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AXD brings home eight awards from national convention

Barry McNamara
MONMOUTH, Ill. – The Monmouth College chapter of Alpha Xi Delta received eight awards at the women’s fraternity’s 52nd National Convention, held earlier this month in Chicago.

Monmouth’s Beta Epsilon chapter received six group awards, and two individuals were honored. More than 600 Alpha Xi Deltas from chapters across the nation attended the convention, which is held every two years.

The Monmouth chapter was honored three times for academic excellence, including the Elizabeth G. Van Buskirk New Member Class Award, which is for new member GPA of over 3.0, and the Frances Fullmer Bloker New Member Award, which has academic achievement as one of its criteria. The Monmouth chapter also received the Changing the Future Award and awards for improved recruitment and undergraduate giving.

Ashley Maurer ’19 of Fairbury, Ill., received the Anne Mehus Verben Scholarship Award, and Sarah Ellis ’18 of Chrisman, Ill., earned the Edna Epperson Brinkman Award for meritorious service.

“These honors mean so much to the chapter,” said chapter president Mary Kate Luzzo ’18 of Orland Park, Ill. “Being recognized on the national level is a huge honor. It’s amazing to see so many girls’ hard work pay off. Being able to represent my chapter at the convention was an incredible honor. I can’t wait to get back to school and bring back the awards that my chapter worked so hard for.”

Monmouth’s Beta Epsilon chapter of Alpha Xi Delta was installed in 1932. After a short hiatus, the chapter returned to campus in 1997. The national women’s fraternity was created in 1893 just a few miles from Monmouth at the former Lombard College in Galesburg.