Greeks Recognized for ‘One of the Best Years Ever’

April 25, 2016

TKB and DTS Lil Sis Named Greek Organizations-of-the-Year

Greeks performed nearly 10,000 hours of community service, raised more than $10,000 for philanthropic endeavors and hold many of the top leadership positions at Wilmington College. They were recognized April 21 at the annual Greek Life Awards Program for the key role they play in the campus community.

(PICTURED) Garyck Todd of Sigma Zeta and Abby Jude of Kappa Delta display their Greek Man and Woman-of-the-Year awards with Bud Lewis, director of Greek Life and Wellness.

“This was one of the best years for Greek Life,” said Bud Lewis, director of Greek Life and Wellness in welcoming members of WC’s fraternities and sororities, their advisers, President Jim and Sue Reynolds, Sigrid Solomon, vice president for Student Affairs, and others from the administration.

Lewis noted that the 2015-16 academic year brought 86 new members into the Greek community, which boosts the total number of Greek men and women to 212 — representing something over 20 percent of the student body.

Selected as Greek Fraternity and Sorority-of-the-Year were Tau Kappa Beta and Delta Theta Sigma Lil Sis.

Groups achieving standards of excellence based upon documentation of activities and achievements included: Sigma Zeta and Iota Phi Theta, Bronze Standard; Delta Theta Sigma and Psi Beta Omega, Gold Standard; and Alpha Phi Kappa, Delta Theta Sigma Lil Sis, Delta Omega Theta, Kappa Delta, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Alpha Psi Sweethearts and Tau Kappa Beta, Green-and-White Standard (the highest).

Garyck Todd of Sigma Zeta and Abby Jude of Kappa Delta were selected Greek Man and Woman-of-the-Year, respectively. They were chosen from other outstanding senior nominations, including Taylor Miller and Kala Fox, Alpha Phi Kappa; Jadie Riewoldt, Delta Omega Theta; Robbie Casey, DTS; Mikayla Conrad, DTS Lil Sis,Jamal McClendon, Lambda Chi Alpha; Emily Phipps, Phi Alpha Psi Sweethearts; Lisa Harden, Psi Beta Omega; and Brian Whitten, TKB.

The Outstanding Greek Council Service Award went to Taylor Miller of Alpha Phi Kappa while Kathy Milam of Alpha Phi Kappa and Tim Hawk of Tau Kappa Beta garnered co-Adviser-of-the-Year awards.

Marissa Bolen received the Outstanding Greek Athlete award for her national accomplishments in track and field.

Earning Greek Excellence in Membership awards for gaining 10 or more new members were Delta Omega Theta,Kappa Delta and Lambda Chi Alpha. The award covers members gained in spring and fall 2015; Sigma Zeta’s 18-member gain was for fall 2015 and spring 2016.

Community service awards were plenty as 10 organizations averaged 25 or more service hours per member — totaling 9,750 for the year. They are Alpha Phi Kappa, Delta Omega Theta, DTS Lil Sis, Phi Alpha Psi Sweethearts, Psi Beta Omega, DTS, Lambda Chi Alpha, Iota Phi Theta, Sigma Zeta and Tau Kappa Beta. DTS Lil Sis amassed 1,885 hours, 118 hours per member while TKB had 1,653/97 per member.

The top philanthropy awards went to DTS Lil Sis, which raised $2,772, $173 per member, and Phi Alpha Psi Sweethearts raised $3,314 with $215 per member. Also, Iota Phi Theta’s one member raised $230. With $10,416 raised by the entire Greek community, awards for raising $50 or more per member went to DTS Lil Sis, Phi Alpha Psi Sweethearts, Iota Phi Theta and Delta Theta Sigma.

Greeks also excelled in the classroom. Receiving Academic Honor Awards for having a membership semester grade point average above the College’s gender average were Kappa Delta and Lambda Chi Alpha for spring 2015 semester and those two plus Tau Kappa Beta for fall 2015.

Organizations with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better were, for both Spring and Fall 2015, Alpha Phi Kappa,Kappa Delta, DTS Lil Sis, Lambda Chi Alpha and Phi Alpha Psi Sweethearts. Some 110 Greeks were recognized individually for being named to the Dean’s List (3.5 GPA and better) and 26 for attaining 4.0 GPAs.

Finally, the Greek community recognized Terry Inlow, assistant professor of art, with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his longtime support of Greek Life at WC. Inlow served as adviser for Sigma Zeta from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, and he was the faculty representative to Greek Council for some 20 years. He stepped down from the faculty rep position after last year and recently announced his retirement from WC following the 2016-17 academic year.