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Night of Celebration

The Fraternity & Sorority Night of Celebration is an awards banquet that brings together undergraduate members, alumni, volunteers and university faculty/staff with the sole purpose of recognizing the impact that fraternities and sororities have on the University of Houston campus. All of the awards and recognition to chapters are based off academic, program and leadership achievements from Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.

The awards listed below are given in cooperation with, but are separate from, the Fraternal Excellence Program Excellence Awards.

*Chapters are eligible to receive the chapter-specific (non-individual) awards listed below once every four years. Chapter’s may reapply in the same category for a different program/event/initiative or if there is significant and/or dramatic change to the program from when the award was last given.

2019/2020 Greek Leader of the Year

This award is for an exceptional fraternity/sorority member who is a Junior or Senior. Candidates must be able to demonstrate they were heavily involved, and executed outstanding work that benefited the Greek and campus community during the Fall 2019-Spring 2020 year.

Previous Award Recipients:

  • 2018/19: Katherine Turner, Phi Mu Fraternity & Jordon Powell, Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
  • 2017/18: Aivan (Ibrianna) Traylor, Sigma Gamma Rho & Kaitlyn Hatfield, Sigma Kappa
  • 2016/17: Allie Ilijevski, Delta Gamma & Aaleyah Hicks, Delta Sigma Theta
  • 2015/16: Carolina Barron, Delta Gamma & Adrian Hernandez, Alpha Sigma Phi
  • 2014/15: Evan Lucas, Pi Kappa Phi & Miranda McNeal, Delta Sigma Theta

2019/2020 Outstanding New Member of the Year

This award is for a new member of a fraternity/sorority that did outstanding work in their chapter, and on campus during their new member semester (or year) in the Fall 2019-Spring 2020 year.

Previous Award Recipients:

  • 2018/19: Kevin-Dat Nguyen, Gamma Beta Fraternity
  • 2017/18: Not Awarded
  • 2016/17: Aivan (Ibrianna) Traylor, Sigma Gamma Rho
  • 2015/16: Rachel Donkor, Sigma Gamma Rho
  • 2014/15: Hiral Desai, Delta Phi Omega

2019/2020 Outstanding Civic Engagement Program/Initiative – Community Service

This award is for a program or initiative given for the purpose of benefiting a non-profit organization and or community. The fraternity/sorority must have given their time and labor to the event during the Fall 2019-Spring 2020 year.

Previous Award Recipients:

  • 2018/19: Sigma Kappa Sorority, Earth Day Service Project
  • 2017/18: Delta Zeta
  • 2016/17: Triangle Fraternity
  • 2015/16: Gamma Rho Lambda
  • 2014/15: Not Awarded

2019/2020 Outstanding Civic Engagement Program/Initiative – Philanthropy

This award is for a program or initiative created for the purpose of giving money or goods and raising awareness. This program or initiative must have been presented during the Fall 2019-Spring 2020 year.

Previous Award Recipients:

  • 2018/19: Sigma Kappa Sorority, Ultraviolet Week
  • 2017/18: Chi Omega, Waffles for Wishes
  • 2016/17: Sigma Phi Epsilon, Shave to Save
  • 2015/16: Delta Zeta, Gong Show
  • 2014/15: Delta Zeta, Gong Show

2019/2020 Outstanding Chapter Advisor

This award is for a Chapter Advisor who served as a positive role model, and made a positive impact on the chapter in the Fall 2019-Spring 2020 academic year.

Previous Award Recipients:

  • 2018/19: Chris Roy, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity
  • 2017/18: Catherine Zarate Watkins, Delta Zeta
  • 2016/17: Angela O’Pry, Delta Gamma
  • 2015/16: Dawn Farley, Chi Omega
  • 2014/15: Katherine Gilmore, Chi Omega

2019/2020 Outstanding Faculty/Staff Advisor

This award is for a Faculty/Staff Advisor who had a positive impact on the chapter during the Fall 2019-Spring 2020 year.

Previous Award Recipients:

  • 2018/19: Jamie Gonzales, Gamma Rho Lambda Sorority
  • 2017/18: Dr. Kayce Solari-Williams, Delta Phi Omega
  • 2016/17: Not Awarded
  • 2015/16: Ana Goni-Lessan, Alpha Sigma Phi
  • 2014/15: Hope Pacheco, Sigma Lambda Gamma

2019/2020 Outstanding Executive Officer

This award is to recognize a person who served as an Executive Officer (chapter or council) during the Fall 2019-Spring 2020 academic year and did an outstanding job during their term of service.

Previous Award Recipients:

  • 2018/19: Taylor O'Hara, Chi Omega Fraternity
  • 2017/18: Aivan (Ibrianna) Traylor, Sigma Gamma Rho
  • 2016/17: Sarah O’Sullivan, Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • 2015/16: Julia Nitschmann, Chi Omega
  • 2014/15: Maria Mulero, Delta Phi Omega

2019/2020 Outstanding Diversity/Inclusion Program or Initiative

This award is given in recognition for a program or initiative that significantly contributed to the enhancement, support and/or furtherance of diversity and inclusion on the campus during the Fall 2019-Spring 2020 year.

Previous Award Recipients:

  • 2018/19: Gamma Rho Lambda Sorority and Sigma Kappa Sorority
  • 2017/18: Not Awarded
  • 2016/17: Delta Sigma Theta
  • 2015/16: Not Awarded
  • 2014/15: Not Awarded

2019/2020 Outstanding Risk Education Program or Initiative

This award is for a program or initiative given for the purpose of educating the fraternity/sorority community about alcohol/substance abuse, hazing prevention, and/or sexual health. This program or initiative must have been presented during the Fall 2019- Spring 2020 year.

Previous Award Recipients:

  • 2018/19: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.​
  • 2017/18: Not Awarded
  • 2016/17: Not Awarded
  • 2015/16: Delta Zeta
  • 2014/15: Not Awarded