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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.

Ruby Sword of Honor Recipients in Italics

2017 Winners
Region I Erin Marie Love, Eta Omega, University of the Pacific, Delta B
Region I Lauren Graham, Lambda Chi, California State University, Fullerton, Delta C
Region I Mikaela Hannon, Sigma Zeta, University of Idaho, Nu
Region II Kelsey Bronso, Iota Theta, University of North Texas, Kappa B
Region II Melissa Buchman, Sigma Gamma, University of Tulsa, Zeta A
Region II McKenzie Buttron, Theta, Washburn University, Theta A
Region II Megan Dodds, Gamma Phi, Hardin-Simmons University, Kappa C
Region III Catherine Deysach, Zeta Epsilon, University of Iowa, Xi B
Region III Anna Griggs, Eta Nu, Hastings College, Xi A
Region IV Serena Bishop, Delta Zeta, Troy University, Rho A
Region IV Savanna Hayes, Iota Beta, Murray State University, Psi C
Region IV Coco Kuykendall, Zeta Rho, Arkansas Tech University, Mu B
Region IV Katelyn McGee, Theta Beta, Jacksonville State University, Rho B
Region IV Heather Stewart, Theta Theta, Nicholls State University, Omega C
Region V Lillian Marshall, Alpha Lambda, Michigan State University, Alpha B
Region V Zoe Gleason Volz, Zeta Psi, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Beta B
Region VI Hannah Cavender, Iota Zeta, University of Georgia, Tau A,
Region VI Kaitlyn Ket, Delta Gamma, University of Florida, Lambda D
Region VI Madison Kronheim, Beta Alpha, Florida State University, Lambda B
Region VI Jada Tate, Theta Lambda, Furman University, Tau E
Region VI Gabrielle Wise, Lambda Pi, Florida Atlantic University, Lambda A
Region VII Grace Dingus, Gamma Iota, James Madison University, Iota B
Region VII Jennifer Johnson, Eta Psi, Northern Kentucky University, Sigma A
Region VII Carina Remmel, Alpha, University of Michigan, Alpha A
Region VII Katelin Schumacher, Alpha Gamma, Muskingum University, Sigma C
Region VII Kristi Stropes, Sigma Beta, Ohio University, Sigma B
Region VIII Annie Incontro, Gamma Delta, State University of New York-Potsdam, Eta B
Region VIII Melinda Hockaday, Gamma Gamma, Shenandoah University, Iota C
Region VIII Sydney Lazar, Eta Mu, University of Hartford, Phi B
Region VIII Alli Ross, Delta Mu, Temple University, Chi 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 

2017 Winner
Heather Lirette Stewart
Theta Theta, Nicholls State University, Omega C Province, Region IV


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

2017 Winners
Category I (1-20 Members)
Kappa Sigma
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Epsilon B Province, Region III

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

Category III (36+ members)
Alpha Mu
Carnegie Mellon University, Chi B Province, Region VIII


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

2017 Winner
Dr. Meryl Mantione
Iota Chi Chapter, Ball State University, Beta B Province, Region V


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

2017 Winner
Theta
Washburn University, Theta A


Collegiate Chapter Province Achievement Award

2017 Winners

Region I  Beta Delta, University of Puget Sound, Nu
Region II  Theta, Washburn University, Theta A
Region III  Zeta Epsilon, University of Iowa, Xi B
Region IV  Epsilon Kappa, Louisiana Tech University, Omega B
Region V  Alpha Lambda, Michigan State University, Alpha B
Region VI  Lambda Omicron, Florida International University, Lambda A
Region VI  Alpha, University of Michigan, Alpha A
Region VIII  Delta Mu, Temple University, Chi 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.

2017 Winner
Kathi Bower Peterson
San Diego Alumnae Chapter, Delta C, Region I

 


 Alumnae Chapter Province Achievement Awards 

2017 Winners

Region I  Denver, Xi C
Region II  Dallas, Kappa B
Region III  Iowa City, Xi B
Region V  Fort Wayne, Beta B
Region VI  Ft. Lauderdale, Lambda A
Region VII  Dayton, Sigma B
Region VIII  Buffalo, Eta A


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

2017 Winners

Category 1 (1-20 members)
Moscow/Pullman
Nu, Region I

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

Bloomington
Beta A, Region V

Category III (36+ members)
Fort 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.

2017 Winner
Fort Wayne Alumnae Chapter
Beta B, Region V

Diamond Sword of Honor

Region I  Kathi Bower Peterson, San Diego, Delta C
Region V  Jacqueline Tilles, Evanston, Gamma A
Region VIII  Michelle Schultz Woods, Boston, 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.

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 eleven 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

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