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40th Annual Miami University Greek Week Blood Drive is September 25-26

Contributed by Mark Pompilio | Community Blood Center

Greeks at Miami University are spreading the word that “Greek Week is Coming at You Live” Sept. 23-29. Again for the 40th year, the heart of the celebration will be a chance to save lives at the Sept. 25-26 Greek Week Blood Drive.

The 40th annual Greek Week Blood Drive is Tuesday, Sept. 25 and Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For the first time the blood drive will take place in the Armstrong Student Center Donald W. Fritz Pavilion at 550 East Spring St., Oxford.

The inspirational “Be The Good” stoneware coffee mug is a gift to everyone who registers to donate. Schedule an appointment with Community Blood Center online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE and use sponsor code 274.

Greek life at Miami dates backs to 1833, earning it the nickname “Mother of Fraternities.” The Greeks made Miami the birthplace of CBC college blood drives with the first Greek Week Blood Drive in 1978. By 2001 Miami had expanded to 12 blood drives a year, an achievement that earned national recognition from America’s Blood Centers. It became a two-day blood drive in 2007 and is still the largest in the region, and CBC’s longest-standing blood drive partner.

“I am never surprised but always impressed to learn of our students’ service to others,” said Miami President Gregory Crawford. “This 40th anniversary of Greek Week being the largest annual blood drive for the Community Blood Center marks a little-known tradition for Miami – one with life-saving implications. I encourage those who haven’t yet tried donating to also ‘roll up their sleeves’ for this great cause, remembering that every pint one gives helps save the lives of one-to-three people."
In the 2017-2018 academic year Miami hosted eight student-sponsored blood drives, six Faculty and Staff sponsored blood drives, and the two-day Greek Week Blood Drive – a total of 16 days dedicated to helping save lives. They totaled 1,273 donors, including 454 first-time donors and 957 units of blood donated.

Greek Week combines community service and competition, with fraternities and sororities able to win points toward the overall Greek Week title by recruiting donors for the blood drive. But it is primarily a campus-wide celebration with the blood drive open to all students, faculty and staff.

“Many Miami students have donated in high school, but last year 119 Greek Week donors were donating for the first time,” said CBC Account Representative Sandy Baur. “Many will continue to donate throughout their lives. Miami Greeks have helped establish a rich history of community service, helping others, and saving thousands of lives.”

See the story on Cincinnati.com

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.