Eta Mu at Utica College
Section 87 covers several counties in New York: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Schuyler, Seneca, Tioga, and Tompkins.
Chapters in Section 87
Congratulations the the recent DSK winners!
Aastha Wadhwa – Gamma
Throughout my time in APO, Aastha has been such a hard-working and dedicated brother in our chapter. As both Philanthropy Chair and President, Aastha has gone far above and beyond her prescribed duties. You could tell that she put her heart and soul into every project that she worked on, from Root for Your Cause to Nate’s Run to Relay for Life and more. Aastha didn’t just simply put on these events, she went out of her way to make sure that everything was as successful as possible, and the brotherhood was able to see how much these philanthropy events meant to her. Specifically in relation to Nate’s Run, a philanthropy event dedicated to a brother who passed away in a gorge accident, Aastha served as the undergraduate representative to the Gorge Safety committee at Cornell. This additional meaningful action along with so many others tells us that Aastha didn’t just hold a position, she fully embraced the meaning and purpose of holding an executive board position while raising the bar for those to come.
The Distinguished Service Key is an immense honor, reserved for those who showed continuous service to the chapter over a significant period of time, in addition to exemplifying our cardinal principles of Leadership Friendship and Service. Ever since Aastha pledged, she has shown incredible dedication to this brotherhood and did everything in her power to leave Gamma Chapter better than she had found it. As President, Aastha oversaw one of the largest periods of growth Gamma Chapter has ever seen. She graciously and diplomatically took the opinions and ideas of so many in the chapter and with her embodiment of LFS has sent us in a direction that is allowing us to thrive.
Aastha has done so much for this organization, and has demonstrated such humility throughout her time in APO. I hope that we can recognize Aastha’s contributions by awarding her the Gamma Chapter DSK. Thank you
Kailyn Sitter – Phi
Kailyn is different than our brothers in many ways. I believe that is because of her amazing sense of logic and incredible strength and maturity. While serving as our President, Kailyn was presented with many difficult tasks which she handled with grace and fairness. She’s not an aggressive leader, and she has proved to all of us that you don’t need to be aggressive to be a good leader. She is a great friend, who always knows when someone might need her and is willing to listen and give you the feedback you want to hear and the one you need to hear. She has an immense sense of love that she spreads through us all by serving, by being a friend, and being the leader she is. She has inspired me to become a better person
Amy Austin – Phi
We can all agree that Amy is an embodiment of what Alpha Phi Omega stands for. She leads the Region in hours served to the community, and has been VP of Service for a full year. She represents Friendship because she is extremely generous, involved, and caring about all of the brothers and does her best to accommodate all people. She represents Leadership not only for being on e-board my entire time in the organization, but she is always giving advice to people and taking charge at service projects. She represents Service, well, for obvious reasons. She is a Social Work Major who truly loves to give back to the community. Her entire life revolves around service, and she enjoys every second of it.
Sissi Tess Zandonadi – Phi
Sissi has truly been a brother of APO for many years. She is a good friend, advisor, and mentor to the inner workings, history, and APO lifestyle. She breathes APO by always being a friendly face to bring questions, concerns, and offer a helping hand. Although she is always busy, she makes time for APO. She has exemplified leadership through her positions as VPS as well as project chair, and many times, as part of the new member committee during her time in the brotherhood. Her dedication as a supportive guide for new members as well as a source of encouragement for getting their requirements done provides a deep bond between them and the brotherhood.”
Heather Owen-Robinson – Epsilon Nu
I believe Heather is very deserving of this award and a role model for any Brother. She has served on the Executive Board for four semesters, holding, both, the VPS and President position for two semesters each. She significantly improved the VPS position and added many new and successful ideas that did not previously exist within the position. One of these being service committee. She has also done many great things in the President position. She always is looking for ways to constantly improve the chapter and puts the chapter before herself. The DSK is the highest recognition a Brother can receive within the chapter and I believe if anyone else is truly deserving of it, it is Heather. If a Brother is struggling she won’t hesitate to reach out to them and offer any help she can. She has also excelled in the service aspect of our fraternity, and has created one of the largest service projects our chapter holds (the slime run). She has clearly been a great leader as well, which has been proven by her four semesters on E-Board. In conclusion, I believe Heather is incredibly deserving of this award and is a completely outstanding Brother. I hope you will also agree with me based on your interactions and experiences with her.
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