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National Collegiate Leadership Award
A collegiate chapter may annually nominate a senior or graduate student for the Collegiate Leadership Award. She must have the Sword of Honor or be nominated for the Sword of Honor at the same time. The award is based on four criteria:
- Qualities of leadership expressed in the member’s sense of organization and her ability to work well with chapter members, advisors, and faculty
- Fraternity service in terms of chapter offices held, committee chairmanships, performance on chapter musicales, cooperation in chapter activities, and national fraternity viewpoint
- Campus activities in terms of student organization participation, offices held outside of the fraternity, and general campus honors
- Maintenance of a high scholarship level.
All approved Collegiate Leadership Award nominees become candidates for the Province Collegiate Leadership Awards. The Province Officer chooses one person from these candidates to be the Province Collegiate Leadership Award recipient.
2021 Ruby Sword of Honor Recipients
Region Finalists in Italics
California State University Stanislaus, Theta Epsilon, Delta B
Kansas State University, Kappa Upsilon, Theta A
University of Oklahoma, Alpha Iota , Zeta B
University of Tulsa, Sigma Gamma, Zeta A
Texas Woman's University, Iota Omega, Kappa B
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Kappa, Xi A
Drake University, Pi, Xi B
Anna Catherine Cline
Jacksonville State University, Theta Beta, Rho B
University of Tennessee at Martin, Epsilon Iota, Psi C
University of South Alabama, Zeta Gamma, Rho A
Northwestern University, Beta, Gamma A
Michigan State University, Alpha Lambda, Alpha B
Ball State University, Iota Chi, Beta B,
University of Evansville, Beta Epsilon, Beta A
Central Michigan University, Eta Xi, Alpha C
University of Tampa, Beta Sigma, Lambda D
University of Miami, Sigma Chi, Lambda A
University of South Carolina, Theta Chi , Tau E
Katie Beth Fowler
University of Georgia, Iota Zeta, Tau A
Appalachian State University, Epsilon Theta, Tau B
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Zeta Upsilon, Sigma C
Belmont University, Epsilon Lambda, Psi B
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Eta-Iota, Sigma A
Bowling Green State University, Gamma Omicron, Alpha A
Eastern Kentucky University, Eta Sigma, Sigma D
West Virginia Wesleyan College, Zeta Eta, Chi C
University of Hartford, Eta Mu, Phi B
Carnegie Mellon University, Alpha Mu, Chi B
Shenandoah University, Gamma Gamma, Iota C
Towson University, Nu Delta, Iota A
West Chester University, Epsilon Epsilon, Chi A
Eastman School of Music, Sigma Theta, Eta A
National Collegiate Leadership Award
The National Collegiate Leadership Award is the highest award a collegiate member can receive.
All Province Collegiate Leadership Award recipients become candidates for the National Collegiate Leadership Award. The National Executive Board will choose one person from these candidates to be the National Collegiate Leadership Award recipient. The National Collegiate Leadership Award winner receives the National Collegiate Leadership Award pendant from the fraternity. The NEB will supervise the presentation of the award.
Eta Xi, Central Michigan University, Alpha C, Region V
The purpose of the Sigma Alpha Iota Collegiate Honor Award is to give the Head of the Music Department an opportunity to recognize a Sigma Alpha Iota collegiate member for outstanding musicianship, scholarship, and fraternity service.
Collegiate Service Project Award
Collegiate Service Project Award is a new award, designed to acknowledge the wonderful volunteer projects that collegiate chapters do in the name of music. Patterned after the alumnae service project awards, a national winning chapter will be chosen from three chapter-size categories. Each national winner will receive a certificate and a $100 prize. Please read the application carefully when submitting it.
Category I (1-20 Members)
Lindenwood University, Pi B, Region III
University of Toledo, Alpha A, Region VII
Category II (21-35 members)
Appalachian State University, Tau B, Region VI
National Collegiate Outstanding Advisor Award
This award was first given at the National Convention in Dallas, August 4-8, 2000. It is an annual award, intended to recognize those individuals who volunteer their time, love, and advice to our college chapters. The advisor is not required to be an initiated member of Sigma Alpha Iota.
Dr. Lori Ardovino
Mu Eta, University of Montevallo, Rho A, Region IV
Dr. Kimberly Gelbwasser Lazzeri
Eta Psi, Northern Kentucky University, Sigma A, Region VII
The Collegiate Chapter Achievement Award is given annually to chapters whose officers and members have achieved distinction in fulfilling the following criteria:
- The National Objectives
- Completion of the chapter's local obligations: financial good standing, good relationships with chapter advisors and school officials, good relationships with patroness members and alumnae members, development and/or implementation of school and/or community music projects, participation in Province Day activities.
- Completion of the chapter's national obligations: financial good standing, good relationships with province and national officers by submitting all required and especially requested reports on time, and support of national projects through participation and financial contributions. - Chapter Procedures Manual, p. 14-8.
Form available in the SAI Officer Portal document library
The Hartt School, University of Hartford, Phi B, Region VIII
Regional finaists in italics
California State University, Long Beach, Delta A
California State University, Fullerton, Delta C
University of Denver, Xi C
California State University, Stanislaus, Delta B
Pittsburg State University, Theta A
Texas Woman's University, Kappa B ,
Stephen F. Austin State University, Kappa D
University of Tulsa, Zeta A
Lindenwood University, Pi B
Central Methodist University, Pi A
Murray State University, Psi C ,
University of Montevallo, Rho A
University of Arkansas, Mu B
Jacksonville State University, Rho B
Ball State University, Beta B
Albion College, Alpha B
Florida State University, Lambda B
University of Florida, Lambda D
Appalachian State University, Tau F
University of Miami, Lambda A
University of South Carolina, Tau E
University of Michigan, Alpha A
Miami University, Ohio, Sigma A
West Chester University, Chi A
University of Hartford, Phi B
Shenandoah University, Iota C
Grand Valley State University, Alpha B
Towson University, Iota A
West Virginia Wesleyan College, Chi C
The purpose of the Sigma Alpha Iota Scholastic Award is to recognize academic achievement among Sigma Alpha Iota collegiate members.
Helen May National Alumnae Chapter Achievement Award
The Alumnae Chapter Achievement Award is given annually to chapters whose officers and members have achieved distinction in fulfilling the following criteria:
- The National Objectives
- Completion of the chapter's local obligations: financial good standing, support of college chapter(s) when located in the vicinity, good relationships with local patroness members, development and/or implementation of community music projects, participation in Province Day activities.
- Completion of the chapter's national obligations: financial good standing, good relationships with province and national officers by submitting all required and especially requested reports on time, and support of national projects through participation and financial contributions. - Chapter Procedures Manual, p. 7-1.
Lambda D, Region VI
Regional Finalsist in Italics
Annelle Chandler McAdams Alumnae Service Project Award
The Alumnae Service Project Award is given annually based on the following: the type of service, defined as something for others, not a fundraiser to benefit the chapter; the percentage of chapter members involved in the project; the originality of the project; and the financial good standing of the chapter.
Category 1 (1-20 members)
Long Beach Alumnae
Delta A, Region 1
Lambda A, Region VI
Category II (21-35 members)
Delta A, Region I
Category III (36+ members)
Fort Wayne Alumnae
Beta B, Region V
Sword of Honor
The Sword of Honor, a tiny gold sword, is given to a member who has fulfilled all duties in each office she has held in an outstanding manner. She has shown strong leadership within the chapter and she has forwarded all the required reports of her office(s) to the province officer and/or appropriate national officer. The Sword of Honor may be given to an active member of a chapter.
Patroness Sword of Honor
The Patroness Sword of Honor is awarded to patroness members (with or without training).This award recognizes a patroness who has been especially supportive of a collegiate or alumnae chapter and the ideals of SAI.
- Outstanding or extraordinary service in all three of the following fields: fraternity, local chapter, and community
- Fulfilled all duties in each office held in an outstanding manner
- Made a special contribution to the program of the chapter
- Brought honor and distinction to the chapter through exceptional community leadership
- Must be a current member of the SAI Alumnae Association
- Must be in good standing with the chapter financially and participate in chapter meetings and functions
- Must have received the Sword of Honor and the Rose of Honor
Selection of National Leadership Award Winners
The Regional Officers will choose regional recipients (up to eight, usually one from each region) from among these candidates. The fraternity will present the National Alumnae Leadership Award recipients with the Diamond Sword of Honor. The NEB will supervise the presentation of the eight awards. The Diamond Sword of Honor Ceremony from the Ritual will be used as directed by the NEB.
Long Beach Alumnae, Delta A, Region I
Diamond Sword of Honor
Long Beach, Delta A
Fayetteville, Mu B
Detroit, Alpha A
New York, Phi B
Rose of Honor
The Rose of Honor, a tiny gold rose with a ruby center,is presented to a member who has given outstanding or extraordinary service in all three of the following fields: the fraternity beyond the local level, the local chapter, and the community.
Rose of Dedication
The Rose of Dedication is presented to a member who has given outstanding or extraordinary service in all three of the following fields for a minimum of 25 years: the fraternity, the local chapter, and the community.
Rose of Constancy
The Rose of Constancy is awarded after the Rose of Dedication. It is given for continued outstanding/extraordinary service, for a minimum of 35 years following college graduation, to the fraternity (beyond the local level), local chapter, community and musical activities.
Dorothy Whinery Special Leadership Award
The Dorothy Whinery Special Leadership Award is given for outstanding leadership in the national organization. Originally named the Special Leadership Award, it was renamed the Dorothy Whinery Special Leadership Award to honor her years of service as National Executive Secretary (from 1956-1992). It has been presented 14 times:
- 1947 Convention to Gertrude Evans Messersmith, National President, 1931-1942
- 1953 Convention to Edna Hebel Geimer, National Treasurer 1925-1948, Director of Finance 1948-1950
- 1959 Convention to Kathleen Davison, National President 1942-1956
- 1965 Convention to Edna Hutton, National Editor 1944-1973
- 1978 Convention to Ruth Gould, National President 1968-1978
- 1990 Convention to Dorothy Cooke Whinery, National Executive Secretary 1956-1992
- 1997 Convention to Ruth Sickafus, retiring Vice Chairman, SAI Philanthropies, Inc.
- 2000 Convention to Helen May
- 2003 Centennial Convention to Bobbie Burk
- 2006 Convention to Barbara Staton
- 2009 Convention to Elise Sterrenberg
- 2012 Convention to Dixie Lou Morris
- 2015 Convention to Ginny Johnson
- 2018 Convention to Arlene Jospe Veron
The award is a gold pendant. Centered in an open circle is the fraternity crest surrounded by an inner circle of pearls. The outer circle is the laurel wreath.
Given by the National Executive Board
When given by the National Executive Board, the Ring of Excellence is given for outstanding service to the national organization or to an internationally renowned artist, scholar, or teacher who was initiated as a collegiate or non-student member. The NEB may make the presentation directly, or a chapter may be asked to make the presentation.
Given by a Chapter
A collegiate or alumnae chapter may apply to the NEB to award the Ring of Excellence to an alumna member who has performed exceptional service to the fraternity, who is outstanding as a musician, performer, teacher, or composer, and who is in good standing, i.e. completely paid Life Member. The alumna member of recognized professional standards must have received theSword of Honor and the Rose of Honor.
Wreath of Achievement
The Wreath of Achievement was first unveiled at the 2006 Convention Appreciation Luncheon, hosted by the NEB and the Philanthropies Board. The award was presented to retiring POs who had served for nine years:
- Janet Ebersole
- Deb Volker
- Pat Bulber
- Phyllis Relyea
- Lorna McCormick
- Belinda Potoma
- Shelby MacFarlane, retiring National VP, Extension and Fraternity Development.
It is awarded after the Rose of Honor and before the Rose of Dedication. It is given for continued outstanding/extraordinary service to the fraternity (beyond the local level), local chapter, community and musical activities.
Certificates of Merit
Upon several occasions Sigma Alpha Iota has presented a Certificate of Merit to especially honor individuals whose leadership in the music world has been outstanding and nationally or internationally recognized. Individuals so honored include:
- Miss Marion Anderson*
- Mr. Leonard Bernstein
- Mrs. Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge*
- Milton Cross
- Carl Fisher, Inc.
- Dr. Karl Haas
- Dr. Howard Hanson
- Dame Myra Hess*
- Mrs. Edna Rait Hutton (former National Editor)
- Mr. Henry Ford
- Senator Jacob Javits
- Dr. Serge Koussevitzky
- Miss Marjorie Lawrence*
- Mrs. Edward MacDowell*
- C. F. Peters Corporation
- Mr. William Schuman
- Catherine Filene Shouse*
- Sir Georg Solti
- Dr. Harold Spivacke
- Roger Stevens
- Mr. Louis Sudler
- Maurice Granville and Texaco Company
*Sigma Alpha Iota Distinguished Member