Alum Robert Ortega, Jr. receives national award from Sigma Nu Fraternity

Robert Ortega, Jr.

The Sigma Nu Fraternity announced that recent Fresno State alumnus Robert Ortega, Jr. received their “Alpha Alumni Chapter Affiliate Award” for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

“The Fraternity salutes Robert and the nine other recipients of this distinguished award as exceptional members of Sigma Nu Fraternity whose service and leadership exemplify the Fraternity’s mission to develop ethical leaders,” they said in a press release.

According to Sigma Nu, they recognize Ortega for “living an honorable life by upholding the ideals of Sigma Nu and influencing others to do the same.”

Additionally, they evaluate the applicant’s academic excellence, extracurricular record, and demonstrated leadership. 

“Robert has been a consistently determined individual whose performance and contributions in all aspects of his college life have made Sigma Nu Fraternity and his University better,” William H. Davies, advisor to Zeta Kappa Chapter, said.

Ortega graduated from Fresno State in May 2021 with a 3.95 GPA, double majoring in Communication and Media, Communications and Journalism (MCJ), emphasizing broadcast journalism. He served Fresno State’s Zeta Kappa Chapter as Commander (President), Lt. Commander (Vice President), Treasurer, Marshal (new member educator), and on numerous committees.

His campus involvement included membership in Lambda Pi Eta, the College of Arts and Humanities honors program, and the Smittcamp Family Honors College. He served as a multi-media journalist and lead producer for Fresno State Focus and participated in the London Program. He received several competitive scholarships, including a four-year President’s Honors Scholarship and recognition as a Student of Distinction and Dean’s Medal Nominee in the Fresno State Department of Communication.

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