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Collegiate Awards

Collegiate Award Winners

To see the full list of collegiate award winners, click here.  

Read details about the award winners for the 2018 calendar below. Congratulations, winners!  

Balfour Cup

Kansas Beta at Kansas State University

  • Hosted workshops during spirit week focused on best ways to discuss membership dues and live-in commitments with Potential New Members. Vice President Member Development communicated financial opportunities available through Pi Beta Phi Foundation and regional alumnae clubs to all chapter members.  
  • Utilized member feedback to set Chapter goals. Alumnae Advisory Committee (AAC) and Executive Council reviewed Annual Member Evaluation results to build chapter goals. Focused on improving commitment to ritual, food/dining services and improving senior programing to keep seniors engaged through their last year.  
  • Revamped appointed positions and committees kept members engaged. Last chapter dinner of the fall semester, hosted by Chapter President, was “Leadership Appreciation Dinner” recognizing members for contributions to the chapter. Increased chapter engagement in chapter ritual and ceremonies; new, faster roll call system; and new risk management procedures all contributed to a well-run chapter.  
  • Implemented new study plan system that better accommodated schedules and learning abilities of members on study plans. Under new plan, members earned “arrows” for activities such as attending tutoring sessions, earning an A on a test, etc. and could accrue arrows for social event attendance. Chapter has 3.61 GPA.  
  • Shared ideas and information the Vice President Administration learned from Process Hazard Analysis Risk Management Roundtables on effective social event policies – re: underage drinking, social media, peer monitoring and other issues. The chapter utilized the ideas to keep in constant communication and to help keep each other safe.       

Balfour Cup 1st Runner Up

Ohio Epsilon at University of Toledo

  • Established Chapter President Committee with two representatives from each class that brought concerns of general members directly to the executive council in an organized fashion.   
  • Educated members on financial and housing items, including information on transition to Fraternity Housing Corporation and how it could benefit the chapter and where their rent is allocated. Also provided education on personal finance topics like managing expenses on a college budget, how to save money and why start investing early.   
  • Hosted separate literacy advocacy events and won award for most service hours within the University of Toledo Panhellenic community. Chapter finds unique ways to integrate literacy conversations into their philanthropic events including Literacy Love where members discussed the impacts and need for literacy in their local community all while selling roses for Valentine’s Day.  
  • Experienced strong numbers — initiating 100% of New Members and retaining 96% of their membership.  
  • Showed great presence on campus through many collaborative Panhellenic activities. Many members were trained on a Panhellenic-sponsored program called Triple AAA (Allies Against Assault) a program to protect the mental health of the members of the Greek community by providing support for individuals who may have been affected by sexual assault, sexual violence, or sexual misconduct.  
  • Excelled with risk management and education. The 2018 Executive Council pledged to make accountability more positive and effective and they delivered! Policy and Standards Board is viewed as a positive force within the chapter. The chapter shows understanding of, and adherence to, the Handling Standards Issues Guide and the Event Planning and Management Guide.       

Balfour Cup 2nd Runner Up

Michigan Alpha at Hillsdale College

  • Donated $10,000 to Pi Beta Phi Foundation for chapter-specific scholarship, which was implemented after noticing members were applying for Undergraduate Alumna Status (UAS) or resigning due to financial distress.  
  • Worked with Chapter House Corporation (CHC) and maintained ongoing communications with alumnae regarding construction of an Alumnae Memorial Fire Pit on the property. The symbolic angel fire pit was purchased, and the design includes a brick seating area where alumnae can purchase bricks and inscribe messages. It is meant to remember the alumnae of Michigan Alpha in a permanent and practical fixture.  
  • Partnered with Lighthouse, Hillsdale's mental health and wellness organization and implemented a new event called Pi Beta Phield Day. The event focused on the value of Sincere Friendship and provided a bonding activity for the beginning of the semester. Additional activities occurred that highlighted Pi Phi’s values and enabled members to show appreciation for the values they saw in each other.        

Amy Burnham Onken (ABO) Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Campus and Community Leadership

Hannah Clark, Colorado Epsilon at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

  • Hannah graduated in December 2018 with degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She earned a 3.93 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale and was on the university's Dean's List for her entire collegiate career. She also received the Recognition for Academic Achievement (4.0 GPA) Award from Pi Beta Phi.  
  • She received the UCCS School of Public Affairs, Criminal Justice Student of the Year Award and received the First-year's Achieving Marks of Excellence Award.  
  • Hannah served as Colorado Epsilon's VP Member Development where she focused on assisting each member with improving and excelling in academics and implemented new academic incentive programs resulting in increased GPAs and a lower number of members on academic probation.   
  • She focused on Leading with Values workshops and teaching members how to live Pi Phi values every day.  
  • Hannah also served as a Policy and Standards Board member and Leadership Nominating Committee Chairman during her time in the chapter.   
  • Additionally, Hannah served in numerous roles on the campus and within the community. She was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, an intern for Colorado Springs Teen Court, a Senatorial Intern for United States Senate—Office of Senator Gardner of Colorado, Co-President of the UCCS Black Student Union, a Youth Leader at Woodmen Valley Chapel for second, third and fourth grade students, and a member of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. In these roles, Hannah developed personal and professional goals, served as a mentor to local children and teenagers, and improved diversity and inclusiveness on the UCCS campus and Colorado Springs community.   

Chapter Service Award for Outstanding Servant Leadership

Jessica Little, Texas Epsilon at University of North Texas

  • After becoming a New Member and learning the chapter was under supervision, Jessica quickly realized there was an opportunity for her to help lead the chapter with Pi Phi values and agreed to serve on the Policy and Standards Board (PSB) committee as a young New Member. She approached each PSB issue with Sincere Friendship and respect for each sister as an individual and welcomed and embraced diversity and inclusion in all forms.
  • Jessica was elected Vice President Administration in large part due to her positive influence on PSB and dedication to making the chapter better, which was noticed and respected by her sisters.
  • Her focus was to improve chapter morale, which she understood would contribute to overall chapter success. She focused on wellness checks, thoughtful and productive PSB calls, and personal one-on-one conversations all aimed at raising chapter expectations to living the Pi Phi core values and holding members accountable.
  • While the chapter was on supervision, Jess worked closely with Executive Council, AAC and Region 6 advisors on many tough issues, decisions and votes all with the chapter's survival and success at heart.
  • Jess was instrumental in implementing a culture change within the chapter through leadership, education and setting higher expectations, which led to her election of Chapter President and the termination of the chapter's supervision.
  • As President, she led by example, made herself personally available, stressed academic improvement and sisterhood. Some words her sisters used to describe her were: warrior, leader, champion for all and sincere friend.

Jean Wirths Scott Leadership Award for Outstanding Change Leadership is in honor of Grand President Emerita Jean Wirths Scott

Taylor Miguelino, South Carolina Beta at Clemson University

  • Taylor identified academic performance as an area needing improvement, and she quickly implemented a plan to address the need. By focusing on the positive, she gained support for changes that may have met resistance within the chapter otherwise. She cultivated an environment of concern and encouragement, not guilt and shame, and advocated sisters help each other, allowing members to develop mentoring skills.     
  • She led multiple efforts to change the mindset of academic programming within the chapter, resulting in an improved chapter GPA that moved the chapter up six spots in the Panhellenic ranking. A few of the efforts were: developed a mentoring program within the chapter for sisters to help other sisters on academic probation and organized a scholarship banquet in the spring recognizing those who have exhibited outstanding scholarship.   
  • Beyond promoting Pi Phi programming, she encouraged participation in campus activities that benefited members. She demonstrated an uncanny ability not only to visualize what could enhance the chapter but what could also help members grow as individuals. Taylor has shown a tremendous amount of initiative and exemplifies servant leadership by putting others first.  
  • In addition to what she accomplished in developing a chapter that values academic achievement and personal growth, Taylor saw the value in fostering positive relationships within the Panhellenic community and invited other sororities to participate when she arranged for a motivational speaker to come last fall.  
  • She took it upon herself to plan an officer retreat for Executive Council and modeled positive, professional interactions with her peers.  
  • Inspired by Clemson's "All In" slogan, Taylor coined "All Phi," highlighting the chapter evaluation and what needed to be done to make South Carolina Beta a Phi-level chapter. By doing so, she engaged the entire chapter in the process, getting them to take ownership in chapter operations and programming, and made the process relevant to members. Through her leadership and confidence in her sisters' abilities, Taylor empowered the women and promoted teamwork.        

Carol Inge Warren Award for Outstanding Alumnae Advisory Committee Advisor

Karen Faryniak, Pennsylvania Gamma at Dickinson College

  • Since her graduation from Dickinson in 1986, Karen has always been an involved alumna of Pi Beta Phi. She has helped the PA Gamma chapter for many years and was able to guide them through some difficult times, including assisting in efforts to transform the chapter from probation in the early 2000s to a Balfour Cup winning chapter. She also helped guide the AAC through an investigative status a few years ago and closely collaborated with recent Executive Council and chapter members to assist in improving chapter culture.  
  • She encouraged chapter members to attend campus workshops, offered herself as a sounding board and impromptu mentor for anyone in the chapter looking for support.  
  • Her involvement goes beyond what is expected of any AAC member, and she keeps in close contact with her counterpart but also to the chapter as a whole.  
  • She is the Chief of Staff at Dickinson College and works directly with the school’s administration. In this capacity, she has advocated for Greek Life as a whole during a trying time for campus culture. She is well respected by the entire Dickinson community for her efforts on campus, and the friendships and relationships she has built have helped the chapter maintain strong ties to the college as a whole.  
  • Karen is present for events big and small, whether Initiation and Graduation, or an on-campus sporting event. She is a constant, reassuring smiling presence on campus.  
  • Karen deserves so much credit as she does a lot behind the scenes and does it all under the radar. She never asks or expects credit or gratitude, but it is hard to imagine anyone more deserving.  

Silver Slipper Award – Excellence of a Chapter Vice President of Finance

Sarah Lewis, California Epsilon at San Diego State University

  • Sarah is incredibly responsive and approachable and chapter members routinely commented about Sarah's empathetic approach to their concerns.   
  • During Sarah's term, San Diego State University implemented a policy that had a significant impact on the chapter's budget. Sarah embraced this challenge with professionalism, a commitment to finding solutions, and a contagious positive attitude.   
  • Sarah is a dedicated servant leader, and her ability to explain the implications of three different budget scenarios resulted in the chapter fully understanding the implications and ultimately embracing the need to increase dues.   
  • She was committed to being transparent and helping the members understand the chapter's finances resulting in chapter support to grow reserves by 5%.   
  • Sarah learned of the benefits of Pi Phi's partnership with US Bank and ensured every step of the change to US Bank went smoothly by proactively communicating her progress with the transition team, being responsive to questions and feedback, as well as paying close attention to details.   
  • Sarah is dedicated to Personal and Intellectual growth and Philanthropic Service to Others. She effectively managed her duties as VPF while also serving as a member of the financial affairs committee for the university's Associated Students (student government) and as a member of the Student Accounting Society. Sarah has also been a three-year volunteer for the Bloom Project, which provides flower bouquets to hospice patients.        

Collegiate Excellence Award Winners

Excellence in Alumnae Advisory Committee (AAC) Service

Indiana Delta, Purdue University        

  • The AAC is diverse with local and remote advisors and various age groups.  
  • AAC members were committed to receiving training, engaged, enthusiastic and continued to utilize what they learned from their training on an on-going basis.    
  • Willingness of alumnae to step into unfamiliar roles, including the chair who was new to her role.   
  • AAC demonstrated commitment to making positive changes for the chapter.  
  • Alumnae demonstrated Lifelong Commitment by joining an AAC after having no involvement since graduation.  
  • AAC focused on supporting the chapter as they turned things around, with emphasis on risk management and policy education and better planning.            

Excellence in Finance/Housing

Oklahoma Alpha, University of Oklahoma  

  • Planned ahead to make sure submissions were on time.  
  • Heard and acted on housing recommendations from the Fraternity to increase housing numbers and showed immediate improvement.     
  • Participated in Fall Budget Pilot and worked together as a team to complete budget on time.           
  • Led the region on getting housing contracts completed in the fall so that they could assign them to members as soon as possible.  
  • Led by example —Executive Council members were role models to members of the chapter and on campus.             

Excellence in Membership

Arkansas Alpha, University of Arkansas  

  • Demonstrated consistently strong retention with few resignations and members stay active through graduation.  
  • Recognized importance of utilizing Pi Phi values and sisterhood in recruitment and do so effectively and effortlessly. It shows in the results as they are consistently a top-recruiting chapter on campus.  
  • Utilized Arrowboard effectively during recruitment and throughout the year to maintain positive attitudes and strong involvement.  
  • Met quota consistently and chapter total year to year.        
  • Understood, valued and communicated the importance of legacies.  
  • Established sincere efforts to utilize Annual Member Evaluation to improve the overall member experience.        

Excellence in Operations

Virginia Gamma, College of William and Mary  

  • Leadership development is promoted for entire chapter and leadership opportunities outside of Pi Phi are also recognized.
  • Members are encouraged to take leadership opportunities within the chapter, regardless of official position.
  • Executive Council and the rest of the chapter demonstrate good communication with open, two-way communication — in particular, healthy, chapter-wide conversations around policy changes occur.
  • Chapter leaders focus on relevant campus issues including sexual assault, inclusion and diversity. The chapter involves university resources to assist with these on-going discussions and resulting actions.

Excellence in Programming

Illinois Kappa, University of Chicago   

  • Raised money for inner-city school to purchase books for their library.
  • Facilitated Champions Are Readers program at inner-city school from January — June and held quarterly literacy events with students including crafts, reading activities, student outreach, and various other projects that revolved around books they read.  
  • Conducted a literacy advocacy week to support the inner-city school they partner with and donated books to students in need from the community at the conclusion of their advocacy week.  
  • Implemented programming that had a positive effect on overall membership experience. Kept membership as their focus, which helped them excel in many areas!   
  • Held a cookie shine for the entire campus during finals to boost morale during what is a stressful time on campus.  
  • Utilized weekly Fraternity Heritage spotlights using Fraternity resources like Story of One videos to ensure members have appreciation for Pi Phi beyond their local chapter.   

Excellence in Risk Management

Michigan Gamma, Michigan State University  

  • Revamped Policy and Standards Board (PSB) and risk management education program in 2018 to make it more positive and effective.  
  • Enriched member experience by using University and Fraternity experts for timely and relevant training on sexual assault, relationship violence, inclusivity and micro-aggressions.  
  • Enhanced Pi Phi's recommended risk management education program by offering real-life suggestions on how to handle common risk scenarios on the Michigan State campus.  
  • Maximized the effectiveness of event monitors by improving the training program and giving each monitor clear assignments. The chapter did not report any event-related issues this year.  
  • Retooled PSB meetings to make them more educational and positive.   
  • Measured results via Annual Chapter Evaluation indicate 100% of members understand Pi Phi Policy and Position Statements and State of Obligations of Membership.