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Phi Delta Theta Introduces The T. Glen Cary Award, Recognizing The Biennium’s Outstanding Colony



During the Awards Luncheon at Phi Delta Theta’s 2014 General Convention, Chairman of the Survey Commission David Almacy presented a newly created award, the T. Glen Cary Award, that recognizes the outstanding colony of the biennium. The award will be presented every two years at the General Convention. It was only fitting to name the award after Brother T. Glen Cary, a man who many identify as the “godfather” of the Phi Delta Theta expansion program–a man who has spent over 50 years, giving his time and support to our great Fraternity. Brother Cary has spent over 35 years on the Survey Commission, helping guide the growth of the Phi Delta Theta Expansion program.

At the 68th Biennial Convention in Kansas City, Texas Epsilon Brother T. Glen Cary was awarded Phi Delta Theta’s Legion of Honor Award that recognizes a member who has made a major contribution of his time, effort and energy to serve the Fraternity and improve its stature. And by “major contribution of time,” his contributions to Phi Delta Theta have been made since 1959!

From 1978 to 1980, Brother Cary served as the 47th President of the General Council before continuing his tenure on the Survey Commission. During the past five decades, Glen and his wife, Shirley, have attended more than a few Phi Delta Theta Conventions and General Officers Conferences. Glen and Shirley have a Phi Delt son, Lance, a daughter, Shelley, and two grandchildren, one (Wynn) who is a Phi at the University of Texas.

Honorable Mention:

The honorable mention for the T. Glen Cary Award was presented to New Mexico Alpha at the University of New Mexico. The chapter was re-installed in October of 2013, and the men of the chapter continue to be leaders on campus. The chapter has the greatest student government involvement (4 student senators) and the highest GPA (3.5) of any IFC fraternity on their campus. Though their journey had its ups and downs, those who remained stayed true to the values that they had pledged to uphold when they agreed to become re-founding fathers of New Mexico Alpha. With the guidance of others, these men put great time and effort into recruiting like-minded individuals and turning the colony into a thriving chapter of more than 50 Phis.


The California Phi Chapter at Chapman University embodies the spirit of this award. Since its colonization in April 2013, California Phi has had two successful recruitment periods and actively developed a philanthropic leadership role on campus. Here are some highlights of what this chapter achieved in the biennium.

  • Earned 1st place in Kappa Alpha Theta’s Katwalk fashion show, raising over $800 to benefit the Casa Foundation.
  • Earned 2ndplace in Gamma Phi Beta’s Airbands singing competition, to benefit Camp Fire USA and Girls on the Run International.
  • Earned 2nd place in Delta Gamma’s Anchor Man, raising over $700 to benefit Service for Sight.
  • Earned 3rd place in Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Kappa Klassroom, raising $250 to benefit the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation.
  • Earned 3rd place in Alpha Gamma Delta’s golf game Tee Offto benefit the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation.
  • Earned 3rd place in Delta Delta Delta’s sport competition Twister with a Twist, to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • Raised over $2,000 to benefit The ALS Association at the Walk to Defeat ALS.
  • Raised over $2,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life 24 hour walk/run for cancer, the most of any fraternity at Chapman
  • Participated in Phi Gamma Delta’s football game Turkey Bowl and Alpha Phi’s talent competition Mr. University, benefiting the Harold Robinson Foundation and the Make a Wish Foundation.

Congratulations to the brothers of California Phi for winning the inaugural T. Glen Cary Award.