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Otto Sonder Award

Excellent Grand Chapter Advisors Recognized

The Dr. Otto L. Sonder Grand Chapter Advisor Award is given annually to a Grand Chapter Advisor who displays exceptional passion, commitment, and drive for a chapter, provisional chapter, or interest group during the current academic year.

Created during the 2006 Grand Chapter, the award recognizes a Grand Chapter Advisor who has helped to advance the Vision and Purpose of the Fraternity on a chapter level.

Otto Louis Sonder, American '47, Delta Beta Xi '67, was awarded the Evin C. Varner, Jr. Distinguished Service Award in 1996. Brother Sonder served as Faculty Advisor of the Alpha Gamma Upsilon Fraternity at Lycoming College (Williamsport, Pennsylvania) and orchestrated the merger with Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity and Alpha Gamma Upsilon Fraternity, which was finalized in 1965. Lycoming College became the Gamma Rho Chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi. He served as the Gamma Rho Grand Chapter Advisor at Lycoming College 1961-1974 then served as the Beta Xi Grand Chapter Advisor at Hartwick College (Oneonta, New York) 1974-2006. Brother Sonder gave more than 45 years of service to the "Old Gal."

Nominations for the Otto L. Sonder Grand Chapter Advisor Award are due on April 15 each year. Below is a complete list of the Dr. Otto L. Sonder Grand Chapter Advisor Award recipients.

2019 Dr. Otto Sonder Chapter Advisor-of-the-Year

Name: Michael A. Bell
College and Initiation: Missouri Valley '91
Alumni Positions: Financial Advisor, Grand Chapter Advisor, Membership Education Advisor, Communications & Merchandising Sub-Committee for 175th Grand Chapter Committee


Past Otto Sonder Award Recipients 

2018: Addison Price, Murray State '11
2017: John F. Blake, Milton '60
2016: George Alexander, Rutgers '67
2015: Mark Bundy, Illinois '77
2014: Scott Rarick, Capital '10
2013: Pat O'Toole, McDaniel '04
2012: Edward Kokkelenberg, IIT '54
2011: Michael Young, Murray State '94
2010: Marcus Schreiber, Central Michigan '03
2009: Byron Hughes, Salisbury '06
2008: Gregory Ghirardi, Ohio State '98

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