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Scholarship Spotlight: Kayla Aprile

Gamma Sigma Alpha was pleased to continue the tradition of awarding scholarships to undergraduate members pursuing advanced degrees for the 2011-2012 academic year. We were able to recognize four outstanding students with scholarships to assist them as they pursue advanced degrees. Each recipient will be highlighted individually throughout this academic year.

Kayla Aprile is one of four scholarship recipients for the 2011-2012 academic year

The first student we would like to spotlight is Kayla Aprile, a 2009 Gamma Sigma Alpha initiate from the Chi chapter at Albion College. Aprile graduated in May with a major in Biochemistry and was accepted into medical school at the University of Michigan where she is currently in her first year of the program. During her time at Albion College, she excelled in the classroom and in extracurricular activities. She was a leader within her Alpha Xi Delta sorority chapter, worked at the campus library and volunteered at the local elementary school and with Habitat for Humanity all while achieving high academic honors.

Aprile’s former fraternity/sorority advisor said this about her: 

Kayla has a high level of moral reasoning and has exemplified her own standards for personal conduct in a consistent way. Kayla leads with integrity in everything she does and serves as a great role model for the entire Albion College campus community.

Aprile served as President of the Gamma Sigma Alpha chapter during her senior year. With the goals of increasing the chapter’s visibility on campus and raising membership numbers, she had her work cut out for her. She was able to exceed her own goals and triple membership in Gamma Sigma Alpha!

The Gamma Sigma Alpha Board of Directors and staff wishes Kayla Aprile much success as she pursues her medical degree! Congratulations on your accomplishments!

75 Ways to Enrich the Academic Community on Your Campus

By the Fraternity/Sorority Campus Office

1. Publish grades

2. Conduct assessment with university research office

3. Assign interns, graduate students, or practicum students to work on academic projects or initiatives

4. Help fraternity/sorority community showcase their academic achievements to the university community

5. Obtain budget incentives from tutoring companies

6. Begin to impose initiatives

7. Reach out to headquarters

8. Email grade reports to the chapters

9. Create resource packets on academics for chapters

10. Contact NPHC chapter advisors if members/chapters are below 2.5

11. Ask Counseling Center to assist with academic support

12. Put grade report on website

13. Provide chapters with academic workshops

14. Set community wide academic goals

15. Share the Fraternity/Sorority Community academic report card with all chapters

16. Empower the student leaders in this area

17. Provide job descriptions and resources for faculty advisors

18. Talk with chapters about their academic profile and performance

19. Show students how to hold their peers accountable academically

20. Meet regularly with all chapters about scholarship

21. More incentive based plans

22. Hold academic integrity conversations

23. Work with schools/departments to recruit/designate chapter faulty advisors

24. Publicly “brag” on exceptional chapter/student academic achievement (newspaper, facebook, twitter, etc)

By the Councils

25. Host special event for scholarship chairs whose chapters met or exceeded the respective all-campus GPA

26. Chapter challenges for grades/grade improvement

27. Have stakeholder discussions

28. Have an academic aspect of recruitment

29. Post chapter GPA’s during orientation and/or recruitment

30. Co-host fraternity/sorority awards and faculty appreciation dinner

31. Talk with chapters about their academic programs

32. More faculty recognition programs, especially for influential faculty

33. Hold scholarship banquets

34. Select a faculty member of the month

35. Set an academic goal together

36. Improve Council academic programs

37. Voluntary round tables at Starbucks or other on-campus location

38. Re-allocate budget for scholarships

39. Establish chapter standards and requirements

40. Skills workshops for scholarship chairs

41. Take officers on tour of campus resources

42. Faculty/staff advisor recognition

43. Council to council contests

44. Establish peer expectations

45. Raise standards by council

By the Chapters

46. Allocate a percentage of the budget on academic enrichment

47. Put academics into recruitment conversations and expectations

48. Recruit new members with high GPA’s

49. Ask for input from the student leaders on new member programs and what is working and what is not

50. Make sure new members achieve good grades during new member period

51. Assess chapter time spent on academics as related to time available, budget and values

52. Elicit ideas from members

53. Develop an individual member academic probation period, have those members file an action plan with scholarship chair

54. Enforce quiet hours in the house—all semester or during exam periods

All Constituencies

55. Help every chapter maintain or raise its GPA

56. Help chapters with academic achievement awards

57. Give faculty recognition

58. Assessment of academics/academic achievement to peer averages

59. Training for chapter scholarship chairs

60. Reach out to faculty advisors

61. Budget for academic programming

62. Start/support a Gamma Sigma Alpha chapter

63. Strengthen the faculty/staff programs; create relationships

64. Improve cultural aspects

65. Share academic research with chapters

66. Share honor society information

67. Support fraternity/sorority campus office on what they are trying to do

68. Parity in message about academics is important

69. Create a list of faculty and staff with their fraternity/sorority affiliations

70. Appreciation baskets to colleges/departments/faculty

71. Photo opportunities with deans and/or senior administration

72. Academic excellence dinners

73. Develop individualized chapter plans—one size do not fit all

74. Create point systems & incentives

75. Use the Academic Achievement Report Card to evaluate & improve (Available: HERE)

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