The NIC’s Undergraduate Award of Distinction recognizes fraternity men who, throughout in their collegiate experience, have found an outlet for development as both a leader and a better man. They are exemplary members of their organizations and serve their brothers, campuses and fraternity/sorority communities with humble confidence.
Lucas Renz, Kansas State ’18
“Lucas has been an incredible IFC President,” said one nominator. “He has added structure and motivated the board, as well as inspired the 26 chapter presidents to engage in tough conversations.” In May 2017, the university dissolved the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and moved the advisors to another office, leaving the council and its chapters without direct advisory support. At a difficult time for campus fraternities and sororities, Lucas led the IFC in incorporating alumni perspective into decisions, securing the IFC’s finances, and setting up an alumni mentorship board. Lucas kept it together and made the community stronger. Additionally, Lucas was elected by his peers to represent the College of Business on the Student Governing Association Student Senate. He also was involved with the K-State Alumni Association’s Student Homecoming Committee. Another nominator wrote, “Lucas’s integrity, dedication and investment in the fraternity community will serve as a model for future leaders in the years ahead.”
Patrick Ryan, Toledo ’18
It is clear why so many members of the fraternity and sorority community at The University of Toledo find Patrick “Pat” Ryan to be a mentor and role model. Over the past year he has served as his chapter’s President, a member of Blue Key and Mortar Board, and has continued his passionate support for Veterans Matter. He is someone who believes there is never a shortage of time in a day when you are working on your passions. “He is the true definition of a servant leader and empowers fellow students to become leaders in their own right,” said one nominator. During Pat’s term as Sigma Phi Epsilon President, he had to navigate several challenges. “He was always able to advocate for his members’ concerns and excitements while also recognizing how best the community can move forward,” said another nominator.