On Sunday, April 3, more than 3,000 Iowa State Greek community members gathered to celebrate their accomplishments from the past year at their annual Vespers program. At Vespers, countless awards are presented to the top fraternities and sororities at Iowa State.
At this event, Iowa Gamma received six awards, the most of any Greek organization at Iowa State. The awards included: Second Place and Best Choreography in Greek Week’s LipSync, Sophomore of the Year (Pat Morrison), Greek Community Member of the Year (Austin Javellana), Alumnus of the Year (Steve Good), and the President’s Award for Fraternal Excellence.
The Presidents Award for Fraternal Excellence is the community’s most illustrious award and is given to Greek organizations that have met 90%+ of the applications criteria. It recognizes chapters for their outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, brotherhood/sisterhood, civic engagement, leadership and social justice. The Interfraternity Council at Iowa State University is comprised of 30 chapters and Phi Delta Theta was one of two fraternities to receive this award.
Pat Morrison, Sophomore of the Year, was extremely deserving of the honor. He currently serves as the Vice President and Treasurer of Iowa Gamma, President of the ISU Fishing Club, the Habitat Chair for Pheasants Forever, a member of Agricultural Business Club, and is the Founder, Owner, and Operator of his own business – 3M Outdoor Designs based out of Omaha, Nebraska.
Austin Javellana, Greek Community Member of the Year, has been a prominent figure at Iowa State throughout his undergraduate career. Austin is a past Iowa Gamma chapter president, General Co-Director for Iowa State Dance Marathon (raising over $444,000), an advisor for the President’s Leadership Class, a member of the Senior Class Council, campus tour guide and an avid philanthropist.
Steve Good, Alumnus of the Year, continues to play an instrumental role in Iowa Gamma’s continuing success. He currently serves as the Chapter Advisory Board Chairman and pushes members of Iowa Gamma to be their best every single day. Outside of Iowa Gamma, Steve serves as the Senior Director of Engagement for Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.
Iowa Gamma has continued to make great strides both inside and outside of the classroom. The chapter’s academics have continued to improve and their chapter has grown to 100 men compared to 50 just four years ago. The members of Iowa Gamma are looking forward to another year of success and prosperity both on campus and at the International level.