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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Greek organizations at UWP serve campus and community

PLATTEVILLE- Campus activities, brotherhood and sisterhood, philanthropy and community involvement have long been the trademarks of Greek organizations at many a university. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville boasts 14 of these organizations, some of which have history at UWP since 1867, one year after the university's inception.

This spring, Gamma Phi Beta, a philanthropic sorority with 10 members, will be participating in multiple fund-raising events. Annually, Gamma Phi Beta supports several causes including Relay for Life, which raises money for cancer research; Camp Fire USA, an educational summer camp for boys and girls; and Saint Gammie's Week, a weeklong collection of evening philanthropy events during the week before spring break. This year the sorority will also running a bake sale to raise money for Haiti relief.

"Our members are an active part of the campus community; some of our sisters are resident assistants, participate in sports and in student government," said Keena Spencer-Dobson, president of GPB. "Through our fund raising and involvement, we try to promote the highest type of womanhood through our core values of love, labor, learning, loyalty and leadership."

The Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity upholds their primary values of love, charity and esteem through campus involvement and fund raising. This semester, TKE has raised $400 to send to Haiti and will host several other fund-raisers like their annual golf tournament for Alzheimer's and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital fund-raiser, which will be held at the pool in the Pioneer Activity Center on campus.

One of UWP's agricultural-based Greek organizations, the Sigma Alpha sorority, is dedicated to scholarship, leadership and service. During the spring semester, SA's biggest activity is Ag in the Classroom.

"We go to area elementary schools and meet with fourth-grade students and teach them basic facts about agriculture," said Kimberly Forrester, SA chapter president. "We want people to understand that everything is somehow tied to agriculture and to take the time to think about where their food comes from." According to Forrester, SA also has the highest G.P.A. among Greek organizations on campus this semester.

Sigma Phi Epsilon, a fraternity here on campus since 2000, strives to eliminate the frat boy stereotype through philanthropy and community service. This semester they will work with Boy Scouts with Special Needs at Brat Fest - where they predict to raise roughly $1,000 - as well as participate in Relay for Life in April. SPE is also forming a team to support Habitat for Humanity's third annual trivia night fundraiser. So far, SPE fraternity brothers have volunteered over 300 hours of service. They are also involved with student governance and have several members who have been presidents in governance bodies.

Another Greek organization, Kappa Alpha Sigma, a sorority which is always looking for ways to make the college experience better, plans to participate in Relay for Life this semester as well as help a local church with their pasty sale. They'll also continue visiting the HCR ManorCare nursing home in Platteville, where they play bingo with residents several times a week.

"The main focus of our organization is to enrich the lives of women on campus by being avid in our philanthropy, aiming for academic excellence and creating lasting bonds of friendship," said Mariah Droessler, president of KAS.

For more information about Greek organizations on campus, go online at and search for Greek Life in the search bar.

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