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UW-RF Theta Chi Wins National Award
By Christine Duellman
UW-RF News Bureau
DEC. 3, 2004--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Zeta Sigma chapter
of the Theta Chi fraternity won a national award for excellence in overall
The Howard Alter Jr. Award is the highest honor for chapters in the Theta
Chi fraternity. A committee reviewed applications submitted by more than
130 active chapters and judged them on a activities ranging from philanthropy
and academic programs to Internet technologies.
"We've been trying to achieve the Alter award over the past few years
by slowly improving our chapter operations," said Jonathan Hill,
the Zeta Sigma chapter president. "Winning the award was an unforgettable
moment for us."
This award is named for Howard R. Alter, Jr., who served as the Theta
Chi national president and the National Board of Trustees president. He
is currently the executive director emeritus.
The UW-RF Zeta Sigma chapter has proved to be successful in following
the fraternity creed that vows to help others in need, advance culture
and build character.
"I think Theta Chi promotes excellence in young men and encourages
them to be gentlemen," said Michael Martin, local chapter advisor
and academic advisor for the UW-RF College of Education and Professional
Studies. "It shows them the importance of community involvement and
connects them to the larger world."
Philanthropy work has become a Theta Chi tradition. Each year the local
chapter participates in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life,
a community event designed to raise money to support cancer research,
education, and service to patients and their families in the River Falls
area. The Zeta Sigma chapter traditionally has a team that participates
in the activities and helps with setting up the event. Last year it raised
more than $1,000.
The UW-RF Theta Chi chapter also participates in volunteer activities
ranging from the Red Cross Blood Drive to bell ringing during the holidays
for the Salvation Army. In addition, each year the local chapter spends
time with teenagers at the Hudson YMCA during scheduled teen nights.
Members of Theta Chi strive to maintain academic excellence. The UW-RF
chapter has a program designed to challenge the brothers by creating an
academic competition. Teams of four work together to try and achieve the
highest semester grade point average. At the end of the term, the winning
team gets a meal paid for by the other competing teams. The overall goal
is to keep the combined Zeta Sigma chapter grade point average above the
UW-RF men's average and the UW-RF fraternity average.
Hill said keeping each other on the right track is a priority for the
fraternity. "I'm most proud that Theta Chi is a close-knit brotherhood.
We're all friends and look out for each other."
After receiving the Howard Alter Jr. Award, the Zeta Sigma chapter strives
to continue to maintain its overall chapter excellence. "We've worked
really hard for the Alter award and now we want to celebrate by having
another good year," said Hill.
Theta Chi was founded in 1856 at Norwich University in Vermont. Since
then the fraternity has established more than 200 chapters throughout
the country and initiated nearly 150,000 members as Theta Chi brothers.
The following are local members of Theta Chi, listed by hometown, and
including year and major. Also listed is their chapter office held, where
Almena: Peter Stauner, sophomore, business administration and computer
science and information systems double major.
Balsam Lake: Jonathan Hill, junior, business administration and marketing
communications double major, and chapter president.
Bowler: Kristopher Clauss, senior, dairy science and agronomy double major.
Giman: Jason Conway, junior, business administration major with marketing
option, and chapter health and fitness chairman.
Grantsburg: Brian Devine, junior, business administration major.
Green Bay: Todd Willems, senior, broad field social studies secondary
Greenleaf: Craig Micke, senior, marketing communications and journalism
Mischicot: Paul Wachsmuth, freshman, animal science major.
New Richmond: Jonathan Stefonek, senior, marketing major.
Plymouth: Chad Goetsch, senior, agriculture engineering major, and chapter
River Falls: Robert D. Moody, sophomore, psychology and music double major.
Shawano: Scott Kosnicki, senior, mathematics major.
Stanley: Nicholas Lauer, sophomore, elementary education major.
Strum: Matthew Kunes, sophomore, business major.
Chaska: Francis Vorasane, sophomore, physics and mathematics double major.
Eagan: Matthew Kelliher, freshman pre-professional animal science major;
David Kloskin, sophomore, accounting major.
Elgin: Erik Peterson, junior, accounting and finance double major.
Fairmont: Eric Ebert, junior, journalism major, and chapter secretary.
Golden Vally: Jon Strande, freshman, broad area music major.
Hopkins: Daniel Egan, junior, sociology and criminal justice double major,
and chapter vice-president.
Hugo: Steven Carlson, freshman, pre-professional animal science major,
and chapter standards chairman.
Lakeville: Eric DeWald, sophomore, art and biology double major.
Maplewood: Derek Brandt, sophomore, broad field social science major.
Minneapolis: Da Vis Linder, sophomore, computer science major, and chapter
Minnetonka: Ian Young, junior, biology major.
Mounds View: Kurt Blomberg, sophomore, music education major.
Oakdale: Cory Lanoux, junior, broad field science major with chemistry
emphasis, and chapter director of housing.
Rhinelander: Jeffrey Molander, freshman, speech communications major.
Viroqua: Christian Bankes, sophomore, computer science and information
White Bear Lake: Noah Hauble, senior, business administration major with
White Bear Lake: Edward Peck, sophomore, sociology major.
Woodbury: Kristopher Evans, junior, English and education double major,
and chapter chaplain.
Zimmerman: Nathan Anderson, freshman, speech communications major.
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