Greeks Serve Community
Published: Thursday, April 12, 2012
Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2012 01:11
Six members of Delta Phi assembled hundreds of themed memory pages in Peirce Pub this past Saturday.
The pages will be laminated and made into booklets so that “someone who has Alzheimer’s or dementia will have something to re-direct them or refocus them,” said Danielle Sutton, volunteer coordinator for Hospice of Knox County. Each page consists of a collage of magazine pictures. “Some of the themes are by color and some are by faces, or gardening, or food, tractors, tools, something outdoor … but it’s up to the person creating it and what they want to do,” Sutton said.
These memory pages are just one example of many service projects that made up the Greek Day of Service on Saturday, April 7. Over 80 members of Kenyon’s Greek community served at various locations throughout Knox County as part of the event.
“It’s nice to have all the Greek communities come together as a whole,” said Thomas Brown ’13, Phi Kappa Sigma member and community service coordinator for Greek Executive Council.
Projects included planting and clearing trails at the Brown Family Environmental Center, gardening at Head Start, cleaning up the first-year quad and working at the Wiggin Street garden.
Angus Walker ’13 said the Delta Phis envisioned the memory page project as a way to both express their creativity and help the community.
“Greek Day of Service is a good cause, and we like to be a part of it. It’s a lot of fun and a good opportunity to bond,” Walker said.
Delta Kappa Epsilon chose to contribute to the Greek Day of Service by assisting the sisters of Zeta Alpha Pi in their fundraiser for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), “Stop the Clot.” The Zetas’ event was in honor of Anna Frutiger ’09, who died unexpectedly of DVT in 2010.
“Each year we try to honor Anna through this memorial event, and there’s a bench on Middle Path dedicated to her,” Virginia Falzon ’13 said. “But I think as Zetas we just wanted to do an event to remember her because she was such an amazing sister and an important part of our organization that we felt there needed to be something separate to honor her every year.” Falzon credited Zeta Ari Ismail ’12 with organizing the event, calling the 5K her “brainchild.”
DKE President Samuel Baker ’13 said, “Anna was very close with many of the brothers before she passed away. It is important to us to come together, honor her memory and support the Zetas and their great event.” The fundraiser was the highest-grossing event of the academic year, raising $4,155.
The PEEPS O’Kenyon, a co-ed society, “enjoyed a sunny day of service down at the BFEC planting grass, digging furrows and renovating strawberry patches no longer in use,” according to PEEPS co-president Philip Ayers ’13.
The Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity also worked at the BFEC clearing dead plants and planting new ones. The Phi Kaps chose that particular project “because we have a member who lives at the BFEC,” said Stuart Mitchell ’15, a Phi Kap pledge.
The Archons worked with Maintenance to clean up the first-year quad. “This is what the groundskeepers would normally do, but one of them had just gotten surgery ... so [the groundskeepers] were having a hard time keeping up,” Archon President Zachary Katz-Stein ’13 said.
Rachel Bishop ’14, service co-chair for the Archons, explained that the group selected this project from a list created by Brown and Erin Ciarimboli, director of new student orientation and community programs, to avoid grappling with transportation.
“I think it’s a good way for Greeks to give back to the community, and it makes us more visible,” Bishop said.
The Epsilon Delta Mu sorority and the Theta Delta Phi sorority also participated.