Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tri Delta: Frats at Bat

The cooler October temps and falling leaves can only mean one thing—Tri Delta Frats at Bat! Each year, this event is a crowd favorite for our members, but also the members of U of A’s fraternities.


On October 29, members of Tri Delta paired up with all U of A fraternities in a softball tournament to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It was a beautiful day at Lake Fayetteville with perfect baseball weather! Our members advertised the event at fraternities’ chapter meetings, resulting in a bracket of 19 teams. The teams, with names such as “Dudes for St. Jude”, paid an entry fee as part of our fundraising efforts.

Fans from our chapter and others showed up throughout the day to cheer on their favorite teams. One game even featured a face-off between Sigma Nu members and pledges.

Tri Delta members served as coaches, scorekeepers, and umpires during the 19 games held that day. After a full day of fierce competition, KA took home the golden trophy for the second year in a row!


This event raised over $12,000 for the kids of St. Jude! After being named the second top fundraising chapter for St. Jude nationwide during the 2016-2017 school year, we are more motivated than ever to keep raising money for the true heartbeat behind Tri Delta—St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Pizza Pie with Alpha Chi


The Best Combination

Pizza, a powerful word that unites hungry and broke college students alike, has another meaning for the Delta Rho chapter of Alpha Chi Omega: fighting domestic violence. Alpha Chi Omega chapters everywhere honor National Domestic Violence Month in October by raising awareness on campus in creative and educational ways. For the Delta Rho chapter of AXO, that means combining pizza and philanthropy at our annual event Pizza Pie with Alpha Chi.

Piece of Pizza for Peace at Home

On the evening of October 5, Pizza Pie with Alpha Chi opened with enough pizza to feed the entire campus! With a long almost as long as Senior Walk, hundreds of supporters swarmed the event eager to pay $5 for unlimited pizza, refreshments, and snow-cones. The proceeds went towards Peace at Home, a local shelter for domestic violence survivors. Josie Bates, one of the leaders for Pizza Pie with Alpha Chi, commented on the cause, “Pizza Pie is great because we’re really spreading awareness during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is kind of hard to talk about sometimes, but we’re getting out there and telling people about it. And doing something that’s fun and showing our U of A community how we can help solve this problem.”

It Doesn’t End Here


As tables cleared, pizza boxes were emptied, and the sun set on campus, Pizza Pie with Alpha Chi came to a close. But the message continues well beyond the event: domestic violence is still an important issue that needs attention. Long time Peace at Home volunteer Kathryn Revelle said, “These women need other women to help them and make them feel important and valued. That’s why it’s important to volunteer at women’s shelters like Peace at Home. We were honored with Peace at Home’s Courage Award last week and that goes to show what a great working relationship we have with them and how close the shelter is to our chapter’s hearts.” Alpha Chi Omega proudly accepted AXO the 2017 Courage Award from Peace at Home for raising over $35,000 dollars for the shelter. Pride doesn’t even begin to cover how wonderful Alpha Chi Omega feels to spread awareness and aid survivors. If Pizza Pie with Alpha Chi’s success didn’t motivate us enough, the award proves as a physical representation of why we fundraise. Going forward, AXO will eagerly continue to make each Peace at Home better each year to ensure no one has to endure a love that hurts.

ADPicnic

On Wednesday September 27, 2017 the Delta Delta Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi hosted our annual ADPicnic event from 6 to 8 PM. This event was put on by our philanthropy chair Meg Plank, who is so passionate about Ronald McDonald House Charities we call her Ronald ‘Meg’ Donald.

Everyone was invited to come out and help raise money for RMHC, including one of the Razorback football captains and Greek Life officers, who volunteered to be in the dunk tank. Ireland Robertson, a freshman ADPi stated, “I loved getting to see so many parts of not only Greek life, but campus as well, come together to help raise money for our philanthropy.”

Together we raised about $8,000! All of the proceeds went toward RMHC, which is a home away from home for the families of sick children. RMHC provides a place to stay, along with meals and other necessities for the families so they can stay close with their child while they are receiving the care they need.

ADPicnic is just one of the many ways ADPi supports RMHC throughout the year. Members also visit families and children just to hangout, donate items in need and make and deliver meals each month. We have 2 locations we can visit in North West Arkansas, one in Rogers and the newly opened Ronald McDonald House at the Washington Regional Hospital here in Fayetteville. This is one of the many reasons I, and many of my sisters love our philanthropy, because we get to personally see how we are impacting the lives of others.

We also hold other events such as ADPi Chili Dinner and percentage nights at local restaurants.

Delta Delta chapter plans on having more philanthropy events throughout the semester. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Kappa Kappa Gamma- Books, Blues & BBQ

It’s that time of the year again. The time when leather jackets are acceptable in the 80-degree weather and test weeks come in waves. For Kappa Kappa Gamma this season holds many large opportunities for us to give back to our philanthropy, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), an organization that helps aid adolescent literacy.
                        
On Sept. 20th, Kappa kicked off the year with one our major philanthropy events, “Books, Blues, and Barbeque.” Held at the same time as Fayetteville’s annual “Bikes, Blues, and Barbeque,” this event is a great way to get all student and Greek life involved in helping us raise money and donate to RIF.
                                    
Our new chef put together the classic barbeque essentials: pork, chicken, coleslaw, beans, pasta salad, and brownies, a combination worth the long line and entrance fee.                

Guests could either pay $5 to get in, or they could donate a children’s book and pay $3 at the door. In addition to 100 books being donated to RIF, we raised over $500 for the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation—a group that works to support our Kappa sisters nationally with things like academic scholarships and training for members and alumnae.
            
All in all, the event was a huge success for our chapter, and we are excited to see how it will benefit both RIF and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation. We look forward to the semester ahead and all the ways we can continue making an impact in the community.



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Phi Mu Spring Semester Recap


The 2017 spring semester was one of the best ones yet for the sisters of the Alpha Beta chapter of Phi Mu at the University of Arkansas. We made some great memories at our philanthropy and sisterhood events, raised money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, witnessed the groundbreaking of the Mu Mansion, and celebrated Phi Mu Founders Day!
Hogs for Hope Dance Marathon:
On February 18th, 2017 the U of A Hogs for Hope organization put on their third annual 12 hour dance marathon.  The Phi Mu ladies never miss a chance to dance, and this fun event also benefited our philanthropy, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Teams set goals for how much money they would like to raise for CMNH and ended up raising almost $9,082.00!  In total, Hogs for Hope’s Dance Marathon efforts raised over $33,750 for CMNH. In addition, Panda Express donated and served lunch to over 200 guests during the Dance Marathon demonstrating their collaborative community spirit. It was inspiring to see all our sisters, friends, and community organizations come together to dance, have fun, and raise money for the kids of CMNH.  We are lucky to be part of such a generous serving community.


Jail and Bail Philanthropy Event:
This spring Phi Mu put on their Philanthropy event, Jail ‘n Bail, benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. At this event, leaders from different Greek chapters on campus volunteered to be placed in a “mock jail” which was built outside the Arkansas Union. They were kept in the “big house” until their chapter could raise enough money to “bail” them out. Brynn Hutchison, a Phi Mu at the U of A stated, “I like that this event is a fun and interactive way for people to get involved! The leaders from different Greek organizations create signs and funny reasons as to why they were sent to jail, and everyone has a good time raising money for such an worthy cause.” 
 In addition, there was also an opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket for a dollar to enter for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card. All the donations in the form of “bail money” and raffle tickets benefited CMNH.  A great time was had by all, and the collaboration of all Greek organizations helped build relationships within the community as well as raise money for some special kids at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Founders Day:
Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale, Arkansas was the place to be on March 4, 2017.   Phi Mu celebrated their Founders day, which was exactly 165 years ago! Phi Mu was founded on March 4, 1852 at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. The Alpha Beta chapter of Phi Mu at the UofA hosted a big celebration which sisters and many Alumnae were invited to socialize, eat, and celebrate 165 years of unbelievable sisterhood. It was amazing to have so many generations of Phi Mu sisters come together and celebrate our passion, love, and appreciation for everything Phi Mu has accomplished and created. We couldn’t be more thankful for the lifetime of friendships Phi Mu has given us!

Mu Mansion:
Last year, the Phi Mu Alpha Beta chapter broke ground on their new house. This spring, dirt is being moved and building has begun to take place on the lot. Exciting does not describe the feeling we share looking at our future home.  It is awesome to see everyone’s hard work and dedication to Phi Mu pay off. The girly pops are excited for each new change and can’t wait to come back in the fall to see all the progress . 792 W. Maple Street ain’t ready for the Mu Mansion coming in Fall 2018!