As 19 brothers of Florida Alpha piled into vehicles and headed to Atlanta Friday, Chapter President Hayden Grim had no doubt in his mind the group would return to Gainesville from Carlson Leadership Academy with awards to show for a year of hard work.
Fresh off winning Chapter of the Year, Highest Chapter GPA and Most Outstanding Community Program at the University of Florida’s Interfraternity Council’s Awards, Florida Alpha would walk away from Carlson with three more honors: an Excelsior Cup for improvements in membership development, Brother Jonathan Katz was named a Zollinger Outstanding Senior and Brother James “Scott” Gann was named a Tragos Quest to Greece Scholar.
In regards to the Excelsior Cup, Grim was especially proud of the chapter’s improvements in the implementation of the Balanced Man Program.
“We have been so dedicated to ensuring our brothers get the most out of their SigEp experience,” Grim said. “It felt great to be recognized for our strides in Member Development.”
Meanwhile, Vice President of Member Development Scott Gann also took pride in the chapter’s Excelsior Cup. Under Gann’s leadership, the Balanced Man Program at Florida Alpha was revamped, with more useful curriculum implemented in challenge meetings based off brother surveys.
“We’re really grateful to be recognized for the progress we’ve made,” Gann said. “The developments push us toward providing our brothers with experiences to round out their overall college experience and prepare them for life after graduation.”
For many brothers, it was the first time attending Carlson; others, like former chapter officers Aaron Blau and Jonathan Katz, were attending their third. For Katz, being named a Zollinger Outstanding Senior was the highlight of the weekend.
“For me, it means I’m joining a strong and impressive group of individuals who I look up to,” Katz said. “They’ve changed the definition of the modern fraternity.”
Blau and Katz, both fourth-year economics majors, attended the Cox Volunteer Institute at CLA. The program caters to future SigEp mentors and volunteers.
Carlson is designed to provide chapter officers with the tools necessary to foster increased growth, while also encouraging and equipping younger brothers to assume chapter leadership positions in the future.
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