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Awards 

Each year, Sigma Kappa alumnae and collegiate chapters and corporations are presented with awards based on the success and reporting of their activities. Collegiate chapters work to earn a Standard of Excellence one star, two star or three star rating, alumnae chapters strive to earn awards centered on programming, recruitment and public relations (to name a few), and corporations strive to reach excellence through the benchmarks set for operations and management. A listing of collegiate, alumnae and corporation award winners can be found below.

 

Alumnae Awards

The following awards were presented in June 2018 at Sigma Kappa's 88th national convention in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

 

AWARD
DESCRIPTION
Alumnae chapters who double and maintain paid membership over the two-year award period.
Alumnae Panhellenic Award Given to the alumnae chapter with the most outstanding participation in Alumnae Panhellenic.
Alumnae chapter with the greatest percentage increase in per capita and dues paying membership in the two year award period.
Ethel Hayward Weston Award
Recognizes an alumna who has served an Alumnae Panhellenic Association as an Alumnae Panhellenic officer, chairman or delegate who has served in a distinguished manner in the performance of her duties and has implemented changes or improvements in the Alumnae Panhellenic.
Given to the alumnae chapter with the most outstanding public relations program that utilizes an on-going, active public relations program in the areas of collegiate chapter relations, alumnae panhellenic relations, recognition of outstanding achievements of individual members, and local media coverage for special projects or events.
Anne Weaver Booske Award Presented to the alumnae chapter who is most outstanding in their reporting to the Sigma Kappa Triangle. Criteria for judging include prompt and legible reports submitted in a timely fashion with newsworthy material, quality photos, and extra features.
Alumnae Communication Award The Alumnae Communication award recognizes the alumnae chapter with the most outstanding communication program. All communication should include news of the national organization, alumnae chapter, assigned collegiate chapter, other alumnae chapters, philanthropic and inspirational items, visual identity to enhance effectiveness, personal news of area alumnae and collegians, and information presented in a professional manner.
Recognizes an alumnae chapter that has worked beyond the call of duty for or with collegians.
Given to the most improved alumnae chapter in a college community.
This award recognizes the most improved alumnae chapter not in a college community.
Recognizes the most outstanding alumnae chapter in a college community.
Recognizes the most outstanding alumnae chapter not in a college community.
Reorganized or New Alumnae Chapters Reorganized or new alumnae chapters established during the 2010-2012 biennium.
Collegiate Awards

The following awards were presented in June 2018 at Sigma Kappa's 88th national convention in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

 

AWARD
DESCRIPTION
Recognizes those chapters who have a record of high academic achievement including obtaining a gpa of 3.3 or above for both initiated members and new members.
Awarded to the chapter with the highest performance in scholarship.
Presented to any chapter, large or small, on any sized campus that tried to cooperate in every way with any national officer, project, etc. All reports must be on time to national headquarters and national officers, and the chapter must support all national projects, as well as have a strong recruitment effort.
Donna Crain King Award
Recognizes a Sigma Kappa sister who has served on her College Panhellenic Association as an executive officer, chairman or delegate and served in a distinguished manner in the performance of her duties, implementing changes or improvements in the College Panhellenic.
Excellence in COB
Recognizes one collegiate chapter for exemplifying excellence in values-based continuous open bidding (COB).
Awarded to the chapter exemplifying excellence in all aspects of recruitment including planning, motivation, implementation, reporting, and results.
Given to the chapter who is most outstanding in their reporting to the Sigma Kappa Triangle.
Founders Award The Sigma Kappa Founders Award, established in 2011, will be presented to the collegiate chapter who has not only achieved a three-star standards of excellence rating, but also has been recognized through other Sigma Kappa awards, and, in a fitting tribute to our five founders, has duly honored our Sigma Kappa ritual.
Awarded to the chapter with the best implementation of the Promise program during the designated new member period and new initiate period.
Recognizing one collegiate chapter and honorable mentions for excellence in alumnae programming.
Awarded for excellence in advising a collegiate chapter.
Presented to the chapter who exhibits the most outstanding on-going active public relations program in the following areas: alumnae relations, campus involvement, continued education as to the importance of positive public relations, community activities, participation in both local and national philanthropies, faculty relations, Panhellenic support, parent relations, and alumnae newsletters.
Recognizes chapters for excellence in service to their college Panhellenic during the calendar year.
Recognizes those chapters demonstrating service to another collegiate chapter or chapters during the award period.
Recognizes chapters for excellence in maintaining consistent member development programming, encompassing all areas of collegiate programming.
Standards of Excellence  
Sigma Kappa's most prestigious award. Presented to those chapters who meet all of the Sigma Kappa minimum standards and above. These standards include high performance in areas such as: membership, financial management, philanthropy, scholarship, public relations, ritual, leadership, new member education, alumnae relations, and campus involvement.
 
One Star - First level of excellence.
Two Star - Second level of excellence.
Three Star - Highest level of excellence.
Foundation Awards

The following awards were presented in June 2018 at Sigma Kappa's 88th national convention in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

 

AWARD

DESCRIPTION

Edna Brown Drefus Award Recognizes one collegiate chapter and one honorable mention for contributing to the Sigma Kappa Foundation’s Alzheimer’s/Gerontology and Maine Seacoast Mission funds.
Gerontology Service Award Recognizes one alumnae chapter or club and up to six honorable mentions (one from each district) that develop an outstanding community philanthropy project that reflects Sigma Kappa’s interest in Alzheimer’s disease and gerontology. 
Lillian Peterson Budd Award Recognizes one chapter and up to six honorable mentions (one from each district) for participation in both national and local gerontology activities during the calendar year. 
Ultra Violet Campaign Award Recognizes one collegiate chapter and up to six honorable mentions (one from each district) for excellence in participation in the Sigma Kappa Foundation Ultra Violet Campaign.
Walk to End Alzheimer's Award Recognizes one alumnae or collegiate chapter for excellence in fundraising for and participation in the local Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s event.
Housing Awards

It is the goal of the National Housing Corporation and Sorority housing team that each local corporation board provides a quality living experience for its chapter members. This goal can only be reached if each corporation board’s performance is outstanding. We have developed the Award of Excellence to track the activities that are necessary and desired in order to achieve such a high standard.

The criteria for the Award of Excellence align with the mission and values of the National Housing Corporation.

  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Safe & attractive accommodations
  • Volunteer participation and development
  • Communication

The Award of Excellence has three point levels – gold, silver, and bronze - and is assessed on a matrix tool similar to that for the collegiate Standards of Excellence. In order to be eligible for an award, there are also several minimum requirements that must be met.

The following awards were presented in June 2018 at Sigma Kappa's 88th national convention in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

 

AWARD DESCRIPTION
Barbara Fenters Outstanding Corporation Board Award The Barbara Fenters Outstanding Corporation Board award pays tribute to one of the leading founders of the National Housing Corporation and honors the one corporation board that best exemplifies the mission, vision, and values of the National Housing Corporation.
Gold Level The Gold Level award is presented to corporation boards who met both the minimum requirements and achieved over 90% of the award criteria.
Silver Level The Silver Level award is presented to corporation boards who met both the minimum requirements and achieved 80-89% of the award criteria.
Bronze Level The Bronze Level award is presented to corporation boards who met both the minimum requirements and achieved 70-79% of the award criteria.
Colby Award

The Colby Award, named in honor of Colby College where Sigma Kappa was founded in 1874, is presented at each national convention to Sigma Kappa alumnae in recognition of their career achievements. Nominees for this award must be nationally known in their area of expertise. For this reason, the Colby Award is the highest honor bestowed upon alumnae members by the national organization. Fields considered include but are not limited to: arts, literature, public service, business, industry, education, science and athletics.

View a list of past Colby Award winners here.

 

2018 RECIPIENT

BIO
Kelly Harrison

Epsilon AlphaLenoir-Rhyne University

Field of Law Enforcement

Special Agent Kelly Harrison has been with Homeland Security Investigations for the last nine years, serving as a lead investigator of human trafficking and transnational child exploitation.

She is recognized by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as a Subject Matter Expert of human trafficking investigations. Her investigative efforts have resulted in the conviction of human traffickers who received some of the longest prison sentences the federal courts will allow, including life sentences. She serves as an instructor, teaching basic and advanced courses for the HSI National Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia. Special Agent Harrison has also served as a guest instructor for the FBI, Department of Defense, and foreign police agencies.

Prior to her federal career, she was a North Carolina Probation and Parole Officer for eight years. She is a graduate of East Carolina University and Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Jane Sinclair Hilk

Theta, University of Illinois

Field of Business

Jane Hilk is a 24-year veteran of Kraft Foods who began her career in consumer insights and analytics and most recently led the $3.6B Beverages and Snacks business unit overseeing all aspects of supply chain, sales, marketing, human resources and R&D. She was also the functional head for marketing and marketing services, leading over 400 employees to drive the marketing agenda for the company. 

Jane is currently on the Board of Directors for Kar’s Nuts Co., the US Advisory Board for Greencore USA, and consulting in the consumer goods, marketing services and private equity industries on a range of topics. Jane is a member of the Greater Naples Leadership class of 2017, a founding member of the Shatter Network and a former officer on the board of Second Harvest of Southern Wisconsin, the Food Marketing Institute Foundation board, and the Top Women in Grocery advisory board.

Jane and her husband, Scott live primarily in Naples, Florida and have two grown sons and a beagle who is like a third son.

Angela C. Guillory Outstanding Fraternity/Sorority Advisor Award

The Angela C. Guillory Outstanding Fraternity/Sorority Advisor Award was established in 2012 in honor of Angela C. Guillory, past national president, long-time Sigma Kappa volunteer, and leader in the national community of fraternity/sorority professionals.  The purpose of the award is to annually recognize an individual in the field of higher education who has demonstrated a commitment to fraternities and sororities. This individual should exhibit high professional standards and have worked with Sigma Kappa to strengthen and/or foster change in a local collegiate chapter and/or the Greek community. This person will demonstrate a commitment to fraternities and sororities on their campus while promoting the interfraternal community. This award is intended to recognize any fraternity/sorority advisor regardless of his/her affiliation.

Collegiate chapters can nominate fraternity/sorority advisors for the Angela C. Guillory Outstanding Fraternity/Sorority Advisor Award by submitting an application to reports@sigmakappa.org by February 15, 2019.

 

2017
Award
Winner:

Gaius George 

2016 Award Winner:

Michelle Guobadia - Michelle has been an advocate of the Theta Mu Chapter as Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Guobadia is responsible for the 43 Greek chapters represented at UNC Charlotte. She also oversees the five governing bodies that individual fraternities and sororities fall under – Interfraternity Council, Diversified Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Panhellenic Association and Independent Council. In addition, she administers Order of Omega, the Greek honor society. She also travels all over the United States speaking on topics relevant to Greek life, such as recruitment, hazing and positive change, and is a former member of the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors Executive Board. 

2015 Award Winner:

 

Dexter Bush-Scott - Dexter was an integral part of helping the Northeastern University Sigma Kappa colony acclimate with the campus immediately and continues to support the Kappa Omega Chapter as they grow. He goes above and beyond to motivate the students and encourage them to include not only the Greek community but the entire Northeastern community in the things they are doing. Dexter challenges the students to look at what they are doing and evaluate the impact it has. 

 

2014 Award Winner:

 

Adam Cantley - Adam has been an advocate of the Theta Delta Chapter of Sigma Kappa on the University of Delaware campus as well as in his previous role at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where he helped to support the Epsilon Chi Chapter. Adam goes above and beyond in communicating and educating the students he works with when a change in policy needs to occur. He is able to recognize the good in the collegiate women he works with and encourages them to become the best they can. Adam is actively involved in the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors and he believes in the work he does on a daily basis, not only within the Delaware community but with all organizations throughout the country. 

 

2013 Award Winner:

 

Carol Preston Nickoson - Carol is the Director of Fraternity and Sorority life at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. She is responsible for the oversight of Wittenberg’s fraternity and sorority community and coordination of new student orientation and family weekend. Additionally, she finds time to facilitate workshops for CAMPUSPEAK, Inc. and has served as leadership program facilitator for both Beta Theta Pi and Phi Kappa Psi fraternities. Passionate about her profession, she also volunteers with (AFVL) the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values as the editor for Connections Magazine and conference director of scripts and staging.

 

2012 Award Winners:

Angela Guillory - Angela is the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Greek Life at Louisiana State University. In 2011, Angela was honored with the Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors for exhibiting high professional standards and achievement in fraternity/sorority advising and contributing countless hours to the betterment of the fraternal movement.

 

  Amy Vojta – Amy has worked at Rutgers University as the assistant dean of fraternity and sorority affairs since 1996. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. At BG she joined Alpha Gamma Delta, and later worked for the Fraternity as a leadership consultant. For 10 years she served as the executive director of the Northeast Greek Leadership Association, served two terms as the president for the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors (AFA) and is currently serving as the chairman of the AFA Foundation. She volunteers for Alpha Gamma Delta as a member of the education committee and for Delta Delta Delta as a member of The Center Board for Living, Learning and Leading.