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Dartmouth sorority earns national awards

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 07/20/07 • Susan Knapp • (603) 646-3661

At the Alpha Xi Delta national convention in late June, Dartmouth's Theta Psi chapter won eight awards, recognizing the students for a variety of achievements, many of them for academic excellence.

"At the awards ceremony, they gave out 18 awards, most of which went to just a few chapters, some to many chapters, and some to only one chapter. We were ecstatic that our chapter won eight awards, including one for highest GPA [grade point average] out of all 115 chapters nationwide," says Lauren E. DeNatale '09, a member of the sorority who attended the conference in Indianapolis, and who is the Summer President of Alpha Xi Delta.

Lauren E. DeNatale and Jessica Lane '09
Lauren E. DeNatale (left) and Jessica Lane '09 at the awards banquet of the Alpha Xi Delta national convention. (Photo courtesy Lauren DeNatale)

The eight awards: Chapter Quota Award, Chapter Total Award, Member Recruitment Excellence Award, Financial Efficiency Award, 2007 Academic Achievement Excellence, Elizabeth G. Van Buskirk New Member Class Award (for new member GPA of over 3.0), Anna Grandin Baldwin Award (for highest overall GPA—3.5883—out of all chapters), and Order of the Quill Award (for excellence in chapter management practices).

Additionally, the Dartmouth chapter was recognized with an honorable mention for the Xi Achievement Award, which is given to chapters based on their accreditation scores. There were two winners of this award, and Theta Psi was one of four honorable mentions.

"This means that we are one of the top six chapters in the eyes of our national organization," says DeNatale.

"The women in this chapter deserve the recognition," says Deborah Carney, assistant dean of residential life and director of Dartmouth's coed/fraternity/sorority (CFS) administration. "They have strived for excellence in all areas of the sorority and are role models for other Greek letter organizations at Dartmouth. We are very proud of them."

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