University fraternity chapter receives national recognition

Samantha Alisankus

The University of Minnesota chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho recently received national recognition for their campus efforts. In August, the fraternity received a series of chapter awards from national headquarters, ranging from an honor for upholding the organization’s promise statement to a scholarship awarded to an individual member.

The chapter earned a Gold Status Chapter Award, which this year recognized 13 out of the 70 national AGR chapters that excel in categories like academic excellence, alumni relations and recruitment. The Lambda chapter also received an honorable mention for its newsletter and a high honor ranking for adhering to the “living the promise statement” of Alpha Gamma Rho.

In addition to the three chapter-level awards, the group’s alumni community was awarded with an Alumni Corperation Award, recognizing their dedication and continued assistance to their chapter. Lastly, Kirby Schmidt was awarded the AGR Excellence Scholarship, an award presented to an individual who exemplifies scholarship, leadership, citizenship, activities and fraternal involvement. He is one of only three fraternity men to receive the award this year and according to a spokesperson for Alpha Gamma Rho national headquarters, this “is the most prestigious scholarship awarded.”