OXFORD, Miss. – The Delta Psi chapter of Alpha Tau Omega at the University of Mississippi received the True Merit award at the ATO national convention for its outstanding accomplishments for the 2014-15 academic year.
This is the eighth year in a row for the UM fraternity.
“Because of Mississippi’s proven success as a chapter, individual members enjoy a strong ATO experience that enhances their college education and makes them more valuable as citizens, currently on their campus, but very soon, as members of their respective communities,” said Wynn Smiley, chief executive officer of the national fraternity.
The True Merit award is recognition of the chapter’s overall excellence, including community and campus involvement.
“Receiving a true merit bowl is a significant honor for our chapter,” said William Fisher, chapter president, of Greenwood. “It makes me proud to know that we are continuing a legacy that has been set by many of the Ole Miss ATOs that came before us.”
The men of the Delta Psi chapter raised more than $40,000 for Delta Streets Academy, recruited pledge classes of more than 80 men and continually excel in campus involvement.
“The fact that the men have won this award eight straight years shows in incredible level of consistency,” said Dylan Farrell, leadership consultant for the Mississippi chapter.
All chapters are required to submit an annual report detailing each area of their performance throughout the year. The reports are presented to a panel of judges not affiliated with ATO.
“Even though we are the largest chapter in the country, we still excel in almost every category on campus and nationally. We are constantly striving to be the best that we can be,” Fisher said.