Pi Kappa Phi at Roanoke College receives national recognition
Each year, Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity's national office recognizes chapters and individuals who excel in their fraternal duties. Roanoke College's Xi Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi this year received multiple awards.
Roanoke senior Joshua Wolinski, of Kent, Conn., was named National Archon of the Year, the highest award given to an Archon, or president, of any Pi Kappa Phi chapter in the country. Wolinski was selected for his exemplary leadership, his dedication to bettering himself and his fraternity, and his determination to succeed academically. Wolinski is a senior philosophy major who also is an intern for the Leadership Roanoke program, a program designed to educate and empower students to take on leadership roles, and a member of the rugby and golf clubs. Wolinski says Xi chapter has placed an emphasis on recruiting associate members and on academic success of the individual members.
"I care deeply about Pi Kappa Phi," Wolinski said. "The fraternity is always striving to improve our organization and our place on Roanoke's campus. This award reflects not only the work I put in, but the work of my whole chapter."
Tim Cywinski, a junior political science major from Catlett, Va., received the national Philanthropist of the Year Award. He was given the award for revamping Xi chapter's philanthropy week, which resulted in raising double the amount of funds and awareness for PUSH America than previously raised.
"As a student and PUSH chair for Pi Kapp, I have seen first-hand how the school upholds one facet of its mission by developing students in terms of service by providing the resources required to be successful," Cywinski said. "One of the undeniable truths about Roanoke College is that a student's hard work will be rewarded, and vision can manifest into a reality. So in addition to my fraternity, Roanoke College deserves a lot of credit for our success because of its strong encouragement of our service work, and the school's ability to develop students."
In addition to recognition of individual members, the Xi chapter was recognized for excellence in recruitment and retention. Roanoke's Xi consistently draws dedicated men who are leaders on campus and who excel academically. The strength of the Xi brotherhood keeps brothers engaged in the fraternity long after graduation.
Released: November 13, 2013
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