Introducing the Tom Robinson Mr. Alpha Mu Award
On January 15, 2023, the undergraduate brothers of the Alpha Mu Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi created and presented the “Tom Robinson Mr. Alpha Mu Award” to the man for whom they have named this new recognition award, Alumnus Tom Robinson. The award will be given by the undergraduates periodically to an active or an alumnus who display the “above and beyond” work and efforts to the Chapter and the brotherhood manifested by brother Robinson.
In attendance at this event held on this Sunday evening in honor of Tom were over 100 active members of the Chapter, Tom’s wife Karen, son TJ and his fiancée, and approximately a dozen alumni members, including members of the Board of the Alpha Mu Housing Corporation on which Tom serves, and several of Tom’s closest brotherhood friends who Tom and Karen invite into their home to stay for at least one football weekend each year. Son Connor paid tributes from his home as he prepared for a new position at 4:30AM Monday morning.
Tom’s love for the undergraduates and their respect and affection for him were clearly apparent on this special night. In addition to Tom’s involvement as a Board member of the Housing Corporation, Tom visits the house almost daily outside of this Board member role, acting as a virtual volunteer caretaker of the property, making numerous repairs and improvements to the facility along the way. He attends Chapter meetings virtually every week, talks to each pledge class at the beginning of their education period and probably most importantly to the young men, stands ready to be there for them in the highs and lows of each academic semester. He lives the mission of the fraternity and the Chapter and helps to mold young men into great leaders of tomorrow. In many ways, the creation of this award is an example of those leadership lessons Tom has taught the undergraduates by his actions. This award, in Tom’s name, will help to encourage present and future generations of Pi Kappa Phi members to act selflessly to benefit not just the Chapter, not just the University, but the community as a whole.
In Tom’s honor and on his behalf, members of the Board and Tom’s closest brotherhood friends, contributed in excess of $10000 to the Chapter so that Tom could determine a project to improve living conditions at the Chapter house for the benefit of our undergraduate leaders. I ask you to join the tribute to our brother, our 2023 Tom Robinson Mr. Alpha Mu Award winner himself, brother Tom Robinson, with your own contribution to the 409 Club in his honor—and in honor of this special group of undergraduate brothers.
Nothing shall tear us asunder,
Stephen J. DiOrio, President
Alpha Mu Housing Corporation
See more photos from the weekend here.