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.
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.
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