What Have Our Members Been Up To?

Delta Delta Delta Raises Money for St. Jude

Delta Delta Delta Raises Money for St. Jude

This semester Delta Delta Delta raised a total of  $55,236.00 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The chapter hosted Kendra Scott pop up shops during moms weekend, cohosted Puddle Pull with Delta Upsilon, and participated in the national event Sincerely Yours. Sincerely Yours is a letter writing event to spread awareness about St. Jude and encourage family and friends to donate. At the end of the semester, the chapter held a St. Jude celebration with a St. Jude representative presenting a giant check to the chapter! The women of Delta Delta Delta feel blessed to be apart of this cause and can't wait to raise more money for the kids of St. Jude this fall.

Greek Spring Clean

This year the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association hosted another successful Spring Clean to give back to the Oxford community. Over 400 members of fraternities and sororities signed up to donate their time to 18 different agencies extending from Oxford all the way to Cincinnati. Food and music was provided to kick off the event.

Greek Spring Clean

Chi Omega King of the Wing

The members of Chi Omega have been working hard this academic year to raise money to grant 2 wishes through the Make-a-Wish Foundation. In April, they raised $3100 with the annual King of the Wing chicken wing eating competition, bringing their total for the year to over $14,000 and putting them that much closer to their goal. With fundraising planned for the Fall of 2017, Chi Omega hopes to be able to grant wishes soon!

King of the Wing

Delta Zeta's Puttin' on the Hits

Once again the members of Delta Zeta have done great work this year in raising money for St. Rita's School for the Deaf. The annual Puttin' on the Hits was a great success with over $20,000 raised.

Puttin' on the Hits

Alpha Delta Phi Raises Money for the Backpack Program

The Brothers of Alpha Delta Phi are partnering with St. Mary's Church in their continuing effort to support the Talawanda School District's Backpack Program, which can feed a child for only $45 a year. On November 6th, they held a pasta dinner at their chapter house. For only $6, they provided dinner, warm bread, salads, and dessert. All proceeds went to providing food for needy children.

BackPack Alpha Delta Phi

Talawanda School District's Backpack Program is supported by many local organizations, including St. Mary's Church. The Harvest Food Bank in Fairfield, Ohio provides meal bags for the program for only $1.50 each which hlep the Backpack Program to provide food for children 30 weeks out of the year.

For more information about how the Backpack Program feeds thousands of children all over America, visit their website.

Delta Gamma: Service for Sight

Delta Gamma

The women of Delta Gamma raised $760 for Service for Sight

National Panhellenic Council Recognition

Unsung Heroes

Four members of the National Panhellenic Council (NPHC) were recently recognized by the Office of Institutional Diversity as Unsung Heroes in the Oxford and Miami communities. Congratulations to Chelsea Appiah (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.), Devante Johnson (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.), Chanel Upshaw (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.), and Ifeolu Claytor (Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.).

From the Office of Institutional Diversity:

Twenty-five members of the Miami University-Oxford-Butler County community were recognized at Miami’s Unity in the Community event Sept. 14.

They were presented with Unsung Hero awards to recognize their “tireless efforts on behalf of Miami students and Oxford that continuously make and help foster community at Miami.”

Unsung Hero awards were presented to officers, students and other members of the Miami community. The award recognized “officers working 40-hour weeks responding day in and day out providing safety and resources; students who cross the room to meet someone new and make them feel welcome; and staff, faculty and others who create a welcoming community,” said Coates.

For a list of all winners, please visit the Office of Institutional Diversity.

United Way of Oxford Unsung Hero Award

United Way

United Way of Oxford & Vicinity: United Way of Oxford’s exclusive opportunity to honor those individuals and groups who are serving the greater good.

COLLEGE STUDENT AWARD: Students who are enrolled at least part time in a post-secondary education program at a college, university or trade school are eligible for nomination in this category. Nominees should be active leaders on campus in areas of philanthropy and community service; active involvement on and off campus through volunteer activities and fundraising are recommended for nominees.

Amy Macechko honored Cameron Snyders (Delta Chi) and Sarah Crabtree (Pi Beta Phi), stating in part:

It is our great privilege to be here tonight to recognize two college students who serve as amazing role models to their peers and are truly striving to make a difference in the greater Oxford area.  These two leaders take opportunities to showcase the true asset that Miami Greeks are to the greater Oxford area.  

Cameron and Sarah worked with many community members to plan and implement the first ever Greek Service and Philanthropy Week for the Greek community. Both individuals are amazing examples for their fellow Miami students of what a positive experience it can be to intentionally interact with the local community. We admire their commitment to bridging the gap between Miami students and the greater community. Their efforts are most deserving of recognition and we are fortunate to have them as college leaders in our community.

Alpha Phi Gives Back During Summer Break

Three of Alpha Phi's members shared their volunteer work experiences from this summer. These are great examples of the fulfilling experiences our chapter members have when reaching out to others in communities at home and abroad.

Sophomore Micayla McVey:

I went on a mission trip over my Spring Break to build houses for the poor in Mexico. It was a week long trip, living in the mountains without access to a shower, so it taught us to be very appreciative of the things we have. It was amazing to see how happy the families we built the houses for were, despite having little to nothing...I am so happy I was a part of this and plan on going back and doing it again in a few years!

Junior Andrea Brezinski

This summer I spent my Saturday's volunteering at Cincinnati Children's Hospital's Cancer and Blood Transfusion department. This time was spent playing games with patients, sanitizing toys, and bringing children toys to help pass the time in their hospital room. I've met some of the most inspiring children battling for their lives. This humbling experience taught me the value of life and to make every day count.

Junior Monica Medvedec

Through a partnership with Nourish International at Miami University, I interned this summer with an NGO called Moche in Trujillo, Peru. We worked in the villages of Las Cocas and Jesus Maria to replace and expand water systems and to build a community center with public bathrooms, a children’s library, and a kitchen. As Miami’s project leader, I learned so much about international development and sustainable change. I realized the extent of an impact that building relationships with the community members would have, and how infrastructure and progress on the project still couldn't’t replace the value of those human interactions and connections. I discovered how much both groups of people could learn from each other, and I was very humbled to see that service does not come from trying to fix others or teach them that one way is the best way, but instead to keep an open mind and let the community teach you how to help them. The hard manual labor was worth every second because it was accompanied by lunch breaks on the porch spent with my favorite 5-month old Jihaida, games of duck duck goose with Ingrid and Leticia, and long car rides to and from the village with Andres, my “Peruvian dad” who taught me all kinds of life lessons despite our language barrier. It's worth it because I know we have worked with this community to create something amazing that they will use for years and years to come. I know that my unforgettable experience this summer has left a lasting mark on this community, but not nearly as much as they have left on me.

Alpha Phi

A Response to the Miami Student: What if?

By Melissa Petrick

In a recent Editorial Board, you have spoken words that have quickly gotten the Greek community riled up and taking a stand. I hope to speak for many Greeks when I disagree and state that no, Miami would not be better off without Greek life........

This article was originally published on theoddysseyonline.com.

Tau Kappa Epsilon Writes Letters for St. Jude

The Brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon recently took the time to write letters to family members and friends soliciting donations for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. A TKE national philanthropic partner, St. Jude shares the organization's creed of love, charity, and esteem. TKE brothers penned more than 2000 letters, seeking to reach a goal of $5,000 in donations. This letter writing campaign was followed by a philanthropy called Kicks for Kids sponsored by the brothers in conjunction with Gamma Phi Beta.

Phi Gamma Delta Raises Money in Honor of a Brother Whose Mother is Battling Leukemia

Together with the help of their moms, Phi Gamma Delta was able to donate $1,000 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of a FIJI mother battling leukemia. Brother Ben was honored that his fraternity brothers supported him in this way. Phi Gamma Delta has been on Miami's campus since 1957 and is dedicated to friendship, knowledge, service, morality, and excellence in all aspects of life. The FIJI brothers are a united group of gentlemen from diverse backgrounds who strive to better themselves every day with the support of their brothers. They proved this excellence with their donation.

Pi Kappa Alpha's Alex Belman and Kenny Ness Raise Money for Breast Cancer Research

By Hannah Berns

Miami University sophomores Alex Belman and Kenny Ness have raised more than $13,500 by convincing men to stop shaving.

In 2012, the two roommates created “Beards for Boobs,” a philanthropic campaign that raises money for breast cancer research.

“The fundraiser is unique because while it gives back to the female population, its premise is men growing out their facial hair as a way to show support for women,” Ness said.

Designed around the national male health awareness event, No Shave November, Beards for Boobs asks men to find friends and family members that will financially sponsor their November-long beard growth. Sponsorship money and merchandise sales are then donated to Susan G Komen’s fundraising program Passionately Pink..........Please visit the Journal-News for the rest of this article.

A Letter of Thanks to Pi Kappa Alpha and Phi Delta Theta

I would like to bring to your attention to a philanthropic event that I thought was special and noteworthy. The Pikes and Phi Delts joined forces to run a Powder Puff football challenge.

All too often we hear of “rival” fraternities causing problems and damage to one another. It is very refreshing to see that these two houses, often thought of as friendly rivals, could work together for a very good cause. I am extremely impressed with the young men who organized and ran this event and I hope to work further with them in the future.

 powder puff football

Thank you,

Sam Flannery

CancerFree KIDS Pediatric Research Alliance

www.cancerfreekids.org

Brooke Hauser, Pi Beta Phi

Brooke Hauser is doing good in her community. Sister in Pi Beta Phi, Emily Minevich, nominated Brooke because of her selfless and giving nature.

Apart from Pi Beta Phi, Brooke is a member of WIB (women in business), and is an Accounting major. She just finished her term as Vice President of Fraternity Development within Pi Beta Phi and continues to play an active role in events. "She iTrot with minimal notice in order to support another organization's philanthropy. Emily says Brooke "has constantly gone above and beyond in regards to giving back to her community. Everything she does, whether for Pi Beta Phi, Panhellenic or her friends, she has done humbly and with great grace."

"She is friendly, open minded, and smart. I am honored to call her my best friend and my role model," continues Emily.

Thank you, Brooke, for serving our community.

AFLV Immersion Trip Participants

Congratulations to the following students for being selected to go on The Journey: Miami U, our service immersion trip to New Orleans, last Winter Term:

Sara Lindsay, Alpha Chi Omega
Abigail Pautz, Alpha Delta Pi
J'aime Murray, Alpha Gamma Delta
Kylie Riches, Alpha Gamma Delta
Leanna McConnell, Alpha Omicron Pi
Julia Gilmore, Alpha Phi
Rachel Chernos, Alpha Phi
Tariq Mohammed, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Allison Drury, Chi Omega
Morgan Henry, Chi Omega
Pooja Mude, Chi Omega
Natalie Rothenbuecher, Chi Omega
Lucas Custer, Chi Psi
Taylor Freking, Delta Chi
Cara Murphy, Gamma Phi Beta
Julie Norehad, Gamma Phi Beta
Colleen Cox, Kappa Kappa Gamma
Brittany Razavi, Pi Beta Phi
Alec Lockhart, Sigma Phi Epsilon
Reid Torrens, Sigma Phi Epsilon
Nicole Berry, Zeta Tau Alpha
Lauren Harsch, Zeta Tau Alpha
Allison Trusler, Zeta Tau Alpha