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OWU's Alpha Sigma Phi Earns National Honor

May 15, 2006

  (Front row, left to right) Jerome Bucceri, Andrew Miglietti, Barclay Richey, Anthony Rosato, Troy Jeffrey; (back row) Scott Gallagher '93, David Johnstone, Wes Goodman, Matt Garvey, Joe Rosato, Brad Hoffeld, Drew Thawley '97.

DELAWARE, Ohio — Ohio Wesleyan's Epsilon chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity received the North-American Interfraternity Council's 2006 Award of Distinction on April 24 at the University of Maryland Convention Center.The award is the highest given by the NIC to an undergraduate chapter. OWU's Epsilon chapter was the only chapter among NIC's 68 national and international fraternities to receive an Award of Distinction this year."The chapter is humbled by this award," said OWU junior Matt Garvey, chapter President. "We all realize this award recognizes our accomplishments, but we also realize that we can't rely on awards to maintain the chapter. The Award of Distinction is truly significant because it recognizes the work of each-and-every undergraduate brother in our chapter. This award shows the strength of the Greek community at Ohio Wesleyan and the support we as a chapter receive from our alumni and national organization."According NIC Web site, an Award of Distinction winning fraternity embodies certain characteristics. "This group cares about the greater good... is motivated by the success of others... identifies the needs of the community and works to meet those needs... lives the ritual of the fraternity, at all times... holds others accountable to the standards of the group... has excellence in scholarship... provides ethical leadership for the community... values service to and for others... represents the diversity of their campus... stands firm in the face of adversity... provides assistance to others, before being asked... is cutting edge and different from the rest... carries the flag of interfraternal spirit.""The Award of Distinction is received by the Epsilon Chapter and the broader Alpha Sigma Phi organization with great pride," said Alpha Sigma Phi President and CEO Drew Thawley, a 1997 graduate of OWU. "And while the support provided by the national office, the local community, chapter alumni and the parents are all imperative components of the Chapter's success, it has ultimately been the undergraduates that have made the Chapter what it is today. Our undergraduate brothers at Ohio Wesleyan deserve our admiration."

The Epsilon Chapter originally established at Ohio Wesleyan in 1863, was inactive in 1864 due to the Civil War, returned to campus from 1913-1971, and returned to campus in March 23, 1993.

"Since its re-founding, our brothers have exemplified the values of Alpha Sigma Phi: silence, charity, purity, honor, and patriotism," said current House Corporation President Scott Gallagher, a 1993 OWU graduate. "Epsilon has endured and excelled by living our Ritual everyday and staying true to the values upon which the Chapter and Fraternity were founded.  With sacrifice, perseverance, and relevance the undergraduate brothers, on the foundation of alumni support, have made our Chapter the co-curricular organization of choice for discerning undergraduate men."