Tonight was the annual Greek Honors Night which awards chapters in areas of service, leadership, wellness, programming, scholarship, and overall excellence. Mu chapter proudly walked away with two awards- the Leadership Within Award and the Director's Cup.
The Leadership Within Award recognizes a strong executive board. The Director's Cup is one of six trophies awarded during the night (and we have one of them!). DG was one of only three other chapters to walk away with a Cup, out of all 13 PHA chapters at MU.
Applications for these awards were submitted early in the semester, so they do not include any of the great things we have done so far (i.e. any of the great things you read on this blog!).
I cannot express how proud I am to lead this amazing group of young women who do so much for the chapter, the fraternity, the campus, and the community. Accepting these awards on their behalf was truly an honor!
BIG thank you to Elise Friede and A 2009 Pi Chi for cleaning out our messy costume closet this afternoon!
Our closet was getting out of control! It was filled with random costumes from past Homecoming, Greek Week, and Recruitment skits, with the random purchases from Fraternity serenades and Halloween costumes thrown in.
The girls, who don't even live in the house, stopped by on this beautiful, sunny afternoon to clean it out! Thank you!
Congratulations to the following DG's who were selected as New Greek Education leaders for Fall 2008:
A 2009 Pi Chi
New Greek Education (or NGE) is a program that all new members of the Greek Community participate in each fall. They cover topics such as relationships, drug and alcohol abuse, body image, and time management.
We recently recieved an email from Maria Murnane, a Gamma chapter alum (UC Berkeley), telling us about a new book she just published! It is called"Perfect on Paper"and it's about a single woman in San Francisco whose life is hardly perfect. She says the target audience is any woman who has ever had a really bad date or realized halfway through the work day that her skirt is on backwards (come on, we've all been there once or twice... or ten times).
Here is a synopsis: Anything can look perfect…on paper.
When her fiancé calls off their wedding at the last minute, Waverly Bryson wonders if her life will ever turn out the way she thought it would…or should. Her high-powered job in sports PR? Not so perfect. Her relationship with her dad? Far from it. Her perfect marriage? Enough said.
'Perfect...on Paper' is a humorous tale of Waverly’s efforts to cobble the pieces of a broken yesterday into a brand new tomorrow. What does the future have in store for her? Will she finally find what she’s looking for?
Sound interesting? Here is a link to the Amazon page. And for all you Facebook users, here is a link to the group fan page.
Any other alums want to spread the word about soemthing (anything!) on our blog? Let us know!
Greek Week 2008 isn't over yet- but here is an update!
Soccer: We lost our first game in soccer in penalty kicks! Tough loss, but we put up a good fight! (In other news, DG continues to dominate in regular season intramural soccer. This past week, they shut out Kappa Delta 5-0)
Kickball: Lost our first match.
Chad 5K: The Chad 5K was held last Saturday morning, and it was freezing! It even started to snow! But that did not stop our girls from running! We had 3 girls finish right up in the front (at least within the top 15 for girls)- Kelli Rogers, Danielle Livingston, and Katie Pusateri. Great job girls!
Basketball: We were all psyched to see our girls play again, after a successful regular season. We came out in full spirit- with costumes, posters, even 'noodles' with our letters on them. We won our first game against Pi Beta Phi, and our girls played awesome! At on point, we were up by 20 points! We lost the second game against Kappa, but again, our girls put in a good fight!
Tug-o-War: What an event! It was freezing outside last Sunday afternoon, and we were all tired from Formal, but girls came out to tug away! The event was a best out of three for the girls, and then best out of three for boys. Un fortunately, most of the girls we had were tiny- and the other sororities easily pulled us down, but the KA and AEPi boys did great! In our first round against Alpha Chi Omega, the girls lost, but then the boys redeemed us. We went into 'overtime', where four girls and four guys from each team tugged together. It was tough, but we were victorious. In our second match up, we lost, but our guys put up a good fight. This was a really great bonding event for the guys and girls, because we got to compete together and everyone cheered the 'tuggers' on. By far, my favorite Greek Week event this year!
Fling: Fling prelims were Wednesday night, and boy- did DG represent! Not only did we have a great 'Inspector Gadget' inspired skit (way to go skitters and dancers!), but we also had two dancers in the production dance (Libby Preiss and Sara Liechti), singers in an in-between act (Lindsay Niday and Lindsay Short), and our wonderful house mom Chris in an in-between act with the other 'House Mom Hotties' (she was the hottest though!)! And, the Greek Week Steering Committee's Fling Director was Hillary Overfelt, another DG! Way to represent girls!
Service: We have been doing great in service! Last weekend, a group of girls volunteered at Special Olympics' 'Victory Village' in a Canadian-themed booth. We also collected a ton of cans for the blood drive- way more than the required amount. We also delivered 11 baskets to the neccesities drive, instead of the normal 4 or 5. Way to show what Greek Week is really about!
Blood: We did great in the blood drive this year. The blood committee, lead by liaison Laura Schneider, made sure they called or text messaged everyone the night before reminding them of their blood time, and we even had shuttles running to and from the Hearnes Center all day giving people rides. Great job blood committee!
Like I said, Greek Week is NOT over! We still have Flag Football and Volleyball this weekend! Wish us luck!
The DGs at Mizzou should borrow IHOP's marketing slogan from now on! We all know we love to eat, and the last couple of Sundays we have had the pleasure of eating together with our sisters!
DG had started 'Sunday' dinners at the house about a year ago. The 'food chairs' are given money to get food for in house girls to eat as their Sunday dinner. Although the program is limited to girls that live in the house and annex, it has been pretty successful. We have had food like Jimmy John's, Subway, Olive Garden, and even Taco Bell!
The last couple of weeks, however, we opened the dinners up to the entire chapter, making it an official sisterhood event. A couple of weeks ago we got 'Wild about Sisterhood' at our first sisterhood dinner and ate Buffalo Wild Wings. This Sunday, we traveled to the far east for a wonderful chinese buffet from Hong Kong.
Good thing we ordered a lot of food, because our basement was packed with girls! Special thanks to all of the sophomores who helped organize the events!
Preparations for this year's Greek Week are well under way. This year we are paired with the men of Kappa Alpha Order and Alpha Epsilon Pi, and we couldn't be more excited!
As you know, our sports teams have been doing exceptionally well in their regular seasons! On Saturday, we lost our first Greek Week event, kickball, but still have soccer, basketball, volleyball, and tug-o-war to make up for it!
This week was the annual blood drive, and we did great! The blood committee did an amazing job reminded people of when they were supposed to go and we even had a shuttle running between the Hearnes Center and campus for the full two days! Thanks to all the girls who helped out!
Skitters and dancers have been practicing hard to get ready for the big show Wednesday at Jesse! Our theme is Inspector Gadget! Here are a couple behind the scene pics from practice!
Want to see more? You'll have to wait! Look out for more Greek Week updates, coming soon!
We continued our winning streak tonight in our third soccer game of the season. We played against our neighbors, Alpha Phi, and won 3-1. Goals were scored by freshman Emily Donoho, Jen Didion, and 2009 Pi Chi. Great game girls!
Last Wednesday, we volunteered at the Children's Vision Summit held at the Holiday Inn Express. It was a convention for the parents and teachers of blind and visually impaired children. Attendees were able to sit in on speakers about a variety of different topics concerning the visually impaired. For example, on the agenda were speakers on new instructional materials, ways of teaching mathematics to students with visual impairments, an overview of visual rehabilitation, and orientation and mobility skills training. Vendors came from all over to present new technology, books, and learning devices to those who attended the conference with their children.
Kelli Rogers (vp Foundation) contacted Steve Berman, who helped organize the summit, and he was very excited to have the help of Delta Gamma at the event. Kelli arrived with 10 girls at 8:00am to help set up booths for the vendors, carry in their products, and check guests in at the registration desk. Throughout the day, we had four different shifts of 8-10 girls come to help out. Steve had us sit at his booth with a variety of braille books so that we could interact with guests. We were also in charge of the door prize booth, where we picked winning numbers and got to present guests with gifts such as magnetic braille, talking mathematical tools, and braille books. It was really neat to speak with different organizations who came to the summit. Kelli had women come up to her from both the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired in Kansas City and the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments in St. Louis to say how much the Delta Gammas in those areas have helped them. I was glad we were there to represent Mizzou DG!
Each semester, we participate in two fraternity's philanthropy events, and this semester we picked Pi Kappa Alpha's Pikestock and Delta Upsilon's Campus Town Races.
Pikestock, a sand volleyball game and concert, was held at the beginning of March. They just released the results, and DG placed 4th in the queen candidate interviews, 3rd in the serenade, and 1st in banner. Our queen candidates were Abby Shearer ('06) and Katie Sullivan ('05), and our director of banners is Tori Thompson ('07). Thanks to these girls, and all the girls who participated in the serenade, for earning us some top spots!
DU's Campus Town Races is a go-kart tournament that takes place later this month. Be on the look out for news about that event!
This weekend our Mom's came to visit for some much needed mother-daughter bonding time. On Friday, we went to Deja Vu comedy club for the 'Full Impact' comedy team. The two comedians focused mainly on crowd interaction, even pulling some of the moms and girls up on stage! Afterwards, we went to the Elm Street Ballroom and The Upper Crust for a wine and dessert bar. The desserts were amazing, and there was even a chocolate fountain! Saturday morning, we were back at The Upper Crust for brunch, and girls also got the chance to visit the house. On the main floor we had vendors selling jeans, jewelry, and purses, and in the basement we had our annual silent auction. Mom's contribute items for the auction and all of the money comes right back to their daughters. We usually use the money to purchase something on our 'house wish list'. Although Columbia hasn't seen much sun the last couple weeks, we were blessed with gorgeous weather and most girls spent the afternoon shopping or out at the winery with their moms. The weekend was a great opportunity for moms to see the house, the campus, and meet all of their daughters' friends. Thanks for coming to visit us!
Basketball may have just ended a few weeks ago, but the DG soccer team is picking up the winning streak, staying undefeated after their first two games. They shut out Chi Omega in their first game, winning 4-0. Tonight, they played the women of Alpha Delta Pi. After two scoreless halves, they went into penalty kicks. Each team was allowed five kicks, and DG ended up winning 2-1. Congrats girls!