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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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Greeks devote hearts to homecoming

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

With the falling of the leaves and autumn in full bloom, the annual rite of homecoming has visited Monmouth College.  There were a plethora of reasons to be excited for this tradition: the football game, the parade around town, and a celebration of Greek Life.   This is a special time for Greek Life because all the traditions which show Greek Life’s strength on campus were on display for the weekend.

The Spirit Shout on Friday evening featured organizations from all around campus battled to see who had the best dance moves and most Fighting Scots spirit.  Men’s and women’s fraternities were paired together fir this event. The women of Pi Beta Phi and the men of Zeta Beta Tau took first place for the Spirit Shout, followed by Kappa Kappa Gamma and Sigma Phi Epsilon.  Even the Theta Chi Fraternity alums made a strong showing at the parade, with a bold red banner displayed outside their old home, which is now the Intercultural House.

Following the Spirit Shout, the homecoming royal court was announced, and the court was loaded with Greeks.  SigEps Ben Morrow ’11 and Galvin Halpin ‘12 won Senior King and Junior Prince, respectively. Alpha Xi president Kristen Wyse ‘11, was crowned Senior Queen. Danielle Kita ’12, also of Alpha Xi, won Junior Princess.

The sunny Saturday morning started with the homecoming parade.  Chapter appeared with floats, shopping carts, and even in a kazoo band.  Pi Beta Phi won first place for their parade float, while Alpha Xi Delta and Kappa Kappa Gamma earned second and third place.

Greeks also lead the homecoming banner competition, with SigEp and Alpha Xi tied for first place. Pi Phi was judged to be the overall homecoming champion among all student organizations.

With the celebration of Greek Life, Kappa Kappa Gamma had an extra special homecoming week while they celebrated the 140th anniversary of KKG’s founding.  KKG was founded in 1870 at Monmouth College and is one of the original woman’s fraternities.  Kappa has spread 130 chapters all over North America.

New for 2010, homecoming featured open houses for all seven Greek chapters.  Alumni, current students, and everyone else interested in Greek Life were welcome to visit.  The houses were open to everyone on Saturday afternoon following the football game.  Alums shared stories of their college experiences while members showed off their chapters’ recent accomplishments.

Homecoming is a time that mixes the traditions of old with the excellence of the present.  Theologian Tryon Edwards once said “every reunion is a type of heaven,” and so Greek alums and current Greek members alike were in full force, with hearts devoted to their Fighting Scot’s pride, and perhaps bringing a bit of heaven to Monmouth for the weekend.

Alex Woods ’12 and Michelle Bruce ‘12

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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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Greek Life kicks off recruitment year with strong start

Monday, September 20th, 2010

With the 2010-2011 school year just beginning, it is time for men’s and women’s fraternities at Monmouth College to recruit their future leaders.   With the end of formal fall recruitment, Greek Life has recharged and reloaded with a new class of young men and women ready to become the new faces of Greek Life.

The women’s fraternities have started off the year well.  Kappa Kappa Gamma was able to meet to meet its annual quota with 15 new members.  The women of Pi Beta Phi have been joined by 16 new members.  Leading the pack among women’s fraternities, Alpha Xi Delta has inducted 17 future leaders with plans to offer more bids as the year continues.

For the men, Zeta Beta Tau recruited eight new brothers.  Alpha Tau Omega has nine new members.  Ten men have joined the brotherhood at Sigma Phi Epsilon.  Phi Delta Theta made a showing by bringing 14 men into their growing brotherhood.

Phi Delta Theta approached recruitment with some new ideas regarding the process.  According to John Cayton, Phi Delt’s Recruitment Co-Chair, “there was a sharing of the responsibility of recruiting rather than one person doing the bulk of the workload.”  He said that this is vital because it takes more than one person to recruit; it takes an entire chapter to ensure that the best men or women become a part of Greek Life.

Lauryn Pearson, recruitment officer from Kappa Kappa Gamma, was very enthusiastic about this year’s recruitment.  “My favorite part about my job was being able to deliver the bids.”  Pearson went on to say, “being there when the girls open their door and have some of them cry because they’re so happy or just be really excited and have a huge smile on their face, definitely made all the late nights of recruitment and long planning throughout the summer worthwhile.”

Recruitment may take many days, weeks, and months, but the end result is what keeps the system going and growing.

While there have been rumors about this being a down year for Greek recruitment, the numbers show otherwise.  The numbers of each fraternity (men’s and women’s) have shown recruitment is on track when compared to recent years.  In fact, more women have joined woman’s fraternities than last year.  While some women did drop out early in the recruitment process, this is a normal phenomenon that happens every year at every college that has a Greek Life system.

Although formal rush is over, it doesn’t mean that someone interested in joining Greek Life has missed out.   Most chapters run year-round recruitment and may offer invitations to join throughout the semester.

Interested students should be on the lookout for upcoming recruitment events for both men’s and women’s fraternity recruitment events and opportunities. Think of this as watching a baseball game.  You can’t declare a winner after the third inning.  There is still a lot of game left to go, and in the same token, there is still a lot of recruitment left.   Formal recruitment was a success according to officers throughout the Greek Life community, but recruitment is a year-long process and is never truly over.  μ

Alex Woods ’12

Greek Spotlight: Meet the Presidents: Melissa Krage

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Although my degree will be in Classics, I want to work in the Marketing field. In the summer of 2008, I was a Marketing and Event intern for the cable/internet/phone company Comcast in Chicago. Ever since then it has been my passion to execute and market company events. As a member of the Greek Life community at Monmouth College, I have learned several traits that will help me excel beyond my college years. I’ve learned that to be a good leader you must always lead by a positive example. Being apart of this community made me realize that one person can not do everything. It is important to delegate to others. I have also learned that you do not ask someone to do something you would not do yourself. The values I have learned in Kappa will always remain with me long after college.

Melissa Krage, Bloomingdale, Illinois, is President of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity at Monmouth College. She is majoring in classics with a minor in history

In Brief: September 2009

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma recently held their 2nd annual Rent-a-Puppy event to raise money for Relay For Life. The ladies collected roughly $185 for their cause.
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon and Pi Beta Phi will host their annual date action in November. All proceeds will be donated.
  • Our newest feature in The Mu is Greek Spotlight. Each month we will highlight outstanding  members of Greek life here at Monmouth College that we think you should know about.

Harnessing the fraternal network

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

We have all heard the cliché, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”  This is true.  Connections matter and networking is the key to a strong personal life as well as a successful professional life.  By joining a Greek organization, a student immediately becomes a member of a local village of fraternity brothers and sisters, a national village of over 200,000 active members and alumni groups and a global village of over nine million Greeks members.  There is no doubt that the extended network exists, but how do students harness its strength? 

Let’s start off by looking at how networking can help students now and in the immediate future.  Networking can be the key to a strong social life. Students witness the benefit of networking during college years by expanding social horizons.  Students also experience personal growth that results from meeting new people, making new friends and sharing new experiences.  Each Greek organization has hundreds of alumni groups all over the world that can offer support in many ways even after graduation.  If students move to a new area, networking can become an immediate social outlet connecting you to a host of new friends and acquaintances.  It can also provide community service and leadership opportunities.

The beauty of harnessing the fraternal network is that it really works.  Many sources cite that 75 percent of all jobs are found by networking.  I have personally heard many stories of men and women getting jobs and advancing in professions because of connections with someone from his/her Greek organization.  In fact, I landed my assistantship in graduate school in part because I am a member of a sorority.

But, no matter how far the network extends, it is useless in students’ professional lives unless they access the benefits.  My advice to Greek students is to get out there and get to know the people around them.  Do they ask people if they belong to a fraternal organization? Can they use this to their advantage?  Do Facebook groups or other online social networks exist which students can join?  Are they Linked In?  Do they attend college alumni functions to enhance their network?  Do they keep in touch with your Greek friends from college? By helping students ask themselves these questions, they can determine how networking can help assist them in their personal and professional endeavors.

So, we know that on-campus fraternities and sororities are great places to meet people. Students can take advantage of this incredible opportunity to improve their social and professional networks after college, converting just a good “college” experience, into a GREAT “LIFE” EXPERIENCE!

Michelle Merritt, MS, is Assistant Dean of Students at Monmouth College and an alumna in the class of 1989.  She is affiliated with Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity.

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

Greek life joins the fight against cancer

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

The Monmouth College Relay for Life is always a successful event and this year was no exception.  Relay for Life began on Friday, April 3 at 6 PM and concluded on Saturday, April 4 at 6 AM.  The students of Monmouth raised $13,000 for the American Cancer Society, and a vast number of students spent some of the twelve hours in the Huff Center.  With numerous games and activities, everyone stayed busy and awake for the long twelve-hour stretch. 

This year’s Relay had a circus theme. The activities committee chairs, Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Kayce Deroo and Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Jack Clifford, ran games typically found at a circus or carnival.  Also a highlight was guest speaker, Alyssa Lewellen, a former Monmouth College student and member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, who gave a moving speech about her own fight with cancer.

A wonderful aspect of Relay for Life is that the Greek involvement is always tremendous.  Of all the teams involved, the seven Greek organizations on campus seemed to overwhelm everyone else. 

Relay for Life not only shows the strong points of Greek life and their wanting to serve and give back, but also gives the community of Monmouth College a real look at how important Greek life is to our campus. μ

Matt Bentley ‘10

Kappas make reading fundamental

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

With all the hustle and bustle of spring arriving, the ladies of Kappa Kappa Gamma are still working hard to give back to the community. On Saturday February 28th, they conducted a philanthropy called “Reading is Key” at the Warren County Library here in Monmouth.

Sam Bundy, Kappa’s philanthropy chair, invited children from all of the surrounding elementary schools to come to the library for story time. During this philanthropy Kappas read the book Skippy John Jones by Judy Schachner, which follows a crime fighting Siamese cat on different adventures.

Aside from reading to the children, Kappas set up other stations for activities that coincided with the themes from the book. At the snack station the kids created cats out of candy and Oreos. At another station the children made paper masks that looked like cats.

The ladies who participated in the philanthropy feel it was definitely a success. They had a wonderful time working with the community as well as bonding with their sisters. Kappa’s main philanthropy is Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and this event is one way that they have chosen to carry out that philanthropy. μ

Matt Bentley ‘10