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Chapter Distinguished Service Key (DSK)

DSKThe highest distinction a chapter can bestow on one of its members is the Distinguished Service Key. This chapter key is given in recognition to members for outstanding service to the fraternity in a single semester. This key bears the greek letters of the fraternity in gold on a background of black enamel.

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Chapter of Excellence Award

Coat-of-ArmsThe purpose of the Chapter of Excellence(COE) and Pledge Program of Excellence (PPOE) Award is to recognize those Chapters whose programs of Leadership, Friendship and Service promote growth, retention and stability for the active Chapter, while providing a positive, inviting and educational environment for prospective and new members. These Awards are also designed to promote better communication between Chapter, Sectional, Regional and National leadership through regular and timely reporting of Chapter activities.

Each Award has three levels of achievement (BLUE, GOLD, and DIAMOND) which have a corresponding number of requirements that must be met in order to achieve each level of excellence.

There are a certain number of required and optional elements that every Chapter must meet in order to qualify for a given level of excellence. The purpose of the specific categories in the COE is to ensure that a chapter has a well-rounded program that includes not only the required (mostly reporting) elements, but also good Chapter programs in the areas of development and service.

The requirements for the COE Award must be completed during the annual reporting period of August 1st through July 31st, which corresponds to the Fraternity’s fiscal year. A Chapter may only achieve one level of excellence in each award per year (the highest level based on the number of requirements completed), but may qualify for both awards in the same fiscal year.

COE Award recipients will be recognized at the National Convention in even-numbered years and at Regional Conferences in odd-numbered years.

Requirements need to be signed off by the Section Chair, Region Director, or other designated alumni volunteer. The Chapter President should be in contact regularly with the Section Chair and Region Director (and their alumni volunteers) to monitor the progress of the Chapter during the reporting period of August 1st through July 31st each year.

All Chapters in Good Standing are eligible or these Awards. See the Chapter Checklist on Page 1 for the definition of “good standing”. The date of receipt by the National Office will be the date of record for these awards. These programs have been created, and will be administered, by the National Membership & Extension Committee in partnership with the National Board of Directors and Section Chairs.

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Pledge Class of Excellence Award

Pledge PinThe purpose of the Chapter of Excellence and Pledge Program of Excellence Awards is to recognize those Chapters whose programs of Leadership, Friendship and Service promote growth, retention and stability for the active Chapter, while providing a positive, inviting and educational environment for prospective and new members. These Awards are also designed to promote better communication between Chapter, Sectional, Regional and National leadership through regular and timely reporting of Chapter activities.

Each Award has three levels of achievement (BLUE, GOLD, and DIAMOND) which have a corresponding number of requirements that must be met in order to achieve each level of excellence.

In each Award, there are a certain number of required and optional elements that every Chapter must meet in order to qualify for a given level of excellence. The purpose of the specific categories in the COE is to ensure that a chapter has a well-rounded program that includes not only the required (mostly reporting) elements, but also good Chapter programs in the areas of development and service. The purpose of the required elements in the PPOE is to ensure chapter compliance and familiarity with the National Pledging Standards.

The requirements for each award must be completed during the annual reporting period of August 1st through July 31st, which corresponds to the Fraternity’s fiscal year. A Chapter may only achieve one level of excellence in each award per year (the highest level based on the number of requirements completed), but may qualify for both awards in the same fiscal year.

COE and PPOE recipients will be recognized at the National Convention in even-numbered years and at Regional Conferences in odd-numbered years.

Requirements need to be signed off by the Section Chair, Region Director, or other designated alumni volunteer. The Chapter President should be in contact regularly with the Section Chair and Region Director (and their alumni volunteers) to monitor the progress of the Chapter during the reporting period of August 1st through July 31st each year.

All Chapters in Good Standing are eligible or these Awards. See the Chapter Checklist on Page 1 for the definition of “good standing”. The date of receipt by the National Office will be the date of record for these awards. These programs have been created, and will be administered, by the National Membership & Extension Committee in partnership with the National Board of Directors and Section Chairs.

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H. Roe Bartle Award

This award is a certificate awarded to chapters which achieve and maintain high standards of effectiveness in all aspects of their program and operations. Selection is determined by the members of the chapter based on the annual chapter review. Criteria are published in an annual report form and submitted to the national office. The form is distributed at the start of the academic year and the evaluation covers the chapter program and operations for the previous academic year. Approximately 150 to 200 chapters receive this award each year.

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Thornton Stone Award

This award is given to graduating seniors from Mu Chapter who have exemplified outstanding achievement in one of the Cardinal Principles throughout their membership in Mu Chapter. This award is named after the founder of Mu Chapter, Thornton Stone.

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