LHU Alpha Sigma Phi wins second consecutive ‘Gold Cup’

PHOTO PROVIDED Shown are, Mike Aaron, front, and standing from left, Kyle McCarthy, Ryan Plant, Matt Henry, Robby Heck, Erick Donahue, Spencer Gogol, Payton MacNeill, Kevan Whalen and Dylan Tuohey.

LOCK HAVEN — Alpha Sigma Phi, the international fraternity, recently held its annual convention in Indianapolis. The Lock Haven University Delta Nu chapter was represented by Mike Aaron, Erick Donahue, Spencer Gogol, Robby Heck, Matt Henry, Payton MacNeill, Kyle McCarthy, Ryan Plant, Dylan Tuohey and Kevan Whalen.

Delta Nu was presented with the Alpha Kappa Pi Gold Cup award the second year in a row. This award is given to eight to 10 chapter annually who are in the top five percent of all chapters in the country. They are judged on community service hours, brotherhood events, money raised for philanthropies, members recruited, successful community events and other criteria.

Alpha Sigma Phi has 161 chapters worldwide. Matt Henry, chapter member and graduate, was honored at the convention as one of nine inductees into the Alpha Sigma Phi Hall of Fame.

“To be the first person in our chapter’s history to receive such an honor truly made me feel like this chapter is going places. Without a solid group behind you, you can’t go anywhere. For me, I had a solid group of brothers and alumni that supported me along the way and made our chapter’s dreams a reality,” Henry said.

Henry joined the fraternity in the spring ’16 — there were only 12 members, he said. The chapter began to see growth the following spring.

“Having Greek life be more active in school-led events helped us to grow as a group. Working with the community, everyone started to see Alpha Sigma Phi as a great group of young men — this is what leads a group to grow so much,” he said.

Spencer Gogol, chapter member and senior business administration major at LHU, joined in the spring ’17. Gogol also attended the conference and took home the Undergraduate Scholar of the Year award and a $2,500 scholarship.

“Past recipients of this award have come from large, well-known universities and to put Lock Haven in that same group is a testament to the quality of education I have received here,” Gogol said.

“Greek Life is an important part of the student experience at The Haven,” said Dwayne Allison, dean of student and residence life at LHU. “Alpha Sigma Phi is one of four male Greek chapters at LHU. Our chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi has worked very hard to differentiate themselves from the other Alpha Sig chapters in the country.”