Fraternities, sororities recognized nationally for GPA

March 1, 2019 | News, UToday
By Chase M. Foland

Nearly 50 UToledo Greek life student leaders recently attended the Association of Fraternity Leadership and Values Conference in Indianapolis, where they celebrated an honor for academic excellence.

Students accepted the Gamma Sigma Alpha GPA Award at the conference, which brought together more than 3,800 undergraduate fraternity and sorority leaders from across the country.

Several Greek life student leaders showed off the Gamma Sigma Alpha GPA Award they received at the Association of Fraternity Leadership and Values Conference. Alex Zernechel, program manager for Greek life, is standing in the back row at left.

“Since 2000, Gamma Sigma Alpha has conducted the regional GPA competition to determine the fraternity and sorority community whose GPA is the highest on their campus,” Ron Binder, president of Gamma Sigma Alpha Honor Society, said.

The fraternity and sorority community at UToledo was recognized for having an overall GPA higher than the all-campus GPA for both fall 2017 and spring 2018.

In addition, the UToledo Greek community was honored for having the most significant difference between the all-Greek GPA and all-campus GPA from among the 280-plus campuses represented.

“We are incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication that our students put into everything that they do,” Alex Zernechel, program manager for Greek life, said. “Members of fraternities and sororities on campus not only serve within their respective chapter, but they also work various jobs on and off campus, are varsity athletes, are leaders in other student organizations, serve as mentors for youth, and continuously give back both to the local community and their national charities.”

During fall 2018 semester, 8 percent of the Greek population achieved a 4.0 semester GPA, and 38 percent of community members were recognized for being on the dean’s list.

“The fraternity and sorority student leaders are continually looking for ways to improve and have a greater impact on our UT community,” Zernechel said. “We are incredibly lucky to have our partners in the Learning Enhancement Center who continue to provide academic support and guidance to not only our leaders, but also to the individual members of chapters.

“Tia Tucker, director of Academic Support Services, and Julie Radwanski, coordinator in Academic Support Services, have provided continued guidance to several of our members, and we are excited to continue working with them to advance the academic performance of all members of a fraternity or sorority at The University of Toledo.”

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