Greek leaders and accomplished students receive awards
Published: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Updated: Sunday, April 28, 2013 22:04
April 21 proved to be an eventful day for the fraternity and sorority life community on West Chester University’s campus. The day served as a time to reflect on and celebrate their 2012-2013 accomplishments individually, as a chapter, and as a community.
The celebration started at 11 a.m. with an initiation ceremony for 14 individuals selected to be founding members of the Alpha Iota chapter of the Fraternal Values Society at West Chester University. According to the mission of the organization, “The Fraternal Values Society exists to illuminate the core values that guided the historical founding of fraternities and sororities, and to advance these values as part of the contemporary fraternity and sorority experience.”
Meghan Gaffney, Interim Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, said the factors for induction were based off of the members’ commitment to the founding values of fraternities/sororities, as well as their values congruence throughout the fraternal community. “We are proud to see students who are true role models be inducted into our inaugural class. We know they’ll help create a foundation for a long-lasting and influential organization,” Gaffney said.
Congratulations to the Alpha Iota chapter of the Fraternal Values Society: Jenny Bowers, Kirsten Cirelli, Kate Colagreco, Kyle Gallagher, Richard Gonzalez, Aisha Hynson, Christine Mackin, Jessie McNevin, Shannon O’Connell, Angelina Reiher, John Scheck, Alexandra Soscia, Ashley Stone, and Sonia Vazquez. The group is in the process of recognition on campus and will be inducting new members each semester.
Following the Fraternal Values Society induction, the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement hosted its 16th Annual Leadership Awards Ceremony. This year marked the first time the ceremony was in collaboration with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
Angelina Reiher, Leadership Consultant and Vice-President of Recruitment for the Panhellenic Council, said, “It was nice that individuals of our fraternal community were recognized in front of the other big-name leaders on campus, we always want recognition and a better name in our campus community. I do think, in the future, more people can be recognized for their commitment to being involved in Fraternity and Sorority Life; there is room to expand and recognition is super important.”
At the ceremony, a number of members from the fraternal community were recognized for their hard work. The fraternity/sorority recipients of the Leadership Awards were as follows:
People’s Choice: Richard Gonzalez
Madeleine Wing Adler Emerging Student Leader Award: Anthony LaFratte
Best Student Club Collaboration: “Eating Disorders Awareness Week” - Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, Sister To Sister Peer Mentor Organization, The Association of Women’s Empowerment, and Active Minds
WCU Leaders of the Year: Abigail Lim, Danielle Lewis, David Goldenberg, and Kevin Hammond
Organization Advisor of the Year: Dr. Deanne Zotter for Sister-to-Sister Peer Mentor Organization
Senior Leaders of the Year: Alexis Parks
After the leadership awards ceremony, members of Fraternity and Sorority Life were invited to attend the Fraternity and Sorority Award Reception, where a number of other awards were given, including:
Charles W. Warner Fraternity of the Year: Sigma Phi Epsilon
James J. Jackson Sorority of the Year: Zeta Tau Alpha
Fraternity Man of the Year: Malik Muhammad, Sigma Phi Epsilon
Sorority Woman of the Year: Jessie McNevin, Delta Phi Epsilon
Outstanding Chapter Presidents:
BLGC- Aisha Hynson, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
IGC- Mike Slavin, Sigma Phi Epsilon
PHC- Angelina Reiher, Phi Mu
Fraternity Emerging Leader: John Matz, Delta Chi