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KNOXVILLE — The Interfraternity Council at the University of Tennessee won awards in eight categories at the recent Southeastern Interfraternity Leadership Conference.

UT’s Interfraternity Council consists of 19 social fraternities on campus. Representatives of IFC attended the leadership conference last week in Atlanta.

The Southeastern Interfraternity Council recognizes Interfraternity Councils at schools across the region in several categories of excellence.

UT’s IFC was honored for educational programming, outstanding philanthropy, academic achievement and scholarship, campus and community relations, judicial processes, leadership development, legal concerns and publications.

UT received Excellence in Educational Programming for a program called GreekSHAPE in which leadership is developed among newly initiated members through discussions about topics such as drug and alcohol abuse, academics and community development. The program’s speakers have included men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl and Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt.

For Excellence in Outstanding Philanthropy, UT’s IFC organized a fundraiser called “Dippin’ for Dollars” to benefit the Ronald McDonald House, which is located one block from campus on 17th Street. Volunteers dipped strawberries in chocolate at The South’s Finest Chocolate Factory and raised about $4,000. IFC also has raised $25,000 to build a Habitat for Humanity house this spring. Construction is scheduled for March 29 through April 5.

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Elizabeth Davis, UT media relations, (865) 974-5179,

Grant McDermott, UT IFC president, (865) 974-3205,

Jim Harrison, IFC adviser, (865) 974-3179,