TROY fraternity recognized as best in the nation

Posted: Thursday, 15 October 2009

TROY—Troy University’s FarmHouse Fraternity has been named the Most Outstanding FarmHouse Chapter, earning the coveted Ruby Cup.

A special ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor, during which the Ruby Cub will be presented to the chapter by FarmHouse Fraternity, Inc. executive director Chad Harris, said Judson Ricks, the chapter’s president.

“We are very pleased to have received this award and want to share it with the Troy community,” Ricks said. “This award not only looks good on our fraternity, but I also feel it is something in which Troy University can take great pride.”

Created in 1994, the Ruby Cup annually recognizes the most outstanding chapter of FarmHouse International. The winning chapter receives the travelling cup to display for one year and a smaller replica for permanent display. The award is based on each chapter’s annual Award of Excellence assessment and its Chapter Programming Award submissions, which are both then judged by a panel of alumni volunteers that assesses each chapter’s goals, objectives, outcomes and learning experiences in 12 programmatic areas. From that adjudication, the results are forwarded to the fraternity’s International Board for review and Ruby Cup selection.

TROY’s chapter placed first in nine of 12 categories and in the top three in the remaining categories, edging out the chapters at the University of Nebraska, Auburn, Iowa State, Kansas State and Oklahoma State.

“It is always wonderful when one of our fraternity chapters is recognized for their outstanding work,” said Joe Hutto, coordinator of student involvement and leadership. “The Troy University chapter of FarmHouse is consistently ranked among IFC fraternities as an outstanding organization and we are excited for them to receive national recognition for their achievements. TROY is now playing host to a nationally acclaimed fraternity here on our campus and that is something that not only the fraternity council is excited about but also the University and student body should take pride in.”

The presentation ceremony is open to the public to attend.

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Troy University’s chapter of FarmHouse International Fraternity has been selected as the recipient of the organization’s Ruby Cup as the top chapter in the fraternity. A formal presentation ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)