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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.

2021 Ruby Sword of Honor Recipients
Region Finalists in Italics

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

 

REGION II

Taylor Crawford
Kansas State University, Kappa Upsilon, Theta A
Parker Millspaugh
University of Oklahoma, Alpha Iota , Zeta B
Alexandra Vest
University of Tulsa, Sigma Gamma, Zeta A
Angelica Zavala
Texas Woman's University, Iota Omega, Kappa B

 

REGION III

Jenna McCoy
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Kappa, Xi A
Emma Nixon
Drake University, Pi, Xi B

 

REGION IV

Anna Catherine Cline
Jacksonville State University, Theta Beta, Rho B
Georgia Emmons
University of Tennessee at Martin, Epsilon Iota, Psi C
Allie Randall
University of South Alabama, Zeta Gamma, Rho A

 

REGION V

Tia Chung-Swanson
Northwestern University, Beta, Gamma A
Elena Harroun
Michigan State University, Alpha Lambda, Alpha B
Katie Knight
Ball State University, Iota Chi, Beta B,
Hannah Nicholson
University of Evansville, Beta Epsilon, Beta A
Grace Ridley
Central Michigan University, Eta Xi, Alpha C

 

REGION VI

Kelly Collins
University of Tampa, Beta Sigma, Lambda D
Lindsey Daily
University of Miami, Sigma Chi, Lambda A
Karly Fitch
University of South Carolina, Theta Chi , Tau E
Katie Beth Fowler
University of Georgia, Iota Zeta, Tau A
Elizabeth Peeples
Appalachian State University, Epsilon Theta, Tau B

 

REGION VII

Mia Harvey
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Zeta Upsilon, Sigma C
Dannielle Remek
Belmont University, Epsilon Lambda, Psi B
Katherine Smith
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Eta-Iota, Sigma A
Natalie Sterba
Bowling Green State University, Gamma Omicron, Alpha A
Rina Tanaka
Eastern Kentucky University, Eta Sigma, Sigma D

 

REGION VIII

Katie Garrison
West Virginia Wesleyan College, Zeta Eta, Chi C
Hannah Jones
University of Hartford, Eta Mu, Phi B
Madison Ogburn
Carnegie Mellon University, Alpha Mu, Chi B
Angel Olsen
Shenandoah University, Gamma Gamma, Iota C
Stephanie Patterson
Towson University, Nu Delta, Iota A
Juliet Popiel
West Chester University, Epsilon Epsilon, Chi A
Ashleigh Wolf
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.

2021 Recipient
Grace Ridley
Eta Xi, Central Michigan University, Alpha C, Region V

 


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

2021 Recipients
Category I (1-20 Members)

Kappa Nu
Lindenwood University, Pi B, Region III
Mu Delta
University of Toledo, Alpha A, Region VII

 

Category II (21-35 members)
Epsilon Theta
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.

2021 Recipient

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

 


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.

Form available in the SAI Officer Portal document library

2021 Recipient
Eta Mu
The Hartt School, University of Hartford, Phi B, Region VIII

 


Collegiate Chapter Province Achievement Award

2021 Recipients
Regional finaists in italics

REGION I  

Gamma Pi
California State University, Long Beach, Delta A
Lambda Chi
California State University, Fullerton, Delta C
Sigma Upsilon
University of Denver, Xi C
Theta Epsilon
California State University, Stanislaus, Delta B

 

REGION II

Alpha Kappa
Pittsburg State University, Theta A
Iota Omega
Texas Woman's University, Kappa B ,
Nu Gamma
Stephen F. Austin State University, Kappa D
Sigma Gamma
University of Tulsa, Zeta A

 


REGION III
Kappa Nu
Lindenwood University, Pi B
Theta Omicron
Central Methodist University, Pi A

 

REGION IV

Iota Beta
Murray State University, Psi C ,
Mu Eta
University of Montevallo, Rho A
Sigma Omicron
University of Arkansas, Mu B
Theta Beta
Jacksonville State University, Rho B

 

REGION V

Iota Chi
Ball State University, Beta B
Iota Pi
Albion College, Alpha B

 

REGION VI

Beta Alpha
Florida State University, Lambda B
Delta Gamma
University of Florida, Lambda D
Epsilon Theta
Appalachian State University, Tau F
Sigma Chi
University of Miami, Lambda A
Theta Chi
University of South Carolina, Tau E

 

REGION VII

Alpha
University of Michigan, Alpha A
Lambda Upsilon
Miami University, Ohio, Sigma A

 

REGION VIII

Epsilon Epsilon
West Chester University, Chi A
Eta Mu
University of Hartford, Phi B
Gamma Gamma
Shenandoah University, Iota C
Nu Alpha
Grand Valley State University, Alpha B
Nu Delta
Towson University, Iota A
Zeta Eta
West Virginia Wesleyan College, Chi C

 


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.

2021 Recipient
Tampa Alumnae
Lambda D, Region VI

 


 Alumnae Chapter Province Achievement Awards 

2021 Recipients
Regional Finalsist in Italics

REGION I 

Colorado Springs
Xi C
Las Vegas
Delta A
Reno
Delta B
San Diego
Delta C


REGION II

Dallas
Kappa B
Houston
Kappa D
Oklahoma City
Zeta B
Topeka
Theta A
Tulsa
Zeta A
Wichita
Theta B

 

REGION III
Columbia
Pi B
Kansas City
Pi A

 

REGION IV

Fayetteville
Mu B

 

REGION V

Fort Wayne
Beta B
Kalamazoo
Alpha B

 

REGION VI

Miami
Lambda A
Raleigh-Durham
Tau D
Statesboro
Tau C
Tampa
Lambda D

 

REGION VII

Ann Arbor
Alpha A
Dayton
Sigma A
Warren Youngstown
Sigma C

 


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.

2021 Recipients

Category 1 (1-20 members)

Long Beach Alumnae
Delta A, Region 1

Tampa Alumnae
Lambda A, Region VI

 

Category II (21-35 members)
Pasadena Alumnae
Delta A, Region I

 

Category III (36+ members)
Fort Wayne Alumnae
Beta B, Region V


 Honors

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.

 


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.

 

 

2021 Recipient
Helen O'Lone
Long Beach Alumnae, Delta A, Region I

Diamond Sword of Honor

REGION I
Helen O'Lone
Long Beach, Delta A


REGION IV  
Lynaire Hartsell
Fayetteville, Mu B

 

REGION VI
Dorothy Duensing
Detroit, Alpha A

 

REGION VIII
Lynne Schreur
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.


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.

 


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.

 


 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