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National Sorority Announces 2011 Award Recipients

Woodstock, VA May 1, 2012 – Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority (“Tri Sigma”) is proud to recognize exceptional individuals and chapters of our organization. The following award recipients have created a legacy of passion and hard work, and are stellar examples of a values- focused commitment to Tri Sigma. Our tradition is to distribute national awards at Founders Day celebrations throughout the country, and most recently, these awards were distributed in person.

Tri Sigma is proud to announce the top individual award winners for 2011. These undergraduate and alumnae members best represent Tri Sigma's values of wisdom, power, faith, hope and love.

The 2011 recipient of the Steadfast Alumna Award is Barbara Stichler Bonapfel, an initiate of the Rho chapter, Florida State University, and a current member of the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter. Barbara has served in four National Officer positions, including service as the Extension Coordinator, Housing Committee Chair, Housing Director, and advisor to Epsilon Theta. She is also the former alumnae chapter president for Atlanta. When asked to describe Barbara, her sisters said, “Barb is an example of a woman who lives the journey of faith, hope, love, power, and wisdom. She is a guiding light to the women of our sisterhood, children and members of her church, and to all those she tutors. What is even more amazing is how she has balanced all of these responsibilities with those of being a wife and mother of two children.”

The Emily Gates Alumna Achievement Award recipient for 2011 is Janice Schafer Brill, an initiate of the Beta Gamma chapter, Ball State University, and a current member of the Indianapolis Suburban Alumnae Chapter. When asked how Jan lives the values of Tri Sigma on a daily basis, her friends in Indianapolis had this to say, “Always wanting to give more than she receives, Jan has been very active in her community, whether it was with church, her children’s activities, school, orchestra, scouts, and counselor for Brook’s Place for Grieving Children. She has been a mentor to new teachers in her school building, made presentations on Students

Living in Poverty to other teachers, served on panels for pre-service teachers, and been a guide to educators wanting to observe the Intermediate building in which she teaches.”

The Mabel Lee Walton Leadership Award recipient for 2011 is Christina Miller, Epsilon Rho, University of Minnesota - Mankato. Those that nominated and endorsed Christina have this to say, “There isn’t a better word to describe Christina than genuine. She stays true to herself as a woman of character. She is constantly providing encouragement for others to do the same. She always has an ear to listen and a voice of reason for a sister in need. Christina goes through life with passion. Every organization, every friend, and every opportunity Christina encounters, she does so with her whole heart and soul. She is an admirable person for her leadership and character.” Christina serves as a CHARACTER COUNTS! advocate, and presented on the Tri Sigma Women of Character Initiative at the Association for Fraternal Leadership and Values Leadership Conference in St. Louis, Missouri this past winter. A leader in numerous campus clubs and organizations, she is most noted for her commitment to developing organizations to meet specific goals, while encouraging the leadership skills of her peers.

The Margaret Freeman Everett Outstanding Senior Award recipient for 2011 is Amy Christine Tursi, Delta Psi, St. Joseph’s University. Amy has committed her professional and personal time to assisting students with developmental disabilities. Her tireless efforts with the Easter Seals, within charter schools and classroom projects have touched the lives of so many. Amy also organized and volunteered at “Bunny Day”, a chapter event hosted for underprivileged children. Her chapter sisters had this to say about her genteel manner, “Amy is a true friend to each in the chapter. To her, “sister” is not just a title or designation, it is one from the heart and that is what she gives not only to her own chapter sisters but even to us older sisters. Amy’s character and conduct are unquestionably above reproach.”

The 2011 Alumnae Chapter of the Year is our Phoenix Alumnae chapter. With 12 leadership opportunities, a continued focus on recruitment, a thriving alumna initiate program, and a wonderful diverse membership, Phoenix has defined themselves by the ways they continue to connect and contribute to the larger Tri Sigma sisterhood. They have a dues payment incentive program and continue to reward members who fulfill this obligation. A focus on ritual is also a cornerstone of this stellar group. “Ritual is very important to our chapter. We are the only alumnae chapter that has been allowed to purchase a set of our own ritual equipment because we have a consistent recruitment program in place. We conduct Arc Degree multiple times each year and Triangle Degree once a year.” An alumnae chapter with thriving programming, recruitment and development of members, and a steadfast commitment to supporting each other, the Phoenix Alumnae chapter of Tri Sigma is a fantastic example of lifelong membership!

The 2011 Collegiate Chapter of the Year has won this award two years in a row! The Alpha Chi Chapter Murray State University is defined by a consistent attention to the larger priorities of Tri Sigma. The chapter culture is marked by a focus on values-based programming and purpose, as well as a larger goal to connect with the national organization and chapter sisters from other universities. “We have strived to realize that Tri Sigma is not just Alpha Chi and to create perpetual bonds of friendship with sisters nationwide.” When asked how they develop their

members to expect excellence, they said, “In addition to awareness, we try to give our members a reason to do a particular thing other than checking off a standard. It can be defined as the “why”. We don’t just tell our girls to get on Sigma Connect and do their modules because it will help us reach as standard, but because we should always be trying to better ourselves as women and consequently better members, even if it’s learning how to change a tire or how to write a resume.”

For a complete list of all award winning individuals and chapters, please refer to the Tri Sigma website under Tri Sigma Today, News Room. Congratulations to all of our wonderful collegians and alumnae.