The 172nd Annual Convention of the national fraternity Chi Psi was an exciting time for the Alpha Xi Brothers at Stevens. The chapter took home the Founders Trophy for greatest overall improvement, and the chapter’s current president, Brandon Vandegrift ’13, was awarded the Stanley J. Birge Award for outstanding undergraduate Brother.
The Founders Trophy is given annually to honor the Chi Psi chapter which has made the most significant improvement during the school term. Through outstanding new recruitment efforts, Stevens’ Alpha Xi chapter doubled in size this year, and the chapter also made significant strides in all areas of operation, including improving sorority relations and introducing a new philanthropy event. In addition, the chapter led the re-founding of the Alpha Xi Alumni Association to provide ongoing advising support for the chapter. These efforts have led the chapter to undergo a significant shift in overall mindset, resulting in a more cohesive brotherhood and stronger operations.
In recognition of his exemplary leadership of through its impressive improvements this year, Vandegrift accepted the Stanley J. Birge Award, the fraternity’s highest undergraduate individual honor. It is presented each year to the Chi Psi member who displays exceptional loyalty and leadership in fraternity affairs and whose contribution to Chi Psi strengthens the brotherhood of the fraternity.
“Brandon has helped the chapter develop long term goals and a vision plan to ensure future success for years to come,” read a statement in the official Chi Psi press release.