For release: September 7, 2011
For press information, contact Zak White, 901-340-2430
The University of Memphis recently was named one of Sigma Phi Epsilon’s best chapters
in the nation and recognized with the coveted Buchanan Cup. The Buchanan Cup, an award
for outstanding chapter performance, is named after the fraternity’s former grand
president, Edwin Buchanan. It is awarded every two years for chapters excelling in
all areas of operations and leadership, including volunteer support, recruitment,
member development, academics, fiscal health and faculty engagement.
This marks the fourth time the U of M chapter has won the Buc Cup. For the rigorous
application process, the chapter noted a number of efforts designed to make it a high
performing chapter among the 240 SigEp chapters across the country. Each semester the SigEp chapter at Memphis hosts a philanthropy to support several charities. Around
Halloween members host a “haunted house” along with sororities on campus and is open
to the general public at their fraternity house at 3586 Midland Ave. Through a combination
of community sponsorships, sorority donations, and general admission tickets, SigEp
is consistently able to raise more than $5,000 for YouthAids, its national philanthropy.
During the spring semester, the chapter hosts “Skate for a Cure” at the East End Skate
Center, with all proceeds donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Buchanan
Cup selection also is based on grades. Sigma Phi Epsilon recently held the highest
among all Greeks in the spring 2011 semester with a 3.23 cumulative GPA. SigEp also
excels in the area of campus leadership, with multiple Frosh Camp counselors and SGA
members in addition to other organizations.
“At the University of Memphis we are very proud to be able to claim our third consecutive
Buchanan Cup,” said Zak White, the chapter’s Balanced Man Scholarship director. “This
honor is a testament to all the hard work that our members past and present have exercised
in order to maintain the Balanced Man ideals of sound mind and sound body.”
Sigma Phi Epsilon, established in 1901, is one of the nation’s largest fraternities,
with more than 15,000 undergraduates on 240 campuses across the United States. Its
mission is building balanced men, which is achieved through a continuous member development
program that has contributed to a fraternity-wide GPA of over 3.0, a focus on the
principles of sound mind and sound body, and service learning efforts that allow members
to develop leadership skills while giving back to the community.