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UT Sorority Receives National Leadership Award

Published: September 16, 2009
UT’s Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Gamma Pi chapter, was named a 2008-09 Collegiate Chapter Award Winner with a Seeking the Heights award for campus leadership by the sorority’s national headquarters.

“To stand out among all of the other chapters is really exciting,” said Kelsie Huth, vice president of finance for the chapter and student body president. “We can be proud of that.”

The sorority had to fill out an extensive application more than 100 pages in length covering 14 topics such as alumnae and parent relations, intellectual development and philanthropy and service.

“Many of the questions were relating to what we do for the campus, not what we do for the sorority or Greek life,” said chapter president Sarah Bernstein, citing the diversity of its 87 members as well as their on-campus involvement as one of the chapter’s strengths.

One-third of the chapter is involved with two or more outside activities such as the Spring Dance Concert and Campus Movie Fest. They have a mixed team of about 20 students, Greek and non-Greek, raising $50,000 and participating in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day walk. Since their philanthropy is domestic violence awareness, the women are planning an upcoming, week-long educational event Oct. 5-8 with The Spring of Tampa Bay.

“Being involved in a sorority is one of the things we do on campus, but not the only thing we do,” Bernstein said.

Along with the national recognition, Alpha Chi Omega has also been named by UT as Sorority of the Year in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Bernstein was named the 2009 Greek Woman of the Year as well as a Spartan Leader. Members Ashley Dignam and Amy Stack have more than 100 hours of community service, and in 2008, the Order of Omega (National Greek Honor Society), named Gamma Pi the Most Supportive Chapter.

“We are diverse in what we do. We have a lot interests and a lot of majors,” said Daniella Fusari, vice president of membership development and the vice president of marketing for the Panhellenic Council. “Our diversity is our best part.”