Montana State University

MSU chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon wins national award

October 14, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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Montana State University’s chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity recently won a Buchanan Outstanding Chapter Award, the organization’s highest chapter award, at the biennial national conference held in Nashville, Tenn., in June.

The Buchanan Cup recognizes the best Sigma Phi Epsilon chapters as measured in relation to the accomplishments of their peers on campuses across the country. Only the chapters that excel in every area of operations, including member development; service learning; academics; recruitment, manpower and retention; ritual, standards and accountability; chapter leadership; campus partnership; finances; alumni and volunteers and housing; and that further the national organization’s strategic plan for excellence qualify for this honor.

“(MSU’s chapter) has much to be proud of,” said its resident faculty fellow Brian Kassar, a psychologist with MSU Counseling and Psychological Services.

Leading up to the award, the Sigma Phi Epsilon national organization awarded numerous regional prizes for excellence to MSU’s chapter for its member development program, academic success, recruitment and alumni and volunteer excellence. The fraternity has also been recognized for its philanthropic work with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the national organization’s philanthropic and service learning partner.

Sigma Phi Epsilon has sent several members to the Ruck Leadership Institute in Virginia, where the fraternity’s top rising leaders focus on discovering and developing their personal leadership skills, said Kassar. He noted that the group has also had two members selected for the competitive and prestigious Tragos Quest to Greece, a 10-day journey where participants learn about the history of Greek culture and several ancient Greek ideals, on which the American fraternity system is based.

“I could not be more proud of this chapter and these young men,” said Kassar. “They live out the fraternity values of virtue, diligence and brotherly love on a daily basis, and represent the best of what fraternity men can be.”

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Contact: Erin Macdonald Peck, (406) 994-2826, or