Description of Awards
The Dr. Albert D. Nutting Outstanding Advisor Award is named in honor of the longtime advisor to the Nu Epsilon Chapter at the University of Maine. Dr. Nutting was a founding member of the chapter and returned to the University as a Professor of Forestry. He served the Nu Epsilon Chapter for over 30 years as its faculty and alumni advisor. Chapters and host institutions are asked to submit a nomination using the form provided. Nominees may serve in any advisory capacity to the chapter.
Mr. James A. Vitale was named a Distinguished Service Chapter Member in 1999. Brother Vitale served as Executive Secretary of the Fraternity in 1964 and was able to open the very first National Headquarters in 1966. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of a member of the National Council. Anyone may nominate a current volunteer for work done throughout the year. Please see the attached nomination form.
Charles S. Rising was the first National President of Phi Mu Delta. Through his leadership, the National Fraternity laid the foundation for our success over the past 88 years. The Charles S. Rising Outstanding Chapter President Award recognizes the contributions and leadership of a chapter president. Nominations may be submitted by any chapter member, advisor, or alumni association member. Please see the attached nomination form.
The National Fraternity recognizes the value of our many alumni associations. Through them, our members are able to maintain life-long contacts and the undergraduates are given great mentors. This award recognizes those contributions. Any undergraduate chapter or alumni association may apply for this award. Please see the attached nomination form.
Brother Robert C. Lomison served as National President from 1982 until 1990. He joined the National Council as the Undergraduate Representative in 1976. At that time, the National Fraternity was facing many challenges and Brother Lomison was part of a team of brothers who saved the organization. The Robert C. Lomison Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of any undergraduate member to his chapter, campus, or greater community. Please see the attached nomination form.
Perce R. Appleyard served as National President from 1948 until 1950. Perce was a member of the Alpha Sigma Omega Fraternity that became the Mu Alpha Chapter at Susquehanna University in 1924. From the moment Mu Alpha was chartered, Brother Appleyard dedicated himself and the Fraternity to community service and philanthropy programming. This award recognizes the chapter or colony with the greatest contribution of community service and/or philanthropy programming from the academic year. Please see the attached nomination form.
The Robert G. LeBlanc Academic Achievement Award
Dr. Robert G. LeBlanc was a member of the Nu Beta Chapter at the University of New Hampshire. After his graduation, Brother LeBlanc pursued a Ph.D. in Geography and returned to UNH as a professor. In 2001, Brother LeBlanc was traveling to a conference in Los Angeles when the flight he was aboard was one of the planes to strike the Twin Towers. In 2002, the Academic Achievement Award was named in his honor. The award recognizes the chapter/colony with the highest annual Grade Point Average. There is no nomination form for this award. The winner is decided by grade reports submitted by the host campus.
Eli C. Henry was National President during the difficult times in the late 1970’s. Together with a small band of dedicated alumni, Brother Henry is credited with saving the National Fraternity and putting the organization back on track for success. Unfortunately, Brother Henry suddenly passed in the early 1990’s and the Most Improved Chapter Award was named in his honor. The chapter that has demonstrated the greatest improvement during the academic year in the areas of chapter management, scholarship, and recruitment will be considered for this award. Please see attached nomination form.
Clarence Dexter Pierce, the founder of Phi Mu Delta, stood for the strongest of ideals for the remainder of his life. He went on to be a successful doctor in Batavia, New York and was committed to service throughout his days. The Chapter of Excellence Award honors those chapters who has committed itself to our highest ideals and has created an environment where our members can thrive. Chapters must be strong in all areas of chapter management, scholarship, recruitment, and service to the community. These chapters are then asked to make a formal presentation before the Undergraduate membership at Conclave or Sapphire Leadership Institute. These chapters compete for the Clarence Dexter Pierce Cup as selected by their peers.