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Pi Kappa Phi at WIU Brings Home Four National Awards

January 17, 2019

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MACOMB, IL -- Members of Western Illinois University's Pi Kappa Phi fraternity executive council recently came home from a national leadership conference with four national awards for the fraternity's contributions to WIU and its philanthropy, The Ability Experience.

The fraternity received the Outstanding Campus Involvement Award, which recognizes the chapter that best exemplifies the daily representation of involvement on their campus in each region, and the Thomas Sayre Cup, which is awarded to the chapter with the most per-man volunteer hours.

According to PKP President Chris Scheer, Western's chapter averaged 70 volunteer hours per person, which was the highest of all 187 active chapters. Last year, the WIU fraternity had a total of 3,459 community service hours.

The fraternity also received the Champion Master Chapter. Scheer explained that chapters that achieve a composite score of "three stars" on the Seven Objectives Report are recognized as Champion Master Chapters. These chapters are then considered finalists for the Founders' Awards. The seven objectives include governance, growth, member experience, branding and communication, scholarship, service and philanthropy and campus involvement. The organization received The Founder Award, which recognizes only the most outstanding chapters of Pi Kappa Phi in the nation. Recipients of these awards display overall excellence in the areas of the seven objectives. Western's PKP was one of 10 chapters to receive the 2018 award.

"Our chapter has worked hard to uphold the mission of Pi Kappa Phi, which is 'to create an uncommon and lifelong brotherhood that develops leaders and encourages service to others for the betterment of our communities,'" said Janice Gates, WIU management instructor and PKP adviser. "Pi Kappa Phi headquarters set very rigorous standards for the chapters to work to achieve. To be in the top 10 of the 187 chapters is a great honor."

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