” said Kevin Lobdell, a senior e-business major (Burke, N.Y.) and current fraternity president.

Gregory Israel (Webster, N.Y.) a senior interdisciplinary engineering and management student was one of 56 recipients of the General Leadership Grant through his demonstration of outstanding character-in-action leadership on campus and in the community. He received a $1,000 scholarship for his efforts.  Sigma Chi Award

Ryan Joy (Fort Ann, NY) a senior business and technology management student was the sole recipient of the Ruhle Outstanding Scholar Award for his personal dedication to assisting members in their academic pursuits. He will also receive a scholarship of $1,000 for his work. Ryan also serves as the current president of the Clarkson University Student Association.

"Sigma Chi and its members are extremely involved and responsible and I am very pleased that the chapter and these men have been recognized by their national staff. This serves as an example that fraternities and sororities at Clarkson have a positive influence in the greater community and on individuals," says Jason C. Libby, associate dean of students for Fraternities/Sororities and Student Organizations.

Clarkson University fraternities and sororities must meet high standards of academic performance, conduct and community service. The fraternity also raised over $11,390 for the Children's Miracle Network and other charities and performed over 1,200 community service hours. The chapter succeeded in achieving cumulative grade-point averages of 2.8834 for the fall semester and 3.1106 for the spring semester. In the past 14 semesters, the all-sorority grade-point average has been higher than the all-female average, and the all-fraternity has been higher than the all-male for all but one semester.

Sigma Chi International Fraternity was founded in 1855 at Miami University (Ohio) and has 217 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. The Clarkson chapter was founded in 1988.

PHOTO CAPTION: Clarkson seniors and fraternity members (l-r) Ryan E. Joy, Kevin A. Lobdell (Chapter president), and Gregory T. Israel accept an award from the Sigma Chi International Fraternity. Joy also received the Ruhle Outstanding Scholar Award and Israel was awarded the General Leadership Grant.

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