May 5, 1998
KALAMAZOO -- The Interfraternity Council at Western Michigan University has been named the second best interfraternity council in its class for 1997 by the 17-state Mid-American Greek Council Association, higher education's premier association of Greek governing bodies in the United States.
"I'm very proud and excited that our Interfraternity Council has achieved national recognition for its hard work and determination in making WMU's Greek system shine," said Dr. Theresa A. Powell, vice president for student affairs.
WMU and other schools from Michigan to Texas and Ohio to Colorado applied for a series of individual programming awards as well as the Jellison Award, which recognizes the overall best interfraternity council.
Councils were judged in eight categories of operations: academic achievement, membership recruitment, public relations, community service, council management, leadership and educational development, risk reduction and management, and judicial policies and self-governance.
Stevan J. Veldkamp, assistant director of student life, said WMU won in seven of the eight categories, but was edged out of first place by the University of Oregon.
However, Veldkamp noted, Oregon competed out of its geographic region. Consequently, he said, WMU actually was the best interfraternity council in its class in the Mid-American region. In addition, WMU's National Pan-Hellenic Council won four of the eight category awards to place among the top five finalists in their division for the Sutherland Award.
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