Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2006-02-21

The Samford University Interfraternity Council (IFC) received eight awards, including a Fraternal Excellence Award, at the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference held in Atlanta, Ga., last weekend (Feb. 18).

The Excellence Award recognizes IFCs that perform at an effectiveness rate of 85 percent or higher on their campus in 10 areas of service and education, including scholarship, leadership, community service, risk management and campus programming.

The Southeastern Interfraternity Conference includes IFCs from 200 college campuses in 12 states.

In addition, Samford's Dr. Frank Parsons was named the region's IFC Advisor of the Year.

The award cited Parsons' leadership in the Samford IFC's Adopt-A-School program with McElwain Elementary School, new member education, and risk management programming for all Samford fraternities and sororities. He has been Director of Greek Life, Student Organizations and Community Service at Samford since 2002.

Samford's honors included: Academic Achievement and Scholarship Award for an annual banquet and recognition program, Outstanding Program Award for a Greek Life speaker series, Interfraternal Relations Award for Greek Weekend 2005, Campus and Community Relations Award for the Adopt-A-School program, Outstanding Service project for assistance with last April's Old Howard 100 bike ride, Risk Management and Judicial Procedures Award for convocations on anti-hazing and alcohol education, and the Outstanding IFC Web Site Award.

The total award count was the highest received by any school's IFC at the conference.

Representing Samford at the conference were IFC members Craig Garner, Daniel Bowles, Parker Gilbert, Jonathan Walker and Rob Howell; and Parsons.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.