Theta Chi Chapter at University of Arkansas Wins Alter Award

 Mike Mayer (far left),  Darick Brown (center left), and Tait Martin presenting the Alter Award to Brother Issac Hampton (center right) on behalf of the Kappa Zeta Chapter of Theta Chi.
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Mike Mayer (far left), Darick Brown (center left), and Tait Martin presenting the Alter Award to Brother Issac Hampton (center right) on behalf of the Kappa Zeta Chapter of Theta Chi.

The Kappa Zeta Chapter of Theta Chi, a Greek registered student organization here at the University of Arkansas, was awarded the 2018/2019 Howard R. Alter Award for Chapter Excellence on July 27 at the Initiative Academy in Bloomington, Indiana.

The Alter Award was created by a group of former field staff in 1984 upon the occasion of Howard Alter's retirement as executive director. It first presented in 1986 to chapters that met or exceeded the Fraternity's standards of excellence.

The Alter Award is Theta Chi's highest chapter honor and is traditionally presented at the Fraternity's summer event. Consideration for the Alter Award is by application only. Applicant chapters are evaluated based on their performance in 14 categories, including recruitment, scholarship programming, Sacred Purpose programming, the Resolute Man, pledge education, and others. The Alter Award may only be presented to active chapters. Brother Issac Hampton was in attendance to accept the award on behalf of the chapter.

In addition to the Alter Award, the chapter was also presented the Phil S. Randall Success in Recruitment Award for initiating over 25 new members in the previous academic year.

The U of A group first colonized in December, 2016 and quickly got to work. After a period of historic and unprecedented growth, the group ended up earning their charter on Nov. 11, 2017, formally becoming the Kappa Zeta Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity. Their hard work and dedication to building a chapter paid off. The brothers of the chapter excelled in all operations, putting a determined focused on practicing altruism, academics, recruitment, their sacred purpose, and offering the assisting hand to those in need in their community.

The Kappa Zeta Chapter of Theta Chi is committed to bringing the same level of excellence every year and is already working towards their goals for the upcoming academic year. The chapter is always looking for impressive and qualified men to join their chapter. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the group, they are encouraged to reach out to Recruitment Chair Warren Lewis at


About Theta Chi: Founded in 1856, Theta Chi Fraternity is a men's collegiate fraternity with more than 185,000 initiated members and has established 241 chapters. Leadership development, personal development, and service to alma mater are fundamental to Theta Chi Fraternity's mission. The Kappa Zeta Chapter of Theta Chi was established in 2017 and continues to champion the positive benefits of Greek Life. Although they operate outside of their campus' Interfraternity Council, they are a member organization of the IFC's parent organization — the North American Interfraternity Conference. The group is a social and values-based fraternity at the University of Arkansas and is always looking for qualified men interested in being a part of the life-changing experience that is Greek Life.


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