CSULB Senior Andrew Carnes Receives National Leadership Award From Pi Kappa Phi
2014-09-17 · By Editor
Andrew Carnes, a senior at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), has been honored by the Pi Kappa Phi Supreme Chapter as this year’s recipient of the Howard H. Baker Leadership Award, one of the highest honors an undergraduate member of the national fraternity can receive.
The leadership award recognizes the student member of Pi Kappa Phi with the most outstanding leadership and involvement in campus and community organizations independent of his chapter.
“Whether in his church, on the Long Beach campus, or within Pi Kappa Phi, Andrew has proven himself to be an exceptional leader,” said Justin Angotti, Pi Kappa Phi’s assistant executive director of education and accountability. “He not only possesses a remarkable ability to develop genuine relationships and make others feel a part of something greater than themselves, but also a commitment to bettering the world around him. He truly exemplifies Pi Kappa Phi’s commitment to leadership through service.”
A geography major (with an emphasis in geographic information systems) who is also minoring in music, Carnes was recently presented with the award at the Pi Kappa Phi Supreme Chapter conference in Atlanta.
“Receiving this award is an incredible honor that I will never forget, and I am very humbled to have been selected for it,” Carnes said. “I know that there are numerous other exceptional leaders throughout my fraternity across America, and I have no doubt they bring just as much leadership ability and passion to everything they do as I do.”
A member of the fraternity’s CSULB chapter since fall 2011, he is currently serving as its president. The last two years he served as the group’s chaplain, overseeing all brotherhood-related activities and issues within the chapter.
Carnes said he believes he received the award because of his efforts to embody the image of what Pi Kappa Phi stands for nationally—students who are doing their best to not only lead within their own chapter, but who look at the bigger picture, and take their leadership to their university, community, and surrounding areas.
His membership in the fraternity has given him many opportunities to become involved with the university’s leadership, including working with campus administration and student government leaders. He also has served as a resident assistant in Housing and Residential Life and been involved with other clubs and organizations on campus.
“Being a member of the fraternity has changed my entire collegiate experience. It also has allowed me to serve as a member of something much bigger than myself. I have been able to grow immeasurably both personally and professionally,” Carnes pointed out. “My experiences in the fraternity have challenged me and pushed me as a man of class and integrity and as a leader, and have taught me how to handle conflict, defeat and success. I will carry these experiences and lessons with me for the rest of my life.”
The leadership award is named in honor of Brother Howard Baker, Alpha Sigma (Tennessee), who served as U.S. Senator from Tennessee from 1967-85 and Senate Majority Leader from 1981-85.
The Division of Student Services at CSULB oversees more than 350 student clubs and organizations, including 20 fraternities and sororities, with a focus on enhancing students’ campus life and overall college experience. In all, the division provides a broad range of services to help students reach their academic goals, enhance their personal, intellectual and social development, and prepare them for their responsibilities as productive citizens.