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2011 Grad and Inn of the Year Awards

Monday, April 25, 2011  
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The Justices of the Phi Delta Phi Court of Appeals have reached a decision in the 2011 Graduate and Inn of the Year Competitions.

The 2011 J. Will Pless International Graduate of the Year is Alma Esperanza Santa Ana Vara from García Rendón Inn at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiorers de Monterrey - Campus Monterrey.

Alma served as the Inn Magister from January 2010 to December 2010. She graduated from law school in December 2010 and was ranked 1st in her class. As the 2011 Graduate of the Year, Alma will receive a cash prize of $3,000USD and an invitation to attend Phi Delta Phi's next General Convention as a guest of the Fraternity.

The 2011 International Inn of the Year is Pinckney Inn at Charleston School of Law in Charleston, South Carolina.

Download a copy of the Pinckney Inn 'Inn of the Year' application from the 2011 Inn of the Year page under the Members Only Area. As the Inn of the Year, Pinckney Inn will receive a cash prize of $500USD.

For Outstanding Achievements in the Single Project category, the Justices recognize Shields Inn at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California for the Inn's McGeorge Angel Tree Project. Shields Inn will receive a cash prize of $100USD.

McGeorge Angel Tree Project - In fall 2010, a Christmas tree was placed in the Student Center and hung with tags that listed the age and gender of a child (e.g., girl, age 6). Students, faculty, and staff were invited to take tags off the tree and to purchase gifts appropriate for the children described. Gifts had to be new and about $15USD in value. Donors placed their gifts under the tree which were periodically moved to a back room in the campus bookstore for safe storage.

After three weeks, Shields Inn hosted a "gift wrapping party” during reading period. Students, accompanied by a faculty member and her children, helped Shields Inn members wrap and tag the donated items. The Inn provided refreshments and wrapping supplies.

In total, Shields Inn collected and wrapped 179 gifts. The gifts were delivered to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services and distributed by the Oak Park Neighborhood Association to local families to give to their children for the holidays. The Oak Park Neighborhood Association is dedicated to uniting and strengthening the Oak Park community of Sacramento.

A gift, donated late, was donated to St. Francis Foster Homes (with the donor’s permission). Two days before, St. Francis had been robbed of gifts it had collected in its own toy drive.

In addition, Shields Inn helped the McGeorge Animal Law Society set up a second Angel Tree for local shelter animals. Each tag listed an animal (dog, cat, or rabbit) and items needed for those animals.


Congratulations to our winners!