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Loras College fraternity members record best GPA average on national stage

Sigep Group Photo
Several members of the Loras College’s Sigma Phi Epsilon Chapter, SigEp Iowa, Eta, attended its recent banquet (pictured left to right): Andrew O’Neill, Jacob Formella, Chris Ball, Ben Pashon, Logan Schroeder, Kevin Hanson, Alex Southwood, Nic Young, Skye Miller, Chad Moser and Jack Sarcone. Members not pictured: Matt Wadkowski, Rylie Michel, Zach Frett, Ian Giebel, and Brody Tupy.
Sig Ep finalists
Balanced Man Scholarship finalists (left to right): Luke Fennelly, Kegan Huntley, Rodrigo Espino, Tony Diaz, Patrick Hollander, Sam Martin, Ethan Hammerand, and Nash Reicks. Not pictured, Peter Kilburg and Aidyn Dodds.

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Members of Loras College’s Sigma Phi Epsilon Chapter, SigEp Iowa, Eta, achieved a 3.24 GPA last semester marking it the best campus average, campus male average, and SigEp national average. The chapter has also named finalists for its Balanced Man Scholarship.

“Our chapter has accomplished strong successes,” said Chris Ball, president of the SigEp Iowa Eta. “We are proud to have the privilege to represent Loras and the greater Dubuque community.

Finalists for the scholarship are Luke Fennelly, Kegan Huntley, Rodrigo Espino, Tony Diaz, Patrick Hollander, Sam Martin, Ethan Hammerand, Nash Reicks, Peter Kilburg, Aidyn Dodds, Kyle Siuta, Erik Edminster, Andrew Ganion, Grant Ooms and Tiernan Talbot.

The scholarship reinforces SigEp’s commitment to “Building Balanced Men” by helping recognize exceptional undergraduates. Scholarship amounts vary based on the resources available to each chapter. Applicants and scholarship recipients are not required to join the fraternity.

The chapter also:

  • Received the Excelsior Cup for Outstanding Chapter Leadership at Carlson Leadership Academy.
  • Recognized member Logan Schroeder who is one of less than 1 percent of SigEp members to be selected to the Ruck Leadership Institute, Richmond Virginia. This makes the fifth year the chapter has sent a member to Ruck.

Founded in 1974, SigEp Iowa, Eta earned seven consecutive Buchanan Cups from 1977 to 1989 before its closure in 2002. Fourteen years later, with the support of Loras President Jim Collins, a member of the fraternity since 1990, and other dedicated members, the chapter returned in 2016. Chapter alumni have also donated $14,000 for leadership member training and development.

For more information on SigEp at Loras, contact Ball at Christopher.Ball@loras.edu.

About Sigma Phi Epsilon
Sigma Phi Epsilon was founded in 1901 on the campus of Richmond College (now called the University of Richmond) in Richmond, Virginia. The history of the fraternity reflects the times, through great wars and profound cultural shifts. Throughout the decades, the men of Sigma Phi Epsilon have practiced their values and embraced the stated desire of the founders, “This Fraternity will be different.” Visit www.sigep.org.

Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.

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