7 years ago, on April 9th, 2009, the Iota Mu chapter of Theta Chi was founded at the University of Missouri. Yesterday, April 9th, 2016, alumni, actives, and parents gathered to celebrate the growth, success, and accomplishments of our chapter at our annual banquet. Every person in the room had played an essential role in the incredible growth that our chapter has seen in these last 7 years. Additionally, many of the men in the room are the future of the chapter and we got to celebrate their hardwork as well as look forward to the great work they will do for our chapter.
This past year the Iota Mu chapter has been involved in a lot of great things on campus, and has accomplished much. We had the opportunity to be paired with the women of Kappa Kappa Gamma and place 4th in Mizzou's homecoming competition. Our chapter saw our relationship with our miracle family, the Luebberings, bud into that of a family bond. We also saw our housing situation change as we have acquired our new house on Rollins street for the 2016-2017 school year. These are just a few accomplishments we got to celebrate yesterday, and we look forward to celebrating even more next year.
On top of chapter accomplishments, we got to celebrate individual accomplishments during our award ceremony. Cole Stoecklein, a sophomore, was awarded with "Rookie of the Year" due to his work as Public Relations chairman as well as his leadership in this year's Greek Week. Jack Waddell, also a sophomore, was awarded with the "Frederick Norton Freeman" award. This award is given to the person who does the essential, behind the scenes work for the chapter, and Jack embodies that award best due to his hard work as secretary, and behind the scenes leadership in this year's homecoming. Also, CJ Ardini won the "Assisting Hand" award for his excellence in philanthropy. CJ has put in hard work for our Bowling For Breast Cancer philanthropy event, and due to his determination we expect our biggest turn out yet later this April. All of these men are only sophomores, and have great potential to further this fraternity in the future.
Tyler Easton, a senior, won the award for excellence in academics. However, he was also the recipient of the biggest honor. Tyler was named "The Iota Mu Man of the Year" in honor of his many accomplishments this year. Tyler gave a speech after receiving the honor, and credited the fraternity for his development as a man and as a leader. It was a great way to cap off an even greater event.
We hope this next year brings even greater accomplishments for the chapter and the members in it.