It’s a Wednesday evening and a group of UC students are piling into a Ford F350 van provided by UC’s Center for Community engagement. The group is comprised of members of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and Sigma Chi fraternity; it’s a trip Sigma Chi has been making for over two years and, they don’t intend to stop anytime soon. As the students arrive at their destination, Inner City Youth Opportunities, they’re greeted by excited young students, looking for help with a slew of homework.
The relationship with Sigma Chi and ICYO began two years ago with the direction of outgoing senior and former Sigma Chi president, Zach Koons. ‘Through my own personal experience, I believe one-on-one mentoring is one of the most influential, rewarding, and special endeavors that anyone can involve themselves in,’ Koons explained. His hope then was to develop a mentor program with inner-city Cincinnati youth that encompassed sustainability for years to come and, two years later, with the efforts of younger fraternity and sorority members, this dream of service lives on.
Founder of ICYO, Jeanne Bell weighed in on the importance of the program, ‘Inner City Youth Opportunities helps struggling students become successful students.’ The program is city wide and extremely interactive and, ICYO has educational partnerships with: Northern Kentucky University, University of Cincinnati and Sigma Chi Fraternity, the Department of Education, and Xavier University all of which contribute student tutor volunteers.
UC students help kids from across the city with after school homework assistance, individualized tutoring lesson plans, and computer lab work which are all part of the curriculum at ICYO. Since the relationship’s inception alongside Theta Phi Alpha back in 2010, Sigma Chi has attended not just weekly tutoring sessions, but also day camps and field trips.
It is with programs like Inner City Youth Opportunities that we are able to enlighten our community of the plight of inner city youth, but more importantly, make a difference in the daily lives of the children that need our help most.
Each year, Delta Delta Delta at the University of Cincinnati holds a number of different philanthropy events to raise money for the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Their IHOT event is one of their most important, and fun, fundraisers for St. Jude. At this event, Delta Delta Delta holds a pancake sale on the front steps of the house from 10 pm until 2 am. This year Delta Delta Delta raised just over $700 for St. Jude! There was a ton of support from all of the other Greek organizations on campus, as well as from many students and other campus organizations. They could not have done it without the help of our alumnae, who came to the house and flipped pancakes all night. Delta Delta Delta is so happy to know that all of their hard work and proceeds are going to such a great cause. They are looking forward to holding this event for years to come!
Sigma Chi brought home their 4th consecutive J. Dwight Peterson Award at Sigma Chi’s Balfour Leadership Training Workshop. The Peterson Significant Chapter Award is the highest honor that the Fraternity bestows upon an undergraduate chapter. The award recognizes excellent performance by chapters in all major areas of operation and programming. Congratulations Gentlemen, keep up the excellent work!
( Men of Sigma Chi with their 4Th Consecutive Peterson Award)
Pi Kappa Alpha’s, Alpha Xi Chapter at the University of Cincinnati won their second consecutive Robert Adger Smythe Award at Pi Kappa Alpha’s International Convention in Denver, Colorado. It was the chapter’s fifth Smythe Award in the past six years which capped off a very successful year for the PIKES from the University of Cincinnati. The Robert Adger Smythe Award is the prestigious award coveted by all PIKE chapters around the globe, but only 5% of chapters worldwide receive the award. Alpha Xi Chapter looks to become a “Legacy” Chapter by winning a third straight award at the 2013 Convention.
The University of Cincinnati’s Christopher Nesbitt was also chosen to serve as the Undergraduate Representative on the Pi Kappa Alpha Supreme Council this academic term. Nesbitt has served as Alpha Xi’s Secretary and Treasurer and is currently a fifth year student residing in San Francisco, California. Chris will be returning back to Cincinnati with the honor of serving on Pi Kappa Alpha’s executive board which only two undergraduate members in the entire fraternity are able to do in a given year. Nesbitt also looks forward to serving as the President of the Order of Omega at the University of Cincinnati this year!
(Members of the Alpha Xi Chapter hold their fifth Smythe Award in the past six years)
On May 4th, fifteen schools with over 200 special needs children, 150 volunteers and the beloved Cincinnati Bearcat attended Sigma Alpha Epsilon first Special Olympics Fun Day! During this philanthropy event, volunteers, comprised of members of other Greek chapters, played games in the rec center with the special needs children. After the games were over, the men of Sigma Alpha Epsilon hosted a lunch for all the children and volunteers where certificates were handed out, recognizing the children. Everyone who attended had a blast and cannot wait for the fun event next year!
(Men of Sigma Alpha Epsilon posing with a great group during this amazing day!)
( The Beloved Bearcat having fun with the children.)
On May 20, 2012, the men of Sigma Chi partnered up with the women of Theta Phi Alpha for their annual fundraiser, Hoops for Haiti. On this Sunday afternoon, the UC Greek community came together to participate in the 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament. After hours of intense competition in the blazing heat, the men of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and women of Kappa Alpha Theta were crowned champions. This was the most successful Hoops for Haiti as it raised $1,800, all of which will go towards Sigma Chi’s annual service trip to Haiti.
For the past five years, Sigma Chi has paired up with FOCAS Ministries on a 10 day service trip to help the devastated country of Haiti. Throughout each trip, Sigs have helped with the construction of a school, medical facility, and repairs to a girls’ orphanage. It has been a life changing experience for those who have gone and we hope to continue this tradition of giving back to those who need it most.
The men of Sigma Chi would like to extend a huge thank you to UC’s Greek Community for all their support as they helped make this trip possible.
Also here is a video Jason Tedtman: Mèsi Blanc: A Journey Through Haiti http://vimeo.com/42724602
(Members of Alpha Chi Rho warm up as they prepare for games ahead)
(Members of the UC Greek Community gather around to watch a game )
On May 6, 2012, Kyle Neyer and Tony Williamson, both Men of Alpha Chi Rho and founders of the Alpha Phi Beta chapter at the University of Cincinnati, competed in the 4x800 Meter Relay of the Big East Championships at The University of South Florida. Former President Kyle Neyer led off this relay with a great leg, handing off the baton right in the mix for the lead. Tony Williamson ran a great leg as well, running an all-time personal record to hand off the baton for a 3rd place standing.With a strong finish, their anchor held on to this position for a 3rd place overall ranking and a time of 7:30.09! This time is the second fastest in UC History and ranks this relay team in the top 20 in the NCAA. Additioinally, their ranking is the highest UC has ever placed in the 4x800 Meter Relay! Kyle and Tony will both be back next year to continue showing their leadership skills and to help lead their team to even greater accomplishments!
Kyle Neyer and Tony Williamson (both far right) stand on the podium with fellow teammates
Kyle Neyer (Far Left) and Tony Williamson (Far Right) pose with fellow teammates while wearing their 3rd place medals.
On Wednesday, May 16, UC’s Panhellenic Community participated in the first Panhellenic Sponsored Awareness Day. Women wore blue and Panhealthy stickers in support of National Women’s health week. During the week women tweeted at GoGreekUofCincy with the hashtag, “panhealthy,” about healthy choices that they made. At the end of the week all of the tweets were counted and Kappa Delta was chosen as the panhealthiest chapter.
Jody McGraw and Kathleen Hurley, women of Gamma Phi Beta, wearing blue during the Student Government Senate meeting.
The Panhealthiest chapter on campus, Kappa Delta, working on their fitness!
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Maddy Richards, Panhellenic Delegate for Chi Omega wrote, “Erin Bepler has embraced every ideal that membership in Chi Omega asks. Her positive attitude and impact on others has allowed her to thrive in her academics, sorority and in the community. The vision for her future began in high school, with her focus toward a biology career. Community involvement is also important for her personal development. Beyond all of her campus and Chi O activities, Erin is out in the community. She has volunteered for the Cincinnati Zoo for the last four years, been involved with Lainfair Retirement Community where she meets with her “adopted” grandma every week, donates blood whenever possible, and recently became a volunteer at the Animal Adoption Foundation. She also, is involved in G.O.L.D (Guiding Our Life Decisions), where she is an executive board member and helped set up Life Mass and Red Ribbon Week. Additionally, with G.O.L.D she has participated in three Marches for Life in Washington D.C and recently went on her fourth March for Life with another organization. Finally, she is part of Rotaract, a service organization at UC, where she participates in different community service events. Her ability to maintain a 3.20 GPA shows that her time management is incredible and she is passionate about helping others. Erin IS everything a Chi Omega woman should be.”
Please look forward to the continued recognition of the Rho Lambda Woman of the Month next fall!
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Liz Stoner, President of Kappa Kappa Gamma wrote “Jenifer’s contributions truly have no borders. She contributes her time and efforts on all levels from the Greek community to countries abroad. In her chapter she served on the Nominating Committee to form the 2012 chapter council. She is also a part of the recruitment team and Greek Intervarsity. In the DAAP college she takes part in IIDA (International Interior Design Association) and AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students). She received the esteemed Professor’s Choice Award in her 2012 Winter Studio while being on the Dean’s list during all quarter’s at UC. On the University level Jenifer is a Cincinnatus Scholar and takes part in UC Nightwalk, and Younglife Capernaum. Jenifer rounds off her contributions abroad as a Volunteer for Village of Hope, Uganda. Jenifer sets exemplary standards for herself and her fellow Kappa sisters. She raises them to new heights as she broadens what it means to be a woman of Kappa Kappa Gamma and a student of the University of Cincinnati.
Please look forward to reading about our April woman of the month who excels in philanthropy and service!