Volume 80, Issue 3
September 5, 2008

Kappa Sigma Receives Campus Leadership Award

By Tim Danos

Elm Staff Writer

This past summer, the Omicron-Phi chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity received the prestigious Campus Leadership Award at the Bi-Annual Kappa Sigma Leadership Conference in Richmond, VA.

The award, which recognizes chapters across the country for “outstanding involvement in activities and leadership positions on campus,” is presented to chapters based on total members involved in campus activities, leadership offices and number of organizations.

This past year, 38 Chapters and colonies out of 251 were presented with the award. The Omicron-Phi chapter was one of five chapters from the East Coast region to receive the award and the only chapter in their regional district, which includes Gallaudet University, George Mason University, George Washington University, and Salisbury University, to win the award.

Since the induction of the chapter on April 14, 2007, Kappa Sigma has become an integral figure on the WC campus, especially through the Student Government Association, where five of the brothers hold officer positions, including SGA President senior Spencer Dove and Speaker of the Senate junior Robert Courson. Moreover, other members of the fraternity hold leadership positions in campus organizations like the College Democrats, College Republicans, Hillel, Musician’s Union, Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), Wilderness Adventure Club, and prominent jobs on campus, such as Peer Mentors and Resident Assistants.

Jonathon Bookbinder, Grand Treasurer of the Omicron-Phi Chapter, attended the conference with Grand Master junior Trey Weitzel and Assistant Alumni Advisor Andy Abbott ’08 and was “very surprised to receive the award due to the fact that we are such a new chapter.” Bookbinder also noted that “it just goes to show how hard work pays off and that campus leadership is vital to our chapter’s success.”

Mitchell B. Wilson, Executor Director of Kappa Sigma Fraternity Headquarters, also praised the work and successes of the chapter. When asked to comment about the Omicron-Phi chapter, Wilson stated that “the Omicron-Phi Chapter at Washington College was extremely deserving of this award. They are known for their leadership in many, many capacities and are recognized for their excellence not only by Kappa Sigma Fraternity but also by the administration and faculty of the college. We are delighted with their performance as a leading fraternity at Washington College, and we expect them to achieve this again along with many other awards in the future. I am most proud to call them my Brother.”

For more information on the accomplishments of the Omicron-Phi chapter, please visit the chapter website at http://kappasigma.washcoll.edu.