Presbyterian College’s Alpha Sigma Phi chapter receives national award
At its Grand Chapter conference Alpha Psi, the Presbyterian College chapter of the Alpha Sigma Phi national fraternity received the Grand Senior President’s Cup (GSP).
The GSP is the highest award that a chapter can receive. In order to receive the award, a chapter must have scored the highest total points on the fraternity’s annual report, as well as made significant achievements within the chapter, school, and community.
The Grand Chapter is Alpha Sigma Phi’s bi-annual summer conference held for undergraduates and alumni of the fraternity nationwide. Each chapter of the organization sends a delegate and alternate delegate for fraternity voting purposes. Brothers who attend the Grand Chapter have their choice of attending various workshops over the course of the weekend such as recruitment, career preparation, public speaking, or service and philanthropy.
“As a brother of the Alpha Psi chapter at Presbyterian College, we have never expected to be in the running for an award such as the GSP,” said Justin Cooper, chapter president. “Around five years ago, our chapter was several thousand dollars in debt, and we were not in good standing with the national organization.”
The chapter has gone from recruiting only two new members in 2012, to recruiting 16 members in the fall of 2015. It raised more than $40 per brother for philanthropic organizations during the 2015-2016 year. In addition, each brother completed a minimum of 25 service hours through participation in the Adopt a Highway program, the Laurens Humane Society, and helping the local hospice store.
Cooper explained that in 2014, the chapter was awarded the Phi Pi Phi Silver Cup for completing a significant amount of the annual report and also being voted as the Nation’s Most Improved chapter.
“Now in 2016, we are excited to be sitting on top of the mountain,” Cooper added. “Our chapter has worked incredibly hard as a brotherhood to build our financials, recruit great men, improve alumni relations, and improve our chapter house over the last three years. Being awarded the GSP is an unbelievable experience and one that will last a lifetime.”
Presbyterian College is located on a striking 240-acre campus in Clinton, between Columbia and Greenville, S.C. Offering challenging academics and a culture of honor, ethics, and service that prepares students to be leaders in communities, PC offers its students the benefit of engaging with an exceptional faculty who take individual interest in their students’ well-being, both personally and in the classroom. The Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy opened in 2010, and is dedicated to the ideals of leadership, honor to the profession, and service to the community. For more information about Presbyterian College, visit www.presby.edu.