Triangle’s National Awards recognize active chapters for their accomplishments, improvements, and achievements while individual students, alumni, and volunteers are honored for their leadership, dedication, and service to the fraternity. National awards are divided into two groups- Chapter Awards and Individual Awards.
Chapter of the Year
Outstanding Chapter Operations
Outstanding Recruitment & Retention by a Chapter
The recipient of the Outstanding Recruitment & Retention by Chapter Award facilitates a recruitment program in which chapter values are exemplified through chapter events and all members of the chapter are engaged in the recruitment of new members. Additionally, the chapter works hard to ensure that potential new members are aware of the requirements and expectations which will assist in the retention of all new members.
National Involvement by a Chapter
The Kahlert Academic Excellence Awards
The Triangle Education Foundation with the generous support of the Kahlert Foundation will recognize chapter’s academic achievements annually in two categories: Outstanding Academic Excellence (Highest GPA), and Most Improved Academic Excellence.
This award is accompanied by a cash prize.
Outstanding Risk Reduction & Education
Outstanding Campus Involvement
Outstanding Philanthropy & Service by a Chapter
Chapter President of the Year
Awarded to a chapter president who not only fulfilled the responsibilities of his position but led with integrity and values through even the most challenging situations.
Senior of the Year
Awarded to a senior member who has remained actively involved and engaged within their chapter and who has served as a role model or mentor to younger members.
Brother of the Year
Executive Board Member of the Year
Chapter Advisor of the Year
Outstanding Engineer, Architect, Scientist
Living Your Values Award
Outstanding Philanthropy & Service by an Individual
Triangle Founders Award
Cap Henning ill16 Altruism Award
Any member of Triangle may nominate a Triangle alumnus for the Cap Henning Altruism Award. The nomination shall be written and shall include a summary of the individual’s contributions. The Cap Henning Altruism Award shall be awarded upon a majority vote by the members of the National Council.
Caspar Ferdinand “Cap” Henning ill16, the namesake of this honor, washed dishes in order to attend the University of Illinois his freshman year. The following year (1916), with an assist from home, he joined Triangle Fraternity. After graduation, Cap worked for a Chicago consulting firm, and in 1923, registered at the Moody Bible Institute where he graduated four years later. He moved careers to the Manufacturers Mutual Fire Insurance Company where he worked as a mechanical engineer. When he retired from Manufacturers Mutual in 1965 he was the vice president of the company. Before he retired, Cap worked at his office during the day, then after-hours at the Pacific Garden Mission and Gideons International. The Mission served as a shelter in a rough section of Chicago. Cap served those who attended the shelter – some homeless, some women and children, some seeking refuge because of family troubles – by giving them something to eat for free, provided a clean bed, and a fresh change of clothing. While at the Mission, Cap ministered to the bodies, minds, and souls of those who sought shelter. He quickly advanced to the board of Pacific Garden Mission. Prior to his death, Cap served as Chairman of the Board of the Mission and devoted his career to serving those in need.
2017: Robert Davidson pur61
2014: William Edens pur71
2014: Don Knebel pur65
Certificate of Service
The Triangle Certificate of Service is presented at the discretion of National Council in acknowledgment of service in an elective or appointed national post. The first certificate was presented in 1967.
2017: Gary Bodnar pur76
2016: Kevin Y. Fong ucla84, Marcos D. Stocco ok93, Culin Thompson kan13
2015: Jeffrey D. Cottrell mtu94, Alexander J. Ott mtu11
2014: Dylan Lambert rose11
2013: James Behmer pur09, Joseph M. Cerrato os05, John C. Gargani pitt82, Ryan E. Newman ky04, W. Jason Hines lou08
2012: H. Andrew Goss lou00, Michael D. Mayer tol09
2011: Timothy L. Eiler minn87, Chad D. Girard mtu09, Edward Jablonski hou07, Ryan C. Johnson cal09, Kevin P. Robertson marq92
2010: Paul D. Boyle tri87, Harry V. Rossander sdm78, August Sylvain ar06
2009: Donald S. Hatfield msu88
2008: C. Matthew Pulley lou04
2007: Patrick W. Lindley ill05, Kurt W. Over pitt83, David W. Stack cin94
2006: Daniel J. Guido uwm96, Shawm M. McCarroll ok04
2005: Bret T. Feger lou86
2004: Brian K. Jarman pur01, Merle Newlon III lou73, Christopher A. Moe is92
2003: Daniel J. Amerman mtu95
2002: Steven M. Heitert mom81, Randy G. Kerns mom71, Robert B. Rosenberg ar55, Robert N. Bowman ps87, Jeffery P. Scott wis87
2001: David A. Fleischhacker minn95, Michael Knittel mom96, Kurt W. Over pitt83
2000: Shawn G. Diedtrich minn90, Timothy L. Eiler minn87, Albert J. Evon ar88
1999: Matthew A. Czyzewski tol89, Gerald S. Jakubowski tol74
1998: James E. Fay is70, Merle Newlon III lou73, Robert G. Sharp pur51
1997: Steven M. Heitert mom81
1996: Omar G. Hernandez nu75, James A. Sands os80
1995: Richard P. Harris ks82, Paul S. King tol77
1994: Stephen W. Scott csu74, Bradley N. Keller neb69
1993: Robert D. Hoel ar67, Richard L. Overman pur65, Jeffrey P. Scott wis87, Kevin Y. Fong ucla84
1992: John R. Wyatt mich76, Toledo Active Organization
1991: Charles L. Hett ks64
1990: Michael D. Hicks ks76, Randy G. Kerns mom71, John R. Serpa vpi78pitt, Bradley N. Keller neb69
1989: James R. Marshall pur65
1988: Carl P. Meglan os56, Kenneth W. Quayle III csu71
1987: H. Samuel Bruner kan76, Wesley C. Herbol ar52, T.J. Oman uwm86, David C. Jordan rose69, Joel L. Gauthier mich62,
Stephen E. Powell pur78
1986: James M. Kincaid III csu70, Gerald S. Jakubowski tol74
1985: Gifford H. Albright ps52, Rufus A. Brown miss71
1984: Merritt Williamson ps56, Randy G. Kerns mom71
1983: Joseph A. Boyd ky39, Ellison S. Onizuka colo69
1982: William R. McGovern marq55, Walter Hanson ill49 (Associate), James G. Smith wis39, Roger Sampson minn53,
Robert S. Mayo ar23, Mark Handzel ill80
1981: James R. Marshall pur65, Bradley N. Keller pur69
1977: James M. Wood pur09, Edward Alan Bischoff os53
1976: Jerald C. Thompson sdm58, Edward F. Sowell ucla61, James F. Wolff minn43, Howard H. Darbo wis29, Harold Kennedy marq43
1975: Elias M. Sabbagh pur35 (Associate), Robert B. Rosenberg ar55, Theodore J. Hodan marq58, Thomas R. Schoenauer marq56
1974: George D. Moon cin57 (Associate), William C. Keeran nu37, Robert C. Deen ky48
1973: William J. Kingston cor48, Frank W. Schumann ky42, Michael D. McDonnell mich64
1972: Chester E. Kuhn kan72
1971: Thomas L. McReynolds ky44, Glenn W. Snagel pur45
1970: Warner Ohman pur39
1968: E. Harlan Gellhaus sdm57, William G. Dunn wis41, Robert M. Ohlenkamp minn42, Norman J. Bukey cin24
1967: David H. Bulman cl54cor
Certificate of Appreciation
The Triangle Certificate of Appreciation is presented in appreciation of services rendered to the National Organization of Triangle. At the discretion of National Council, this award may be given to a non-member upon the completion of satisfactory service as a Triangle staff member, event speaker, or other position serving Triangle; to a Triangle chapter or association or other organization that has performed significant services to the National Organization; to a Triangle member who has made a significant contribution to the National Organization, but who is not considered eligible for a Certificate of Service.
2016: Kent T. Hoffman ar07 and Brandon Montalvo marq10
2008: Timothy L. Eiler minn87, Andrew J. Severance wis05, A.J. Sylvain ar06
2007: Bradley N. Keller neb69, Frank Caplan, Jr. cor42, Charles L. Hett ks64, Robert J. Mosborg ill45, Merle Newlon III lou73, Eugene J.
Rezabeck ar47, Jeffrey P. Scott wis87, Richard H. Sudheimer minn52
2006: Timothy L. Eiler minn87, Scott Bova, Randall E. Drew rose67, David A. Fleischhacker minn95, Robert G. Halgren mich05, Kevin P.
2003: Dr. Bruce Walcott
2000: Daniel J. Guido uwm96
1997: Elizabeth Eiler
Triangle Service Key
The member’s service must have been clearly outstanding, not merely long-lasting, and must have had a positive effect on individual members and on the Fraternity as a whole. Proposed by Alan C. Rockwood ia22, the award consists of a distinctive gold key and a certificate signed by the National President and the National Secretary.
2017: James A. McShane marq65, Alex P. Ver ar65
2013: Charles M. Lampman pur58, John K. Malmquist wis72
2011: James H. Jones cin53, Edward W. Wedbush cin50, A. Robert Brooks ps51
2008: Bradley N. Keller neb69
2007: Randall E. Drew rose67
2003: Arthur C. Moeller marq49, Kevin Y. Fong ucla84
1999: Richard F. Beaubien mich64
1997: Thomas E. Schoenauer marq56, Park W. Gast, Jr. cin49
1995: Gerald S. Jakubowski tol74, Randy G. Kerns mom71, James R. Marshall pur65
1994: Robert D. Hoel ar67
1991: Chauncey A. Fahey wis48, Merle Newlon III lou73
1990: Charles S. Barbour ps43
1987: Robert B. Rosenberg ar55
1985: Eugene J. Rezabeck ar47
1983: Robert C. Deen ky48
1982: Robert J. Mosborg ill45
1981: Robert M. Hamlett ar61ks
1979: Richard H. Sudheimer minn52
1977: William H. Krack pur33
1975: Theodore B. Jefferson kan30
1974: Norman J. Bukey cin24
1973: John Merrill Weed os21
1972: Howard H. Darbo wis29
1971: John J. Bresee ill19
1968: Frank Caplan, Jr. cor42
1967: Ikel C. Benson minn25
1966: John W. Mercer os24
1965: John R. Adriansen marq41
1962: Harold Kennedy marq43
1961: Edward Larson cin22, Frank W. Vogt ill17
1957: William R. Brown os33
1955: Herbert F. Scobie minn32
1952: John J. Schlenk minn22
1951: Harold H. Layritz cin21
1950: Charles R. Little pur23
1949: John F. H. Douglas marq37 (Honorary)
1948: Chris A. Wiepking wis18
1947: E. Paul Reichard cin23
1946: Frank T. Sheets ill11
1945: Irvin D. Mayer pur14
1944: William H. Smith ps28
1943: Alan C. Rockwood ia22
1941: Lindon S. Gaston pur17
1940: Daniel W. Mead wis14 (National Honorary)
1939: Irving M. Clicquenoi pur09
1938: Frederick G. Higbee ia22 (Honorary)
1936: C. Vernon Potter os11
1935: C. Norman Beggs ill18
1932: Harry H. Burgess ill08
1931: Louis W. Bruck pur09
1930: Frederick N. Schustedt wis13
1929: Max A. Berns ill08
1928: Edward E. Bauer ill16
1927: Luster R. Kleinknight pur16
1926: Arthur Schwerin ill07
1925: Willard A. Knapp ill08 (Associate)
Order of the Transit
The Order of the Transit was created by National Council in 1997 to serve as a counterpart for the Triangle Service Key. This is the highest national award given for local service.
2017: Gary N. Bodnar pur76 (nominated by Cincinnati Chapter)
2013: Thomas E. Mulinazzi kan86
2012: Robert M. Petrick pitt85
2010: Cary Laxer rose88 (Associate)
2006: George R. Griffin ok78
2003: Robert Patten ar01
1998: Leonard J. Staab marq50
Ellison Onizuka Young Alumnus Award
2016: Kyle R. Robertson is01
2014: Matthew T. Ostanik is97
2011: Isabelo B. Aala niu90, Darshan Shah csu89
2010: James L. Kaboski wis87, Joseph Wendel rose92
2009: Michael S. Butler marq93
2008: Ronald E. Nikel cin88
2006: Kevin R. Manley ill88, Michael S. Morhaime ucla85
Outstanding Alumnus Award
2006: Kevin C. O’Gorman rose00
2003: James F. Lindle lou80, Park W. Gast Jr. cin49, John H. Phillips cin78, Brian H. Pickering cin75, Dirk A. Richards cin80, Thomas J. Richey cin75, Edward P.H. Spencer cin70
1999: Charles A. Rice ok79, Michael F. Rogers ar79
1998: Robert L. Folz pur81
1995: Kurt W. Over pitt83
1993: Leonard J. Staab marq50
1989: John R. Clifton os30, Steven K. Hamilton tol73, Paul S. King tol77, Mark A. Knapp tol74
1986: Dale A. Lieb pitt71
1983: John B. Lowe os64, Otho W. Merrell os19, Douglas S. Dachenbach os62, James R. Marshall pur65
1982: Robert C. Deen ky48, Omar G. Hernandez nu75, Bradley N. Keller neb69, Jesse F. Core ps34, Joel L. Gauthier mich62,
Richard F. Beaubien mich64, Allen Davis mich67, Carl P. Cronk mich63
1981: Edward Alan Bischoff os53
1980: Robert N. Waid os11, Harry Engstrom wis66, Ronald Aschenbrenner wis62, Robert G. Wolfe os36, Walter A. Swenberg msoe77,
Joseph R. Smart os19
1979: Howard H. Darbo wis29, Robert D. Hoel ar67
1978: Harold Dawson os31
1977: A. Robert Brooks ps51, Richard I. Markwart ar64, Dennis J. McNally marq62
1976: Gene R. Strehlow msoe68
1975: Thomas R. Schoenauer marq56, Theodore J. Hodan marq58, Robert B. Rosenberg ar55
1974: David E. Carpenter mom69, Thomas L. McReynolds ky44, David C. Young nu58, Floyd M. Cunningham mom70 (Associate),
Paul T. Dowling mom37, Robert A. Vogt mom43
1973: John Richard Duff cin52, George T. Oberklein cin25, Charles Edward Bischoff os25
1972: Arthur H. Dierker os23
1971: Francis X. Jacoby, Jr. marq56, Franklin Dee Duncan ks64
1970: John Merrill Weed os21, William J. Kingston cor48
1969: Robert J. Cash sdm57, Donald J. Schuster marq44
1968: Robert N. Waid os11, Michael R. Harris okst64, H. Jack Allison okst64 (Associate), Clinton K. Hoffman ky24,
Elias M. Sabbagh pur35 (Associate)
1967: John W. Mercer os24, William G. Deas cin39
1965: James A. Bonin marq54, Robert C. Deen ky48, Ferdinand G. Seulberger nu59 (Honorary),
Ernest Wilson Carlton mom31 (Honorary)
1964: George Zavodny, Jr. ar45
1963: Oscar M. Olsen mom44, Frank W. Vogt ill17, Russell C. Powers minn38, Gifford H. Albright ps52
1961: Frank Caplan, Jr. cor42, John D. Powell mom44, Leslie L. Andrus pur21, Patrick J. Clark marq54
Triangle Distinguished Alumni Citation
2013: Wayne F. Echelberger sdm54, John D. Santi marq50
2012: Randy G. Kerns mom71, Daniel D. Mickelson nu59
2011: Edward T. Shonsey marq64, John C. Gargani pitt82, Joseph V. Salvucci pitt76
2010: John G. Vondras neb66, Roman A. Jamrogiewicz pur71, Bernard L. Hoogestraat sdm53, John M. Storm pur73, Donald E. Knebel pur65
2009: Carl D. Bhame cin53, James H. Rust pur56, Robert T. Henson pur33, Peter H. Mesha ill75, Robert B. Nagel pur57, Dr. Robert B. Rosenberg ar55
2008: James E. Schier ky66, Theodore S. Rappaport pur80, Ronald J. Swofford ill51
2007: George M. Kunkel ucla60, Raymond J. Ikola mich59, Michael J. Wallace marq68, J. Kenneth Driessen marq53, Gifford H. Albright ps52
1987: Ellison S. Onizuka colo69
1983: Jay S. Hammond ps41
1968: Stothe P. Kezios ar58 (Honorary)
1967: Richard B. Morrison mich58 (Honorary)
1964: Daniel V. Terrell ky20 (Honorary)
1963: Maynard P. Venema ar29
1961: Frederick R. Kappel minn23
Wall of Fame
Richard H. Sudheimer Interfraternal Leadership Award
The Richard H. Sudheimer Interfraternal Leadership Award is intended to recognize significant contributions by non-members of Triangle Fraternity to the betterment of the interfraternal movement. Candidates include, but are not limited to, Greek advisors, university administrators, faculty members, fraternity and sorority staff members, suppliers and vendors, and parents.
A nomination may be submitted by a Triangle staff member, National Council member, Triangle Education Foundation member, chapter alumni officer, or a majority vote of the active organization of any Triangle chapter.
The nomination shall be written and shall include a summary of the individual’s contributions to the interfraternal world.
The award shall be given upon a majority vote by the members of National Council. The National President or his designee shall present the award in a manner that is fitting and appropriate. Notice of the award shall be placed in Triangle Review and delivered to each chapter and alumni organization to be read and recorded.
Triangle Fraternity Academy of Inventors
The new Triangle Fraternity Academy of Inventors recognizes Triangle Brothers for their contributions to society and the world through their inventions. There are three levels of membership:
- Member – 1 to 4 patents
- Distinguished Member – 5 or more patents
- Distinguished Fellow – at least 3 patents, but based on overall impact of patent/s to the betterment of society
Membership at all levels is open to living and deceased Brothers and to all members, including Chapter Honorary members. Members and Distinguished members are automatically enrolled upon confirmation of the number of patents in their name. Distinguished Fellows will be elected by the National Council and limited to two per year.
Did You Know That a Triangle Brother…
Ellison Onizuka colo69 flew on Discovery as a mission specialist in January 1985 and lost his life in the Challenger accident in January 1986. The United States Air Force’s Onizuka Air Station was located in Sunnyvale, CA. (The station is now closed). An episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation mentions a (fictional) shuttlecraft named after Brother Onizuka.
Won a medal in Olympic Games:
Frank R. McCabe marq50 was a member of the U.S. Olympic basketball squad which won the gold medal in 1952.
Was the first person to communicate by telephone via satellite:
Fred R. Kappel minn23 was the first speaker by Telstar, in a phone conversation with President Johnson.
Served as two-term governor of Wyoming:
Jim Geringer ks64 served as governor of Wyoming from 1995 to 2003.
Served as two-term governor of Alaska:
Jay Hammond ps41 served as Governor of Alaska from 1975 to 1983.
Was Chairman, President, and CEO of Shell Oil Company:
Steven L. Miller ill64 held these positions from 1999 to 2002. He began his career with Shell in 1967.
Ran a leading manufacturer of computer hardware in the United States:
Edward McCracken is64 was president and CEO of Silicon Graphics, whose graphics computers are used for everything from animation in Star Wars to car modeling at GM.
Served as Chairman of the Board of AT&T:
Fred R. Kappel minn23 held this position from 1962 to 1969.
Co-founded one of the leading computer game companies in the United States:
Michael Morhaime ucla85 is co-founder and President of Blizzard Entertainment, maker of the popular Warcraft and Diablo computer games.
Wrote for Encyclopedia Britannica:
Robert S. Mayo ar24 wrote much of the entry for tunneling in the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Stood on the South Pole:
Forrest L. Dowling wis60 was one of 11 Americans who reached the South Pole overland in January 1961.
Discovered an ancient Inca city:
Reinaldo Chohfi ucla85 has been credited with the discovery of Maranpampa, a large Inca city in Peru.
Was given the first Distinguished Service Medal awarded in Korea:
Robert B. Martin pur24 was awarded the decoration in 1951.
Watched the test of the first Atomic Bomb:
Richard Conklin ill44 and several other Triangles worked on the Manhattan Project and witnessed the test of the first atom bomb.
Served as president of two steel companies:
Tom Graham lou45 has served as president of USX and of Armco Steel in Ohio. He has also served as chairman of the board of AK Steel.