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GSA Fall Updates

IMG_0005_2The heat continues here in Indianapolis, but Gamma Sigma Alpha knows that fall is right around the corner. Students & advisors are planning fall semester and we want to be a part of it! Please take a look at a few exciting updates we have for fall! As always, feel free to contact us with questions or concerns.

Dues Increase:  Effective August 1st, 2011, national membership dues will increase to $35 per student. Please plan accordingly. Many of our chapters add a ‘local dues’ option when collecting payment from students, this is a great for building some resources to support academic achievement or other programs on your campus. We know that each chapter is different and only you know what rate students on your campus will pay for membership in an honorary and we ask that you keep this in mind when adding a local dues to the national fee. This is the final stair-step increase our Board of Directors approved three years ago. Honor cords will remain $10. We will do our best to keep this fee consistent over the next few years and avoid another increase. The primary reason for the increase is heightened costs for services, increased number of services provided and the growing cost for operational expenses.

You Spoke…We Listened: Based on feedback from our Member Services Survey we conducted in the Spring, we will be undertaking a few projects this fall. The first will be an online submission tool that will allow advisors to input names electronically and pay via a secure site to enable the fastest and the most accurate processing we can provide. We are partnering with WebGreek to use cutting-edge technology and are hoping for a seamless piloting of this processing option in August. More details on this will be distributed in the next couple of weeks.

In addition, we will launch a newsletter to communicate with advisors concerning scholarship processes, award deadlines, chapter profiles, program ideas and other valuable information. Stay tuned for the debut of this new communication tool.  If there is something specific you would like to see highlighted in an upcoming newsletter, let us know!

We will continue to grow the Gamma Sigma Alpha website and blog with resources to help you differentiate Gamma Sigma Alpha with other organizations on your campus, grow your chapter and excel academic achievement within your fraternity/sorority community. We know that many of our chapters operate as a recognition society and that serves our mission and is a great program for some schools, but many others want to develop the chapter into something more than that and we want to help. Friendly reminder: our membership should never be ‘capped’ at a certain number of students—if they meet the qualifications and pay the membership fee, they should be granted membership–our goal is to recognize as many academic achievers as we can.

Posted: July 26th, 2011 in GSA News | No Comments »

Scholarship Spotlight: Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson, Gamma Sigma Alpha Scholarship Recipient 2010-2011
Andrew Robinson, Gamma Sigma Alpha Scholarship Recipient 2010-2011

This Scholarship Spotlight rounds out roster from the 2010-2011 scholarship recipients, highlighting our 6th scholarship recipient (in no particular order). Andrew Robinson graduated summa cum laudefrom Valparaiso University with a major in Music Performance and a minor in Theater. He had a passion to pursue his Masters of Music Teaching at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

During his undergraduate years at Valparaiso, Robinson was an active leader in Phi Mu Alpha and the Interfraternity Council. Robinson stated in his scholarship essay, “I can say, without hesitation that because of my involvement in Phi Mu Alpha, and the honors bestowed upon me with Gamma Sigma Alpha, I am well-prepared to enter graduate school, confident that I can handle the challenge of balancing the workload and outside commitments.”
A music professor wrote a letter supporting Robinson’s request for scholarship funds. She said, “Andrew has a valuable combination of intellectual acumen and self-discipline…In every music department ensemble and organization in which he participates, Andrew becomes a leader.” We congratulate Andrew on the leader he has become and wish him continued success as he grows into a future educator.
Posted: July 6th, 2011 in Scholarship Spotlights | No Comments »