Phi Mu sprung into the spring season alongside UT’s FUTURE Program. On March 24, 2017, Phi Mu joined with FUTURE students for a day filled with laughs, music, and painting flower pots that they later filled with seeds in anticipation of beautiful flowers. FUTURE is a two-year program that allows students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to attend The University of Tennessee and enroll in academic classes, as well as have career counseling to aid in the development of important life skills. Many of Phi Mu’s members were greeted with familiar faces because of their continuing involvement in assisting the FUTURE students. Those of them who were not as familiar with the students were able to walk away with new friendships that they hope will continue to grow and bloom.
Over the past month the women of Delta Gamma continued their vision-related service in the Knoxville community. Members volunteered with the Lion’s Club to give free eye exams and provide glasses to members of the community in need. Delta Gamma members also visited Pond Gap Elementary for our monthly event, Arthur’s Eyes, to read to students and teach them the importance of protecting your eyes for lasting vision! Both the eye exam mission and Arthur’s Eyes visits are ongoing community service events Delta Gamma members participate in to help our local community with vision safety and vision loss.
Celebrating 50 Years of Epsilon Lambda
This weekend, the Epsilon Lambda chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma celebrated 50 years of being on campus. The weekend was kicked off on Friday night with a meet and greet with alumnae at Dogwood Arts. On Saturday, the alumnae enjoyed tours of the house and then dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The weekend was full of lots of laughs, memories, and even a few tears while sharing stories of sisterhood through the years. 13 of the original 31 members of the chapter were present and received their 50-year pin. The ladies of KKG cannot wait to see what the next 50 years has in store for Epsilon Lambda!
On Saturday March 25th the men of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the women of Alpha Omicron Pi joined together to put on a Philanthropy event with the humane society called “Sigma Alpha Pupsilon” at the SAE house. The Humane Society generously donated seven dogs for the event and with the help of friends the group was able to accumulate around twenty dogs in total. They sold tickets for $5 and custom made T shirts for $20. There was also had a raffle at the event for other great prizes. The goal of the event was for people to come and interact with the dogs and enjoy the live music and food provided. Over 300 students and members of the Knoxville community were in attendance. The event was able to raise $7,388 to be donated to the Humane Society and helped to find the dogs in attendance new homes. It was a great success!
Alpha Chi Omega was given the 2016 National Chapter Innovation Award for their Philanthropy, Say Yes to the Prom Dress. This is one of the 13 awards that Alpha Chi Omega’s National Fraternity gives to collegian chapters. The Delta Pi Chapter was chosen from almost 200 other chapters around the nation. The women of Alpha Chi Omega are being commended for their active participation in fraternity initiatives and enthusiasm within their experience.
The UT Panhellenic community hosted their 3rd annual Circle of Sisterhood week March 6th through March 9th. Throughout the week there was an ongoing coin jar fundraiser and book drive, Circle of Sisterhood bookmarks and pins distributed on Pedestrian Walkway, a Half the Sky documentary showing, food trucks, a two-day bake sale, and the 5th annual Greek Beat dance competition! As the week went on there was tremendous participation and involvement from the Panhellenic and campus community! There were 35 girls who volunteered with Boys and Girls Club after school programs, 100 people donated dozens of baked goods for our bake sale, over 300 attended the documentary showing, and 523 books were donated! Maybe most exciting to share is that in just four short days our community raised $13,307.46 all for Circle of Sisterhood! In addition, the night of Greek Beat, Vice President of Philanthropy & Community Service for the Panhellenic Council, Betsy Pierce signed a letter of intent to Circle of Sisterhood to start fundraising for a second school build! This makes University of Tennessee one of the first Panhellenic communities in the country to do this and it is something we are all very proud and excited about! It takes $40,000 to fund a school build so we are very excited to already be over a quarter of the way to raising that number and building a new school in a well-deserving community!
Programming: ADPi hosted a Risk Management and Wellness Educational Program with their 2017 Homecoming partners, Kappa Sigma Fraternity on February 13, 2017. Rebecca Juarez, Wellness Educator, from The University of Tennessee Center for Health Education and Wellness came to presented a risk management and wellness presentation regarding alcohol, drugs and overall health.
Awards: Our Chapter Adviser, Ellen Liston, won Adviser of the Year for Pan at the Greek Awards Banquet on February 8, 2017. Ellen was a member of Alpha Delta Pi (Alpha Kappa Chapter-University of Tennessee), and has been our
Adviser for over 20 years. We love her so much and are so blessed to have her constant love and support! At Alpha Delta Pi’s District II District Leadership Conference, January 27-29th, the UT chapter was recognized with Excellence in Philanthropy, Finance, Scholarship and Membership Education. They were also recognized on that national level for having the highest Pan GPA for the Spring 2016 semester on our campus.
Sisterhood Event: Yesterday, Sunday, February 26, 2017, the women of Alpha Delta Pi had a sisterhood event at the House where Chelsea’s Grilled Cheese Food Truck came to the house all afternoon. There was a milk, ice cream and a cookie bar inside, and Alum were encouraged to attend as well. They had music playing, a photo booth hooked up to the truck and a geotag made for the event! ADPi’s, Martha Higgs and Margo Macey work for Chelsea’s Good Truck and made the delicious grilled cheese for their sisters. This event was coordinated by Alpha Delta Pi’s sisterhood chair, Abby Atkins. It was such a hit!!
Take a look at some of the events that Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. has put on in the last couple of months.
- Random Acts of Kindness: A Dove Love Special with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. – January 17, 2017. They handed out cupcakes in the Student Union just to show that we care.
- Kappa Chi Charter Day Celebration – January 18, 2017. The handed out free pizza to students in Hodges Library to celebrate 38 years of Brotherhood, Scholarship, and Service at UTK.
- Study Hall – February 6, 2017. Sigmas reserved space in Hodges for students to come out and study. Light refreshments were provided
“Get Chili with Tri Delta” Feb 8, 2017
All proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. The women raised a total of $8,192 from tickets and donations. 800 tickets were sold for the event and each chapter member participated in working a shift and selling tickets. Pictured above: Haley Putman, Philanthropy Chair and Raleigh Potts, Assistant Philanthropy Chair with a St. Jude fundraising representative.
Delta Delta Delta National Conference 2017
The Tri Delta Collegiate Leadership Conference was held in Dallas, Texas this year from Feb 23-26. This conference is held annually for four executives from each Tri Delta chapter across the country to come together to collaborate and learn more about the purpose of the organization. The conference provides a place for each executive position to make connections with other collegiate Tri Delta leaders from all over and to learn from each others experiences on how to better fulfill their positions within the fraternity. UT Chapter members who attended included Alexis Withers, President, Shelby Ackerman, Asst. VP of Membership, Lindsey Lauricella, VP of Chapter Development, Haley Putman, National Philanthropy chairman.
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.