CAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri, April 2, 2015 – Members of the social Greek-letter organizations at Southeast Missouri State University will kick off Greek Week 2015 April 11 with a number of events and friendly competition.
Greek Week is regarded as a time set aside for all members of social Greek-letter organizations to channel their focus into giving back to the community by way of partnering with area non-profits and through pairings with other Greek chapters in friendly competition. This year’s theme is entitled ”Forever Young” and will encompass elements from animated children’s movies as well as 1970s themed music.
“The purpose of Greek Week is to have a week of fun and educational events that impact the campus and surrounding community as well as strengthen the bonds of our Greek chapters,” said DeAnte’ Smith, director of Greek Life at Southeast. “Throughout the week, our students are partnered with different Greek chapters. In addition to the competitive games that they participate in during the week, they also partner with non-profit organizations to impact the community. They raise money, volunteer with Special Olympics, and host a ‘Walk-A-Mile in her shoes’ event to raise awareness for sexual assault prevention against women.
This year’s Greek Week will feature partnerships with the Special Olympics, American Red Cross, Salvation Army and the City of Cape Girardeau’s Keep Cape Beautiful initiative and conclude with an all Greek chapter meeting. In addition to community service initiatives, events such as a Chariot Race, Greek sing and Greek games have been planned to continue to foster camaraderie among social Greek-letter organizations.
“Greek Week is an opportunity in which all students involved in social Greek organizations come together and give back to the Cape Girardeau Community,” said Tyler Sayer, steering committee member and member of Lambda Chi Alpha. “I’m excited to see the chapters work together for causes much greater than themselves.”
Greek Week kick off is April 11 with the Special Olympics. The Greek community will service the athletes by helping them find their events and refereeing athletic events from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center-North. Following the Special Olympics, members of Greek-letter organizations will participate in the Greek Games beginning at noon at the Bertling intramural fields.
In addition to the Special Olympics service project, a Walk-A-Mile in her shoes event will be held Monday, April 13, beginning at 5:15 p.m. The Walk-A-Mile event raises awareness for sexual assault prevention against women. A Salvation Army canned food drive will be Tuesday, April 14. Greek students will collect canned food for donation as well as sign up to organize and count the cans. Signup times will vary by chapter.
Greek-letter organizations will participate in penny races during Common Hour on Wednesday, April 15, benefiting a charity of their choice. That evening, there will be a mystery project held at Parker Field benefiting the Monticello House. Greek students will learn of their duties regarding the mystery project an hour prior to the event, which is to begin at 8 p.m.
The Keep Cape Beautiful community service project will be held Thursday, April 16. Each chapter will have a specific time in which they will plant flowers and other green foliage in specified locations. Friday, April 17, will mark the Chariot Race. Each chapter pairing will design a chariot and race against another pairing. The activity is designed to evoke the friendly competition aspect of Greek Week.
Concluding Greek Week will be a Greek Sing and all Greek Chapter. The Greek Sing, where chapter pairings will present skits that revolve about the week’s theme, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18 in Academic Hall Auditorium. Greek Week will conclude with an all Greek meeting at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 19, also in Academic Auditorium.
“Greek Week helps the community in so many ways. It’s also great competing while helping students. Overall, Greek Week does some amazing things, and I’m happy to be a part of it,” said Zach Hayes of St. Louis and member of Pi Kappa Alpha.
“I hope that the Greeks understand the positive impact that they are making on campus. They are literally saving lives in their efforts throughout the week in so many ways. I hope this positive experience is something that they will value forever and share that experience to all they come in contact with in the future,” said Smith.