Alumnae Win Big at Grand Convention

During Grand Convention, Alpha Delta Pi honored our alumnae.

During Grand Convention, Alumnae Associations and individuals were recognized for all of their hard work this biennium. Awards were passed out at the Diamonds Award Banquet on July 1st, 2017 in Hollywood, Fl.

The award recipients are listed in alphabetical order:


Van Akin Loyalty Award

  • Andrea Beverly, Eta Chapter Advisor

    Andrea has served the Eta chapter as Chapter Adviser for the last 10 years. Her nominator stated, “I would be proud to see Mrs. Beverly recognized as a Van Akin outstanding adviser winner because she is an exceptional sister. She has kept Eta on the path towards greater performance and programming awards by helping officers understand their duties and assist them in making their ideas come to life.”
  • Lena Gabor, Delta Omega Recruitment & Marketing Advisor

    Lena has served Delta Omega chapter as the Standards Advisor and is currently serving as the Recruitment and Marketing Advisor.“She has more than proven her loyalty and dedication to Alpha Delta Pi by being an amazing advisor. Even when she has a lot of stuff to do for work or at home, she finds time to make it to our chapter events and be available via email or text to help our officers when we need it. She always steps up to the plate and helps get things accomplished.”
  • Jeannene Mills, Delta Chapter Advisor

    Jeannene has served Delta chapter not only as the current Chapter Advisor, but also as the Social, ME and Panhellenic advisor at some point during the last 42! Years. She has attended more than 750 Executive Board meetings during her time as an advisor. “She has inspired me to want to stay involved from the very day I graduate. She has shown me how much Alpha Delta Pi can be a part of my life after my collegiate years. She is a sister we should all strive to be like, she has dedicated her entire life to the betterment of our sorority and every collegian she has come across has been impacted for the better because of her love and service.”
  • Nancy Loder, Alpha Chi Chapter Advisor

    Nancy has served Alpha Chi chapter as Chapter Advisor for the last 10 years. “She has taken on the role of advisor, friend, sister, cheerleader, and mom. She is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Whatever we need, whenever we need it, she will drop everything to help our chapter. We can never thank her enough for all that she does, but she truly deserves to be recognized every day for her dedication to ADPi. Her enduring passion exemplifies our motto, ‘We live for each other.’”

Joan Perry Boatright Alumnae Loyalty Award

  • Lollie Booher Haddock, Epsilon Lambda, Universy of South Florida

    Lollie serves as the Zeta Omega House Corporation President a member of the 175th Anniversary Committee, is the Fundraising Chair for the Epsilon Lambda Scholarship Fund, a loyal donor to the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation, has attended both Grand Convention and Leadership Seminars, served as the Greater Orlando Alumnae Association, is a loyal donor to the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation, and always remembers to ReMember, paying her ReMember dues each year.
  • Bonnie Neff Pennington, Xi, Ohio University

    Bonnie is the current President of the Greater Atlanta Area Alumnae Association. Bonnie’s former roles include member of the Technology Committee, Collegiate Province Director, serving as the Associate Executive Director on the Executive Office Staff and Ritual, Heritage and History Director, Chair. Bonnie has also attended Leadership Seminars and Grand Conventions, pays her ReMember Dues on a regular basis and is a Foundation Donor.
  • Jo Ellen Karr Campbell, Sigma, University of Illinois

    Jo Ellen is the Former Alpha Delta Pi Foundation Vice President of Philanthropy and has served as an Alumnae Director. She is a loyal Alpha Delta Pi Foundation donor having been a member of the Wesleyan Society Member and a charter member of the Summit Society. She pays her ReMember dues regularly and has attended several Grand Conventions and Leadership Seminars.
  • Betty Eckhart Wilkins, Chi, Wittenberg University
    Betty is the President of the Springfield, OH Alumnae Association. She was a longtime advisor to Chi chapter, an Alumnae Regional Director and a charter donor to the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation.
  • Sue Hargrove Chaney, Gamma Zeta, University of Oklahoma

    Sue currently serves as the President of the Dandy Lions, a group of former International Officers, and is a past National Finance Supervisor, now called a Chapter Finance Director. A Foundation Donor for the last 30 years, Sue was a charter Foundation Donor and Wesleyan Society Member, as well as a member of the “We Believe” Committee. She pays her ReMember dues regularly and has attended Grand Convention several times.
  • Anne Veale Pogson, Alpha Zeta, Southern Methodist University

    Anne has served the sorority in many areas. She served on Grand Council, is a past President of the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation Board of Trustees, the board’s former Vice President of Scholarships and Grants, and was a “We Believe” Steering Committee member. She has served as an IMPACT Alpha Delta Pi facilitator, an Alumnae District Director, and is a recipient the Ruth Pretty Palmer Panhellenic Award. She pays her ReMember dues regularly and has attended both Grand Conventions and Leadership Seminars.
  • Connie Staff Stiegler, Alpha Omicron, Oklahoma State University

    Connie is a former International Officer, serving in the role of Panhellenic Relations Director. She is a loyal Foundation donor, has attended both Grand Convention and Leadership Seminar, aids in the planning and execution of Oklahoma State Day, and was awarded both the Dorothy Shaw Leadership Award and Ruth Pretty Palmer Panhellenic Award.
  • Charlotte Taylor, Delta Delta, University of Arkansas

    Charlotte has served the sorority as both a volunteer and staff member. She is a former member of Grand Council as well as a past Executive Director. She was a Leadership Consultant and then went on to serve as Resident Counselor. Charlotte is a 30-year Foundation donor and was a Charter donor. She contributed to the “We Believe” Campaign and is a Summit Society member. She has been an IMPACT Facilitator, served on the NPC Chair Committee, and pays her ReMember Dues regularly. Charlotte has attended Leadership Seminars and Grand Convention, often leading the “Convention Song.”

Virginia Rosenberg Stafford Young Alumna

  • Magellan Taylor, Delta Beta, Lamar University

    Magellan serves as the Standards Advisor for Gamma Chi chapter at TCU and is the former Social Advisor for Eta Phi chapter at Furman University. She contributes to the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation as a member of the Octavia Andrew Rush Society. Magellan is also a regular ReMember dues contributor.

Alumnae Ruth Pretty Palmer Award

  • Emilieann "Cookie" Vargo, Phi, Hanover College

    Cookie has been the ADPi representative for the Indianapolis Alumnae Panhellenic since 1986. She served as the President in 2000. She served on the IAP Centennial Celebration Committee and wrote the history of the IAP for the celebration.

Outstanding Contribution to Profession

  • Colette Morgan Murray, Psi

    Ms. Murray has a professional record of over thirty-five years in senior-level advancement at major education and health institutions throughout America. Colette began her professional career as a criminal defense attorney. Not long after, she was recruited to serve as the first legal counsel for the UC Berkeley campus. She initiated her advancement career as Executive Director of the Cal Alumni Association. She has served as the senior advancement executive at UC Santa Cruz, University of Louisville, Texas Tech University, Henry Ford Health System, and Sharp HealthCare. Administrative responsibilities for these organizations have primarily included Fundraising and Alumni Affairs. Ms. Murray has a long history in leadership positions with professional philanthropic organizations. She is the only professional in history to serve as board chair of both the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), an international organization with 30,000 members and Council for the Advancement & Support of Education (CASE). She received the nationally acclaimed Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for her leadership as a CASE Trustee. Colette was a member of the board of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) Foundation. She is past president of the Health Systems Development Network of AHP whose members include all of the top senior philanthropy executives managing health systems nationally and she is a past member of the AHP Board of Directors. She has had a long and active role as member and chair of the AFP Ethics Committee and has led numerous workshops on ethical issues and case studies on ethics in philanthropy. Ms. Murray has been on the faculty for dozens of CASE, AFP and AHP conferences and has also taught fundraising management at Texas Tech University, Wayne State University and UC San Diego. Ms. Murray is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and has a law degree from the University of San Francisco. Ms. Murray has been, a certified fundraising executive (CFRE) for the past twenty years. Ms. Murray is an alumnus of Leadership America, Leadership Texas, Leadership California, and LEAD San Diego. She currently is a member of three boards and believes very strongly in volunteerism and diversity. She was President of San Diego Breakfast Rotary in 2000-2001. She is founding board member of the Desert Cities Chapter of AFP. As CEO of Paschal Murray, Inc., Ms. Murray oversees a distinguished and varied staff of professionals and support personnel. Her goal for Paschal•Murray is to remain the most dedicated and ethical executive search firm in the nation and provide clients with exceptional personal services.

Mary Bull Mason Outstanding Community Achievement

  • Mary Baird Simpson, Delta Upsilon

    One of the Foundation’s first major donors to the Sorority’s first Comprehensive Campaign in 2006, Mary has been a faithful supporter of Alpha Delta Pi at both the local and international level. During the final phase of Delta Upsilon’s campaign to build a new chapter house, Mary made a match that successfully allowed the chapter to raise the total needed to move forward with that project. Shortly thereafter, she made an outright gift of $25,000 at the conclusion of the We Believe Campaign to offer the first stand-along Adelphean Compass seminar in January 5-7. This gift will allow the program to be offered in a non-Leadership Seminar year for newly elected chapter officers. Mary has provided a provision in her estate plans to donate a substantial piece of art to the Sorority and has been a faithful member of the Foundation’s Wesleyan Society. Mary also made a $1.1 million gift to name a building as part of Ligonier Ministries and Reformation Bible College’s “Here We Stand” campaign, theministry’s “largest-ever donation.”

One Diamond Alumnae Association Award Winners

  • Valdosta
  • Grand Strand
  • Greater Richmond
  • North Central Ohio
  • Northwest Arkansas
  • St. Louis

Two Diamond Alumnae Association Award Winners

  • Jacksonville
  • Greater Orlando
  • Huntsville/Madison County
  • Fort Myers
  • Tampa
  • Tri-County
  • Middle Tennessee
  • Knoxville
  • Canton-Massillon
  • Minneapolis
  • Pikes Peak
  • Stillwater
  • Greater Kansas City
  • North Texas
  • Silicon Valley
  • Greater Phoenix
  • Eta Xi Chapter

Three Diamond Alumnae Association Award Winners

  • Aiken-Augusta
  • Greater Atlanta
  • Hub City
  • Lexington County
  • Chattanooga
  • Eta Omega Chapter
  • Memphis
  • Nashville
  • Greater Washington, D.C.
  • New York City
  • Akron Area
  • Alpha Xi Chapter
  • Indianapolis
  • Chicago
  • Eastern Nebraska
  • Gem City
  • Miami Valley
  • Northwest Counryside
  • Omega Chapter
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Fort Worth
  • Houston
  • Kansas City North
  • Lubbock
  • Oklahoma City
  • San Antonio
  • Texas State
  • Wichita
  • San Diego

Outstanding Philanthropy Event

  • Fort Worth Alumnae Association

Outstanding Chapter Relations

  • Omega Chapter Alumnae Association

Outstanding Membership Retention

  • New York City Alumnae Association

Collumnae Award

  • Chattanooga Alumnae Association & Beta Beta Chapter

Collumnae at a Distance Award

Houston Alumnae Association & the 11 chapters it supports:

  • Delta
  • Zeta
  • Gamma Chi
  • Gamma Upsilon
  • Delta Beta
  • Delta Mu
  • Epsilon Epsilon
  • Epsilon Zeta
  • Zeta Lambda
  • Zeta Chi
  • Iota Alpha


Published: July 12, 2017