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Carrying the Torch: October


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“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!”


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.


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 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.


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 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.


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.


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!


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.


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.