2019 Noble Man Hall of Fame Announced
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – The selection process is complete. Ten gentlemen have been announced as the inductees in the 2019 Noble Man Hall of Fame. Becoming a member of the Noble Man Hall of Fame is not only one of the highest honors an undergraduate member can achieve, additionally, each Hall of Fame member is now a finalist for the Ellsworth C. Dent Man of the Year. The honor also includes a scholarship from the Sigma Tau Gamma Foundation. Each of these men will be honored as a Hall of Fame inductee this June at Endeavor Atlanta. Get to know each of the 2019 Noble Man Hall of Fame inductees by reading their bios below. Congratulations to all ten of these noble men!
Zach Bailey, Winona State
“Zach is a natural-born leader. He takes risks, delegates tasks appropriately, and is the glue that holds his organizations together.”
Since being initiated into the Beta Xi Chapter in 2015, Zach has been seen as a leader, serving multiple roles including New Member Education Coordinator, Standards Board Chairman, Vice President, and Chapter President. During his presidency, the chapter recruited their second largest class since re-chartering, raised over $3,000 during their spring philanthropy event, increased annual chapter community service hours, and celebrated their five-year anniversary with a banquet. He is heavily involved outside of the chapter, accumulating over 80 hours of community service as an undergraduate and serving for two years as the Editor-In-Chief for The Winonan, the campus student newspaper. His efforts have been recognized on campus; Zach was the winner of the Chapter Leadership Award and Excellence Award and is currently a finalist for several Winona State University Leadership and Involvement Awards for his role with the chapter and The Winonan.
Kyle Beckwith, Wisconsin – La Crosse
“Kyle strives to work with passion and fire for the betterment of himself, his brothers, and the community at large.”
Kyle has dedicated much of his collegiate career to the betterment of the Beta Kappa Chapter in several roles including Standards Board Chairman and serving as a two-term President. Though he is dedicated to his chapter, he was also a Student Senator for Greek Life, is a member of Order of Omega, and served on the Interfraternity Council. In the community, he has been involved with the Polar Plunge, and voluteering with the Boys & Girls Club and the Children’s Museum, totaling over 100 hours of service. He has received chapter awards for Leadership and Brotherhood as well as the Greek Life Emerging Leader Award.
Zach Fehr, Emporia State
“Zach fully understands the connection between involvement and success as a student and helped share that message as frequently as possible.”
Zach has been a heavily involved student throughout his undergraduate career. He served the Delta Chapter as New Member Education Coordinator, Director of Member Engagement, and is currently the Chapter President. Outside of his chapter, he aspires to be a campus leader serving as a Senator for the School of Business, the Senate Operations Committee Vice Chair for Associated Student Government, and the IFC Vice President of Programming and Recruitment. He strives for excellence, guiding students in the creation of 35 new student organizations through the Associated Student Government as well as supporting the growth of the undergraduate fraternity experience in his IFC role. He has been recognized by his chapter as both the Man of Citizenship and Outstanding Active Member. Additionally, he is a member of Order of Omega and a nominee for Emporia State IFC Outstanding Interfraternal Man.
Kyle Higgins, Purdue
“Kyle lives the principles every day, puts others before himself and has chosen to lead from day one.”
Kyle has sought to make an impact on the Beta Theta Chapter from the time he was initiated. Through his roles in Recruitment, Standards Board, Social Committee, Fraternal Education and as Chapter President he has made a profound impact. As the Director of Recruitment, the chapter recruited a class of over 40 men, and during his presidency, the chapter raised $37,000 for Special Olympics and won the Edward H. McCune Distinguished Chapter Award. He has won chapter awards, is a member of Order of Omega, and is a Purdue IFC Fraternity Man of the Year finalist. He has individually raised over $3,000 for the Special Olympics through the Polar Plunge in support of our national philanthropic partner.
Blair Kessler, Arizona
“I was impressed by the many professional skills Blair displayed and held a distinguished priority for Sig Tau.”
Blair played an integral role as a Founding Father of the Zeta Pi Chapter. In addition to serving as Vice President, he made his largest contribution to the chapter as the Director of Finance & Operations. While serving in this role, the chapter received its charter and won the Edward H. McCune Distinguished Chapter Award. Blair made tremendous progress in the chapter’s financial and budgetary practices and enhanced chapter operations and financial processes as a WPN property. Through his experiences as a high achieving member of the case competition team for the Design-Build Institute of America and American Society of Civil Engineers, he has made the most of his collegiate experience while also bettering his chapter.
Daniel Kopycinski, Youngstown State
“Daniel has perfected his ability to lead by example and has become an invaluable resource.”
Daniel played a vital role in the Beta Gamma Chapter on the Recruitment Committee, as Director of Finance, and as Chapter President. His commitment to Sigma Tau Gamma goes far beyond his chapter as he was the chapter’s IFC Delegate and a member of the Constitution, Resolutions, and Laws Committee at Grand Conclave Phoenix in 2018. He values community service and campus involvement. His involvement includes the Order of Omega and Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honors Society. He led the chapter in executing a new philanthropy event to support Special Olympics and the chapter received the Youngstown State Fraternity of the Year Award during his time as president. He has serviced his campus and community through Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, Relay for Life, and the Polar Plunge.
Brandon Lalama, Youngstown State
“He took on the challenge of working with the fraternity leadership and the alumni to establish new chapter policies and procedures to effectively put the chapter in a new direction.”
Brandon has served as a proud member of his campus community and the Beta Gamma Chapter. He truly values his campus and community, serving as Orientation Leader and contributing over 100 hours of service to community projects. Brandon played a vital role in the chapter’s growth as the Director of Recruitment while holding Sig Tau’s Principles in high regard to better the chapter and the experience of the individual members. Not only has he made an impact locally, but he has also contributed to Sigma Tau Gamma by serving as a facilitator at the Noble Man Institute. His commitment to leadership, service, and academics are clear as he truly leads by example.
Jacob Liles, Northwest Missouri State
“He truly lives by the six Sigma Tau Gamma principles and embodies all that it means to be a Noble Gentleman.”
Jacob sought to make an impact in his chapter from the time he was initiated, becoming Theta Chapter President during his sophomore year and serving two terms. Under his presidency, the chapter experienced vast growth, doubling in size, while also maintaining the highest fraternity GPA on campus. Jacob served as a facilitator at Noble Man Institute, founded GAMMA (Greeks Advocating for the Mature Management of Alcohol) on campus, is a member of Order of Omega, and was named the Northwest Greek Man of the Year. His commitment to service is exemplified in his involvement with Special Olympics Bowling, the Polar Plunge, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup.
Chris Musteen, Central Arkansas
“Chris is a shining example to the younger men of what it means to give his heart and soul to the Sig Tau brotherhood.”
Chris has contributed on both a national level as a member of the Elections Commission at Grand Conclave in 2018 and locally as the Director of Education & Wellness and Director of Finance & Operations. He strives for excellence in the classroom, earning a 3.93 GPA while also completing over 200 hours of community service. He has organized canned food drives, participated in the Polar Plunge, volunteered for the Miracle League, and served the Children’s Advocacy Alliance to improve the lives of physically and sexually abused children. He is high achieving and has earned recognition as the Sigma Chapter Man of the Year as well as campus awards for leadership and research.
Isaiah Villarreal, Missouri State
“Isaiah has demonstrated tremendous effort and growth throughout the past years and brought an inclusive enthusiasm to our chapter and to the University.”
Isaiah has been an influential member of the Omega Chapter, leading the group to success as they received their charter and won the Edward H. McCune Distinguished Chapter Award during his tenure. He is a natural leader, serving as Chapter President and Student Body President at Missouri State University. He is high achieving and recognized across campus through his involvement in Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Office of Admissions, Student Government Association, Order of Omega, and the Office of Student Engagement. He was awarded the SGA Leadership Scholarship and Provost Scholarship for his scholastic achievement and community engagement. Isaiah has a passion for leadership and is driven by the opportunity to impact change. He seeks to assist first-year students, underrepresented, or first-generation students in his professional career in student affairs.
ABOUT SIGMA TAU GAMMA FRATERNITY
Founded at the University of Central Missouri on June 28, 1920, the organization will commemorate its 100th Anniversary in 2020. With a presence on 85 campuses in 31 states, our membership includes more than 3,100 undergraduate men and 61,000 living alumni. The Headquarters, which is home to the Fraternity, Foundation, and WPN Housing Company, is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, 12 miles from the center of downtown. Visit http://sigtau.org for additional information.