Alumnae Certificate of Merit: This certificate is a national award presented at Zeta Day or other special events. Names and qualifications of those recommended for the Alumnae Certificate of Merit are presented to National Council for consideration at its fall meeting. The vote of National Council is required for approval. The alumna must have been out of school for seven years and have a minimum of seven years of significant post-collegiate service.
2015 Alumnae Certificate of Merit recipients
Order of the Shield: This award honors those who have completed 50 years of Fraternity membership. Those honored are presented a certificate at Zeta Day or some local alumnae function. The Order of the Shield Recognition Service should be given at the time of the presentation. A White Violet pin commemorating the honor is a gift from the Fraternity and may be presented at this time. In addition, 75-year members receive recognition and a gift from the Fraternity.
2015 honorees for 75 years of membership
These awards are only presented at Convention and represent achievements during the biennium.
Silver Awards (listed alphabetically)
Alumnae Chapter Programming Award: This rotating award represented by a silver tray is given to the alumnae organization that has achieved excellence in programming during the biennium. Awards are also presented to a first and second runner-up.
2016 recipient: Greater New Orleans, LA
1st runner-up: Miami, FL
2nd runner-up: Lake Norman, NC
Alumnae-Collegiate Relations Award: This award is given to an alumnae and collegiate chapter that have, through communication and joint activities, service projects, recruitment support, social gatherings and emphasis on sisterhood, developed and/or maintained a strong commitment to connecting collegians and alumnae. This is a rotating award presented to one alumnae chapter and one collegiate chapter. It is possible for an alumnae chapter and a collegiate chapter in the same town to be recognized, but it is not necessary.
2016 recipient: Research Triangle, NC
Alumnae Improvement Award: This award, given for the first time at 2006 Convention, honors the alumnae chapter that has shown the greatest commitment to improve and to attain success.
2016 recipient: Tampa, FL
Alumnae Membership Award: This award is represented by a silver tray and is given to the alumnae chapter that has achieved the greatest growth in membership from the end of the last biennium to the end of the current biennium. Awards are also presented to a first and second runner-up.
2016 recipient: Spartanburg, SC
1st runner-up: Lake Norman, NC
2nd runner-up: Mid-Missouri, MO
Alumnae Panhellenic Award: This rotating award, represented by a silver tray, is presented to the alumnae chapter that has made the greatest contribution in the area of Panhellenic service. Awards are also presented to a first and second runner-up.
2016 recipient: Collin County, TX
1st runner-up: Long Beach, CA
2nd runner-up: Columbus, OH
Alumnae Public Relations Award: This rotating award, represented by a silver tray, is presented to the alumnae organization that has made the most outstanding contributions in the area of public relations. Awards are also presented to a first and second runner-up.
2016 recipient: Mercer-Bucks, NJ
1st runner-up: Midland, TX
2nd runner-up: Austin, TX
Alumnae Service Award: This rotating award, represented by a silver tray, is presented to the alumnae organization that has made the most outstanding contributions in the area of service. Awards are also presented to a first and second runner-up.
2016 recipient: Western Fairfax, VA
1st runner-up: Northern Virginia
2nd runner-up: Shreveport, LA
Betty McGehee Schuessler Award: This award is one of the two highest awards presented to an alumnae chapter. It was established to honor Betty McGehee Schuessler, who served as Vice President Alumnae from 1964-1970. This rotating award, a large silver tray, was presented for the first time at the 1974 Convention. During the years Mrs. Schuessler served as Vice President Alumnae, she placed great emphasis on the importance of alumnae supporting the collegiate chapter. This award is given to the alumnae chapter that has given the greatest support to a collegiate chapter and has achieved excellence in all areas of Fraternity life throughout the biennium. Awards are also presented to a first and second runner-up.
2016 recipient: Memphis, TN
1st runner-up: St. Louis, MO
2nd runner-up: Seattle, WA
Nan Barkley Boettcher Award: One of the two highest awards presented to an alumnae chapter, this rotating award was named in honor of Nan Barkley Boettcher in 1999 to honor her service as Vice President Alumnae from 1992-1994 and National President from 1994–1998. This silver tray is presented to the alumnae chapter with no collegiate chapter in the community that has achieved excellence in all areas of Fraternity life throughout the biennium. Awards are also presented to a first and second runner-up.
2016 recipient: San Diego, CA
1st runner-up: Huntsville, AL
2nd runner-up: Northern Arizona
Crown Chapter Award (Alumnae)
This award is given for attainment of the minimum standard of chapter excellence for each year of the biennium. The Vice Presidents Alumnae recommend chapters to National Council, which selects the recipients.
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Honor Ring: The Honor Ring is the highest individual honor granted by the Fraternity and is presented to alumnae who have rendered sustained and outstanding service to the Fraternity. Representing devotion to the Fraternity, the Honor Ring bears those symbols dear to every Zeta Tau Alpha. In order to assist National Council in determining recipients, a point system has been devised. Before becoming eligible for consideration to receive the Honor Ring, an alumna must accumulate at least 20 points, of which 50 percent must be for service at the national level. Names of alumnae who have accumulated the appropriate number of points for the ring, with offices held and terms served, must be submitted to the Vice Presidents Alumnae by January 1 of the Convention year. Final decision on all candidates is made by vote of National Council.
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House Association Award: The Outstanding Local House Association Award is based upon overall management, timely filing of all reports and forms, prompt payment of all fees, property care and a good working relationship with the collegiate chapter.
2016 recipient: Iota Phi House Association at North Carolina State University
Local House Corporation Award:
2016 recipient: Alpha Zeta House Corporation at The Ohio State University
Louise Kettler Helper Memorial Award: Established by the family of a beloved former National President to perpetuate and honor her memory, this award is given to one alumna and one collegiate member whose services and achievements are notable contributions to the progress of the Fraternity and the fraternity world. It was first presented at the 1946 Convention. National Council chooses the recipients and awards mounted certificates.
2016 recipient: Cynthia Byars Courtney, Gamma Tau, Texas Tech University
National Council Special Recognition Awards: These rotating awards, represented by silver trays, are given only if there are qualified recipients. These awards were first presented at the 1966 Convention to individuals or chapters that National Council wishes to recognize for outstanding contributions to the Fraternity. Areas of excellence for which the awards are given may be different at each Convention.
2016 recipients: Greater Kansas City; Columbia, SC; Baton Rouge, LA
Outstanding Advisor Award: This award is presented for outstanding service as an Advisor.
Area I: Jennifer Black Gallagher, Gamma Betam Washington College
Area II: Margot Tauzier May, Delta Kappa, Louisiana State University
Area III: Michele Kuznitz Bunch, Kappa Omega, Saint Louis University
New Chapters: Betty Allen-Langley, Delta Mu, The University of Tennessee at Martin
Vivian Ulmer Smith Recruitment Award: Given in loving and enduring memory of Vivian Ulmer Smith, Alpha Xi, and established by the Northern New Jersey Alumnae Association, this award is given to the alumna who has made the greatest contribution toward increasing membership in the Fraternity during the biennium. National Council chooses the recipient.
2016 recipient: Andrea Porter, Eta Rho, The University of North Alabama