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McNabb Honored With Helen R. Garman Award

August 28, 2014

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MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University history Professor Jennifer McNabb was awarded the Helen R. Garman Award this summer for her outstanding advising work with Western's Alpha Sigma Tau sorority.

The award is given to one of the national sorority's 87 chapter advisors and is presented every two years at the Alpha Sigma Tau National Convention, which was held June 26-29 in Atlanta, GA.

The Helen R. Garman Award is presented to one chapter advisor, who is also a faculty member and has given outstanding service to the collegiate chapter and to the sorority.

McNabb serves as advisor for the Alpha Epsilon chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau at Western. She has been a faculty advisor since Fall 2009 and chapter advisor since Spring 2011.

At Western, McNabb was named winner of the Greek Advisor of the Year Award in 2010 and 2014.

"I am pleased to be a part of the strong tradition of Greek life at WIU and deeply appreciative of this prestigious honor from Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority," said McNabb. "It has been a privilege to work with the members of Western's chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau, and I am incredibly proud of their academic and philanthropic accomplishments in recent years. I am certain that their excellence as a chapter is a large part of the reason that my efforts as advisor have been recognized."

WIU Assistant Director of Student Activities – Greek Life Nicholas Katz said he was "ecstatic" to learn of McNabb's award.

"For five years Dr. McNabb has given her time and talents to the young women of AST at Western Illinois University as their chapter advisor and we cannot thank her enough," Katz said. "We appreciate all that Dr. McNabb provides to both the chapter she advises and to the entire Greek community. She is well deserving of this award and we thank her for her continued support of the fraternal movement at WIU."

McNabb received her bachelor's degree from Adrian College, in Adrian, MI; her master's degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and her doctorate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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