2011 Outstanding Organization: Alpha Gamma Rho
The men of ALPHA GAMMA RHO have developed an ambitious mission statement — To be the premier fraternity, developing lifelong brothers with the highest standards of leadership, scholarship, service and moral character among men with common bonds in agriculture, food, life sciences and natural resources.
That mission includes providing outstanding leaders to student organizations in CAFNR and at Mizzou. Chapter members can proudly say, "Mission accomplished." In just the last year, chapter members can point to their important leadership roles throughout the campus and the college.
"ACADEMICS ARE TAKEN VERY SERIOUSLY, AND MENTORSHIP PROGRAMS AT ALPHA GAMMA RHO ARE DEVELOPED TO ASSIST NEW OR STRUGGLING STUDENTS WITHIN THE FRATERNITY HOUSE. IF THE ACTIONS OF ONE MEMBER ARE NOT SATISFACTORY, THE HOUSE TAKES IT UPON ITSELF TO REMEDIATE THE SITUATION BY GIVING THAT INDIVIDUAL HELP WITH WHAT HE NEEDS TO ENHANCE HIS ACADEMIC SITUATION."
— Ryan Milhollin, project manager and extension associate for MU's Commercial Agriculture Program
The chapter's philanthropic achievements have been equally impressive. The group's own philanthropy, Bringin' the Heat With Alpha Gamma Rho, raised $5,000 for True North, the Columbia-area shelter for battered women. Their annual three-day cattle show, The Classic, brought 200 exhibitors and more than 400 head of cattle to the Boone County Fairgrounds this past February. Their participation in fund-raising projects at Greek Week and for Rocking Against Muscular Dystrophy added to those events' success.
The fraternity's faculty adviser, Ryan Milhollin, project manager with MU's Commercial Agriculture Program, says he continues to be impressed with the group's high level of professionalism, both in chapter meetings and throughout the campus and the community.
"They pride themselves on the way they are seen in public," Milhollin says. "Each Alpha Gamma Rho member is expected to count, and they continue to put hard work into whatever endeavor they choose."
Members take the fraternity's motto — "To make better men" — very seriously, says one chapter leader. "Being able to be involved with this group of great men who share the same interests and aspirations as myself has helped me have a more valuable college experience," he says. "I have gained more than just a place to live in college; I have gained lifelong brothers."