The greek community here at WKU went on a road trip the night of October 7th, 2014 at Van Meter Hall. Kappa Delta put on their 24th annual philanthropy event, Shenanigans, to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America. Alicia Brooks led our sisters, and the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon, in a ten minute performance dancing to multiple songs. We ended up placing second, and Kappa Delta raised over $10,000! If you would like to watch the dance, follow this link! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh9MO1-866U
Recruitment is just around the corner! We can’t wait to expand our sisterhood! Go check out our “Recruitment” page for more information.
As the spring semester comes to a close, we would like to wish the best of luck to our graduating seniors. O-Phi-A for life.
Rho chapter held their 5th annual St. Baldrick’s event on Saturday, April 5 at the WKU baseball field. St. Baldrick’s is an organization dedicated to help fight children’s cancer, and the event is our largest service event every year. Along with raising money towards cancer research the organization shaves heads in an effort to raise awareness. This year, dozens of people lined up to have their heads shaved or their hair cut. We even had a few sisters donate their hair to Pantene and Locks of Love. One sister, Gabbi even shaved her head in support of cancer patients! At the end of the day, we raised over $16,000 to help the fight against children’s cancer…and we can’t wait to raise even more next year.
This year, we held our third annual Beauty and the Greek Pageant on February 19, 2014 at the Downing Student Union here on campus! This is a pageant we hold every year in February to raise money for the Hope Heart Institute, in addition to raising awareness for Heart Disease. The mission of the Hope Heart Institute is “serving humanity through cardiovascular research and education…dedicated to preventing and treating heart and blood vessel disease, and to improving the physical, emotional and spiritual quality of life for all at risk of – or affected by – cardiovascular disease.”
For more information on the Hope Heart Institute feel free to visit their website at http://www.hopeheart.org
The structure of the pageant consisted of three portions in which the contestants were judged on: Letter Wear, Formal Wear, and Famous Couples in History. The pageant gets its name due to the layout. It is a “couples” pageant in which one person in the pair must be a member of a greek organization on campus. Each sorority or fraternity is asked to nominate a couple (no more than three) to participate in the pageant.
And the best part about this years pageant, was having President Ransdell and his wife, along with Rho Chapter Alum, Emily Evanko, be our judges! We were beyond honored and thrilled they came out to judge and support our pageant and efforts to raise awareness about heart disease!
At the end of this fabulous pageant journey, the judges made their final decision and awarded our Greek Gods representing Alpha Tau Omega first place! Alpha Delta Pi came in at a close second place with Chi Omega placing third!
We had a great time hosting our third annual Beauty and the Greek pageant and we cannot wait to do it again next year! We raised 1,000 dollars for the Hope Heart Institute and we hope that next years pageant will be even more successful! A big thank you to all those who participated and all who came out to support us!
On September 14th (after a very long and exciting week of informal recruitment), Omega Phi Alpha Rho Chapter at WKU formally handed out bids to 44 young women whom we felt greatly upheld our three cardinal principles of Friendship, Leadership, and Service!
On Bid Day morning, we split up to gather our new girls from their dorms and bring them back to a central location on campus! As we cheered our chant at the door of each new girl the excitement and glee was readily apparent! Their faces lit up as they opened their Bid Cards and received their door decorations along with their first OPA t-shirt!
We then proceeded to take the new girls to a local park where we got to know them better, took their group pictures, and played fruitball! For those who do not know, fruitball is baseball played with fruit as the ball instead of an actual baseball (in our case we used apples)! It can get rather messy, and little bit confusing, but ALWAYS a ton of fun. Our new girls and our actives loved playing together! After the game was over we took the new girls out to lunch with us and chatted about how much fun the day was!
After everyone went home, showered, and got dressed up in their beautiful dresses, we held Initiation at 7pm! At this time we performed our traditional process and officially Initiated 44 new members into Omega Phi Alpha Rho Chapter! We could not be more happy about the girls we have initiated and absolutely cannot wait to see all the great things they will accomplish with their time in OPA!