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Awards 2016: Celebrating the Accomplishments of 2015

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 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 how the night turned out!

Madison Hanson, Panhellenic President, and Brady Bollum, IFC president, were the announcers for the night. They did a fantastic job!

Carina Beck was the Guest Speaker. Dr. Beck is the Director of the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success at MSU as well as a Delta Gamma alumna. She spoke about how being a sorority member has impacted how her live and how we should continue being a “grand sociological experiment. She challenged us to become a more inclusive and larger community as a whole in order to promote greater good on campus and in our community.

Academic Achievement Awards were presented by Ed McKenna, Assistant Dean of Students, to the following chapters:

  • Alpha Omicron Pi: New Member Academic Excellence for their new member GPA average of 3.26
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon: New Member Academic Excellence for their new member spring GPA of 3.82, and fall GPA of 3.38
  • Chi Omega: Chapter Academic Excellence for their spring GPA of 3.22 and fall GPA of 3.24.
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon: Chapter Academic Excellence for their spring GPA of 3.49 and fall GPA of 3.40

Campus Involvement Awards, Philanthropy, and Community Service Awards were presented by Kenzie Redmond, Past Panhellenic President, and Tracie Jenkins, Pi Beta Phi House Mother, to the following chapters:

  • Alpha Omicron Pi: Campus Involvement Award for their dedication to involvement on campus. They not only have a high percentage of women who are involved in more than one organization but these women also choose to involve themselves in organizations such as the VOICE Center, RHA, Industrial Engineering Club, ASMSU, and many more.
  • Alpha Gamma Rho: Campus Involvement Award for their tireless involvement in the campus community; they are involved in organizations such as the Spirit Squad, Alpha Zeta, Ag Student Council, and Collegiate Young Farmers and Ranchers.
  • Chi Omega: Philanthropy Award for constantly promoting their philanthropy by doing fundraising events such as Bagels for Wishes and La Pa for Wishes. Their most successful event, Swishes for wishes raised nearly $5,000 for the Make a Wish foundation this past year.
  • Alpha Gamma Rho: Philanthropy Award for their dedication to the greater community. Their event, Testy Fest, raised nearly $11,000 for Montana FFA, Farm Rescue and the Special Olympics this past year.
  • Alpha Gamma Delta: Community Service Award for their dedication to contributing over 3,400 hours of service to organizations from Spring Breaksaway, MSU Move In Day, and the MSU VOICE Center.
  • Sigma Nu: Community Service Award for their excellent involvement in the greater Bozeman community. With an average of 17 hours per member, these men consistently volunteer for Bobcat Fest, Blue and Gold Ball and Trick or Treat for Change.

Recruitment Excellence Awards were presented by Erin MacDonald, Assistant Dean of Students, to the following chapters:

  • Pi Beta Phi for recruiting 34 new members in the past year
  • Alpha Gamma Rho for recruiting 30 new members in the past year

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

  • Molly Tomlinson, member and President of Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Jackie McFarland, member of Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Hannah Good, member of Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Madison Hanson, member of Chi Omega and Panhellenic President

Member and New Member of the Year Awards were presented by Jaynee Groseth:

  • Dana Dale-Alpha Gamma Delta: Member of the YearThis member is very deserving of the title of sorority member of the year. She has worked to better her chapter by serving in many leadership roles such as Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Recruitment at the same time. Her sisters describe her as being a source of stability in the chapter. While describing that her chapter means to her, this member said…“Everything in life is guided by tradition and the start of new ones; being a member of a Fraternity means being a part of a long standing tradition. […] Participation in what were thought to be forgotten traditions like pinning are reasons why I am proud to wear not only the letters of Alpha Gamma Delta but also the letters of Alpha Gamma Rho”
  • Abe Phillips-Sigma Phi Epsilon: Member of the YearThis year’s Fraternity member or the year has worked for the honor of the award. An applied math major, this member has aided his fraternity by working as house manager. His brother’s describe him by saying…”His genuine caring attitude is unmatched, as he truly takes an interest in all of [his] brothers.” This member reflects on his time as a fraternity member by saying that “Being in a fraternity not only gave me an avenue to engage with leaders on our campus, it taught me how to engage with myself. I’ve learned more about myself these few years in my fraternity than I have the eighteen years prior.”
  • Sara Lewis-Pi Beta Phi: New Member of the YearThis sorority member has had a huge impact not only on her own chapter but on Montana State University. As a sophomore in Business Finance and an Honors College Student, this member has achieved a great deal. She has served her chapter as Vice President of Finance, and dealt with the position in the most professional of ways. This member describes what being a member of her chapter means to her in saying…“Being a part of Pi Beta Phi means holding the standards and morals of the chapter and organization as my own and living up to them each day. With my lifelong commitment to the organization, I will maintain my sincere friendships, pursue intellectual and personal growth, honor and respect those I am in contact with and live a life happy with my decision to join this great sisterhood.”
  • Ryan Mason-Sigma Phi Epsilon: New Member of the YearThe honor of receiving the Fraternity new member of the year award is well deserved for this Fraternity man. As a chemical engineering major, Honors College student, this member has already served as his chapter’s Sound Body Chair, by encouraging his brothers to get out and be active. This member has made a huge impact on his chapter, and describes the impact that it has had on him… “During my time in SigEp, I hope to grow individually while aiding in the growth of my brothers, my fraternity and Fraternity and Sorority life on campus at MSU. I view my membership with SigEp as an honor and a privilege, and I will act accordingly while I am an undergraduate and beyond.”

 Alumni Excellence Awards presented by Kerry Hanson, Natalie Michajla and Jennifer Poser of the MSU Alumni Foundation to the following individuals: 

  • Kori Robbins – Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Karyn Carpenter – Chi Omega
  • Amy McDonald Horton – Chi Omega
  • Aaron Iverson – Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Bill Gum – Sigma Chi
  • Bill Schnell – Sigma Phi Epsilon

Finally, the Advisor of the Year and Fraternity and Sorority Chapter of the Year Awards were presented by Dr. Matt Caires, Dean of Students:

  • Patricia Kossler-Alpha Gamma Delta: Advisor of the YearThis sorority advisor of the year has served for 37 years, one might say it’s about time she get recognized for her hard work and dedication to her chapter. One member described her by saying…“From her 37 years with Delta Gamma chapter, it has become abundantly clear that she always has Alpha Gamma Delta and the best interests of its members in her heart whenever she is involved with the chapter.”
  • Glen Steinhoff-Sigma Nu: Advisor of the YearThis advisor has aided his chapter since the reestablishment of his fraternity at Montana State University. He has been described as being fundamental in Sigma Nu’s recent rechartering and the chapter truly appreciates everything he does. When asked to describe his advisor one member said  “He is willing to make the commitments when no one else is able or willing to do the same. […] So often [he] doesn’t get the love, respect or thanks that he truly deserves and I think this recognition is exactly what he deserves.”
  • Chi Omega: Sorority of the Year
    The women of Chi Omega have shown themselves to be dedicated to success in all areas of sorority life. This award is well deserved!
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon: Fraternity of the Year
    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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