Baltimore, M.D. – On Friday, February 28, 2020, Theta Delta Sigma Founder, Jamel Catoe was recognized by the Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA) as the 2020 recipient of the Guenzler Award. The Guenzler Award recognizes a professional or volunteer who has made significant and long-term contributions to the fraternity and sorority community.
Jamel Catoe was nominated for this award by his colleagues at the University of Connecticut, and the National Leadership Team supported the nomination with a letter of endorsement. A long history of service to Theta Delta Sigma and a deep dedication to the fraternal movement were some reasons that made Catoe deserving of recognition. Catoe has been actively involved in Theta Delta Sigma since inception and he has held multiple leadership roles. Professionally, Catoe works as a campus-based fraternity and sorority program director. Throughout his 15 year career in higher education, he has had an impact on the experience of more than 8,000 fraternity and sorority affiliated students.
In addition to his work on campuses, Catoe has also volunteered with NASPA, a professional association for student affairs administrators, as the Fraternity and Sorority Knowledge Community Representative. Through his efforts, NASPA has generated new knowledge around important issues while also providing a strong connection for members in the Association.
Following his acceptance of the recognition, Catoe publicly shared “It is an honor to be presented this award by the very association that gave me my first professional volunteer opportunity so long ago. This year, 2020, NGLA celebrates its 20th anniversary and I celebrate my 20th anniversary as a fraternity member. Though this award has the name of one organization [Theta Delta Sigma] on it, I attribute my professional path, academic journey, and achievement to my affiliation with multiple organizations. As a campus-based fraternity/sorority professional, this award is particularly meaningful to me because it is a testament of years of work, challenging conversations, and an impact that extends beyond my campus(es) and organizations. To all that believe in me, that I had the privilege of working with, and those who feel that I have a made a difference in their fraternity/sorority experience: Thank you!”
Catoe is the first sibling of Theta Delta Sigma to be recognized with this award and we are thrilled to celebrate this achievement with our Founder, Genesis. It was his vision that gave birth to our beloved Society, and we are thankful for his dedication, leadership, and continued passion. Thank you, Jamel Catoe, for advancing the positive reputation of our Society and leading the way to see Theta Delta Sigma flourish.