Southeast Greek Week 2018 Breaks Records, Starts New Traditions

Southeast Missouri State University’s Greek Week 2018 held April 14-22 was an enormous success, raising more than $29,000 in the spirit of philanthropy to support the local community and Southeast’s Redhawk Food Pantry, with this year’s blood drive finishing as the largest in Greek Week history.

The blood drive netted 1,194 units that were donated to the American Red Cross, exceeding all previous Greek Week blood drive totals by 248 units.

“On Sunday, Michelle Johnson with the American Red Cross said this was the largest blood drive in recent history and certainly the largest blood drive in Greek Week history,” said Dr. Bruce Skinner, associate vice president for student life.

During the week, Southeast Greeks raised $29,009.57 to benefit a number of organizations, including the United Way of Cape Girardeau, Special Olympics and the Greek Week Future Fund. This year’s Greek Week theme was “Disney Classics.”

“This year, we started four new programs, the Shiver and Slide event to support Special Olympics, a clothing drive, a Lip Sync Battle competition and Redhawk Food Pantry collection,” said Kimberly Baich, the student director of Greek Week.

In addition, Southeast’s Greek community collected more than 15,000 canned goods or food items. This year’s items were donated to the Redhawk Food Pantry, which serves members of the University community and is located in the Textbook Rental area of Kent Library.

“Because we were donating to the Redhawk Food Pantry, there was increased interest in support and donations,” Skinner said. “Because of this success, we expect the pantry to be well stocked for an entire year.”

Canned goods were also donated to Southeast’s regional campuses and Red Star Food Pantry.

Greek Week Student Executive and Steering Committee members

New this year, the Greek community also hosted a clothing drive to benefit the Safe House for Women in Cape Girardeau. More than 4,000 men’s, women’s and children’s clothing items were collected.

“The clothing drive was the idea developed from our students looking for a new way to support the local community and it was very successful for its first year. We believe it will become an annual event and new tradition for Greek Week,” Baich said. “It reflects our fraternity and sorority members’ desire to find and commit to more service-oriented events that impact our local community.”

Other Greek Week events included the Greek Games and Chariot Races, Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes, Special Olympics, Greek Sing, God and Goddess Competition and various spirit and community service activities, including volunteer work at the Missouri Veterans Home and along the River Walk.

The following awards were presented during the week:

  • University Five Star Sorority of the Year; Delta Delta Delta
  • University Five Star Fraternity of the Year; Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sorority Harm Reduction Award; Gamma Phi Beta
  • Fraternity Harm Reduction Award; Phi Delta Theta
  • Sorority Chapter Management Award; Delta Delta Delta
  • Fraternity Chapter Management Award; Sigma Nu
  • Sorority Membership Development & Education Award; Delta Delta Delta
  • Fraternity Membership Development & Education Award; Sigma Nu
  • Sorority Academic Achievement Award; Delta Delta Delta
  • Fraternity Academic Achievement Award; Phi Delta Theta
  • Sorority Civic and Campus Engagement Award; Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • Fraternity Civic and Campus Engagement Award; Sigma Phi Epsilon

Greek Week 2018

  • 1st Place: Alpha Xi Delta and Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • 2nd Place: Alpha Chi Omega and Phi Delta Theta
  • 3rd Place: Alpha Delta Pi and Lambda Chi Alpha

Greek Sing 2018

  • 1st Place: Alpha Xi Delta and Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • 2nd Place: Alpha Chi Omega and Phi Delta Theta
  • 3rd Place: Delta Delta Delta and Sigma Nu

Order of Omega Greek Honor Society Awards

Professor of the Year

  • Dr. Hamner Hill, interim dean of the College of Health and Human Services, Dept. of Political Science, Philosophy & Religion

Advisor of the Year

  • Dr. Chuck McAllister, Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Julie Vinson, Delta Delta Delta

Individual Community Service

  • Xander Goffinet, Phi Delta Theta
  • Makayla Hewitt, Alpha Xi Delta

Unsung Hero/Heroine

  • Alex Kreikemeier, Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Jordan Fallert, Alpha Chi Omega

New Member of the Year

  • Justin Jacobs, Sigma Nu
  • Rebecca Purcell, Sigma Sigma Sigma

Sophomore of the Year

  • Dominic Gillette, Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Megan Butts, Gamma Phi Beta

Junior of the Year

  • Jake Scott, Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Kendra Reichling, Sigma Sigma Sigma

Greek Man & Woman of the Year

  • Brian Lamb, Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Emma Hoover, Alpha Chi Omega

Chapter President of the Year

  • Zack Koeller, Phi Delta Theta
  • Emily Fuhler, Gamma Phi Beta

 

*Top Photo Caption: Delta Delta Delta and Sigma Nu volunteers during the Special Olympics