The Good in Greek
A Greek Wide Social Media Campaign
The Collge of Charleston is an institution of higher education unlike any other. The College encourages us to explore new horizons, to grow intellectually, engage in our community, and to better apreciate our intellectual and creative expression. Similar to The College, Greek life encourages its members to strive for leadership, excced in service, cherish friendship, and emphasize scholarship.
In reflection of these values, we invite you to join us in The Good in Greek campaign, A new social media campaign that started in 2016 and aimed towards creating a new outlook into the contributions, actions, and true passion of our Greek community here at College of Charleston. Follow us (@CofCPanhllenic) and share your own actions within #TheGoodinGreek
Each fall College of Charleston Greek life joins the Lowcountry Food Bank in their fight against hunger. The Lowcountry Food Bank serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina and aims to distribute more than 24 million pounds of food each year. Last year CofC Greek life provided a toal of 174,500 meals for our Charleston community! Pep Supper is just a month away and we are SO excited to reach above and beyond last year's 174,500 meals! Happy can collecting!
Take a look at our 20 days of Good in Greek campaign here!
Chi Omega was the first soroity here at the College of Charleston and continuously enhances our community both here at the College and in the charletson community. Each semester Chi Omega raises money for their national philanthropy Make-A-Wish. This past semester the ladies of Chi Omega went above and beond and raised a total $10,000 for the Make-A-Wish foundation at their annual Work It For Wishes fashion show! That $10,000 went directly towards granted wishes for 5 children with the Make-A-Wish foundation!
Chi Omega shows a true loyaly and love for their "wish babies" and work towards supporting them in any and all ways possible. This weekend, the chapter is participating in the walk for a cure for Ainsley, one of the wish babies that walked in their fashion show herself!
Tables are filled, books are pilled up, and letters are glowing atop laptops. Scholarship is a fundamental value within the Greek system and our CofC chapters are showing no exception. Greek life’s average GPA this past semester was a 3.057, above the campus’s average of a 3.025. Due to nights of study session with sisters, or major guidance between a new member and upper classman, our greek community is constantly working towards scholastic excellence.
Leadership and service are two of the key values that each Greek organization shares. Sororities and Fraternities here at the College pronounce leadership and service thoughout the Charleston community. This past month Sigma Kappa volunteered and walked in Charleston's Walk to End Alzheimers. Along with their participation they raised $10,000 towards Alzheimer's Research!
Community involvment has gone even farther than Charleston, especially with Sigma Kappa Member Kathryn Templeton. Kathryn formed K4Kids, a charity aimed towards providing school supplies for children in rural South Carolina. Over the past 5 years her organization has donated more than 125,000 items to children and teachers in need! All throughout the Lowcountry CofC Greeks are spreading their passion and service!
Bouncing off of day 4 of Greek Good, the men of Pi Kappa Phi also participated in charleston's Walk To End Alzheimer's this past month! All together their chapter raised $10,000 for Alzheimer's research! But philanthropic work is nothing new to this chapter. Last spring they raised over $11,000 for the B+ Foundation, a foundation devoted to childhood cancer research!
The national philanthropy for Delta Delta Delta is St. Jude Children's Research Hospitals. The CofC chapter of Tri Delt volunteers and raises money for St Jude's in numerous events each year! This morning, the chapter participated in the annual Charleston St. Jude walk! The walk is a huge event for the Charleston community and this year raised over $ 80,000! And Almost $5,000 of that was raised solely by Tri Delta!
It wouldn't be the beginning of a fall semester without Delta Gamma's Anchor Splash philanthropy event! Anchor Splash is just one of the many philanthropies that the entirety of our Greek community competes in yearly! Throughout this past week DG organized days of tabling, donut sales, penny collections, talent competitions, and fun team events in order to raise money for their national philanthropy Service for Sight! Service for Sight is a foundation devoted to assistance for the visually impaired and promotion of sight preservation. Thank you CofC Delta Gamma for all your hard work towards a fun event for the Greek community, and most importantly the amazing amount of money raised for Service for Sight!
The circle of sisterhood is a foundation devoted to giving girls and women across the world a better life through the opportunity of education. Today, all 10 of our Panhellenic sororities at the College of Charleston, came together and raised over $600 and counting towards women's opportunity for education! Though the carnival was cut short due to some uninvited rain, the afternoon was still a time of fun for our community and a huge success for supporting the circle of sisterhood and women's education!
The Greek community is a place where members forever care for each other and support one another. Greek life is a lifelong family. Just a few years ago the men of Pi Kappa Alpha lost one of their brothers. But together the chapter stood strong against their hurt and took action, in love for their brother. The PIKE brothers and the West family together created the Barker West Foundation and Memorial Scholarship. In the first year of their actions and foundation they raised $79,000 and soon awarded their first scholarship.Years later, the CofC chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha has thus far in 2016 raised $5,000 for the Barker West Foundation! In addition, and by the gracious efforts of Barker's family, the fund has just received an additional 250,000 dollars to bring its current total endowment to 325,000 dollars. It is easy to set aside the importance of brotherhood, and even easier in the time of tragedy to stand still in pain. Although the actions of the Pi Kappa Alpha chapter at the College is just one reminder that Greek like is there in hard times, and the good times, to take action, to do good, and to love.
Pictured: current Pi Kappa Alpha brothers volunteering together at a local river cleanup project
With each new week brings a new philanthropy for CofC Greek life. This week the ladies of Alpha Delta Pi hosted the Cougar Games, a series of fun friendly games between chapters in the efforts to raise money for the Ronald Mcdonald House! Ronald McDonald House Charities aim "to create compassionate environments and programs that provide families the best chance of success in caring for their child with complex medical needs." Charleston has their own Ronald Mcdonald House and therefore ADPi can directly volunteer and see first hand where their efforts and funds are going. Thanks so much Alpha Delta Pi, for allowing your Greek Communty to help support our local Charleston Ronald McDonald House!
Emily Torchiana is a Senior here at The College, a member of Alpha Delta Pi, and an advocate for mental health. Due to her personal struggles and experiences Emily has chosen to speak up about mental health and the stigma that surrounds it. Throughout her college experience Emily has spoken at schools, conferences, and events across the country about the effects of cyber bullying, mental health, and suicide prevention. This year Emily launchd her mental health campaign "Shatter the Stigma" because “the only way people are going to be saved is if people are comfortable sharing their story.”And just this week she launched her second campaign entitled “Invisible Illness.” The campaign will be focused around a series of stories of various people in the Charleston area who are struggling or have been affected by mental illnesses. Due to Emily’s outstanding efforts, she was just awarded the Jefferson Award, “the country’s longest standing and most prestigious award dedicated to activation and celebrating public service." The award was started by Jackie Kennedy in 1972 and today (September 29th) Charleston’s local ABC4 News is highlighting Emily’s accomplishment and bravery on their 5 o'clock news!
We hope you didn't miss the ladies of Sigma Delta Tau this week in cougar mall! The national philanthropy for Sigma Delta Tau is Prevent Child Abuse America. Throughout the year Sig Delts at CofC raise awareness and funds in so many different ways. This week they were selling pinwheels for prevention. In 2008 the pinwheel became the national symbol for the prevention of child abuse and we LOVE that Sig delt is continually helping spread the cause throughout our campus!
October is officially amongst us and the Zetas here at CofC are gearing up! October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which also serves as Zeta Tau Alpha's nationally philanthropy. Last October Zeta held their Crown Chase 5k and raised $6,500! All of the money raised went directly to the Zeta Foundation, which funds Breast Cancer Education and Awareness. This October Zeta is even more excited to spread Breast Cancer Awareness across our campus.
Their first event will be Food for the Fight, October 10th in Stern Gardens 5-7. They are also really excited to be bringing Mr. CofC back this fall!! It will be held October 17th also in Stern Gardens. So strap on your pink ribbons and join the members of Zeta Tau Alpha in their work towards Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
Self confidence is a trait that holds a key role in our success and happiness. Although, it is also a trait that may easily be lost in many young women. If there's one group of people that can vouch for this, it is sorority women. We are a group of women that as women understand the troubles of self confidence but are also there for one another, to support and encourage one another constantly. Kappa Deltas are the perfect example of this.
In 2009 KD launched an international campaign, the Confidence Coalition. Not only does each KD strive to live each day more confidently, but at CofC they share their Confidence Coalition throughout our campus and community. For example, you can often find KD's tabling in cougar mall and spreading awareness for self confidence! One of the national philanthropies of Kappa Delta is Girl Scouts of the USA. KD here at CofC works hands on with Charleston area Girls Scouts, teaching them life lessons and showing them what it is like to be a confident young woman!
Each year, like many colleges around the country, College of Charleston puts on Dance Marathon, an event where college students sacrifice their time and energy in order to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer. This past spring CofC held its 10th annual Dance Marathon event, a 13 hour event that raised $60,295.83! Over the past 10 years, CofC's Dance Marathon has raised a total of $573,002.54 for MUSC Children's Hospital! And the past 10 years of work would not have been possible without the hard work and support of CofC's Greek community. Currently, 13 of the 14 executive board members for Dance Marathon are Greek. Last year 7 Greek organizations participated in the dance and together, raised over $25,000! MUSC Children's Hospital is the local Children's hospital, located just down the street from the College and therefore Dance Marathon has a huge direct impact into our community. Phi Mu is the most involved Greek organization because their national philanthropy is the Children's Miracle Network and each year they encourage their entire chapter to participate! Unlike many universities, CofC's Dance Marathon is not a Greek run event, although our Greek community shares the passion and support for the MUSC Children's Hospital and all that Dance Marathon provides FOR THE KIDS!
In the wake of the damage due to hurricane Matthew in the Lowcountry, many are working together to get our city clean and back to its normal beauty! Today, members of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity helped local Charleston businesses with cleanup and repair due the Matthew. One of Greek life's key understandings is that of community, and therefore when it comes to times of need for our greater Charleston community, you can guarantee the Greek community will be there to help!
Community service can be done in any and every place, in an endless amount of ways. In the Greek community, community service is a key activity in each and every chapter. Community Service allows our organizations to fulfill our missions as community stewards and act out our true values. This past spring semester, Greek life at the College of Charleston completed over 15,000 hours of community service! This included volunteering in an array of different community projects and events. For example, working with habitat for humanity, pet helpers, 180 Place, and other local charities, local walk/runs, coastal or neighborhood clean ups, blood drives, veteran support, children's educational programs and so so much more! Just a few weeks ago Kappa Alpha Theta even went beyond Charleston's local community and volunteered at Rein and Shine, a therapeutic horse riding organization in South Carolina! Service is crucial to Greek communities and Charleston's own community can sure advocate for that!
To the majority of Greek life at The College, being Greek is not the extent of their campus involvement. In fact, 64% of Greek life is involved elsewhere on campus! Greek members are involved in cheerleading, Residence Assistances, Peer Facilitators,Trippintones, Dance Marathon, SI leader, Peer Academic coaches for the provisional program, Psi Chi, Phi Eta Sigma, National Colligate Scholars, Charleston 40, and other various clubs, even belly dancing! And its not just one Greek member here or there, many clubs are majority Greek or have multiple Greek members on their executive board. In Charleston 40, our campus' tour guides,for example 10 out of their 19 new members this semester are Greek!
several Greeks and new members (plus a Panhellenic exec member) of Charleston 40
After a total 19 posts about The Good in Greek, its no surprise to tell you that there is SO much good in our Greek life here at The College. So, lets give you some proof that we're not the only ones that see the Good in our Greeks. This year, the National Panhellenic Conference awarded our Panhellenic Association the Panhellenic Excellence Award for 2016! Individually, numerous fraternal chapters here at CofC have received the highest level of recognition that could be given by their national organizations. For example, Zeta Tau Alpha won Crown Chapter this year, the highest honor chapters can receive according to the standards of chapter excellence. Alpha Delta Pi received the Standard Three Diamond Award, their highest national award. Chi Omega was awarded with the most dollars EVER raised for the Persephone's circle and Chi Omega Foundation. National recognition is no easy feat and therefore we could not be happier to support our chapters and the national excellence of our Greek community!
Pictured: our 2016 Panhellenic Executive Board (and amazing advisor Casey)
23% of the College of Charleston is Greek. We are growing community, an integral part of our campus. We have a higher GPA average than the campus average, we hold scholarship up to its highest standard. We complete thousands of service hours and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for those in need, we focus on service and philanthropy. We encourage friendship, foster lifelong sisterhood or brotherhoods, instilling true commitment. Encouraging our members to reach their full potential, to lead with courage, to make a difference. We are Greek life at the College of Charleston. We work together to better our organizations, our community, our campus, our city, and the future of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
We thank you for following us through the past 20 Days of Greek Good. We hope that you learned a little more about who CofC Greek life is and what we do. And although our 20 days of Greek Good are up, we encourage you to continue to follow our actions throughout this semester, this year, and on. As a Greek member we encourage you all to foster Greek Good and usage of #TheGoodinGreek so that we can continue to spread your actions to others!