Aug. 17, 2004

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Contact: John Ziegelmeyer Jr., chapter adviser, (785) 843-4265 or (785) 550-5127.

KU chapter of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity named top overall chapter in nation

LAWRENCE The Kansas Alpha chapter of Phi Kappa Psi men's social fraternity at the University of Kansas was named the best overall chapter in the United States at the group's 72nd annual convention in San Diego.

Eight student members of KU student chapter as well as advisers and alumni attended the convention to receive the award that was established in 1992 to recognize overall chapter excellence. The honor cites programming that has produced "outstanding results for its members in every facet of fraternity life," with particular mention of outstanding scholarship achievement, organization, financial management, member education and philanthropic projects.

Ben Cohen, Overland Park junior in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, chapter president, and Blake Shuart, Topeka senior majoring in English, past president, accepted the award for the KU chapter.

The chapter also received the Founder's Award given to one chapter with the best overall fiscal management as well as a scholarship recognition award. E.W. "Bill" Johnson of Lenexa, a KU alumnus and president of the KU chapter house corporation, was named the nation's best house corporation officer. The chapter house, built in 1964 and expanded in 1991, is located at 1602 W. 15th St. at the west edge of the KU campus in Lawrence. The KU chapter has about 130 student members. John Ziegelmeyer Jr. of Lawrence is the KU chapter adviser.

The University of Kansas Phi Psi chapter was founded in 1876 and is the fraternity's only chapter at a Kansas college or university among its 95 chapters nationwide. Phi Kappa Psi was founded in 1852 at Jefferson College, Cannonsburg, Pa., that later merged with Washington Academy to become Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pa.

Student members who attended the convention, their hometowns, parents, high schools attended and chapter responsibilities are:

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Lenexa
Adam Dolski, sophomore in political science and pre-law, son of Wojtek and Terri Dolski; St. Thomas Aquinas High School; comptroller.

From Mission Hills
Andrew Greene, freshman in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, son of Ted and Ann Greene; Shawnee Mission East High School; recruitment co-chairman.

From Overland Park
Ben Cohen, junior in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, son of Rick and Delane Cohen; Shawnee Mission South High School; president.

Matt Moeder, sophomore in communication studies, political science and pre-law, son of Carl Moeder; Shawnee Mission West High School; treasurer.

Jimmy Steimer, junior in pre-business administration, son of Jeffery and Janis Steimer; Shawnee Mission South High School; recruitment co-chairman.

From Prairie Village
Conner Sivewright, sophomore in pre-business administration, son of Benjamin and Vickie Sivewright; Shawnee Mission East High School; scholarship chairman.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita
Dan Dakhil, sophomore in sport science and sports management, son of Shaker and Kathie Dakhil; Wichita Collegiate School; vice president.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka
Blake Shuart, senior majoring in English, son of Laird and Marsha Shuart; Topeka West High School; past president.

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