Posted by:Nick Hoke | Published: August 8, 2019

Theta Chi Announces Final 2018/2019 Alter Award Recipients

Bloomington, IN – Theta Chi Fraternity is excited to announce the final recipients of the 2018/2019 Howard R. Alter, Jr. Award for Chapter Excellence, the Chapter Achievement Award, Chapter Excellence Awards, and the Most Improved Chapter Award. These chapters were recognized during the third session of the summer 2019 Initiative Academy, held July 25-28, 2019.

The Alter Award
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, Sacred Purpose programming, the Resolute Man, pledge education, and others. The Alter Award may only be presented to active chapters.


  • Epsilon Kappa/Idaho
  • Kappa Zeta/Arkansas

The Chapter Achievement Award
Three chapters received the Chapter Achievement Award during the awards ceremony. This award recognizes and encourages chapters that apply for the Alter Award and demonstrate substantial success, progress, and improvement in chapter operations:

  • Zeta/New Hampshire
  • Chi/Auburn
  • Iota Mu/Missouri

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

  • Epsilon/WPI
  • Beta Iota/Arizona
  • Beta Phi/Nevada
  • Delta Omega/Ripon
  • Zeta Rho/Kentucky
  • Iota Sigma/Towson

Most Improved Chapter Award
One chapter was the recipient of the Most Improved Chapter Award, which 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.

  • Iota Mu/Missouri

Additional chapter awards were presented during session 1 and session 2 of Initiative Academy. The Fraternity offers our enthusiastic congratulations to all recipients and urge all chapters to apply for chapter awards next year. The deadline for the 2019/2020 chapter awards will be April 10, 2020.

Founded in 1856, Theta Chi Fraternity is a men’s collegiate fraternity with more than 191,000 initiated members and has established 241 chapters. Leadership development, personal development, and service to alma mater are fundamental to Theta Chi Fraternity’s mission.