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Awards Ceremony 2015: Celebrating the Accomplishments of 2014

Each Spring, we have an awards ceremony celebrating the Fraternity and Sorority chapter and individual accomplishments of the previous year. All of the chapters fill out an awards packet, and then an Awards Committee of seven people go through them and determine which chapters will receive which awards. Current members, alumni, and distinguished faculty and staff attend to announce the awards. Read on to see what the night looked like!

Kenzie Redmond, Panhellenic President, and Colton Coffee, IFC president, were the announcers for the night. They did a fantastic job!

Jim McCray was the Guest Speaker. Mr.McCray is a Montana local and an incredibly successful individual with experience and knowledge in National Fundraising and Development. He has set historic fundraising records in Montana, Kansas, Utah and North Dakota. He spoke to the attendees about what it truly means to represent a fraternity or sorority, and how to get the most out of your experience.

Academic Achievement Awards were presented by Dr. Matt Caires, Dean of Students, to the following chapters:

  • Alpha Omicron Pi: New Member Academic Achievement award for their new member GPA average of 3.03
  • Chi Omega: Chapter Academic Achievement Award for their chapter GPA of 3.25
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon: New Member AND Chapter Academic Achievement Award for their New Member GPA of 3.46 and chapter GPA of 3.4

Campus Involvement Awards were presented by Kelly Hunter, Pi Kappa Alpha Advisor, to the following chapters:

  • Sigma Chi for their dedication to involvement on campus. They are a part of a combined 50 campus organizations in which many of the members hold leadership positions and have hosted a number of events on campus to help raise awareness for different causes.
  • Alpha Omicron Pi for their tireless involvement in the campus community; they attend sporting events as a group, hold a number of leadership positions across campus, and strive to constantly represent and reflect their values.

Philanthropy and Community Service Awards were presented by Ariel Donahue, program manager of the Diversity Awareness Office to the following chapters:

  • Alpha Gamma Delta: Philanthropy Award AND Community Service Award, for their commitment to contributing to the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, which provides grants that support individual living with diabetes, gives financial support to members in emergency situations, and funds volunteer and leadership training opportunities. In total the members of AGD contributed a total of 2,500 hours of service to the community.
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon: Community Service Award for their dedication to contributing over 2,000 hours of service to organizations from the Bozeman Senior Center to Eagle Mount to the Community Cafe
  • Alpha Gamma Rho: Philanthropy Award for their incredibly successful “Testy Fest” every Fall, which raises over $4,000 for charities across Montana

Recruitment Excellence Awards were presented by Rachel Randash, chapter advisor for Chi Omega, to the following chapters:

  • Alpha Omicron Pi: 10 new members Spring of 2014, 23 new members Fall of 2014
  • Pi Kappa Alpha: 6 new members Spring of 2014, 25 new members Fall of 2014

Delta Gamma Scholarship presented by Jaynee Groseth, president Emerita of the MSU Alumni Foundation:

  • Kenzie Redmond, member of Pi Beta Phi and president of Panhellenic, for her passion for becoming a better woman through sorority life

Fraternity New Member of the Year and Fraternity Member of the Year presented by Jaynee Groseth to:

  • Connor Hoffman won the Fraternity New Member of the Year Award. Connor is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and has been a driven and involved member, holding leadership positions in his fraternity and involving himself in the community
  • John Yakawich won Fraternity Member of the Year. John is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and has dedicated his time at MSU to leadership and service within his fraternity and community

Sorority New Member of the Year and Sorority Member of the Year presented by Ray Knox, Chapter Advisor of Alpha Gamma Rho to:

  • Jessica Donahoo won Sorority New Member of the Year for her work to strengthen and improve the bonds in her sorority and in the community however she can
  • Madison Brown won Sorority Member of the Year for her dedication to bettering her community, her chapter, and herself.

Alumni Excellence Awards presented by Gianna Vanata, Associate Director of Development at the MSU Alumni Foundation to the following individuals: Bill Hurlbert (Sigma Nu), Kim Miller (Pi Beta Phi), Kaylee Bradford (Chi Omega), Rachel Randash (Chi Omega), Brad Brown (Sigma Phi Epsilon), Paul Boylan (Sigma Chi)

Advisor of the Year awards presented by Kerry Hanson, Vice President of Alumni Relations at the MSU Alumni Foundation to the following individuals:

  • Kelly Hunter, Advisor for Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Amy Horton, Advisor for Chi Omega

And finally…. FRATERNITY AND SORORITY CHAPTER OF THE YEAR. Presented by Dr. Chris Kearns, Vice President for Student Success to….

  • ALPHA OMICRON PI! The women of Alpha Omicron Pi have shown themselves to be dedicated to success in all areas of sorority life. This award is WELL deserved
  • SIGMA PHI EPSILON! The men of Sigma Phi Epsilon have dedicated themselves to excelling in as many areas as possible, and it has paid off!

And so concluded the Awards Celebration. We look forward to another great year!

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