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September 26, 2005
Contact: Tom Sahli, Phi Delta Theta, (785) 843-6400.

KU Phi Delta Theta fraternity chapter wins awards at international convention

LAWRENCE -- The Kansas Alpha chapter of the Phi Delta Theta men's social fraternity at the University of Kansas won six awards at the international Phi Delta Theta convention held July 30 through Aug. 2 in Oxford, Ohio. Charlie Bengtson, Wichita sophomore; Adam Krause, Overland Park junior; and Kirk Smith, Frisco, Texas, sophomore, represented the chapter at the convention.

The Kansas Alpha chapter won a General Headquarters Trophy, a Gold Star Award, the Lubbock Trophy, the Community Service Citation, the Best Interior Project Award and an honorable mention in the Outstanding Membership Recruitment Program Award category.

Phi Delta Theta presents Gold Star awards to its top collegiate chapters for overall superior excellence in chapter operations. The General Headquarters Trophy is presented to chapters that display organization within the respective chapter through promptness in the submission of reports to the General Headquarters.

The Lubbock Trophy is awarded to the one collegiate chapter that has been involved in the most significant community service program carried out over an extended number of years. Kansas Alpha won this award for its longtime participation in the philanthropy and performance components of KU's Rock Chalk Revue, which benefits United Way of Douglas County.

For its Rock Chalk Revue volunteer efforts and other philanthropies, the chapter won the Community Service Citation by averaging 15.3 hours of community service per member during the 2004-05 academic year. Some activities included highway roadside cleanups, volunteering at the ALS Association Kansas City Walk to D'Feet ALS, the spring and fall citywide Lawrence Day of Caring projects and trick-or-treating for canned food items to benefit relief organizations.

The chapter earned the Interior Project Award to recognize its house improvements, specifically completely remodeling its women's restroom plus overall upgrades, including new countertops and sinks, to bathrooms throughout the chapter house at 1621 Edgehill Road in Lawrence.

Phi Delta Theta was founded in 1848 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, also the fraternity's general headquarters location. Kansas Alpha chapter, founded in 1882, has 121 members. Nick Blasi, Overland Park, who received a spring 2004 bachelor's degree in business, is the chapter adviser.

Phi Delta Theta student chapter officers are listed below by name, hometown, level in school, major, parents, high school attended and chapter office held.

From Leawood
Brett Harrop, sophomore in computer science, son of Robert and Patricia Harrop; Shawnee Mission East High School; all-house co-chairman.
From Mission Hills
Jack Keller, sophomore in pre-business administration, son of Gib and Dianne Keller; Shawnee Mission East High School; social co-chairman.
From Overland Park
Drew Ibarra, sophomore in pre-sport science and community health, son of Gerald and Carol Ibarra; St. Thomas Aquinas High School; risk management chairman.
Adam Krause, junior in human biology, son of Kim and Lucy Krause; Blue Valley Northwest High School; scholarship chairman.
Steve Sahli, sophomore in pre-medicine, son of Tom and Kathy Sahli; Blue Valley Northwest High School; intramurals chairman.
Tom Sahli, junior in biology, son of Tom and Kathy Sahli; Blue Valley Northwest High School; vice-president.
From Prairie Village
Greyson Clymer, senior in business administration, son of David and Melanie Clymer; Shawnee Mission East High School; president.
Jamie Dix, junior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of Robert and Kathryn Dix; Shawnee Mission East High School; social co-chairman.
From Shawnee
Conor Dreher, sophomore in pre-business administration, son of David and Lydia Dreher; Shawnee Mission Northwest High School; all-house co-chairman.

From Hutchinson
Joel Higgins, sophomore in pre-medicine, son of Jack and Patty Higgins; Trinity Catholic High School; recruitment co-chairman.

From Salina
Ryan Mize, sophomore in economics and political science, son of John and Karen Mize; Salina Central High School; philanthropy co-chairman.

From Wichita
Charlie Bengtson, sophomore in biology, son of David and Mary Bengtson; Kapaun Mount Carmel High School; philanthropy co-chairman.
Joe Schuster, sophomore in political science, son of Roger and Jennifer Schuster; Kapaun Mount Carmel High School; recruitment co-chairman.
Caleb Solomon, senior in business administration and finance, son of Mark and Wynetta Solomon; Andover High School; new member educator.

From Scottsdale
Ted Leeland, sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, son of Douglas Leeland; Desert Mountain High School; secretary.

From Chesterfield
Scott Baker, junior in business administration, son of Bart and Connie Baker; St. Louis University High School; community service chairman.
From St. Joseph
Andrew Zillner, senior in microbiology and pre-sport science and community health, son of Lawrence and Lori Zillner; Central High School; vice-president.

From Oklahoma City
Jim Bridges, senior in finance with concentration in communication studies, son of Dean and Kathy Bridges; Heritage Hall Upper School; treasurer.

From Frisco
Kirk Smith, sophomore in pre-business administration, son of Barbara Smith; Jesuit College Preparatory School, Dallas, Texas; recruitment co-chairman.


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