Delta Tau Delta receives award for chapter excellence

Delta Tau Delta wins Hugh Shields Award

Baker University’s Delta Tau Delta fraternity was awarded the Hugh Shields Award for Chapter Excellence, which recognizes the top 10 chapters in the nation, at the Western Plains Division Conference on Feb. 26 in Houston.

The Gamma Theta chapter on the Baldwin City campus is one of 116 Delta Tau Delta chapters nationally. It marked the fourth time in the 44-year history of the award that the Delts have received the Hugh Shields honor.

“The Hugh Shields Award is very highly coveted among all chapters of Delta Tau Delta fraternity because it is the most prestigious distinction that can be bestowed upon an undergraduate chapter of Delta Tau Delta,” said Delta Tau Delta president Bradford Oliva, a sophomore from Topeka, Kan. “The award symbolizes our ability to come together as brothers and focus our efforts on the betterment of our members and community.”

The award recognizes chapters who complete the fraternity awards/accreditation report, which is based on excellence in academics, financial viability, recruitment, membership education, chapter operations, campus leadership/involvement, community service and philanthropy, alumni relations and chapter programming.

Also at the conference, Baker’s Delta Tau Delta chapter received honors as the most improved chapter for the second consecutive year, court of honor award for chapter programming, excellence in Adopt-A-School award, excellence in recruitment award, recognition of 25 percent growth in recruitment award and recognition of meeting or exceeding recruitment goals.

“We take an extreme amount of pride in the work that we were able to accomplish over this past year in order to win the Hugh Shields Award,” Oliva said.

The chapter’s philanthropic and community service efforts the past two years include the following: volunteering countless hours through Adopt-A-School at Marion Springs Elementary School and Baldwin Intermediate Center, raising $365 for Bleed Purple, participating in canned goods drives, contributing $404 by sponsoring children for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree ad, participating in Up ’Til Dawn for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and serving the community at the Baldwin City Theatre’s Terror Tracks.

“As a house we take a great deal of pride in our philanthropy and community service,” Oliva said. “Philanthropy and community are one of our chapters strongest areas, and we enjoy the help that we are able to provide to others. It demonstrates our togetherness and how we come together as brothers to strengthen our community.”

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