Two Mercer Greek Organizations Receive National Recognitions

October 3, 2011

Media Contact: Mark Vanderhoek, (478) 301-4037 or vanderhoek_m@mercer.edu

MACON — Two Mercer University chapters of Greek organizations have recently received national recognitions. The Alpha Zeta chapter of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity was recognized as a True Merit Chapter and named one of the top 10 chapters in the nation, and the Beta Sigma chapter of Alpha Delta Pi sorority received a Maxine Blake Golden Lion Award.

“These chapters exemplify the high standards our student organizations are known for, and we are proud of their achievements,” said Cindy Drury, assistant director of campus life. “These chapters are part of two very large organizations and they were competing with chapters from universities across the country. Their efforts have shown what truly separates Mercer students from others.”

The True Merit Chapter Award is given to Alpha Tau Omega chapters that demonstrate overall excellence in four major categories: focus, fundamentals, finances and friendship. This was the seventh time that Alpha Zeta has been recognized as a True Merit Chapter in 10 years. The fraternity was chosen as one of the top 10 in the country from more than 120 chapters nationwide. In addition, Alpha Zeta was recognized for excellence in the following categories: pledge education, ritual, financial management, campus involvement and leadership development, recruitment and scholarship. Current Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal was a member of the Alpha Zeta chapter when he attended Mercer.

The Beta Sigma chapter received the Maxine Blake Golden Lion Award this summer during the Alpha Delta Pi national convention. The award is the highest honor an Alpha Delta Pi chapter can receive and chapters must meet requirements consecutively for a minimum of six years in order to be eligible to win the award. Criteria cover all aspects of chapter performance, including operations and administration, philanthropy, programming, recruitment and campus involvement. Only 10 percent of Alpha Delta Pi chapters were awarded the Maxine Blake Golden Lion Award.

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,200 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at three regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.
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