As the Alpha Nu Chapter has continued its huge growth after being reinstated as a chapter in 2009, the leadership of the chapter has realized the importance of promoting scholarship and academic excellence. With such a growth in the number of undergraduate brothers, the chapter began making changes to ensure that academic excellence remained a top priority. Starting in 2013, a new position was added to the executive board, Scholarship Chairman.
Conner Patrick, the first Scholarship Chair that enjoyed being on exec, began the trend of emphasizing scholastic merit. With a current Chapter-wide GPA of 3.285 (which is .1273 higher than the IFC average and ranks fifth among 27 IFC Fraternities – see the full rankings here), Patrick’s efforts have obviously been successful. Connor Johns, the current Scholarship Chair, has also been making moves. For starters, Johns’ reign has seen the arrival of a long-awaited chapter printer that can not only print in both color and black-and-white but can also print double sided completely on its own. Additionally, Johns has also created a ton of new study space at the house by using the Chapter Room as a study room. By putting tables and chairs in the room, Johns has allowed for brothers to study together in a quiet environment that is close to home.
The quality of the Alpha Nu brothers is really not up for debate, as this year’s undergraduates have earned almost a quarter of a million dollars from scholarships from both the University and outside sources. The Chapter itself has a fund with over $18,000 for scholarships and plans on giving out around $3,500 to brothers this spring. When asked about the rising importance of academics within the Fraternity, Johns said, “Getting an education is why we are here, and while having fun is important too, everyone in this chapter is ambitious and wants to succeed. Making sure that success in school is emphasized is my main task as Scholarship Chair.” With such an emphasis on scholarship, it will definitely be interesting to see how the position of Scholarship Chair and the academic accomplishments of the Alpha Nu Chapter will progress.
– Travis Monteleone, Chapter Editor, Alpha Nu 2018