February 15, 2008


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LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils, in conjunction with the Office of the Dean of Students at Bucknell University, recently held their annual award ceremony recognizing the accomplishments of fraternity and sorority chapters and individuals for 2007.

The ceremony celebrated the academic, educational programming, community service, philanthropic, alumni involvement, advising and overall accomplishments for the 2007 calendar year, according to Chip Marrara, assistant dean of students.

"These accomplishments for 2007 included but are not limited to: over 26,000 hours of local community service performed, more than $160,000 raised and donated to philanthropic causes, and an average grade-point average of 3.38 of a possible 4.00 for 1,450 members of Greek organizations at Bucknell," he said.

Award recipients were:

Theta Chi fraternity received the Campbell Rutledge Jr. Memorial Scholarship Award; and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority received the Lois Hennehan Scholarship Award. Both are given for members achieving high grade-point averages.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity received the Most Improved Chapter Award.

Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity received the Risk Management Award.

The recipients of the Community Service Program Award were Delta Gamma sorority with 26.5 hours per member, and Delta Upsilon fraternity with 34.4 hours per member.

In addition, Chapter Educational Program awards were given to Delta Gamma sorority with 11 programs, and Delta Upsilon fraternity with 12 programs.

The recipients of the Philanthropy Program Award were Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, recognized for multiple projects raising $312 per member, and Chi Omega sorority for multiple projects raising $140 per member.

Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and Phi Kappa Psi fraternity received the Recruitment and New Member Education Award.

Kappa Alpha Theta sorority received the Community Relations Award for pumpkin painting with faculty and children.

The Creative Program Award was given to Alyssa Beckler, Alpha Chi Omega sorority, for "Kristen's Story," and Margot Grant, Pi Beta Phi sorority, for "Zimbabwe: The Next Human Crisis."

The Outstanding Alumni Relations Program Award was given to Ashley Paro, Pi Beta Phi sorority, for their efforts with the Alumni Luncheon at Homecoming, and Bill Massaro, Sigma Chi fraternity.

Individual honors included:

Outstanding University Advisor: Jane Haile, advisor to Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and Charlie Pollock, advisor to Delta Upsilon fraternity. Pollock is vice president for external relations at Bucknell. The award is presented to the university advisor who has best guided their chapter to excel in all areas of university, community, fraternity and sorority life.

Outstanding Alumni Volunteer/Alumni Advisor: Jennifer Wakeman, Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and Rob Van Schooneveld, Fiji. The award is presented to the alumni advisor who has best guided their chapter to excel in all areas of university, community, fraternity and sorority life in addition to exceeding all standards of the organizational headquarters.

Outstanding Fraternity and Sorority Athlete: David Mante, Chi Phi fraternity, track and field, and Elizabeth Molzon, Chi Omega sorority, swimming. The award is presented to the fraternity and sorority student-athlete who excels in athletics, the classroom, and has made significant contributions to fraternity and sorority affairs.

Outstanding Chapter Officer: Jackson Noel, president, Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and Kathryn Batchelor, president, Delta Gamma sorority. The award is presented to the chapter officer who best demonstrates excellence as a chapter officer/leader and has made significant contributions to the Bucknell and the fraternity and sorority communities.

Outstanding Junior Award: James Sliger, Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and Katsie Calhoun, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

Outstanding Senior Award: Nick Panaro, Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, and Elizabeth Cavallari, Chi Omega sorority.

Both the Outstanding Junior and the Outstanding Senior Awards are presented to the sorority woman and fraternity man who best represents the "spirit of sorority/fraternity life" and excels in the classroom, has made significant contributions to Bucknell, the local community, and fraternity and sorority affairs.

The 2007 President Recognition awards were given to Stacey Swift, Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and David Quinn, Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

The John Dunlop Commitment to Excellence, the highest award for a Bucknell undergraduate Greek member, was given to Doan Huynh, Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity, and David Quinn, Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. The award, which honors John Dunlop, who served as dean of students at Bucknell, is presented to an undergraduate senior who has exemplified the ideals and values of fraternity and sorority life and the mission of Bucknell University through their leadership, service, scholarship, and campus and/or community involvements.

The Paul Pigman Memorial Award was given to Carol Rheam Tevis, alumnae advisor to Phi Beta Phi sorority. The award is presented to an individual who best represents the character and standard of conduct to which the members of the fraternity and sorority system at Bucknell University aspire.

The Gary Sojka Leadership Award was presented to Joseph Snyder, community resource officer for Bucknell University Public Safety. The award is presented to an individual who has advanced the interests of the fraternity and sorority community and best exemplifies the ideals and values of fraternity and sorority affairs.

Three Greek organizations were named Silver Star Chapters: sororities Chi Omega and Kappa Alpha Theta, and Theta Chi fraternity. A Silver Star chapter meets or exceeds minimum chapter standards involving several criteria including community service hours, grade point average achievement, hosting or participating in educational programs, and attending university-sponsored events.

Delta Gamma sorority was honored with a Gold Star Chapter Award, the first time such an award has been given to a Greek organization at Bucknell. Gold Star status is given to a chapter based on accomplishments and achievements in accordance with the University's Plan for Prominence, implemented in 1999.

For more information about Greek organizations at Bucknell, visit http://www.orgs.bucknell.edu/greeklife/

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Feb. 15, 2008

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