CI’s Gamma Beta Phi Chapter Wins Top National Awards
Camarillo, Calif. – The CSU Channel Islands (CI) chapter of Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society has earned a trio of national awards recognizing its outstanding leadership and community service. CI’s oldest student honor society garnered the highest national honor as Exemplary Chapter of the Year and also picked up accolades for President of the Year and Advisor of the Year, making it the only chapter in the 50-year history of Gamma Beta Phi to win all three top national awards in a single year. Since the service-based honor society was chartered on campus in 2003, it has also received the coveted Distinguished Chapter Award each year for the past 11 years.
“I consider CSU Channel Islands my flagship chapter of the Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society,” said Jimmy McNutt, National Executive Director of Gamma Beta Phi. “Year in and year out, the Gamma Beta Phi Chapter at CI has consistently amazed me with thousands of hours of community service and outreach both on and off campus. This chapter is a shining example for which we stand. We do community outreach in the name of academic excellence, and no chapter does it better than CI. ”
Over the past year, Gamma’s CI Chapter volunteered 7,082 hours of service, held multiple events to benefit the needy, and made sizable contributions through fundraising, collections and donations. Among the highlights, the students collected 450 Christmas toys for children at the RAIN Transitional Living Center; raised $2,000 as an American Cancer Society Relay for Life team; donated 100 teddy bears to the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation; sent 300 cards to the troops; collected 200 books for elementary school children; and provided 160 sets of blankets, plates and cups to migrant families.
The Exemplary Chapter of the Year Award recognizes CI as the top chapter out of more than 130 chapters nationwide. The national organization also recognized Chapter President Dallas Lawry as President of the Year and Chapter Advisor Wm. Gregory Sawyer, CI’s Vice President for Student Affairs, as Distinguished Fellow and Advisor of the Year.
For more information on Gamma Beta Phi, visit gammabetaphi.org.