NPC Recognizes CNSAP with Prestigious Awards for 2022-23
Congratulations CNSAP, we win again! Our Alumnae Panhellenic has been selected once more as a recipient of the National Panhellenic Conference Programming Excellence and Citation of Merit awards. The awards recognize the success of the Chicago North Shore Alumnae Panhellenic in meeting the criteria of high achievement and consistent cooperation with NPC.
NPC annually recognizes Alumnae Panhellenic Associations for their outstanding achievements. For Programming Excellence, NPC area coordinators nominate Chapters for going above and beyond to enhance the Panhellenic spirit by hosting events outside of meetings and developing their members at meetings or events through speakers, activities and philanthropy. Citation of Merit Award winners were recognized for supporting College Panhellenics both with scholarship and with their recruitment efforts.
Alumnae Panhellenics are recognized based on their programming accomplishments, work to build positive relationships with their communities, efforts to promote the sorority experience, submission of the Alumnae Panhellenic annual report and continued administration of their Alumnae Panhellenic. Click here to read the full release bit.ly/3rZKzPd
Congratulations to our 2023 Scholarship Winners!
The Chicago North Shore Alumnae Panhellenic Association celebrated our annual Scholarship Benefit on June 7, 2023, at the Sunset Ridge Country Club. We presented $1,000 scholarships to three deserving college students from our area who are leaders in their sororities at their respective universities. Grace Jukovich, Alexandra Lynch, and Amy Zun were selected based on their outstanding academic records, their involvement and leadership on campus, and in community activities.
This year's theme was Downton Abbey, with the venue decorated in silver tea services, gorgeous pink rose floral arrangements, and included a talented live string quartet from the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory in Highland Park. The program to honor our Scholarship winners was preceeded with a silent auction of themed baskets, ticketed raffle opportunities, a wine pull, cocktails, and seated dinner. Included was a challenging Downton Abbey trivia game for the most devoted fans, and a centerpiece game for the lucky winner to take home one of the beautiful floral centerpieces.
Working together, we look forward to plan this special event every year and hope to see you in 2024 for our next Scholarship Benefit. Money raised from our 2023 Benefit this year will help us award scholarships to more deserving wormen like this year's honorees. Please go to our Scholarship Dinner Benefit 2023 page for more images of this spectacular evening.
Grace Jukovich of Northbrook, attended Glenbrook North HS and the University of Iowa where she is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha. Having earned a 3.75 GPA, she has been accepted to graduate school and will pursue a Master in Public Health and Epidemiology degree at George Washington University in DC. Grace has held several leadership positions in her chapter, and recently completed her capstone research project focusing on methods to address health disparities among indigenous peoples, specifically Rohingya women living in a refugee camp in Bangladesh.
Alexandra Lynch of Lindenhurst, attended Lakes HS. She began her studies at Illinois State and transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she earned a 3.86 GPA. Alexandra is majoring in social work and political science. A member of Alpha Omicron Pi, she has served as VP of Operations, VP of Membership Experience, and re-established the Student Social Work Assoc. at UW-Milwaukee. She is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success as well as a Teacher Assistant at ISU. Previously MIss Lindenhurst in 2021, Alexandra is currently ARB Miss Illinois, with a platform of children's advocacy and Willow House, where she helped raise $3000. Both groups serve children in Lake County. Within her chapter, she implemented and trained members in the "Our House" app, designed to notify and track chapter event participation and communication.
Amy Zun of Wilmette, attended New Trier HS and is a junior at Northwestern University, where she holds a 3.869 GPA. She is majoring in Spanish and pursuing a pre-medical track. Amy is a member of Delta Gamma, where she has served as president for two years. She was engaged in rebuilding the chapter at Northwestern following the period of campus disruption that attacked Greek life, closing their chapter. Delta Gamma now boasts 103 members. Amy is also Vice President of Programming for Phi Delta Epsilon medical fraternity, Emerging Leaders chair of the League of Women Voters, Team Captain of the Relay for Life team, and an intern with the Lake County Health Dept.
Tri Sigma’s 125th Anniversary celebrated Jill Schmidt as Outstanding Alumna, and awarded other remarkable women
Jill Schmidt (top left) was awarded the Outstanding Alumna Award at Sigma Sigma Sigma's 125th Anniversary celebrated on April 22, 2023. Recognized for her leadership, commitment and energy, Jill's many talents and contributions are a driving force to our CNSA Panhellenic. Renata Serpico (top right) was awarded the Emerging Alumna Award. Congratulations to all of our valued Tri Sigmas!
Our Chicago North Shore Chapter won a number of individual and chapter awards. The awards include:
- Excellence in Volunteerism
- Excellence in Membership Development
- Excellence in Membership Recruitment
- Creative Educational Programming
Linda Grandolfo accepts the Barbara Daugs Hunt Award for service
CNSAP President Linda Grandolfo was honored with the Barbara Daugs Hunt Award at Alpha Omicron Pi's 2021 Convention for her many years of service to the organization.
As a member of AOII, she expressed her thanks and privilege to work on their shared philanthrophy, the Arthritis Foundation, during a reception in her honor at the Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago on April 24, 2022. National members of the Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation and our Chicago North Shore Alumnae were on hand to congratulate her for her dedicated service.
Since 1967, the Fraternity has enjoyed an important partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, supporting arthritis research, Juvenile Arthritis Camps, and arthritis awareness.
Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae is a Jeopardy Champion!
In November of 2019, Alex Damisch won three games on the popular TV show "Jeopardy," securing her status as a "Jeopardy" Champion. Alex, a data scientist, is a long-time participant in academic competitions. She was involved in quizbowl in Jr. High, as an undergrad at Lawrence University in Wisconsin, and as a graduate student of DePaul University. Currently, Alex keeps up her skills regularly playing trivia with her data scientist teammates in Logan Square. The team is appropriately named "She blinded me with data science."
Alex is a Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae from Northbrook, while her mother Patty Damisch, a Gamma Phi Beta, is on the Chicago North Shore Alumnae Panhellenic board. Articles on Alex's experience and success can be found in the Nov. 29, Dec. 2, and Dec. 3 issues of the Chicago Tribune. Also, in the Logan Square neighborhood publication Block Club Chicago.
Volunteering at Bernie's Book Bank
There were two sisterhood afternoons of sorting books in October, 2019, as we assisted the Bernie's Book Bank staff in preparing new and used children's books for distribution throughout Chicagoland.
CNSA Panhellenic President Linda Grandolfo (top rt; Alpha Omicron Pi) and Beth Kemp (center; Kappa Kappa Gamma) joined the Chicago North Shore Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta on October 19. Then, on October 22, our Panhellenic women gave even more. Our chapter gathered to help process, sort, and organize quality new and gently used children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers, and school-aged children. Volunteering has proven to be a rewarding opportunity for sorority sisters, friends, and family members, as we pitched in to give back. We enjoyed the teamwork and knowing our efforts were going towards such a worthy cause. Way to go, Panhellenic!
New Governance Structure Announced for NPC
In October, 2018, during the National Panhellenic Conference annual meeting, the board of directors approved revised governing documents that allow for the development of a new organizational and governance structure designed to make the Conference more nimble and responsive to the most pressing challenges facing students, campus partners and the greater Panhellenic community.
About Our CNSA Panhellenic Members
Our membership draws from across the north suburbs of the Chicagoland area. We bring women of all ages and all member sororities together, working for the common goals of philanthropy and community service.
Our Delegates meet regularly at different locations to plan the next annual Scholarship Benefit, The Sorority Life informational gatherings, exchange ideas, socialize, and make other important decisions that will bring positve effects to our Chicago North Shore community.
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