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Sororities & Fraternities at the University of Texas Sororities
ΑΧΩ.... Alpha Chi Omega (UPC) ΑΔΠ.... Alpha Delta Pi (UPC) ΑΕΦ.... Alpha Epsilon Phi (UPC) ΑΚΑ.... Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (NPHC) αΚΔΦ.... alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Inc. (TAPC) ΑΦ.... Alpha Phi (UPC) ΑΞΔ.... Alpha Xi Delta (UPC) ΧΩ.... Chi Omega (UPC) ΧUΣ.... Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc. (Affiliate) ΔΔΔ.... Delta Delta Delta (UPC) ΔΓ.... Delta Gamma (UPC) ΔΚΔ.... Delta Kappa Delta Sorority, Inc. (Affiliate) ΔΣΘ.... Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (NPHC) ΚΑΘ.... Kappa Alpha Theta (UPC) ΚΔ.... Kappa Delta (UPC) ΚΔΧ.... Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. (UGC) ΚΚΓ.... Kappa Kappa Gamma (UPC) ΚΦΓ.... Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc. (TAPC) ΛΘΑ.... Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. (UGC) ΠΒΦ.... Pi Beta Phi (UPC) ΣΔΛ.... Sigma Delta Lambda Sorority, Inc. (UGC) ΣΔΤ.... Sigma Delta Tau (UPC) ΣΓΡ.... Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (NPHC) ΣΛΓ.... Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. (UGC) ΣΦΩ.... Sigma Phi Omega Sorority, Inc. (TAPC) ΘΝΞ.... Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. (Affiliate) ΖΦΒ.... Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (NPHC) ΖΣΧ.... Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. (Affiliate) ΖΤΑ.... Zeta Tau Alpha (UPC)
Fiji.... Phi Gamma Delta (IFC)
Acacia.... Acacia (IFC) ΑΕΠ.... Alpha Epsilon Pi (IFC) ΑΦΑ.... Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (NPHC) ΑΤΩ.... Alpha Tau Omega (IFC) ΒΧΘ.... Beta Chi Theta National Fraternity, Inc. (Affiliate) ΒΚΓ.... Beta Kappa Gamma Fraternity, Inc. (TAPC) ΒΘΠ.... Beta Theta Pi (IFC) ΧΦ.... Chi Phi (IFC) ΔΑΩ.... Delta Alpha Omega Multicultural Fraternity Inc. (Affiliate) ΔΧ.... Delta Chi (IFC) ΔΣΦ.... Delta Sigma Phi (IFC) ΔΤΔ.... Delta Tau Delta (IFC) ΓΒ.... Gamma Beta (TAPC) ΚΑΨ.... Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (NPHC) ΚΣ.... Kappa Sigma (IFC) ΛΧΑ.... Lambda Chi Alpha (IFC) ΛΘΦ.... Lambda Theta Phi Fraternidad Latina, Inc. (UGC) ΩΔΦ.... Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc. (UGC) ΩΦΓ.... Omega Phi Gamma (Affiliate) ΩΨΦ.... Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (NPHC) ΦΔΘ.... Phi Delta Theta (IFC)
ΦIΑ.... Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Affili-
ΦΚΨ.... Phi Kappa Psi (IFC) ΦΚΘ.... Phi Kappa Theta (IFC) ΠΚΑ.... Pi Kappa Alpha (IFC) ΠΚΦ.... Pi Kappa Phi (IFC) ΣΑΕ.... Sigma Alpha Epsilon (IFC) ΣΑΜ.... Sigma Alpha Mu (IFC) ΣΧ.... Sigma Chi (IFC) ΣΛΒ.... Sigma Lambda Beta International
Fraternity, Inc. (UGC) ΣΦΕ.... Sigma Phi Epsilon (IFC) ΣΠ.... Sigma Pi (IFC) ΤΚΕ.... Tau Kappa Epsilon (IFC) ΘΧ.... Theta Chi (IFC) ΖΒΤ.... Zeta Beta Tau (IFC) ΖΨ.... Zeta Psi (IFC)
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Greek Life and Intercultural Education, a division of the Dean of Students office, provides support services, leadership opportunities and educational programs for Greek councils and chapters. The staff includes: (Back row from left to right) Cameron Warner, Graduate Assistant; Smita Ruzicka, Associate Director; Jaden Felix, Coordinator of Greek Life; Marilyn Russell, Coordinator of Greek Life; (front row from left to right) Elizabeth Medina, Assistant Dean of Students for Greek Life and Intercultural Education; Maryrose Castillo, Administrative Associate; and Phil Butler, Coordinator of Greek Life.
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Greek Life and Intercultural Education staff
Students find comfort, growth in Greek groups
Member of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Incorporated President of Latino Pan-Hellenic Council Since I stepped foot on the Forty Acres, I have admired the diversity and strength of student leadership at the University of Texas at Austin. My involvement in Student Government, Campus Fusion, Intergroup Dialogue and other student organizations provided me with experiences that have shaped my college career. However, it was not until the fall of 2007 when I became a brother of Sigma Lambda Beta Interna-
tional Fraternity Incorporated that I truly found my place on campus. Sigma Lambda Beta is Latino-based social fraternity established on cultural understanding and wisdom. The brotherhood that I found within my fraternity helped me connect to the campus’s rich and diverse Latino community and establish a name for myself within this and the larger campus community. As a result of my involvement in this organization I was able to strengthen my Latino identity, provide service to the neighboring Austin community, focus on my academics with a group of motivated brothers, and ultimately be a part of something that was much bigger than myself. Additionally, being in a fraternity has connected me to the larger Greek community. With 11 percent of the campus’ population belonging to a Greek-letter organization, and 67 organizations affiliated with the Office of Greek Life and Intercultural Education, I have had many opportunities to work with members from different chapters in our community. Serving as the president of the Latino PanHellenic Council, I oversee the seven Latino/a fraternities and sororities within the council, and thus witness on a daily basis, the strength and commitment of 200 students working together toward unity, scholarship, leadership, culture, service, and most of all, brotherhood and sisterhood. The commitments that members of culturally-based fraternities and sororities make are often life-long commitments, which can be witnessed through the active involvement in regional and national bodies. More times than not, culturally-based fraternities and sororities like mine are regarded as “Greek, but not Greek.” However, this could not be further from the truth. My experience has allowed to me to be a part of a brotherhood with men that I simply call my brothers. It is within organizations like my own that I have seen some of the best opportunities to build bonds on the University of Texas at Austin campus.
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Glimpses of Greek Life Photos courtesy Cactus yearbook
Photos Corey Leamon
Zeta Tau Alpha’s 2010 philanthropic event for breast cancer education.
Sigma Chi featuring Clipse at Round Up.
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Alpha Chi Omega’s Masquerade Formal.
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Delta Gamma’s Anchorsplash event.
Zeta Beta Tau’s Crawfish Boil.
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Photo Brittany Burke
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Order of Omega award recipients sound off For more than twenty years, The Order of Omega has recognized the hard work and dedication to high standards exemplified by the Univeristy of Texas at Austin’s sorority and fraternity community. The awards recognize individuals for leadership, campus involvement, community impact and advising. Chapters are also rewarded for various achievements.
Amy Biegel Outstanding Organization Adviser Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority 2000 Alumna Degree: Corporate Communication Hometown: Houston What advice do you have for those students who are thinking about joining a Greek organization? Going Greek is a choice you will never regret. The University of Texas is such a
wonderful large school, but it can be overwhelming for many entering students. Joining a sorority instantly provides you with an intimate group of friends, mentors, countless leadership opportunities, personal growth, and philanthropic endeavors. Many employers are now seeking collegians who are Greek for their unique set of communication and leadership skills. M. Troy Marcus Senior Leadership Award Delta Tau Delta 2010 Alumnus Degree: Real Estate Finance Hometown: El Paso What advice do you have for student thinking about joining a Greek organization? It’s simple, find out for yourself. You can fall back on the stereotypes that some ignorant people (and a few movies) have placed on the Greek world, but you’ll only miss out on a life changing experience. Or you can meet some guys from different fraternities and see if there is a fit for you. It is important to realize that there are many fraternities and each of them is different. So make it a point to see several of them.
How does being a Greek benefit you and/or your future? Being in Greek Life has benefited me in more ways than one. The most obvious benefit is friendship, but there are many other perks. As a student, it helped for me to have a group of study partners who were taking similar classes, and older members guided us in class selection and things of that sort. Joining a fraternity served as an avenue to many aspects of my life outside of Greek Life. Examples include my involvement in The Friar Society, the Texas Cowboys and Student Government. Alumni connections benefited me the most. Finding a job is never easy, but the number of alumni who were willing to meet or talk on the phone with me to discuss career paths was incredible. Now that I’m working, their willingness to remain involved in my life—meeting up for lunch or drinks and arranging introductions in my industry—has been overwhelming. Sarah Hobson Campus Involvement Award Delta Gamma Senior Major: Government/English Hometown: Lubbock
How has being a Greek benefitted you? Greeks excel in academics, leadership and community service. Overall fraternity and sorority GPAs are consistently higher than those of rest of the student body, illustrating the importance placed of education. Leadership skills are honed by holding chapter offices, and Greeks volunteer time and money to better their community. These are all wonderful priorities to continue after graduation. Crystal Spears Outstanding Sorority President Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Rank: Recent Graduate Degree: Radio-Television-Film Hometown: Houston Why did you decide to join a Greek organization? My sisterhood is an international force committed to “Service to All Mankind.” I wanted to meet outstanding women that are going places and achieving much success. Being away from home can be lonely and tough sometimes, and to be around sisters you truly love and feel connected to makes it easier. I wanted to empower other women and girls to always strive for excellence and reach for more.
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What advice do you have for students thinking about joining a Greek organization? Make sure the organization you want to join aligns with your goals, values and standards. This requires prior research. Time management is a must. It is not easy planning an event, participating in community service, publicizing your organization and keeping your academic standards up. How did being Greek benefit you? I was able to enhance my leadership skills greatly. It opened doors to network and ultimately helped me secure a career in education the second semester of my senior year at Texas. I acquired interviewing skills. The initial hesitation and nervousness before interviews does not exist because I know I’m prepared. Jessica Hannah Community Impact & Archigia Awards Delta Xi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Senior Major: Social Work
Hometown: San Antonio Why do you think you were selected for the Community Involvement Award? Service is my passion. Contributing to a cause is invaluable. I have dedicated my time and professional career to advocate for a better society. I have coordinated numerous service projects in the community, including a self-defense workshop for girls at Ann Richards, a project that taught the youth of River City how to use Microsoft PowerPoint, and a clean-up in the East Austin community. I also initiated a program titled AKAppuccino: A Sip to Unity, which brought awareness about dating and domestic violence to UT sororities. Aside from my commitment to Delta Xi, I am the newly elected President of the Road to My Dreams Program, a student organization that provides educational resources for teen mothers at Travis High School. As the previous Resource Liaison, I played a vital role in connecting students with resources that would allow them to pursue a higher education. Khushbe Joshi Emerging Leader Award
Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc. Junior Major: Business Honors/Finance Hometown: Plano What advice do you have for students thinking about joining a Greek organization? I strongly encourage students to check out a couple of fraternities or sororities to see if it’s right for them. There are many stereotypes associated with being a Greek— some good and some bad. However, if students go to rush events and check out the organizations, they can see for themselves the positive impact that being Greek can have on its members and the UT community at large. How has being a Greek benefitted you? It has opened the door for me to be involved on campus. I get to interact with other Asian-interest Greek organizations on a weekly basis through my work on my sorority’s council. I also became involved in Student Government because older sisters suggested it. I gave it a try and I love it! Being in a sorority has made me a more confident woman, which has helped me do well in job interviews. I can’t imagine the impact it will have on my future!
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Emily Arnold is wearing a black crinkled silk dress with embellished waist and flat ruffle on the sleeves by Max & Cleo ($140) and Amanda Balagia is wearing a black and white taffeta dress with floral hem ($168), both from C. Jane.
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Recruitment fashion By Kathleen Bily
Photos by Tamir Kalifa & Mary Kang
The University of Texas Panhellenic Council, the largest women’s organization at UT with more than 2,300 members, holds Formal Recruitment the week before school starts. It begins with the Aug. 18 Opening Convocation for potential new members and recruitment counselors and ends with Bid Day on Aug. 24. Day One—Open House—Aug. 19 This is the first day of events and probably the longest! All potential new members visit the 13 sororities for 20-minute intervals. The council requires comfortable attire, which consists of a T-shirt provided beforehand, khaki shorts and tennis shoes. Day Two—Philanthropy Day (Period I)—Aug. 20 & 21 This is a two-day event when all the chapters show off their national or local philanthropies. The sororities host five parties each of the days, and a potential new member may visit as many as 10 houses total. Appropriate attire for these events is nice daywear or luncheon attire, such as a sundress or conservative skirt and top.
Day Three—Skit Night (Period II)— Aug. 22 This is the first evening event of the week. Potential new members can attend as many as six events. The sororities transform the interiors of their houses into barely recognizable stages where skits are performed to demonstrate the groups’ personalities. The attire is dressier than the daytime dresses worn on Philanthropy Day, but not quite formal. Day Four—Preference Night (Period III)—Aug. 23 The last night is the most crucial night of recruitment. Potential new members can attend as many as three one-hour parties where the members reflect their lasting bonds and rituals. This night is definitely the dressiest, bordering on semiformal attire. Chapter members and potential new members are encouraged to wear black cocktail dresses. Day Five—Bid Day—Aug. 24 This is the end of Recruitment. Potential new members meet on campus where they receive their sorority bids and head to their new houses. Again, this event is during the day, so comfortable daywear is most appropriate, such as a nice sundress.
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AEPhi Greek house director is “UT icon” By Reshma Kirpalani Sixteen years and 1,000 sorority sisters ago, Judy Paulk stepped into her new home on Grand Street as the house director of Alpha Epsilon Phi at the University of Texas. Paulk was 48, recently divorced and seeking a fresh new start on life. Weeks later, new sorority members poured into the house with large moving boxes, buzzing questions and their sheltered existences worn openly on their sleeves. “It was pretty much on-the-job training for me,” recalls Paulk, who chuckled self-effacingly on the phone line from California where she celebrated her twin grandchildren’s birthdays. In her previous life, Paulk was coowner of a restaurant in Amarillo. She was comfortable in the company of men, including her two brothers and her two sons. Nothing prepared her for girls. “Girls are a little more sensitive [and] a lot more talkative [than boys],” Paulk said. “They seem to be very close with each other and want to spend a lot of time with each other. They’re very smart.” Her official capacity as house director requires Paulk to pay bills, manage building repairs and look out for 63 young Alpha Epsilon Phi members— most of whom are incoming freshmen and sophomores—who reside in the house each year. In her unofficial capacity as a house director, Paulk assumes roles such as “cool mom” and “friend.” UT senior Jamie Barstein said, “I am truly speaking from the heart when I say that Judy is so much more than a house mom to me. She is a true friend: someone that you can always count on to listen to your problems, make you laugh, or just watch a good Lifetime movie with.” Paulk admits that the naïveté of the incoming freshmen sometimes
surprises her. “But you know, they’re young and haven’t really experienced much life yet,” she offers. “They’re all different because they’re individuals, but they’re all little girls when they’re freshmen. That’s why I’m there.” Her genuine affection for the girls is clear. “I try to be, and hopefully I have always been, available for the girls at any time, day or night. They know that if they have a problem, all they have to do is call me. My door is never locked... If you’re out somewhere and you’re Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority memuncomfortable, call me and I’ll come bers: (Back Row) Brooklyn Garner, pick you up.”
They’re all different because they’re individuals, but they’re all little girls when they’re freshmen. That’s why I’m there.” - Judy Paulk AEPhi House Director
Last spring, her efforts to battle the city for the safety of the sorority members resulted in two large street lamps pouring light over Grand Street. Paulk said safety has been the most changeable issue in all her years on the job and she admits to a few more gray hairs because of it. “We’ve gotten to the point where we have asked the girls not to go out at night by themselves,” she said. To that end, she also invites her oldest son, a local homicide detective, to speak to the girls yearly about how to untangle themselves from
Jordan Bagel, Judy Paulk, Molly Abrams, Emily Rosenfeld, Danielle Caplan, (Front Row) Alana Prant, Tina Melamed, Kim Freier, Amy Leiser, Lindsey Gerson, Maura Ryan
potentially difficult situations. A total of 16 house directors create a rich network of support on campus. Paulk recalls with fondness the fellow house directors who she met in her first year on the job. “When I first came here, the group that was here was great to me because I came in summer and I didn’t know anyone. They’re very good about taking up the new house mothers, and giving them any help that they can, because it’s pretty scary at first!” Sixteen years later, Paulk bears the label “UT Icon,” said Sandi Hauser, UT chapter adviser for Alpha Epsilon Phi.”Whether you just got elected student body president, got dumped, failed a class or got sick, she was there for you. Whether she is analyzing cash flow projections or whipping up a meal for 300, Judy is confident and gracious.” At 65, Paulk’s future as a house director remains open-ended. She chuckles that the previous house director stayed on the job until she was 80—she
University of Texas house directors. has no plan to follow her predecessor’s lead. For now, Paulk hopes to continue on has “mother hen” of Alpha Epsilon Phi for as long as “I’m well and healthy and my mind is still semi-sharp and I can stay up past 9 [p.m.] and I can jump up at any moment!”
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University Panhellenic raises funds
Alpha Chi Omega
Alpha Chi Omega supports Safe Place, a shelter for abused women and children in East Austin. Our main philanthropy event in the fall is a flag football tournament called Burnt Orange Bowl. We have 10-15 teams of fraternities and other spirit groups who battle in a weekend-long tournament. Last year was our seventh tournament and we were able to raise $6,000. During the spring we host Faith, Hope & Fashion, a fashion show and silent auction. We get Greeks to model in the show, so the event is very Greek spirited and fun! Before the show, we have a silent auction, which always includes a variety of items ranging from autographed footballs, to spa gift cards, to designer purses. Last year was our third annual fashion show and we raised more than $10,000 for Safe Place.
Alpha Delta Pi
Since 1979, Alpha Delta Pi has supported the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) as its international philanthropy. RMH is an organization that provides lodging, hope and comfort for families of seriously ill and injured children who must travel far from home for medical treatment. Texas ADPi members support RMH regularly by cooking meals at least once a week for the residents staying at RMH, donating needed items and assisting with special events throughout the year. Every year, our chapter holds a kickball tournament benefiting RMH. At this event, UT spirit and Greek organizations participate in a daylong kickball tournament, which raises approximately $20,000 each year to donate to the Ronald McDonald House.
Alpha Epsilon Phi
Each year in November Alpha Epsilon Phi hosts “Pheast with Phis,” a late-night all-you-caneat buffet that includes food from over 30 Austin restaurants. With more than 400 people attending this past year, we were able to raise $7,376.67 for Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric
AIDS Foundation, a philanthropy that our chapter has supported for many years. Our members design the T-shirt and spread the word on campus and on Facebook. We hope that you will get involved this year by showing up and having a pheast for a good cause with AEPhi.
The Alpha Phi Foundation’s philanthropy targets heart disease, the number one killer of women in North America. The Omega Chapter of Alpha Phi at UT Austin kicks off each year with the “Hits for Hearts” softball tournament. Fraternities and spirit organizations participate and all proceeds go to the Alpha Phi Foundation. During Parents Weekend, Alpha Phi family members and friends attend the “Red Dress Gala” for an elegant evening of live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres, special guest speakers, casino tables and live music. Last year our chapter raised $20,000 at the event and all of the proceeds were donated to the Alpha Phi Foundation. In February, Cardiac Care Month, Alpha Phi hosts “Alpha-Phiesta,” an all-youcan-eat buffet at their house on campus. Alpha Phi’s truly hold their philanthropy close to their hearts. In the last 65 years, they have donated more than $1 million towards medical research, treatment, grants and scholarships.
Alpha Xi Delta
The Beta Alpha chapter of Alpha Xi Delta hosts a biannual fundraising event, “Taco Xi,” to benefit Autism Speaks. This all-you-can-eat breakfast taco sale is open to the University community with all proceeds going to the world’s largest autism advocacy organization. We continue our commitment to raise awareness about autism by volunteering and fundraising for Autism Speaks signature event, “Walk Now for Autism Speaks.” In last year’s walk, Alpha Xi Delta ranked third highest in raising funds after Pepsi Co. and Toys “R” Us. While the partnership between the national organization of Alpha Xi Delta and Autism Speaks began just over one year ago, the organiza-
Alpha Chi Omega tion’s support nationwide has grown rapidly as autism has affected so many families in the country.
The Iota chapter of Chi Omega hosts an annual silent auction extravaganza benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, such as traveling to Disney World, becoming an honorary fireman, being adopted, meeting celebrities, and being in a cartoon. Chi Omega began this nationwide alliance with Make-a-Wish in 2001 and has since donated over $5.5 million to the foundation. Our chapter grants anywhere from three to seven wishes each year from the proceeds of our silent auction. The silent auction consists of more than 450 guests and 200 auction items. Each member donates an item to the auction, and members, parents, alumnae and friends attend the event. Throughout the year, chapter members attend the “departure parties” for each of the wish kids that our auction supports.
Delta Delta Delta
In our efforts to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research
Sigma Delta Tau Hospital, Tri Delta hosts a large philanthropy event every year that generates excitement throughout the University community, enabling us to raise lots of money for St. Jude! In the past Delta Delta Delta has held various events such as chili-cook-offs and a male talent pageant, “Delta Fella.” This past spring, we held a new event called “Delta Diner.” We were able to partner with Spicy Pickle to host a daytime dining event open to all students. This year we were able to raise more than $3,000, and thousands more were generated through our national letter writing campaign called “Sincerely Yours.” Tri-Delta nation-wide has pledged to donate $10
million in 10 years to St. Jude. Our chapter is devoted to reaching this goal.
As Delta Gammas, we are dedicated to serving philanthropies whose mission is to assist the blind and visually impaired in our community. We are lucky to have our own local philanthropy in Austin, the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI), who we work very closely with throughout the year. Our biggest event is “TSBVI Prom,” which happens every spring. Each TSBVI student is assigned a Delta Gamma, who makes sure they feel beautiful for the
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and awareness for philanthropies
Delta Delta Delta
Kappa Alpha Theta
Alpha Xi Delta big event. We call upon our sisters to donate makeup, hair tools and nail polish to make sure each student feels special. “TSBVI Prom” allows us to bond with these amazing girls and hear their stories. They, in turn, are treated like princesses and gain mentors and friends. Our two biggest fundraising events, Anchor Splash and Anchor Slam, have raised more than $10,000 for our philanthropies!
Kappa Alpha Theta
Kappa Alpha Theta’s Pancake Party began in 1999 as a benefit for a member who was diagnosed with cancer. The sorority continues to host the event every year and donates the proceeds to its philanthropy, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). The event is the last Thursday in March and is open to all UT students. Each student is charged $5 for all-youcan-eat pancakes and entertainment that includes music, a moon bounce, karaoke and photo booth. This year Theta
served about 450 students and raised $2,300. In total, this event has raised more than $18,000 for CASA. Pancake Party is only one of Theta’s philanthropic events for CASA. Theta has organized a 5k run, but is now turning in running shoes for cowboy boots. Last year, the sorority started “Theta Boot Scoot,” where students pay a small entry free to enjoy live music and barbecue.
Since 1981, Kappa Delta has supported the child abuse prevention efforts of Prevent Child Abuse America. Known nationally as Kappa Delta’s “Shamrock Event,” each year thousands of Kappa Deltas in hundreds of communities nationwide join forces in a collective effort to raise money for national and local child abuse prevention efforts. Kappa Delta has given more than $7 million to the prevention of child abuse. The University of Texas - Sigma Epsilon chapter typically holds “Battle of the Bands,” a concert fundraising event, in the fall and “Sham-
rock Volleyball Tournament” in the spring. The chapter donates 80 percent of Shamrock profits to the Austin Center for Child Protection and 20 percent to the national Prevent Child Abuse America organization. Over the years, we have donated more than $45,000 to the Austin Center for Child Protection.
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Since 2004, Reading is Fundamental (RIF) has served as the national philanthropy for Kappa Kappa Gamma and we work with the local chapter in Austin. RIF believes literacy is key to encouraging education and delivers free books and materials to families and schools in need. Every member of our chapter participates in “Reading is Key” events where we read and hand out books to children in underserved school districts across Austin. To raise money for RIF, we created “Kappa Cookout,” an annual fundraiser that benefits the Austin RIF chapters. We capitalize on the fact that our house is just a few blocks from the football stadium and hold the event during a home game. We turn our parking lot into a cookout with food, music and dancing.
Pi Beta Phi
Pi Beta Phi is committed to
literacy and hosts several fundraisers throughout the year to support the cause. In the fall, “Bowling for Literacy” is our biggest event that raises more than $10,000 annually. All UT students and the Austin community are invited to join a bowling team to compete! This past spring we held the first annual “Picnic with Pi Phi!” fundraiser. Students stopped by the Pi Phi house for a burger and learned more about our sorority and our philanthropy. Additionally, we support literacy through continuous community involvement with Zavala Elementary School, where many Pi Phi members volunteer weekly in the HOSTS (Helping One Student to Succeed) and ZAP (Zavala After school Program) tutoring initiatives.
Sigma Delta Tau
Sigma Delta Tau’s national philanthropy has been Prevent Child Abuse America since 1982. The organization’s purpose is to prevent child abuse through programs that raise awareness. Nationally, Sigma Delta Tau has contributed over $100,000 to PCAA each year. Our local chapter has contributed more than $25,000 to PCAA since it was declared our national philanthropy. Our annual fundraiser is “Skate for Kids” and takes place at Playland Skate Center. We sell roller
skating tickets in the West Mall to raise money for the cause. At the event we have a raffle and a bake sale to help increase our donation to PCAA. “Skate for Kids” has been our annual project for the last three years and has been very successful.
Zeta Tau Alpha
The Zeta Tau Alpha national philanthropy is Breast Cancer Awareness and Education, and our chapter dedicates their time and efforts to promoting this cause each year. In the fall, we host Komen-on-the-Go, which is an interactive learning center on campus and we participate and volunteer at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Also, we collect Yoplait pink lids from our members and other organizations on campus “to save lives” by raising money for the cause. In the spring, we hold our most successful philanthropic event, our annual “Crown Classic Golf Tournament” that raised more than $40,000 last year! We are very excited to host our first annual “Zeta Tau Alpha Crown Cookoff” Oct. 29, which is a campus-wide salsa cookoff fundraiser. Members of Zeta Tau Alpha know that breast cancer affects everyone in some way and we are proud of the work our chapter and national organization has done in this area.