Alumnae winners in the following categories were recognized during the 2014 National Convention:
Individual Alumnae Awards / Alumnae Chapter Awards
Click here to download the complete list of 2014 award recipients.
Do you know a sister who ought to be recognized for her commitment to Alpha Chi Omega? Nominate her for one of our 2015 alumnae awards. Full award descriptions and nomination form are available online. Nominations are accepted through October 31, 2014.
Alumnae Appreciation Award
Recipient: Winn Sherrill Sikes, Gamma Rho, Texas Tech University, 1954
Winn Sikes is an active member of the Lubbock, Texas, alumnae chapter (Gamma Xi Gamma) and also serves as Gamma Rho Ritual advisor and house corporation board treasurer. She previously served as president of both Gamma Xi Gamma and the Lubbock Alumnae Panhellenic Association. Winn, a proud Life Loyal Alpha Chi Omega, has been a realtor for over 40 years and is the owner of Winnland Real Estate Company in Lubbock.
Recipient: Jane Sotak, Alpha Omicron, The Ohio State University, 1959
As an alumna, Jane Sotak has served as a province district chair, a member of Alpha Omicron’s housing corporation board and an active member of the Alpha Iota Alpha alumnae chapter. Throughout her time in Alpha Iota Alpha, Jane has served as alumnae chapter president and as the Columbus, Ohio-area Alpha Chi Omega Panhellenic delegate. In addition, Jane has given great service to Alpha Omicron’s local housing corporation. She held the role of president from 1972 to 2007, during which the house was renovated at least five times. Jane is known and loved by generations of Alpha Omicron members, and they are thankful for her assistance in making their chapter house a home.
Outstanding Dedication Award
Recipient: Patricia Daley Logan, Alpha Beta, Purdue University, 1962
Pat Logan has been a dedicated Alpha Chi Omega volunteer since the mid-1970s and currently serves as a member of the national alumna initiate panel. Pat’s past volunteer roles include national alumnae initiate panel chair; province officer nominating committee chair; province collegiate chair; Gamma Tau Gamma Panhellenic chair; Theta Xi colony advisor; Epsilon Psi financial advisor; Epsilon Kappa house corporation board member; Delta Psi recruitment advisor; and chapter advisor (Delta Psi, Epsilon Kappa, Epsilon Psi and Theta Xi). Pat was also the recipient of the Award of Achievement from the Orange County Paralegal Association.
Young Alumna Award
Recipient: Holly Langbein, Theta Pi, University of California - Davis, 2004
Holly Langbein currently serves in several Alpha Chi Omega volunteer roles: Northern California/Nevada province collegiate chair; Theta Pi advisory board member; collegiate programming specialist; extension committee member; and Gamma Psi Gamma Panhellenic delegate. From 2011 to 2013, she also served as a state chair for the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation. Holly’s volunteer roles outside of Alpha Chi Omega include outreach chair of the Sacramento Panhellenic Association and member of the Junior League of Sacramento.
Award of Achievement
Recipient: Dr. Linda Sax, Pi, University of California - Berkeley, 1988
Dr. Linda Sax is a full professor at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. She is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on women’s underrepresentation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Dr. Sax’s research focuses on gender differences in college-student development, specifically how women’s and men’s achievement, self-concept and aspirations are shaped by their college experiences. She is the author of more than 70 publications and has appeared by invitation at 85 speaking engagements. Other achievements and awards include receiving $2.5 million in contracts and grants, most recently from the National Science Foundation; being awarded the Early Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education; and receiving the 2005 Scholar-in-Residence Award from the American Association of University Women.
Recipient: Marie Ugenti Tillman, Delta Psi, University of California - Santa Barbara, 1994
Marie Tillman established the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2004 in honor of her late husband, U.S. Army Ranger and former NFL player Pat Tillman. She also created a $1.25 million endowment to fund the Tillman Scholars - ASU Leadership Through Action program at Arizona State University. Beginning in 2008, as the head of the foundation’s board of directors, Marie refocused its mission to invest in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships. To date, 230 Tillman Military Scholars are attending 71 different academic institutions and have been awarded more than $3.2 million in scholarship support. Marie currently serves as president of the foundation. She is also a nationally acclaimed speaker, with featured speaking engagements at the United States Air Force Academy Center for Character and Leadership Development; University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service; Harvard Kennedy School; and Clinton Global Initiative.
Recipient: Kathy Savitt, Zeta Phi, Cornell University, 1984
Kathy Savitt currently serves as the CMO for Yahoo. She previously was CEO of Lockerz; executive vice president of American Eagle Outfitters; and vice president of strategic communications, content and initiatives at Amazon.com. She was honored by TechFlash as the 2011 Newsmaker of the Year and received Advertising Age’s Women to Watch Award. Kathy also serves on the board of directors of Vitamin Shoppe, Inc. and is a member of TED Talks.
Recipient: Sara Cobb, Alpha Beta, Purdue University, 1977
Sara Cobb is the current vice president of education for the Lilly Endowment. She has been named Outstanding Alumna of the Year by both Purdue University and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Sara is also on the board of the Arthur Jordan Foundation and is a proud Life Loyal Alpha Chi Omega.
Recipient: Ellen Little Vanden Brink, Alpha, DePauw University, 1951
Ellen’s meritorious service and dedication to Alpha Chi Omega’s ideals are greatly appreciated. Through her continued service to our organization, she has taught, inspired, encouraged and challenged so many members. Ellen has unselfishly given many hours to promoting and instilling the ideals of Alpha Chi Omega and has been instrumental in what Alpha Chi Omega has accomplished through the years.
National Council Trophy
Recipient: Gamma Theta Gamma, West Los Angeles, California
Gamma Theta Gamma has demonstrated overall excellence in all major award categories. Currently, all chapter members donate to the Foundation and support various campaigns. The chapter also utilizes a cutting-edge and well-designed communication plan that encompasses a variety of social media platforms to keep members informed and up to date with the latest news from the chapter. Collegians in the area benefit from Gamma Theta Gamma’s efforts, as well. Ten chapter members currently serve on the Alpha Psi chapter advisory board at UCLA, and Gamma Theta Gamma supports the Epsilon chapter at University of Southern California through advisory board support, networking opportunities and a Hall of Commitment ceremony. Other outstanding efforts include the “Slightly Older Sisters” program, which pairs young alumnae members with graduating seniors to assist them in the collegiate-to-alumna transition, and the offer of a free year of Gamma Theta Gamma membership to graduating seniors who sign up for alumnae membership at the Hall of Commitment ceremony.
Finalist: Rho Rho, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Continuing Excellence Award
Recipient: Mu Mu, Kansas City, Missouri
Mu Mu offers its members activities such as fine arts events and the annual Power of Real, Strong Women Wine & Cheese event, which raised more than $35,000 in eight years for the Rose Brooks Center. Mu Mu also assists sisters by providing support during difficult life experiences and furnishing meals to sisters in need. In addition, chapter membership has increased by 17 percent since March 2013.
Recipient: Sigma Sigma, St. Louis, Missouri
The Sigma Sigma alumnae chapter actively supports four collegiate chapters in Missouri and hosts a career day for collegians and young alumnae. The chapter also has a committee made up of members who celebrate centennial birthdays and support sisters who need a helping hand by preparing meals, grocery shopping and performing other necessary tasks. In 2012, Sigma Sigma raised more than $7,000 at the Alpha Chi Omega National Convention by hosting a domestic violence awareness walk at the St. Louis Arch. The chapter continues to be involved in local philanthropic efforts with the St. Louis Zoo and St. Louis Art Museum.
Recipient: Alpha Gamma Alpha, Atlanta, Georgia
Alpha Gamma Alpha recently celebrated a milestone by reaching 100 active members. The chapter remains involved with area collegians by serving on chapter advisory boards: eight members serve on the advisory board for Epsilon Phi (Georgia Institute of Technology), two on the advisory board for Beta Sigma (University of Georgia) and one on the advisory board for Tau (Brenau University). In addition, Alpha Gamma Alpha’s annual Golden Lyre Gala raised $5,000 this past year to support the Partnership Against Domestic Violence and the Atlanta Mission.
Recipient: Gamma Sigma Gamma, Rochester, New York
Gamma Sigma Gamma has diversified its programming to include offerings such as a casual coffee and books group; the opportunity for members and their husbands to tour the Rochester crime lab; a wine and cheese event at a local greenhouse with Pi Beta Phi alumnae; and “learn to knit” meetings. Last year alone, they hosted 28 chapter events. Gamma Sigma Gamma also supports the Sojourner House through monetary donations, backpack donations, meal preparation and service, and provides ongoing to support to the local philanthropic efforts of the Alumnae Panhellenic Association in Rochester, as well as the Chautauqua Institution.
Collegiate Support Award (Local)
Recipient: Beta Kappa Beta, Dallas, Texas
The Beta Kappa Beta alumnae chapter serves the Iota Sigma collegiate chapter at Southern Methodist University by providing generous support and volunteer assistance with all aspects of formal recruitment; furnishing snacks for Pride Week; and, in the case of several Beta Kappa Beta members, serving on the chapter advisory board. The chapter also co-hosts North Texas Founders Day with the Delta Eta Delta alumnae chapter and performs an annual Hall of Commitment ceremony for graduating seniors.
Collegiate Support Award (Distance)
Recipient: Xi Omicron Xi, Beta Eta virtual alumnae chapter
Xi Omicron Xi has a strong connection with the Beta Eta chapter at Florida State University. Alumnae members stay in close communication with the collegians through Twitter, Facebook and blogs. Xi Omicron Xi members also assist with mailings to alumnae and parents; provide social media support; furnish snack bags during recruitment; write congratulatory letters to newly initiated members; send carnations to Beta Eta members on Founders’ Day; and provide financial support for philanthropic activities.
Recipient: Eta Omega Eta, Fort Collins, Colorado
Eta Omega Eta’s annual geranium sale raised more than $5,700.
Membership Outreach Award
Recipient: Rho Rho, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Rho Rho officers act as hosts for new alumnae chapter members and sisters who are new to the area and stay in contact with the women throughout the year. The chapter itself hosts a welcome-back meeting each fall, where alumnae chapter officers set up computer stations for members to log in to the Alpha Chi Omega website and update their contact information, and it also hosts an annual holiday tea for members. In an effort to keep Rho Rho members connected to one another, the chapter’s annual Red Book directory is updated and published yearly.
Promoting Alpha Chi Everday (PACE) Award
Recipient: Gamma Upsilon Gamma, Orlando, Florida
The Gamma Upsilon Gamma chapter makes several contributions to its community and Alpha Chi Omega. Members celebrate Hera Day with a philanthropic project that directly supports children living in a local safe house shelter, and they also hold an annual Founders’ Day luncheon, which includes speakers connected to domestic violence awareness and the presentation of scholarships. In support of Alpha Chi Omega, a portion of annual chapter dues is a direct donation to the Foundation. Ritual and song continue to be vital components of Gamma Upsilon Gamma through the Hall of Commitment ceremony, officer installations, opening and closing chapter meetings and anniversary pinnings. Chapter members are also active in the local alumnae Panhellenic association.
Recipient: Delta Epsilon Delta, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Delta Epsilon Delta sends bimonthly emails; a monthly chapter programming calendar and reminders; biannual newsletters; and special cards and messages for significant life events (e.g., births, deaths, anniversaries, promotions). The chapter also has a celebration and recognition program for members with milestone anniversaries. In addition, Delta Epsilon Delta offers a buddy system for new members to ensure they have rides to chapter events and includes a PayPal link for members to pay dues on the chapter website.
Creative Idea Award
Recipient: Zeta Zeta, Boston, Massachusetts
The Zeta Zeta alumnae chapter puts on the Trivia Tuesday Challenge, a trivia contest in which fraternity questions are posted online each week leading up to Founders’ Day. The chapter also sends out a “You’ve Been Lyred” mailing to randomly selected alumnae in the area who are not members of Zeta Zeta. The mailing includes a card containing a lyre decal and information about Zeta Zeta.
Domestic Violence Outreach Award (tie)
Recipient: Beta Kappa Beta, Dallas, Texas
Several Beta Kappa Beta members serve on the Genesis Women’s Shelter board, and the chapter puts on fundraisers to benefit the shelter, including its signature Alpha Chi Couture program. Beta Kappa Beta also hosts a holiday party and an annual school supply drive for children living in the shelter.
Recipient: Eta Omega Eta, Fort Collins, Colorado
Eta Omega Eta hosts an annual geranium sale, which last year raised more than $5,700. The chapter also supports the Cross Roads anniversary gala by volunteering at its auction. In addition, an Eta Omega Eta alumna hosts free CPR classes for staff at Cross Roads.
Fine Arts Award
Recipient: Delta Epsilon Delta, Colorado Springs, Colorado
As a result of floods that devastated the Colorado Springs area, Delta Epsilon Delta decided to focus on the good and the beautiful in the community, including fine arts and natural wonders. The chapter incorporated this theme into different areas of their programming. A kickoff potluck featured author Toni Hamill, who discussed her book, Garden of the Gods. A chapter meeting included a slideshow featuring the history and beauty of local parks. As a group, Delta Epsilon Delta members visited the international art collection from local galleries, took in unique architecture and sculpture pieces in the community and toured the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. In addition, chapter members participated in a watercolor painting lesson taught by an Alpha Chi and supported their community theater by attending Six Women Plays, which featured an alumna member.
Increased Membership Award
Recipient: Beta Zeta Beta, Houston, Texas
Based on membership rosters and results from the annual dues report, the chapter increased its membership by 30 percent.
Recipient: Pi Sigma Pi, Stars and Stripes virtual alumnae chapter
Pi Sigma Pi maintains a current roster of military installations where sisters currently live or have lived in the past. Chapter members who live on installations close to a collegiate chapter offer volunteer support at the local level, and several members also hold national volunteer roles within the Fraternity.