2016-2017 Fraternity Highlights

Hobart Greeks Continue to Grow and Excel in 2016-2017

In the 2016-17 academic year there were 202 active Greeks in seven active chapters. On record, the men raised over $23,000 in 2016 for philanthropy and contributed over 3,700 hours of community service. The causes included Movember, MDA, American Cancer Society, Autism Speaks, Crohn’s Foundation and the Jimmy V Foundation among others.

Each organization had the goal to make a difference in both their own philanthropic project as well as a unified IFC project. This year the IFC donated $150 to the holiday gift project for local families. Volunteer work included projects with the Festival of Nationals and the Boys and Girls Club.

The Annual Accreditation Awards were distributed on May 1st and were awarded to:

  • President’s Cup for Fraternal Excellence award winner was Sigma Chi
    • The President’s Cup is awarded to the fraternal organization that reflects a healthy balance of academic excellence and out of the classroom activities in the spirit of HWS that serve as models for the Greek Community.

      Alex Santiago, President of Sigma Chi accepts
      the “President’s Cup for Fraternal Excellence”
      award on behalf of Sigma Chi while Matt
      Skinner, former President of Sigma Chi accepts
      the award for Greek Man of the Year.

      Sigma Chi’s accomplishments:
      • Currently the largest active Greek organization
      • Hosted Warren Berger, “A More Beautiful Question” speaker and reception
      • Strive to make better relationships with other Greek Organizations and improve Greek image
      • Rose their internal standard
      • Pie a Sigma Chi raised over $350 for American Cancer Society
      • Community Service at St Peter’s Church
      • Relay for Life sponsors
      • Pitch Contest winner
      • POAP guides
      • Student Government Unicef
      • Chimera Society
      • Heritage Scholar LEAP Tutors
      • Attended Sigma Province conference
  • Greek Man of the Year was awarded to Matthew Skinner from Sigma Chi Fraternity
    This award is given to the Greek man that best exemplifies the well-rounded Greek man, the core values of the Greek system, and is voted on by their peers.
    • Matthew Skinner’s accomplishments:
      • Orientation Mentor for Class of 2019
      • Lead Teaching Fellow and a Philosophy Teaching Fellow
      • Internship with the USDA with Mark Manis H’69 in Washington, D.C.
      • President of Hobart Student Government for 2016
      • Served as New Member Educator, Vice President, and President for Sigma Chi
      • Worked to reinstall the Alpha Alpha Chapter of Sigma Chi
      • Will continue to work for the International Fraternity as a Ritual Peer
      • Has worked for Sodexo as Cook's Help
      • Worked at the Lochland School, a home for developmentally disabled adults
      • Member of the Druid Honor Society
      • Received the Foster P. Boswell Award for general excellence in Philosophy
      • Received the Durfee Award, which is given to the most outstanding Hobart Senior
      • Served as the Hobart Speaker at Commencement 2017

    Ryan Montbleau, Treasurer of Kappa
    Alpha, accepts the accreditation award for
    Academic Achievement on behalf of Kappa
    Alpha. Kappa Alpha scored the highest
    GPA/CPA of all chapters. They also have
    several teaching fellows and Sunday school

  • Academic Achievement award winner was Kappa Alpha
    • This is awarded to the Greek organization that has the highest average GPA and CPA and maintains a high level of scholarship. Kappa Alpha averaged a 3.28 GPA and 3.24 CPA.
  • Citizenship and Service to Community award winner was Theta Delta Chi
    • This is awarded to the fraternal organization that serves the community through direct service, fundraising, and awareness efforts. TDX sold shirts for Movember Prostate Awareness, Chrohn’s, and Autism Speaks awareness causes.
  • Excellence in Leadership was awarded to Theta Delta Chi
    • This is awarded to the organization holding the most leadership roles per capita in various student organizations. Football captains, RAs, Fly Fishing Club, IFC President, POAP guides, and Admissions guides.
  • Most Evolved Fraternal Organization was awarded to Phi Sigma Kappa
    • This award goes to the fraternal organization that shows great improvement in all accreditation categories and shows promise.

Theta Delta Chi received both the
“Citizenship and Service to Community”
as well as "Excellence in Leadership
Awards.” Pictured are brothers, Chad
Tokowicz, Brian Schmitt (IFC President),
and Cam Adams (Theta Delta Chi President).

Highlights from each fraternity include:

  • Chi Phi hosted primary debates with Mayor Myrick, President Gearan, and faculty. Chi Phi stays involved in the community with Neighbor’s Night, Geneva Heroes and Habitat for Humanity. They also hosted a Christmas party for children and families from Neighbor’s Night.
  • Delta Chi raised money for Breast Cancer Awareness. They hosted a car smash event for the Jimmy V Foundation. Their spring formal was held aboard the Seneca Legacy event boat.
  • The Kappa Alpha Society held a successful Basketball Tournament in their backyard for MDA in honor of their brothers and raised $3000. They hosted a regional concilum in October for eastern chapters.
  • Kappa Sigma traveled to their Canadian chapters to help initiate newly formed chapters there. In the spring, they hosted their 8oth anniversary event that included an Alumni golf tournament.
  • Phi Sigma Kappa assisted with Festival of Nations and Rail Jam in the Geneva community and have made a partnership with the Geneva American Legion.
  • Sigma Chi has held several fundraisers for Colleges Against Cancer by being the main sponsor for Relay for Life with “Pie a Sigma Chi.” Candy grams raised money and awareness for the American Cancer Society.
  • Todd “TJ” Wetzel, President of Phi Sigma
    Kappa, accepts the accreditation award for
    Most Evolved Fraternal Organization on
    behalf of PSK. PSK has recently moved
    back into their house at 704 South Main
    and had a successful year while immersing
    themselves on campus and in the community
    at events such as Festival of Nations, Rail
    Jam, and the Geneva Family YMCA.

  • Theta Delta Chi hosted a Pig Roast at Beef n Brew for Crohn’s awareness in September, sold Movember tees and they also hosted a successful alumni golf tournament at Bristol Harbor in April.

Hobart Greek men are involved in many facets of campus including Student Government, Stewardson Society, Days of Service and Geneva Boys and Girls Club. Involvement in clubs include Free Ski and Snowboard, Club Soccer, Club Hockey, Club Lacrosse, Hobartones and Perfect Third along with many other organizations. Greek men have a strong presence in both club and intramural sports, often using these as recruitment opportunities. The IFC continues to promote a positive Greek image through Greek of the Week, a Facebook and Instagram effort.

By the numbers

  • 202 active men in 2016 or currently 19% of Hobart men
  • Avg GPA = 3.09
  • Greek men’s average GPA = 3.09
  • Funds raised = $23,250 in 2016
  • Service Hours = over 3,700 in 2016

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