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Gamma Sigma Alpha offers financial support with mini-grants.

The 2012-2013 October mini-grant application deadline is rapidly approaching. To help demonstrate the events past winners have done, we thought we would highlight recipient  Samantha Martin from Baldwin-Wallace College.  The B-W chapter of Gamma Sigma Alpha, along with Order of Omega, planned the Pie for Pi banquet, which held special recognition ceremonies for various achievements. The organizations ended the banquet with various refreshments and delicious pies. In collaboration with not only the Greek Life Office but the Fraternity/Sorority Community as well, they planned a successful event with great attendance.

Do you think you could be Gamma Sigma Alpha’s next mini-grant  recipient? The October 1, 2012 deadline is only two weeks away! To make sure your organization is eligible, please see the reminders below.

Please consider the following when applying for the Gamma Sigma Alpha mini-grants:

  • 1. Any school that hosts an active Gamma Sigma Alpha chapter is eligible to apply for a mini-grant. An active chapter is defined as a chapter that has initiated students into Gamma Sigma Alpha during one of the most recent three semesters.
  • The completed application form must include signatures by the originator and approval from the Department of Student Life and/or Fraternity and Sorority Life.
  • Mini-Grant applications deadlines will be as follows:

February 1, 2012 with notification by February 28, 2012

October 1, 2012 with notification by October 31, 2012

December 1, 2012 with notification by December 31, 2012

  • The Mini-Grant Committee will review proposals and may recommend funding at, below or above the request based on review committee consensus.
  • The minimum request amount will be $100 and the maximum-awarded amount will be $500.
  • Projects in progress or completed are not funded. Project start date should be AFTER notification date and within six months of the notification date.

Compensation to individual student, faculty and/or staff will not be considered.

To apply, download the application here.

Questions: Contact director(@)gammasigmaalpha.org

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Posted: September 18th, 2012 in GSA News | No Comments »

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!

2012-2013 Board of Directors Recognition

2012-2013 Gamma Sigma Alpha Board of Directors

Gamma Sigma Alpha’s National Board of Directors convened this summer to map the future of the organization as we embark on our 25th Anniversary Year next year. Some board members have been involved in the organization since the founding at the University of Southern California in 1989. The first Board of Directors formal meeting was convened in 1991 and several of those members are still involved in the organization today. Special thanks to Theta Chi National Fraternity for hosting our meeting. Below is a list of the Board of Directors appointed for the 2012-2013 academic year-thank you for your service and dedication to academic achievement within fraternal organizations and your continued support of Gamma Sigma Alpha!

Board President, Jennifer Jones-Hall, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Ball State University (Phi Mu)

Board Vice-President, Dr. Tony Lake, Associate Dean of Students, University of Miami (Theta Chi)

Board Treasurer, Dr. Rosalind Alderman, Assistant Vice President for Retention Management, St. Mary’s University (Phi Mu)

Board Secretary, Dr. Jamison Keller, Activities Coordinator, California State University, Northridge (Sigma Nu)

Wes Schaub, Director of Greek Letter Organizations & Societies, Dartmouth College (Phi Kappa Psi)

Dr. Ron Binder, Associate Dean of Students, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (Sigma Phi Epsilon)

Dr. Lynda Wiley, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Ball State University (Kappa Alpha Theta)

Greg Mason, Director of Fraternity/Sorority Housing and Development, University of Central Florida (Lambda Chi Alpha)

Beth Saul, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, University of Southern California (Alpha Epsilon Phi)

Mary Beth Seiler, Director of Greek Life, University of Michigan (Delta Gamma)

Peter Smithhisler, President and CEO, North-American Interfraternity Conference

Terence Parker, Assistant Director of Retention Management, Texas State University, San Marcos

 

Posted: July 18th, 2012 in GSA News | No Comments »

Executive Director Earns Certified Association Executive Credential

The Center for Association Leadership (ASAE) has announced that Aimee Ash, Executive Director of Gamma Sigma Alpha has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry. Less than five percent of all association professionals have earned the CAE.

To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, the applicant must have served in nonprofit organization management for a minimum of three years, completed a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, passed a stringent examination in association management and pledged to uphold a code of ethics.

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 organizations.

Ash has served as Gamma Sigma Alpha’s Executive Director since 2008. She has been involved with the Indiana Society of Association Executives (ISAE) and ASAE since 2010. She is also an associate member of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors. Ash graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Butler University and completed her Master’s of Arts at Ball State University. She is a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity.

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Posted: July 2nd, 2012 in GSA News | No Comments »

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 »

Looking for financial support for your Gamma Sigma Alpha chapter?

 

We’ve all been in meetings with student organizations and Gamma Sigma Alpha chapters where some great ideas are discussed only to be squelched because some financial resources are needed and the organization’s account isn’t overflowing with available monies.

We heard you and this Spring, Gamma Sigma Alpha national headquarters is hoping to help. Mini-Grants will be available to active chapters seeking to sponsor or co-sponsor programs, host events and/or recognize students/faculty.

Important things to consider when discussing applying for these funds:

  1. 1. Any school that hosts an active Gamma Sigma Alpha chapter is eligible to apply for a mini-grant. An active chapter is defined as a chapter that has initiated students into Gamma Sigma Alpha during one of the most recent three semesters.
  2. The completed application form must include signatures by the originator and approval from the Department of Student Life and/or Fraternity and Sorority Life.
  3. Mini-Grant applications deadlines will be as follows:
    1. February 1, 2012 with notification by February 28, 2012
    2. October 1, 2012 with notification by October 31, 2012
    3. December 1, 2012 with notification by December 31, 2012
  4. The Mini-Grant Committee will review proposals and may recommend funding at, below or above the request based on review committee consensus.
  5. The minimum request amount will be $100 and the maximum awarded amount will be $500.
  6. Projects in progress or completed are not funded. Project start date should be AFTER notification date and within six months of the notification date.
  7. Compensation to individual student, faculty and/or staff will not be considered.

To apply, download the application here.

Questions: Contact director(@)gammasigmaalpha.org

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Posted: November 14th, 2011 in GSA News | No Comments »

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 »