Ruiz Named SEIFC Fraternity Man of the Year
At the Awards Banquet during the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference’s annual leadership academy in Buckhead, Georgia, Aristeo S. “Ari” Ruiz (Zeta Tau–Austin Peay State ’14) was named the SEIFC’s Gregory R. Singleton Fraternity Man of the Year.
“This award means a lot for me because it has given me a platform to say that we all need to reignite the purpose for fraternity and sorority life and go back to the basics – our values,” Ari said.
Named after Gregory R. Singleton (Gamma Gamma–Memphis ’82) who served 18 years on the SEIFC Board, six of which as Executive Director, this award recognizes the undergraduate fraternity man in the Southeast who is a role model to his peers and consistently illustrates what it means to live with integrity and by the values of his fraternity.
“This award truly goes back to my incredible institution, and the top-tier opportunities that the Zeta Tau Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order has opened for me as undergraduate. I chose to invest my time assisting other organizations and worked closely with the IFC council at APSU. Moreover, I strived for chances to develop members across of the nation through leadership conferences and programs, so we can continue advocating for the next generation of fraternal leaders, scholars, and gentlemen.
The Southeastern Interfraternity Conference was founded in 1966 during a meeting of student leaders, fraternity professionals, and advisors in Jackson, Mississippi. SEIFC serves as a voluntary association of fraternity governing councils in the United States. SEIFC is one of the three regional associations throughout North America designed to bring together institutions and individuals with a commitment to fraternity life on college and university campuses. Even though the SEIFC Leadership academy has evolved over the last 52 years, the concept of the direct student involvement in planning and executing our programs has remained a cornerstone of SEIFC.