» By CHRIS COPPEDGE – ccoppedge@my.apsu.edu

The APSU chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon was recently awarded the Buchanan Cup Award for the third time in recognition of being one of the best chapters nationally.

“The awarding of the Buchanan Cup to the Tennessee Eta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon serves as a testament of the outstanding contributions the members have given to both the university and greater Clarksville community over the course of the last year,” said Gregory Singleton, dean of students.

“We are proud of their accomplishments and look forward to continued excellence from the membership.”

The chapter previously won the award in 2005 and 2009, said Alejandro Herrera, chapter president.

The cup is named after former Grand President Edwin Buchanan and is given out every two years. The national headquarters of Sigma Phi Epsilon, established in Richmond, Va., gives out the Buchanan Cup Award to multiple chapters of the fraternity.

In order to decide which of the 240 chapters across the nation deserve the award for excellence in every category, the headquarters establishes a committee to review all of the applications.

Herrera spent the past spring break writing a 37 page award application packet that explored the past two years of the chapter’s activities, as well as finance, manpower, athletics and campus leadership.

“Sigma Phi Epsilon is very involved in campus activities such as SGA, Peer Mentor and Govs Ambassadors. We also participate in campus service projects such as G.H.O.S.T., Move In Day and Operation Serve,” Herrera said.

The fraternity also helped last year with the campus’ “Cinco de Suess Philanthropy Week,” participating in activities with children from the university’s child care center that dealt with the famous alumni. In the process, they raised $2,300 for the Youth AIDS organization.

“I believe our fraternities and sororities at APSU are wonderful organizations that do so much for the campus, the greater Clarksville community, as well as their own national philanthropies and initiatives,” said Brianna Lombardozzi, coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs.

“This award for Sigma Phi Epsilon not only shows that they are a great asset to the APSU community but are a top ranking chapter amongst the 240 other Sigma Phi Epsilon chapters, which is a huge honor,” Lombardozzi said. TAS