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SWOSU Social Frats and Sororities Plan Service and Community Projects

March 12, 2012

Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s social fraternities and sororities have always been known for their many service hours and community projects around western Oklahoma and this year is no exception.

The fraternities—Chi Theta, Phi Delta Theta and Tau Kappa Epsilon—and sororities—Kappa Delta Omega, Sigma Sigma Chi and Zeta Phi—have great plans for the remainder of the 2012 spring semester.

Chi Theta will be active in the SWOSU GOLD Tough Enough to Wear Pink 5K run coming up March 31. Members will be encouraged to volunteer as workers as well as participate in the race. In addition, Chi Theta will take part in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life on April 20 in the SWOSU Wellness Center. Chi Theta’s president, Heath Holman, said a primary goal of the chapter was to gain national status.

Phi Delta Theta will hold its Founders Day Ceremony on April 14-15. SWOSU Phi Delt alumni will return to Weatherford for a golf tournament and the induction ceremony for new pledges. The event concludes with an awards ceremony for current members, alumni and staff. Ryan Brewer, president of PDT, spoke of the successful “PHI-ght Arthritis” event last semester. The event is held annually and consists of classical dancing, a cake walk and an auction.

“We raised $750 for the VA Hospital in Oklahoma City to offset the costs for juvenile arthritis,” Brewer said.

Tau Kappa Epsilon kicked off its first event on February 28. The members of TKE sat on a toilet around the clock for three days to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The event marked their third annual “Sit-In.” The men of TKE will volunteer at the SWOSU GOLD Tough Enough to Wear Pink 5K, Relay for Life, and also the Special Olympics held at Weatherford High School on March 31. TKE President Ben Brauer said the SWOSU chapter received national recognition last semester for logging the most community service hours in the region with 1,392.

Kappa Delta Omega is focusing its efforts on supporting Relay for Life. President Chandra Briggs said two benefit fundraisers are planned. Members of the sorority are currently selling Scentsy products as well as t-shirts. Later in the semester, Kappa will host Mom’s and Dad’s Day for their parents. On Mom’s Day, the ladies will go bowling, while on Dad’s Day, they will attend an Oklahoma City RedHawks game.

Sigma Sigma Chi is busy raising funds for its main philanthropy project of the semester, Relay for Life. On March 29, the ladies of Sigma will host an all-you-can-eat Nacho Night in the Memorial Student Center Ballroom for just $5 per person.  In addition to Nacho Night, small fundraisers, including bake sales, raise money for the cause with all proceeds going to benefit Relay for Life. According to President Allison Cox, other events will be held within the sorority, such as Mom’s Day, Dad’s Day and their annual formal event.

Zeta Phi has two service projects. First, the women will volunteer at the SWOSU GOLD Tough Enough to Wear Pink 5K Run/Walk. Gabby Cloer, president of Zeta Phi, said the second volunteer opportunity will be at Relay for Life as the sorority raises awareness and money for the American Cancer Society.

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