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Ohio University’s Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega Volume 1, Issue 1 Review of Fall and Winter quarters
Winter Quarter events:
Brothers build for family in need
By Meghan Tinker
Faculty pageant for St. Jude Children’s Hospital 5K to benefit My Sister’s Place
Newly Elected 2011-2012 Executive Board:
President: J.P. Zakrajsek Treasurer: Renee Lewis J Board: Kristen Mason Sarah Clouse J.D. Bales Service Chairs: Stephanie Bricklebank Sarah Csongei 5k: Jackie Walsh Monica Ruscher Public Relations: Katie Lathrop Service Week: Lauren Mccoulgh Dana Zurchin Fellowship: Kelsie Shortridge Liza Lieberman Internal Relations: Dani Garfield Awards: Kelsi Burkhart Ombudsman: Beth Brink Lowell Berg Rush: Chelsea Wylie
On February 19 and 20, Habitat were some of the 65 Delta Gamma brothers most kind-hearted people traveled to Parkersburg, I have ever met, and their W.Va. with Alpha Phi Omega belief in our abilities was contagious,” to participate in Wood absolutely County’s 56th Habitat for said volunteer and Alpha Phi Omega member Renee Humanity build. The brothers helped to Lewis. raise the four walls of the home that will belong to the Franklin Family on Saturday and Sunday assisted in adding tresses and sheeting to the roof. “It was amazing to witness first-hand the accomplishments of our hard-work and team- Habitat volunteers hammer in nails to supwork. The people from port the first wall raised in the Franklin
Dual rush prepares chapter for semesters
By Melissa Pennington
Habitat for Humanity Gwen Miles was excited to see young faces. “It’s so wonderful to have young people involved in any kind of service to our community. It’s something that when I first came here I noticed that a lot of the older generations were the biggest contributors to any kind of service or volunteering,” Miles said in an article by Fox WTAP. Wood County Habitat for Humanity celebrated both its 20th anniversary and reaching over 50 builds in 2010.
The conclusion of fall and winter quarters marks the completion of our chapter’s goal to successfully complete a dual rush—initiating one pledge class in November and another in March. This project was put into action due to the large size of recent pledge classes and the upcoming switch to semesters. Our chapter initiated approximately 100 new brothers fall quarter and will activate another 100 at the end of winter quarter.
Carly Wiita, a sophomore at Ohio University who pledged Winter 2009, expressed concern about the amount of people pledging, but believed that the dual rush concept was a necessary step for our chapter. “I think it’s helpful to start the dual rush this year so that when we get to semesters, we’ll know how to handle it,” she said. Junior Emily Zarack also discussed her opinions on the matter. “Dual rush isn’t necessarily
a bad thing, but we don’t have a lot of time to get to know our brothers, let alone family specifically, when we initiate two pledge classes back-toback,” she said. To combat this fear, families are encouraged to plan and attend fellowship events of their own, in addition to those they would have otherwise attended. This transition is aimed at making Alpha Phi Omega the best organization it could possibly be while preparing brothers for the future.
As we prepare to welcome our new executive board in the spring, we would like to take a final chance to honor our leadership from the past year. The 20102011 president Laura Hopkins shared some of her APhiO experience. What’s your favorite APhiO memory? “My pledge process, I loved everything about it. I know it sounds really cliché but I really hadn’t found my place yet at OU so I decided to rush. Winter quarter of my freshman year I got so indulged in the pledge service project and I met a lot of people. It was the perfect fit.” What made you want to become President? “I was really involved in the pledge process as pledge service chair with Angela, and it made me want to be even more involved.
By Jackie Walsh
Interview with ‘10- ‘11 President Laura Hopkins
I kept taking on leadership positions with Relay for Life and Membership. I also knew a lot about the organization and how it functioned. I saw a need for change and I wanted to make them. I love taking on leadership positions in this organization so it was just the next step.” What was your biggest challenge as President? “Implementing the risk management policy has definitely been the most difficult thing so far. It’s something other chapters and organizations have and have to do. We never had a solid policy, and our organization is so large that I found it necessary to have one. Dealing with others’ opinions and dislikes of the policy was also very hard. “ What was your favorite thing about being President? “I would say being able to implement change and being able to take an objective look on the chapter as a whole has been really great. I like being able to see what we need to do and being the one to fix it. Getting to know everyone in the chapter has been really great too. As president you have more exposure to everyone in the chapter rather than just a committee.” What do you want APhiO to remember you for? “I just want to be remembered as a president who was involved and available and willing to help people. We’ve had presidents in the past that didn’t really fulfill the shoes that they needed to fill. I want people to see that I did everything I could for our chapter.”
St. Jude patient to be honored at Faculty Pageant
By Becca Reif
Fall flashback: Service Week Highlights
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle - Service Week 2010 was all about making our community eco-friendly. Service week co-chairs Dani Garfield and Anna Gebhardt planned a full week of fun-filled service opportunities, all with the goal to make Athens and the rest of Ohio a greener place.
MONDAY The brothers started the week helping the Community Food Initiatives (CFI) plant apple trees and clean out the Glouster Gardens. CFI works to sustainably provide food for the community via seed saving, composting, community gardens, edible schoolyards, and donations.
By Jenna Miller
On March 8, Alpha Phi Omega will host their second annual Faculty Pageant to raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a hospital devoted to advancing cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases. This year’s pageant will honor 5-year-old Ava Nichols, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2010, and is currently undergoing treatment at the St. Jude Hospital in Memphis, Ten. Ava and her family will be present at the pageant and will speak about their experience with St. Jude Hospital. At the end of the event, Ava will be crowned the pageant queen. “The Faculty Pageant was created last year by my winter pledge class, where we raised nearly $500 for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Eric Horton,
a co-founder of the Faculty Pageant. “Grace LeVally and I are organizing this year’s faculty pageant in hopes that we will be able to raise twice as much money as we did last year,” Horton continued. Competing in the pageant will be APhiO advisor Julie Suhr from the Psychology department along with Matt Vosler, Recreation and Sports Pedagogy; Michelle AdamsManning, Residentinal Housing; and Harold Perkins, Geography. Ava Nichols was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last year when she was four years old. She is sweet, energetic, and LOVES Taylor Swift. -------To learn more about Ava Nichols, visit her website at www.avanichols.org, or join her Facebook group, “Love and prayers for Miss Ava Nichols.”
WEDNESDAY Bros hit the streets of Athens to exchange students’ incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact florescent lights (CFL). All CFL’s were donated by the Office of Sustainability. Volunteers also collected plastic bags to recycle. Wednesday evening, bros made recycled notebooks. They used cardboard from packaged goods, such as cereal boxes, for covers. Paper came from either recycling bins or was donated by brothers. The fraternity made 241 notebooks that were donated to Athens Local School District.
FRIDAY Bros visited a local Athens elementary school to teach a lesson on the “3 R’s.” The kids were able to make “litter bugs” made from recycled materials. APhiO also tabled outside of Baker for the Ecohouse Digest. The Ecohouse Digest is a listserv the Office of Sustainability uses to promote eco-friendly events around Southeastern Ohio.
Senior Profile: Fellowship Superstar Jayna Pappas
When one considers the three tenants of Alpha Phi Omega – leadership, friendship, and service- who are the first brothers that come to mind? For me, one of these brothers is exiting senior Jayna Pappas. As a co-fellowship chair, Janya is an extraordinary brother. Jayna was a member of the Winter 2009 pledge class. Jayna’s favorite service moment was helping ATCO members make a sympathy card for another ATCO member whose family member had passed away. “Jayna has been one “It was touching how they of the best parts of were so compassionate,” my experience in Jayna remembers. To Jayna, being a leader APhiO.” means being able to guide her brothers in positive ways toward common goals. Her advice to new pledges is to step up and take a leadership position in the fraternity because it can make you feel empowered. For rising seniors, her advice is to make a footprint within APhiO. Being an active brother is important, trying to turn something into a legacy will really help you to make your mark. Jayna will graduate with a degree in English with a communications minor. After graduation, she is hoping
By Katie Lathrop
TUESDAY APhiO got in shape with a delicious fundraiser. Brothers made smoothies by peddling a bicycle with a blender on the back. The bicycle peddles turn the blender propellers allowing smoothies to be made without electricity. Later that night bros got creative painting ceiling tiles that were donated to the Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio.
THURSDAY APhiO brother Jill Carlson presented a “How to be a Sustainable Bro” workshop. She explained the importance of going green and staying local. She brought in baked goods from the Village Bakery, which uses all local products. Jill also brought Snowville Creamery, a local dairy farm, milk to wash down the local treats.
to work at a summer camp in New Hampshire, then go to Spain to teach. Jayna says that she will miss “being able to work with all the great p e o p l e a r o u n d Athens and, of course, my brothers!” One of Jayna’s littles, Chels ea Wylie, said, “Jayna has been one of the best parts of my experience in APhiO. I feel like I can trust her with anything and she is so much fun to be around!”
Alpha Phi Omega’s Annual 5k: Race to Raise funds for My Sisters Place
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