CVAA Awards

Undergraduate of the Year Award 2016

Elliott Taylor was nominated for the Undergraduate of the Year award for his scholarship and leadership accomplishments.
He is President of Beta Alpha Psi, which is an accounting fraternity where he organized and executed the Annual Leadership Summit with 71 candidates and 12 business partners. He is President of Future Business Leaders of America where he recruited 16 students to participate in the PBL state competition where they placed 1st in 12 different events. He personally won 1st Place in Virginia Phi Beta Lamda Accounting for Professionals competition in 2015. He was also the most recent past Treasurer of the VA Eta Chapter. 

In his down time he been able to maintain a 3.65 GPA and will graduate in May with 150 credits. He has been a Corporate Sales and Use Tax Intern at WestRock Corporation since April 2014.

From left to right - Joey Stemmle, Elliott Taylor - Undergraduate of the Year for 2016

John D. Watt 

Dedicated Service Award

John Dillard Watt III was initiated at North Carolina Alpha in 1975. Soon after graduation, he worked for headquarters for the 1978-79 academic year. The SWGP (who is the national president) appoints directors who effectively serve as committee chairman during the biennium. These positions include Directors of Expansion, Fraternity Education, Housing Corporation, etc. In 1986, John D. was appointed as one of these volunteer directors. He was then elected as the SWAG (who is the national secretary) at the 1992 GAC, the SWP (National Treasurer) in 1994, the SWVGP (National Vice President) in 1996 and finally, the SWGP (National President) in 1998. In 2009, he offered up his time to help start the VCU colony of Phi Kappa Psi. To this day, he continues to serve as a chapter advisor.

2016 John D. Watt Dedicated Service Award Winner - Joey Stemmle
VA Eta '12

Joey was one of the founding fathers of the Virginia Eta chapter and as an undergraduate was critical in creating the structure and organization of this chapter. He filled almost every position in the chapter and in doing so, he created the structure and processes that are still being used in the chapter today. Joey has been a past facilitator for the President’s Leadership Academy (PLA) and he has been an evaluator the past two years for the Phi Kappa Psi National Scholarship program. He also has served as an Asst. Chapter Advisor for VA Eta since his graduation in 2013 and a two-term president of the CVAA.

Joey has taken CVAA from an organization that only does a Founder’s Day event to an organization that does Alumni Spotlights, Highlights, Monthly Happy Hours, Past President’s Luncheons, Alumni Induction Ceremonies, and a snarky Twitter page.

Phi Psi was founded on the great joy of serving others so outside of Phi Psi, this brother dedicates his time to serve on the board for the VCU RVA GOLD Alumni Association as Treasurer and as the chairman of the volunteering committee. This committee organizes opportunities for young alumni to volunteer within the Richmond community including the YMCA and Military Veterans. He also worked on the Alumni Charity Challenge for 2015 which raised over 14,000 pounds of food for the Central VA Food Bank.

Joey currently serves on the Board of Directors for the VCU School of Business Alumni Society and the Financial Planning Association of Central Virginia. As if this weren’t enough, he also sits on a committee for VCU’s school of business which developed a Ram to Ram mentoring program that has over 300 alumni and students in it for 2016. He works with a group of 8 students.

In his free time, he likes to work to promote financial literacy by working with the Governor’s Challenge in Financial Planning and the Virginia Center for Economic Education.

From left to right - Joey Stemmle, Elliott Taylor - Undergraduate of the Year for 2016

2015 John D. Watt Dedicated Service Award Winner - Jack Speed
MS Alpha '68

Upon graduation, he went to serve in the Marine Corps for 2 ½ years. After decommissioning from the Marine Corps, he became as a juvenile probation officer. Shortly after, he served as a fire fighter for Chesterfield County for 31 years. He has also been to Haiti, Bolivia, and Ecuador to do voluntary medical work and dedicated 3 ½ weeks to join the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Since the founding of the CVAA in 1997, this recipient has taken numerous leadership positions. He has also organized, hosted, and helped financially fund several founders’ day events. Jack Speed has offered his house not once, but twice for Founder's Day. Today, he serves as a RN at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital continuing his service to the community.From left to right - Jae Lee, CVAA Vice-President 2015, Jack Speed, Joey Stemmle CVAA President 2015