Alpha Chi Omega was recognized as the Outstanding Greek Chapter at William Woods University recently during an all-Greek banquet that also honored individuals for their achievements in sororities and fraternities this past year.
The Outstanding Chapter Award is presented to the chapter that exemplifies overall excellence, excelling in the four core values of scholarship, service, leadership and friendship.
Top individual awards went to Abby Funderburk of Bridgeton, Mo., who was named Outstanding Woman of the Year, and Spencer Day of Johnstown, N.Y., who was chosen as Outstanding Man of the Year. Funderburk is a member of Alpha Chi Omega and Day is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha.
Both top grades and top new member grade point average (GPA) for sororities were attained by Chi Omega for two semesters in a row—Fall and Spring 2005. Pi Kappa Alpha obtained the top fraternity grades for Fall 2005, and top new member GPA for Spring 2005. Phi Gamma Delta received top fraternity grades for Spring 2005, as well as top new member GPA for Fall 2005. Alpha Phi sorority was recognized for the Most Improved Chapter GPA.
In addition, 58 fraternity and sorority members for the fall of 2005, and 52 for the spring of 2005 received the Gamma Phi Alpha Award for having a G.P.A. in the top 20 percent of the Greek community.
Funderburk and Day were nominated as “outstanding” by their chapter presidents on the basis of their contributions to their chapters and the Greek community at WWU, portraying a positive image of fraternity life, and embodying the ethics and values of the fraternity community as a whole.
Funderburk has contributed to her sorority in numerous ways, serving as vice
president of membership development, warden and a member of the voting committee. She is also a member of the chapter standards and relations board.
Beyond Alpha Chi Omega, she supports the other fraternities and sororities on campus by participating actively in all philanthropy week events and encouraging her sisters to do the same.
She has been a member of the WWU varsity women’s volleyball team for four years and has been nominated captain for the past three years. She has received numerous awards for her volleyball achievements.
Funderburk has also been involved in many other activities on campus. She is president of Woods Wire, the communications club. She has been both photography editor and co-managing editor for Echoes newspaper. She has participated in St. Jude’s Up ’Til Dawn for the past two years, and volunteered her time for CARD-V (Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence), including Take Back the Night and clothing collections.
Off campus, she coaches youth volleyball in Jefferson City and volunteers as a chaperone for YMCA teen dances.
Day has served his fraternity in numerous ways, including the role of brotherhood, where he planned numerous trips and activities for house bonding. He was also given the position of sergeant at arms for his consistent dedication to Pi Kappa Alpha.
Day, too, actively participates in all philanthropy weeks, never missing an event.
Besides all the time he spends improving life within his house, Day also volunteers in the local community, teaching basketball to children 3-5 years old at the YMCA.