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Greek Awards

GREEK AWARDSKnow a chapter member, advisor, director, or a chapter at large that deserves recognition? Nominations for our Sorority and Fraternity Life Awards are now available. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2016.

Anyone is eligible to submit an award nomination. You may also submit multiple nominations for the same award. If you have any questions regarding the Greek Awards, please contact the OSFL Graduate Assistant, DJ Gardow, at dgardow@vols.utk.edu or 865-974-2236.

2016-2017 Award categories:

  • New Member/Neophyte of the Year
  • Chapter President of the Year
  • Greek Person of the Year
  • Outstanding Council Member
  • Outstanding Advisor
  • Outstanding House Director
  • Chapter of the Year

Leave Your Mark on Our Community

GREEK LEADERSHIP CLASS

Need another class to add to your schedule for the 2017 spring semester? Thinking about or already working towards a leadership minor? Aspiring to be a leader in your chapter or in your council? Sign up for the Greek Leadership Class, which will take place Monday afternoons from 2:30-4:25 PM. If interested, please email OSFL Graduate Assistant, Mary Kate Misak at mmisak@vols.utk.edu with your first and last name along with your student ID number! Feel free to reach out to Mary Kate with any questions that you may have regarding this opportunity!

GREEK JUDICIAL BOARD

Student Conduct and Community Standards is beginning the recruitment process for 2017 Student Disciplinary Board/Greek Judicial Board members. The Student Disciplinary Board/Greek Judicial Board Member position is a competitive and rewarding way for students to get involved in upholding the mission and goals of the University while ensuring a fair and equitable process that safeguards the protection of each student’s fundamental rights. During the training and service, student board members will have the opportunity to advance leadership skills and potential. Members are charged with deciding (1) whether a student or student organization is responsible for a violation of the Standards of Conduct and (2) if the student or student organization is found responsible, the board must determine the appropriate sanction (penalty) for the violation.

The application for this leadership opportunity and more information about the position can be found at studentconduct.utk.edu. The application is due Friday, November 11. If you have any questions about the application process or the position, please do not hesitate to email studentconduct@utk.edu or call the Office at 865-974-3171.

The Word on Wellness: News & Upcoming Events From CHEW

BEST WISHES FOR THE END OF THE SEMESTER

It’s that time of year when students often find themselves caught up in taking care of the things they have to do for their classes—and they may not be taking care of their health and wellness. Many students are juggling more than just academic obligations, so it’s easy to understand why wellness may fall to the wayside. Finals and exams are hard. With that in mind, the Center for Health Education & Wellness would like to wish you the best during the end of fall semester. These last few weeks will be challenging but believe in yourself, do your best, and most importantly take some time for yourself.

Here are a few ways to take time for yourself even when you’re busy:

  1. Set aside 10-15 minutes every day to relax. You can spend some time alone, take a walk, take a break from technology (including your phone), or do some deep breathing.
  2. Try to eat healthy foods and limit sugars and refined carbs. Sugary snacks or drinks and comfort foods may help you complete a project in the short-term but they can have a negative impact on your mood and cause your energy levels to crash.
  3. Connect with the people who are important to you. Supportive social networks positively impact wellbeing. Meet a friend for a quick lunch or coffee. Call a friend, parent, or guardian from back home.
  4. Lastly, try to get a good night’s sleep. Avoid large meals before bedtime, naps before 5 p.m., and too much caffeine.

Fresh Faces in Our Community

2017 PANHELLENIC EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

PANHELLENIC EXECUTIVE COUNCILThe Panhellenic Council is in great hands this coming year! Special congratulations to our newly elected Executive Council members. We cannot wait to see the positive impact that you create in our community!

  • President: Rachel Ricker
  • Vice President of Internal Affairs: Eduarda Lauge
  • Vice President of Scholarship: Chloe Haynes
  • Vice President of Member Development: Meredith Cline
  • Vice President of Philanthropy & Community Service: Betsy Pierce
  • Vice President of Recruitment Counselors: Caroline Dodd
  • Vice President of Public Relations: Courtney Wainner
  • Vice President of Recruitment: Rebecca Craft
  • Vice President of Administration: Annie Wright

SIGMA SIGMA RHO

SIGMA SIGMA RHOSigma Sigma Rho Sorority Inc. welcomed their five newest members into their sisterhood on November 12th. The presentation theme “Kappa Kandesence” carried through the entire event from start to finish. Congratulations to the new members of the Eta chapter! We cannot wait to watch you bear your torch in our Sorority and Fraternity Life community!

GAMMA CHIS

GAMMA CHISSeventy-seven extraordinary women hailing from each of the 13 NPC sororities were carefully selected to represent the Panhellenic Council this year as recruitment counselors. These “Gamma Chis” will take a class in the spring semester to hone their personal leadership skills and to prepare to become an effective guide for potential new members entering the Panhellenic community. Congratulations, ladies!

MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL EXEC

MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL EXECThe new Multicultural Greek Council Executive Board has been installed and officers are ready for an exciting upcoming year in their new positions! We would like to officially welcome and congratulate the following incoming executive board members:

  • Alisha Kikreja: President
  • Jason Patel: Vice President
  • Zeenat Mirza: Secretary
  • Nikhil Morar: Treasurer
  • Poonam Patel: Historian
  • Devi Patel: Community Service Chair

KAPPA ALPHA PSI

KAPPA ALPHA PSIThe Mu Rho chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. is now 13 men stronger! They held their “The IKons, They’re Koming” event on December 1 in Presidential Court. Congratulations to the entire Mu Rho chapter and their newest members. We are excited to have you as part of our family and to see you grow and create change!

New UT Chancellor

BEVERLY DAVENPORT

Beverly DavenportIt was announced at the end of November that Beverly Davenport received President Joe DiPietro’s selection to become the next Chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Davenport currently serves as the interim president of the University of Cincinnati. DiPietro will make this recommendation to the Board of Trustees in Nashville on December 15. Pending their approval, Davenport will be joining us on Rocky Top on March 1!

Carrying the Torch: October

WAR OF THE WINGS

War of the WingsKappa Delta was so excited to host their annual War of the Wings Tailgate before the Alabama game! All proceeds from the event benefit Prevent Child Abuse America and Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee. Kappa Delta invited many Greek organizations and restaurants to donate wings to the cause, and the event was filled with good food, live music, games, and raffle prizes. KD is excited to announce that have raised over $20,000 from the event!

PHI SIGS SUPPORT SAMARITAN’S PLACE

Phi Sigs“The 7th Annual Barefoot Benefit 5K and Fall Festival took place on Sunday October 16th, 2016. The event, hosted by the Catholic Charities of East Tennessee as well as the University of Tennessee’s Business Students, was organized to raise money for the Samaritan’s Place Senior Shelter. The Samaritan’s Place houses homeless seniors around the Knoxville area, and is a program ran by the Catholic Charities of East Tennessee. 100% of the proceeds from this 5K at Sequoyah Hills will be donated to the Samaritan Place. This event set some new records with almost 200 people participating this year! We are proud to announce that 56 of our members participated in this event. While some brothers chose to volunteer to set up before the event and clean up afterwards, there were also many who ran the 5K or 1-mile fun run as well. We were glad to be a part of this awesome event, and look forward to next year to participate again!”

ENGAGING FUTURE ENGINEERS

Not only are Corey Williams and Jermaine Cheairs members of Phi Beta Sigma, but they are leaders within the College of Engineering! Bro. Corey Williams is the Secretary of the National Society of Black Engineers UTK Chapter and Bro. Jermaine Cheairs is a College of Engineering Ambassador. Both of these gentlemen volunteered and helped with the Annual Engineers Day as 1500-1700 high school students came to UT to learn more about different disciplines of Engineering.

SIGMA KAPPA FALL FESTIVAL

Fall FestivalOn Wednesday, October 19, Sigma Kappa hosted their first fall festival benefitting their national Ultra Violet campaign. The event took place on sorority village lawn and the night was filled with fall themed activities like pumpkin carving, a corn hole tournament, bobbing for apples, a cake walk, and much more! Local boutiques and food trucks were also in attendance. Sigma Kappa is happy to announce that they raised over $1500 and Pi Beta Phi was the winner of our activities! Vice President of Philanthropic Services, Brianne Clure, and Assistant Vice President of Philanthropic Services, Adrienne Nave, did a great job planning the event! Thank you to all those who participated and donated

STUDY SKILLS WORKSHOP

Study SkillsOn October 17th, the women of Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc. partnered with the Student Success Center to hold a Study Skills Workshop. Their small group allowed for more personal questions that helped the attendees address individual concerns. The workshop focused on topics such as effective study habits, time management, and tutoring services.

FOUNDER’S DAY AT KD

Founders Day KDKappa Delta’s 119th Founder’s Day was on October 23rd, and we hosted a dinner for our chapter and local alumnae. They were excited to host one of their most prestigious alumnae, Harriet Perry Hancock. Harriet has been a Kappa Delta for 67 years, has donated our grand piano in the KD foyer and a chapter officer bedroom, and has received the Order of the Emerald at our Convention, the most prestigious alumnae award. The members are reminded of Harriet’s love of Kappa Delta every day due to her contributions to their chapter and her dedication to the sorority!

100 SUITS

100 SuitsMembers from the National Pan-Hellenic Council took part in the 100 Men In Suits Initiative coordinated by Brothers United for Excellence. This impactful event featured Collegiate Men In Suits, who primarily identify as African American. These men want to show that African American men will not be looked down upon. African American men are sometimes stereotyped as thugs or potential threats, but these men want to redefine these stereotypes. Their group is made up of aspiring engineers, lawers, doctors, teachers and many other professional positions.

#NotOnRockyTop!

Not on Rocky TopBeta Theta Pi hosted their fall philanthropy week during the month of October. The week started with a percentage night at Jason’s Deli where Beta raised over $200. This led into a Sexual Assault Awareness Seminar hosted the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee. Attendees learned about the statistics of assault, the difference between assault and rape, and how to be an active bystander. The last event was held on Pedestrian walkway. Betas encouraged their fellow UT students to sign a banner to symbolize taking the pledge to put a stop to sexual assault on campus using the tagline #NotOnRockyTop! Beta Theta Pi also promoted a big social media campaign where they were able to reach over 8,000 people! The week raised a total of $400 to directly benefit the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee as well as a large amount of awareness among the UT community.

MARCH OF DIMES MAGIC

Kappa Kappa Gamma hosted the March of Dimes Ambassador Family’s twins first birthday party at their house on Saturday, October 29. The Halloween-themed birthday celebration was complete with an inflatable slide, caramel apple bar, face paint, games, and all things birthday. The March of Dimes, Kappa’s local philanthropy, raises awareness and funds for research to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. After the party, the twins’ father Ben Vaughan said, “These girls have made such a difference in our lives this last year. I could never thank Kappa enough for today. You guys are the best, and my family loves you all.” Kappa is so grateful for their relationship with the Ambassador Family. Happy birthday, Harper and Adaline!

BAKED GOODS FOR BETTER EDUCATION

During the month of October, members of Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Incorporated hosted a Bake Sale on Pedestrian Walkway. DPO chapters and colonies nationwide philanthropically Casupport advancements in literacy and education of children in 8 South Asian countries.

RJ LITTLE IN LONDON

The brothers of Phi Beta Simga Fraternity, Incorporated, would like to congratulate Brother Ronnie “RJ” Little for positively representing their organization as he is studying abroad in London. He’s taking care of business and definitely getting a chance to see a different part of the world. His brothers are proud of his accomplishments and his future endeavors.

Dean of Students Initiatives

BIG ORANGE MEAL SHARE

Dean of Students IntuitiveBig Orange Meal Share allows students to donate their unused guest meals to fellow students in need.

To Donate

  • Students who have a meal plan can follow the instruction on the DOS website
  • Students who do not have a meal plan can donate funds via VOLstarter. The link to do this will be on the website beginning Monday, October 24

To Receive Assistance

  • Fill out the short form on the DOS website: BOMS Application
  • Once the form is received, someone from the DOS office will reach out to schedule a meeting with the student to discuss their need for meals
  • Meals added to the student’s Vol Card can be used at Presidential Court Café

LUNCH HOURS

Dean of Students Initiative Lunch Hours is an initiative that allows student to interact with faculty outside the classroom by taking a faculty or staff member to lunch, courtesy of the Dean of Students

  • Students can sign up online on the DOS website
  • Students can participate up to two times a semester with a different faculty/staff member each time
  • Passes are offered on Tuesdays and Fridays, specific dates for each semester can be found online
  • Students must come to 413 Student Services Building to pick up and return the passes
  • Passes may be picked up the day before the date of the lunch, but must be returned within one business day following the lunch (i.e. a student who signed up is eligible to pick up a pass on Monday and go to lunch Tuesday, but must return the pass by Wednesday at 5 p.m.)
  • Lunch Hours passes are only eligible to be used at Presidential Court Café, Southern Kitchen, and the Student Union and are good for up to $15 per pass at one dining location
  • Graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to participate

Apply to Be on the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils

Applications for IFC Executive Board and Directors are now available. Current IFC members and chapter presidents have access to the PDF versions of the forms. These applications are due by Wednesday, November 9, at 5 p.m. into the Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life (413 Student Services Building). Chapter presidents must sign each application to confirm the member is in good standing with the fraternity. IFC Executive Board elections will be held Thursday, November 17, at 5:30 p.m. IFC Director Applicants will be contacted for interviews once the new IFC Exec Board is elected.

Applications also available for directors on the 2017 Panhellenic Council! All applications will be due by November 11 at 5 p.m. Interviews will be scheduled once all applications are received. Please contact Panhellenic President, Elisabeth Logan with any questions at utkpanhellenicpresident@gmail.com.

Apply to Be on the Greek Judicial Board

Student Conduct and Community Standards is beginning the recruitment process for 2017 Student Disciplinary Board/Greek Judicial Board members. The Student Disciplinary Board/Greek Judicial Board Member position is a competitive and rewarding way for students to get involved in upholding the mission and goals of the University while ensuring a fair and equitable process that safeguards the protection of each student’s fundamental rights. During the training and service, student board members will have the opportunity to advance leadership skills and potential. Members are charged with deciding (1) whether a student or student organization is responsible for a violation of the Standards of Conduct and (2) if the student or student organization is found responsible, the board must determine the appropriate sanction (penalty) for the violation.

The application for this leadership opportunity and more information about the position can be found at studentconduct.utk.edu. The application is due Friday, November 11. If you have any questions about the application process or the position, please do not hesitate to email studentconduct@utk.edu or call the office at 865-974-3171.

Greek Leadership Class This Spring

Need another class to add to your schedule for the 2017 spring semester? Thinking about or already working towards a leadership minor? Aspiring to be a leader in your chapter or in your council? Sign up for the Greek Leadership Class which will take place Monday afternoons from 2:30-4:25 PM. If interested, please email Mary Kate Misak at mmisak@vols.utk.edu with your first and last name along with your student ID number! Feel free to reach out to Mary Kate with any questions that you may have regarding this opportunity!

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