Say Yes to the Prom Dress is Alpha Chi Omega’s spring philanthropy event, held this year on February 18th and 19th. Prom dresses were donated from women from the entire Knoxville community to be sold for discounted prices. Those selling their dresses made a decision to keep the money for the prom dress they sold or donate the money to benefit victims of domestic violence in Knoxville. Through this event high school prom dress seekers were able to find beautiful dresses at a discounted price and promote a wonderful cause at the same time.Over $1,500 was raised and donated to the YWCA Keys of Hop Program, which supports the victims of domestic violence. Prom dresses that were not sold were donated to a special needs prom in the Sevierville County special needs prom. About 120 Alpha Chi Omega women helped to make this event possible.
These Hands Donut Hurt, an event held Friday February 24 was established to promote Healthy Relationships Week, which is a big push within educating college students on Domestic Violence Awareness and Sexual Assault. No money was raised, this event strictly was for education and promotion, as well as fun! Doughnuts were passed out on Pedestrian Walkway as well as strong messages about healthy relationships. Around 100 Alpha Chi Omega women participated in this event with countless University students who stopped by.
Delta Zeta Hoops for Hearing
This year through fundraising, Delta Zeta Raised $24,281 for our National and Local Philanthropy through their Taco Tuesday event as well as a basketball tournament at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.The event took place from November 8-10 and the chapter was able to donate $7,500 of this to their local philanthropy, Tennessee School for the Deaf!
Butterflies and Bowties
Delta Zeta will be hosting an event this coming Sunday, March 5, Bowties and Butterflies, which will serve as a prom for children under the Butterfly Fund, an East Tennessee Foundation. The ladies are so excited about this event, and have been looking forward to it all semester!
Delta Zeta’s Beta Lambda chapter was recognized nationally at convention for their snow tubing sisterhood event! The women spent a day in January at Ober Gatlinburg snow tubing with their sisters and then were nationally recognized for this honor.
1. Chi Omega enjoyed a Sisterhood Event at Title Boxing on February 5. It was a great and fun way to get active while spending time with all of their closest friends!
2. The Chi Omega Gal-entine’s Event on February 14. A celebration of the love they have for one another and our sisterhood!
3 & 4. Chi Omega’s annual Flag Football Tournament benefiting Dream Connection. It is a fun way to get others in the sorority and fraternity life community involved and to raise money for their chosen child’s dream every year. Stay tuned for more updates on how you can sign up to play!
ZTA’s first annual Big Man On Campus (BMOC) was held on February 16 in AMB room 210. They ended up having 16 chapters participate, 10 fraternities and 6 sororities. BMOC consisted of think pink wear, an interview round and a lip sync battle. There was also a best legs competition, where a picture of a participating chapter member’s legs were on a jar and the jar with the highest amount of money in it won that category; Beta Theta Pi ended up winning Best Legs. There a Mr. Congeniality winner, which was the Alpha Gamma Rho representative – he had such a great attitude and put on such a fun show. The brother participating for Alpha Tau Omega was the overall Big Man On Campus winner, he was so much fun to watch and did such a great job the entire competition.
The money raised from Big Man On Campus directly goes to the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation, which focuses on breast cancer education and awareness. The Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation is partnered with American Cancer Society, the National Football League and Bright Pink to raise education and awareness. Through participation fees, ticket sales and the best legs competition, the women of Zeta Tau Alpha ended up raising $2,718.41 for their philanthropy!
The ladies are so excited with how this event’s first year has gone and are so looking forward to how it is going to grow in the future.
Kappa Kappa Gamma held their first ever Academic Round Table to celebrate February being Academic Excellence Month. The round table was held Monday, February 20 following chapter meeting, and consisted of a short presentation with study tips, academic goals for the next semester, and a motivational video. In the second half of the event, members split up into different colleges and majors and discussed what they love about their major, their biggest challenge, easy A’s, and what you can do outside of class to prepare for a career. Older members had a chance to mentor new members and trade contact information for future reference! Kappa also recognized 11 members for achieving a 4.0, and they received a pearl to add to their badge. We are so proud of all of our KKGeniuses!
Phi Mu, Kappa chapter is proud to announce that they have received the “Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy” award, on behalf of the Great Smokey Mountain chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. This award was presented on November 18, 2016, to an individual or group of young people, age 23 or younger, whose voluntary fundraising efforts have demonstrated the spirit of philanthropy and have set an example for others to follow. Through our continuous and varying contributions to Children’s Miracle Network and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, their inspiration and leadership has been recognized for making a momentous impact on the vision of giving in the Smokey Mountain area. Phi Mu Kappa chapter is exceedingly grateful to receive an award for the work that they do and the work that they hold so near and dear to their hearts.
Smokey’s Pantry is UT’s only on-campus food pantry that serves all students, faculty, staff, & Knoxville community members. The pantry opened in January 2016 and is open every Tuesday from 4-6pm where everyone is eligible to come and receive free groceries! From March 27-31, the pantry is hosting their spring food drive and is in need of items like bottled water, canned goods, can openers, non-perishable items, and hygiene products. Rachel Durham, Operations Director and Sigma Kappa, said “The special thing about Smokey’s Pantry is that students have the opportunity to donate items and we keep them locally on campus to give to other students, faculty, and staff.” During the week of the drive, please drop donations off at Smokey’s Pantry (824 Melrose Place – Tyson House) in between the hours of 1-5pm.
But wait…there’s more! Smokey’s Pantry is hosting a percentage night at Brenz Pizza on Tuesday, March 7 from 6-9pm. I have attached that graphic as well. Proceeds will go towards helping the pantry with fundraising, marketing, and maintenance fees.
Come see your friends at CHEW on March 6th at our annual Safe Spring Break event. This year we will be on the lawn at Humanities Amphitheater from from 11am-3pm.
We will be there with our campus and community partners. There will lots of activities, snacks, educational opportunities, and tanks! So grab a friend and come see us and learn about how you can make healthy decisions over spring break and beyond.
Visit us online at wellness.utk.edu Follow us at @volshelpvols on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for more information about this and other health and wellness opportunities.
This year, the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life staff brought 30 student leaders to Indianapolis, Indiana for the Annual Central Fraternal Leadership Conference & the National Black Greek Leadership Conference from February 4-8.The weekend was a great opportunity for the leadership from all four councils to meet one another and gain skills and knowledge to bring back to their Fraternity and Sorority Life community here at UT. The 30 student leaders spent four days attending educational programs presented by university administrators and other professionals from across the country. Topics included general leadership, strategic planning, marketing, social justice, risk management, values and ethics, service learning, ethical leadership, and more.
While at the conference, the Panhellenic Council was able to accept an award for their excellency in the category of “Membership Recruitment’ for the 2016 calendar in Panhellenic Division III. Panhellenic Vice President of Internal Affairs, Eduarda Lague, and OSFL Graduate Assistant, Mary Kate Misak, competed in the Order of Omega Case Study Competition and placed first in their division.
Students and staff came back to Knoxville with newly built relationships with one another and with Sorority and Fraternity Life constituents from around the country and fresh ideas to implement positive change at UT!
One of UTK National Pan-Hellenic Council’s (NPHC) purposes is to provide service and uplift our surrounding and global community. On Saturday, February 18, 2017, NPHC came together to give back to those less fortunate by making lunches for the local Knoxville homeless population. Each chapter provided items that contributed to the greater collective effort they set to achieve. As a result, the council was able to provide meals and drinks to over 80 people. Despite the rain, the council persevered. Why people may ask? Because NPHC Serves!
Follow NPHC on Instagram to see who and where they will serve next!