Sarah Polkaba Cox wins Mary Louise Mandrea Doyle Panhellenic Award

By Rose Gause, Social Marketing Team journalistic writer
October 5, 2018

Sara Polkaba

Over this past summer, Sarah Cox, formerly Sarah Polkaba, won the Mary Louise Mandrea Doyle Panhellenic Award at Alpha Sigma Tau’s 42nd National Convention. She received the award for her contributions to sorority life on Frostburg State’s campus through her position as Vice President of Recruitment for the College Panhellenic Council.

“I feel absolutely honored and grateful to everyone who has been there to consistently support me during my time on the CPC Executive Board,” says Cox.

Last year, she was the first to serve as the Collegiate Ambassador for the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation and with the help of other collegiate volunteers, the position has continued into its second year.

While being a senior at FSU, Cox was also the vice president of Member Development for Alpha Sigma Tau, president of Epsilon, the computer science honor society, a member of FSU’s Dance Company, and a member of the President’s Leadership Circle. Throughout her college career, she was a member of the women of computer science, developmental math instructor, and a student success mentor for the Secure Computing and Information Assurance Intro to Higher Education class.

“I wanted to be involved on campus because I wanted to contribute to these incredible organizations that gave me so much during my 4 years at FSU,” says Cox.

Cox graduated summa cum laude this past spring 2018 with her bachelors in computer science and secure computing & information assurance with a minor in dance. Completing two majors that did not have classes that overlapped had never been done before. By the time Cox graduated, she had accumulated 200 undergraduate credits and 6 graduate credits.

“FSU always supported me in all of my academic and personal goals. Without the constant support, friendships, and encouragement, I would not be where I am today. I am thankful to all my peers, faculty, and staff, who helped me reach my goals and dreams. I believe that you can do anything if you have a goal and a true support system; with these even your furthest dreams are reachable,” says Cox

Currently, Cox works as a Cybersecurity Analyst for the Department of Defense and is a member of their women in STEM group. She has started her graduate program of Cybersecurity Analysis at Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School for Engineering.

She has continued to pursue her passion of dance at The Dance Academy in Severna Park, MD where she teaches ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics. She also volunteers for Alpha Sigma Tau as the Master Facilitator for Millersville University of Pennsylvania, University of Massachusetts - Lowell, and the University of the Sciences – Philadelphia. In this role, she assists the chapters in their member development endeavors.

“I am super excited to continue working with Alpha Sigma Tau as an alumna in the role of a Master Facilitator. I want to help other members of Alpha Sigma Tau to grow from their experiences within this sorority,” says Cox.

“Sorority and fraternity life is family, a home away from home, and lifelong friendship. It meant everything to me during my undergraduate years, and I would not be who I am today without it,” says Cox.