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Tri Delta & Phi Delt Take Top Academic Honors!

Gamma Sigma Alpha annually distributes a roster to all inter/national fraternity/sorority headquarters identifying the students within their organizations who affiliated with Gamma Sigma Alpha over the previous academic year. We think membership is something to brag about, so we do this in order for the inter/national groups to brag about their members who put scholarship first!

Delta Delta Delta (Tri Delta) is the sorority that earned top honors, with 135 women recognized with membership into Gamma Sigma Alpha because of their academic achievement during the 2011-2012 academic year. It’s obvious this organization is committed to academics and ‘strives to broaden the intellectual life for their members.” Tri Delta illustrated this by launching one of the first e-learning modules in the fraternal world in 2010. Congrats to Tri Delta, we look forward to seeing the numbers grow next year!

 

Phi Delta Theta (Phi Delt) receives this recognition on the fraternity side. There were 56 Phi Delta Theta members recognized through membership with Gamma Sigma Alpha this past academic year. The organization has shown a steady growth in affiliating members over the past three years and we thank them for their commitment to the academic success of their members. A Phi Delta Theta mantra is: “We believe that helping others reach their potential gets you closer to reaching your own.” Gamma Sigma Alpha believes this principle is illustrated in the academic success of fraternal chapters.

Other inter/national groups that were top contenders for this recognition include Zeta Tau Alpha, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Beta Theta Pi and Sigma Phi Epsilon. Congratulations!

Academic Honor Roll Schools

Gamma Sigma Alpha is proud to sponsor our GPA Honor Roll in conjunction with the Regional GPA Awards. These awards are part of Gamma Sigma Alpha’s mission to recognize outstanding academic achievement within the fraternity/sorority community. All fraternity/sorority communities with GPAs higher than that of the campus undergraduate average are recognized  on the annual honor roll. Congratulations to the schools listed below who illustrated the highest academic achievement within their fraternity/sorority communities during the 2011 calendar year.

Albion College
Ball State University
Binghamton University +
Birmingham-Southern College
Brenau University
Case Western Reserve University
Centre College
Clemson University
Dartmouth College
Eastern Illinois University
Elmhurst College
Jacksonville State University
Longwood University +
Loyola Marymount University
Missouri State University +
Muhlenberg College
Northwestern University
Oklahoma State University
Pennsylvania State University
Rutgers Univresity-New Brunswick
Saint Francis University
Samford University
San Diego State University
Southern Illinois University of Carbondale
St. John’s University (Queens) +
Susquehanna University
University of Alabama
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Central Florida
University of Georgia
University of Illinois
University of Iowa *
University of Louisiana at Monroe
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Puget Sound +
University of San Diego
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of Washington
Valdosta State University
Valparaiso University +
Washington & Jefferson College
Wittenberg University
Spring Semester Only *
Fall Semester Only +

 

*Only schools that submit academic achievement information with Gamma Sigma Alpha can be included on this list. In order to be considered for the 2012 Honor Roll, visit our website for more information or sign up for our newsletter here.

Posted: June 19th, 2012 in Academic Achievement, GSA News | No Comments »

West Fraternal Leadership Conference Awards Announced

Fraternity/Sorority community representatives are gathering at the West Fraternal Leadership Conference which is held in conjunction with the National Cultural Greek Leadership Conference (WFLNCGLC) this week. Gamma Sigma Alpha was pleased to be represented there today to announce our regional GPA awards and honor roll recipients. The institution receiving the highest award for the Spring 2011 academic period is also the winner for the Fall 2011 academic period and that is the University of San Diego! Congratulations!

 

The Honor Roll schools that are attending WFLNCGLC this week are listed below. These schools have fraternity/sorority communities that achieve a higher GPA than the general undergraduate communities.

Spring 2011 Honor Roll recipients:
San Diego State University
University of Southern California
Loyola Marymount University
University of San Diego
University of California, Los Angeles

Fall 2011 Honor Roll recipients:
San Diego State University
University of Southern California
Loyola Marymount University
University of San Diego
University of Puget Sound
University of California, Los Angeles

For more information about Gamma Sigma Alpha and how you can get your school name on this list, visit our website.

Posted: April 13th, 2012 in Academic Achievement, GSA News | No Comments »

SEPA Awards Announced

For the past 12 years Gamma Sigma Alpha has honored those schools whose fraternity and sorority GPA is at or above their undergraduate counterparts. Begun in 2000, the Gamma Sigma Alpha regional GPA competition seeks to recognize those schools within the various regions whose undergraduate GPA is the greatest above their undergraduate GPA. Last week, Gamma Sigma Alpha was pleased to recognize academic achievement among the sorority communities attending the Southeastern Panhellenic Association Conference. 

The institution receiving top academic honors with the SEPC Regional GPA award for Spring 2011 is ALSO our winner for Fall 2011 and that sorority community is at the University of Miami.

The schools listed below were able to achieve honor roll during both 2011 terms.

The Honor Roll recipients for SEPA are:

Birmingham-Southern College
Brenau University
Clemson University
Dartmouth College
Jacksonville State University
Samford University
University of Alabama
University of Central Florida
University of Georgia
University of Louisiana at Monroe
University of Miami
University of South Carolina
Valdosta State University

 

A full list of honor roll schools and regional award recipients will be published mid-month after awards are presented at The West Fraternal Leadership Conference. You still have time to add your school to our Honor Roll if the Fraternity/Sorority GPA is above the all-undergraduate GPA. Complete the online form here.

Posted: April 3rd, 2012 in Academic Achievement, GSA News | No Comments »

Central Awards Announced at CFLNBGLC

For the past 11 years Gamma Sigma Alpha has honored those schools whose fraternity and sorority GPA is at or above their undergraduate counterparts.  This elite group of schools represents the top 5% of schools throughout the country.

Begun in 2000, the Gamma Sigma Alpha regional GPA competition seeks to recognize those schools within the Central region whose fraternity and sorority GPA is the greatest above their undergraduate GPA. Schools who have already submitted their GPA information are featured on our Honor Roll and provided a certificate. If the Fraternity/Sorority GPA on your campus is higher than your all-undergraduate GPA, you can submit your grades through the end of the semester to be included in the HONOR ROLL. Submit grade information here.

Awards were announced today at the Central Fraternal Leadership Conference/National Black Leadership Conference in St. Louis, MO. The institution receiving the award for the Spring 2011 academic period is ALSO our winner for the Fall 2011 academic period. The winner is Oklahoma State University.

The 2011 Honor Roll Recipients for the Central region are:

Albion College (Spring & Fall)

Ball State University (Spring & Fall)

Binghamton University (Fall)

Case Western Reserve University (Spring & Fall)

Eastern Illinois University (Spring & Fall)

Elmhurst College (Spring & Fall)

Longwood University (Fall)

Missouri State University (Fall)

Northwestern University (Spring & Fall)

Oklahoma State University (Spring & Fall)

Pennsylvania State University (Spring & Fall)

Rutgers University, New Brunswick (Spring & Fall)

University of Illinois (Spring & Fall)

University of Iowa (Spring)

University of Michigan (Spring & Fall)

University of Washington (Spring & Fall)

Wittenberg University (Spring & Fall)

Stay tuned–NGLA Conference is next week and we’ll be announcing our regional winners there and online! To stay updated, follow Gamma Sigma Alpha on Facebook & Twitter.

Posted: February 10th, 2012 in Academic Achievement, GSA News | 1 Comment »

Who needs a scholarship plan?

This time of year, students are beginning new terms as council leaders. Your governing council may have a dedicated position for scholarship, as we recommend, or the responsibility of scholarship oversight falls into another job description. Either way, reviewing/revising or creating a scholarship program is a good place to start.

In order to assess strengths & weaknesses, in terms of academic achievement on your campus, complete the Fraternity/Sorority Community Academic Report Card. This report card is easy to complete and can be done during a one-on-one meeting with an advisor or during an executive council meeting. It can also be translated and used by each chapter on your campus if desired. The report card divides scholarship into five categories: Standards & Policies, Scholarship Program, Resources, Faculty Advisor/Relations and Community Culture. After completing the report card, review each category and determine successes & challenges and determine a single change in each category that could be implemented into the community.

Try to ensure that the change can be translated into a SMART goal. This is easily defined as a goal that is:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Action Oriented
  • Realistic
  • Timely
Simply stating, “We want to reach out to more faculty mentors” isn’t a SMART goal. However, rephrasing it to say “The IFC Council will recruit a faculty member to serve as a scholastic mentor for each of our chapters on campus by the end of Spring semester,” meets all of the characteristics above.
When you determine a change goal as well as some successes for each category of the report card, a revised/updated or new scholarship plan can be drafted. Ensure that you are inclusive of all parties involved in implementing the plan during the creation process. This may include faculty, staff, seniors, new members, council officers, etc. If you are not inclusive, implementation becomes nearly impossible. Utilize the honor societies on campus to have this dialogue and if you don’t have an honor society on campus, adding that as a change goal is an important step. These organizations demonstrate that students can achieve balance among academics and other extracurriculars.
 
Remember that any change on campus is a marathon, not a sprint. Know you can make a difference, but it takes time and commitment. Gamma Sigma Alpha is happy to help review scholarship plans from any campus and assist in any way we can. Visit www.gammasigmaalpha.org for additional resources. Stay tuned for some ‘best practices’ in each category of the report card to be highlighted on this blog next week! Follow GSA on twitter or Facebook to stay updated!
Posted: February 1st, 2012 in Academic Achievement | 1 Comment »