Alpha Chi Omega at William Woods Wins Top Chapter in Nation Award

Once again, the Alpha Chi Omega chapter at William Woods
University is the sole recipient of the National Council
Trophy—the sorority’s highest award for collegiate chapters. In addition,
this year Katherine Wortmann won the Estelle Leonard
Award as the
outstanding senior in the nation.
Diane Blackwelder, national Alpha
Chi Omega president,
visited Delta Chi chapter Aug. 18 to present the crystal National Council Trophy
and Wortmann’s plaque. 
Wortmann, who graduated in May, was the
recipient of numerous WWU awards for her active
campus involvement during her four years
at William Woods. She is from Mexico, Mo.
The Estelle Leonard Outstanding Senior Award
honors a senior from a
collegiate chapter who best
represents the ideals of Alpha Chi Omega. She is actively involved in her chapter, on
campus and/or in her community.
She clearly lives the values of the sorority and is the personification of what
it means to be an Alpha Chi Omega.
The National Council Trophy
is based on the five key areas of the sorority’s strategic plan: relevance, reputation,
recruitment, retention and maximizing resources.
The chapter won the National Council Trophy in 1998 and again
in 2011, in addition to
winning the Continuing Excellence Award many times.  Olivia  Koselansky, a
May 2013 WWU graduate from Sterling
Heights, Mich., was president of the
chapter during 2012, and Claire Thibodaux of Wildwood, Mo., is the current president. Judy
Schmuck of Wildwood, Mo., is the longtime chapter
“It is such an honor to receive the National Council Trophy,”
Koselansky said. “I am so very proud of every single woman in the Delta Chi
Chapter for all of their hard work,
and I am very thankful to have such great advisers helping us along the way.
Even though my years as a collegiate member have passed, I can’t
wait to see what the chapter has in store for the
future, and I hope we can continue as the number
one chapter in the nation.”

Schmuck said, “The awarding of the National Council Trophy
for the top Alpha Chi Omega chapter to the women of William Woods
University shows what I have always known. These are the greatest women anyone could
have the pleasure of knowing and sharing time with. These are truly,
‘real, strong, women,’ and I am as proud as I
can be to be their adviser.” 
Alpha Chi Omega is one of four sororities on the
William Woods campus. It was established in 1965 with the help of the Alpha Chi Omega chapter at the
University of Missouri.

Alpha Chi Omega National President Diane Blackwelder presentsthe National Council Trophy to Claire Thibodaux, chapter president.

Diane Blackwelder  (right) presents the Estelle
Leonard Award as the
outstanding Alpha Chi Omega senior in the nation to
Katherine Wortmann. 
Diane Blackwelder (third from right,
front row) and Claire Thibodaux display the National Council Trophy with
Chi Omega executive board members and their adviser, Judy Schmuck (fourth from left, front row).