Omega Gazette, October 2020 Edition

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OMEGA GAZETTE OCTOBER 2020

Spring 2020 Commencement

Brotherhood/Sisterhood During COVID-19

Feel Good Stories Featured Cover Photo: Chaz Young, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

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FROM THE DESK OF FRATERNITY & SORORITY LIFE

Gabriel Fonseca Student Involvement Assistant Director gabriel.fonseca@wichita.edu

Rani Somers Coordinater of Fraternity & Sorority Life rani.somers@wichita.edu

Happy Fall! Our semester is winding down as we have moved into the month of November. Throughout October, we continued to watch our fraternities and sororities work through COVID-19 guidelines, as well as approaching national and local elections. We saw our organizations hosting events about the importance of voting and about current issues. Leading up to election day, it made us so proud to see our students exercising their right to vote by taking photos at the polls, with their ballots and with their voting stickers. To continue our commitment to sharing our story, we are happy to bring our readers some "feel-good" stories involving some of our recent alumni and current members and chapters! The month of October brought us a new campus tradition: Homecoming! Our Homecoming has officially been moved to the end of October and although it looked different than what it will look like in future years, it was a great week celebrating Shocker pride! We also saw the creativity of our chapters at play by establishing new ways to host traditional events. Many of our traditional food fundraisers have been turned into drive-thru events, which is allowing our chapters to continue raising funds for philanthropic causes that they are passionate about. As we move into the final stretch of the semester, we are reminded that we are still fighting a global pandemic. As of November 4th, the Division of Student Affairs leadership made the decision to mandate that all in-person events for the remainder of the semester are to be moved to a virtual format, or be postponed to the Spring 2021 semester. While we understand that this decision was not a popular one, this is seen as a necessary measure to keep our students safe and we are happy to assist our chapters in any way that we can. Moving into the end of the semester, we want to emphasize to our students that taking care of yourself mentally, physically and emotionally is crucial. Schedule your time for studying, schedule your time with friends but do not forget to schedule time to focus on you.

Randi Beggs Coordinater of Student Activities randi.beggs@wichita.edu

Let's finish this semester strong! Much love, Gabe, Rani and Randi


Spring 2020 Commencement October 10, 2020 Due to COVID-19, Spring Commencement had to be delayed until a later date. The university rescheduled Spring Commencement for October 10, 2020 to give students the opportunity to walk across the stage in a formal ceremony.


O U R CH A P T E R S D U R I N G O U R CH A P T E R S D U R I N G

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"The sisters of Alpha Phi have been implementing several new COVID-friendly activities to brighten and strengthen our sisterhood, such as writing sisterhood letters to one another, going on sister dates called Ivy Linkers, and participating in events within Greek life and on campus. The health of our sisters is our utmost priority, so we are continuing to promote safe measures for our chapter to stay involved and engaged with one another and the community."

Kappa Kappa Gamma

Phi Delta Theta

" The members of Delta Delta Delta have been working hard to maintain and grow our sisterhood bonds while maintaining the health and safety of our members and community. We host weekly meetings on zoom and try to include fun bonding activities when we can. Earlier this month we hosted a drive up philanthropy event with small groups of girls working various shifts. This was a great way for our newest members to see our dedication to St. Jude! Most recently, we had our fall sisterhood retreat. We had a trick-or-treat event where girls signed up for a time slot to come in and get some fall goodies, participate in the costume contest, and play a few games. We also played among us on zoom for our sisters who were not able to join us in person!"

Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity, Inc.

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Delta Gamma

Alpha Phi

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O U R CH A P T E R S D U R I N G

COVID-19

"LPiU has been having virtual meetings for this semester which makes it hard to interact socially. However, we have been inviting our members to virtual/ in-person brunches, as well as visiting other chapters in the midwest. This picture shows some members of Chi and Omega Chapters at Pittsburgh, KS. We have also had internal events such as paint nights, pumpkin carvings, and dog dates with our members' pets. We try to have our events both in person and virtual to include some of our members that are practicing social distancing and don't feel comfortable going out."

Chi Sigma Tau Fraternity Inc.

Mu Delta Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Lambda Pi Upsilon Sorority, Inc.

'What the Epsilon Chapter of Chi Sigma Tau Fraternity, Inc. has been doing during the pandemic to stay close with one another is a lot of gaming and chatting through Discord. A big common interest between our brothers is playing video games; Whether it be a planned event with other chapters or just impromptu game nights with our own chapter, it is always a good time since we're not only playing games, but we catch up and hang out through online voice chat."

Gamma Phi Beta

Sigma Phi Epsilon

Delta Upsilon


Order of Omega Initiates

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we were unable to host an in-person initiation but we are so proud to welcome 22 new members into our chapter of Order of Omega!

Grace Armenta, Lambda Pi Upsilon Sorority, Inc. Margarita Borunda, Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. Connor Brungardt, Phi Delta Theta Ames Castelli, Phi Delta Theta Josh Freeman, Delta Upsilon Will Frimel, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Carlos Gatti, Sigma Phi Epsilon Carleton Hall, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Kelsey Haile, Delta Gamma Samuel Heim, Delta Upsilon Hanna Hoopes, Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. Zaide Massu, Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. Jared McDaniel, Beta Theta Pi Noah McGhghy, Beta Theta Pi Cheyenne Nguyen, Lambda Pi Upsilon Sorority, Inc. Johnathan Regier, Sigma Phi Epsilon Kylie Roman, Gamma Phi Beta Cami Saville, Gamma Phi Beta Emily Skelton, Gamma Phi Beta Xander Swayne, Delta Upsilon Brielle Terrell, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Cody Van, Phi Delta Theta


FEEL GOOD STORIES Our world is chaotic and sometimes it can be hard to see the positive stories if you are not looking for them. We are going to bring positive stories to you! If you have a positive story that you want to highlight about yourself, your chapter, or alumni, please email greeklife@wichita.edu.


Introducing...Mr. and Mrs. Haines!

Caroline Buchanan and Wesley Haines, who are both born and raised Kansans, met through mutual friends at Wichita State University. Caroline is an alumna of Delta Gamma and Wes is an alumni of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Their first date was at Sigma Phi Epsilon's annual date party, Cowboys, and they have been together ever since. Caroline and Wes were married on October 2nd, 2020 at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Colwich, Kansas. Both coming from large families, the original guest list for their wedding was over 300 guests but due to COVID-19, they both had to make some hard decisions. Ultimately, Caroline and Wes were able to be married in front of 100 family members and close friends and it was a perfect night! Caroline and Wes recently purchased their first home, which is a 1950s ranch style home. Throughout COVID-19, they have worked as a team to remodel their house (lots of wallpaper to remove and apply) and use frustrating moments as a way to work together and keep each other patient. When asked about their future, Caroline and Wes hope to be blessed with many children and raise them to love others and care for the community of Wichita that they both love so much. Congratulations to Caroline and Wesley Haines! We wish you many years of health and happiness!


Jordan Cao (Chi Sigma Tau National Fraternity, Inc.) was the recipient of the 2020 Charles Chang Award by the Midwest APIDA Students Union. The Charles Chang Award is presented to a Midwestern undergraduate student who "demonstrates leadership and dedication to the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American community" of the greater Midwest region. Congratulations to Jordan on this achievement!

Congratulations Jordan Fountain and Skylar Fulton on their recent engagement! Jordan currently serves as the Chapter president for Farmhouse Fraternity and Skylar is an active member of Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc and the current president of the Student Activities Council.


The Rho Beta Chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Incorporated was nominated for and awarded Chapter of the Year by their Executive Office. We are so proud of them for their hard work and all of their achievements!

Congratulations to Tyler Pennick (Beta Theta Pi, '15) for directing the film "WuShock Doc: The History and Making of WuShock in Bronze," which premiered and won at the Tallgrass Film Festival.


Thanksgiving During COVID-19 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released its guidance on how to safely celebrate Thanksgiving amid the coronavirus pandemic. Low-risk Thanksgiving activities include: Having a small dinner with only people who live in your household Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family Shopping online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving

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Moderate-risk Thanksgiving activities include: Having a small outdoor dinner with family and friends who live in your community Traveling to visit family T

If you are traveling, people are encouraged to drive to their location, rather than use public transportation. Masks should be worn when taking driving breaks or when traveling using public transportation.


Upcoming events


Upcoming Events

Nov 12: Advisor Meeting, 5:30 p.m. on Zoom Nov 15: Rosters are due by 5 p.m. Nov 19: President Meeting, 6 p.m. on Zoom Nov 20: Last day of in-person classes for Fall 2020 Nov 22: Fall 2020 Commencement Nov 30: Classes resume remotely Dec 3: Last day of fall classes Dec 4: Study Day Dec 5-10: Fall final examinations Feb 1: Weekday and evening full-semester classes begin

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