New and Noteworthy

Historic 40th Celebration at Greek Week Blood Drive 

Miami Ambassador Renate Crawford Visits Student Donors

Contributed by Mark Pompilio | Community Blood Center

September 27, 2018

Greek Week Blood DriveOXFORD, Ohio - The 40th annual Greek Week Blood Drive on Sept. 25-26 at the Armstrong Student Center celebrated Miami University’s long tradition of dedicating mind, body and spirit to causes that will help others.

“When you see them making a difference like this, you want to be part of that,” said Renate Crawford, wife of Miami President Greg Crawford, as she met students donating in Fritz Pavilion Sept. 26.  “For the Greeks especially, you get to see the good things they’re doing.”

Renate and Greg are scientists, health enthusiasts and dedicated advocates for social justice.  Greg became Miami’s 22nd president in 2016 and Renate stepped into the role of ambassador and adjunct physics professor.

The inaugural Greek Week Blood Drive in 1978 was Community Blood Center’s first college campus blood drive. It became a two-day blood drive in 2007 and remains the biggest blood drive in the region.

This year’s blood drive totaled 428 donors, including 264 first-time donors and 338 donations for 108 percent of the collection goal.  Participation was the largest since 2015, and the 338 units collected was a 47 percent increase over last year.

“I am never surprised but always impressed to learn of our students’ service to others,” said Greg. He was out of town during the blood drive but the student donors immediately recognized Renate.

“The Crawfords are very involved,” said Annika Shaffer, a senior from Bryan, Ohio and a member of Zeta Tau Alpha.  She chatted with Renate while donating. “They were at the Crop Walk Sunday. They come out to a lot of events and not just Greek Week events.”

A bonus for all the Greeks is being able to earn points toward the overall Greek Week team competition by supporting community service events, including the Crop Walk and blood drive.

“We won the Greek Week competition last year and we’re in the lead now,” said Annika.  “I just got an update – we had over 100 people at the Crop Walk and that was the most of everyone.”

“Greek Week is about the participation and getting people involved and active,” said Zoe Philips, a Kappa Delta member who as vice president of programming for the Panhellenic Association is a co-organizer of Greek Week. “To do things for the community:  the Greek community as well as the Oxford community.”

Alex Barnett, sophomore Zeta Xau Alpha member donated six times while in high school in Defiance, Ohio.  “When I was a junior one of our family friends, he was diagnosed with leukemia and started needing blood so I started donating,” said Alex. “He passed away two years ago.  His family donates and is going strong and I kept it up.”

Greg Pope from Urbana explained to Renate, “My girlfriend wanted to me to come along and I said, ‘Why not? I’m helping people.’” “Oh you are,” Renate replied. “It’s a huge chance to make a difference.”

“Both my parents donate blood,” said Shannon Donnelly, a first time donor. “My dad said, ‘There will be cookies afterwards!’ and I said, ‘Perfect.’”

Donating at the 40th Greek Week Blood Drive also gave students the sense that we were adding to Miami’s history.

"It was definitely something people get excited about," said Zoe Philips. "It goes on every year and is something people care about. Miami students have busy lives, but to take time out to help save three lives is so worthwhile!"

“It’s a great place to be,” said Christine Hughes, an Alpha Chi Omega member from Cleveland.  “I love the community here and being part of the Greek life.”

2018 Greek Spring Clean

Greek Spring Clean Total Hours 555

On Sunday, April 22nd, just under 200 fraternity and sorority leaders volunteered a total of 555 hours of service! Thank you to all those chapters that participated. We had a great turn out, and thank you to our community partners: Office of Community Engagement & Service, MetroParks, Hueston Woods, and the Interfaith Center. 

Greeks Doing Good: IFC and Panhellenic Donate School Supplies to the Republic of Georgia

School Supply Donation to the Republic of Georgia

The 2017 IFC and Panhellenic Vice Presidents of Community Service and Philanthropy, Misha Mathur and Shane Mart, organized a school supply drive for children of the Bandza Public School in the Republic of Georgia last fall. Shane and Misha reached out to the fraternity and sorority community at Miami and encouraged members to donate new and used art supplies and books. With the help of the whole community, three full boxes of supplies were donated!

While donations were collected, a Bandza Public School representative wrote to Shane and Misha about how grateful they were for our community's support. They wrote, "I know it’s hard for you to imagine the impact of these efforts from so far away, but I get to see it first hand. These children are so sweet and motivated to learn. They cherish everything they own...What I am saying, is that the efforts of the Greek community at Miami combined with your, Shane and Misha, help will impact exceptional children’s lives."

As Miamians, we strive to live by the Code of Love and Honor. In one of the passage of the Code of Love and Honor it says, “I embrace... the spirit, academic rigor, opportunities, and challenges of a Miami Experience, preparing me to make the world a better place.” The Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils are so proud to support programs that aim to make the world a better place. In order to create positive change in the world, we must first give back.

How this Miami Fraternity Spends its Fridays Might Surprise You

From the Journal-News

Michael D. Clark - Staff Writer

Hamilton - It’s a late Friday afternoon, and some Miami University fraternity members are looking for a party. They know just where to go.

They hit up a place that has become their usual fun spot – the Hamilton Schools’ Bridgeport Elementary multiple disabilities class, which this particular Friday in December had its students decorating a Christmas tree.

It’s “Fraternity Friday” at the Butler County school, and the dozen Miami Pi Kappa Phi members are greeted with loving hugs and big smiles of recognition and appreciation in the late afternoon as they walk into the school’s cafeteria and stage area.........

To read more visit the Journal-News website.