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Greek Week helped community, USO

Barry McNamara
04/25/2013
Greek members prepare to celebrate their accomplishments at the annual banquet, held April 19.
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A full week of Greek Week activities at Monmouth College concluded earlier this month with the annual Greek Life Recognition Banquet, where several awards were presented and where staff member Billy Bernard shared some impressive highlights from the week.
 
“Our can castle philanthropy resulted in 1,000 cans of non-perishable food items being donated to Monmouth’s Jamieson Community Center,” reported Bernard, who is MC’s assistant director of Greek life, leadership and involvement. “The Red Cross told us that our blood drive helped save 222 lives. We also raised funds for the USO throughout the week, and our Greek organizations were able to raise $2,075, which is more than double the total from a year ago.”
 
Bernard said the purpose of Greek Week is for the college’s eight men’s and women’s fraternities to come together for fellowship and to raise awareness and funds for a particular philanthropy. The USO was chosen this year, and the funds will help overseas troops receive personal care items. That USO connection inspired this year’s Greek Week theme, “The Few, The Proud, The Week.”
 
MC’s Greek members have a lot to be proud of, including a cumulative GPA that greatly exceeds the campus average. Men’s and women’s fraternity members posted a cumulative GPA of more than 3.0 for both semesters during the 2012 calendar year. The men of Sigma Phi Epsilon led the way in the spring semester at 3.24, while the women of Kappa Kappa Gamma had an identical GPA to lead the way in the fall.
 
Bernard also pointed out a few more numerical highlights, including the fact that Greeks, who represent 26 percent of MC’s student population, reported nearly 2,000 hours of community service and collectively raised nearly $10,000 through their various philanthropies.
 
At the recognition banquet, Sigma Phi Epsilon received several major awards, including the Academic Excellence Award, the Excellence in Involvement and Leadership Education Award, the Award for Excellence in Chapter Education and Programming and an honor for Outstanding Chapter Operations. One of its members, senior Pete Lipinksi of Western Springs, was the Greek Man of the Year.
 
The Greek Woman of the Year was Alpha Xi Delta member Kim Boyd, a senior from North Aurora. AXD member Kelly Swann, a sophomore from Lemont, received the Emerging Female Greek Leader honor. Alpha Xi Delta also claimed the Greek Week Spirit Award.
 
Phi Delta Theta took home one major chapter honor and had two individual winners. The fraternity received the Award for Excellence in Civic Responsibility. Dan Asbell , a senior from Brimfield, was named Outstanding Greek President, and sophomore Adam Ruble of Pittsfield was named the Emerging Male Greek Leader. 
 
“Our students all seemed to enjoy the week and all of the activities,” concluded Bernard. “It was especially eye-opening for our freshmen. I had several of them tell me that now they have a much better understanding of what it means to be Greek.”