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U of M Grad is New International Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
For release: July 18, 2005
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Amy Jackson, a recent University of Memphis graduate, was selected by Sigma Chi Fraternity as its new International Sweetheart at the fraternity's Grand Chapter meeting last month in Cincinnati, where the fraternity celebrated its 150 th anniversary.

Jackson was one of three finalists for the honor; the other two represented chapters at Pepperdine University in California and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. Each of the fraternity's 216 chapters in the United States and Canada has the opportunity to nominate a candidate for International Sweetheart.

Jackson is the fraternity's 29 th International Sweetheart. The first was Barbara Tanner in 1948. A new Sweetheart is chosen every two years. Candidates are selected on the basis of their involvement with their university campuses and local Sigma Chi chapters, their community service, academic performance, character, and personality. The finalists attend the fraternity's Grand Chapter, where they address the student delegates who cast the final ballot.

Jackson is also the sweetheart of the U of M Sigma Chi chapter and the reigning Miss University of Memphis. She was awarded the Gov. Ned McWherter Scholarship, and she was a finalist for the prestigious Truman Scholarship last year. She was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa honor society and graduated summa cum laude.

Jackson was very active in student life, in community events, and with the U of M Sigma Chi chapter. She directed the Up 'til Dawn student fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, served on numerous student boards, and was an officer in her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta. She did volunteer work with Georgia Avenue Elementary School, Raleigh-Egypt Middle School, St. Jude's, the Memphis Special Olympics, and Hands On Memphis.

The daughter of Curt and Betsy Jackson of Arlington, Amy received her B.A. degree in journalism from the University of Memphis in May 2005. She is employed with the marketing department at ALSAC/St. Jude.

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