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Fraternity leader honored with top award

An Austin Peay State University senior has been honored by the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference (SEIFC) with a top award named after one of APSUs administrators.

Caleb Roberts, a corporate communication major and member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, is the recipient of the Gregory R. Singleton Fraternity Man of the Year Award. He was among eight other men from across the Southeast nominated for the award, created to honor Greg Singleton, dean of students at APSU and member of Kappa Alpha Order.
An Austin Peay State University senior has been honored by the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference (SEIFC) with a top award named after one of APSU's administrators.

Caleb Roberts, a corporate communication major and member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, is the recipient of the Gregory R. Singleton Fraternity Man of the Year Award. He was among eight other men from across the Southeast nominated for the award, created to honor Greg Singleton, dean of students at APSU and member of Kappa Alpha Order.

The award, presented Feb. 13 during the SEIFC's national conference, recognizes an undergraduate fraternity man in the Southeast who serves as a role model to his peers and lives by the values of his fraternity.

Each postsecondary institution's Interfraternity Council was invited to nominate only one fraternity member. APSU's IFC Executive Board selected Roberts as its nominee.

“His character and ideals are exemplified through outstanding academic achievements, commitment to bettering the Austin Peay community and the many positive relationships he has built with classmates, fraternity brothers and staff at Austin Peay,” the board stated in its nomination. “No matter the situation, he always does what is morally right. Caleb has a ‘greater than yourself' mentality, working to better the other leaders around him.”

In a letter of recommendation submitted on Roberts' behalf, Brianna Lombardozzi, coordinator of fraternity and sorority affairs at APSU, said Roberts is committed to enhancing the Greek life system at APSU.

“When I need an opinion on an upcoming program or input on an idea, Caleb is always the first student I think to ask,” she wrote. “He provides an objective view, taking into consideration the entire community, not just what would benefit his chapter or the Interfraternity Council.

Since joining the Tennessee Eta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity as a freshman in Fall 2006, Roberts has climbed the ladder of leadership. He has served as chapter president and vice president of programming. And as soon as Roberts graduates in May 2010, he will move to the fraternity's headquarters in Richmond, Va., where he will begin his orientation as one of Sig Ep's regional directors.

In his service to APSU, Roberts has served in various capacities. Currently, he is the vice president of Governors Ambassadors — an organization that represents the student body at events and functions, leads special campus tours and recruits prospective students at high school visits and college fairs.

In addition, he is a peer mentor leader, in which he is responsible for mentoring students enrolled in the APSU 1000 general University studies course and oversees 25 peer mentors each month. He also has worked as an orientation assistant, in which he helped more than 1,600 new students register for classes and conducted new parent seminars. -- Melony Shemberger