By Kristine “Aster” Medina, Staff Writer

GVSU 2012 Convention

Grand Valley State University was lettered as Iota and awarded the Jade Award at the 2012 National Convention in Washington, D.C.

Active sisters from GVSU came to their chapter adviser, Melanie “EXPRESS” Kom,  last spring and asked her for a letter of support. Kom has always seen the goal of achieving active status in the mind of every sister since she crossed as a part of Alpha class in fall of 2009.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how the chapter changes its perspective in being a lettered chapter,” Kom said. “It’s such a high standard to uphold, and I want to see what they can achieve and what goals they have set.”

Although sisters from Iota chapter have been recognized for the work they have accomplished since chartering, Linda “Hayven” Teng wants to keep her sisters motivated in moving forward with bigger goals in mind.

“We definitely will uphold the standards of an active chapter and continue to make an impact,” Teng said. “We’re currently doing everything we can to focus on academics along with keeping a close relationship with other Greek organizations on campus and in our Midwest region. As a young chapter, we have to realize that there are plenty of new experiences we have yet to encounter and that we have to continue to work hard for the progression of this sisterhood no matter where we stand.”

Iota chapter was also given the Jade Award for the second consecutive year. Global Gala has laid the chapter’s groundwork for cultural awareness. Each year, the cultural showcase continues to grow and spark interest in the community.

“It truly means a lot to me,” Teng said. “Achieving this milestone with my chapter is honestly one of the greatest feelings in the world. I’m blessed to be able to say that I could experience this with them. Words alone wouldn’t be able to express my joy and how proud I am of each individual sister. From day one since I crossed, I knew in my heart that this is my family and they will forever be my sister’s keeper.”