Acacia Serves 365 - Part 1

Founders’ Day of Giving has just been announced with the mission of perpetuating our fraternity for future generations. What a fitting time it is to look at the young men to whom your legacy is entrusted. And what better hands to be in?! Our active membership gives their time and effort to local and national causes they believe in. They excel in academics and in student leadership because of the opportunities presented by the numerous funds our Fraternity’s Foundation manages. Over the next few weeks, we will highlight some of the efforts from our undergraduate men around the country.

Brother Jake Nelson shares a "selfie" with his mother Debbie.

A few weeks ago, past Venerable Dean of the Wisconsin chapter, Jake Nelson, found out his mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer. To raise awareness and support for his mother’s treatment, Brother Nelson shaved his head, beard, and even waxed his chest, broadcasting it all on the Chapter’s Facebook page with a heartfelt tribute video. They then used the traffic to direct support to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s campaign, “Be the End of Breast Cancer.” We support the Wisconsin Chapter, Brother Nelson, and most importantly his mother, as they all battle this together. 

Hundreds of guests attend the Minnesota Colony's first philanthropic Masquerade Ball in partnership with the Rotaract Club.

More recently, our University of Minnesota Colony, in conjunction with the White Bear Rotaract Club, held a Masquerade Ball on Saturday, February 18th. The campus-wide event, which will help the Rotaract club in providing scholarships to students who dedicate their time to Human Service, raised over $5,000! We are incredibly proud of this group of young men as they continue to develop their colony and their presence on campus. 

Penn State Brothers and their THON 2017 partners, the women of ΓΦΒ (Gamma Phi Beta).

Finally, there is the Penn State Chapter, who dedicate themselves fiercely to Penn State’s THON every year. The chapter consistently raises hundreds of thousands of dollars alongside their partner sorority Gamma Phi Beta for the 46-hour dance marathon held each spring. Last year the pairing placed third amongst the Greek Groups in donations raised at $165,906. This past weekend, the pairing raised a grand total of $210,849.67 for a fourth-place finish at this year’s event. THON raised over $10 Million in 2017 and it is amazing that our men are consistently ranking towards the top! We are certainly proud of these young men and women in State College, PA.

Thank you for reading part one of Acacia Serves 365. We will be featuring more service and philanthropic endeavors by our undergraduate brothers in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! 


Read the Fall 2014 issue of The TRIAD

The Fall 2014 issue of The TRIAD is now here! As Acacia remains a constant through the changing seasons, learn more about our chapters' service efforts through Acacia Claus and Seven Days of Service, read about our successful 58th Biennial Conclave and Leadership Academy, and get the latest news on Acacia's chapters, colonies, and alumni. Read the issue online below (it may take a moment to load)...

58th Biennial Conclave award winners

Founders' Achievement Award (Malcolm Award)Iowa State

Iowa State Chapter - Conclave 2014

Superior Chapter Award Kansas State

Kansas State Chapter - Conclave 2014

Outstanding Chapter Award Penn State

Penn State Chapter - Conclave 2014

Spirit of Excellence Awards

G.K. Nelson Academic Programming Iowa State Chapter Penn State Chapter

Alumni Programming & Advisory Kansas State Chapter

Best Chapter Publication Cornell Chapter

Athletic Achievement Central Oklahoma Chapter

Campus Leadership California University of Pennsylvania Chapter Kansas State Chapter Iowa State Chapter Millersville Chapter

Chapter Programming/Membership Education Kansas State Chapter

Communication Technology Cornell Chapter Kansas State Chapter

Dining Operations Purdue Chapter Nebraska Chapter

Financial Operations Iowa State Chapter

Good of the Fraternity Illinois Wesleyan Chapter Kansas State Chapter Iowa State Chapter

House Management Cornell Chapter

Human Service Programming California University of Pennsylvania Chapter Penn State Chapter Ohio Chapter Kansas State Chapter

Membership Recruitment Nebraska Chapter Penn State Chapter

Officer Organization Penn State Chapter Illinois Wesleyan Chapter

Pledge Education Central Oklahoma Chapter Penn State Chapter Illinois Wesleyan Chapter

Ritual Exemplification Iowa State Chapter Colorado

Risk Management Iowa State Chapter Colorado

President’s Award (Greatest membership growth) Trine Chapter

Executive Director’s Award (Most improved chapter) Nebraska Chapter

Best Young Colony/Chapter Trine Chapter

Harold D. Zarr, Jr. (Pictured right)

George F. Patterson, Jr. Award Harold D. Zarr, Jr. Iowa State Chapter 2013

Award of Merit Bradon S. Nelson, Kansas State Chapter Brian C. Nelson, Kansas State Chapter Michael A. Pastko, Purdue Chapter Anthony D.J. Phillips, Carleton Chapter Byron A. Tabor, Iowa Chapter

Awarded earlier in 2014: Donald W. Sabo, Washington Chapter Stephen J. Scalise, Louisiana State Chapter

Awarded in 2013: Richard S. Rasmussen, California Chapter

Roy C. Clark Award (2013) Sean Keanan, Nebraska Chapter (2014) Sabarinath Sankaranarayanan, Ohio State Chapter (2014) Mitchell Oldenberg, Lousiana State Chapter

Chapter Advisor of the Biennium Jeffrey Harmacek, Ohio State Chapter