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10/6/2005 Linfield sorority earns top national honor

McMINNVILLE - The Linfield College chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority has been recognized nationally for its achievements.

For the third time in six years, the chapter received the national Phi Sigma Sigma Outstanding Achievement Award, based on excellence in recruitment and building and maintaining campus and community relationships.

The Linfield chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma also received the national Efficiency Award, Total/Quota Award, Academic Excellence Award and the Excellence in Responsibility to Chapter Award.

Shannon Malcom, Linfield Phi Sigma Sigma president, was on hand to receive the awards during July in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

"It was such an honor to receive these awards," said Malcom, who is a senior business major. "It serves as a tribute to every member in our sorority for all of the hard work they have put in over the years."

The Phi Sigma Sigma national philanthropy is the National Kidney Foundation. Each year the Linfield chapter has a rock-a-thon to raise awareness and funds for the foundation. This year revenue from the rock-a-thon and several other charity events raised over $3,500 for the foundation.

On a local level the sorority participates in the Greek powder puff football game held every spring to benefit the Better-a-Life program, which funds college tuition for single mothers in the McMinnville area. Sorority members also volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, the McMinnville clean-up, the Salvation Army, Kids on the Block, a local after school program, and at local elementary schools.

"This is the highest honor for any chapter to receive," said Dana Vandecoevering, a 1983 alumna and chapter key advisor Linfield Phi Sigma Sigma advisory board. "These ladies won this award because they are focused on community service, academics and personal development."