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09-03-2003

Sigma Chi Chapter Awarded International Fraternity's Highest Honor

The Sigma Chi International Fraternity of Evanston, Ill., has recognized its Clarkson University chapter with its highest undergraduate award for excellent performance in operations and programming for the sixth year in a row.

Clarkson's Iota Zeta chapter of Sigma Chi was one of 25 chapters across the United States and Canada to be awarded the Peterson Significant Chapter Award. This is the ninth time in the chapter’s 15 year-history that it has received this prestigious award. In recognition of this achievement, the chapter will receive a plaque and an educational grant.

"Sigma Chi has always been an involved and highly responsible chapter and I am pleased that they continue to be recognized by their national organization,” said Jason C. Libby, associate dean for Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at Clarkson. “This serves as another example that fraternities and sororities at Clarkson have a positive influence in the wider community."

Clarkson University fraternities and sororities must meet high standards of academic performance, conduct and community service. The fraternity has raised over $5,500 for the Children's Miracle Network and other charities and performed over 600 community service hours.  Last year, the chapter succeeded in achieving cumulative grade-point averages of 2.89 for the fall semester and 2.86 for the spring semester. In the past ten semesters, the all-fraternity grade point average has been higher than the all-male average for all but one semester. 

Sigma Chi International Fraternity was founded in 1855 at Miami University (Ohio) and has over 220 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. The Clarkson chapter was founded in 1988.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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