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Greek Awards Celebration Honors Student Success and Service

Awards banquet follows a red, white and blue-themed Greek Week.

Date: 4/8/2014 2:00:00 PM
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Photos By: Fraternity and Sorority Life

UC ingot   An annual student rite of spring ended on a bit of a chilly and soggy note at the University of Cincinnati, but the weather couldn’t dampen the spirit or success of Greek Week 2014.
Greek Week
Greek Week at UC

Leah Howell, program manager for Fraternity and Sorority Life at UC, announced that Greek Week 2014 raised $55,373.58 to benefit the American Cancer Society. The total and check presentation to the American Cancer Society was announced at the April 7 Greek Awards Celebration.

Part of that fundraiser included a Penny War campaign, which raised $1,400. The fundraiser also resulted in UC’s sororities and fraternities contributing 300 luminaria to Relay For Life at UC – UC’s largest student-organized community service event on campus – to benefit the American Cancer Society.

UC’s 12th annual Relay For Life was held April 4-5. The Luminaria Ceremony of Hope honors those who have been affected by cancer. The lighted bags in the ceremony represent a person affected by cancer or the memory of those lost to cancer, as well as those who were affected by the experience.

Greek Week also resulted in students creating 145 chemo packs for the American Cancer Society, in addition to 30 boxes of donations for the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge. Donations for the Hope Lodge were the price of admission to Greek Week’s April 2 variety show in Fifth Third Arena.

Greek Week

The top fraternity and sorority winners of Greek Week were Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and Chi Omega Sorority. The top philanthropy winners were Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and Phi Sigma Rho sorority.

Greek Life at UC

Greek Life has been part of the University of Cincinnati since 1840, when Beta Theta Phi established at what was then Cincinnati College. UC has 22 fraternities and 14 sororities with a total of 2,600 members. They hold an overall grade-point-average of 3.174, exceeding the all-university GPA.

Howell says UC’s Greek community contributes more than 7,500 hours of community service per year, at home and abroad.