AKL president wins leadership award

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Alpha Kappa Lambda president Gabe Kasper recently won a national leadership award for his work on campus and with his fraternity.

The National Executive Council awards one individual each year with the Clarence E. Brehm award for superior leadership abilities and participation on campus. The award was created in 1982 to honor Brehm, a loyal member of his AKL chapter and a leader in the oil industry.

“Winning the award was one of the proudest moments I’ve had,” Kasper said. “Alpha Kappa Lambda has given so much to me, so I do whatever I can to be the leader and give back to them. … I’m proud to be an AKL, and I’m so honored to be recognized like I have been.”

Kasper has been the president of the AKL chapter at SVSU for the last two academic years, and he was also a senior orientation leader and the vice president of the American Marketing Association chapter at SVSU.

AKL is a national service and leadership fraternity.

“Gabe is the ultimate definition of a leader,” said Riley Hupfer, the advisor to SVSU’s AKL chapter. “He has demonstrated that through
his dedication not only to the fraternity, but through all his involvements on campus and in the community. I could not think of anyone more deserving of this award.”

Hupfer was also awarded the Henry T. Moon Outstanding Chapter Advisor award for his work as an adviser to AKL.

Hupfer is the assistant director of the Center for Community Engagement and an SVSU alumnus.

“Gabe is one of the most influential people I’ve ever met,” said Dylan Langlois, a member of AKL. “He is the kind of leader who you want to be behind and follow because he will influence you to be the best version of yourself, just by how he presents himself.”

His friends say Kasper has made a difference on his campus by guiding freshmen as an orientation leader, mentoring of business majors as the vice president of SVSU’s chapter of the American Marketing Association and his helping his brothers in AKL.

“He is the person that I looked up to and strove to emulate after meeting him and his vivacious personality and character on my own orientation day in 2016,” said Nate Naples, another AKL brother. “The impact Gabe has on this university’s campus is undeniably influential.”

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