Posted by:Nick Hoke | Published: September 8, 2021

Theta Chi Announces 2020/2021 Alter Award Recipients

Lexington, KY – Theta Chi Fraternity is excited to announce the 2020/2021 recipients of the Howard R. Alter, Jr. Award for Chapter Excellence. Two chapters were recognized during the 165th Anniversary Celebration in Lexington, KY.

Created by a group of former field staff in 1984 upon the occasion of Howard Alter’s retirement as Executive Director, the Alter Award was 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, risk management practices, member and new member education and others. The Alter Award may only be presented to active chapters.


Epsilon Kappa/Idaho

Iota Psi/RIT

2020/2021 Alter Award Recipient - Iota Psi/RIT

Three chapters received the 2020/2021 Chapter Achievement Award. This award recognizes and encourages chapters that apply for the Alter Award and demonstrate substantial success, progress, and improvement in chapter operations:

Phi/North Dakota State

Gamma Phi/Nebraska Wesleyan

Eta Phi/Oakland

2020/2021 Achievement Award Recipient - Phi/North Dakota State

Thirty additional chapters were recognized with Chapter Excellence Awards for demonstrating strong performance in specific areas of chapter operations:



Sigma/Oregon State


Alpha Delta/Purdue

Alpha Lambda/Ohio State

Alpha Nu/Georgia Tech

Alpha Pi/Minnesota

Alpha Phi/Alabama

Beta Phi/Nevada

Gamma Delta/Florida Southern

Gamma Tau/Drake

Gamma Upsilon/Bradley

Delta Mu/Texas

Delta Omega/Ripon

Epsilon Psi/NJIT

Zeta Beta/Adrian

Zeta Lambda/Westminster

Zeta Rho/Kentucky

Zeta Tau/Michigan-Flint

Eta Gamma/Morehead

Eta Psi/UAB

Theta Tau/Western Michigan

Iota Beta/Missouri State

Iota Theta/Central Florida

Iota Lambda/Longwood

Iota Mu/Missouri

Iota Tau/Northern Kentucky

Kappa Zeta/Arkansas

Kappa Nu/Colorado

The Most Improved Chapter Award recognizes the chapter that has made significant developments over the last year. Past recipients of this award have made tremendous improvements in membership size, scholarship programming, and chapter operations while living up to the tenets of our Fraternity Creed and motto every day.

Sigma/Oregon State

Founded in 1856, Theta Chi Fraternity is a men’s collegiate fraternity with more than 196,000 initiated members and has established 244 chapters. Theta Chi’s mission is to develop college-age men into successful students, good citizens, lifelong brothers, and resolute leaders.