February 12, 2009


By Kathryn Kopchik

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 2008.

The ceremony celebrated the academic, educational programming, community service, philanthropic, alumni involvement, advising and overall accomplishments for the 2008 calendar year, according to Chip Marrara, assistant dean of students.

"These accomplishments for 2008 included but are not limited to: more than 29,000 hours of local community service performed, more than $173,000 raised and donated to philanthropic causes, and an average grade point average of 3.39 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 Alpha Chi Omega sorority received the Lois Hennehan Scholarship Award. Both are given for members achieving high grade point averages.

Pi Beta Phi sorority received the Most Improved Chapter Award.

Delta Upsilon fraternity received the Risk Management Award.

The recipients of the Community Service Program Award were Pi Beta Phi sorority with 26.8 hours per member, and Chi Phi fraternity with 37.7 hours per member.

The recipients of the Philanthropy Program Award were Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, recognized for multiple projects raising $310 per member, and Alpha Chi Omega sorority for multiple projects raising $113 per member.

Pi Beta Phi sorority and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity received the Recruitment and New Member Education Award.

Chapter Educational Programming awards were given to Delta Gamma sorority with 10 programs, and Chi Phi fraternity with 11 programs.

Ashley Hamill of Delta Gamma sorority and Scott Shapiro of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity received the Community Relations Award for their work with the Hand-Up Foundation.

The Outstanding Alumni Relations Program Award was given to Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

Individual honors included:

Outstanding University Advisor: Chris Boyatzis, advisor to Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, and Dan Remley, advisor to Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. 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: Carol Rheam Tevis, a 1985 Bucknell graduate and advisor to Pi Beta Phi sorority, and Tom Gezo, a 1976 Bucknell graduate and advisor to Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. 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: Mark Kawczenski, swimming, Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, and Alexandra Lovallo, swimming, 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.

Outstanding Chapter Officer: Ed Bauer, president, Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, and Lauren Gram, president, Kappa Kappa 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: Alex Rivera, Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, and Lauren Fohl, Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

Outstanding Senior Award: Adam Hinshaw, Chi Phi fraternity, and Jillian Harvey, Pi Beta Phi 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.

Joe Valickus, Karan Shah, Brenda Housner, Ashley Hamill, Mary O'Sullivan, Kristen Willwerth, Scott Shapiro

The 2008 President's Recognition awards were given to Mary O'Sullivan, Delta Gamma sorority, and Joe Valickus, Delta Upsilon fraternity.

The Paul Pigman Memorial Award was given to Thomas Deans, a 1954 Bucknell graduate and advisor to Chi Phi fraternity. 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 Brenda Housner, program coordinator for the Dean of Students office. 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.

The John Dunlop Commitment to Excellence, the highest award for a Bucknell undergraduate Greek member, was given to Mary O'Sullivan, Delta Gamma sorority, and Joe Valickus, Delta Upsilon 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.

Five Greek organizations were named Silver Star Chapters: Delta Gamma, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Pi Beta Phi sororities, and Chi Phi and Theta Chi fraternities. 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. The Silver Star award also comes with $2,500 grant for each chapter.

For more information, visit  the Greeklife page.

Contact: Division of Communications

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