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Photos Contributed
Left: Former International
Sweetheart Dr. Jacqueline (Lehn)
DuPont Carlson is endowing a
first of its kind scholarship award
for sweethearts at the chapter level.
Above: In 1989, Carlson responds
following announcment of her
selection as International Sweetheart.
Right: Her official portrait.

Giving back in a new way
Former International Sweetheart establishes first
of its kind award for sweethearts at chapter level
Long after her two-year journey as Sigma Chi’s “I think Sigma Chi does a fabulous job honoring their State. She was selected International Sweetheart for
International Sweetheart, Jacque Lehn became a sweethearts in so many ways with the Sweetheart the 1989-1991 term following a nationwide search,
doctor, a nationally-renowned innovator in her field of Ball, the beautiful sweetheart pin and the many and she immediately took on an active role as one of
gerontology, a CEO and Founder of three companies in local chapter traditions,” said Carlson. “However, I the first sweethearts to extensively travel during her
her field, a mother and wife to a Sigma Chi. think women today have evolved and really deserve graduate studies at University of Southern California.
Through it all, she maintained her love of the Frater- academic awards.” “I really enjoyed going to chapters,” Carlson said. “I
nity and the role she served proudly at the Internation- Inspired by Carlson’s own journey, the award will go was able to go to over 50 chapters and it was so special
al level as well as at her local chapter. to a young woman with a solid academic record and to see how unique — although Sigma Chi is alike
Today, Dr. Jacque DuPont Carlson and her husband exceptional involvement and leadership as sweetheart in greatness, it is also alike in uniqueness. We did a
Marc, PURDUE 1982, are making an impact on the for a Sigma Chi undergraduate chapter. nationwide toy drive that was really fun.”
beloved sweetheart role with a first of its kind award at “What a better award to give back to them for She would go on to greater success as the CEO and
the Greek-letter fraternity level. their countless volunteer hours than a scholarship? Founder of DuPont Residential and Memory Care, Inc.,
This summer, all current and former chapter sweet- I remember helping my chapter in so many ways Assured In Home Care, Inc. and Vista Gardens, LLC.,
hearts still enrolled in their undergraduate studies with rush, with charity events and that needs to be receiving national recognition in the 1990s for imple-
will be able to apply for the Sigma Chi Undergraduate honored,” Carlson said. menting an innovative video-camera monitoring system
Chapter Sweetheart Scholarship — to be awarded for An Alpha Delta Pi, Carlson’s Sigma Chi journey began to protect older adults from abuse within care facilities.
the first time this fall. as a sweetheart at the chapter level at San Diego She has received numerous accolades and awards


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Kelsey Maggard, 2015-2017 International
Sweetheart, (pictured) is a recipient of the
existing Ron Robertson International
Sweetheart Scholarship

for her hours of dedication to resident families, el- Several Sigma Chi undergrads and alumni give back to the Sigma Chi Lifeline program and its
dercare organizations and community work, and sits mission of suicide prevention and mental health awareness through a golf fundraiser in honor of
on the Boards of Directors of several organizations. the late Keller Zibilich, LOUISIANA STATE 2015
In 2005, during a visit to Cincinnati and Sigma Chi’s
150th anniversary celebration, the fraternity impact-
ed her in a different way as she met her husband
Giving back inherits new meaning
Marc. Together, they have seven kids and presently
reside in California. through Sigma Chi Lifeline program
Carlson is one of many sweethearts to find success
following their roles within Sigma Chi. She hopes Among the many important asks of a Sigma Chi with- Keller’s parents, Michael and Gayle Zibilich, were
this award inspires former international sweethearts in our ritual, the responsibility within each brother instrumental in the creation of the Sigma Chi Lifeline
and chapter sweethearts to also give back and honor to lend strong arms to another in a time of need is program and Sigma Chi’s relationship with the JED
the young women to serve their chapters today. perhaps one of the most meaningful. Foundation to provide all Sig undergraduates and
“I want to encourage all of the past international Giving back to a brother, our chapter or our alumni with the tools needed during a time of dis-
sweethearts to give to this,” she said. “It’s our way, Fraternity at large is within our Sigma Chi DNA. It is tress — a true awareness of displaying strong arms
as sweethearts, of saying ‘thank you’ to the effort something our seven Founders to comfort and protect a brother or loved one.
that is nationwide at every chapter. We’re supposed Each year, thousands of Sigma Chi alumni and This year, Sigma Chi is partnering with the JED
to be the role model and the example as Interna- undergraduates volunteer thousands of hours on Foundation to expand upon Lifeline with the
tional Sweetheart, but the hands on, giving back is at behalf of Sigma Chi in their communities and within development of a new mental health and suicide
the local level.” their own chapters. awareness to reach all undergrads through Sigma Chi
The new award will join the already existing Inter- Thousands more contribute financially through the U in Fall 2017.
national Sweeheart scholarship, presented annually Sigma Chi Foundation, helping provide academic In support of this project and a scholarship in their
by the Sigma Chi Foundation. scholarships and values-based leadership program- son’s name, the Zibilich family will host their annual
Current International Sweetheart Kelsey Maggard ming within a generation of brothers where those Keller Zibilich Golf Tournament on Tuesday, May 9 at
believes the new honor will provide more aware- things mean more than ever before. the Fairways of Canton in Atlanta, GA.
ness of Sigma Chi at the international level for Sigma Chi itself, over the previous two decades, Also, the Sigma Chi Foundation will once again hon-
chapter sweethearts. have taken extra steps to highlight issues of need or Keller and other Sigs who have entered Chapter
“Right now there isn’t a lot for the chapter sweet- within young adults such as drug and alcohol abuse, Eternal far too soon due to suicide, as well as those
heart at the international level, so I think this is going the dangers of hazing and prevention of sexual enveloped by mental health issues with our second
to be a good way to give them exposure to the inter- misconduct. Mental Health Awareness Week.
national fraternity,” said Maggard. “So many of the In 2014, however, the untimely loss of Keller Both events will raise funds towards highlighting
women at the chapter sweetheart level fit the criteria Zibilich, LOUISIANA STATE 2015, highlighted a the new programming and lending strong arms to
of an International Sweetheart. I think this is going to recurring issue in today’s collegiate scene: A rise of those who may need our support now more than
be a good way to honor those awesome women.” mental health issues, suicide and depression. ever before.
For more information on the Sigma Chi Chapter In many cases these issues are unnoticed by We ask you to help us make a difference within
Sweetheart Scholarship or to submit information on friends, family and loved ones, especially within the lives of those brothers who need us by making a
a potential candidate for the award, contact Sigma young adults. contribution towards this cause at donate.sigmachi.
Chi Foundation scholarship administrator Heidi With the support of friends, family and fellow Sigs, org/lifeline or via a check to the Foundation.
Holley at


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