Ashland University Sorority Chapter Receives Golden Lion Award

Ashland University Sorority Chapter Receives Golden Lion Award
Those affiliated with the Epsilon Nu chapter of Alpha Delta Pi at Ashland University receiving the Golden Lion Award were: (l-r) Morgan Phillips, chapter president for 2013-2014; Valerie Zeno, chapter advisor; and Kayla Toth, chapter president for 2014-2015.

7/30/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – The women of Ashland University’s Epsilon Nu chapter of Alpha Delta Pi sorority were honored with the 2015 Maxine Blake Golden Lion Award at the Alpha Delta Pi’s Grand Convention held in Arizona in June.

The award is the highest honor given to an Alpha Delta Pi chapter and Ashland’s Epsilon Nu was one of 14 chapters to win this award out of the 155 active chapters across the country. 

“Being recognized as a top chapter internationally is amazing and a testament to the tradition of our sisterhood. It also speaks to our passion to our motto: We Live For Each Other,” said Kayla Toth, the current Alpha Delta Pi president at AU. “Every day we strive as an organization on campus to be the best women we can be. To me, this award shows all of our hard work to excel in running our collegiate chapter effectively, being involved in philanthropy and having fun.”

Toth said she feels blessed to be a part of the Epsilon Nu chapter of Alpha Delta Pi at Ashland University. “Each and every one of my sorority sisters has contributed to the success of our chapter, each in a different way, and for that I am grateful. And so very proud,” she said.

According to Ashley Christman, AU’s assistant director of student life, the Epsilon Nu chapter first won this award in 1987 and then won it again in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013.

“I am very impressed by the women of the Epsilon Nu chapter as they continue to be successful both on campus and within their international organization,” Christman said. “The chapter has worked hard to earn the Maxine Blake Golden Lion Award through their success during recruitment, excellent member retention, educational programming and outstanding scholarship. In addition to winning the highest award possible from their international organization, the chapter also was named Ashland University's Outstanding Chapter of the Year at April’s Greek Honors program.”

The award is named in honor of Maxine Blake to honor her service and her 75 years of membership in Alpha Delta Pi. Initiated at Alpha Theta Chapter at the University of Washington, Blake served as Grand President of Alpha Delta Pi for 29 years, and was named Grand President Emeritus in 1977. Blake had a tremendous effect on the entire Greek system when she developed the Quota system for recruitment that became the standard across the country. She later chaired the National Panhellenic Conference committee that developed the Quota-Total system and authoring Loyally III. Blake passed away in June 2004.

In addition to receiving the Golden Lion Award, the Ashland University Epsilon Nu Chapter also received a number of other recognitions at the Convention, making it one of the most honored chapters in the country. Those recognitions included the  Diamond 4-Point, Adelphean Excellence, Alpha Member Education Excellence, Eleanor Abrott Harris Finance Excellence, Legacy, Virginia Friese Jacobsen Panhellenic Excellence, Recruitment Excellence, Scholarship Excellence and  Total Membership Education Excellence.

Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###