Greeks Receive Recognition at WWU

Every year the sororities and fraternities at William Woods University continue to strive for excellence, both in the classroom and the community. As a result of their efforts, Greek chapters and members were honored at the annual Greek Awards Banquet on April 20.

Greek of the Year Awards, given to the sorority and fraternity member who best exemplify Greek life at William Woods, went to Alpha Phi’s Bridget Ward of Pewaukee, Wis., and Pi Kappa Alpha’s Jake McDaniel of Fulton, Mo.

The Outstanding Chapter President Award went to former Alpha Chi Omega president Stacie Bonte of Fenton, Mo. Outstanding New Member awards went to Alpha Chi Omega’s Eliza Payne of Zionsville, Ind., and Pi Kappa Alpha’s Ben Lifritz of O’Fallon, Mo.

Outstanding Senior Awards went to Alpha Chi Omega’s Sarah Chatham of Chatham, Ill., and Pi Kappa Alpha’s Mark Burlison of Fredericktown, Mo.

Judy Schmuck of Wildwood, Mo., Alpha Chi Omega’s advisor, won Advisor of the Year award for her hard work and dedication to the sorority. Harriet Yelon, associate professor of social work and Phi Gamma Delta’s faculty advisor, received the Faculty Member of the Year Award.

The Most Involved Chapter Award, given to the chapter that is actively involved at WWU and the community, went to Alpha Chi Omega and Pi Kappa Alpha. These two chapters also received the Outstanding Community Service Award.

Chapters that received the Outstanding Philanthropy Award were Alpha Chi Omega for Lyre Fest, which raises money and support for the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV), and Pi Kappa Alpha for Pike’s Peak, which goes to the Jimmie V. Foundation for cancer research.

Outstanding New Member Education Award, presented to the chapter that has the best new member educational system, was given to Alpha Chi Omega and Phi Gamma Delta.

In addition to their other awards, Alpha Chi Omega took home the Outstanding Member Recruitment Award, Outstanding Headquarters Relations Award and top member grade point average (GPA) for spring 2007 with a 3.37 cumulative.

Alpha Phi received the award for best fall 2007 GPA with a 3.26 cumulative.
The fraternities received recognition for their grades as well. Pi Kappa Alpha took the award for top fraternity grades, earning a 3.15 cumulative GPA for spring 2007 and a 3.05 cumulative for fall 2007. Phi Gamma Delta received the award for new member GPA with a 2.93 cumulative.

Most Improved Chapter Grades Award went to Phi Gamma Delta and Alpha Phi.

Nine Greek members won awards for having a 4.0 GPA: Renee Caldwell of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Aimee Vander Wal of Peculiar, Mo.; Kathryn Budwit of Boulder, Colo.; Stephanie Doorack of Union, Mo.; Kathleen Lawrence of Hamilton, N.J.; Mary Schultz-Rathbun of Brush Prairie, Wash.; Ann DeHart of Keosauqua, Iowa.; Sondra Hodgson of Charleston, Ind., and Chris Norton of Lonedell, Mo.

The Order of Omega Awards, given to Greek members nominated by another chapter and voted on by the members of Order of Omega, Greek honor society, went to Alpha Chi Omega’s Kristin Garnett of Jefferson City, Mo.; Alpha Phi’s Kathryn Golden of Webster Groves, Mo.; Chi Omega’s Victoria Luisi of Carrollton, Texas; Delta Gamma’s Sarah Popelka of Clayton, Mo.; Pi Kappa Alpha’s Clayton Thompson of Vandalia, Mo., and Phi Gamma Delta’s Jeff Smith of Mexico, Mo.