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URI’s Zeta Beta Tau named best in the nation

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 7, 2004 -- What does it take to be the best? Just ask Bryan Ferguson, president of the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity at the University of Rhode Island.

The group took home four awards at last summer’s national convention in Indianapolis, Ind., including the prestigious Brummer Cup, the award given to the top chapter in the nation.

The Supreme Council of Zeta Beta Tau bestowed the honor on the URI chapter because it best represents the ideals upon which the fraternity is based. These include philanthropy, fundraising, brotherhood programming, and alumni relations. In addition, the fraternity also won three other awards, specifically for community service, alumni programming, and general chapter programming.

“I am so proud of how much a young chapter like us has done,” said Ferguson of the Brummer Cup honor. Re-established in 2000, ZBT has quickly become one of the most recognized groups on the URI campus. In the past year, the brothers have improved their alumni programming to include basketball tournaments, barbeques, and an updated alumni magazine. The brothers have performed more than 1,000 hours of community service including campus cleanups, raised more than $1,000 for charities, and signed up more than 200 individuals for absentee ballots in a voter-registration drive.

“Zeta Beta Tau continues to serve as the role model for all current URI fraternities,” said Thomas Dougan, URI vice president of student affairs. “They have had a positive impact on the entire Greek System.”

It seems that the positive impact is rubbing off on prospective brothers. This semester ZBT has more than 30 candidates who are interested in joining the fraternity. “We offer them something they’re looking for… friendship and camaraderie in a welcoming environment,” said Ferguson, a resident of Pawtucket.

Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, based in Indianapolis, Ind., has 71 active chapters throughout the country. For more information about ZBT at the University of Rhode Island visit its website at www.urizbt.org.