Campus News 2006

For Immediate Release
August 2, 2006

Schreiner Greek Organizations Score Major Awards    

All four of Schreiner University’s Greek organizations walked away with multiple awards for service and accomplishment at their recent national conventions. Jennifer Hudson-Velazquez, director of student activities at Schreiner, is justifiably proud of the accomplishments of these students.

“When our Greek chapters go to their national conventions, they are competing for awards for community service and academics against chapters from huge universities that may have 100 to 300 members. So when a 20- or 30-member Schreiner chapter is able to win an award for, say, most number of hours committed to community service, that’s a really big deal.”

Chi Phi was the first fraternity established on campus and has recently distinguished itself among its peers by receiving the prestigious Gehring Award for Chapter Excellence – only the second time this award has been given to a Chi Phi chapter. When informed of the award, Peg Layton, vice president for enrollment and student services, said, “To be singled out for the top honor that a Chi Phi chapter can receive not only acknowledges the contributions these young men have made to their national organization, but also their outstanding service to Schreiner University and to the Kerrville community.”

Brian Tenclinger, director of undergraduate services at the Chi Phi Fraternity National Office, said the awards committee was blown away by the Schreiner chapter’s efforts.

“For a chapter that once struggled to merely survive, to receive this award is exceptional,” Tenclinger said. “Their programs in recruitment, alumni relations, financial management, public relations and academic excellence were all recognized as first class.”

Phi Delta Theta won awards for community service and excellence in academics and for overall chapter excellence. Phi Delta Theta’s award for community service was based not only on contributions the whole chapter makes to the community, like taking responsibility for cleaning up a two mile stretch of Hwy 16 four times a year, but also for the level of commitment to service shown by individual members, whether volunteering at the Kerr County Humane Society or feeding the homeless. On the academic side, Phi Delta Theta was recognized for its overall excellence, as well as for its innovative program for tracking the academic progress of every member, ensuring that anyone needing help can get it right away.

Schreiner’s chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon received awards at their national conference for having the chapter most actively involved in campus life and for their outstanding program on management of eating disorders. The national Delta Phi Epsilon organization’s two priorities are anorexia & associated disorders and cystic fibrosis, and Schreiner’s chapter has chosen to focus on ANAD. In the past year the chapter has hosted a candlelight vigil with 100 percent attendance, has brought a guest speaker to campus to promote discussion of anorexia & associated disorders, and has reached out campus-wide with programs to raise awareness. In addition to the organizational awards, former Delta Phi Epsilon member and Schreiner graduate Delma Thompson ’06 received the Outstanding Collegian of the Biennium award for her accomplishments in service, academics, and extracurricular involvement in campus life.

Schreiner’s newest Greek organization, Alpha Sigma Alpha, was designated as an “Attain Chapter” at their national convention in July. Attain Chapters have vowed fully to uphold their role, responsibility and commitment to being an energizing influence in the future of their chapter and Alpha Sigma Alpha. This designation is the third highest level of recognition awarded by Alpha Sigma Alpha, and represents a significant achievement for a chapter that is in its first year on campus.

Summarizing these latest accomplishments of Schreiner’s Greek organizations, Jennifer Hudson-Velazquez comments “Our Greek organizations are a vital part of Schreiner’s campus life and these awards demonstrate that community service and scholarship are as vital to their success as the social life and fellowship they offer to their members.”  

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