It was almost a sweep. Brothers of the Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity have long been active and influential on Duquesne’s campus. This summer, their own national fraternity recognized their efforts. The Duquesne Brothers nearly swept all available awards at their national summer convention in Harrisburg, Aug.13-17. The Alpha Phi Delta chapter at Duquesne won the Fraternity’s Outstanding Chapter Award and the Community Service Award. The Pittsburgh Alumni Club of Alpha Phi Delta earned the title of Outstanding Alumni Club. In addition to those honors, the Outstanding District Award went to the fraternity’s Midwest District, which comprises Duquesne and five other college campuses in the region. The district was headed by District Governor Jim Miller (M, ’73), who was recently elected National Vice President of the fraternity. At the same gathering, the fraternity honored one of its past national presidents, Tony Carfang, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He’s only the fifth man in the fraternity’s history to earn this distinction. Carfang (B, ‘73) is a principal in Chicago-based Treasury Strategies and, currently, the Vice Chairman of Duquesne’s Board of Directors. John Russo (A, ’74; MBA, ’83) was honored with the President’s Award for his outstanding work as the convention chairman.
As for the undergraduates, Matt Silva (B, ‘15) was awarded Alpha Phi Delta’s first Military Scholarship. The entire chapter was lauded for its community service in the form of the charity known as Pure Thirst. The Brothers raised funds and actually led a group of students to Honduras to create clean drinking water systems for a village.
These honors came at a particularly auspicious time for Alpha Phi Delta. The National Italian-American Fraternity is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Its chapter at Duquesne was established in 1929, making it the oldest continually active chapter in the fraternity. Since its inception, more than 1,100 Duquesne men have been inducted in Alpha Phi Delta. The Pittsburgh Alumni Club comprises approximately 200 members.