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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Community. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 13, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24894.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Community. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24894

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Transcript Programs Helping Improve GPAs Money and pizza are part of the reason why two campus Greek organizations are getting results in raising chapter GPAs. Sigma Chi Fraternity boosted its overall GPA to 2.67 in the fall from its 2.01 the previous spring. Phi Mu brought its GPA up to 2.46 in the fall from 2.16 a year ago. Both groups started new scholarship programs and raised their minimum required GPAs for initiation from 2.0 — the national standard — to 2.25. Ronnie Bradshaw, Sigma Chi President, said the chapter gave away $2,000 last fall. The money came from a national scholarship program of local Sigma Chi alumni contributions. The fraternity gave rewards for the most improved grades, the best overall GPA and best semester grades. Members who make above 3.0 receive $150 and those with a 3.5 and above receive $250. Phi Mu developed a similar program, but its reward was pizza. The fall 1986 pledge class challenged the actives to a GPA duel. The group with the lower grade average at the end of the semester would buy dinner for the others. Phi Mu chapter adviser Betsy Angelleli said she's pleased with the results of the new program, even though the chapter did not experience a drastic change in its semester GPA. "I think we made a concentrated effort," Angelilli said. "We're on college campuses to promote scholarship, and that's what we're doing." Bradshaw and Sigma Chi's This delighted greek may have the idea that better grades will get him more attention. scholarship program worked because Ross Lence, their new academic adviser, "made it so easy." "He's dedicated," Bradshaw said. "And the chapter likes it. The money hasn't hurt either." Lence said the fraternity started its program to ensure pledges meet the 2.25 requirement. "The program, however, had more effect on the whole house," he said. "I think it's good." Lence said Sigma Chi not only raised the pledge GPA, but also required study hours twice a week in a classroom, not the library. The library, Lence said, was too social and actives have a social influence on the pledges as well. "And I don't allow active members to go (to study hall) with the pledges, he said. Lence also meets with the members during the semester to advise them about their courses. He goes over each member's academic record at UH to make sure "they take the right course ; for the right major." "I try to tell them in time s they don't waste a whole se mester taking something the don't need," he said. Lence plans to make mem bers aware of such services a note-taking and time manage ment courses offered by th University. Lence said he was surprise the chapter came so far in on semester. "I'm shocked," he said. "Th actives are all thinking of gooi grades and graduation." Ten percent of the 65 mem bers had a 3.5 or higher and 2< percent were 3.0 or higher Lence said. The progran worked so well that at least ; dozen members are no longe on probation after one semes ter, he said. Phi Mu did not require stud} hall for its members, but the women met Thursday nights ir the library anyway. Angelill said that next semester the pro gram will require a study nigh for all members. She said the majority of the 25 women made between 2.5 and 3.0 in the fall with three over the 3-0 mark. All but one of the pledges made a 2.5 or higher. "That's good," she said. "We stressed 2.25 and they got even higher. It's a significant jump for one semester." The sorority stopped pledging new members at the end of February so "members can concentrate on grades," Angelilli said. "So far, most people are happy with the way grades came up." — Michelle Gardner 268