Congratulations to the men of Lambda Chi Alpha for being nominated for October’s Greek Organization of the Month! Lambda Chi Alpha was nominated for hosting their national philanthropy event, Watermelon Fest, that raised over $1,900 for the North American Food Drive! They are also being recognized for hosting a barbecue event with Sigma Kappa that also raised over $1,300 for LIFE Abilities Center and Baldwin Auditorium. Their commitment to our community through service has definitely shown and we appreciate all of their hard work!
Congratulations to the men of Phi Kappa Tau for being the Greek Organization of the month! Phi Kappa Tau has been awarded Greek Organization of the Month for the month of September for working very hard to raise $1360 with the Kirksville YMCA to benefit the YMCA and Serious Fun Camps. Phi Kappa Tau is being recognized for the fraternity’s dedication to the commitment pillar of Greek Life. The hard work that the men of Phi Kappa Tau put in to the Paint Party Phi-K is very much appreciated by the Greek Life community, the Truman community, and the Kirksville community. Keep up the good work! We are very proud of your chapter’s hard work and are happy that the work you all put in to your philanthropy is going to such a great cause!
Thank you for being such great Greek leaders in our community!
Congrats to all of the recent Greek graduates!!!
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Last month at Delta Sigma Theta’s event, Stigmas, Stereotypes, and Labels, a few non-Greek students said they feel as though Greeks are not as visible as they should be on campus or out in the community. This stirred mixed feelings among the Greek students who were present at the event. Some Greek students were eager to learn of different ways they could better appease the Greek students. While there were some Greek students who wanted the non-Greek students to understand that outside of planning events, school, and maintaining the other extra-curricular activities that they are involved in, it is very challenging to always be out in the campus community building relationships with their fellow peers and doing service outside of what their respective organizations require. I am writing this blog to encourage all of the Greek organizations to think about how do you want your respective Greek organizations and Greek Life as a whole to be perceived by the campus community. As Greeks, we must remember that we are LEADERS. We were given the opportunity to become a member of our Greek organizations to make a difference and serve a purpose that is larger than ourselves. I also want to charge everyone with the Greek Life Mission Statement:
To be successful as Greek leaders, we will govern our administration by the principles of respect, integrity, compassion and efficiency. We will remember that what is most important to us as Greeks are our values: scholarship – to achieve our academic potential; leadership – to provide strength and positive direction to those around us; integrity– to hold tenaciously to our Greek legacy even when pressured to do otherwise; and commitment – to dedicate ourselves to be the best for our chapters and for society. We will devote ourselves to achieving a legacy of inspiring positive change in the Greek system at Truman, unifying Greek brothers and sisters regardless of affiliation, accomplishing our goals, and in providing a positive role model for all those with whom we associate. We will strive for personal integrity and lead the Greek system toward connecting with our Greek traditions and achieving our collective potential through committee service.
With real life just around the corner, how will you market your sorority or fraternity experiences when you enter into the job search? How much should you assume your employers know about Greek Life when composing your professional resume? These questions and more are answered in an article recently published by the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisers entitled: “Helping Students Highlight Their Fraternity/Sorority Experience in the Job Search.”
This is a brief article with many suggestions on how to give your fraternity/sorority professional credit, and how to appropriately market your Greek accomplishments.
You may access the article by following this link: http://afa1976.org/Portals/0/documents/Essentials/Helping%20Student%20Highlight%203.13.pdf
Lead Greek Life Intern
Have you ever needed help getting home at night? Or needed an interruption during an uncomfortable situation? Now, there is an app that can help you during these potentially dangerous circumstances. Circle of 6 is a free app that can connect you with your friends to stay safe and prevent violence before it happens. It makes it quick and easy to reach the 6 friends you choose. There are four icons that represent actions, so no one can tell what you’re up to. The car icon sends a message to your circle of friends that says, “Come get me. I need help getting home safely.” A map using GPS is also sent to show your circle exactly where you are. The phone icon sends a message saying, “Call and pretend you need me. I need an interruption.” This is a great excuse to leave an uncomfortable situation. The chat icon is for when you need some advice. A message is sent that reads, “I’m looking up info about healthy relationships and respect. Just letting you know.” There will also be links to loveisrespect.org and whereisyourline.org. This keeps your circle aware of what’s on your mind without asking for immediate action. The last icon is an exclamation point that can be used when you are in a critical situation. This has pre-programmed national hotlines and a local emergency number that you can customize. Overall, this app allows you to let your circle of friends know where you are and how they can help with just two touches on you iPhone. All college students should download this app because you never know when you might need immediate help from your friends. Check it out at http://www.circleof6app.com/ !
Tess Coyman – Health and Wellness Intern
Congratulations to the two recipients of the 2012 Greek Week Annual Scholarship, Kylie Warner of Sigma Lambda Gamma, and Alyssa Dummerth of Alpha Sigma Alpha!
Kylie Warner is a junior Communication Disorders major, and has been a member of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. since fall 2010. Within her sorority, Kylie has held multiple positions including Secretary, Vice President, and currently holds the office of President. Kylie has worked to bring many events to campus, including a Breast Cancer Carnival, Bolivian Fair Trade sales and a forum on college athletics. She has served as peer mentor through the Multi-Cultural Affairs Office, and is a part of the Ronald E. McNair program in which she is working to teach different communication skills to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Allyssa Dummerth is a senior Psychology and Pre-Education Elementary major, who has also begun the Masters of Education program here at Truman simultaneously. She has been a part of Alpha Sigma Alpha since 2009, and has held many positions, including President, Vice President of Programming and Ritual, and Fundraising Chair. She is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi, Student Activities Board, the 2011 Homecoming Committee, and was a Gamma Chi in 2011. She has served at the Kirksville Early Childhood Learning Center, Ray Miller Elementary School, and is currently a teacher’s aide at Kirksville Childhood Development Center.
Another congratulations to both these women, and we look forward to having more great Greek students apply next year!
Click here for more information on the Greek Week Scholarship and opportunities to give to Greek Life.
It’s hard to believe that 2012 has come to close. We have big hopes for 2013! But before we get to far into the new year, we wanted to extend a BIG THANKS to all the outgoing chapter leadership. Thanks for all the hard work! We look forward to working with the incoming leaders.