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Chi Omega Wins National Award

October 2, 2002


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MACOMB, IL -- The Western Illinois University Chi Omega’s Gamma Kappa Chapter has been honored with the “Award of Excellence” at the Chi Omega 54th Biennial National Convention in Palm Desert, CA.

The award is based on six different categories that include scholarship, administrative, community service and high standards of personnel and hospitality. The award is only given to the chapters that meet all six criteria. Of the 171 Chi Omega chapters across the nation, just 28 groups received the Award of Excellence.

Ashley Bishop, president of Western's Chi Omega chapter, said this was the first time their chapter has won a national award.

“We knew we’d get an award of national achievement, which honors chapters for meeting at least five of the criteria. But no one expected this,” she said.

Bishop said their chapter has currently held the spot for top grade point average among all other women’s sororities on campus and has done exceptionally well in reaching their recruiting quota.

“We’re thrilled about the award because there’s been many changes in the sorority this year and things are only getting better,” she added.

According to Bishop, Chi Omega is the largest women’s fraternal Greek organization in the nation with its 20th anniversary this January.

“Our chapter is one of the top chapters in the nation and that’s a boost of self esteem for all of us. It’s nice to know we’re doing everyone right and the hard work paid off,” she said.

BY UNIVERSITY RELATIONS STUDENT WRITER SARAH SHARIFI

Posted By: Darcie Shinberger (DR-Shinberger@wiu.edu)
Office of University Relations