CSU, Chico News

Greeks Receive Local and Regional Honors for Community Service

Date: 05-15-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico students in fraternities and sororities have received honors from the City of Chico and a regional Greek leadership group for their community service and philanthropy.

The City of Chico Bidwell Park and Playground Commission on April 27 honored the fraternity and sorority presidents for the CSU, Chico Greek Workday event in Bidwell Park. More than 250 students in Greek organizations took part in the March 28 park clean-up.

For the second year in a row, CSU, Chico Greek organizations won the Community Involvement Award from the Western Region Greek Association. This award was for excellence in programs that provide philanthropic programming, fund-raising or time spent with other agencies in the community.

The award recognizes CSU, Chico’s Multi-Greek Council, which includes the Intrafraternity Council, Panhellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council.

Connie Huyck, one of CSU, Chico’s program coordinators for Greek life, said the award was for activities during the 2008-09 academic year. The award was presented at the Western Regional Greek Leadership Conference April 4 in San Francisco.

Huyck said the 2008 community service projects undertaken by CSU, Chico students in fraternities and sororities included

• a blood drive that involved more than 500 students, faculty, staff and community members donating more than 400 pints of blood

• a clean-up of the Patrick Ranch outside Chico involving 400 Greeks putting in a total of 1,600 hours of service

• a canned food drive that netted thousands of canned goods for an area homeless shelter just before the winter holiday season

• a clean-up of Rosedale Elementary School in Chico including yard work, building maintenance and other necessary repairs and work

CSU, Chico also won a case study competition at the conference organized by the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society. Huyck and student Ryan Bast from Phi Delta Theta fraternity researched and presented a case study involving Greek issues. Competing against teams from UC Berkeley, UC Davis, USC, University of Arizona, University of Washington and other schools, Huyck and Bast took first prize for their presentation.

The Western Region Greek Association Leadership Conference is the oldest of Greek regional conferences and has met regularly since 1948. There are approximately 60 campuses in 14 Western United States and two Western Canadian provinces eligible to send representatives to the annual conference. Huyck said about 750 students and campus professionals attended the conference in April.