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University fraternity receives ‘Model Chapter of the Year’ honor, other awards

April 8, 2010 -- The Lambda Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma, a fraternity organization on the campus of Arkansas State University, was recently honored as “Model Chapter of the Year,” at the southwestern regional conference in Nashville, Tenn. The chapter also earned “Best Chapter Report for a Level II Chapter,” and “Most Registered Delegates” honors.

In addition, Brother 2 Brother president Harry White of Little Rock won the Oratorical Debate award and chapter president and Student Government Association vice president-elect Kiel Smith of Forrest City was appointed to the regional board as a collegiate-at-large. The southwestern region includes Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri, and western Tennessee.

“We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our students who participate in our campus Greek organizations,” said ASU Chancellor Robert L. Potts. “Fraternities and sororities do much good work that often goes unnoticed. I am very happy that this fraternity achieved  positive recognition for the ASU chapter. Its members are to be congratulated.”

“I am very proud of Lambda Eta,” said Dr. J.W. Mason, associate vice chancellor for Finance and Administration and adviser for the fraternity. “They set some ambitious goals early in the year to make a statement at the regional conference, and they did by winning the chapter of the year award, along with the oratorical contest award.

“What I am most proud of is their representation at the conference and winning the award for the most registered delegates,” concluded Dr. Mason.

The advising team for the Lambda Eta chapter is Kevin Wright of Little Rock, Taurus Mathis of North Little Rock, and chapter past president Jerome Thomas of Hughes and each of these three are members of the Nu Tau Sigma Jonesboro Alumni Chapter.

“The success of Lambda Eta is a true reflection of its leadership. I am very proud of immediate past president Anthony Davis and the way these guys have conducted themselves,” said Thomas. “Becoming the first African American fraternity to have a house at ASU, and now winning “Model Chapter of the Year” for the southwestern region, I am very anxious to see what the future holds for them.”

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Pictured: Members of ASU's Lambda Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma with awards. --Photo by Jerome Thomas.

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