Judy Schmuck, an alumna of William Woods University, has been giving back to her school and her sorority ever since her 1972 graduation.
The Wildwood, Mo., resident currently serves as first vice president of the WWU Alumni Association and has been chapter adviser for Delta Chi Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega sorority at William Woods since 1995.
Chapter adviser is only one of the many roles Schmuck has filled for her sorority, and recently the national organization recognized her efforts by presenting her the 2007 Alpha Chi Omega Alumnae Appreciation Award.
The award recognizes alumnae who have given their volunteer hours to Alpha Chi Omega faithfully and unselfishly through the years. Schmuck and the 2008 winner, who has yet to be named, will be honored at the sorority’s biennial national convention in Scottsdale, Ariz., next July.
The presentation of the award Oct. 2 in St. Louis caught Schmuck off guard. What she originally thought was a function honoring Alpha Chi Omega’s new executive director, Cheri O’Neill, turned out to be something more.
“I was stunned and speechless,” she said.
In addition to 11 members of the chapter from William Woods, members of the chapter at the University of Missouri and numerous alumnae attended, as well as Schmuck’s husband, Jim, and her father, Charles Kuergeleis, who is first vice chair of WWU Board of Trustees.
Schmuck was nominated for the award by former Delta Chi chapter president, Jessica Gabrian. During her years as chapter advisor, she has had a big impact on the sorority.
“She does so much for us and definitely deserved this award,” said Stacie Bonte, current chapter president. “She keeps us together and everyone has learned a lot from her. She has taught us not only to be involved on campus, but that in the long run you will love that you were involved. She definitely is a big role model for everyone in our house.”
Along with her years as Delta Chi chapter advisor at William Woods, Schmuck has been acting chapter advisor at Missouri State University and Southeast Missouri State University and is chair of the support team for the chapter at MU. She was formerly national administrator for the chapter at SIU Carbondale. She served at Missouri Province Collegiate chair for four years. She has also held every position on Delta Chi’s property management team, as well as every position on their advisory board.
She is also an IMPACT facilitator and an expansion visit member. In addition, she is an active member of Sigma Sigma Alumnae Chapter in St. Louis, for which she has held several offices and currently serves as vice president for fraternity relations.
CUTLINE: Honoree Judy Schmuck with her father, Charles Kuergeleis (left), and husband, Jim.