Posted by:Dalton Fischer | Published: August 31, 2022

Theta Chi Announces 2021/2022 Alter Award Recipients

Washington, D.C. – Theta Chi Fraternity is elated to announce the 2021/2022 recipients of the Howard R. Alter, Jr. Award for Chapter Excellence. Twelve chapters were recognized during the 166th Anniversary Convention and 40th School of Fraternity Practices held in Washington, D.C.

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 fifteen 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.

2021/2022 Alter Award Recipients

2021/2022 Recipients:

  • Epsilon/WPI - received the chapter’s seventh Alter Award and their first since 2000.
  • Zeta/New Hampshire - received the chapter’s second Alter Award.
  • Alpha Phi/Alabama -received the chapter’s ninth Alter Award and their first since 2008.
  • Beta Phi/Nevada received their first-ever Alter Award.
  • Gamma Delta/Florida Southern - received their first-ever Alter Award.
  • Gamma Rho/Florida State - received the chapter’s third Alter Award and their first since 2012.
  • Gamma Tau/Drake received their second Alter Award and their first since 1992.
  • Gamma Phi/Nebraska Wesleyan - received their sixth Alter Award and their second in the past three years.
  • Epsilon Kappa/Idaho - now tied for the highest total number of Alter Awards (13) and their fourth-in-a-row.
  • Eta Gamma/Morehead - received their first-ever Alter Award.
  • Eta Psi/UAB received their first-ever Alter Award.
  • Iota Theta/Central Florida received their fifth Alter Award and their first since 2010.

Twenty-two (22) chapters received the 2021/2022 Chapter Achievement Award. This award recognizes and motivates chapters that apply for the Alter Award and demonstrate substantial success, progress, and improvement in chapter operations:

  • Eta/Rhode Island
  • Iota/Colgate
  • Tau/Florida
  • Phi/North Dakota State
  • Alpha Lambda/Ohio State
  • Alpha Mu/Iowa State
  • Alpha Nu/Georgia Tech
  • Alpha Pi/Minnesota
  • Alpha Sigma/Oregon 
  • Beta Sigma/Lehigh
  • Delta Mu/Texas
  • Epsilon Tau/Stephen F. Austin
  • Zeta Beta/Adrian
  • Eta Kappa/James Madison
  • Eta Lambda/Virginia Tech
  • Eta Phi/Oakland
  • Theta Epsilon/Kennesaw State
  • Theta Eta/Sam Houston
  • Iota Beta/Missouri State
  • Iota Lambda/Longwood
  • Iota Psi/RIT

Twenty-eight (28) additional chapters were recognized with Chapter Excellence Awards for demonstrating strong performance in specific areas of chapter operations:

  • Beta/MIT
  • Theta/Massachusetts
  • Mu/California
  • Chi/Auburn
  • Omega/Penn State
  • Alpha Delta/Purdue
  • Alpha Iota/Indiana
  • Alpha Psi/Maryland
  • Beta Theta/Drexel
  • Beta Kappa/Hamline
  • Gamma Upsilon/Bradley
  • Delta Upsilon/Arizona State
  • Delta Omega/Ripon
  • Epsilon Eta/IUP
  • Epsilon Rho/Rider
  • Epsilon Sigma/Wagner
  • Epsilon Psi/NJIT
  • Zeta Alpha/Slippery Rock
  • Zeta Rho/Kentucky
  • Zeta Tau/Michigan-Flint
  • Zeta Upsilon/Hartford
  • Theta Nu/Rowan
  • Theta Omega/Appalachian State
  • Iota Alpha/UNC-Wilmington
  • Iota Tau/Northern Kentucky
  • Kappa Gamma/North Florida
  • Kappa Theta/SUNY Geneseo
  • 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.

This year’s Most Improved Chapter is Theta Epsilon/Kennesaw State.

About Theta Chi: Founded in 1856, Theta Chi Fraternity is a men’s collegiate fraternity with more than 200,000 initiated members and has established 245 chapters. Theta Chi’s mission is to develop college-age men into successful students, good citizens, lifelong brothers, and resolute leaders. Learn more at