Ryan Coss of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and Kimberly Schneider of Sigma Kappa sorority took top individual honors at West Virginia Universitys annual Greek Awards banquet held recently.

Coss, a senior business major from Olean, N.Y., was named Greek Man of the Year. He has served as president of Pi Kappa Alpha for the past two years and has madegreat strides to uphold his chapter to the values and principles, which it was founded upon,according to Ashley Staggers, WVU student program adviser.

He has also made great efforts to improve relations between fraternities,she added.

When Ryan isnt leading his chapter, he is an active member of the West Virginia Army National Guard.

Kimberly Schneider, a junior majoring in secondary education and multidisciplinary studies (with an emphasis in biology), was honored as Greek Woman of the Year for her leadership in Sigma Kappa.

Schneider, who hails from Cincinnati, was the 2006 president of her sorority. Other leadership positions have included: public relations chair, assistant to the vice president for new member education and representative on the Sigma Kappa Housing Corp.

Shes a very strong young woman, and she knows where shes headed in life,said Courtney Jennings, campus adviser.Shes a natural leader.

Schneiders sorority, Sigma Kappa, won the Betty Miller Outstanding Sorority award, while Sigma Alpha Mu earned the Joe Gluck Outstanding Fraternity award.

Both Greek organizations had exemplary community service, Staggers noted.

Sigma Kappa members have participated in numerous philanthropic events, from WVU s Dance Marathon, a fund-raiser for the Childrens Miracle Network, to aNight Walkfor the American Cancer Society.

Like other WVU Greek organizations, the sorority has helped provide educational programming for its members. Presentations have covered topics such as stress management and communication skills, womens health, substance abuse education and safety issues.

Also active in the community, Sigma Alpha Mu has been involved in events to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimers Association, Bartlett House, WVU Childrens Hospital and other causes.

In addition, the fraternity is involved with a new program called the Development Leadership Initiative, which stresses community service, leadership skills and peer mentoring.

They hold their members to the highest standards in academics, morals and service,Staggers said.Both of these groups also have strong relations with the other Greek groups on campus.

Ron Justice, director of Student Organization Services, added,The organizations have worked very hard this past year in order to obtain this recognition, and we appreciate the dedication of the alumni and students that made this possible.

Andrea Horton of Chi Omega Sorority, meanwhile, was honored with the Susan F. Teter Outstanding Sorority Alumna Award for outstanding sorority adviser. She has been active in the WVU chapter for the past 15 years, and currently serves as Personnel Advisor. She was Theta Chapter president as an undergraduate and continues to remain active with Theta Chapter. An engineer with Dominion, Horton resides in Morgantown with her husband, Fred Horton. Their two sons attend WVU .

Staggers saidher support has been integral and essential to her chapter.

The RobertThe ColonelLazzell Outstanding Fraternity Alumni Award went to Christopher Ferro for outstanding fraternity adviser. Ferro is a graduate assistant at WVU and formerly served as student body president.

He has shown tireless dedication to the overall Greek system over the past three years in the capacity of the IFC graduate adviser,Staggers said.

Ferro was nominated by the Interfraternity Council. He is an alumnus of Phi Sigma Kappa.

More Greek award winners are listed below:

Greek Week winning team

  • Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity
  • Delta Gamma sorority
  • Pi Kappa Phi fraternity

Sorority

  • Most Improved SororityPi Beta Phi
  • Outstanding AcademicsKappa Kappa Gamma
  • Outstanding PhilanthropyAlpha Phi
  • Outstanding RecruitmentAlpha Phi

Fraternity

  • Most Improved FraternityTau Kappa Epsilon
  • Outstanding AcademicsTau Kappa Epsilon
  • Outstanding PhilanthropySigma Alpha Mu
  • Outstanding RecruitmentPi Kappa Alpha

On the Net:http://www.wvu.edu/~greek/