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The Sorority and Fraternity Life Awards

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The Sorority and Fraternity Life Awards are designed to recognize outstanding Greek individuals, chapters, councils, and advisors. The awards celebrate the achievements of our Greek community with award categories in service, scholastic achievement, community building, and leadership. The 2022 SFL Awards are awarded based on the achievements during the 2021 calendar year.

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2022 Award Categories

Council Awards

These awards recognize the councils that have demonstrated commitment to all the following sorority and fraternity life values:

   Commitment to Cultural Consciousness
  • Council promotes, sponsors and/or participates in programming and activities related to diversity, multiculturalism, cultural consciousness, and/or social justice
  • Council encompasses an inclusive and welcoming environment that is enhanced by persons who differ in gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, socio-economic background, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or religious belief
  • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application
   Outstanding Community Building
  • Council creates a strong sense of connection and cooperation among the members of its chapters
  • Council demonstrates that membership involves collaboration and community building beyond the chapter level
  • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application
   Risk Management and Safety
  • Council establishes an effective program or implements initiatives that educate members on how to mitigate risks, develop a culture of responsible decision making and accountability, and promote member safety within their council
  • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application
  • This award includes a $300 prize supported by the Transforming Texas Greeks fund

Chapter Awards

Chapter Awards applications are evaluated based on membership size in order to recognize more organizations doing excellent work in our community. Each award can be awarded to up to three chapters. These awards recognize individual chapters demonstrating excellence in the following ways:

   Chapter of the Year
  • The Chapter of the Year Award seeks to highlight the outstanding contributions of a sorority or fraternity chapter in The University of Texas at Austin sorority and fraternity community. This chapter exemplifies their mission, values, and purpose, and has made a significant impact in the sorority and fraternity community overall.
  • In order to be considered for this award, a chapter must submit applications for at least four other chapter awards, which are listed below. There is no additional prompt for this award.
  • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application
   Commitment to Cultural Consciousness
  • Chapter promotes, sponsors and/or participates in programming and activities related to diversity, multiculturalism, cultural consciousness, and/or social justice
    • Diversity at The University of Texas at Austin encompasses an inclusive and welcoming environment that is enhanced by persons who differ in gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, socio-economic background, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression, and religious belief
  • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application
   Excellence in Sustainability
  • Chapter engages members in sustainable acts and sustainability education
  • Chapter demonstrates excellence in community engagement with sustainability, commitment to a sustainable lifestyle, and a consistent drive to continuing sustainable habits (for example: providing eco-friendly food containers, participating in waste diversion)
  • Chapters with and without chapter facilities are encouraged to apply for this award
  • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application
   Outstanding Educational Programming
  • Chapter identifies and provides relevant educational programming to members in areas that meet the needs or interests of members.
  • Chapter strives to provide programming through interactive formats such as speakers, workshops, panel discussions, webinars, etc. This may include a single program such as a speaker, or may include a week, month, or semester long series of events.
  • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application
   Outstanding Innovation in Virtual Programming
  • Chapter develops or adapts an existing programmatic initiative to a virtual, hybrid, or asynchronous format
  • Chapter utilizes creative platforms, activities, or other elements to engage members and guests
  • Chapter identifies and provides relevant content and experiences based on member needs
  • Only programs utilizing a virtual, hybrid or asynchronous format will be considered and should be included in the application
   Outstanding New Member Program
  • Chapter provides outstanding education to new members and prepares them for membership and future success.
  • Chapter program educates new members by:
    • Teaching the values of the organization
    • Creating relationships within the chapter and the community
    • Teaching safe and responsible practices
    • Encouraging leadership
    • Ensuring an understanding of chapter operations
  • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application
   Excellence in Retention, Recruitment and Intake
  • Chapter articulates a plan for recruiting new members in a values-congruent manner with an intentional and reasonable expectation for growth
  • Chapter has developed an individual definition of success in the areas of retention and recruitment or intake and has implemented a plan to work toward that goal
  • Chapter has experienced increased success in retention, and recruitment or intake from previous cycles
  • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application
   Outstanding Community Relationships Award
  • Chapter establishes meaningful relationships with individuals and organizations in Austin and Central Texas area.
  • Chapter communicates their goals and achievements while engaging with various stakeholders, including: alumni/ae, faculty and staff, parents and family members, and community partners
  • Chapter is engaged in the larger fraternity and sorority community through event co-sponsorship, communication, partnership, etc.
  • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application
   Outstanding Service or Philanthropy
  • Chapter engages members to participate in hands-on service or in philanthropic efforts to support chosen non-profit organization
  • Chapter demonstrates excellence in providing service opportunities for members or establishing a commitment to philanthropic causes and fundraising
  • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application
   Outstanding Siblinghood
  • Chapter creates a strong sense of siblinghood which includes a sense of connection, care, and belonging among members
  • Chapter fosters siblinghood through organized events, mentorship, "big"/" little" programs, and informal bonding among members
  • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application
   Risk Management and Safety
  • Chapter has established an effective program or implemented initiatives that educate members on risk management and safety topics including:
    • Mitigating risks
    • Developing a culture of responsible decision making and accountability
    • Promoting member safety within their chapter- including COVID-19 mitigation and public health efforts
  • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application
  • This award includes a $300 prize supported by the Transforming Texas Greeks fund
   Scholastic Excellence
  • Chapter exhibits high academic achievement and promotes the value of scholarship for members both inside and outside of the classroom
  • Chapters encourages members to seek connections with professors, utilize academic support resources, and develop academic mentorship among members
  • All programs and initiatives, regardless of format (virtual, in-person, hybrid) will be considered and should be included in the application

Individual Awards

Each award can be given to both a fraternity and sorority member. Applications can be filled out by the individual themselves or by another person on their behalf. These awards recognize individuals in the sorority and fraternity community that exemplify a special commitment to the following values:
   Member of the Year
  • The Member of the Year recognition award seeks to highlight the outstanding contributions of one fraternity member and one sorority member in The University of Texas at Austin community. These students exemplify the mission, values and purpose of their own organization and have made a significant impact in the sorority and fraternity community overall.
  • In order to be considered for this award, the applicant must submit applications for at least three other individual awards, which are listed below. There is no additional prompt for this award.
  • Applications will be evaluated with the consideration of COVID-19 guidelines and regulations
   Living Your Values
  • Individual exhibits and upholds their organizational values, purpose, ritual, and mission through their everyday actions and challenges others to do the same
  • Individual leads by example (not necessarily a positional leader within the chapter) and is a member the chapter respects and admires
  • Applications will be evaluated with the consideration of COVID-19 guidelines and regulations
   Outstanding Chapter President
  • Special Criteria: Chapter president served their chapter during 2021 calendar year and demonstrated strong chapter leadership, the ability to motivate others, strong character, and high ideals
  • Individual served as a role model to others and has made their chapter stronger during their time in office
  • Applications will be evaluated with the consideration of COVID-19 guidelines and regulations
   Outstanding Leadership
  • Individual demonstrates strong character, the ability to motivate, problem solve, communicate, and create supportive environments for others
  • Individual recognizes the importance of serving the institution through activities, organizations, and opportunities and represents the fraternity and sorority community positively through these involvements
  • Applications will be evaluated with the consideration of COVID-19 guidelines and regulations
   Emerging Leader Award
  • Special Criteria: Awarded to an individual who joined the organization between January 2021-December 2021
  • Individual shows great potential for future leadership through their contributions to their chapter, sorority and fraternity community, and the university
  • Applications will be evaluated with the consideration of COVID-19 guidelines and regulations
   Outstanding Service and Philanthropy
  • Individual is committed to engaging in hands-on service and philanthropy to create tangible support and awareness towards a specific cause
  • Applications will be evaluated with the consideration of COVID-19 guidelines and regulations
   Scholastic Excellence
  • Individual achieves excellence in academic and scholastic pursuits
  • Individual not only excels academically, but also enriches their learning through internships, research, or independent projects
  • Applications will be evaluated with the consideration of COVID-19 guidelines and regulations
   Outstanding Advisor or Volunteer
  • Individual serves the organization in an advisory or volunteer capacity
  • Advisor or volunteer serves as a role model for the organization
  • Advisor or volunteer displays hard work and dedication towards helping improve the chapter and its members as well as the greater Sorority and Fraternity Life community
  • Applications will be evaluated with the consideration of COVID-19 guidelines and regulations

Hyperion Awards

   Hyperion Awards

In Greek mythology, Hyperion was known as the "Titan of Light," similarly these sorority and fraternity members are lights in their community. The Hyperion Award recognizes individuals committed to serving and improving the sorority and fraternity community. Their accomplishments are wide ranging and each recipient has made a unique and important contribution to their chapter, council, and university community. Past recipients include chapter presidents, council officers, and individuals involved in university-wide service.