Lambda Chi Alpha Member Honored with Prestigious National Award



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 7, 2012 – Southeast Missouri State University senior Patrick Vining won the Cyril F. “Duke” Flad Outstanding Undergraduate Award with his fraternity, the Delta-Phi Zeta Southeast chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha, at the Lambda Chi Alpha 54th General Assembly July 20 in Phoenix, Ariz.

The award is considered the greatest honor an undergraduate Lambda Chi Alpha member can receive and is presented to the most outstanding undergraduate member each year. The Cyril F. “Duke” Flad Outstanding Undergraduate Award was created by the Lambda Chi Alpha Grand High Zeta in 1970 and was named in memory of Lambda Chi Alpha’s second executive director, who led the fraternity from 1942 until his death in November of 1968.

Vining is one of approximately 11,000 Lambda Chi Alpha undergraduates. Delta-Phi Zeta nominated Vining for the award, and more than a dozen applicants were reviewed by the selection committee at the Lambda Chi Alpha National Headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind., including the chief executive officer and director of Chapter Services. Vining was chosen based on the leadership he has displayed at his chapter both on campus and throughout the community. “I know Patrick as a very honest, trustworthy and organized young man who is willing to speak out to benefit his fellow students,” said Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast. “He is respectful and thoughtful in his deliberations and willing to consider all sides of an issue before making decisions. He has been a great asset to the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.”

Vining of Waynesville, Mo., is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in economics with a minor in Spanish and a Bachelor of arts in political science with a minor in criminal justice. He also is completing Southeast’s pre-professional program in pre-medicine.

At Delta-Phi Zeta, Vining has served as the high delta, high tau, executive committee secretary, by-law review committee chair and IFC representative. In his position of high tau, Vining helped initiate a capital campaign that is raising money to make improvements to the Delta-Phi Zeta chapter house. As a high delta, Vining was responsible for recruiting the largest freshman class to join his chapter in more than a decade and achieved this task by developing a strategic recruitment plan before he took office that was grounded in values-based recruitment practices. “In addition to Brother Vining’s tireless efforts in the officer roles of his chapter, he has also shown he can support his brothers on a deeper level,” said Dr. Murphy Osborne, former board chairman of Lambda Chi Alpha, who presented Vining with the award. “Last spring the men of Delta-Phi experienced a tragedy – the death of one of their brothers. When they needed comfort and leadership, Brother Vining was among one of the members to step forward. In true Lambda Chi fashion, the men transformed a tragedy into a cause.”

To date, Delta-Phi Zeta has raised over $10,000 to benefit cancer research and the family of their deceased brother, Scott Wood. Vining has played a significant role in these efforts. In recommending Vining for the award, the Delta-Phi Zeta current chapter president, Benny Dorris, wrote: “Patrick leads by example, and his actions motivate others to better themselves. Patrick strives to live the ritual and core values of Lambda Chi Alpha in his daily life, a practice that transcends the walls of our chapter.” Outside of the chapter, Vining is actively involved in numerous actives and initiatives on the Southeast campus. This academic year, Vining will serve his second term as president of the Student Government Association. At Southeast, he has been president of the Modern United Nations and the Residence Hall Association and a member of the Hall Council and the College Republicans. He is a member of the Iota Rho chapter of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society and the Order of Omega. He is also a presidential ambassador.

Vining has achieved academic excellence with a cumulative GPA of 3.9 on a 4.0 scale, which has earned him consecutive spots on the Dean’s List since he first enrolled at Southeast and has made him a recipient of the Governor’s Scholarship. Because of his academic success and consistent leadership among his peers, it is no wonder that Vining was also named the 2011 Man of the Year at Southeast.

Vining is also a volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Special Olympics, The American National Red Cross, the City of Cape Girardeau Police and Fire departments, The Salvation Army and the Southeast Missouri Food Bank. At the Lambda Chi Alpha 54th General Assembly, the Delta-Phi Zeta chapter at Southeast also won numerous awards, including an Academic Achievement Award, an Alumni Affairs Award, a Bruce McIntosh Standards for Chapter Excellence Award, a Lewis A. Plourd Fraternity Education Award, a Tozier Brown Public Affairs Award for Public Affairs Project, a Warren A. Cole Recruitment Program Award and a Website Award.