2019 Award Recipients


INDIVIDUAL ALUMNAe AWARDS  |  Collegiate Individual AWARDS  |  Collegiate Chapter AWARDS 

2019 INDIVIDUAL alumnae AWARD RECIPIENTS

aWARD OF ACHIEVEMENT

NANCY W. SMITH FICHTER (BETA ETA, FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY)

Prior to her retirement in 1997, Nancy served as a professor of dance at Florida State University for 45 years. Even after retiring, for 15 years, she continued to teach and direct dance at FSU. She established the Lillian E. Smith Foundation that provided a rural retreat for artists of every persuasion. In honor of her contributions, the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre in Montgomery Hall bears her name. Her nominator says, “Nancy personifies our sisterhood’s promise to cultivate an appreciation of the fine arts. In fact, her entire career and her work for the world of dance continues to bring recognition to Alpha Chi Omega, Florida State University and her tenure as a professor in the department.”

BRIG. GEN. PAIGE HUNTER (GAMMA OMICRON, MARSHALL UNIVERSITY)

A member of the United States Air Force, Paige began her military career in 1983 when she was sworn in as a second lieutenant. From there, she worked her way up, serving in Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield, eventually earning the rank of colonel. In 2016 she became the first woman in the state of West Virginia to be promoted to the position of brigadier general.  She serves as assistant adjutant general and commander of the West Virginia Air National Guard. In this role, she provides command and control over all Air National Guard forces assigned to the state and is the principal advisor to the adjutant general on all matters related to the Air National Guard.

ALUMNA APPRECIATION AWARD

SANDRA CAMPBELL SINGLETON (GAMMA RHO, TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY)

Sandy has served in important volunteer roles at all levels of the Fraternity, from recruitment advisor for Iota Lambda chapter all the way to the National Council and NHC Board of Directors. Her leadership on a capital campaign for a new chapter facility for Gamma Rho has been especially influential. Five Alpha Chi Omega women submitted letters of support for her nomination and each letter mentioned her passion, love and support of Alpha Chi Omega collegians and the mentor that she is to current and past collegiate members.
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2019 INDIVIDUAL Collegiate AWARD RECIPIENTS

Amy DuBois Rieth Emerging Leader Award

Jessica Bonadurer (Beta Eta, Florida State University)

Jessica was elected to serve the Beta Eta chapter as the vice president philanthropy and has already given her leadership as the community service chair and liaison to the local domestic violence shelter, Refuge House. She is a regular volunteer at the shelter and Beta Eta philanthropy events, and coordinated two volunteer events for chapter members. Outside of Alpha Chi Omega, she serves as president of the Best Buddies organization and is a founding member of four campus organizations: Best Buddies Dance Team, Mock Trial, Acting for Gender Equality Club and Sign Language Club.

Estelle Leonard Outstanding Senior Award

Allison Walker (Alpha Omicron, The Ohio State University)

As chapter president, Allison led her chapter with character and determination, always willing to accept feedback and remain open-minded to the ideas of her chapter sisters. Some highlights from her collegiate experience include planning a Panhellenic event to encourage friendship across the Greek community and organizing a Leadership, Empowerment and Diversity workshop for her chapter. She is a dedicated student and volunteer with the campus hospital and her hometown women’s shelter. Her nominator says, “Her values never stray from true north, and it has been an honor to have found someone in this chapter that acts as both an exceptional role model and a timeless friend.”

Outstanding Collegiate Advisor Awards

Brittany Gum (Zeta Sigma, Missouri State University)

Brittany joined the Zeta Sigma (Missouri State University) advisory board in 2011 and now serves as the chapter advisor. She is dedicated to improving the chapter experience while also mentoring members to grow as women. She has helped lead the chapter to both local and national awards, including the 2018 National Council Trophy. According to her nominator, “Brittany puts every ounce of her energy into being Zeta Sigma’s chapter advisor…she wants what is best for our chapter and thinks about the backstops when making decisions for the chapter and encourages us to do so as well.”

Lizabeth Smith (Pi, University of California, Berkeley)

In addition to serving as a Fraternity volunteer in several other capacities, Lizabeth has been a longstanding recruitment advisor for the Pi chapter, guiding the chapter in improving its recruitment process by supporting the collegians’ vision. According to a former VP recruitment, “She embodies everything I could hope to be as an alumna for Pi chapter. She has given me guidance when I did not know I needed it while also recognizing when to take a step back and let me grow as a leader…She is a role model for our entire house.”

Outstanding Advisory Board Award

Iota Sigma (Southern Methodist University)

The 15-member advisory board includes women from various collegiate chapters, professions and ages, allowing them to show collegians the broad experiences of Alpha Chi Omega membership. With a mission to mentor and model the collegiate members in a positive, encouraging and respectful manner, the advisory board is present at events, recruitment, initiation and programming to support collegians. One of the board’s greatest and ongoing accomplishments is each member’s dedication to the chapter’s facility renovation project, as they provide their time, talent and treasure to the campaign.

Outstanding Fraternity/Sorority Advisor

Kate Roessler (Assistant Director of Student Engagement at Missouri State University)

Kate serves the Panhellenic community at Missouri State University, and specifically the Zeta Sigma chapter, by fostering meaningful and genuine relationships. She remains transparent in her work, has an open-door policy for the chapter members and encourages all sorority women to live out their organizations’ rituals and mottos. She has served as a facilitator in the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute and encourages Zeta Sigma sisters to give back to their Panhellenic and Springfield, Missouri communities.
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2019 Collegiate Chapter AWARD RECIPIENTS

National Council Trophy

Delta Chi (William Woods University)
Iota Phi (Quinnipiac University)
Zeta Sigma (Missouri State University)

Continuing Excellence Award

Epsilon Kappa (California State University, Fullerton)

Chapter Progess Award

Epsilon Lambda (The University of Texas at Arlington)

Chapter Innovation

Iota Tau (California State University, San Marcos)
Beta Sigma (University of Georgia)

Diversity & Inclusion

Alpha (DePauw University)

Seeking the Heights Award - Leadership

Gamma Phi (Lamar University)
Iota Sigma (Southern Methodist University)
Kappa (University of Wisconsin – Madison)

Seeking the Heights Award - chapter relations and standards

Omicron (Baker University)
Alpha (DePauw University)
Alpha Nu (University of Missouri)

Seeking the Heights Award - finance

Gamma Upsilon (University of Houston)
Epsilon Kappa (California State University, Fullerton)
Zeta Pi (Arizona State University)

Seeking the Heights Award - risk management

Zeta Upsilon (Case Western Reserve University)
Kappa Sigma (University of Southern Mississippi)
Zeta Sigma (Missouri State University)

Seeking the Heights Award - ritual and fraternity appreciation

Delta Epsilon (Southeast Missouri State University)
Alpha Psi (UCLA)
Beta Lambda (University of Arizona)

Seeking the Heights Award - recruitment

Delta Chi (William Woods University)
Epsilon Lambda (The University of Texas at Arlington)
Epsilon Chi (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Seeking the Heights Award - new member education

Kappa Nu (Carnegie Mellon University)
Beta Delta (College of William and Mary)
Nu (University of Colorado Boulder)

Seeking the Heights Award - public relations and Marketing

Beta Omicron (Florida Southern College)
Iota Phi (Quinnipiac University)
Beta Eta (Florida State University)

Seeking the Heights Award - membership programming

Alpha Pi (University of North Dakota)
Epsilon (University of Southern California)
Delta Rho (University of Arkansas)

Seeking the Heights Award - panhellenic

Gamma Tau (Oklahoma City University)
Kappa Rho (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
Epsilon Phi (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Seeking the Heights Award - intellectual development

Delta Kappa (Sam Houston State University)
Sigma (University of Iowa)
Theta Lambda (Clemson University)

Seeking the Heights Award - facility operations

 Zeta Upsilon (Case Western Reserve University)
Alpha Lambda (University of Minnesota)
Alpha Chi (Butler University)

Seeking the Heights Award - philanthropy

Delta (Allegheny College)
Epsilon Psi (University of California, Irvine)
Alpha Omicron (The Ohio State University)
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