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Mar 28

Another Big Day in Golf for Beta Steve Marino

Posted by Ben Pendry

The PGA Tour Anold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida ended Sunday afternoon with Steve Marino, a Beta Theta Pi from the University of Virginia, finishing in second place by just one stroke. His seven-under 281 total over four rounds earned him $648,000 on the way to his best year yet on the PGA Tour.

Mar 22

NIC Announces Award of Distinction Winners

Posted by Ben Pendry


The North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Awards of Distinction.  The Awards will be presented in three categories at the NIC Annual Meeting on April 10, 2011 in Washington, DC. 

The Undergraduate Award of Distinction seeks to recognize the fraternity man who has found in his experience an outlet for developing as both a leader and a better man.  The 2011 winners are:

  • Noah Levin, Sigma Alpha Epsilon from Carnegie Mellon University 
  • Jonathan Rogers, Alpha Tau Omega from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Eddie Higgenbotham IV, Theta Chi from Northwestern State University
  • Spencer Montgomery, Sigma Nu from University of South Florida

The Chapter Award of Distinction recognizes the undergraduate chapter which is highly functioning, in compliance with NIC Standards, seeks to educate others about the benefits of a values based fraternity experience, and works to maintain a healthy relationship with their inter/national organization.  The 2011 winners are:

  • Alpha Tau Omega - Beta Delta, University of Alabama
  • Beta Theta Pi - Zeta Omega, University of San Diego
  • FarmHouse Fraternity - Iowa State Chapter, Iowa State University
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon - Illinois Alpha, University of Illinois

The Alumni Award of Distinction recognizes the fraternity man who has given of his time, talents, and service to the betterment of the fraternity.  The service can be given at the local, regional, or national level.  The 2011 Winners are:

  • Stephen Ehrlich, Esq., Zeta Beta Tau
  • Sen. Johnny Isakson, Sigma Alpha Epsilon

NIC President and CEO, Pete Smithhisler commended the award winners and nominators saying, "This was a particularly competitive year for the Award of Distinction Committee.  The growth in the fraternity movement is clearly being accompanied by unprecedented achievement in the classroom and within our communities.  When asked about the true nature of fraternity, we point to our Award of Distinction winners and are very proud of the example they set for our movement."

Additional information about the Awards of Distinction can be found online at  For specific information related to the award winners please contact Ben Pendry at the NIC office, or at  


Mar 22

NIC Announces 2011 Laurel Wreath Award Winners

Posted by Ben Pendry


INDIANAPOLIS (3/22/11) - Alpha Tau Omega, Sigma Chi, and the University of Alabama Fraternity Community along with President Dr. Robert E Witt will be honored with the 2011 North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) Laurel Wreath Award for their industry leading initiatives that have advanced the fraternal movement.  The awards will be presented at the NIC Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on April 10, 2011.

Alpha Tau Omega implemented Congress - LIVE at their most recent national convention.  Utilizing state-of-the-art technology they were able to present large portions of their ATO Congress to their entire fraternity via live streaming on the internet.  Fraternity members were able to tune in from across the world and be a part of the event.  Several undergraduate members who were either deployed or otherwise unable to attend were able to join in as their chapter was recognized with fraternity awards.

Sigma Chi Fraternity, through the work of dedicated alumni, forged a partnership with the Betty Ford Center.  The Sigma Chi / Betty Ford Alliance is reshaping how the organization is educating undergraduate chapters and alumni about the effects of alcohol and substance abuse.  The Alliance also offers a Professional-in-Residence program which allows a number of alumni to go through training on-site at the Center.  Through the relationship, the fraternity has developed a resource for chapter education and is in the process of developing additional educational programs for use throughout the organization.

The University of Alabama Fraternity Community along with President Dr. Robert E Witt are an example of how institutional commitment to building relationships with stakeholders has led to unprecedented growth and a higher functioning fraternity community.  President Witt has motivated undergraduate chapters and mobilized large groups of alumni to reengage with the university through housing campaigns and enhanced resources to fraternity life.

Among the other honors presented at the NIC Annual Meeting are the NIC Gold and Silver Medal, and the NIC Awards of Distinction.  For more information regarding NIC recognition efforts please visit


Mar 22

NIC Announces 2011 Gold and Silver Medalists

Posted by Ben Pendry

INDIANAPOLIS (3/22/11) - The North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) is pleased to announce the presentation of the Gold and Silver Medals at the 2011 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.  As one of the oldest traditions in the interfraternal world, the presentation of the Gold Medal dates back nearly 70 years.  It is presented for lifelong service to the interfraternal community and is the highest honor that the NIC can bestow.  2011 medalists include former NIC Chairman Marc Katz, Former Sigma Alpha Epsilon executive Ken Tracey, Former NIC Board Member Rick Barnes, and current Theta Xi Executive Director Jim Vredenburgh.

The presentation of the NIC Silver Medal is a tradition that dates back nearly 30 years.  It is presented for specific acts of leadership within the fraternity movement.  The 2011 recipient is Daniel A. Shaver, President of Affinity Marketing Consultants.

A member of Alpha Epsilon Pi, Katz has worked diligently as a professional and volunteer for the advancement of the fraternal movement.  He is the recipient of numerous awards from his own fraternity as well as interfraternal service awards from the fraternal community.  He currently serves as President of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Foundation.

A member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, Tracey is a past executive director of SAE and currently serves as Vice President of the board of directors.  He is also past chairman of the North American Interfraternity Foundation.  He is the recipient of multiple service awards and is a past president of the Fraternity Executives Association.

A member of FarmHouse Fraternity, Barnes served for 10 years on the NIC board of directors.  He is a past board member for his own fraternity and past-president of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors.  He continues to serve on multiple Interfraternal boards including the Fraternity and Sorority PAC and AFLV.

A member of Theta Xi Fraternity, Vredenburgh began on Theta Xi staff in 1974 and currently serves as the fraternity's executive director.  His interfraternal service has included boards of directors, work-groups, interfraternal honors, and the highest honor from both Theta Xi and the Fraternity Executives Association.   

NIC President and CEO Pete Smithhisler stated, "These men are our NIC standard bearers.  I would challenge anyone to find four men who are more interfraternal in their philosophy, more collaborative in their work, or more respected for the legacy they continue to leave in the interfraternal world."

A member of Sigma Chi fraternity, Shaver leads Affinity Marketing's efforts to protect his client's marks.  His work has set the standard for trademark licensing and protection.  NIC President & CEO Smithhisler states, "Dan's work has enabled our organizations to protect their marks and to properly address abuse or improper representation of fraternity property."

Among the other honors presented at the NIC Annual Meeting are the Laurel Wreath Award and the NIC Awards of Distinction.  For more information regarding NIC recognition efforts please visit


Mar 10

SigEp’s Lambert Named Head Football Coach at University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Posted by Ben Pendry

Brad Lambert, a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon from Kansas State University, has been chosen as UNC-Charlotte's first head coach. The school will have two seasons to recruit players before the team's first NCAA game in 2013. Lambert was a defensive back at Kansas State before serving on the coaching staffs at Oklahoma, Marshall, Georgia and Wake Forest, where he was defensive coordinator from 2008 through 2010.

Mar 4

Greeks Chosen for Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

Posted by Ben Pendry

Eight men have been announced as the newest members of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and two are alumni of NIC member fraternities. Longtime head coach Eddie Sutton, a member of Sigma Chi at Oklahoma State, was the first coach to take four schools--Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State--to the NCAA tournament. He had an 804-328 record over 36 seasons. Selected as a contributor was Joe Vancisin, a Beta Theta Pi from Dartmouth. who was Yale head coach for 19 seasons. He was president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and executive director of the NABC for 17 years. Both will be officially inducted into the Hall on November 20th in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Mar 1

Sigma Chi’s Luke Donald Wins First American Tourney in Five Years

Posted by Ben Pendry

In Marana, Arizona over the weekend, Northwestern Sigma Chi Luke Donald, who has high finishes in PGA Tour events for years, won the Accenture WGC Match Play Championship. Because of the match play format, his performance was so dominant that he never played the 18th hole. In fact, he only played 89 holes in six matches and never trailed in any of them. During the tournament, Donald played in snow and sleet, with the final day of play beginning with snow covering the fairways. His victory earned him $1.4 million and the Walter Hagen Trophy

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