February 21, 2007

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Several Greek organizations were honored recently by the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council at Bucknell University.

Award recipients were:

Sigma Phi Epsilon and Theta Chi fraternities received the Campbell Rutledge Jr. Memorial Scholarship Award; and Delta Gamma sorority received the Lois Hennehan Scholarship Award. Both are given for members achieving high grade point averages.

Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity was honored by the Educational Programming Award for its program which brought Israeli soldiers to campus to meet with students.

Alpha Chi Omega sorority and Kappa Delta Rho fraternity received the Community Relations Award  for their community Easter Egg Hunt.

Theta Chi fraternity received the Most Improved Chapter Award.

Delta Gamma sorority, and Chi Phi and Phi Kappa Psi fraternities received the Risk Management Award.

Alpha Chi Omega sorority and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity received the Community Service Program Award.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Chi Omega sorority received the Philanthropy Program Award.

Chi Omega sorority and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity received the Recruitment and New Member Education Award.

Individual honors included:

Outstanding University Advisor: Paula Shaw, Chi Omega sorority, and Dr. Don Stechschulte, Sigma Chi fraternity. Shaw is a registered nurse with Student Health Services; Stechschulte is director of Student Health Services. 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: Barbara Leauber, Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and Gene Spencer, Kappa Delta Rho fraternity. A 1976 Bucknell graduate and recipient of a master's degree from Bucknell in 1992, Spencer most recently was associate vice president for Information Services and Resources at Bucknell. 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: John MacFeeters, Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, and Chessa Forer, Pi Beta Phi sorority. 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. MacFeeters and Forer are members of the track and field teams.

Outstanding Chapter Officer: Adam Curry, president of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, and Cathy Kruesi, Panhellenic delegate and Plan for Prominence chair  for Kappa Alpha Theta 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: David Quinn, Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, and Alison Faux, Pi Beta Phi sorority.

Outstanding Senior Award: Mark Kohler, Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity; and Cassie Ostroski, Chi Omega sorority, and Molly Lewis, Delta Gamma 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 2006 President Recognition awards were given to Michelle Wirkus, Panhellenic Council and member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, and Ben Portman, Interfraternity Council and member of Chi Phi fraternity

Wirkus and Portman also received The John Dunlop Commitment to Excellence, the highest award for a Bucknell undergraduate Greek member. The award, which honors John Dunlop, who served as dean of students at Bucknell, is presented to an undergraduate senior who through their leadership, service, scholarship, and campus and/or community involvements has exemplified the ideals and values of fraternity and sorority life and the mission of Bucknell University.

The Paul Pigman Memorial Award was given to Karen Gardner, Alumnae Advisor to Chi Omega 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 Bob Thomas, Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drug Programs at Bucknell. 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.

Six Greek organizations were named Silver Star Chapters: sororities Alpha Chi Omega, Chi Omega, Delta Gamma and Kappa Alpha Theta, and fraternities Sigma Phi Epsilon and Theta Chi. 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.

Posted Feb. 21, 2007

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