Brian Meyer (left) and Lane Koplon are all smiles after NU Chapter is named “Chapter of the Year” at the fraternity’s National Convention.

Brian Meyer (left) and Lane Koplon are all smiles after NU Chapter is named “Chapter of the Year” at the fraternity’s National Convention.

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Tau Epsilon Phi members at the University of Georgia have been staying busy this semester, raising money for charity and celebrating a top national award.

TEP, the oldest Jewish Fraternity at UGA and one of the oldest Jewish fraternities in the country, raised over $2,000 at its first ever “Battle of the Bands” charity event in late October.

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Just a few days later, NU chapter at UGA was named the “Chapter of the Year” at the fraternity’s 2013 biennial National Convention in Washington, D.C.

“Today, with close to 80 active brothers, NU Chapter continues to thrive in all areas of the undergraduate experience,” said Chapter President Brian Meyer, a junior from Dunwoody.

He had special words of praise for Ryan Rones, NU chapter’s Philanthropy Chairman, who spearheaded the fraternity’s successful “Battle of the Bands” event held at the Silver Dollar Bar.

“The concert was an outstanding success,” said Rones. “Not only did we raise money for Whatever-It-Takes (WIT), but TEP’s very own Alex Bloom, a sophomore from Johns Creek, was a member of the winning band, ‘Sababa’.”

All proceeds from the event went directly to WIT, a non-profit that helps Athens elementary students with both academics and playtime.

“I’m thrilled with the success of TEP’s event, said Justin Ivey, executive director of WIT. “The money they raised is huge for the program, and will go a long way toward supporting the underprivileged children of Athens.”

Meanwhile, NU chapter received the “Chapter of the Year Award” at TEP’s International Fraternity’s biennial National Convention and Grand Council Session, held in Washington, D.C.

The award is presented each year to the chapter that incorporates all aspects of fraternity life into its programs, including scholastic achievement, intramural participation, social and extra-curricular endeavors, and the quality of brotherhood.

Three TEPs from NU chapter were also elected to serve on the International Grand Council for the next two years, including Lane Koplon (’92), re-elected to serve as International Consul (President); Mark Needle (’03), elected to serve as Alumnus Member-at-Large; and current NU chapter President Brian Meyer,  elected to serve as Undergraduate Vice-Consul.

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