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COLLEGIATE

 

Collegiate Chapter Province Achievement Award

Collegiate Honor Award

Collegiate Service Project Award

Katherine Becker National Collegiate Chapter Achievement Award

National Collegiate Leadership Award

National Collegiate Outstanding Advisor Award

Province Collegiate Leadership Award (Ruby Sword of Honor)

Scholastic Award

 

ALUMNAE 

Helen May Alumnae Chapter Province Achievement Awards

Annelle Chandler McAdams Alumnae Service Project Award

Certificates of Merit

Dorothy Whinery Special Leadership Award

Helen May National Alumnae Chapter Achievement Award

National Alumnae Leadership Award (Diamond Sword of Honor)

 

HONORS 

Patroness Sword of Honor

Ring of Excellence

Rose of Dedication

Rose of Constancy

Rose of Honor

Sword of Honor

Wreath of Achievement

 

COLLEGIATE

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.

Province Collegiate Leadership Award - Ruby Sword of Honor

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.

2020 Ruby Sword of Honor Recipients
Region Finalists in Italics

REGION 1
Haley Aldape
California State University Stanislaus, Theta Epsilon, Delta B

 

REGION II

Amber Bunnag-Stoner
University of Tulsa, Sigma Gamma, Zeta A

Melanie Gorsalitz
University of North Texas, Iota Theta, Kappa B

Haley Hoffman
University of Houston, Beta Pi, Kappa D

Jessica Peercy
Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Nu Beta, Zeta B

Shelby Pence
Washburn University, Theta, Theta A

Alondra Rosales
Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Lambda Lambda, Kappa A

 

REGION III

Shayla Hinson
Truman State University, Epsilon Pi, Pi A

Rachel Martin
University of Missouri, Iota Lambda, Pi B

 

REGION IV

Emma V. Brown
University of South Alabama , Zeta Gamma, Rho A

Emma Foret
University of Tennessee at Martin, Epsilon Iota, Psi C

 

REGION V

Morgan Dean
Ball State University, Iota Chi, Beta B

Kate Huizinga
Michigan State University, Alpha Lambda, Alpha B

 

REGION VI

Hannah Childress
Stetson University, Eta Pi, Lambda C

Jennifer Grubbs
University of Georgia, Iota Zeta, Tau A

Noelle Imel
Georgia Southern University, Gamma Theta, Tau C

Mary Pickhardt
Appalachian State University, Epsilon Theta, Tau B

Melanie Richardson
University of Florida, Delta Gamma, Lambda D

Allison Ruka
University of Florida, Delta Gamma, Lambda D

 

REGION VII

Halie Kestermann
The Ohio State University, Theta Alpha, Sigma B

Ashley Matse
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Zeta Upsilon, Sigma C

Michele Ripka
University of Michigan, Alpha, Alpha A,

Lindsay Wetzel
Morehead State University, Gamma Upsilon, Sigma D


REGION VIII

Emily Earl
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Lambda Phi, Phi B

Joi Harper
George Mason University, Mu Epsilon, Iota A

Alexis N. Peart
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.

Nomination Form 

2020 Recipient
Alexis N. Peart
Eastman School of Music, Sigma Theta, Eta A

 

 


Collegiate Honor Award
(to be submitted through the SAI Officer Portal by chapter Faculty Advisor)

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.

Application Form

2020 Recipients
Category I (1-20 Members)

Alpha
University of Michigan, Alpha A, Region VII

Theta Gamma
University of Texas at San Antonio, Kappa A,Region II

 

Category II (21-35 members)
Sigma Gamma
University of Tulsa, Zeta A, Region II

 


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.

Nomination Form

2020 Recipient

Amanda Craig Eckerman
Eta Omicron, University of Nevada/Reno, Delta B, Region I

Krystyn Jensen
Theta Omega, Texas State University, Kappa A, Region II

 


Katherine Becker National Collegiate Chapter Achievement Award

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.

Nomination Form available in the SAI Officer Portal document library

2020 Recipient
Epsilon Theta
Appalachian State University, Tau B, Region VI

 


Collegiate Chapter Province Achievement Award

2020 Recipients
Regional finaists in italics

REGION I  

Gamma Pi
California State University, Long Beach, Delta A

Sigma Eta
University of Redlands, Delta C

Delta Eta
Northern Arizona University, Omicron

Eta Omicron
University of Nevada/Reno, Delta B

 

REGION II

Beta Pi
University of Houston, Kappa D

Sigma Gamma
University of Tulsa, Zeta A

Alpha Pi
Fort Hays State University, Theta B

Kappa Upsilon
Kansas State University, Theta A

Iota Theta
University of North Texas, Kappa B

Lambda Lambda
Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kappa A


REGION III
Kappa Nu
Lindenwood University, Pi B

 

REGION V

Sigma Delta
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Upsilon B

Iota Eta
Indiana State University, Beta A

Beta Eta
Western Michigan University, Alpha B

Beta Lambda
Valparaiso University, Beta B

Delta Tau
Augustana College, Gamma B

 

REGION VI

Epsilon Theta
Appalachian State University, Tau B

Iota Tau
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tau D

Gamma Theta
Georgia Southern University, Tau C

Lambda Omicron
Florida International Univ, Lambda A,

Delta Gamma
University of Florida, Lambda D,

Theta Nu
Florida A & M University, Lambda B

Mu Nu
Winthrop University, Tau E

 

REGION VIII

Epsilon Epsilon
West Chester University, Chi A

Gamma Delta
State University of New York at Potsdam, Crane School of Music, Eta B,

Gamma Epsilon
University of Maryland, Iota A

Epsilon Beta
Gettysburg College, Iota C

Eta Mu
University of Hartford, Phi B

Theta Kappa
William Paterson University, Phi A

 


Scholastic Award
(to be submitted through the SAI Officer Portal by chapter Faculty Advisor)

The purpose of the Sigma Alpha Iota Scholastic Award is to recognize academic achievement among Sigma Alpha Iota collegiate members.


 

ALUMNAE

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.

2020 Recipient
Fort Wayne Alumnae
Beta B, Region V

 


 Alumnae Chapter Province Achievement Awards 

2020 Recipients
Regional Finalsist in Italics

REGION I 

Denver
Xi C

Long Beach
Delta A

San Diego County
Delta C

San Francisco Peninsula
Delta A

Tacoma
Nu


REGION II

Dallas
Kappa B

Lindsborg
Theta B

Oklahoma City
Zeta B

San Antonio
Kappa A

Topeka
Theta A

Tulsa
Zeta A

 

REGION III
Columbia, MO
Pi B

 

REGION V

Bloomington
Beta A

Fort Wayne
Beta B

Lansing/East Lansing
Alpha B

Rockford
Gamma B

 

REGION VI

Charlotte
Tau B

Ft. Lauderdale
Lambda A

Orlando
Lambda C

Raleigh/Durham
Tau D

Statesboro
Tau C

Tampa
Lambda D

 

REGION VIII

Philadelphia
Chi A

New York
Phi B


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.

Nomination Form

2020 Recipients

Category 1 (1-20 members)
Lawrence
Theta A, Region II

 

Category II (21-35 members)
Denver
Xi C, Region I

 

Category III (36+ members)
Tulsa

Zeta A, Region II

Ft. Wayne
Beta B, Region V


 Honors

Sword of Honor
The Sword of Honor, a tiny gold sword, is given to an 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.

See Forms and Documents page for nomination form.


Patroness Sword of Honor
The Patroness Sword of Honor is awarded to patroness members (with or without training). The requirements are the same as for our Sword of Honor.

See Forms and Documents page for nomination form.


National Alumnae Leadership Award (Diamond Sword of Honor)
An alumnae chapter may nominate a member annually for the National Alumnae Leadership Award. The award is based on the following criteria:

  • 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.

See Forms and Documents page for nomination form.

 

2020 Recipient
Catherine P. Bartoli
Austin Alumnae, Kappa A, Region II

Diamond Sword of Honor

REGION I
Catherine Bartoli
Austin Alumnae, Kappa A


REGION IV  
Sherry Orr
Orlando Alumnae, Lambda C


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.

See Forms and Documents page for nomination form.


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.

See Forms and Documents page for nomination form.


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.

See Forms and Documents page for nomination form.


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.


Ring of Excellence
The Ring of Excellence is the fraternity's highest award. It may be given by the National Executive Board or by a chapter.

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.

See Forms and Documents page for nomination form.


Wreath of Achievement
A new fraternity award, the Wreath of Achievement, was 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.

See Forms and Documents page for nomination form.


 Special Category

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