Strada Honored by Alpha Phi Omega
John Strada, a senior lecturer in Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Communications, received the Phyllis C. Tenney National Excellence in Advising Award from Alpha Phi Omega.
The competitive award is given to a chapter adviser once every two years to recognize exemplary service over a substantial period of time.
Criteria for the award include: long-term service of at least five years; significant participation in diverse chapter activities; work with other advisers in areas such as recruiting, training and Advisory Committee work; superior communications with chapter officers and actives; contributions in building chapter reputation on campus and in the community; clear demonstration of awareness of appropriate role of an adviser; accessibility and approachability; maturity and contribution to the leadership development of members; and qualities of care and concern.
The award is named after Phyllis Churchill Tenney, known as “Mrs. T,” who has been a chapter adviser since 1969 for the Phi Epsilon Chapter, Maine Maritime Academy.
Strada joined Alpha Phi Omega in 1993 as an undergraduate in the Delta chapter at Auburn University. He has served as an adviser to the Alpha Zeta Chapter at the University of Kentucky since 2000, to the Alpha Zeta Kappa Chapter at EKU since 2006 and to the Pi Omega Chapter at Kentucky State University since 2012. He currently serves as the Region 5 director for Alpha Phi Omega, overseeing alumni staff and chapter operations in Ohio, West Virginia, eastern and central Kentucky and western Pennsylvania, and he serves as a member of the Alpha Phi Omega National Board of Directors.
Working full time at EKU since 2006, Strada teaches courses in honors rhetoric/communication, small group communication, business and professional communication, and public speaking. He is also a member of the EKU Toastmasters club.
Alpha Phi Omega is a national co-ed service fraternity with more than 25,000 student members at 360 college campuses nationwide and more than 400,000 members since its founding at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. in 1925. Alpha Phi Omega’s mission is to prepare campus and community leaders through service, with a purpose to develop leadership, promote friendship and provide services to humanity.