Standards of Excellence

Standards of Excellence

In order to assist fraternity and sorority chapters complement the academic mission of the university, build relationships, foster lifelong friendships, give back to the community, and develop leadership and character in members, the Standards of Excellence was created for fraternities and sororities at Arizona State University. The fundamental purpose of the Standards of Excellence is a voluntary awards program to encourage the fraternity and sorority chapters at Arizona State University to focus on their founding values, which are crucial to the rich development of fraternity men and sorority women.

The Standards of Excellence consists of 10 Standards in the areas of: Academic Achievement, Chapter Operations, Recruitment/Intake, New Member Education, Member Development, Leadership & Campus Involvement, Service & Philanthropy, Risk Management, Financial Management, and Alumni, Volunteer, and Parent Engagement.

Points are awarded as indicated through the performance sections of each standard. Partial points may be awarded for some standards, as well as Bonus Points for exceeding certain standards. A Standards of Excellence Awards Committee is formed consisting of representation of the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, the six governing councils, and alumni.

Award Levels

A chapter may achieve Excellence for a Standard by attaining all 10 possible points in that category. A chapter may achieve Satisfactory for a Standard by attaining at least eight possible points in that category.

  • The Gold Standard Awards will be awarded, one for each of the 10 Standards, to the chapter who demonstrates the highest achievement and aptitude in a Standard through a combination of points awarded and a supplementary submission.
  • Chapter of the Year Awards are awarded to five chapters, one from each of the five governing councils, who achieve the highest total points among their council peers.
  • The President’s Cup is awarded to the chapter who achieves the highest overall total points across all five councils.

Individual & Programming Awards

In addition to the Standards of Excellence, chapters may nominate members, the chapter, or fellow chapters/community members for recognition in any or all of the categories below. For each nomination, nominators submit any materials, documentation, or letters of endorsement they believe best supports the nomination to be reviewed by the Awards Committee.

  • Chapter President of the Year recognizes the chapter president who embodies the values of the organization whose leadership and contributions has successfully led his/her chapter to accomplish its goals.

  • Council Officer of the Year – recognizes the council officer who embodies the values of the fraternity/sorority community and has distinguished him/herself through service to and participation in a governing council.

  • Chapter Advisor of the Year – recognizes the chapter advisor whose involvement and support has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of the chapter and its members.

  • The Jennifer Hightower Alumnus of the Year – recognizes the Arizona State University Greek Alumnus who has distinguished him/herself through service to or support of the ASU fraternity/sorority community, or significant professional accomplishments worthy of recognition.

  • Emerging Leader of the Year recognizes a first- or second-year student who embodies the organization’s values and exhibits promising characteristics of great leadership in the chapter.

  • The Abby Monhollen Recruitment Counselor of the Year – recognizes a PHA recruitment counselor from the past fall whose involvement and support has made substantial contributions to the PHA recruitment counselor program and impact on potential new members worthy of recognition

  • Outstanding Community Service Project – recognizes a specific community service project (or series of projects) that is considered worthy of special recognition due to the scale, participation, originality, and/or benefit provided to the local or global community.

  • Outstanding Philanthropic Endeavor – recognizes a specific philanthropic event/initiative/project (or series of endeavors) that is considered worthy of special recognition due to the scale, participation, and/or benefit provided to the agency, organization, or cause.

  • Phoenix Award – recognizes the chapter who, through intentional and substantial action, has shown significant improvement in overall chapter operations compared to the previous year.

  • Be the Change Award – recognizes a chapter or council whose involvement, participation, and/or collaboration in chapter/council events, programs, and initiatives within the fraternity/sorority community due to its originality, creativity, and/or entrepreneurialism AND impact to the local, campus, or global community. This award recognizes engagement, impact and innovation.

  • Well-Chapter Award –  recognizes the chapter who has best demonstrated a commitment to educational programming, events and activities related to health & wellness within the 5 categories of Greek Wellness Education: alcohol & drug abuse, sexual health, sexual violence prevention, healthy living & body image, and mental health.

  • Sportsmanship Award – recognizes the individual, chapter, or council who has best demonstrated ethical behavior, fair play, and integrity in competitive activities, including but not limited to intramural sports, philanthropic events, and Homecoming or Greek Week/Greek Sing.

  • Sun Devil Spirit Award – recognizes the individual, chapter, or council who best embodies the spirit, pride, and tradition of Arizona State University through specific actions, involvements, or events.

Chapters of the Year

  • Presidents Cup: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
  • IFC: Sigma Pi
  • MGC: Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, Inc.
  • NALFO: Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc.
  • NPHC: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
  • PHA: Phi Sigma Rho

Fratenity Member of the Year: Lester Nnagbo, Sigma Tau Gamma

Sorority Member of the Year: Cassie Little, Sigma Kappa

Chapter President of the Year: Ryan Ozenbaugh, ACACIA

Council Officer of the Year: Jasmine Gallardo, Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc.

Chapter Advisor of the Year: Marissa Law, Sigma Kappa

Jennifer Hightower Alumnus of the Year: Yvonne De La Cruz, Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc.

Emerging Leader of the Year: Whitney Jackson, Kappa Alpha Theta

Abby Monhollen Outstanding Recruitment Counselor Award: Madi Noble, Alpha Chi Omega

Outstanding Community Service Award: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Outstanding Philanthropic Endeavor Award: Chi Omega

Phoenix Award: Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc.

Be the Change Award: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Wellness Impact Award: Tau Psi Omega Fraternity, Inc.

Sportsmanship Award: Morgan Southwick, Alpha Gamma Delta

Sun Devil Spirit Award: Addie Fairley, Chi Omega