August 12, 2004
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Charles Harmon Director of University Relations

VSU's Alpha Gamma Delta and South Georgia Alumnae Chapters receivenational awards

Valdosta State University's Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity for women was recently honored this summer with a national award at the organization's Centennial International Convention held in Chicago, Illinois. The VSU Chapter, known as Theta Sigma, and members of the South Georgia Alumnae Chapter were both presented with the Jewel Award for jointly raising $3000 for the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, which supports Diabetes research, education, and other philanthropic endeavors.

?We are so thankful to the members of the VSU community who greatly assisted us in achieving this award by participating in the Alpha Gamma Delta Lock-up and Raffle,? said collegiate President Lacey Phillips.

The South Georgia Alumnae Chapter received the highest recognition possible, the Outstanding Achievement Award. The award was presented for the chapter's involvement with the local community, support of the collegiate chapter and excellent programming for alumnae members. There were 81 Alumnae chapters throughout the United States and Canada competing for the award.

?We are extremely honored to be chosen,? said past President Rebecca Murphy, who also serves as VSU's Training and Development Director.

More than 900 Alpha Gamma Delta collegiate and alumnae members from across North America attended the conference held July 17-21. The meeting focused on many special programs related to the organization's Centennial Anniversary.

Devoted to leadership, scholarship and community service, Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity for women was founded on May 30, 1904, at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. One hundred and eighty chapters have been installed throughout the United States and Canada with a total membership of more than 130,000 women. Alpha Gamma Delta is one of the first national women's groups to establish an official philanthropy.