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Oct. 26, 2012
Nineteen members of Northwest Missouri State University’s Sigma Alpha agriculture sorority traveled to the organization’s national convention Oct. 11-13 in Omaha, Neb., where the chapter and several individual members were recognized for their achievements.
Northwest’s Alpha Beta chapter of the Sigma Alpha national sorority is one of 56 throughout the nation that are eligible for recognition. The mission of Sigma Alpha and its members is to strive for achievement in scholarship, leadership and service, and to assist women pursuing careers in agriculture.
At the national convention, four Alpha Beta members were recognized as Emerald Scholars. These individuals are active members or alumni who graduated in the spring or summer term prior to the convention and who scored a 3.75 cumulative grade-point average or higher on a 4.0 scale during the previous fall term.
Emerald Scholars from Northwest are Emily Anderson, a senior agricultural business major from California, Mo.; Sara Frueh, a junior animal science (pre-vet) major from Hopkins; and Tasha King, a junior animal science (pre-vet) major from Bronson, Iowa. Samantha Miller, of Faucett, who graduated from Northwest last spring with a degree in elementary education, also was recognized as an Emerald Scholar.
Ashlie Summers, a junior from Higginsville who is majoring in horticulture and agricultural business, received third place in the Outstanding New Member category. The Outstanding New Member Award is presented to a new member whose chapter nominates her based on exemplary accomplishments in Sigma Alpha.
Additionally, Alpha Beta earned several chapter awards. The Northwest chapter placed second in Outstanding Public Service, an award presented to the chapter with the most complete and successful overall service program. Among the service projects the Alpha Beta chapter completed were cleaning a stretch of highway outside Maryville as part of the Adopt-A-Highway program, sending valentines to Nodaway Nursing Home residents, and visiting Maryville schools to teach children about agriculture.
The chapter also received third place for Outstanding Sisterhood, an award presented to the chapter that submits the most outstanding program of sisterhood development activities. The sorority’s development activities include mixers with other sororities and fraternities on campus, retreats, family get-togethers and other social events.
These are the first awards the Alpha Beta chapter has received in its history. The chapter was established at Northwest in 1995.
Alpha Beta also was recognized as the chapter with the most members attending the convention. During the convention, many Alpha Beta members took advantage of networking opportunities and served as hostesses for representatives of attending companies such as Pioneer, Monsanto and Farm Credit.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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