On Sunday, April 29, more than 3,000 members of the Iowa State Greek community gathered to celebrate their accomplishments throughout the past year with their annual Vespers program, signaling the conclusion of Greek Week. At Vespers, numerous awards were presented including chapter recognition for outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, leadership, community service and involvement.
At the event, Iowa Gamma received six awards, the most of any Greek organization at Iowa State. The awards included: Best Scholarship Program, Best Practice – Academics, Best Practice – Recruitment, Gold Level of Fraternal Excellence, Greek Man of the Year (Jackson Mores) and Chapter Adviser of the Year (Steve Good).
Over the course of the past year, Iowa Gamma has been making great strides inside and outside of the classroom. Through the implementation of a new academic success plan, Iowa Gamma raised its grade point average from 2.89 to 3.09 in one semester. The GPA raised the chapter’s fraternal ranking from 18th to 6th place out of 30 fraternities.
In regards to recruitment, this fall the chapter recruited a 27-man Phikeia Class, their largest in 10 years. This spring, the chapter brought in another 12 new members. This was done through the implementation of a values-based recruitment program and a strong communications plan.
Greek Man of the Year Jackson Mores has made a great impact both inside and outside of the chapter at Iowa State. Within Iowa Gamma, Jackson has held the positions of president, awards chairman, new member educator and campus involvement chairman. He is the current vice president of Pre-Medical Professions Club, community service co-director for The Big Event, serves on Student Alumni Leadership Council, Dance Marathon, and is an ISU tour guide. Additionally, he is a member of thirteen academic honor societies including Cardinal Key, Iowa State’s most prestigious honorary. Jackson also enjoys volunteering and is a mentor for Great Relationships in Pairs, volunteers for a local food pantry and has traveled to Costa Rica as part of an international medical mission trip.
Chapter Advisory Board Chairman Steve Good has played an instrumental role in Iowa Gamma’s success. Iowa Gamma had this to say about their adviser. “With Steve’s assistance, the establishment of an academic success plan and revamped recruitment efforts have laid the groundwork for success at Iowa Gamma. It is now our responsibility to build upon this structure and let it flourish. The Iowa Gamma Chapter of Phi Delta Theta is proud of the work Steve Good has done for the Fraternity and truly believe he exemplifies the ideal of what a chapter adviser is and should do.