With an energetic opening on Friday evening when presidents and board members filled 10,000 food packets for a www.stophungernow.com project, the fall Presidents Conference in Pittsburgh Sept. 23-25 was a dynamic weekend for Lambda Sigma presidents and board members. Under the direction of Tyler Henson , the National Board’s Coordinator of National Conferences and Meetings, and Cheryl Finlay, advisor to Alpha, the host chapter, the group followed up on Saturday with sessions on fundraising, motivation, membership, rituals, recruitment and service projects.
During the conference the presidents elected Lisdy Contreras Giron of Pace University Pleasantville as their new student representative to the National Board. She will serve a two-year term. Tiffany Miller of Middle Tennessee State will complete her two-year term during the upcoming year. The National Board also marked some significant changes in its makeup and future. Barbara Ross, the outgoing Diamond editor, was honored for her 40 years of service with the Jane Price Harmon Gift of Honor, the highest award Lambda Sigma gives. Also, the board also began the process of transitioning to a new board with new responsibilities. John Hauser, current vice-president, was named president-elect. He will succeed Denise Rode who finishes her three-year term as president in 2017. Other board changes will be announced this fall or at the annual summer meeting next year.
In addition to the Gift of Honor to Ross, the Board also recognized Andrew Henley of Westminster, for his service as a student representative. Pi chapter at Auburn was named the Outstanding Chapter for 2015-16 and Beta Gamma at the University of Pikeville was named the Most Improved Chapter for the year. Two Outstanding Advisors were also recognized: Shannon Haick, Beta Eta at NYC and Danielle Fowler, Beta Delta at Middle Tennessee State. At the close of the evening, 24 chapters were recognized as Honor Chapters by the National Board. They are listed on the web site under Awards.