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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.

Colby Award Winners & Honor Initiate
2022 Colby Award Winners & Honor Initiate

 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. 

2022 Colby Award Winners & Honor Initiate

Anna D. Burke, M.D

Honor Initiate, Zeta Omicron, University of Arizona
Bio

Dr. Anna D. Burke is a board certified geriatric psychiatrist, the Karsten Solheim Chair for Dementia, and the Director of the Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Division at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Ariz. She also currently directs the Department of Neuropsychiatry at Barrow Neurological Institute.  Barrow Neurological Institute is a world class neurological and neurosurgical institute with a mission to accept challenges, reject norms, and push boundaries. The Barrow Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Division is one of the leading clinical and research institutes in the world, championing research in neurodegenerative disorders. 

Dr. Burke has worked extensively with patients and families suffering with neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s disease. Her area of expertise includes the diagnosis and management of cognitive disorders and the treatment of challenging behavioral and psychiatric disturbances that result from neurological conditions. 

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Burke has led the development of comprehensive multispecialty clinical care models focused on improving the quality of care for individuals with cognitive impairment and improving the diagnosis and management of Alzheimer’s and related dementias in the community.  

She is a well-respected researcher having led over 80 clinical trials of investigational pharmacotherapies, neuromodulation, environmental modifications, prevention methods, and novel neuroimaging techniques. 

Valerie David

Delta Rho, James Madison University
Bio

Valerie David is the playwright/performer of the award-winning, internationally acclaimed solo show The Pink Hulk: One Woman’s Journey to Find the Superhero Within. She wrote it to find humor and superhero inner strength while going through her three cancer bouts: Stage III Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Stage II breast cancer, and then Stage IV metastatic breast cancer, which she has conquered and continues to beat. The Pink Hulk has been accepted into over 45 festivals/performance engagements and performed in 23 cities in the U.S. and abroad including England, Finland, Sweden, and Iceland. Valerie turned her adversity into art through The Pink Hulk, which inspires and uplifts audiences; her story is told with heartfelt honesty and lots of humor. The show’s mantra: Never, ever give up hope! Valerie conducts improv/writing workshops for groups both internationally and domestically, including for cancer patients and survivors through The Red Door Community. Valerie is a member of Broadway Hearts, where she is part of the Broadway community performing weekly virtual singalongs at children’s hospitals to bring joy to children in need. For more info, visit pinkhulkplay.com

Cosette Gutierrez

Theta Lambda, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bio

Cosette Gutierrez is the Executive Director of Latino U College Access (LUCA), a non-profit organization that empowers first generation Latino students on their journeys to and through college. She is a dynamic executive, with a successful career developing talent in nonprofit, retail, and financial service. As a first-gen college graduate, she leverages her life experiences to better support the students and families LUCA serves. Cosette graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a bachelor’s degree in Management Science, and obtained her MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Cosette’s passion for education stems from her lifelong volunteerism and community leadership. She served on the Board of Directors of Prospanica and Literacy Inc and is a founding member of the Theta Lambda Chapter of Sigma Kappa Sorority at MIT. In her spare time, Cosette enjoys photography, volunteering, and traveling the globe with her husband, Al. 

Susan McNab

Beta Sigma, Purdue University
Bio

Susan McNab has been a business executive for over 40 years—working at major companies like Starbucks, PEMCO Insurance, KOMO TV, the City of Seattle, and Wizards of the Coast. She’s been a leader in a number of unique business challenges like Starbucks’ acquisition of Seattle’s Best Coffee, the unforgettable launch of Pokémon cards, and the acquisition of Dungeons and Dragons with Wizards of the Coast. Sue is a passionate community volunteer and has held board positions with Humanities Washington as President, Girl Scouts of the USA as a National Volunteer Partner and Seattle Rotary, which she has been involved with in various leadership roles since 1987. She is an initiate of Beta Sigma Chapter. 

Dr. Linda Cadwell Stancin

Mu, University of Washington
Bio

Dr. Linda Cadwell Stancin is currently serving as Vice President, Air Vehicle Engineering at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. She previously served as Vice President of Research and Technology in Lockheed Martin’s Chief Technology Organization. She also served as the Chair of Lockheed Martin’s Technology Council, executive sponsor of the LM Fellows Program, Chair of the EO Intellectual Property Board, and represented Engineering and Technology on the EO Diversity and Inclusion Council and the corporate Sustainability Leadership Group. Linda is currently on the Board for the Manufacturing Institute MxD. She advises and was an affiliate professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. She received her Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with research in materials science. She has multiple publications and patents. Linda is an initiate of the Mu Chapter at the University of Washington.

Dr. Maria Yang

Theta Lambda, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bio

Dr. Maria Yang is Associate Dean of Engineering and the Gail E. Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her research and teaching interests are in product design and development, with a focus on early stage processes to help designers and engineers create products and systems that better serve society. She is the Academic Faculty Director for MIT D-Lab, which focuses on addressing global poverty through participatory design approaches with local communities, and was recently named the Associate Director of the newly launched Morningside Foundation Academy of Design at MIT. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and has received the National Science Foundation CAREER Faculty Award and the American Society of Engineering Education Merryfield Design Award. She earned her SB from MIT, and her MS and PhD from Stanford University, all in Mechanical Engineering. Yang previously served as Director of Design at Reactivity, a Silicon Valley startup now a part of Cisco Systems. She is one of the founding sisters of Sigma Kappa’s Theta Lambda Chapter at MIT.   

 

Founders' Award
Founders' Award Winner

 

Kappa Omega, Northeastern University
1-Star SOE Awards
1-Star SOE Winners 

 

 Alpha Delta, The University of Tennessee

Alpha Gamma,Washington State University

Alpha Phi, University of Oregon

Beta Mu, Culver-Stockton College

Beta Theta , Marietta College

Beta Xi, The University of Memphis

Delta Iota, California State University, Chico

Delta Rho, James Madison University

Delta Tau, University of Central Arkansas

Delta Theta, Truman State University

Epsilon Delta, Susquehanna University

Epsilon Epsilon, The University of Georgia 

 Epsilon Eta, The University of Findlay

Epsilon Mu,University of Missouri

Gamma Epsilon, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Gamma Gamma, Indiana State University

Gamma Psi, Tennessee Wesleyan University

Gamma Theta, California State University, Long Beach

Gamma Upsilon, California University of Pennsylvania

Kappa Gamma, University of Dayton

Kappa Iota, University of Pennsylvania

Kappa Lambda, University of North Georgia

Kappa Mu,Duquesne University

Kappa Omicron,Florida International University

Kappa Pi,Clemson University

Kappa Psi, Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis

Theta Chi,West Virginia University

Theta Eta,University of Nevada Las Vegas

Theta Omicron,Arizona State University

Theta Pi,The State University of New York at Geneseo

Theta Upsilon, Bowling Green State University

Upsilon, Oregon State University

Zeta Alpha,Indiana University Southeast

Zeta Mu ,University of California, San Diego

Zeta Omicron,The University of Arizona

Zeta Upsilon, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

2-Star SOE Awards
2-Star SOE Winners 

 

Alpha Tau, Michigan State University

Alpha Theta,  University of Louisville

Beta Nu, Bradley University

Beta Zeta,University of Maryland

Delta Eta, University of Central Missouri

Delta Nu, Longwood University

Delta Pi, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

Epsilon Chi, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Epsilon Lambda, California State University, Sacramento

Epsilon Zeta, Western Kentucky University

Gamma Beta, Western Michigan University

Gamma Tau, Midwestern State University

Kappa Alpha, Northwest Missouri State University

Kappa Xi, University of Nevada, Reno

Kappa Zeta, Elon University

Lambda, University of California, Berkeley

Theta Alpha, Appalachian State University

Theta Delta, University of Delaware

Theta Lambda, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Theta Phi, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Zeta Zeta, Babson College

3-Star SOE Awards
3-Star SOE Winners

Alpha Epsilon, Iowa State University

Beta Tau, University of Florida

Delta Chi, University of Central Oklahoma

Kappa Omega, Northeastern University

Lambda Beta, Coastal Carolina University

Lambda Zeta, University of South Florida

Theta Beta, University of La Verne

Alpha Chi, Georgetown College

Alpha Omega, University of Alabama

Beta Epsilon, Louisiana Tech University

Beta Sigma, Purdue University

Epsilon Beta, University of New Orleans

Epsilon Omega, California Polytechnic State University

Gamma Alpha, University of Northern Colorado

Kappa Beta, Grand Valley State University

Kappa Upsilon, The College of New Jersey

Lambda Gamma, Robert Morris University

Lambda Theta, University of Tampa

Mu, University of Washington

Phi, University of Rhode Island

Theta Iota, The State University of New York at Fredonia

Theta Mu, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Theta Psi, The Pennsylvania State University

Theta Zeta, University of Virginia

Zeta, The George Washington University

Zeta Iota, Elmhurst University

Zeta Pi, Colorado School of Mines

Excellence in Member Programming Award
Excellence in Member Programming Award Winners

 

Theta Phi, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Kappa Omega, Northeastern University

Kappa Lambda, University of North Georgia

Alpha Chi, Georgetown College

Delta Chi, University of Central Oklahoma

 

Chicago Northwest Alumnae

Detroit Alumnae Chapter

Pomona Valley Alumnae

Chapter Chattanooga Alumnae Chapter

Seattle Alumnae Chapter

Spokane Alumnae Chapter

Portland Alumnae Chapter

Excellence in New Member Education Award
Excellence in New Member Education Award Winners

 

Lambda Alpha, Spring Hill College

Delta Iota, California State University, Chico

 

Excellence in Recruitment & COB Award
Excellence in Recruitment & COB Award Winners

 

Lambda Epsilon, College of Charleston

Theta Phi, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Kappa Omega, Northeastern University

Delta Iota, California State University, Chico

Epsilon Zeta, Western Kentucky University

South Oakland Alumnae Chapter

Northeast Ohio Alumnae Chapter

Chattanooga Alumnae Chapter

DEIA Excellence Award

 DEIA Excellence Award Winners

Lambda Zeta, University of South Florida

Lambda Iota, Austin Peay State University

Kappa Omega, Northeastern University

Epsilon Chi, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Zeta Omicron, The University of Arizona

Delta Chi, University of Central Oklahoma

Excellence in Academics Award

Excellence in Academics Award Winners

 

Gamma Gamma, Indiana State University

Beta Tau, University of Florida

Theta Iota, The State University of New York at Fredonia

Beta Epsilon, Ohio University

Epsilon Chi, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Delta Iota, California State University, Chico

Alpha Chi, GeorgetownCollege

Delta Chi, University of Central Oklahoma

Kappa Alpha, Northwest Missouri State University

Excellence in Alumnae Chapter Operations Award
Excellence in Alumnae Chapter Operations

Nashville Alumnae Chapter

Charlotte Alumnae Chapter

Greater Mid-South Alumnae Chapter

Houston Alumnae Chapter Rochester Alumnae Chapter

Sacramento Alumnae Chapter

Tampa Bay Alumnae Chapter

Excellence in Collegiate & Alumnae Relations Award
Excellence in Collegiate & Alumnae Relations Award Winners

Beta Epsilon, Ohio University

Theta Phi, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Tampa Bay Alumnae Chapter

Central Iowa Alumnae Chapter

Chicago West Towns Alumnae Chapter

Hawaii Alumnae Chapter

Omaha/Council Bluffs Alumnae Chapter

Greater Louisville Alumnae Chapter

Excellence in Sisterhood Award
Excellence in Sisterhood Award Winners

 

Delta Theta, Truman State University

Kappa Lambda, University of North Georgia

Kappa Phi, Florida Atlantic University

Delta Chi, University of Central Oklahoma

Theta Beta, University of La Verne

 

Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter

Chicago South Suburban Chapter

South Oakland Alumnae Chapter

Pomona Valley Alumnae Chapter

 

Panhellenic Excellence Award
Panhellenic Excellence Award Winners

 

Gamma Gamma, Indiana State University

Detroit Alumnae Chapter Pomona Valley Alumnae Chapter

 

Oustanding Advisory Board Support Award
Oustanding Advisory Board Support Award Winners

 

Deanna Johnson, Alpha Chi advisory board supervisor

Ashton Keller, former Delta Eta advisory board supervisor

Libby Booton, Zeta Pi advisory board supervisor

Jami Finan, Lambda Zeta advisory board supervisor

 

Excellence in Service Award
Excellence in Service Award Winners

 

Gamma Upsilon , California University of Pennsylvania

Beta Zeta, University of Maryland

Beta Tau, University of Florida

Theta Phi, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

 

Charlotte Alumnae Chapter

Phoenix Alumnae

Pomona Valley Alumnae

Northeast Ohio Alumnae Chapter

Detroit Alumnae Chapter

Spokane Alumnae Chapter Pasadena Alumnae Chapter

Wichita Falls Alumnae Chapter

Riverside County Alumnae Chapter

 

Excellence in Leadership Award
Excellence in Leadership Award Winners

Teri Centner, Theta Lambda, European Alumnae 
Mary-Kennedy Jackson, Delta Tau 

Makenzie Ross, Lambda Iota 
Jackie Ramirez, Epsilon Zeta 
Lauren Sanders, Alpha Theta, Nashville TN Alumnae 
Isabell Denton, Theta Phi 
Stephanie Brown, Kappa Beta, European Alumnae 

Emalie McElfresh, Kappa Alpha 
Lindsey Lawton, Kappa Lambda 
Hannah Uhrich, Alpha Epsilon 
Erin Spiropoulos, Kappa Phi 
Lindsey Rhoden, Kappa Phi 
Nicole Wasserman, Beta Tau 
Katherine Barker, Kappa Omega 
Diane Pfister, Gamma Mu,Chicago Northwest Towns IL Alumnae 
Lauryn Lee, Kappa Alpha 
Alexis Saxton, Beta Omega 
Nicole Porter, Delta Alpha, Detroit MI Alumnae 
Amber Soergel, Gamma Gamma, Phoeniz AZ Alumnae 

 

Excellence in Ritual Appreciation
Excellence in Ritual Appreciation

 

Carolyn Smith, Delta Tau

Wanda Floyd Stricklin, Epsilon Epsilon, Athens GA Alumnae

Delta Chi, University of Central Oklahoma

Delta Iota, California State University

 

 

Excellence in Communication & Public Relations Award
Excellence in Communication & Public Relations Award Winners

 

Epsilon Chi, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Kappa Omega, Northeastern University

Chicago Northwest Alumnae Chapter

Nashville Alumnae Chapter

Northeast Ohio Alumnae Chapter

Detroit Alumnae Chapter

Chicago South Suburban Chapter

San Diego Alumnae Chapter

National Housing Corporation Awards
National Housing Corporation Awards
 
Barbara Fenters Oustanding Corporatoin Board Award

2021-22 Board of Directors of the Beta Tau ​Chapter House Corporation ​

 
Housing Award of Excellence: Bronze Keys

Xi, University of Kansas ​

Theta Zeta, University of Virginia ​

Kappa Beta, Grand Valley State University ​

Kappa Iota, University of Pennsylvania ​

Kappa Nu, Marquette University ​

Kappa Xi, University of Nevada – Reno ​

 
Housing Award of Excellence: Silver Keys 

Gamma Omega, Wittenberg University ​

Delta Upsilon, Missouri State University ​

Epsilon Zeta, Western Kentucky University ​

Epsilon Mu, University of Missouri​

Epsilon Omega, California Polytechnic State University ​

 
Housing Award of Excellence: Gold Key

Lambda, University of California – Berkeley​

Mu, University of Washington​

Alpha Delta, The University of Tennessee​

Alpha Gamma, Washington State University ​

Alpha Mu, University of Michigan ​

Beta Sigma, Purdue University ​

Beta Tau, University of Florida ​

Gamma Phi, North Carolina State University ​

Delta Chi, University of Central Oklahoma ​

Epsilon Epsilon, The University of Georgia

Foundation Recognition
Foundation Recogniton
 
Chapters that Donated to a Scholarship

Alpha Delta, The University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Epsilon Epsilon, The University of Georgia

Kappa Eta, Texas Christian University

Kappa Iota, University of Pennsylvania

Kappa Mu, Duquesne University

Theta Eta, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Theta LambdaMassachusetts Institute of Technology

 
Chapters who Executed a DEIA Program with a Sigma Kappa Foundation Grant

Delta Eta, University of Central Missouri

 
Alumnae Chapters that went Above & Beyond

Pomona Valley Alumnae Chapter

Phoenix Alumnae Chapter

Nashville Alumnae Chapter

 
 Celebrating Chapters for their efforts in the Walk to End ALZ 

Gamma Mu, Eastern Illinois University

Kappa Eta, Texas Christian University

Kappa Lambda, University of North Georgia

Zeta Kappa, Angelo State University

Zeta Omicron, The University of Arizona

 

Chicago Northwest Towns Alumnae Chapter

Detroit Alumnae Chapter

Northeast Ohio Alumnae Chapter

 
Chapters that Infused Philanthropy & Service Into Daily Chapter Life 

Beta Tau, University of Florida

Kappa Omega, Northeastern University

Kappa Omicron, Florida International University

 

Outstanding Collegiate Fundraising for Sigma Kappa Foundation 

Beta Tau, University of Florida

Delta Chi,  University of Central Oklahoma

Delta Eta,  University of Central Missouri

Delta Pi,  Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

Epsilon Chi, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Gamma Epsilon, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Gamma Theta, California State University, Long Beach

Kappa Eta, Texas Christian University

Kappa Omicron,  Florida International University

Kappa Xi, University of Nevada, Reno

Lambda Alpha, Spring Hill College

Theta Alpha , Appalachian State University

Theta Lambda, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Theta Phi, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Zeta Alpha,  Indiana University Southeast

Zeta Upsilon, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

 

Collegiate Chapters with More than 50% membership in 1874 Giving Circle in 2021 

Alpha Gamma, Washington State University

Delta Iota, California State University, Chico

Gamma Delta, Thiel College

Gamma Tau, Midwestern State University

Kappa Lambda, University of North Georgia

Lambda Delta, University of Houston

Beta Tau, University of Florida

Epsilon Epsilon, The University of Georgia

Gamma Mu, Eastern Illinois University

Gamma Upsilon, California University of Pennsylvania

Kappa Pi, Clemson University

Theta Upsilon, Bowling Green State University