New this year is the Pearl Award. The recipient of the Pearl Award has shown exceptional service and long term dedication to Phi Sigma Rho at either the National or local level.
The nominator writes: This alumna eats, sleeps, and breathes Phi Sigma Rho. I first met her at Convention 2009 in Pittsburgh. She's incredibly passionate and her enthusiasm is contagious. Over the last 6 years, I have had the pleasure of working with her in many different capacities. She was very involved with National Council when I was VPCA, she's served numerous roles on the Foundation for several years, and she has always made it a point to go to every RLC, Conference, Convention, and alumnae event that she could make it to. She was my first visitor when I moved across the country for a promotion and she really made me feel at home when I was feeling home sick and reminded me that I have sisters EVERYWHERE! She is not only a phenomenal Phi Rho Leader, but she also stands out in her role as a teacher in an underfunded elementary school. She was a finalist for the Golden Apple Awards this year, a prestigious award to recognize excellence in teaching. She has given to the Sorority in so many ways from being in the first class of Phi Sigma Rho to now taking on the role as Foundation President! So it is only fitting that our first Pearl Award goes to Christine Mooney Jackson, Purdue-Alpha Chapter.