By Jessica Mullins/What’s on Tap Editor

In 1963 Eastern premiered its first two service organizations: the Kappa Delta Tau service sorority and the Sigma Chi Delta service fraternity. Although Sigma Chi Delta later became the Sigma Nu social fraternity more than 40 years later, they still “share a vision of service” with Kappa Delta Tau. This vision leads them to sponsor this year’s second annual Colonel Awards, to be held at 8 p.m. Friday, April 2, in the O’Donnell Auditorium of the Student Services Building.

The Colonel Awards recognizes both individuals and groups in various areas of service. The mission statement of the awards is to “bridge the Eastern Kentucky University and Madison County communities by recognizing non-profit organizations, groups and individuals who volunteer their time and/or money in order to help those in need.”

According to Robert Fletcher, co-chair of this year’s event on behalf of Sigma Nu, they want the Colonel Awards to be “an event that the whole community can look forward to and be proud of.”

The Colonel Awards recognize individuals and groups in the categories of outstanding service, excellence in fund raising and most active non-profit charity. Also, an individual is recognized with the Eternal Colonel Award, which the nomination criteria describes as “a person who has done it all.”

To be awarded any of these recognitions, individuals or groups must be nominated by someone who feels the nominee is outstanding in their service. Applications are reviewed by an independent committee and finalists are notified before the awards ceremony night.

With the help of local businesses and donations, the Colonel Awards will also award a $500 scholarship to a Madison County senior who plans to attend Eastern.

Before the awards ceremony, there will be a volunteer fair starting at 6 p.m. in the Student Services Building lobby, featuring displays of local non-profit service organizations. The fair will give the public an opportunity to see the ways they can become involved in the community, as well as promote National Volunteer Week, which is April 18-24.

Admission to the Colonel Awards ceremony is $4. The doors to the event will open at 7:30 p.m. and entertainment for the evening will be provided by Kappa Delta Tau soriority, Eastern Dance Theatre and the Prima Donna’s.