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November 01, 1945

Emma Coleman Frost receives Wilma Wilson Sharp Award


Shining Stars

Emma Coleman Frost was honored with the Wilma Wilson Sharp Award in 1945. She was the third recipient of this award.

For Alpha Sigma Alpha, Emma served as the national alumnae secretary, 1947-48 and national alumnae organizer, 1948-53.

Emma Coleman, ΠΠ, was president of the local Clionian Society when that group petitioned to affiliate with Alpha Sigma Alpha. Emma became a charter member of the Pi Pi Chapter, Buffalo State Teachers College, in 1926. She graduated and then receiver her Masters Degree from Columbia University, NY.

Professionally, Emma was the head of the department of foods for New York and Pennsylvania. She worked in hospitals, hotels and camps during summers as a dietetics manager, and then she worked for the United States government as the chief supervisor of all household training. Emma also managed her own private cooking school for several years in New York City.

Throughout her life, Emma was a member of several alumnae chapters including Buffalo, Tuscon, Chicago, Kansas City and Tampa Bay.

Along with her husband, Emma established the Frost Fidelity Award in 1949, an award given annually to a collegian who exhibits the more intangible Sorority values and ideals. “Fidelity” implies devotion and unswerving loyalty and allegiance. This award goes to a woman with commitment and exemplary service, who demonstrates her regard for others by her actions, who tackles problems large or small and who lends abilities to all projects.

In the 1980s, Emma made a generous gift to Alpha Sigma Alpha that allowed to create and launch the Emma Coleman Frost Leadership Development Institute. Since its inception, thousands of collegians have participated in this leadership conference, held every other summer.

Emma “Em” Coleman Frost died Feb. 9, 1999, just after her 97th birthday.

Read more about Emma Coleman Frost in the November 1945 issue of the Phoenix of Alpha Sigma Alpha.


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