Posted Friday, March 2, 2012 by Katie Hippert
Daniel Moore is a psychology major at the University and the current President of the organization M.E.N. of Distinction. When he first moved to Reno from Las Vegas, Moore checked out a few of the various organizations and fraternities on campus, but decided to take on the challenge of starting a new organization in which he could have a hand in developing. He and a group of his close friends established the organization in Fall 2009.
The purpose of M.E.N. of Distinction is to guide college men toward a higher social and moral good, and to develop a love for all mankind. The club members spend countless hours dedicated to community service, one of the most important aspects of the club. It's also a key way that active members meet the men who are interested in joining the organization.
"Community service events are how we get to know all of our members," Moore said. "We have a lot of members, so it's a good way to bond with everyone."
As president of the organization, Moore is in charge of running the weekly Men of Distinction meetings and ensuring that all brotherhood events run smoothly.
"I've gained a lot of great experience from being President," Moore said. "I've learned how to collaborate with other people and it has been very character building because you get challenged a lot."
The club strides to be proactive in the community; less time is spent on meetings and more time is dedicated to various community outreach events. Since its establishment, Men of Distinction has won distinguished awards for its community service efforts.
"We won the Thornton Peace Prize award," Moore said. "That was a pretty proud moment because we worked so hard to get an award like that. It was pretty amazing."
The organization has also won three first place step trophies and a second place trophy in the last few years. They most recently won first place at the event Stroll for Tots-an on campus community service event.
Though Moore's days are typically very busy with classes and his duties to M.E.N. of Distinction, he still finds time for his to do other things he enjoys. Some of his hobbies include playing basketball, lifting weights, and writing poetry. One of Moore's favorite things about the University is the wolf pack traditions-including everything from the ASUN Welcome Week events to the annual Undie Run.
Moore plans on remaining at the University when he graduates to further pursue a higher degree in psychology. After graduate school, Moore hopes to start a career focusing on industrial psychology helping mentor businesses in their professional endeavors.