The Kappa Zeta Chapter of Theta Chi, a Greek fraternity here at the University of Arkansas, received the Howard R. Alter Award to the Excellence of the Chapter for the second consecutive year. The award was announced on Saturday, July 18, during the Theta Chi Chapter awards ceremony. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was held on Facebook Live Premier, where members of Theta Chi tuned in internationally to watch the presentation.
The Alter award is the honor of the highest chapter of Theta Chi and is traditionally presented at the fraternity summer event. Since 1986, it has been awarded to chapters that have not only met, but exceeded the Fraternity's standards of excellence. It was created by a group of former field employees after Howard Alter's retirement as CEO of Theta Chi. Consideration for the Alter Award is based on the application and performance of the chapter in 14 fraternity life categories, some of which are recruiting, scholarship scheduling, sacred purpose, the determined man, and engaged education. The Alter award can only be presented to those of the 156 active chapters.
The Arkansas chapter was first colonized in December 2016, and the men's group quickly became a prominent face in the community after founding on November 11, 2017, less than a year after colonization. The unprecedented growth was followed by the excellence and determination of the siblings, leading to the chapter's first Alter Award in the summer of 2019 going to one of the youngest chapters in history. The Kappa Zeta chapter has strived and strives to continue to focus on academic excellence, leadership, recruitment, its sacred purpose, and offering a helping hand to those in need in its community.
The Theta Chi at the University are dedicated to achieving this same level of excellence year after year. Even with the ever-changing environment we live in today, this group seeks to hold itself to the highest standards and has already started working towards its goals for the coming year. They are always looking for awesome, qualified men to join their chapter, so if you or someone you know is interested in being a part of excellence, you are encouraged to contact President Jake Carter at ThetaChiPresident@gmail.com.
About Theta Chi: Founded in 1856, Theta Chi Fraternity is a collegiate fraternity of men with over 185,000 initiated members and has established 241 chapters. Leadership development, personal development, and service to the alma mater are central to Theta Chi Fraternity's mission. The Kappa Zeta Chapter of Theta Chi was established in 2017 and continues to champion the positive benefits of Greek life. Although they operate outside of the Interfraternity Council on their campus, they are a member organization of IFC's parent organization, the North American Interfraternity Conference. The group is a values-based and social fraternity at the University of Arkansas and is always looking for qualified men interested in being a part of the life-changing experience that is Greek life.