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Delta Chi Awards: Distinguished Awards

Each year, Delta Chi recognizes our collegiate chapters/colonies, alumni chapters, members, and friends for the amazing things they do on campus, in the Fraternity, in their careers, and in society at large.

New in 2021, Delta Chi will announce its award-winners for the 2020-2021 academic year across three days, August 24-26, with distribution slated for the following categories:
  • Day One: Alumni & Volunteer Recognition
  • Day Two: Collegiate & Chapter Recognition
  • Day Three: Distinguished Awards

President's Cup

Delta Chi’s most coveted and prestigious award is the President’s Cup. Each year, Delta Chi recognizes the top two chapters/colonies in both the red and buff divisions. The President’s Cup winners have demonstrated superior excellence in operational performance, while promoting a strong values-based fraternal experience and creating a measurable impact for their members, campuses, and communities.

RED DIVISION:

Virginia Tech
Kansas
Kansas State
Georgia Tech

BUFF DIVISION:

Huntsville
San Antonio
Truman State
Tri-State

Delta Chi of the Year

The Delta Chi of the Year recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in such a manner that their peers recognize them across the United States, Canada and/or the world. Their contributions to Delta Chi are not a criteria of this award.

Vic Reynolds, Georgia Southern ’79

Brother Reynolds has had a long and distinguished career in law, where he has worked tirelessly to uphold the Fraternity’s cardinal principal of advancing justice. He serves as the Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. 

After leaving Georgia Southern, Vic began his legal career as a patrol officer with his hometown Floyd County, Georgia Police Department. After four years with Floyd County, Vic began attending the Georgia State University Law School, graduating in 1986. After passing the Bar, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Fulton and Cobb counties until 1994, when he became the Chief Magistrates Court judge in Cobb County. In 1999, Vic left the bench to form the law partnership of Berry & Reynolds, where he practiced criminal defense law. 

After 13 years in private practice, Vic was elected in 2012 as the District Attorney of Cobb County, Georgia – a large metropolitan county near Atlanta with a population of close to 800,000. Vic easily won re-election in 2016. In his time as Cobb County DA, Vic focused on gang interdiction efforts, closing cold cases, and establishing accountability courts to create alternatives to prison for many offenders.  

In February 2019, Governor Brian Kemp appointed Vic to lead the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the state’s leading law enforcement agency. In 2020 Brother Reynolds and his investigators were instrumental in bringing charges against two individuals in the high-profile murder case of Ahmaud Arbery. Brother Reynolds speaking about the case stated, “I can’t answer what another agency did or didn’t see. But I can tell you that, based on our involvement in this case, considering the fact that we hit the ground running Wednesday morning, and within 36 hours we had secured warrants for two individuals for felony murder. I think that speaks volumes for itself, and that probable cause was clear to our agents pretty quickly,” When we watched Vic at that press conference, we knew that he was advancing justice in an important and significant way. 

Vic is the author of many articles in local and national law publications. He is also the lead author of the book, Georgia Objections at Trial, now in its second edition.

Vic is a 2014 Distinguished Delta Chi and in 2016 was named The City of Marietta, Georgia Citizen of the Year by the Marietta Area Council, a subset of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. 

Vic remains involved with the Fraternity and occasionally attends chapter events in Statesboro and alumni events in the Atlanta area. Vic has been married to his wife Holly for over 30 years and is the father of two daughters. 

Distinguished Chapter/Colony Awards

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Outstanding Chapter/Colony Program Award

The Outstanding Chapter/Colony Program Award recognizes Delta Chi chapters and colonies who have implemented a program that enhances the fraternal experience and positive image of the Delta Chi International Fraternity. For the 2020-2021 academic year, Delta Chi recognizes four chapters (two from the red division and two from the buff division) for their outstanding programing efforts.

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Outstanding Chapter/Colony Growth Award

Delta Chi's Outstanding Growth Award recognizes chapters and colonies with recruitment programs that reflect Delta Chi’s values and basic expectations. The Growth Award may be presented to chapters/colonies who demonstrated strong growth in membership, strong effort in recruitment practices despite growth numbers, and/or utilized recruitment practices in alignment with those of the International Fraternity.

RED DIVISION:

Rutgers
During the 20-21 academic year, the Rutgers chapter worked closely with their faculty advisor and partnered with local school districts to create and implement a virtual tutoring program to support elementary through high school students. Throughout the pandemic, Rutgers’s brothers lived Delta Chi’s values and sincerely Developed Character while Assisting in the Acquisition of a Sound Education. Brothers would volunteer their time to tutor various subjects over Zoom and engage with struggling students and their parents. The chapter said “we believe that the education of young students is very valuable and online education hinders a child’s ability to learn. Therefore it was necessary that we go beyond to help young students in the communities around Rutgers to receive a sound education.”

Virginia Tech
The Virginia Tech chapter created a scholarship program honoring the memory of Brother Brett Harlow, Virginia Tech ‘93, who passed away in July 2020 after a prolonged fight with cancer. This scholarship program strives to honor Brother Harlow’s memory and his lifelong commitment to the values of Delta Chi. The chapter said, “in the wake of Brett’s passing, we came to realize that our strength comes from one another in times of hardship and mourning; with the establishment of this scholarship program we celebrate Brett’s life and honor his memory. This greatly enhances the fraternity experience by allowing brothers to carry out Brett’s legacy on a daily basis and perpetuates the lifelong commitment of Delta Chis to further enhance the chapter’s educational fund to uphold the fraternity’s values.”

 

BUFF DIVISION:

Tarleton
During the 20-21 academic year, the Tarleton chapter developed a fundraising program that not only supports the chapter, but also helps to re-engage alumni. Through their program, the Tarlton Delta Chi Alumni Association, the chapter has raised over $2,000 while re-establishing their alumni support. Alumni are incentivized to contribute to this fundraising program and brothers are working harder than ever to promote the lifelong bonds of the Fraternity. This program demonstrated Tarleton’s commitment to ensuring the longevity of their chapter, regardless of the pandemic’s impact, and living out Delta Chi’s value of Promoting Friendship. 

Truman State
Truman State developed their Mental Health Initiative program to support brothers throughout the pandemic and beyond. COVID-19 allowed the Truman State chapter to re-examine their operations and assess the needs of brothers. Realizing the importance of mental health and the need to create a positive and intentional support system, the brothers found creative and impactful ways to engage in brotherhood. This included providing resources and educational materials within the Fraternity property,  activities (such as yoga) to support mental health, and intentional outreach to support all brothers. The chapter said, “Our chapter’s Mental Health Initiative was an innovative step toward an inclusive and cohesive atmosphere for our organization. We denote that mental health should be a priority for all people, regardless of background, especially during a global pandemic. The Mental Health Initiative program is ongoing and evolving so that we can continue to adapt and destigmatize conversations around mental health.”

RED DIVISION:

Georgia Southern
The Georgia Southern chapter was extremely intentional with their 20-21 recruitment efforts. Increasing their membership by 45% from spring 2020 to spring 2021, the chapter implemented strong 365-recruitment tactics that included marketing, informal and formal recruitment events, and brotherhood events. This year boasted Georgia Southern’s most successful recruitment within the past six years. 

Missouri State
With a 43% increase in membership from spring 2020 to spring 2021, the Missouri State chapter had a stellar recruitment this academic year. Focusing on implementing safe and responsible recruitment events to accommodate pandemic restrictions, the chapter saw its strongest retention of new members. They plan to continue  focusing on member retention post-recruitment to ensure they maintain their positive growth going forward. 

 

BUFF DIVISION:

Little Rock
The Little Rock chapter excelled in their recruitment and membership growth throughout the 20-21 academic year. Through implementing summer 2020 recruitment and planning for a full year of recruitment, the chapter increased their membership by 88%. Their dedication to continued growth despite  the pandemic, demonstrates their commitment to enhancing their membership. 

Louisiana Tech
Louisiana Tech is a chapter that consistently practices year-round 365-recruitment. Although the pandemic was challenging for their overall growth, the chapter found innovative ways to connect with potential new members and increased their membership by 16% from spring 2020 to spring 2021. As one of the top recruiting chapters at Louisiana Tech, the chapter was intentional about recruiting the right men into the Delta Chi brotherhood, no matter the limitations the pandemic posed. 

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Community Impact Award

The Community Impact Award recognizes chapters and colonies that have gone above and beyond in their philanthropy, community service projects, and/or campus communities.

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President's Most Improved Trophy

The President’s Most Improved Trophy recognizes chapters and colonies that demonstrated substantial operational growth from the previous academic year. These chapters and colonies have worked extremely hard to increase their operational standards, community and campus involvement, and overall positive impact on the Delta Chi Fraternity.

RED DIVISION:

Georgia Tech
Throughout the 20-21 academic year, Georgia Tech made a profound impact both on and off campus. Beyond its substantial V Foundation contributions, the chapter supported the Ron Clark Academy, a private nonprofit middle school dedicated to providing educational opportunities to underprivileged students in southeast Atlanta. The chapter was also a strong contributor to the GT Dance Marathon, raising over $11,455 for the Children’s Miracle Network. Additionally, even during a challenging year of in-person opportunity for service, the chapter continued to serve the Atlanta community with over 300 service hours through student food drives, the Central Night Shelter (a men’s homeless shelter) and other local initiatives.

Lehigh
The Lehigh chapter demonstrated outstanding efforts to support their local community both on and off campus. This year, the chapter heavily supported Girls on the Run, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, the V Foundation for Cancer Research, and service initiatives like supporting the Caring Hearts Bethlehem program. Most impactful for the brothers this year was supporting the Testicular Cancer Foundation (TCF). After learning about a brother who had been diagnosed with testicular cancer, the chapter set to work immediately showing support and brotherhood, even in a virtual setting due to the pandemic. Through their campaigning and fundraising efforts, the chapter raised $13,236 for the TCF, in addition to all its other charitable contributions. 

 

BUFF DIVISION:

Jacksonville State
Jacksonville State had its strongest year ever of philanthropy and service initiatives that greatly impacted its campus and local community. Off campus, the chapter partnered with a local fire department to support children and raise funds to provide a holiday filled with toys, games and necessities for their families. The chapter also partnered with a panhellenic sorority to volunteer their time to a local easter egg hunt. On campus, the chapter was a premier organization to support the inauguration of the University’s new president, Don C. Killingsworth (Delta Chi ‘95). The chapter volunteered their time to serve dinner at the inauguration which positively enhanced the image of Delta Chi and the Fraternal community on campus.  

San Antonio
Despite in-person limitations the San Antonio Chapter continued its dedication to making a profound impact on campus and off this academic year. With nearly 130 volunteer hours, the chapter spent time supporting Habitat for Humanity, volunteering with the San Antonio Food Bank, putting presents together for Clarity Child Guidance Center, and volunteering to help the University maintain its on-campus garden. In addition to its service initiatives and supporting the V Foundation for Cancer research, the San Antonio chapter found a new partnership with THRIVE, a local LGBTQIA+ homeless shelter. The chapter raised $2,235 for their daily operations.

RED DIVISION:

Penn State

BUFF DIVISION:

Wilmington

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Raymond D. Galbreth Certificate of Achievement

The Raymond D. Galbreth Certificate of Achievement recognizes chapters and colonies who demonstrated excellence in several operational standards within Delta Chi’s core competencies. Delta Chi awards four chapters from each division (red and buff) who excelled in operational areas of Recruitment & Retention, Brotherhood, Alumni & Family Engagement, Ritual, Philanthropy, Service, Public Relations, Community Engagement, International Fraternity Involvement, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Health & Safety, Governance, Accountability, Financial Management, Housing, Scholarship, Associate Member Education, and Member Development.

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Award of Excellence

Delta Chi recognizes the top six chapters and colonies in the red and buff divisions with the Award of Excellence. These chapters and colonies demonstrated outstanding performance in Delta Chi’s core competencies (Promote Friendship, Develop Character, Advance Justice, and Assist in the Acquisition of a Sound Education) and received the highest overall scores for the 2020-2021 academic year.

RED DIVISION:

Alabama
Mississippi State
Pittsburgh
Wisconsin

BUFF DIVISION:

Adelphi
Embry-Riddle
Livingston
USP

RED DIVISION:

Cal Poly
Kansas
Kansas State
Missouri State
Virginia Tech
Georgia Tech

BUFF DIVISION:

Huntsville
Louisiana Tech
San Antonio
Tri-State
Truman State
Whitewater

Chicago Cup

The Chicago Cup recognizes an alumni chapter with excellence in programming, communication, and meeting the needs of its members.

Atlanta Area Alumni Chapter

 

The Atlanta Area Alumni Chapter continues to regularly operate at a high level, offering a variety of ways for alumni to stay connected and engaged with Delta Chi. This includes brotherhood events, planning and participating in RLCs, and sponsoring philanthropic events. They also support and encourage connections with undergraduate chapters that provide pathways for volunteer recruitment as well as modeling lifelong engagement.

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