2016 Awards

Congratulations to the 2016 Alpha Chi Omega Award Winners

Winners in the following categories were recognized during the 2016 National Convention:
Individual Alumna Awards | Alumnae Chapter Awards | Individual Collegiate AwardsCollegiate Chapter Awards | Housing Awards | Vision Award | Corporate Award


Award of Achievement

Dr. Andrea M. Hanson (Alpha Pi, University of North Dakota)
Dr. Andrea Hanson is an initiate of the Alpha Pi chapter at the University of North Dakota. Andrea is the manager for the Exercise, Physiology, and Countermeasures Laboratory at the NASA. She is currently preparing for travel beyond the International Space Station and on to Mars. The team she supervises works to combine their expertise on how the body adapts to microgravity with technology and advanced techniques to optimize human performance in space missions.  Andrea has been awarded 18 grants, presented at multiple institutions and conferences, published 10 journal articles and taught at the National Space Biomedical Research Institute several times.
Dr. Bridget Guernsey Riordan (Gamma Mu, Ball State University)
Dr. Bridget Riordan, an initiate of the Gamma Mu chapter at Ball State University, currently serves as the assistant vice president of campus life at Emory University. She has published 10 journal articles related to student life, student health and student engagement. She is a speaker and consultant for many professional organizations and conferences. She has served in several volunteer roles for Alpha Chi Omega and served as president of the Association for Fraternity and Sorority Advisors or AFA.

Outstanding Dedication Award

Lou Ann Wilcox (Alpha Nu, University of Missouri)
LouAnn has served faithfully for more than 35 years as a volunteer at the local, regional and national levels. Some of her past volunteer experiences have included involvement with Sigma Sigma alumnae chapter; serving as province collegiate chair for Missouri; 12 years of service on the Alpha Nu House Corporation Board, during which she was president and led a major fundraising campaign; and 13 years as recruitment advisor for Alpha Nu chapter. LouAnn currently serves as a facilitator for Alpha Chi Omega’s national REPRESENT program and on the establishment interview team.

Young Alumna Award

Liza Pugliese Hallsten (Alpha Omega, Birmingham Southern College)
In her alumna experience, Liza has served as a chapter relations and standards specialist and chapter advisor for three collegiate chapters; currently, she serves as an advisor to Gamma Xi chapter and as a province collegiate chair. She has volunteered on the accreditation review team, a establishment interview team and on the province officer nominating committee. She has served as president of Pi Sigma Pi alumnae chapter, and currently serves as the treasurer.


Betty beard wall (Psi, The University of Oklahoma)

Betty is a 1955 initiate of Psi chapter at the University of Oklahoma. As an alumna, she has served as recruitment advisor for Gamma Rho chapter, province president for Texas, and a member of Gamma Xi Gamma alumnae chapter in Lubbock, Texas. Over the years, Betty has served Alpha Chi Omega nationally as national “rush” director, national collegiate vice president and national Panhellenic director. She has also served as a National Panhellenic Conference delegate. Betty has made an impact on many generations of Alpha Chi Omegas, and we are thankful for her service both locally and nationally.

Alumnae Appreciation Award

Sylvia Miller Foster (Beta Eta, Florida State University)
Sylvia is a 1957 initiate of Beta Eta chapter at Florida State University. She has given many years of service to Alpha Chi Omega’s alumnae experience. Sylvia was a 14-year member of Gamma Phi Gamma alumnae chapter in Tampa, Florida, serving as president, vice president and treasurer. She was a founding member of the Xi Omega Xi virtual alumnae chapter for Beta Eta and is currently a member of Delta Sigma Delta alumnae chapter in St. Petersburg, Florida. Sylvia has also given many hours in national service to Alpha Chi Omega. She has served as a province alumnae chair, and as lead specialist for alumnae resources. Sylvia is currently a member of the National Alumna Initiate Panel.



Among its many member outreach efforts, Delta Omega Delta used Facebook to engage with more than 850 sisters, inviting them to join the alumnae chapter. Their membership goal was 50 members. Through peer-to-peer asks, the chapter ended its month-long membership drive with 75 members. The chapter also includes information about graduating seniors in its summer newsletter so that existing chapter members know a little about the recent graduates when they attend alumnae chapter events in the fall.


Rho Rho chapter observes several important Alpha Chi Omega traditions to promote Alpha Chi. For instance, in observance of Founders’ Day, members of Rho Rho chapter gather at a local restaurant for a luncheon in which they sing Alpha Chi Omega Grace, play an Alpha Chi Omega trivia game, raise money for the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation with a Star Booth, and close the event by singing the Alpha Chi Omega Toast.


Communication was Kappa Omicron Kappa’s primary objective this year. Among its many efforts, the chapter reached out to alumnae via mail and email; sent a monthly newsletter via mail and email and posted the newsletter to the chapter Facebook page; regularly updated the chapter website with relevant chapter information, posted chapter announcements to Facebook; and connected sisters in the area for various networking opportunities.


Delta Eta Delta launched a new fundraising and service opportunity in preparation for Hera Day. The chapter raised funds to create teddy bears for children staying at SafeHaven of Tarrant County, an Arlington domestic violence shelter. The funds allowed chapter members and their children to create 28 unique bears at the Build-A-Bear workshop, each with a birth certificate, an official house box, and crayons for coloring the house. Each bear was photographed with a thank you note for the donor who made it possible, and the photos were posted on Facebook, tagging the donor. The bears were delivered on Hera Day to the children at SafeHaven.


The members of Alpha Omega Alpha take to heart the importance of incorporating fine arts into the chapter’s programming. Their annual hobby auction encourages members to utilize their artistic capabilities to create handmade items, such as framed watercolor art, hand-painted stationary, hand-crafted furniture pieces, and quilted and knitted items for the live auction. The chapter also hosts regular programming like an oil painting event, a card-making workshop and a Pinterest party that provides members with a creative outlet to enhance their artistic abilities and bond with sisters.


Gamma Upsilon Gamma chapter hosted a Sew-A-Thon and Girl Scout Weekend in which they made reusable hygiene kits for girls in Sudan. The evening of the Sew-A-Thon included a Real. Strong. Women. dinner with the Girl Scout troop from Alachua, Florida during which several chapter members talked about their career paths and shared information about local colleges. The weekend included a tour of Stetson University and lunch with the collegians of the Gamma Chi chapter.


Delta Omega Delta increased its alumnae chapter membership from 48 members in 2015 to 76 members in 2016, an increase of 28 members in one year. In the past two years, the chapter has more than doubled its membership, making it the very deserving recipient of this award.


As a virtual alumnae chapter, Xi Omega Xi strives to connect Beta Eta sisters across the country and abroad with what they call Alpha Chi-ness, acts that make a difference in sisters’ lives. In their efforts, they have helped sisters apply for an assistance grant, gain government housing, recover from a house fire, and emotionally and financially supported a sister who had experienced a personal tragedy.


Members of Xi Omega Xi serve on the Beta Eta Advisory Board and support the chapter during special events, officer transitions and recruitment. For recruitment, Xi Omega Xi provides letters of recommendation for potential new members, inspirational cards to be read to the chapter during polish week and recruitment, food and drink bags for caucus groups, and a dedicated social media campaign while the chapter is unable to use its social media accounts during recruitment.


Delta Eta Delta supports Epsilon Lambda, University of Texas – Arlington. A majority of the chapter advisory board, house corporation and recruitment team positions are held by Delta Eta Delta members. The alumnae chapter and collegiate chapter share an online newsletter service and send monthly newsletters to each other to share information about both the collegiate and alumnae chapters. The chapter also hosts two Hall of Commitment ceremonies each year for graduates of the collegiate chapter.

Domestic Violence Outreach Award

Chi Chi (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Chi Chi has built a long-standing relationship with a domestic violence shelter in Pittsburgh. In addition to conducting donation drives and fundraisers for the Women’s Center and Shelter of Pittsburgh, each March the chapter celebrates Hera Day by coordinating a volunteer event there. Over the years Chi Chi members have organized storage closets, cleaned the children’s facility and hosted parties for residents.

Foundation Award

Alpha Gamma Alpha (Atlanta, Georgia)
Alpha Gamma Alpha annually conducts fundraisers to benefit the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation. In 2015 the chapter held its second annual wine tasting and auction fundraiser, Savor the South, which welcomed more than 100 guests and raised $4,000 for the Foundation.

Continuing Excellence Award

Mu Mu (Kansas City, Missouri)
Mu Mu chapter is receiving the Continuing Excellence Award for the 19th consecutive time. The chapter hosts a number of events, including a Founders’ Day celebration, Hera Day events and an annual Wine and Cheese fundraising event that supports the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation and the Rose Brooks Center, a local domestic violence shelter. Mu Mu has two representatives on the Greater Kansas City Alumnae Panhellenic, and the chapter has achieved the Founders’ Roll of giving to the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation.
Sigma Sigma (St. Louis, Missouri)
The members of Sigma Sigma are committed to reaching out to the many Alpha Chi Omegas living in the greater St. Louis area and providing clear, concise and timely communication to its members. The chapter supports our domestic violence awareness efforts by supporting two organizations in the St. Louis area that support victims by providing financial support, donating clothes and personal care items and participating in the adopt-a-family program.

National Council Trophy

Beta Kappa Beta (Dallas, Texas)
Beta Kappa Beta demonstrated overall excellence in all award categories. Highlights of their success include:
  • Supporting Iota Sigma chapter by serving on the advisory board, supporting the chapter’s recruitment efforts, hosting Hall of Commitment and awarding a scholarship to a member of the chapter
  • Partnering with Iota Sigma chapter each year to host a large fundraiser to benefit the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation and Genesis Women’s Shelter, which raised more than $90,000 in 2015
  • Supporting an additional collegiate chapter in the state as their “chapter at large,” which is nominated and voted on by the Beta Kappa Beta membership
  • PACEing in their local community while running 5k races, being involved in Dallas area Panhellenic groups and providing support to sisters in need


Outstanding Fraternity/Sorority Advisor Award

Troy Bartels, Former Fraternity/Sorority Advisor at UCLA
Troy was selected for this honor because of his dedication to our Alpha Psi chapter and to excellence in the UCLA fraternal community. Since Alpha Psi chapter established at UCLA, Troy has helped the chapter grow. In addition to implementing “Standards of Excellence” for Panhellenic chapters, he worked to know the students on a personal level through attending chapter activities and offering to serve as a mentor to students after they graduated.

Amy DuBois Reith Emerging Leader Award

Nora Rabah (Zeta Phi, Cornell University)
In the spring of 2015, Nora was selected as the “Outstanding New Member” by the Cornell Panhellenic community. In addition to being a part of our sisterhood, Nora is a biology study group leader – tutoring students every week – in addition to working with student athletes in biology, chemistry and economics. Nora is described as “a strong, confident, ideal student for any teacher” who displays exemplary strengths among her peers both in the classroom and in social settings. We are excited to see the great things that Nora will do during her time at Zeta Phi!

Estelle Leonard Outstanding Senior Award

Elizabeth (Ellie) Edwards (Zeta Sigma, Missouri State University)
Elizabeth, or Ellie, has served her chapter in various roles including: member of the philanthropy committee, a MyJourney class facilitator and chapter president. In addition to serving in her chapter, Ellie also served as the vice president of recruitment for her university’s Panhellenic community. Ellie has also served the Fraternity as one of the first collegiate interns for Leadership Academy and as a collegiate member of the National Nominating Committee. Outside of Alpha Chi Omega and Panhellenic, Ellie is also a member of Phi Sigma Upsilon Leadership Fraternity and Rho Lambda Sorority Women’s honor society. Most recently, Ellie has served as the co-chair of the Extension Exploration Committee for Missouri State. Now that she has graduated, Ellie is continuing to serve the Fraternity as a chapter consultant for the 2016-17 academic year.

Outstanding Collegiate Advisor Award

Hilary Brannon, initiate and former chapter advisor of Theta Upsilon
Her nominator writes, “Hilary truly serves from the heart. She makes sure requirements and tasks are completed efficiently, but with great care and a passion for Alpha Chi Omega that is evident. She goes out of her way to extol others’ accomplishments and seeks out opportunities for their achievements to be recognized. She truly wants her sisters to succeed in all aspects of their lives. In a world where so many women are competitive with one another, I cannot think of a better person who is instead supportive of other women, and as an extension of that, exemplifies Alpha Chi Omega’s values better than Hilary.” While Hilary’s term as chapter advisor for Theta Upsilon has ended, we are so pleased that she has taken on a new role in serving the Fraternity as a province collegiate chair.

2016 Collegiate Chapter Award Recipients

National Council Trophy

Alpha Beta (Purdue University)
In order to encourage sisters to connect our Ritual to their everyday lives, Alpha Beta chapter had ongoing discussions about the various lines of the Symphony and Ritual ceremonies, and how they connected to the daily function of being sisters and students at Purdue University. Accountability for all sisters, more recognition for campus accomplishments, and positive working relationships with advisors are just some of the excellent goals the chapter implemented over the last year. Alpha Beta chapter continues to foster and build relationships with area alumnae, and the chapter has made great strides in the areas of philanthropy and recruitment. With an impressive 3.3 chapter grade point average and more than 2,500 service hours completed, Alpha Beta has truly exemplified the ideals and mission of Alpha Chi Omega.

National Council Trophy Finalist

Epsilon Chi (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
With an all-chapter GPA that exceeds the all-women’s GPA on their campus, it will come as no surprise that the members of Epsilon Chi chapter are dedicated to academics – hosting “marathon study hours” on the nights before finals and an academic banquet where chapter members who excel in the classroom are recognized for their academic efforts. The chapter also focuses on sisterhood – movie nights and ice cream sundae parties are common occurrences for these sisters. Epsilon Chi chapter continues to excel in various areas of chapter life and we are excited to recognize their accreditation efforts for 2015.


Zeta Sigma chapter designed and hosted a Sorority Field Day event for the Panhellenic community, which provided an opportunity for sorority women to further connect with one another and promote and enhance the community experience.

Outstanding Collegiate Advisory Board Award

Gamma Upsilon (University of Houston)
The Gamma Upsilon advisory board consists of sisters from various chapters and ages. The board follows a philosophy of leading with integrity and acting as mentors to the collegiate women. The advisors have an attitude of genuine care and respect for one another, modeling the goal of building a sisterhood that leads to lifelong relationships. Advisors encourage members to dream big, celebrate their success, and honestly and tactfully hold members accountable. They feel it is imperative that the officers take ownership of their positions and mold them into their own vision.

Progress Award

Beta Delta (College of William & Mary)
Beta Delta was given this award in recognition of their tremendous progress in chapter operations and accreditation over the past two years. Their submission materials for 2015 were thorough, easily read by reviewers and captured the successes of their chapter over the past year. Beta Delta continues to make great strides in all categories of accreditation and their work should set them up for continued future successes.

Continuing Excellence Award

Epsilon Eta (Stephen F. Austin University)
Since accreditation began in 2012, this chapter has consistently achieved an overall accredited status each calendar year. Their achievements in chapter programming and recruitment, combined with their 2,100 total hours of service and more than $30,000 raised through philanthropic efforts have truly exceeded expectations. Members of this chapter are very involved on campus and can be seen in leadership roles in a variety of organizations and clubs. This chapter prioritizes its relationships between collegians and advisors as well as with alumnae in the area year after year and continues to strive for excellence in all that they do.


The following chapters earned an overall Alpha status during the 2015 accreditation period.
  • Omicron (Baker University)                                                                      
  • Phi (University of Kansas)                                                                          
  • Alpha Beta (Purdue University)                                                                
  • Alpha Omicron (The Ohio State University)                                           
  • Alpha Psi (UCLA)                                   
  • Beta Delta (College of William & Mary)
  • Beta Eta (Florida State University)                                                          
  • Beta Sigma (University of Georgia)                                                         
  • Beta Omega (University of Toledo)                                                        
  • Gamma Epsilon (Oklahoma State University)                                       
  • Gamma Phi (Lamar University)                                                                
  • Epsilon Eta (Stephen F. Austin University)                                             
  • Epsilon Lambda (The University of Texas at Arlington)                                  
  • Epsilon Chi (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)                        
  • Epsilon Psi (University of California, Irvine)                                           
  • Zeta Eta (Bradley University)                                                                    
  • Zeta Nu (Texas A&M University)                                                              
  • Zeta Omicron (Vanderbilt University)                                                     
  • Zeta Sigma (Missouri State University)                                                   
  • Theta Lambda (Clemson University)                                                       
  • Iota Rho (Loyola University Chicago)                                                    
  • Iota Sigma (Southern Methodist University)                                         
  • Kappa Lambda (University of San Diego)
  • Kappa Pi (University of North Carolina-Wilmington)


Housing Awards

Facility Space Usage Award

Delta Nu (Iowa State University)
The local house corporation created additional and varied study spaces by rearranging furniture and replacing heavy study tables with light-weight tables, allowing members to move the tables depending on their academic needs.

Use of Branding Award

Alpha Kappa (University of Oregon)
This house corporation board integrated the Symphony and lyre into the dining room and nook d├ęcor, and reframed pictures of Alpha Chi Omega’s Founders to proudly display the Alpha Chi Omega heritage.

Risk Management Practices Award

Alpha Nu (University of Missouri)
This house corporation improved the Alpha Nu sisters’ safety by installing security cameras and a finger-print lock system on all doors; replacing four fire doors and purchasing a parking lot closer to the facility.

Joint House Corporation and Chapter Housing Project

Alpha Lambda (University of Minnesota)
Together the house corporation board and various chapter members discussed the need for increased internet bandwidth and teleconferencing. After consultation with internet providers, a package was purchased to significantly increase the internet speed to improve Wi-Fi issues. Members now have the ability to teleconference large meetings.

Joint House Corporation and Chapter “Friend-raising” Initiative Award

Psi (The University of Oklahoma)
The Psi chapter house corporation was approached by a Psi alumna with a proposal to redecorate the upstairs living area. An idea board was presented with all the furnishings and estimated costs. The idea board was then shared with a group of 1970s Psi alumnae who held a reunion weekend at the facility. As a result, the house corporation received funding toward the project from this group.

Collegiate Chapter Sustainability/Green Initiative Award

Alpha Nu (University of Missouri)
As the result of an energy audit, the house corporation board replaced inefficient light bulbs with efficient bulbs, replaced and repaired both boilers, and is working to remodel bedrooms which will include replacing flooring with “green” flooring materials.

House Corporation Project of the Year – Major Renovation 

Alpha Chi (Butler University)
This house corporation undertook a full renovation of the commercial kitchen. They completely renovated the existing kitchen, replaced all appliances, and added a new space that provides additional work space and storage in the basement, redesigned the kitchen to work more efficiently added a new area for cleaning products and created a new employee restroom. Implementing this renovation and addition has made the house larger and at the same time more efficient.

House Corporation project of the Year – Special Project

Alpha Kappa (University of Oregon)
Members of the Alpha Kappa house corporation board tackled the second floor for much-needed renovations, following the third floor renovation completed in 2012. Bookshelves and built-in desks allow for more surface space on desks. New laminate flooring was added, and new electric heaters, ceiling fans, built-in closets and dressers were all duplicated from the third floor project. The renovations help provide a beautiful and functional home away from home to many women for years to come.

Alpha Eta (Mount Union University)
Beta Xi (Utah State University)
Alpha Omicron (The Ohio State University)

Sustainability Grant
Alpha Nu (University of Missouri)

Vision Award

Dr. Joseph Paul, Vice President Emeritus, University of Southern Mississippi
In fall of 2014, Alpha Chi Omega established our Kappa Sigma chapter at Southern Miss. The chapter was to be Alpha Chi Omega’s only active chapter in the state, and we were relatively unknown to many in the area. Dr. Paul played an instrumental part in Alpha Chi Omega’s success by supporting our entry into the Panhellenic community and facilitating solutions that allowed students to overcome obstacles that could have prevented them from joining our chapter. Dr. Paul’s dedication to the Southern Miss students and Alpha Chi Omega contributed to the successful establishment of Kappa Sigma chapter and Alpha Chi Omega’s return to the state of Mississippi.

Corporate Award

Mary Kay
This award honors a corporation or business that demonstrates generosity to Alpha Chi Omega through financial contributions or support and also serves a vital role in furthering Alpha Chi Omega’s mission.  Mary Kay has been a tremendous partner with Alpha Chi Omega to advance our shared commitment to fighting against domestic violence while raising awareness about healthy relationships.
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