2020 Student Leadership Awards,
Fraternity & Sorority, Winners & Nominees
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is awarded the Chapter of the Year award due to its success this school year in providing excellent campus programming focused on political and global awareness, mental and physical health, community service, financial literacy, and educational development. Additionally, the chapter achieved 50 hours of service in honor of its 50th anniversary this year. Highlights from this included participation in the Sickle Cell Awareness Drive and St. Jude's Walk, working with VCU's Massey Cancer Center; and, packing lunches at FeedMore. An organization of college-educated women, the chapter remains committed to the constructive development of its members and public service with a primary focus on the Black community. Other nominees included: The Eta Theta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Sigma Sigma, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Phi Sigma Rho, Lambda Chi Alpha, and Alpha Gamma Delta: Theta Nu Chapter.
Programming & Advisor Award Winners
Phi Sigma Rho, an engineering sorority for women, is the winner of the Challenge the Process award. Phi Sigma Rho works tirelessly to provide equity to women in the College of Engineering and improve the overall experience of women in the classroom. This year, Phi Sigma Rho implemented the Red Riding Hood Project, which supplies menstrual products in restrooms. Prior to this project, products were only available, for sale, in one of the restrooms in the engineering building. With the work of this organization, menstrual products are now available in three engineering-based buildings in the women's restrooms and in the gender-neutral restrooms. Nominees for this award included: Alpha Omicron Pi and Sigma Phi Epsilon.
William Swingle is the winner of the Lynne Chambers Alumni Involvement Award. William is a founder of the Lambda Chi Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha At VCU. The nominator wrote "Brother Swingle is a role-model to the whole chapter. We are inspired by his hard work ethic and he is a prime example of what a true PIKE is." William currently serves on the advisory board for the chapter, attends events for the chapter, and mentors a number of members of the chapter. Nominees for this award included: Marcus Foden.
The winner of the Outstanding Community Service Award is Eta Tau chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., which completed 130 hours of community service in seven months. From service projects such as Back To School Social, voter registration drives, Pleasant Lane Food Drive, Hashtag Lunchbag, street cleanups, and participation in Carver Promise to welcome students on their first day of school, the Eta Tau chapter has demonstrated a consistent service effort throughout the year. Nominees for this award included: Retro Rams, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and Alpha Gamma Delta: Theta Nu Chapter.
Student Leader Recognition Awards
The winner of the William R. Auchmoody Chapter Advisor of the Year Award is Tom Hodges. Tom has served as the advisor for Lambda Chi Alpha at VCU since Spring 2017. The nominator wrote: "Tom was one of the key contributors to our chapter adopting values-based recruitment. This new approach to recruitment has allowed us to recruit men that excel academically, athletically, and, most of all, represent our seven core values."
The winner of the Emerging Greek Leader of the Year Award is Ashlynn Hicks. Ashlynn joined Phi Sigma Rho as a sophomore and was eager to get involved in supporting the organization. Ashlynn participates in committees and serves in an elected position on the executive council. Ashlynn speaks highly of fraternity and sorority organizations to her academic peers in STEM and encourages them to pursue opportunities. Nominees for this award included: Skyler Carroll and Yisela Vasquez-Perez.
Spencer Vincent is the winner of the Greek Life Hall of Fame Induction award. A member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Spencer is involved in many different capacities within the fraternity and sorority community, as well as throughout VCU. The nominator wrote: "He is not afraid to have those tough conversations that we need to better ourselves as a community." Spencer has been an advocate for his chapter, peers, and the community as a whole. Nominees for this award included: Jazmin Montano Aguilar, Philomena Hughes, Robin Williams, Harshitha Mattapally, and Jennifer Mak.
Robin Williams is the winner of the Outstanding Greek Member of the Year Award. A member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Robin served as the NPHC President and as the Parliamentarian for her chapter. Robin volunteers her time to support both the VCU and Richmond community. Her passion for her chapter, and the community, as evidenced by her involvement and efforts. Nominees for this award included: Tanya Ravi.
Emma Radford, the chapter president of Phi Sigma Rho, is the winner of the Outstanding Chapter President award. Emma implemented programs to improve sisterhood, academics, and leadership. Emma's passion for the chapter, and for the VCU community, is demonstrated through Emma's support and coaching of the sisters. Nominees for this award included: Aliyah Simmons, Spencer Vincent, Hezha Barzani, Chatavia Gallon, and Alex Haebler.
The winner of the University Leadership Award is Aliyah Simmons. Aliyah has established herself as an exemplary leader through her work on the Activities Programming Board as well as with her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta. The nominator shared that Aliyah is "a great listener, a great event executor...she is a superwoman to me." Aliyah encourages others and has a tremendous impact on those she serves. Nominees for this award included: Kaylin Cecchini, April Wayne, Hassen Hafiz, Chatavia Gallon, Robin Williams, Ashlynn Hicks, Michelle Olsen, and Alvin Chang.
The winner of the William H. Duvall Award is Sarah Henderson. The nominator shares that "students like Sarah are a rarity. In fact, it is difficult to put into words the immense respect I have for Sarah as a patient advocate and future pharmacist." Sarah's commitment to public health is evident through her many service activities and work with student organizations. Sarah organizes outreach events aimed to bring professionals together to promote chronic disease prevention and helps promote public health equity in underserved Richmond neighborhoods. Nominees for this award included: Alvin Chang and Ziad Nashnoush.
Fraternity & Sorority Awards
The winner of the Diversity & Global Engagement Award is Phi Sigma Rho. The Red Riding Hood Project, supported by the chapter, supplies feminine hygiene products in Engineering East Hall. The chapter hopes to expand this project to include the Engineering West Hall next year.
The winner of the Academic Support Award is Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. The chapter implemented a point system to incentivize members to use academic resources. Components of the program include tutoring services, chapter study halls, office hours, and individual achievements.
The winner of the Outstanding Philanthropy Service Award is Pi Kappa Alpha. The chapter invested countless hours in supporting The Fireman's Challenge, which benefits the Evans-Haynes Burn Center. Over the past 10 years, the chapter donated more than $170,000. With the onset of COVID-19, the chapter completely re-evaluated their planned week of events. Through creativity and perseverance, the chapter raised over $20,000 in Spring 2020.
The winner of the Outstanding Community Service Award is Psi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity Inc. The chapter participated in multiple community service projects. They additionally participated in a service trip to volunteer in Tucson, AZ, with Casa Alitas. Casa Alitas is a nonprofit organization that helps asylum seekers after being released from ICE detention centers. Volunteers interacted with families, helped with projects, and also help with translation.
The winner of the Greek Collaboration Award is Zeta Tau Alpha. Over the last year, the chapter made intentional collaborations across multiple councils. The chapter's collaboration efforts span from sisterhood to service. In support of one of its primary goals, Zeta Tau Alpha has strived to create bonds to strengthen VCU's fraternity and sorority community.
The following chapters received Excellent Standing amongst the College Panhellenic Council (CPC): Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Phi Sigma Rho, and Zeta Tau Alpha.
Alpha Gamma Delta is an international women's fraternity that promotes academic excellence, philanthropic giving, ongoing leadership and personal development and, above all, a spirit of loving sisterhood.
Alpha Omicron Pi Object of the Fraternity encourages a spirit of fraternity and love among its members; to stand at all times for character, dignity, scholarship, and college loyalty; to strive for and support the best interests of the colleges and universities in which chapters are installed; and in no way to disregard, injure or sacrifice those interests for the sake of the prestige or advancement of the Fraternity or any of its chapters.
Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority is a women's organization with an open motto of aspire, seek, attain. Above all else, their sorority stands for sisterhood and development among our members.
Phi Sigma Rho is a social sorority for women in engineering and engineering technology serving members and the community by promoting high standards of personal integrity, respect, and character, lifelong bonds of sisterhood, and academic and professional excellence with a social balance through shared experiences, common bonds, and recognition of service and achievement.
Pi Kappa Alpha received Excellent Standing from Accreditation within the Interfraternity Council. The objective of Pi Kappa Alpha is to advance the educational interests of its members, to promote leadership development, and to make, maintain, and uphold a high standard of life, happiness, and integrity for its members by uniting them in closer bonds of friendship and brotherly union.
Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc., received Excellent Standing from Accreditation within the Multicultural Greek Council. Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc. is a sisterhood of college-educated women during a progressive generation. It is committed to excellence in the ideals of character, leadership, scholarship, sisterhood, service, culture, womanhood, and self.
Both Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. received Excellent Standing Accreditation within the National Pan-Hellenic Council. The mission of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is to enhance the quality of life for women and their families in the U.S. and globally through community service, civil, and social action. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is an organization of college-educated women committed to the constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black community.