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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is best known for basketball, but the fraternity/sorority community has a lot to brag about too. Home to 54 fraternity and sorority organizations, they are committed to high academic achievement and consistently report higher greek GPA scores compared to their non-greek counterparts.

The Gamma Alpha chapter of Gamma Sigma Alpha was chartered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995 and continues to be one of our largest chapters nationwide, initiating more than 150 students each year. Current membership is almost 400 members. How does the chapter recruit so many members? Tactics include:

  • Current Gamma Sigma Alpha members visit chapter meetings to discuss the organization and encourage qualified members to apply
  • Two new member scholarships are offered to Gamma Sigma Alpha initiates
  • Membership selection is all completed online

In addition to recognizing academic achievement, the Gamma Sigma Alpha chapter at UNC at Chapel Hill also strives to complete 1-2 service projects each semester. For more information about UNC’s Fraternity/Sorority community, you can visit: www.greeks.unc.edu. Thanks for being a shining example for Gamma Sigma Alpha, keep up the great work!

Bo Nasmyth Loy

Bo is one of the six 2009 scholarship recipients, we will highlight each recipient on this site over the course of the year.

Bo is one of the six 2009 scholarship recipients we will highlight on this site over the course of the year.

Gamma Sigma Alpha was pleased to continue the tradition of awarding scholarships to undergraduate members pursuing advanced degrees for the 2009-2010 academic year. Bo Nasmyth Loy, graduated with a degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2005. He will continue his studies at the same institution, enrolling in the Keck School of Medicine with aspirations of becoming a doctor.

Loy was not a typical student leader at USC. He served as President of the Delta Chi chapter, Executive Vice-President of Judicial Affairs for the Interfraternity Council and a leader within the Gamma Sigma Alpha chapter. In addition to these formal responsibilities, he has authored books to help kids suffering with childhood diabetes including, “487 Really Cool Tips for Kids with Diabetes,” and “Getting a Grip on Diabetes.” If that wasn’t enough Loy has traveled to Hong Kong and Beijing on a research grant and is now assisting on a health study working to prevent type II diabetes in the underserved Latino youth of East Los Angeles.

When asked about the value his Gamma Sigma Alpha membership had on him, he stated, “The Greek system at USC, and particularly the Gamma Sigma Alpha Greek Honor Society, introduced me to some of the most influential people in my educational career; for that I will be forever grateful.” Gamma Sigma Alpha is grateful to call Bo Nasmyth Loy a member and we are honored to assist him financially in his post undergraduate studies. Congratulations Bo and good luck!

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Posted: July 21st, 2009 in Scholarship Spotlights | No Comments »

Endowed Scholarship

Gamma Sigma Alpha is pleased to announce the Beth Saul Gamma Sigma Alpha Endowment through the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) Foundation. This $10,000 fund will grant professionals who previously would not be able to attend the Annual AFA Conference the ability to do so. The award was created to allow a lasting legacy for a woman who has dedicated so much during her years of service to higher education. Saul was the advisor to the founding chapter of Gamma Sigma Alpha at the University of Southern California and served as the organization’s Executive Director of almost 20 years. She led the growth of the organization from a single chartered chapter to over 200 chapters nationwide.

Surprised by the honor at the AFA Annual Meeting last winter, Saul said, “The Gamma Sigma Alpha Endowment is a shining example of what the vision of dedicated volunteer leaders can accomplish…I am delighted that my passion for outstanding Greek academic achievement could be a catalyst for the benefits that this endowment will bring to the profession of sorority and fraternity advising for decades to come.”

Saul continues to serve the University of Southern California as the Director for Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development and Parent Programs. She also continues to serve on the National Board of Directors for Gamma Sigma Alpha.

Posted: July 20th, 2009 in GSA News | 1 Comment »

Indianapolis or Bust

Gamma Sigma Alpha's Central Office is now located in the Harris Bank Building at 86th and Michigan Road in Indianapolis

Gamma Sigma Alpha's Central Office is now located in the Harris Bank Building at 86th and Michigan Road in Indianapolis

Gamma Sigma Alpha, the nation’s premier academic Greek honorary has been busy! It was this time last year, that we moved our headquarters. Previously, the organization was housed where it was founded, on the campus of the University of Southern California. After tremendous growth over the last 20 years, a move was necessary. The headquarters is now located in Indianapolis, Indiana, in the suites within the National Interfraternity Conference (NIC) offices. Indianapolis is home to over 30 national fraternity and sorority offices as well as the NIC, the Association of Fraternity & Sorority Advisors (AFA) and the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), so it was a logical choice for the relocation.

As our Indiana base of chapters grow, I’d love to attend chapter initiations or chartering ceremonies within driving distance of Indianapolis. Contact the central office if this is something your chapter is interested in doing!

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Posted: July 19th, 2009 in GSA News | No Comments »