Fraternities and sororities celebrate Greek Week
Lamar University’s annual Greek Week, held April 21 through 26, 2014 concluded on Saturday afternoon with the Greek Olympics. With a mission to engage all of the fraternities and sororities at Lamar University, Greek Week promotes unity among the Greek community.
Fraternity and sorority members from all 20 chapters came together to focus on three objectives during the week-long event: generating pride and excitement about being Greek, educating the community about the impact of Greek life, and honoring the members for their campus and community leadership. “Greek Week is exciting. All of the events and competitions are fun and give us a chance to get to know and bond with members of different fraternities and sororities,” said Casey Word, Greek Council President.
The week was kicked-off by a torch run and cake cutting held in the quadrangle on Monday. On Tuesday, the Greeks battled members of the faculty and staff on the basketball court, where the Greek students won 47-28. Members of the fraternities and sororities competed in a Wing Eating Contest and Trivia Challenge hosted by members of the Order of Omega National Greek Honor Society at Kampus Korner on Wednesday. The Greek Awards Banquet, held on Thursday, honored fraternity and sorority chapters and members for their leadership and service. Lamar University alumnus The Honorable Nick Lampson was the guest speaker, and he challenged the students to continue to use the leadership skills they have gained from their fraternal experience to get involved and make a difference in the community. Interfraternity Council sponsored a barbecue on Friday, and on Saturday, fraternities and sororities went head-to-head for Greek supremacy at the Greek Olympics, which featured a washer tournament, volleyball, badminton, tug-of-war, and a relay race. All of the points earned from attending and competing in various events are added up at the end of the week and the winning fraternity was awarded the Zeus Cup and winning sorority was awarded the Athena Cup which come with trophies and bragging rights for the next year for being Greek Week Champions. This year’s winners are Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
“Greek Week allows our sorority and fraternity members to promote unity while showcasing their talents and enjoying friendly competition,” said Teresa Simpson, Greek Council Advisor. “The collaborative efforts of the fraternities and sororities have a positive impact on the community in many ways during Greek Week,” continued Simpson. Dan Maher, the Executive Director, and Susan Detweiler, Volunteer and Food Drive Coordinator of the Southeast Texas Food Bank attended the Greek Awards Banquet to honor Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Sigma Nu Fraternity for logging the most volunteer service hours at the Food Bank.
During the Greek Awards Banquet, Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority was awarded the Chapter Excellence Award and Academic Excellence for spring and fall 2013. Alpha Delta Pi Sorority was awarded the Sisterhood Award, School Spirit, and Outstanding New Member Education. Christina Torres of Alpha Delta Pi was awarded the Sorority New Member of the Year Award, Taylor Poyner of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority was named Sorority Woman of the Year, and MariAnne Ortega of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority was awarded Sorority President of the Year. Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity was awarded Chapter Excellence, Brotherhood Award, Outstanding New Member Education, and the School Spirit Award. Robert Erlich of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity was named Fraternity New Member of the Year, Micah Murdock of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity was named Fraternity Man of the Year, and Leanier LaVergne III of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity was named Fraternity President of the Year. Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity was awarded the Academic Excellence Award for spring 2013 and Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity was awarded the Academic Excellence Award for fall 2013. Chrisa Atkins, alumna advisor to Zeta Tau Alpha, received Chapter Advisor of the Year; Michael Smith, campus advisor to Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, was named Campus Advisor of the Year; and Shannon Copeland, advisor to the College Panhellenic Council Sororities, was named Council Advisor of the Year.
Lamar University’s Greek system is home to four Greek leadership councils and 20 chapters that include approximately 400 students. In existence for more than 50 years, Lamar’s Greek organizations were founded on the ideals of scholarship, service, leadership, and friendship.