The college’s Gamma Upsilon chapter has won Kappa Psi’s William R. Smith Most Improved Chapter Award for the 2009-2010 academic year.
According to Bre Bernarducci, Class of 2011, who was regent (president) of the COP chapter last year, the group won the award for a number of reasons, including hosting the Kappa Psi Province IX Spring Assembly; collaborating with “Be the Match,” an advocacy program that registers people for the National Marrow Donor Program; philanthropy projects, including a canned food drive; a toy drive which resulted in more than $1,500 in toys given to the new children’s hospital at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz.; and brotherhood development, including organization of a tri-fraternity social event with Phi Delta Chi and Kappa Epsilon.
“Our chapter would not be in this position if it weren’t for the regent before me, Michael Sisk, and his leadership” says Bernarducci. “He is a graduate of 2010 and paved the way for our chapter to succeed on the national scale. Also, our adviser, Dr. John Murphy, has given us unconditional support and is an incredible role model for our chapter.”
Notification of the award was sent to Libby Giesler, Class of 2012 and the current regent of Gamma Upsilon, in August. An engraved plaque commemorating the award will be presented to Gamma Upsilon representatives at Kappa Psi’s Grand Council Convention in San Francisco in summer 2011.