Each year DAP recognizes an outstanding alumna as Woman of the Year and awards another outstanding alumna the Alumnae Achievement Award. Nominees for the Woman of the Year Award and Alumnae Achievement Award are selected by alumnae chapters. The winners, chosen by committee, are announced at our annual awards luncheon each April.
Applications will be sent to alumnae chapters in January 2015.
Since 1971, DAP has honored a Woman of the Year who embodies the Panhellenic spirit as evidenced by service to her sorority and also to Panhellenic.
In 1992, DAP added the Alumnae Achievement Award to honor members of NPC sororities who have made significant contributions to their community and profession.
Meet our 2014 Honorees:
2014 DAP Woman of the Year
Floy-Louise Senior, Alpha Xi Delta
Floy-Louise Senior attended the University of Oregon where she joined the women of Alpha Xi Delta and graduated with a degree in speech and drama. She later earned an MA in education guidance and counseling from the University of Colorado. Floy served the Littleton Public Schools for 19 years as the district counseling department chairman.
Floy has been an active member of the Denver Alumnae Association of Alpha Xi Delta, where she served as historian, recording secretary and corresponding secretary. She then represented her chapter as a Panhellenic delegate and served as chair of the philanthropy committee, promoted NGA efforts and started the annual school supply drive for needy schools. Floy entered the DAP officer rotation and served as president of Denver Area Panhellenic in 2001-2002. She lobbied to raise the college scholarship awards to $1000 each and, while serving as photographer and historian for DAP, wrote a history of the Denver chapter. She even won the Denver Area Panhellenic Spirit Award in 2003.
While raising her four children, Floy assisted with various school activities, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. She taught Sunday school and directed the children’s choir. She was a member of her church choir for over 30 years and served as president of the Evergreen Episcopal Church’s lay religious order for nine years. She enjoyed directing and acting in community little theater productions.
Floy is a longtime member of the Colorado Symphony Guild and volunteered on numerous planning committees and with school programs for the orchestra. Over the years she has volunteered for the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Visiting Nurses Association and Rocky Mountain PBS. Floy was the president of Arapahoe County Retired School Personnel and state membership chairman of the Colorado Retired School Employees. She now serves as president for the Metro Denver Mortar Board Alumnae Chapter. Floy’s dedication to one organization, AARP, is especially impressive. She has spent years working on driver safety programs, as a tax counselor, workshop trainer, zone coordinator, instructor and on various other programs for AARP.
From Floy’s nomination letter, “The recognition she has received at every level is evidence of her commitment to others and the long list of her activities and achievements reflects her willingness to lead and to serve. Not only does she enthusiastically give of herself, her time and her talents, she does it with professionalism and competence. She treats everyone with kindness and respect. She is our valued friend and sister.”
2014 Alumnae Achievement Award winner
Dr. Fernie Baca Hayes, Alpha Sigma Alpha
Fernie Baca Hayes received her BA in secondary education from the University of Northern Colorado. She has many fond memories of her college days as an Alpha Sigma Alpha sister. After graduation Fernie taught in the Denver Public Schools, where she was instrumental in developing and initiating many educational programs specific to Latino students. She led a project to motivate Latino youth to finish high school and attend college. Fernie’s passion for excellence in bilingual education for the Latino community would become her life’s work. She received her MA and later her PhD in guidance and counseling from University of Colorado- Boulder. Fernie was elected to the Denver Public Schools Board of Education in 1979. Her impressive career of 40 years included a tenured professorship in the school of education at the University of Colorado- Denver, where she served as the dean of the graduate school and associate vice chancellor for research/creative activities.
Accomplishments include an appointment to the Colorado Committee for the 1970 White House Conference on Children and Youth; chair of region VII of the National Council of University Research Administrators; executive board of Colorado Women in Higher Education; chair of Women’s Forum of Colorado Foundation; work with LARASA (Latin American Research and Service Agency) and Latin American Education Foundation (LAEF); board of Denver Health and Hospitals; Colorado Commission on Children and their Families; bilingual advisory board for the Children’s Television Workshop; Denver Foundation civic and education advisory committee; committee for Colorado Awards: Education and Civic Achievement; planning committee for the 11th Annual Regional Conference on Bilingual/Bicultural Education; board of directors, Latino Institute of Education.
Fernie has received countless accolades, honors and awards. Highlights include the 2013 Latinas First Foundation Trailblazer Award; University of Northern Colorado: 2012 Distinguished Alumna Award; Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Award, Honoring Hispanics of Courage, Commitment and Accomplishment; 1999 Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Award; Women’s Bank Award for outstanding contribution to education & preservation of Hispanic culture; Congress of Hispanic Educators Leadership Award; Denver Public School Service Award; Kellogg Educational Policy Fellowship; Mountain Bell Board of Advisors Service Recognition Award; NIE Post Doctoral Fellowship, Harvard University; EDPA Graduate Fellowship, University of Colorado; community service award, Mile High United Way; Bernie Valdez Award for Excellence in Education from LARASA; Phi Delta Kappa (a professional organization for educators)membership.
Even with such accomplishments, her friends describe Fernie as a kind and humble woman of poise and purpose- a lifelong sister and dear friend.
2014 Spirit Award Winner
Hannah Katz, Delta Zeta
The Spirit Award is presented to the council member who most embodies the panhellenic spirit of Denver Area Panhellenic. She is chosen by a vote of council members.
Hannah served as DAP recruitment committee chair in 2013-14 and organized a new recruitment tea for high school seniors and their mothers. She is already working with her committee on new ideas for 2014-15!