Southeast’s Chi Sigma Iota Chapter Receives Outstanding Chapter Award


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 24, 2005 ᾰ Sigma Epsilon Sigma, the Southeast Missouri State University chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, has received the Chi Sigma Iota Outstanding Chapter Award. Chi Sigma Iota is an international counseling academic and professional honor society.

The award is the highest commendation from the organization for academic, humanitarian and professional development activities.

“It represents a great accomplishment and a high honor to our college and department and to the counseling program,” said Dr. Julieta Monteiro-Leitner, the chapter’s faculty advisor. She said she and the members of Sigma Epsilon Sigma earned the Outstanding Chapter Award in a variety of ways.

“We truly revitalized the chapter,” Monteiro-Leitner said. “New leadership, new advisors, support from the faculty members and a true commitment from the chapter members brought a new energy to the chapter.  Surely enough, after the very first year, we got the award.”

Monteiro-Leitner said the chapter’s 2003-2004 strategic plan outlined ways to promote activities relating to professional development, academic training and humanitarian services to the community.

“It’s due to the accomplishment in these three areas that we deserved the award,” she said.

There will be a celebration with the chapter at the 20th anniversary awards ceremony at the American Counseling Association National Conference convention in Atlanta, Ga., on Friday, April 8.

Chi Sigma Iota is an international honor society for students, professional counselors and counselor educators established at Ohio University in 1985. Its mission is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling.

For more information, contact Dr. Julieta Monteiro-Leitner at