“This award means a lot for our fraternity and sorority community,” said Jeanine Menolascino, chapter advisor for GSA. “First and foremost, it means that they are upholding one of their core values of scholarship. As a community we strive to provide our members with support and an atmosphere that fosters academic success and individual scholarship.”
The honor roll is announced every spring at the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values regional conferences. It represents the top 5 percent of academic-performing fraternity and sorority communities in North America. In order to receive the award, the fraternity and sorority community at the university had a semester grade-point average that was higher than the semester grade-point average of all the undergraduates at the university.
“In achieving a GPA that is higher than that of the all-undergraduate GPA, we are able to justifiably say that our organizations are successfully achieving this goal through their scholarship and academic success plans,” Menolascino said. “It also provides our community with national recognition. Although it will not be announced until next April, based on our spring 2011 GPA, we will also receive it for a second semester in a row.”
Becoming a member of the society is as prestigious as receiving the national award. In order to be invited into the society, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher at the start of their junior year or a GPA of 3.5 or higher in any semester during their junior or senior year.
Gamma Sigma Alpha is a fraternal honors society for junior and senior members of any Greek lettered organization. The society’s mission is to recognize and advance academic excellence as a core value of fraternities and sororities.
For more information about the Gamma Sigma Alpha Honor Roll, visit www.gammasigmaalpha.org/resources/honor-roll.