Greeks take first again

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Patrick Patterson and Kari Dahl with award presenter Kent Gardner

From left, honorees Patrick Patterson and Kari Dahl with award presenter Kent Gardner, executive director of the Order of Omega.

Members of the University’s fraternity and sorority learning community received first place in the national Order of Omega Case Study Competition held in February. This is the second year in a row St. Cloud State students have taken top honors.

The contest, in which two members of the fraternity and sorority community have five hours to propose a course of action in response to real-life situations, featured 16 colleges and universities nationwide. The competition was held at the Mid-American Greek Council Association annual meeting in St. Louis, Mo.

Senior Kari Dahl of St. Cloud and graduate student Patrick Patterson of Rockford, Mich., received first place and $125 each for their collaborative project.

“Kari was being very innovative during the case study,” said Patterson of his teammate. “Without her interesting approaches, our team certainly would not have stood out to the judging panel as it did.” The hypothetical case the two were given involved the appropriate handling of a complaint regarding a party-related assault. “Case studies like this speak well for the University as well, because they indicate that we have the skill sets to be able to respond to real-life fraternity and sorority experiences,” Patterson said.

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