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Community and Service Are At The Heart of Greek Week

Greek Week President Abigail Melampy shares why she got involved in UCís Greek organizations as UCís fraternities and sororities gear up for Greek Week 2011.

Date: 4/5/2011
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Photos By: Dottie Stover
Abigail Melampy, a third-year psychology and organizational management major from Glendale, is looking ahead to a spring tradition that takes place on college campuses across the nation as well as here at UC. Sheís president of the committee that is organizing UCís Greek Week 2011, which takes place April 11-19. UCís 23 fraternities and 12 sororities want to close out the year by raising $42,000 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Abigail Melampy
Abigail Melampy

Melampy, a graduate of McAuley High School, joined Delta Delta Delta (also known as Tri Delta) during fall quarter of her freshman year at UC. ďIím an only child and I was looking for that longtime bond of sisterhood. It has opened up a lot of doors for me,Ē she says.

During Greek Week, UCís fraternities and sororities compete in some highly visible outdoor contests around campus, not only to show their spirit and community pride, but also to raise awareness about supporting Make-A-Wish. ďChildren have always been such a big part of my life,Ē says Melampy, who adds that her dedication to children, including working as a nanny for two years, inspired her pursuit of a degree in psychology.

Her sororityís national philanthropy has held a longtime dedication to improving the lives of children. The national organization formally adopted St. Jude Hospital as its national philanthropic partner in 1999.

Melampy

Melampyís sorority was founded in 1888 at Boston University and reports 138 collegiate chapters with more than 238,000 members. Among them are former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole, comic strip creator Cathy Guisewite, actresses Grace Kelly and Farrah Fawcett and news anchor Katie Couric.

Since spring of last year, UCís Greek organizations have contributed about 38,000 hours of community service and have raised more than $100,000 to benefit their philanthropies.

Melampy says she hails from a family of Bearcats and says all of her uncles as well as her grandparents attended UC. Her mother, Connie, graduated from UCís College of Pharmacy and works at University Hospital.

In addition to being a UC student, Melampy is also a UC employee and works at the UC Bookstore in Tangeman University Center. ďI really like working on campus, and the bookstore has been very flexible with my schedule, which is not always easy to work with,Ē she says.

The Greek Week celebration comes to a close as the top Greek Week competitors and top fundraisers are announced at the Greek Awards Celebration at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, in the Great Hall of Tangeman University Center (TUC).

ďI think Greek Week is an opportunity to reach out to all students on campus and share the very positive aspects of belonging to a Greek organization,Ē says Melampy.

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