Colorado State University’s Phi Delta Theta fraternity chapter and Pi Beta Phi sorority chapter were each honored with the first ever Presidential Greek Vision Awards during the annual Greek Night Out awards ceremony on campus recently.
The awards, created this year by Colorado State President Larry Edward Penley, aim to elevate the image and standing of the Colorado State Greek community and promote leadership and involvement on campus.
"I am proud of the commitment and sense of purpose exhibited by all the chapters that submitted proposals for the Greek Vision Award," Penley said. "It speaks to the character and the spirit of community embodied in our Greek system at CSU."
Creation of the award was inspired by a meeting Penley hosted last fall with campus fraternity leaders. At that meeting, they discussed the university’s expectations of its Greek community, as well as the challenges faced by Greek leaders on campus.
"These organizations have a long history of positive involvement on our campus, and yet they’re not eligible for the same types of student-fee funding available to other student organizations," Penley said. "These awards recognize the great capacity of these organizations to have an important, positive impact on our university. They also provide some resources to support outstanding Greek projects that will benefit our entire campus."
The winning fraternity and sorority submitted the strongest proposals for projects intended to enhance Colorado State’s Greek system and its overall contributions to the university and community. Each of the winners will receive a traveling trophy and a $5,000 grant to implement their projects on campus during the next academic year.
Phi Delta Theta will support programming and training to enhance sexual assault awareness at Colorado State, especially among members of the Greek system. Pi Beta Phi will host a community networking event open to all Colorado State students that will bring them together with successful Colorado State alumni.
The Office of the President selected the winners from a pool of proposals that were submitted by Colorado State fraternities and sororities.
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