A Pitt State fraternity and sorority both repeated as recipients of prestigious awards in 2013.

Crown of Excellence

For chapters of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, earning the prestigious Crown of Excellence award is among the most difficult of  tasks. Earning the award two years in a row? That’s nearly impossible.

Just don’t tell that to the PSU Eta Eta Chapter.

One year after receiving its first Crown of Excellence Award in its 93-year history, the Eta Eta Chapter at PSU again earned the coveted recognition. Since its creation in 1985, only two Alpha Sigma Alpha chapters have earned the Crown of Excellence award in two consecutive years.

The Crown of Excellence award is given to the highest performing chapter within the national organization of Alpha Sigma Alpha. The top chapters in the country are given the award of Four-Star Chapter and from these select few, the Crown of Excellence Chapter is chosen.

“This is an incredible honor that many chapters work years to achieve,” Chapter President Julia Sammur said. “This is an award well-earned by every single member of this sorority.”

Along with receiving the Crown of Excellence Award, Eta Eta was given the Four-Star Chapter award, the Philanthropy Award and the Sidney Gramillion Allen Panhellenic Award.

Peterson Award

For the second straight year, the Zeta Iota chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity at Pitt State was awarded the Peterson Significant Chapter Award, the highest honor an undergraduate chapter can receive.

Named for 38th Grand Consul, J. Dwight Peterson,  the award recognizes excellent performance by chapters in all major areas of operation and programming. The Peterson award is traditionally a symbol of dedication, idealism and achievement.

“We are very proud to receive the Peterson Award for the second straight year,” said Dan West, chapter president. “Our members take great pride in living up to the standards that our fraternity has put in place, and this award is a major showcase of our success.”

There is no minimum or maximum number of chapters that may win the award in any given year, according to the Sigma Chi website. Award criteria are assigned on an objective scale and encompass the entire gamut of chapter activities, from financial stability and recruitment to chapter and member reputation.