2021-2022 Fraternity Award Winners
Phi Sigma Sigma's annual awards program recognizes individuals and chapters who most embody the virtues of Phi Sigma Sigma and continue to "Aim High" throughout their collegiate and alumnae experiences. Congratulations to the 2021-2022 award winners!
The pyramid award is presented to an alumna sister in recognition of outstanding and consistent service to the Fraternity on all levels. Such service shall be demonstrated on an ongoing basis over a period of time, in various roles, or be of such magnitude that even though the service has not been demonstrated over time, the impact and degree of such service warrants this most prestigious award.
Tracy Koch, Epsilon Alpha Chapter at Illinois State University
Tracy has been a dedicated volunteer for Phi Sigma Sigma for the past thirty years, and she has made a significant impact on the organization through all of her years of service. Tracy has served in a variety of advisor roles, committee roles, on the Foundation Board of Directors and on Supreme Council. Tracy brings passion, leadership, friendship, and honesty to all of the work that she does within the Fraternity. Most recently, she has served as the CKA for the Iota Phi Chapter at Lindenwood University. She began her work with the chapter in 2017 when she was on the chapter establishment task force for the campus, and she has served as their dedicated CKA since then. The chapter has grown and flourished under Tracy's leadership, and she is an ideal CKA with open and honest communication both with the chapter and with the Fraternity. Lindenwood University recently recognized Tracy's work by awarding her the Outstanding Chapter Advisor of the Year out of all chapters on the campus.
In addition to Tracy's dedication to Iota Phi, she has continued her work with the Fraternity. She stepped up and agreed to advise another chapter (Iota Omicron at Capital University) when an advisor was needed. She has a commitment to building future leaders by serving on the AIM committee and chairing the Nominating Committee. We are seeing this positive impact transition to the work of the Nominating Committee as they leverage the work of the AIM Committee.
Phi Sigma Sigma has been directly supported by Tracy's work over the past three decades, and we believe she is the example of a Phi Sigma Sigma who makes a tremendous impact on the Fraternity.
Ellen Smith, Beta Psi Chapter at The University of Florida
Ellen has provided serve to the Fraternity for many many years by taking care of the Beta Psi properties and making them available for the use of the Fraternity by way of sale. She previously served as the Director of Housing. Ellen's work has been marked by devotion, loyalty and persistence.
ORDER OF THE SAPPHIRE AWARD
The Order of the Sapphire Award was established in honor of Kim Hildred and is presented to a Phi Sigma Sigma alumna sister whose actions embody the spirit and dedication of a true leader and motivator both outside and within the Fraternity. She shall have a consistent track record for more than a five-year period in various volunteer roles on the international level. The recipient must demonstrate all eight qualities as follows: skills, achievement, perspective, perpetuity, honor, influence, responsiveness and experience.
Simonne Horman, Iota Iota Chapter at Grand Valley State University
Simonne has been a dedicated volunteer for Phi Sigma Sigma since she graduated in 2011. Specifically, she has served in a variety of key volunteer roles including the chapter establishment task force for Salem State University, as a chapter excellence specialist, on the nominating committee and the Panhellenic relations committee. Simonne took on the role of chairman of the Panhellenic relations committee in 2019 as she also took on the role of Chief Panhellenic Officer. In this role, she regularly works and communicates with members of other NPC and Interfraternal organizations and advocates for Phi Sigma Sigma on the campus, organization and international level. Simonne is a rising star within NPC, and we are grateful for her commitment to Phi Sigma Sigma.
Outside of Phi Sigma Sigma, Simonne has been a leader in the landscape of fraternity and sorority affairs. She has been at the University of Florida for the past six years working directly with undergraduate students in student affairs and fraternity and sorority life. Simonne currently serves as the interim director of fraternity and sorority affairs at the University of Florida, overseeing fraternity and sorority life at a premier campus within the SEC. Simonne is also pursuing her PhD in Agriculture, Education, and Communication at the University of Florida.
OUTSTANDING COLLEGIATE CHAPTER AWARD
The Outstanding Collegiate Chapter Award is presented to the collegiate chapter(s) that is most outstanding within the Fraternity and on its campus, relative to size and campus culture. The chapter should foster a premier member experience that supports, encourages, motivates and enriches all sisters. To be eligible for this award, a collegiate chapter must maintain a cumulative chapter GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent; recruit to and maintain maximum potential recruitment size (total) each semester; provide a premier member experience through creative events, programming, Fraternity assistance, promotion, etc.; pay all Fraternity monies on time (i.e. Fraternity dues, insurance, Convention tax); make an annual donation to the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation; and have representation at all required Fraternity events and trainings.
Gamma Iota Chapter at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
The Gamma Iota Chapter has faced tremendous hardship as the members navigated and continues to navigate, a campus-wide mental health crisis. Through prioritizing mental health and wellbeing, the chapter members built strong relationships leading to an outstanding member experience. The chapter calendar includes a multitude of well-rounded activities including, but not limited to, philanthropy, academic, sisterhood and social. The chapter members abide by all Phi Sigma Sigma, university, local and state mandates, guidelines and requirements. The chapter consistently performs well in recruitment and maintained maximum potential recruitment size each semester. The retention in the chapter is high because sisters truly want to be there and attend events to continue enjoying the connections they have made with each other.
Gamma Nu Chapter at Rutgers University - New Brunswick
The Gamma Nu Chapter constantly sets a precedent for what it means to have a premier member experience. The chapter has the most successful recruitment on campus. The chapter leaders strive to provide members with a calendar that includes events related to philanthropy, academic, sisterhood and social. The chapter members abide by all Phi Sigma Sigma, university, local and state mandates, guidelines and requirements. The chapter is also in excellent standing with their university.
Epsilon Chapter at Adelphi University
Delta Theta Chapter at Oakland University
BEVERLY PARKES COLLEGIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Beverly Parkes Collegian of the Year Award is presented to a collegiate member who, in her activities and character, personifies the ideals of Phi Sigma Sigma. The candidate must be in good standing with her collegiate chapter and university, and give evidence of forwarding the three goals of Phi Sigma Sigma: advancement of womanhood, lifelong learning, and philanthropic service. She shall have achieved a most exemplary record in the last year of her collegiate work, as a senior.
Gaby Acosta, Theta Xi Chapter at Nova Southeastern University
Gaby has been an outstanding member of Phi Sigma Sigma throughout her collegiate years, and specifically her senior year. As a senior, she completed her final semester as archon while serving as an Admissions Ambassador for the university and working as a Registered Behavior Technician where she worked in applied behavior analysis therapy with children with Autism. She also focused on her studies and was awarded a spot on the Dean’s list. She was named Fraternity/Sorority President of the Year and was given the award for Ambassador of the Year, going into her senior year. She has gained the respect of the members of her chapter and other leaders and campus officials through her actions, willingness to listen and her strong presence both in Phi Sigma Sigma and on campus.
Marissa Gilpin, Iota Upsilon Chapter at The University of New Hampshire
Marissa has been an exemplary chapter member in her final year of Phi Sigma Sigma. In her role as sister development chairman, she signed up to live in the chapter house her senior year and united her executive board working hard to plan a well-rounded calendar for not only the new member education, but activities. She was never shy to lend a hand outside of her role either. When another executive board officer needed help, or an encouraging push, she was the first to speak up and offer assistance and trouble shooting. Outside of the chapter, she is an active member of the University of New Hampshire community through the Student Occupational Therapy Association, and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic she became involved Seacoast Reads an organization that places UNH undergraduate volunteers into local schools, libraries and after-school programs to help elementary and middle school students improve their reading and writing skills through one-on-one support. She also found an alternative PenPal Program during the pandemic that allowed her to continue her support of the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation’s mission of school and college readiness.
JEANINE JACOBS GOLDBERG ARCHON OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Jeanine Jacobs Goldberg Archon of the Year award is presented to the collegiate chapter archon deemed by the grand archon to be the most outstanding based on her contributions to the chapter and her relationship with the Fraternity. She shall have successfully completed one full term as archon.
Megan Lowe, Epsilon Chi Chapter at Indiana University Southeast
Megan was a successful two-term archon during a global pandemic, divisive social and political issues, and found ways to lead successful virtual sisterhood events. She improved the chapter’s standing with the university and Greek community. During her terms, the chapter received top campus accreditation, brought back the chapter service project and ran a successful virtual recruitment as well as an in-person recruitment where the chapter set total for the first time in many years. She also assisted sisters in navigating life’s challenges. And for four years, she worked third shift at UPS, working 9pm-6am every day while also consistently being recognized on the Dean’s List, attended all required Fraternity in-person events, and balanced school, working full time and leading her chapter during a pandemic.
NEW MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD
The New Member of the Year Award is presented to a collegian who was a new member in the current academic year and made significant contributions to her chapter during her new member experience. This recipient will demonstrate a commitment to her chapter, fostering positive relationships, strong involvement in the Phi Program, chapter activities and the campus during her new member experience and an outstanding promise for future service to her collegiate chapter. Each chapter should nominate one woman to receive this award.
Brenna Barstad, Iota Zeta Chapter at the University of Minnesota - Duluth
Brenna has proven to be a promising member of this organization through her strong drive to better herself and the other women of our chapter. She actively participated in all discussions within each module of the Phi Program and was able to dig deep and connect to the new member process in a very sincere way. She has taken all parts of her new member process seriously, specifically at Pyramid Ceremony, where she went through each of our values one at a time and shared what each of them meant to her. Despite just joining the chapter, she took on the position of public relations chair and has already proven herself to be a strong candidate for leading the chapter.
Halee Deemer, Zeta Omicron Chapter at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Annie Gruner, Gamma Nu Chapter at Rutgers University - New Brunswick
COLLEGIATE EMERGING LEADER AWARD
The Collegiate Emerging Leader Award is presented to a collegian who has made significant contributions to her collegiate chapter in a non-leadership role, an executive board/executive council role (non-Archon) or a Panhellenic/Interfraternal role. The recipient will demonstrate outstanding promise for continued leadership to her collegiate chapter and to Phi Sigma Sigma. Specific examples of her emerging leader qualities or actions must be provided. If an individual does not serve in a leadership role, demonstrated examples of leadership traits must be provided. A sister is only eligible to receive this award one time. Each chapter should nominate one woman to receive this award.
Lauren Bancalari, Gamma Nu Chapter at Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Lauren began her tenure as Philanthropy Chair during her first term at the height of COVID-19. She has planned successful fundraisers in a completely virtual setting and helped raise more than $85,000 for dance marathon and the chapter’s partner school over the past few years. Outside of Phi Sigma Sigma, she is also heavily involved at her university and has demonstrated academic excellence as she pursues a future in medicine.
Morgan Bonner, Beta Eta Chapter at The Pennsylvania State University
Morgan is the house manager for the Beta Eta Chapter and has been nothing short of amazing this year. Without a house director, she has had to take on the role of both house manager and house director and goes above and beyond in her duties. Morgan had to assist sisters through mental health crises with the partnership of Headquarters and the chapter advisors. She always volunteers to help when a staff member asks and has done many favors for the house. Morgan is an extremely supportive sister who members of the chapter go to often, and it is clear she is adored by her peers.
Kimiya Kim, Zeta Delta Chapter at Bentley University
Samantha Spooner, Beta Xi Chapter at Cornell University
ONCE, ALWAYS AWARD
The Once, Always Award is sponsored by the Fraternity and presented to a Phi Sigma Sigma outstanding alumna volunteer who has proven that Phi Sigma Sigma remains a lifelong, meaningful commitment beyond her collegiate years and continues to make a significant impact within the Fraternity in accordance with our mission. She is faithful in her service, gives selflessly, and is passionately committed to the advancement of the Fraternity.
Chris Senseney, Gamma Delta Chapter at Rutgers University - Camden
Chris has had a long and varied volunteer experience with Phi Sigma Sigma since she started volunteering in 1988. She has continued to impact the organization on national and local levels. Throughout her tenure, Chris has served as Director of Alumnae, Grand Vice Archon and Grand Archon. She has also served on the bylaws and credentials committee, held numerous positions advancing alumnae programming at the national level and served on the organizational structure task force, the Centennial History Program, several Centennial task forces, alumnae ambassador for Las Vegas, alumnae archon of the Las Vegas alumnae chapter, Phi Sigma Sigma's delegate to the Southern Nevada Alumnae Panhellenic. She also created the Phi Sigma Preservation Project. As a member of the Past Grand Archon ranks, she continues to lend her expertise and experience to the fraternity as a volunteer, mentor and friend.
The Sisterhood Award is sponsored by the Fraternity and is presented to a Phi Sigma Sigma sister or sisters who have shown exemplary commitment, verifiable accomplishments, and loyalty to the ideals and virtues of Phi Sigma Sigma. Her efforts leave a lasting impact on the Fraternity and her devotion goes beyond normal participation.
Emily Calvo, Gamma Nu Chapter at Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Emily has helped to grow and strengthen our pool of volunteers. As the volunteer placement chairman for Phi Sigma Sigma she has helped revamp our volunteer placement process, institute a volunteer verification process and implement a screening and placement process that better supported the work of the Fraternity. She has been a direct line of communication between Headquarters, volunteers, chapters and interested alumnae for the past four years. Emily has made a tremendous impact in her work over the past four years, and will continue to contribute to the Fraternity in years to come.
Shannon McCabe, Iota Zeta Chapter at the University of Minnesota - Duluth
Shannon has been a volunteer with Phi Sigma Sigma since 2013 serving as a chapter excellence specialist, an ISB Representative, collegiate chapter advisor and member of the 2019 and 2022 nominating committee. Beyond these volunteer roles, she is a registered nurse, and she has used her professional skills both within Phi Sigma Sigma and in her community. She is regularly someone who is called upon by Phi Sigma Sigma at many events to help and support our sisters. She brings the same dedication, care, and positive attitude to everything that she does, and we are proud to call her our sister.
Angi Quiroga, Delta Alpha Chapter at Eastern Michigan University
Angi has consistently been involved in mentoring collegiate and alumni sisters both in her previous volunteer roles with the Zeta Omega chapter and professionally. She actively connects with sisters both in her company and through her involvement in business resource groups in the metro-Detroit area. She has personally aided chapter members by encouraging their active participation in various volunteer roles and supporting them when they want to push beyond what a role may currently entail. She currently serves as the chair of the Alumnae Engagement task force and has helped to host happy hours and book clubs. In her work with the task force she consistently looks for ways we can provide more resources, support to alumnae in new areas, make existing resources/events work even harder, and how we as a task force may need her to advocate for us and our work.
Marissa Silverman, Beta Eta Chapter at Pennsylvania State University
Marissa has served on the International Standards Board Committee and she has directly supported Headquarters staff and chapters through the disciplinary process. Since 2020, she has been willing to go above and beyond her role by regularly being available to lead and participate in the process to provide adequate due process to all members and chapters. This includes participating in the investigation process, providing recommendations to staff and Supreme Council, and providing ongoing support, training, and education to members and chapters to continue to grow in the Fraternity's Core Values. Although Marissa's role may not be high profile, she works closely with members and chapters in trying and challenging times, and she has dedicated herself to ensuring that the Fraternity's ideals are upheld throughout the sorority experience.
Hannah Torrance, Epsilon Delta Chapter at Chapman University
Hannah has served as a member of the International Standards Board Committee, and in this role, she has directly supported Headquarters staff and chapters through the disciplinary process. She leverages her professional experience in higher education to support members, chapters and the Fraternity in this critical area of work. She has been willing to go above and beyond her role by regularly being available to lead and participate in the process to provide adequate due process to all members and chapters. This includes participating in the investigation process, providing recommendations to staff and Supreme Council and providing ongoing support, training and education to members and chapters to continue to grow in the Fraternity's Core Values. She works closely with members and chapters in trying and challenging times, and she has dedicated herself to ensuring that the Fraternity's ideals are upheld throughout the sorority experience.
GINA KERLEY INDIVIDUAL COLLEGE PANHELLENIC AWARD
The Gina Kerley Individual College Panhellenic Award was established in honor of Gina Kerley and is presented to the Phi Sigma Sigma sister who made the most valuable contribution to her College Panhellenic/Greek Council, based on continuous attendance at meetings, meaningful contribution to the success of the Panhellenic/Interfraternity Council and contribution to fundraising within the Panhellenic/Interfraternity Council. Members of chapters that are the only sorority on their campus are still eligible if they work within an Interfraternity or Greek Council promoting Greek cooperation and spirit.
Danielle Draney, Theta Chi Chapter at California State University, Sacramento
Danielle Draney passed to Chapter Eternal in February of 2022. In her life, Danielle displayed that she was dedicated and passionate about serving her community through a variety of volunteer work and commitment to her chapter. Danielle served as the Panhellenic Recruitment Chair and worked to transform formal recruitment into a virtual setting. She led the NPC community at Sacramento State with ease. Danielle also coordinated a virtual formal for her chapter which was very engaging on Zoom, complete with gifts and prizes for sisters. Danielle also served as her campus' Panhellenic President. Before she passed, Danielle stepped up and was serving three different Panhellenic positions as Panhellenic worked to fill vacant positions, while simultaneously being responsible for her chapter's recruitment. Danielle left an extraordinarily positive and lasting impact on her chapter.
ACTIVE ALUMNAE AWARD
The Active Alumna Award is presented to the alumna who, in her character and activities outside of Phi Sigma Sigma, personifies the ideals of the Fraternity. Involvement in community service and activities, and any other related activities associated with the advancement of womanhood, lifelong learning and philanthropic service are considered.
Laila Hasan, Kappa Chapter at The George Washington University
Laila has been in the U.S. Foreign Services for over ten years and she has had a direct impact on US diplomacy abroad through her work. She has been stationed in Paris, Brussels, Beirut, and Monaco. She represents the US in a variety of diplomatic events, including briefing the Secretary of State during his most recent visit to Paris, serving as the First Lady's control officer during US G7 in Biarritz, France, and participated in the largest international CODEL in House of Representatives history. She also staffed the US Head of Delegation at the G7 Gender Equality Ministerial. Through this work, Laila demonstrates the virtues of Phi Sigma Sigma, of lifelong learning and the advancement of womanhood.
For the last three and a half years, Laila has served as an advisory council member for the Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation, an organization founded to advance the leadership and professional development of women of color in the fields of international peace and diplomacy.
ALUMNAE MENTORING AWARD
The Alumnae Mentoring Award was established in honor of Melanie Boone to recognize her ongoing mentoring and advancement of women both within the fraternity and professionally. The award is presented to an alumna who has demonstrated a continued commitment to mentoring. Through her lasting efforts, she will have provided guidance and support, while encouraging the growth and development of women. Specific examples of the successful mentor/mentee relationship should be included on the nomination in order for award consideration and must incorporate mentoring beyond that of the advisor/collegian relationship.
Kristin Reifsnider, Epsilon Sigma Chapter at Virginia Wesleyan University
Kristin has a passion for mentoring younger generations to ensure their success in the classroom and in life. Professionally, Kristin is a middle school teacher and she also serves as an advisor to her school's National Junior Honor society chapter. She guides her students by incorporating social and emotional learning into her lessons and by making herself available to her students. She helps to lead community service through her leadership with the National Junior Honor Society. She mentors local high school students in the Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow program and hosts practicum students from local colleges. Additionally, she has served Phi Sigma Sigma both as a chapter key advisor and general advisor. She has provided tremendous leadership and has formed lifelong connections with her advisees. She has given her advisees many resources to help them with success professionally and otherwise.
ALUMNAE VOLUNTEER EMERGING LEADER AWARD
The Alumnae Volunteer Emerging Leader Award is sponsored by the Phi Sigma Sigma Fraternity and was established in honor of Sandy Grossman, for her commitment to encouraging the Fraternity’s progress. The award is presented to an alumna who, in her first three years of volunteer service, has made significant contributions to the Fraternity by promoting and facilitating progress and the Fraternity’s perpetuity. The recipient will demonstrate outstanding promise for continuing service and leadership. Specific examples of her continuing activities must be provided. A sister is only eligible to receive this award one time.
Carly Gibbons, Beta Xi Chapter at Cornell University
Carly made a made a direct impact on the Fraternity her first significant volunteer role as awards committee chairman. She worked with Headquarters staff and the Grand Vice Archon on revamping the awards program and introducing new awards that better align with the work of the Fraternity. She also recruited individuals from a variety of chapters to serve as committee members. In just one year in this role she has already made a great impact on Phi Sigma Sigma, and we are excited to see where she goes from here.
OUTSTANDING CHAPTER KEY ADVISOR AWARD
The Outstanding Chapter Key Advisor Award is presented to a chapter key advisor who has, through her service and dedication to a collegiate chapter, significantly improved the quality of its sisterhood. She shall provide ongoing and regular guidance to the chapter, communicate regularly with Fraternity personnel and Headquarters staff and contribute to the chapter’s overall success.
Marissa Colon, Iota Mu Chapter at the University of New Haven
Chapter Key Advisor for Beta Pi Chapter at Queens College
Marissa is a constant source of knowledge for the chapter she advises. The chapter holds a great amount of respect for her and feels comfortable going to her with all their needs. Throughout her pregnancy she continued to support the chapter through on-site and virtual support during recruitment and events. Without a general advisory board to support her, she has taken on challenges by herself and partners well with Headquarters staff.
Tracy Koch, Epsilon Alpha Chapter at Illinois State University
Chapter Key Advisor for Iota Phi Chapter at Lindenwood University and
Iota Omicron Chapter at Capital University
Tracy stepped up to take on and support a second chapter at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. She dedicates time to both chapters and makes herself available for officers and members to reach out to her if they need anything. She supported both chapters during the pandemic and continues to provide support as they have resumed “normal” operations. She makes sure each voice within the chapter is heard and helps find a solution or answer to a question or problem the chapter has. She is open to all ideas and helps grow what the chapter wants to accomplish.
Jo Kupbens, Epsilon Phi Chapter at Radford University
Chapter Key Advisor for Delta Gamma Chapter at San Francisco State University and
Iota Xi Chapter at Sonoma State University
Jo’s passion Phi Sigma Sigma was shown through her willingness to step into the CKA role for another chapter during a time of uncertainty. She has established a relationship with the leaders of the chapters she advises where they feel comfortable coming to her as a resource and a mentor. She consistently manages the chapter leadership and communicates with the Fraternity when situations arise that need additional support.
Samantha McLean, Kappa Chapter at The George Washington University
Chapter Key Advisor for the Iota Tau Chapter at Miami University of Ohio
Samantha is a constant resource for the chapter she advises. She is great at guiding the members to the answers, rather than giving it right to them. She is a wonderful partner to the organization and works well with staff on any issues. She goes to campus when she can, and always calls into executive board meetings. The women of the chapter feel comfortable going to her with any issues.
Dotti Shields, Epsilon Beta Chapter at Ferris State University
Chapter Key Advisor for Iota Chi Chapter at James Madison University
Dotti is an exemplary advisor. She is a resource to the chapter’s executive board and a mentor to the members. She goes to campus to help strengthen her relationships with executive boards. She has been a consistent resource for the chapter in a time of change and disruption and has recruited two general advisory board members from the area.
OUTSTANDING CHAPTER ADVISORY BOARD AWARD
The Outstanding Chapter Advisory Board Award is presented to the advisory board that provides the best support to its respective collegiate chapter throughout the year. The advisory board works well together, communicates effectively with the Fraternity, and always puts the best interests of the Fraternity and chapter first.
Theta Eta Chapter at Rider University
Becca Grady, Delta Lambda Chapter at Muhlenberg College (Chapter Key Advisor)
Brianna Fliegelman, Theta Eta Chapter at Rider University
Catie Suliga, Theta Eta Chapter at Rider University
Skye Hebert, Theta Eta Chapter at Rider University
The Theta Eta Chapter’s advisory board has worked collaboratively and developed good relationships with the executive board and general membership. They work well together by divvying up tasks to support the chapter as effectively as possible through all challenges and programming. The board streamlines their communication and their CKA relays all necessary information to Headquarters, remaining a great partner to the Fraternity.
OUTSTANDING COLLEGIATE CHAPTER EXECUTIVE BOARD AWARD
The Outstanding Collegiate Chapter Executive Board Award is presented to the collegiate executive board that best worked together to accomplish positive outcomes for their collegiate chapter, had strong communication with their advisors and the Fraternity and made a lasting impact on their collegiate chapter.
Xi Chapter at Temple University
The Xi Chapter's executive boards have faced many challenges throughout the 2021 – 2022 academic year and have worked together to overcome all of them. While all members of the executive board have their individual duties as they relate to their position, none of them hesitate to offer help to another officer or ask for help when needed. The executive board supports each other and discusses and works through issues always coming up with a solution as a united force in front of the chapter. The officers are transparent with respect to confidentiality and strive to create a welcoming environment for members and the Temple community. The executive board officers maintain executive board groups to assist with retention and member connection. Offering another outlet for members to meet new people within the groups, feel seen and to share information on a smaller scale. The officers are excited to complete their Phi Sigma Sigma and university training and ensure all accreditation deadlines are met. Through teamwork and effort, the Xi executive board has led the chapter to the highest honor of a 4 Diamond organization on Temple’s campus.
Delta Eta Chapter at the University of Delaware
The Delta Eta Chapter’s executive board of 2020-2021 did an exceptional job working together and collaborating with partners to maintain a successful and enjoyable experience for all members during difficult times. All officers were able to communicate effectively from the start of their term, through their transitioning period. This not only helped streamline their daily efforts but reflected strong leadership to the chapter as the executive board remained a united front due to their transparent conversations held on a regular basis. The archon supported the entire executive board and was able to guide all officers to multiple resources which helped them develop their skills and in turn become great resources for the general chapter members. All members of the executive board were incredible advocates and supporters to the chapter during campus marches when the community was faced with an outpour of support that hit close to our membership. This group really reflected a strong and supportive executive board to their chapter and their community throughout their term.
Zeta Zeta Chapter at Quinnipiac University
The Zeta Zeta Chapter’s executive board is proactive and strong at event planning and deadlines. They are able to fulfill Phi Sigma Sigma and university requirements in a timely manner. They have been creative in finding new ways to engage sisters and hold important programming. The board is great at streamlining questions and utilizing resources for help.
Theta Xi Chapter at Nova Southeastern University
The Theta Xi Chapter’s executive board works incredibly well together. They support each other and work together to provide an amazing experience for their members. The Theta Xi executive board meets regularly to discuss chapter related issues and collaborates to make sure that all chapter events are well-planned, within budget and follow university and Fraternity protocols. Officers are not afraid to step up and help when asked or needed and function as a team rather than a group of individual leaders. The board works to come up with solutions and suggestions before asking for help. They communicate regularly with their CKA who is very involved and works to make sure the women have the tools that they need to succeed. The executive board has proven that they are willing and able to adapt when plans are forced to change due to university procedures, COVID-19 or other unforeseen circumstances. The executive board focuses on creating strong friendships and a premier member experience all while being leaders and strong representatives of the Fraternity on their campus.
Iota Tau Chapter at Miami University of Ohio
The Iota Tau Chapter’s executive board is supportive and works incredibly well together. They are great at delegating tasks within the board and to the executive council. The board is self-sufficient, and always looks at We Lead Weekly’s and resources before coming to staff for questions. They can plan and execute events without the staff support they once needed. The Iota Tau Chapter’s executive board works great with their CKA, Samantha McClean, who is a constant support for the women.
OUTSTANDING ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER AWARD
The Outstanding Advisory Board Member Award is presented to a collegiate chapter advisory board member who has, through her service and dedication to a collegiate chapter, significantly improved the quality of its sisterhood. She must be a member of the advisory board for at least two consecutive years, support the efforts of the chapter key advisor and contribute to the success of the chapter.
Nicole Hannon, Gamma Tau Chapter at Northern Kentucky University
Nicole began her volunteer experience as a member of the Gamma Tau Chapter’s general advisory board, specifically helping to plan and execute recruitment. She devoted countless hours to ensuring the success of the chapter’s recruitment in the fall. Over the 2021-2022 academic year Nicole has transitioned to the chapter’s CKA role and continues to be a supportive mentor to the chapter and a partner to the Fraternity. Her continued support helps to ensure the perpetuity of the chapter.
OUTSTANDING CAMPUS PROFESSIONAL AWARD
The Outstanding Campus Professional Award was established in honor of the executive director and is presented to a college/university campus based professional who through their efforts strengthens a Phi Sigma Sigma chapter.
Beth Hagovsky, St. Joseph's University
St. Joe’s University has had a variety of staff members in the fraternity/sorority role the past few years. With minimal knowledge of Greek life Beth has stepped up to the plate as Director of Student Leadership and Activities. Beth has supported the chapter leadership through many challenges and is an advocate for their needs.
Dee Hawks, Cornell University
Dee provides important updates to the Fraternity and works hard to support our chapter and leaders as much as possible. Dee has provided support with housing, event execution and helping to ensure that the Greek community was able to return to in-person activities this year. Dee is a strong partner to the Fraternity.
JOSETTE GEORGE KAUFMAN INTERFRATERNAL SERVICE AWARD
The Interfraternal Service Award was established in honor of Josette George Kaufman is presented to an individual who has through their interfraternal contributions brought honor, distinction and prestige to the name of Phi Sigma Sigma at the National or International level.
Carole Jones, Alpha Omicron Pi
Carole was initiated as a member of Alpha Omicron Pi at the University of Alabama. After graduation, she has remained engaged in several volunteer roles for Alpha Omicron Pi, including serving as inter/national president. She began volunteering in 2003 and has served as an NPC area advisor, chairman of the University Document Review Committee, chairman of the Extension Committee, and a leader of several task forces. She was inducted and re-instated as NPC chairman in 2017 and 2019, respectively. She works with representatives from 26 member organizations in this role, and has been recognized by the NPC for her service and commitment to the organization.
COLLEGIATE CHAPTER ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Collegiate Chapter Academic Achievement Award is presented to the collegiate chapter that most actively fosters excellence in scholarship.
Theta Chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
The Theta Chapter fosters excellence in academic achievement by hosting study hours various days during the week at designated areas on campus. New members are invited to all study hours events and required to attend a certain number of study hours events per month. The Chapter awards certain academic milestones with various prizes. The chapter has a designated study room where sisters may share various study materials. The chapter's social media chair shares biographies of chapter members in STEM on their social media accounts. The success of the Theta chapter academic programming was apparent when the chapter rose to #8 of #23 Panhellenic organizations in overall scholarship ranking on campus, maintaining a chapter average of 3.5887 over 157 members. This average placed Theta above the overall Panhellenic Council GPA and the all-sorority GPA.
Epsilon Chi Chapter at Indiana Southeast University
The Epsilon Chi Chapter used their time conducting virtual sisterhood activities and chapter in a very effective manner. The chapter scholarship chair and the MAL had 1:1 meetings with chapter members who did not meet the GPA requirement and helped each sister to create a scholarship improvement plan. Chapter members actively support each other in a house group chat in order to share study tips, time management, and library sessions. The chapter awards its members with various prizes for different academic milestones. They hold a "Sister Sunday" twice a month during which individuals are permitted to choose a study-based activity or a wellness-based activity, which demonstrates that the chapter understands the importance of academic achievement as well as the importance of self-care.
COLLEGIATE CHAPTER DEI PROGRAMMING SUPPORT AWARD
The Collegiate Chapter DEI Programming Support Award is presented to the chapter that demonstrates a clear and substantial commitment to another organization’s programming focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. This commitment may be demonstrated through marketing support, chapter attendance/participation and/or financial contributions. This is the first year this award has been presented.
Iota Tau Chapter at Miami University of Ohio
The Iota Tau Chapter places an emphasis on making DEI an important and central aspect of everything they do as chapter. Their DEI efforts have included: changing their "mom's" weekend to "ladies" weekend to in an effort to use more inclusive language; partnered with the campus Hillel to hold events and support initiatives relating to inclusive body size, positive language and combating antisemitism; holding a DEI monthly movie night during which the chapter watches a movie that celebrates a topic of diversity; created an "Accessibility Through Media" document to help guide executive board presentations to ensure that the chapter is inclusive to those with hearing or vision disabilities; and decorating a white board every month in accordance with different diversity topics.
COLLEGIATE CHAPTER EXCELLENCE IN INCLUSION AWARD
The Collegiate Chapter Excellence in Inclusion Award is presented to the chapter that fosters a welcoming environment for all members. The chapter demonstrates evidence of providing accommodations to new members and sisters, accommodating multiple learning styles, ensuring events are inclusive and welcoming, ensuring women from diverse backgrounds feel a sense of belonging, recruiting and retaining women from diverse backgrounds, and/or can communicate effectively and productively as a chapter.
Iota Eta Chapter at Florida Institute of Technology
The Iota Eta Chapter has created an environment where all women on campus, regardless of their physical ability, are able to be an active and contributing member of the chapter. The chapter ensures that all events are accessible for chapter members who are wheelchair bound, visually impaired, suffering from POTs, etc. The chapter also ensures that recruitment is accessible for chapter members with disabilities.
COLLEGIATE CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT AWARD
The Collegiate Chapter Membership Recruitment Award is presented to the collegiate chapter that has been outstanding in membership recruitment over the past year.
CONTINUOUS OPEN RECRUITMENT (COR)
Delta Nu Chapter at Iota College
The Delta Nu Chapter has been successful with a continuous open recruitment structure. They hold numerous practices, assign members different recruitment tasks throughout the recruitment period and make efficient plans for their recruitment events year-round. The women hold themselves to a higher standard and represent the organization well with every event hosted on campus throughout COR. The women have successful retained women throughout their recruitment and new member process.
FULLY STRUCTURED RECRUITMENT (SIZE 0-69)
Theta Delta Chapter at the University of Illinois at Chicago
The Theta Delta Chapter continuously recruited to total and have executed COB and formal recruitment efforts in-line with Fraternity and university directives. They are consistently in the in the upper 25% on RFM. They were able to hold a successful virtual recruitment even with Panhellenic challenges.
FULLY STRUCTURED RECRUITMENT (SIZE 70-99)
Delta Zeta Chapter at Stevens Institute of Technology
The Delta Zeta Chapter continuously recruited to total and have executed COB and formal recruitment efforts in-line with Fraternity and university directives. They were able to successfully hold a virtual recruitment even with last-minute changes and performed well on their RFM report.
FULLY STRUCTURED RECRUITMENT (SIZE 100+) Gamma Nu Chapter at Rutgers University - New Brunswick
The Gamma Nu Chapter continuously recruits to total and plans and executes COB and formal recruitment efforts in-line with Fraternity and university directives. The chapter performs in the top spot on their campus. The chapter was able to demonstrate their tremendous sisterhood and philanthropic impact even through a virtual recruitment setting.
COLLEGIATE CHAPTER NEW MEMBER EXPERIENCE AWARD
The Collegiate Chapter New Member Experience Award is presented to the chapter that successfully exemplifies the use of the Phi Program, adopting the culture of the new member experience, inclusive of servant leadership, incorporating ritual and finding connections that strengthen relationships within the pyramid.
Iota Sigma Chapter at Farmingdale State College
In the Iota Sigma Chapter, new member education efforts are a shared responsibility of the sister development chairman and her assistant. The thoughtful delegation of responsibilities between the two leaders allows new members to seek guidance and assistance in an approachable environment. The chapter uses strategic pairings and attendance at campus events and activities to stimulate connections between new members and active members in the early part of their introduction to the organization. The care the Iota Sigma Chapter shows to the steady and balanced introduction into sorority life promotes a long-term approach to member engagement and enthusiasm for Phi Sigma Sigma.
Theta Chi Chapter at California State University, Sacramento
The Theta Chi Chapter’s sister development chair fully embraced the prescribed methods offered through the Phi Program to first introduce new members to one another before growing their network of friends and sisters in larger groups. She prioritized their comfort and the variety of connections to be made. The events were planned to ensure that new members would be engaged in a relevant, focused and appropriate way.
Zeta Theta Chapter at Fairleigh Dickinson University at Madison
Through the recognition of the uniqueness and strategic contributions of each new member, a culture of inclusion is prioritized in the Zeta Theta Chapter’s new member program. New members are encouraged to talk during meetings and are provided with positive feedback. Follow-up meetings/virtual check-ins were also used to ensure they feel comfortable to share in a variety of settings and formats.
COLLEGIATE CHAPTER PANHELLENIC AWARD
The Collegiate Chapter Panhellenic Award is presented to the Phi Sigma Sigma collegiate chapter that made the most valuable contribution to its college Panhellenic or Interfraternity/Greek Council. Chapters that are the only sorority on their campus are still eligible if they work within an Interfraternity/Greek Council promoting interfraternal cooperation and spirit.
Delta Zeta Chapter at Stevens Institute of Technology
The Delta Zeta Chapter assisting the Panhellenic Council in creating policies for risk management. After the chapter demonstrated strong crisis management, the Panhellenic Council invited the Delta Zeta Chapter to share its chapter's policies with the rest of the Panhellenic community to ensure all of the women on the male-dominated campus were safe. The chapter also allows other Panhellenic organizations to use its chapter house if they need to, promoting Panhellenic love and community.
Zeta Zeta Chapter at Quinnipiac University
The Zeta Zeta chapter continuously promotes the chapter's involvement within the Panhellenic and Greek community. The chapter frequently hosts events with other Greek organizations to promote the community and form strong connections within it. For example, the chapter hosts annual philanthropy events with the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and they host smaller events with other Greek organizations, such as karaoke or yard game tournaments to raise money for philanthropy. The chapter also holds a DEI-based book club with Chi Omega. The Chapter recently ranked second in the campus Greek Week competition. The Chapter requires its members to attend a requisite number of philanthropy events each year.
COLLEGIATE CHAPTER PHILANTHROPIC IMPACT AWARD
The Collegiate Chapter Philanthropic Impact Award is presented to the chapter that has had an impact on their campus and community through their volunteer time and/or charitable endeavors.
Theta Beta Chapter at Coastal Carolina University
Each year, the Theta Beta Chapter holds a backpack drive to donate to local schools and several times per year they hold additional school supply drives. Additionally, they are working on creating a reading buddies program - to connect with students in local schools. The chapter has won the outstanding philanthropy award on their campus for the past four years and receive a lot of positive feedback on their philanthropic efforts from their community.
Zeta Zeta Chapter at Quinnipiac University
The chapter logged a whopping 476 of community service hours in the most recent year. Many of these hours were dedicated to the chapter's Pen Pals program, through which chapter members connect with students of a local elementary school. The chapter meets regularly to receive and write response letters to students. Additionally, the chapter has raised money for the Hamden Youth Service Bureau, allowing the organization to donate 200 backpacks to local schools. The chapter has displayed many examples of philanthropic impact, such as through service to Camp Sunshine, the Katie Vashon Family Sponsorship event, and others.
COLLEGIATE CHAPTER PROGRAMMING AWARD
The Collegiate Chapter Programming Award is presented to the collegiate chapter(s) that demonstrates outstanding efforts in any programming area, including, but not limited to alumnae, family, health and wellness, scholarship and academic excellence, new member and sisterhood programming. The programming should provide development opportunities that ensure members are women of substance, character and influence.
Delta Mu Chapter at William Patterson University
The Delta Mu Chapter planned and executed fun events that followed COVID-19 protocols (when required) and allowed sisters to get together and enjoy their experience including Friendsgiving, participating in the Founders’ Day 5K and a charity cycle ride. The chapter also had a well-planned retreat prior to recruitment where they prepared for both in-person recruitment and virtual recruitment, which was important because they switched from in-person to virtual at the last minute. At the retreat, they provided sisters with goody bags that included items to help them get through recruitment. The chapter had a strong officer transition which created an environment where the new officers were able to begin their new positions confidently and get started right away.
Iota Tau Chapter at Miami University of Ohio
The Iota Tau Chapter took a strong initiative in creating service opportunity programming and expanding beyond the traditional service offerings to include events that interest all members. This years’ service opportunities included volunteering at the animal shelter and TOPPS. Additionally, the chapter prioritized mental health and wellness programming. The mental health and wellness chair has planned events on procrastination and stress management in collaboration with Peer Hawk Educators. The chapter strives to make mental health more than a requirement and wants mental health education to be helpful for sisters as they look to support each other. Furthermore, the chapter has been focusing on DEI initiatives throughout all of their programs. The DEI chair worked closely with the Family Weekend chair to make sure the chapter was as inclusive as possible. This included planning activities for many different interests and abilities as well as changed the name of "Mom`s Weekend" to "Ladies Weekend" to ensure that even those sisters that may not have a typical mom figure felt included.
Zeta Tau Chapter at Loyola University Chicago
The Zeta Tau Chapter did a great job of planning events with continued restrictions from the university. Their events were well-planned, with their calendar being executed almost exactly how they anticipated. They struggled with the university limiting group activities for the entire chapter but were able to facilitate smaller events to build sisterhood around the city.
COLLEGIATE CHAPTER PROGRESS AWARD
The Collegiate Chapter Progress Award is presented to the chapter showing significant overall advancement and development in areas not limited to membership recruitment, new member programming, academic excellence, scholarship, social programming and diversity, equity and inclusion.
Epsilon Phi Chapter at Radford University
The Epsilon Phi Chapter has made tremendous strides to lower risk and increase sisterhood in their chapter. The chapter has executed events with risk management plans within the organization’s guidelines. Chapter leadership is responsive and works well with Headquarters to navigate any issues that arise. They are proactive in working towards solutions and know when to ask the university or Headquarters for help. Their standing within the university has improved, with a closer partnership with advisors and staff.
COLLEGIATE CHAPTER RECRUITMENT PROGRESS AWARD
The Collegiate Chapter Recruitment Progress Award is presented to the collegiate chapter that has improved its recruitment program, including the strategic plan and overall execution.
Pi Chapter at Syracuse University
The Pi Chapter continuously performs in the upper third of chapters on their campus. They recruited to total and have executed COB and formal recruitment efforts in-line with Fraternity and university directives. The chapter was able to successfully execute a hybrid recruitment with both in-person and virtual rounds.
Beta Alpha Chapter at the University of Maryland - College Park
The Beta Alpha Chapter has made significant strides over the past two years in their recruitment progress. There has been a consistent upward trend in their priority numbers on an extremely competitive campus. The chapter remained invigorated even with the format change to fully virtual. They continuously recruit to total and plan and execute COB and formal recruitment efforts in line with Fraternity and university directives.
Epsilon Chi Chapter at Indiana University Southeast
The Epsilon Chi Chapter was successfully able to attain and maintain maximum recruitment potential and worked diligently to fill open spots when they became available. The chapter works with the Fraternity to ensure all plans are approved and executed to the best of their ability.
Theta Beta Chapter at Coastal Carolina University
The Theta Beta Chapter continuously performs well and maintained their performance while transitioning back to an in-person recruitment experience. Their recruitment strengths translated well during the transition from virtual recruitment to in-person recruitment. They continuously recruit to total and plan and execute COB and formal recruitment efforts in line with Fraternity and university directives.
COLLEGIATE CHAPTER RISK PREVENTION AWARD
The Collegiate Chapter Risk Prevention Award is presented to the collegiate chapter(s) that demonstrated outstanding performance in education, application or navigation of the Fraternity’s expectations and policies, in tune with the campus environment. Opportunities for excellence include, but are not limited to, event management and harm reduction, prevention and education and crisis management.
Epsilon Alpha Chapter at Illinois State University
The Epsilon Alpha Chapter has increased their risk prevention practices and puts in a lot of effort to develop risk management plans for their social events. The chapter uploads contracts within the Fraternity’s request timeline, adheres to Phi Sigma Sigma and university event management protocol, and puts together a risk management plan to ensure safety for each event. The Epsilon Alpha Chapter does an exceptional job learning and growing from their experiences to continue to provide safe social events for members.
Zeta Zeta Chapter at Quinnipiac University
Understanding of the Fraternity’s expectations and policies starts with the new member experience and continues throughout a member’s time in the chapter. The Zeta Zeta Chapter’s risk management chairman works to maintain a strong connection with the university and the campus environment to understand what areas of prevention and education are particularly important at the time. Issues in the community such as burglaries, sexual assault or other events influence what events the risk chair programs. Within the past year, the chapter has worked to improve the position of risk management chairman and how that position serves the chapter. This past month the risk management chairman hosted a mental health event to bring awareness to a variety of mental health issues while offering sisters a safe environment to talk about their personal experiences. This event also connected sisters with a variety of resources for themselves and others. Additionally, last semester, the chapter hosted an event discussing the safe consumption of alcohol and precautions to take when going to events with alcohol. This prepared sisters for a variety of scenarios, provided resources in case of emergencies, and emphasized the importance of safe and responsible alcohol consumption. The chapter is self-sufficient and has not needed chaperones for events.
Iota Upsilon Chapter at The University of New Hampshire
The Iota Upsilon Chapter focuses strong effort in aligning their event planning preparation with university and Phi Sigma Sigma policies. They come up with detailed plans and timelines in advance of each event, upload the necessary documents with enough time to approve fund requests, and work hard to ensure vendor relations are maintained. The chapter put together a sober sister PowerPoint with information from Phi Sigma Sigma and university event planning resources to train sober sisters before every single event. The core four host sober sisters several days before the event to go over the sober sister training. When sober sisters arrive before the event the risk management chair hands out sober sister kits which include trash bags, bus/group lists, wristbands for members and date, and anything else they might need throughout the event. The chapter has continuously hosted successful events, and not without encountering challenges, but they are always prepared to handle any situation that might come up.
COLLEGIATE CHAPTER RITUAL AWARD
The Collegiate Chapter Ritual Award was established in honor of Louise Kriegsman Kier Zirretta and is presented to the collegiate chapter that has gained full benefit from the ritual of Phi Sigma Sigma, through both knowledge, understanding and application of Phi Sigma Sigma’s ritual.
Epsilon Chi Chapter at Indiana University Southeast
The Epsilon Chi Chapter was extremely excited to be in-person again and to be able to foster chapter ritual through in-person events. The chapter's highest priorities when planning events centered on Phi Sigma Sigma virtues, as well as mindfulness. The chapter recently held a ritual retreat, during which the chapter members had the opportunity to socialize, ask questions about chapter ritual, and to take time to explore what truly unites the chapter members. The chapter has completed 12 ritual ceremonies in the most recent ceremony. Epsilon Chi displays great pride in their rituals.
COLLEGIATE CHAPTER SCHOOL AND COLLEGE READINESS AWARD
Collegiate Chapter School and College Readiness Award is presented to the chapter that most fully embraces Phi Sigma Sigma’s philanthropic cause through its service and philanthropic efforts.
Zeta Zeta Chapter at Quinnipiac University
The Zeta Zeta chapter works to promote and embrace school and college readiness within their local community consistently. The Chapter hosted a virtual fundraiser in February of 2021 called "Supplies for Sweethearts," which raised money for the Hamden Youth Bureau and allowed them to supply over 200 backpacks to local children in need. The chapter hosted another Supplies for Sweethearts event which they used to donate money for Conneti-kids, a local non-profit that provides mentoring and tutoring to local kids in need. The chapter participates in a Pen Pals program with a local elementary school as well.
COLLEGIATE CHAPTER OUTSTANDING SIGNATURE EVENT AWARD
The Outstanding Signature Event Award is presented to the collegiate chapter who plans, publicizes and executes an impactful event that is creative and successful bringing honor and distinction to Phi Sigma Sigma.
Gamma Nu Chapter at Rutgers University
Phi Sig Slam is a basketball tournament that was held by the Gamma Nu Chapter. To involve the campus community the chapter had teams of five sign-up and donate to the Phi Sigma Sigma CrowdChange fundraiser to participate. There were 35 teams that took part in the tournament and chapter members acted as coaches for each team. The chapter raised $2,650 to support the Rutgers University Dance Marathon that supports the Embrace Kids Foundation. They were able to successfully execute this event even in a time where there was a lack of institutional knowledge because the chapter was unable to hold events because of the pandemic. This event helped the chapter continue to be the top fundraiser where they donated $55,350.
Delta Kappa Chapter at Florida International University
Every year the Delta Kappa Chapter hosts the FIU fashion show to benefit their local philanthropy, Janelle’s Wishing Well. The Janelle’s Wishing Well Foundation was founded in memory of their sister Janelle Bertot who passed away from carbon monoxide poisoning, and the mission is to raise awareness of the dangers from carbon monoxide poisoning. This year was the 20th year of their fashion show and they raised over $7,000. They do a great job of utilizing campus and local resources, as well as obtaining sponsors for the event. The fashion show is a campus wide hit that features both men and women models.
COLLEGIATE CHAPTER SISTERHOOD AWARD
The Collegiate Chapter Sisterhood Award is presented to the chapter that creates and implements intentional programming that that fosters a welcoming environment to encourage members to continually aim high and build sisterhood. The chapter's programming encourages involvement and harmony among all of the sisters through love, strength, sincerity, integrity, friendship and faith.
Zeta Delta Chapter at Bentley University
The Zeta Delta Chapter has three philanthropic partners that give the chapter members the opportunity to get more involved with chapter positions and build relationships with one another. Their sisterhood chair organizes events for members including apple picking, movie nights, ice skating, etc. Events like these provide the opportunity for members to come together, share an experience together and create relationships with one another. One event that was created to strengthen sisterhood was a chapter-wide game of tag where each sister got a partner and had targets of who they were trying to “tag” for the week. This allowed them the opportunity to create bonds with the sister who was their designated partner, as well as the people they were trying to tag. They got to share laughs together, see new faces around campus who they may not have seen as frequently before, be more actively social with the members of their chapter and experience increased sisterhood through an initiative that spanned multiple weeks.
Iota Nu Chapter at Sacred Heart University
The Iota Nu Chapter continues to prioritize sisterhood connections and experiences despite challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and chapter size. At the end of last year, the chapter chose to host a sisterhood carnival instead of a formal outside on campus. Ever since they have been putting on chapter events according to all Phi Sigma Sigma, university, local and state guidelines that establish and maintain friendships within the chapter. In fall 2021, the chapter had to host recruitment on campus in four different rooms at the same time. Through the different recruitment groupings in each room, the chapter members worked to overcome challenges and create an environment where new sisters could learn more about each other and develop connections. Since then, the chapter continues to host a plethora of events big and small for the chapter members. Not only are they able to plan and execute the event but the members are constantly active in the programming and have a positive attitude during the event.
COLLEGIATE CHAPTER SOCIAL MEDIA AWARD
The Collegiate Chapter Social Media Award is presented to the chapter that best uses social media to further the perpetuity of the chapter in areas such as recruitment, promoting a welcoming and inclusive environment, promoting chapter and campus events and being a strong representation of Phi Sigma Sigma. Chapter social media marketing should be innovative and positively promote the ideals of Phi Sigma Sigma.
Beta Eta Chapter at Pennsylvania State University
The Beta Eta Chapter’s social media highlight their sisters’ accomplishments as well as group achievements. They have a linktree on their Instagram that goes to all other social media, recruitment links and the Phi Sigma Sigma website, making it easy and accessible to learn more about their chapter. They also have a separate account to showcase more candid photos of the chapter.
Delta Kappa Chapter at Florida International University
The Delta Kappa Chapter does a great job of highlighting both chapter and campus events on their social media channels. Their highlight reels showcase achievements, and their linktree has recruitment and event sign-ups.
Epsilon Iota Chapter at Bridgewater State University
The Epsilon Iota Chapter has great social media that showcases individual members and group photos in an aesthetically pleasing way. They do a good job of highlighting important causes and events on their Instagram story, as well as their highlights.
Epsilon Kappa Chapter at Hofstra University
The Epsilon Kappa Chapter’s social media highlights individual sisters and their accomplishments along with group photos showcasing their sisterhood. They have a linktree which includes links to their recruitment and PR pages along with resources for Black Lives Matter and Asian Americans. Their highlights are well organized and informative.
Iota Tau Chapter at Miami University of Ohio
The Iota Tau Chapter succeeds in highlighting campus and chapter achievements in their social media. They highlight a range of members in group and individual photos. They also have a second social media page called @supporting_sigsters that is a mental health awareness page they actively use to promote positivity and support their sisters.
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
The Certificate of Appreciation is presented to those who have made a significant contribution to Phi Sigma Sigma or have assisted the organization in some way through a specific project or action outside of an assigned role.
Marybeth Althoff, Theta Chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Fallon Armstrong, Zeta Chi Chapter at Stevenson University
Mary Bacon, Epsilon Beta Chapter at Ferris State University
Danielle Ball, Theta Chi Chapter at California State University, Sacramento
Jenny Bernard, Delta Psi Chapter at the University of West Florida