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2016 Collegiate Awards

Collegiate Award Winners

Read more about the award winners for the 2016 calendar year by scrolling down. Congratulations, winners!

Balfour Cup
Texas Gamma, Texas Tech University

  • Completed more than 3,000 community service hours in 2016, averaging approximately 12.5 hours per member.
  • 100 percent of members participate in at least one chapter_sponsored community service activity each semester. 
  • Ranked first among the NPC organizations in grades for both the spring and fall of 2016. 74 members had a 4.0 GPA in the fall. 
  • Raised more than $14,000 for Pi Beta Phi Foundation and had a 98 percent participation rate in all chapter fundraising efforts.
  • The university recently recognized the chapter as one of the top five student organizations on campus.
Balfour Cup 1st Runner Up
Iowa Gamma, Iowa State University

  • Received the highest score in the Fraternal Awards of Excellence and received the highest-ranking award on campus, the President's Cup. 
  • Hosted an archives party called “Guess the Ceremony” and hosted a Founders’ Pageant with guest speaker Archivist Fran Becque, demonstrating an appreciation for Pi Phi Heritage. 
  • Partnered with five additional fraternity/sorority groups to implement CAR, initiated a pen pal campaign and wrote more than 100 letters to soldiers stationed overseas through “A Million Thanks.”
Balfour Cup 2nd Runner Up
Kansas Beta, Kansas State University

  • 66 percent of the chapter has a 3.5 GPA or above; the chapter was ranked among the top three chapters for both semesters in 2016.  
  • Received campus award for “Most Community Service Hours.”  
  • Holds a number of sisterhood events, including “Stand Up for Your Sister,” an event that encourages friendship and sisterhood while allowing members to be authentic and vulnerable.  
  • Hosts a “Pie Burger Phry” philanthropy event that features local fast food trucks.
  • Members also planned a campus-wide event called “Know Your Rights,” a presentation with Delta Upsilon Fraternity. 
Amy Burnham Onken (ABO) Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Campus and Community Leadership
MinYoung Park, Georgia Beta at Emory University

  • Member of the Dean’s List, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honors Society and Emory’s 100 Senior Honorary list with 3.77 GPA. 
  • Recipient of the James T. Laney Scholarship, the Questbridge Scholarship, two U.S. State Department scholarships and one international peace scholarship. 
  • Currently an intern at the Carter Center in the Countering Daesh (ISIS) Recruitment Propaganda through Mobilization of Religious Leaders and Media division.  
  • Served as a Sophomore Advisor and a Resident Advisor; is a tutor for Project S.H.I.N.E at Clarkston Elementary School. She also founded, and is the current President of, the Emory First-General Low Income (FLI) Partnership. 
Chapter Service Award for Outstanding Servant Leadership
Lourdes Sandoval, West Virginia Alpha at West Virginia University

  • Served as Vice President Housing, Recruitment Process Committee Chair, represented chapter on Panhellenic Nominating Committee and was a member of both the Housing and Fraternity Heritage Committees.  
  • As VPH, she increased members’ understanding of the importance of filling their historic facility; she also strengthened relationships with CHC. 
  • Currently serves as the PSB Chair; worked with the Executive Council to increase the viewing of Critical Conversation webisodes. 
Jean Wirths Scott Leadership Award for Outstanding Change Leadership is in honor of Grand President Emerita Jean Wirths Scott
Zea Rowland-Horvat, Ontario Alpha at the University of Toronto
 
  • Created a new Panhellenic website while serving on Panhellenic Council, as well as new marketing strategies to increase the reach of sorority information to women, resulting in an increase of approximately 150 PNMs.
  • Created a Panhellenic Snapchat account (in addition to geofilters for the app) to be used by all sororities on Bid Day; helped establish new guidelines for no frills recruitment.
  • Served as Vice President of Philanthropy and New Member Coordinator; established a new philanthropy event called “Game Night.” 
Outstanding AAC Financial Advisor
Kathleen Bowman North, Illinois Zeta at the University of Illinois, serving Wisconsin Alpha at the University of Wisconsin
 
  • Serves as the Financial Advisor at the University of Wisconsin and has partnered with the Fraternity Housing Corporation while moving the chapter from a Chapter House Corporation to an FHC-owned facility.  
  • She is the driving force behind moving the chapter finances to US Bank and was instrumental in working with the chapter food vendor to revise the contract, researching the options and choosing the best fit for the chapter.
Silver Slipper Award – Excellence of a Chapter Vice President of Finance
Hannah Dudenhoeffer, Missouri Alpha at the University of Missouri
 
  • Served as the Finance Assistant to the Vice President of Finance and then the chapter’s Policy and Standards Board Chair.  
  • Helped manage the chapter’s $1 million budget and assisted Executive Officers in tracking and explaining officer budgets and the chapter budget to members.  
  • Ensures members acknowledge the financial policies and chapter bylaws; takes time to make sure members understand how financial obligations impacted membership.

Collegiate Excellence Award Winners

Excellence in Academic Mentoring Programming
Kansas Beta, Kansas State University

  • Develops individualized study plan for each member, including counting tutoring sessions and professors’ office hours as study hours in order to customize plans. 
  • Juniors and seniors volunteer as tutors and peer mentors to provide struggling members a comfortable environment in which to receive help. 
  • All members share an Academic Resource Table document to help choose classes and professors and to find study buddies. 
Excellence in Alumnae Advisory Committee Service
Minnesota Alpha, University of Minnesota

  • AAC offers creative and simple solutions when members present concerns. They make personal sacrifices to support the chapter at all times, amplifying the servant leadership model.
  • Conducts an AAC panel at one chapter meeting per semester to offer information, answer members' questions, provide advice and offer fun facts. 
Excellence in Community Service/Philanthropy Projects
Texas Eta, Texas A&M University

  • Members volunteer as tutors and mentors at an English as a Second Language (ESL) school for adults. Volunteers post pictures on Instagram to highlight the joy and challenges of ESL students and increase awareness of their needs. 
  • Each week members participate in the CAR program by tutoring elementary school students. 
  • The chapter includes awareness and education of Read > Lead > Achieve initiatives as part of its fundraising events and is a leader in both community service hours and Foundation donations. 
Excellence in Fraternity Heritage Programming
Iowa Gamma, Iowa State University

  • Incorporates Pi Phi songs into chapter meetings throughout the year and takes the time to highlight the meaning behind the lyrics and how each song came to be written. 
  • The chapter’s Loyalty Day dinner featured a program on women’s suffrage leader Carrie Chapman Catt. On Founders’ Day the chapter featured 1800s-era costumes and honored the 12 members by exemplifying the values lived by each founder. 
  • To celebrate Pi Phi’s 150th, members held an “Archives Party” where they displayed photos and documents, created a photo booth and planned a “History Find” game. 
Excellence in Legacy Consideration
Missouri Alpha, University of Missouri

  • Chapter pledged 20 legacies during fall 2016 as a result of the focus of members who made a more personal effort and through placing emphasis on welcoming all legacies during recruitment. 
  • Members who are legacies shared their connection to Pi Phi during Spirit Week. 
Excellence in Literacy Activities
Arizona Alpha, University of Arizona

  • Members champion literacy advocacy and increase Pi Phi’s visibility in the Tucson community by working at bookstores, building bookshelves at Make Way for Books, assisting with children’s book fairs and installing a neighborhood Little Free Library. 
  • Celebrates Read > Lead > Achieve Month with daily story time and skits at a school, in addition to a six-week CAR program and Fraternity Day of Service events. 
  • The Tucson Festival of Books named the chapter a Contributing Sponsor as a result of the money they donated to the group through major fundraisers and a Local Impact Grant.
Excellence in Panhellenic
Georgia Alpha, University of Georgia

  • Consistently maintains an elected position on the Panhellenic Executive Board and a number of members are on Greek Leader committees and Order of Omega. 
  • Active contributor of time and donations to the University of Georgia Food Pantry, a service project that has been developed and maintained by the Panhellenic community. 
  • Members championed the success of the newest National Panhellenic Conference member group on campus, Delta Phi Epsilon. The chapter invited the women to join them in a sisterhood event and also invited them to their health and wellness event, “FIT and Phierce.”
Excellence in Primary Recruitment
Arkansas Alpha, University of Arkansas

  • Members focus on recruiting based on Pi Phi values by writing a 30-second speech about a Potential New Member (PNM) highlighting her leadership roles and philanthropic service. 
  • The chapter reviews the leadership roles and philanthropic efforts of each PNM during their PNM Review. Every chapter member is also actively engaged in her assigned recruitment committee. Members are assigned a recruitment committee to ensure engagement and participation from all members. 
Excellence in Recruitment COB
California Gamma, University of Southern California

  • PNMs experience Pi Phi’s values promoted at casual Continuous Open Bidding (COB) events such as yoga, dinner at the house, as well as an event showcasing annual philanthropy participation. 
  • New Members joining during the COB process feel welcome at their chapter home and excited about chapter meetings by reviewing Pi Phi core values and practicing conversations that would help members identify the values of the PNM. 
Excellence in Risk Management/Legal Programming
Ohio Epsilon, University of Toledo

  • More than 700 students attend the chapter’s annual "Mock Car Crash.” The event kicks off with a “Mock Party” and an individual pretends to drink and then drive, killing a member of the Greek community. 
  • Students participate in the “Mock Trial” and at the end of the trial, parents of a student who died in a real-life car crash, share their powerful story of when their son passed away in a similar situation.  
  • The program has had a lasting impact on the campus’ culture around alcohol consumption and drunk driving. Each year the chapter seeks feedback and improves the program the following year. 
Excellence in Chapter House Corporation – University-owned
Illinois Epsilon 

  • Volunteers spend significant time ensuring the safety and comfort of the members. CHC has embarked on a capital campaign for renovations to the facility, including incorporating Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance updates.
  • CHC and AAC work in tandem to make the necessary improvements to the facility.
Excellence in Chapter House Corporation – CHC-owned
Oklahoma Alpha

  • The facility experienced a flood in fall 2016 during a school break, and the CHC was fast to act. As a result, many items were salvaged and the women were displaced only for a few days. CHC kept FHC updated throughout the process. CHC showed great dedication to the work they do and developed a strong relationship with the chapter and AAC.
  • CHC has also dedicated time and resources to the future of their CHC and to ensuring the facility is safe for the chapter members for years to come.