Sixteen members of the Lamar University Greek Community were inducted into Order of Omega, National Greek Honor Fraternity on March 30. Order of Omega recognizes outstanding fraternity men and sorority women who have attained a high standard of leadership and scholastic achievement.

An honor reserved for the top three percent of the Greek community, Order of Omega recognizes students who demonstrate the cardinal qualities of scholarship, character, leadership and service.

“Lamar’s fraternity and sorority members enhance our campus and community. These students provide leadership, dedication and service,” said Shannon Copeland, Order of Omega advisor.

“Initiation into Order of Omega is an opportunity to show these outstanding students how much we appreciate their valuable contributions and to thank them for their initiative,” continued Copeland.

The following 16 Lamar University students have been inducted into the Omega Upsilon Chapter of the Order of Omega:

BEAUMONT: Jonathan Durr, Sigma Nu Fraternity, senior, history major; Charles Schwarzlose, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, senior, political science major; Brittnie Smith, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, senior, nursing major.

EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA: Serena Belley, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, junior, psychology major.

FANNETT: Ashley Austin, Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, junior, interdisciplinary studies major; Briana Gattis, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, senior, exercise science and fitness management major.

HOUSTON: Shawnta Banks, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, senior, interdisciplinary studies; Rashalynn Carrier, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, senior, health education major; Candice Montgomery, Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, junior, industrial engineering and business major.

KOUNTZE: Heather Daniel, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, junior, Spanish major.

LUMBERTON: Michael Smith, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, MBA student, was invited to join the chapter as an alumni initiate.

NEDERLAND: William Sanderson, Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity, senior, electrical engineering major.

ORANGE: Thaddeaus Green, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, senior, communication major.

PORT NECHES: Chelsea Barnard, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, junior, English major; Lisa Donahey, Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, junior, communication disorders major.

TAMPICO, TAMAULIPAS, MEXICO: Ana Rocha, Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, junior, Spanish major.

The Order of Omega was founded at the University of Miami in the fall of 1959 by a group of outstanding fraternity men, who felt that individuals in the Greek community should be recognized for their service to the fraternity system and the university. This tradition continues today in over 500 universities and colleges around the country.