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Univer sity of Connecticut

Greek Community Newsletter

V O L U M E 5, I S S U E 4 D E C EM B E R 2009

Inside this issue:

HuskyTHON! It is almost that time of the year again; HuskyTHON 2010 is February 20-21, beginning on the 20th at 6 PM! After a successful Dancer Week in November, it is time to start focusing on raising money and encouraging others in the community to sign up to be a dancer! HuskyTHON was founded in 1998 by the Greek community. Since its first year, HuskyTHON has grown to be UConn’s premiere philanthropy event. Last year, HuskyTHON 2009 raised a total of $107,539 for the kids at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Get

excited for HuskyTHON 2010! For more information regarding HuskyTHON, contact Executive Director Brianna Granatelli at briana.granatelli@uconn.e du.

To register as a dancer or to make a donation visit:

World Aids Week Finals Stress Relief

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MGC Homelessness Sleep Out


Flu Season Tips


Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Greek of the Month


Step Show


Congratulations to our December graduates! Best of luck from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the entire Greek community!

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life would like to congratulate all of the new initiates of Fall 2009!

World AIDS Week 2009 Thanks for supporting World AIDS Week events November 30th-December 4th November 30December 4

Visit World AIDS Week Tables between 11:30 & 1:30

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November 30, Northwest Dining Hall

December 1, Towers Dining Hall

December 2, South Dining Hall

Wear RED Day Show support for HIV/AIDS Research, Education, and Prevention by wearing red today

December 2

3-5 PM

HIV Testing FREE

Health Education Office

December 2

7 PM

Opening of ART4AIDS, refreshments served

SU Art Gallery

December 3

7 PM


Student Union

December 4

9 PM


Student Union

Stop by and learn safer sex skills for a great cause & earn an ice cream Sisters of Alpha Phi with a team at Karaoke Phi-ver 2009.

November Brought Success for Greek Life November brought a number of successful events for the Greek community. Multiple organizations held their philanthropies this month. On November 3rd, TKE held their 3rd Annual Charity Concert, raising money and canned goods for local food cellars and soup kitchens in

the Willimantic area. Alpha Phi held their 3rd annual Karaoke Phi-ver on November 11th. Many organizations participated and all proceeds were donated to the Alpha Phi Foundation which supports cardiac care. Sigma Alpha Epsilon held their Football Tournament and raised

money for HuskyTHON. Finally, the Panhellenic Council held the annual All-Greek Charity Ball on November 8th in the Rome Ballroom. Canned goods were collected and all of the money raised at the event will benefit Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and HuskyTHON.

Sisters of Kappa Kappa Gamma performing during Karaoke Phi-ver.

Stress Down Day Be sure to stop by Towers Dining Hall on December 10, 2009 for Stress Down Day hosted by Health Education. Information and stress down kits will be provided to help students relax before finals. For more information regarding Stress Down Day or stress coping strategies visit Greek Charity Ball 2009

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Final Exam Stress Busters Final exam week is a stressful time for every student, especially those who are balancing other commitments on top of school work. Having a game plan for finals can help to reduce stress levels and increase success before heading off for winter break! These tips will help with coping during finals week:

Follow these tips to avoid Final Week stress!

1. Get Moving

6. Get Enough Sleep

A little bit of exercise will decrease your stress level and make studying more productive, not to mention it boosts endorphins, neurotransmitters that produce happiness in the brain.

Pulling an all-nighter might seem like a good idea, but it can actually be more detrimental to study and health. An adequate amount of sleep is necessary to learn material, store information in the brain and be successful on exams.

2. Eat Smart Ordering take-out or fast food might seem like the easiest option while cramming for a test, but its not the best idea. Eating a well-balanced diet provides the energy necessary to make it through finals.

3. Establish Your Priorities When you are overwhelmed with multiple exams and papers, it is necessary to prioritize. Decide what you can finish today and what can wait for another day. You cannot expect yourself to finish everything at once.

7. Listen to Your Body Headaches, sore muscles, and nausea are all signs of stress. Eat healthy and get enough sleep during finals week to feel healthier and take frequent breaks to combat stress.

8. Take Time to Relax Taking a break for exercise or a relaxing activity will help you focus when its time to get back to studying and help reduce stress during finals week.

4. Create a Study Plan

9. Recognize and Accept Limits

Once you have decided what your priorities are, you can create a study plan. Make a schedule for what you will complete each day and be sure to leave time for short and frequent breaks.

No one can get a perfect grade on every assignment. Understanding one’s strengths and weaknesses makes studying a lot less stressful. Not many people can get A’s in every single class they take.

5. Set Realistic Goals and Reward Yourself When You Reach Them

10. Celebrate the End of Exams

No one can do everything all at once. It is important to realize what is and is not possible. Set a goal that you can reach and reward yourself when you do!

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After exams are over, celebrate the fact that you made it! Relax with family and friends and have a good time. You worked hard and should be proud of yourself.

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Reminders & Announcements Project ArĂŞte AccreditaPanhellenic Recruittion Materials due ment Management 12/11/09 Team Applications due 1/29/10 SOLID Training Greek Specific Day 1/18/10 FSL Individual Awards Applications 1/29/10

A special thanks to those who participated in the LGB Greek Survey!

Kappa Alpha Theta Thanks Participants! Kappa Alpha Theta would like to thank everyone who participated in their philanthropy this Fall. Kats and Bats is an annual softball tournament open to the UCONN public. Teams of ten players come out to support our national philanthropy Court

Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). CASA supports children going through the court systems. The softball tournament starts early in the morning and goes throughout the day. Local businesses donated food from around campus for the players to enjoy. Pi Beta Phi

won the tournament for the women and Kappa Sigma won the tournament for the men. Players were awarded medals and gift certificates for their success. Kappa Alpha Theta would like to thank the participants for their sportsmanship and enthusiasm.

MGC Homelessness Sleep Out The Multicultural Greek Council held their annual Homelessness Sleep Out service event on Tuesday, November 17th, 2009. Members of organizations slept outside in the cold to raise awareness about homelessness. The only shelter which is provided are cardboard boxes, and a card-

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board box shelter design contest is a highlight of the event each year. Refreshments such as hot cocoa and soup were provided. Canned goods were collected to be donated to a local homeless shelter. Highlights of the night included a powerful speaker from No Freeze Hospitality Center in Williman-

tic, CT who spoke about the prevalence and problems associated with homelessness. Various groups performed throughout the night as well. Many members of organizations from all of the Greek councils supported this event, and it was a great success.

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Tips to Stay Healthy During the Flu Season! As a general precaution to help prevent illness, the following practices are advised by Student Health Services:  Cough and sneeze into your arm and elbow, not into your hand.  Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after a sneeze or cough. Sing the ABC song to yourself while you wash to make sure you have washed long enough (20 seconds).  Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers when available.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.  Avoid contact with others you know to be ill. Symptoms of the flu

include:  Fever  Muscle aches  Headache  Scratchy sore throat  Cough  Runny Nose If you have these symptoms or have questions about how to manage them please follow the recommendations of the Department of Public Health or consult a healthcare provider. UConn students who fall into one of the following groups below and desire to receive the H1N1 vaccination from Student Health Services can register online for upcoming clinics.  Healthy students aged 24 or younger.  Students aged 64 or younger who have medical conditions

which put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications.  All pregnant women.  All household contacts and persons who provide care for children aged 6 months or younger.  EMS personnel and healthcare workers who have direct contact with patients. For information regarding H1N1 symptoms, treatment and immunizations, be sure to visit, or contact Student Health Services: Advice Nurse: (860) 486-4700 Appointments: (860) 486-2719

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2010 Monday, January 18, 2010 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Each year the country observes this day in honor of the civil rights icon, Martin Luther King Jr. He is remembered and known for being a leader of the AfricanAmerican Civil Rights Movement, a civil rights activist, Newsletter Title

promoter of civil disobedience, a talented orator, and Nobel Peace Prize winner. This MLK Day, we as Greeks should be proud for the fact that Martin Luther King Jr., too, was a Greek. Martin Luther King Jr. was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha. He truly exemplified the pillars

of Greek Life and the UConn Greek Community will be proud to honor him on this MLK Day.

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Career Services The Department of Career Services is thrilled to have collaborated with OFSL this fall as part of Career Club Connections. This semester, CCC has made presentations for chapters on topics such as Résumé Writing, An Overview of the Services Career Services Offers, and Interviewing. CCC also made a Greek Résumé Writing Presentation for all sororities and fraternities which focused on the importance of emphasizing Greek leadership and language on a résumé. Our office is proud to announce the creation of the “Gloria Greek” résumé, which was developed to exemplify how a student in Greek life can best highlight her/his experiences and involvement. As we “spring” ahead into next semester, don’t miss out on our upcoming career and internship fairs. Be sure to mark your calendars!

Internship Fair Wednesday, February 10, 2010 Rome Ballroom, South Campus 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Careers for the Common Good Fair Wednesday, February 24, 2010 Student Union Ballroom 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Career Club Connections looks forward to partnering with both individual chapters and OFSL in the spring. If you’re interested in scheduling a career related presentation for your chapter, please email Lindsey Cunningham (CCC liaison for OFSL) at: We wish you the best on your finals and enjoy your holiday break! For all seniors graduating in December, congratulations and we wish you the best in your future endeavors!!

Save The Date NPHC-SUBOG Step Show Sat., January 23rd, 2010 7:30—10:30 PM Jorgensen Theater

Greek of the Month Carlos Villa—Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. Carlos is currently the Director of Finance for Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc., and his involvement in the past month has been invaluable. Carlos was initiated in the chartering class of Spring 2009. As a UConn chapter, there have been four events in the span of one month, and Carlos was relentless in his pursuit of funding from USG for the following programs: Latinos in America, Rosa Clemente, Daniel the Poet, and Alma Moy. If it were not for his diligence in securing funding, our programming would not have been a success.

Carlos Villa

Gabbie Greenlee—Delta Gamma Gabbie Greenlee has been the Panhellenic President for 2009. She is an active member of Delta Gamma and has held numerous positions within her organization. She is also an active participant in UNITE and participates in other groups on campus including community outreach all while balancing her school work as a Communication Disorder major. As a leader of the Greek Community, she has handled her position with grace and poise and has truly made an impression on Panhellenic women of every chapter. Gabbie has helped the Panhellenic community grow in so many ways. Her genuine and warm personality is an inspiration to everyone on this campus. Gabbie is always there to help out anyone that comes to her and truly cares about everyone in our Greek community. She is a strong leader and will do anything to help out a fellow officer or chapter member. While so involved with many organizations on campus, Gabbie has a strong focus on her schoolwork and is currently applying to graduate school, Teach for America, and Delta Gamma, and maintains an admirable GPA. Gabbie is truly an inspiration to everyone in the Greek community and has done so much to help us grow over the past year.

Gabbie Greenlee

Have your organization featured in the next Greek Community Newsletter! To submit an article or event information for future newsletters, email Victoria Costello at by the 15th of the month.

Greek of the Month Nomination Forms available online at

Email submissions to Brittney Yancy at by the 15th of the month.

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