The Ellsworth C. Dent “Man of the Year” Award is annually given to honor the most outstanding undergraduate leaders of Sigma Tau Gamma. Named for a charter member of Delta chapter at Emporia State University, the Dent award is the highest honor the fraternity can bestow upon a student member. It was established in 1966.
Selection of the five finalist is based upon a number of criteria, including leadership, extracurricular activities, scholastic achievement, and service to college and chapter. The winner will be selected by the Society of Seventeen after interviews at the William P. Bernier Grand Chapter in New Orleans this August.
Timothy Comes, CMF-EF, Beta Xi ’13 (Winona State University)
Tim Comes will graduate in July with a degree in movement science and currently has an overall 3.16 GPA. He has held the chapter offices of president, the sergeant at arms, white rose co-chair, fundraising co-chair, and vice president of membership. On campus, Comes served as the at-large student senator, College of Nursing and Health Sciences senator and student services chair, student senate president and the IFC vice president of recruitment. Comes was the 2014 Great Lakes Regional Conclave intern. After gradation, Comes plans to be involved in public service.
Josiah D’Albini, CMF-EF, Delta ’14 (Emporia State University)
Josiah D’Albini will graduate in December with a degree in sociology and currently has an overall 3.24 GPA. He serves as the president of the Delta Chapter and has held the offices of vice president of management and vice president of public relations. D’Albini has also served as the interfraternity council (IFC) president, IFC scholarship chair, Associated Student Government (ASG) President Pro-Tempore, and ASG Fiscal Affairs Chair. On campus, he was active with the Tuition, Fees, and Budget Development committee, General Education council, Alcohol Advisory council, Athletic Advisory council, Student Homecoming committee among other activities, D’Albini hopes to enroll in an college student personnel administration program after graduation to pursue a career in Greek Life.
Dylan Howard, Epsilon Psi ’14 (Oklahoma State University)
Dylan Howard will graduate in December with a degree in international business and an overall GPA of 3.4 He currently serves as the president of the Epsilon Psi Chapter and represents the chapter in IFC. Prior to transferring, he served as executive vice president and vice president of programs for the Tau Chapter at East Central University. Howard was a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma National Housing Task Force and the OSU homecoming committee. He stays active on campus by participating in several philanthropic projects including, Special Olympics, Breast Cancer Research, Children’s Miracle Network, and the Humane Society. After graduating, Howard would like to pursue a career working in the energy industry.
Tyler Mette, Beta Zeta ’14 (University of Central Oklahoma)
Tyler Mette graduated in May with a degree in nutrition, dietetics, and food management and an over all 3.0 GPA. For the Beta Zeta chapter, he served as president, vice president of membership, and judicial chairman. He also served as the judicial chairman for the campus’ IFC. Active with UCO¢s Big Events, he served as the assistant director of sites and site coordinator. On campus, Mette was a co-student ambassador, orientation leader, Winterglow committee volunteer and was a member of the Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics. Mette plans on becoming a registered dietitian and pursue a masters degree in nutrition, dietetics, and food management.
Michael Tilley, CSM, Epsilon Tau ’14 (University of North Carolina – Charlotte)
Michael Tilley graduated in May with a degree in economics and an overall GPA of 3.05. As a founding father of the Epsilon Tau Chapter, he served as chapter president, vice president of programs, a member of the Judicial Board, and IFC representative. He also served on the Greek Week executive board. Tilley was also selected to serve on the Sigma Tau Gamma CEO search committee as the undergraduate representative. Tilley volunteered his time on campus and in his community by participating in philanthropic projects such as Relay For Life, Special Olympics of Charlotte, Habitat for Humanity, UNCC Philanthropy Day among others. He is currently pursuing a career in sports management where he can work with university sports programs.