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Delta Tau Delta chapter ranked second in nation

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Epsilon Phi Chapter of Delta Tau Delta is ranked second in the nation after receiving the prestigious Hugh Shields Award at the division leadership conference in Franklin, Tenn., last month.

     The award is given annually to the top 10 chapters of Delta Tau Delta across the nation, said Chapter Advisor Gene Pregeant. The award is based on overall performance and programming in the areas of academics, finances, recruitment, membership education, operations, campus leadership, service and alumni relations. 

     The Southeastern chapter was ranked second among 111 chapters in the United States.

     The chapter also received the Chapter of Excellence Award, the highest regional honor that a chapter can win. Epsilon Phi was also recognized for its participation in Adopt-a-School, excellence in Alumni Relations, and programming awards in academics and recruitment. For the fourth year in a row, the chapter was cited for having the most Outstanding Brotherhood in the Southern Division.

     Individually, Joe Kennedy of Lacombe was honored for his service as president of Southeastern’s Inter-Fraternity Council, and Tiger Edwards of Mandeville, Southern Division vice-president and a Southeastern alumnus, received the Outstanding Alumni Service Award, in recognition of his many years of service to the fraternity.

     “As President of Epsilon Phi, I am truly honored to be a part of this experience,” said Chapter President Nick Cavaretta of Kapolei, Hawaii. “To finally bring back the Hugh Shields Award, after 20 years, is one of the most rewarding things our chapter has accomplished. What we are most proud of, however, and what we will always be proud of, is our brotherhood.” 

     The awards capped off an impressive year for the brothers of Epsilon Phi. This past year saw their cumulative GPA rise to a 2.85, placing them first among campus fraternities. Community service projects during 2008 included their work at their adopted school, Natalbany Elementary, and with Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life and numerous other charitable causes. Campus service included volunteer work at the Southeastern Lab School and Chefs Evening, the annual fundraiser for Southeastern’s Development Office.  

     In addition to Kennedy and Cavaretta, members of Epsilon Phi Chapter of Delta Tau Delta include Cody Coumes and Blake Edwards, Amite; John Dietz,  Shane Firm and Bryan Kron, Baton Rouge; James Breland, Belle Chase; Aaron Gutekunst and Trey Scott, Covington;  Hunter Carter, Lyle Newell and Clifton Speed, Greensburg; Michael Rivas, Harvey; Darnell Jones, Kentwood; Mickey Martin, Livingston; Brandon Suriff, David Will and Josh Williams, Mandeville; Ross Barbier, Brandon Frank,  Regan LeSaichere, Matthew Perrin, Nathan Perrin and Joshua Thibodeaux,  Marrero;  Jared Eusea, Paradis; Matthew Taylor and Marc Vedros, Terrytown; David Cavell, Thibodaux; Brandon Colletti and Josh Price, Watson; Christian Herrmann, Amarillo, Texas; John Mitchell, San Antonio, Texas; Bryan Harper, Waco, Texas; Benjamin Strohl, Lessburg, Va.; and Ryan Holmes, Edgerton, Wis. 

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