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Great awards follow a great year in Greek Life

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

 

Fraternity members celebrate success in 2010-2011 academic year. (Photo by Daniel M. Reck.)

It’s been a big year for Greek Life at Monmouth College.  Thousands of dollars have been raised for charity, thousands of hours have been given in service, and hundreds of students have enjoyed academic success.

The pinnacle of each year is Greek Week, which recently concluded with the Annual Greek Life Awards.  All seven Greek organizations came together, raised over $1,050 for Haiti earthquake relief, and organized a record-setting blood drive.

“Greek Week this year was a magnificent success!” says Haleigh Turner ’12, Greek Week Chair and President of Pi Beta Phi. “Every chapter came together on multiple occasions to hang out, have a great time, possibly get slimmed, and show campus that no matter our letters we are a unified Greek System.

Through Penny Wars and a Car Bash, Greeks raised $1,054.13, which will go to Lights for Haiti through Citizen Effect. The money raised will help provide solar-powered lanterns to Haitians who are still recovering from the earthquake that devastated the country two years ago.

There were many events during Greek Week, from a Bop-It tournament, Slime-Time, karaoke, trivia, a scavenger hunt, and philanthropies; perhaps one of the most memorable was the All-Greek Candle Pass.

“It really meant a lot to see brothers and sisters from different organizations linked together representing not only our unity during Greek Week but our forever support of one another as we passed a significant item from each chapter as well as sang our songs,” says Turner.

The Greek Week show allowed fraternity members to show off their values, pride, and humor as they put on four 1990s-themed acts. In addition to the shows put on by Greek organizations, the so-called Greek God and Goddess, along with their Demigod and Demigoddess counterparts, competed in talent, questions, and overall participation to win the titles.

The men of Sigma Phi Epsilon and the women of Pi Beta Phi won the Greek Show on Thursday night with their medley of references to 90s television shows and dance numbers. The men of Zeta Beta Tau, teamed up with a mix of women from each women’s fraternity dubbed The Panhellenic Alliance, won the banner contents, which was also announced at the Greek Week show.

Greek Week ended on Friday with the Annual Greek Life Awards banquet. Greeks dressed to impress and to raise awareness for autism. Alpha Xi Delta women handed out blue ribbons for World Autism Awareness Day, which coincided with the awards program.  Outside, Wallace Hall’s famous copula was lit in a brilliant blue as part of the national “Light It up Blue” campaign for Autism Awareness Month. The Empire State Building in New York City, along with many other landmarks, were also awash in blue for the night.

The banquet, held in the specially-decorated cafeteria, brought together fraternity members from every organization to celebrate their successes and the success of their fellow brothers and sisters. The guest list not only included fraternity members, but faculty, advisors, deans, and President Mauri Ditzler.

The women of Alpha Xi Delta won Overall Greek Week for their fourth year running as well as many other chapter and individual awards.

“We have worked hard to better ourselves and to follow our National Fraternity motto, ‘realize your potential,’” says Kim Dwyer ’12, President of Alpha Xi Delta. “It was exciting to see all of our hard work pay off.  Our chapter is more than grateful and proud of one another.”

Although each of the awards are of high honor, the most prestigious award that can be earned at Monmouth College is the award for Outstanding Chapter Operations. This year, Pi Beta Phi earned this award.

Recipients of the 2011 Greek Life Awards were:

  • Academic Excellence Award – Alpha Xi Delta
  • Excellence in Campus Involvement and Leadership – Phi Delta Theta
  • Outstanding Chapter Program – Xi Man, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Award for Excellence in Community Service and Philanthropy – Phi Delta Theta
  • Outstanding Advisor – Denise Turnbull, Pi Beta Phi
  • Emerging Female Leader – Lydia Butler, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Emerging Male Leader – Jeff Skalon, Alpha Tau Omega
  • Outstanding Greek President – Leah Statler, Pi Beta Phi
  • Greek Woman of the Year – Kristen Wyse, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Greek Man of the Year (Cy Reagan Award) – John Cayton, Phi Delta Theta
  • The Richard “Doc” Kieft Award – Rodney Clayton, Phi Delta Theta
  • Outstanding Chapter Operations – Pi Beta Phi
  • Greek Week Spirit Award – Alpha Xi Delta
  • Greek God and Goddess – Andrew Farraher, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Ashley May, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Greek Demi-God and Demi-Goddess – Alex Mackley, Zeta Beta Tau and Courtney Jonsson, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Overall Greek Week Winners – Alpha Xi Delta

“Winning the Chapter Operations Award is a true honor”, said Turner. “Leah, as President, and our executive board, worked hard to excel our chapter to one that adheres not only to a loving sisterhood but one with high standards for our sisters.” μ

Michelle Bruce ‘12

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Greek Week to support Haiti, recognize excellence

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

The 2011 Greek Week kicks off this Friday, March 25. The week will start off with an all Greek dinner and dance party on Friday. Greeks will be expressing their love for the 90s decade, and their pride for their organizations during this week.

“We started planning [in] September,” said Haleigh Turner ’12, head of the Greek Week Team and president of Pi Beta Phi. According to Turner, the group, which includes representatives from all seven fraternities, worked hard this year to create a week with fun 90s-themed games, singing, dancing, and even service.  Representatives from the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils, as well as Order of Omega, also contributed to the effort.

On Saturday, Greeks will come together to clean up the Monmouth College campus and end the day with some games. Monday starts Penny Wars during lunch and dinner, which will continue until lunch on Friday, April 1.

Proceeds from Penny Wars and the other philanthropies occurring throughout the week will be donated to the Lights for Haiti Project through Citizen Effect, an organization that encourages people to create teams and join together to raise money towards a certain project.

Greeks will be raising money to bring lights to Haiti. “What’s interesting about Citizen Effect is that you can actually see what the money is being put towards and how many people it is helping,” Turner said.  Other proceeds will benefit campus programming by the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils, which sponsor Greek Week.

The highly-anticipated Greek Week Show will take place on Thursday, March 31, at 7:00 PM. Four teams  of fraternity men and women will perform skits portraying Greek values using the 90s theme. “It is going to be the best one yet!” said Kim Boyd ‘13, manager of the Greek Week Show and member of Alpha Xi Delta.

The week will end with the Annual Greek Life Awards on Friday, as organized by Order of Omega, the honor society for men’s and women’s fraternity members who excel academically. The banquet, also hosted by Monmouth College, Interfraternity Council, and the Panhellenic Council, will feature a keynote address from Colonel Stephen Bloomer, a senior development officer for Monmouth College, and advisor to Phi Delta Theta.

Awards will be presented by other campus dignitaries, including Vice President for Student Life Jacquelyn Condon, Associate Dean of Students Michelle Merritt, and Assistant Director of Greek Life, Leadership, and Involvement Daniel M. Reck.  The awards recognize a range of accomplishments from outstanding chapter advisors, academic achievements, and excellence in chapter operations.  Order of Omega will also recognize the students who were inducted this year, as well as the faculty and staff members they have selected to honor with membership.

The Greek Week team worked hard to schedule events around class schedules. While Greek members are encouraged to participate in every activity, it is important to attend every class during this week, said Turner.

“It feels really good to see our hard work turning into a reality.” said Boyd. μ

Michelle Bruce ’12 and Annie Soto ‘12

 

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2011 Greek Week Schedule of Events

Friday, March 25, 2011 – Greek Week Kickoff: Wear Fraternity Letters

  • Noon – Show: All show music/DVDs/videos due, Leadership Development Office
    (late entries will not be accepted and result in disqualification)
  • 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM – All Greek Dinner, Main Dining Room
  • 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM – All Greek Dance Party, Fraternity Complex Social Space

Saturday, March 26, 2011 – Wear Greek Week Shirts

  • 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM – All Greek Campus Clean Up, meet at Dunlap Terrace

Sunday, March 27, 2011- Wear Greek Apparel

  • 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM – All Greek Brunch, Main Dining Room
  • 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM – Legends of the Hidden Temple including Photo Hunt, Huff Center Field house
  • 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM – All Greek Candle Pass, Liedman Lawn

Monday, March 28, 2011- Wear Greek Apparel

  • 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 12:10 PM to 12:50 PM – Monmouth College Chapel Service, Dahl Chapel
  • 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM – ‘90s Karaoke, Scotland Yard

Tuesday, March 29, 2011- Wear Greek Apparel

  • 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM– Figure it Out/Slime Time, Dunlap Terrace
  • 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM – Show Rehearsal Periods, Dahl Chapel
  • 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM – Car Bash Philanthropy and Sno-Cones, Lower Dunlap Terrace

Wednesday, March 30, 2011- Wear Greek Colors

  • 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Greek Week Blood Drive, Huff Concourse
  • 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM – Trivia, Highlander
  • 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM – Show Dress Rehearsal, Dahl Chapel
    (required dress rehearsal with full costumes and A/V, absence will result in disqualification.)

Thursday, March 31, 2011- Wear Greek Week Shirts

  • 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Trash for Tips, Meet at Dunlap Terrace
  • 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM – Greek Week Show, Dahl Chapel
    (tech crew arrives at 6:00 PM, performers arrive at 6:30 PM, house opens at 6:45 PM)

Friday, April 1, 2011- Dress to the Pin/Badge

  • 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM – Penny Wars, Stockdale Lobby
  • 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM – Bop It Tournament, Tartan Room
  • 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM – Annual Greek Life Awards and Banquet, Main Dining Room

 

Kappa’s Lauryn Pearson ’12 wins prestigious award

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Lauryn Pearson ’12, a junior member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, has been recognized for her high academic performance during her time at Monmouth College, as well as her service to Kappa.  She is the current recruitment chair for her chapter.

“It means so much to me knowing that my advisors and the school, since they choose the [recipient], think so highly of me to award me with this prize,” says Pearson says.

The award was presented at the Kappa’s Founders Day banquet last Wednesday, October 13, when Kappa celebrated the organization’s national founding of their very first chapter.  Kappa was chartered at Monmouth College 140 years ago. Kappa Kappa Gamma and Pi Beta Phi Fraternity, also founded at Monmouth, were the first-ever national Greek-letter organizations for women.

The generous scholarship awarded to Pearson, which was raised by alumni, the Monmouth Alumnae Association Group, and the Alpha Chapter itself, was drawn from the Alpha Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma Anniversary Prize Fund.

Pearson says, “I don’t think words could describe how proud I am to receive this award.” μ

Alex Woods ’12 and Michelle Bruce ‘12

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It’s another one for the books

Friday, May 1st, 2009

With the conclusion of another semester and the beginning of summer, it is time again for The Mu to review the performance of the men’s and women’s fraternities at Monmouth College.

Once again, Greeks have scored a higher grade point average this semester than independent students, with the women finishing higher than the men by about a third of a point.  Congratulations are in order for Kappa Kappa Gamma and Phi Delta Theta Fraternities, which top the scales for the women and men, respectively.

This issue will let you know who the dynamos are, and will also present a thorough rundown of the grade point averages earned by each of the seven chapters, the independent population, and the entire campus.  Unlike our December issue, we have not separated any second-semester initiates as “new members” for our reporting, as this is a relatively small number of individuals.

Academics, of course, is not the sole focus of students, and so we have included some late-breaking news and updates on a couple of stories we have been covering this semester.

This is the final issue of this year, and we wish to thank all of our readers and contributors.  While most student organizations go on hiatus over the summer, however, we will not.  Stay tuned throughout the summer for special editions of The Mu specially addressed to new students and the faculty and administration. μ

The Mu Staff

In Brief: January 2009

Thursday, January 1st, 2009
  • New officers sworn in for all chapters, listings inside.
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma holds highest cumulative and semester grade point average.
  • All-Greek GPA continues to score above independent student and all-campus averages.
  • On the whole, initiated member GPA is greater than new member GPA.