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Greek Week celebrates U of R Greek life and accomplishments

Members of U of R’s Greek community together to celebrate the end of Greek Week at the Greek Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations for contributions to the community. (Photo by Tiffiani Moorehead ’19)

During the recent Greek Week at the University of Redlands, students involved in Greek life hosted fun events for the campus, served the community, and competed for the title of “Greek Cup Champions.”

Greek Week is an annual tradition that brings together different members of the campus—Greeks (like me), non-Greeks, and administrators. The celebration is arranged by Order of Omega (OOO), an honor society for Greek students recognizing leadership and academics, with the help of Greek Council and the Associated Students of the University of Redlands (ASUR) Social Affairs.

Sorority members participate in Bulldogs in Service day April 13 as part of Greek Week. Here, students build homes with Hands of Mercy. (Photo by Tiffiani Moorehead ’19)

The week’s events included: Greek Council Appreciation (celebrating the leaders who meet weekly to ensure Greek life runs smoothly); Trivia Night; Skate Night; a Greek recruitment event; Order of Omega’s “Greek God and Goddess” talent competition; and a Bulldogs in Service community service event.

Saturday evening was reserved for the highlight of the week—the Order of Omega Greek Awards. Drawing members from almost every campus chapter, the ceremony recognized both impressive individuals who contribute to Greek life and organizations that have excelled in the past year. This year’s winners accepted their awards with shock and excitement, as their fellow Greek members cheered them on:

Outstanding Community Service: Katryna Lopez and Katie Mefford
Outstanding New Member: Richard Sorensen
Outstanding Patroness: Courtney Mera
Outstanding University Involvement: Syrah Gerth
Outstanding Chapter President: Julianna Gonzalez
Outstanding Greek Athlete: Alina Waldo
Outstanding Faculty Advisor: Peter Tupou
Outstanding Greek Involvement: Tiffani Moorehead
Brother of the Year: Dawit Aklilu
Sister of the Year: Tess Karnes

Excellence in Risk Management: Chi Sigma Chi
Excellence in Philanthropy: Delta Kappa Psi
Most Improved Chapter: Alpha Chi Delta
Excellence in Programming: Alpha Xi Omicron
Excellence in Member Education: Kappa Pi Zeta
Excellence in Community Service: Alpha Theta Phi
Excellence in Fraternal Values: Gamma Delta Rho
Greek Cup Champions: Alpha Sigma Pi

With the awards—and Greek Week in general—Order of Omega members hoped to encourage the Greek community to push itself and represent all of its pillars: academics, tradition, service, leadership, and alumni relations. During Greek Week, we acknowledge and celebrate members accomplishments and improvements, while having fun and supporting each other. Participating in Greek life is one of the oldest traditions on this campus, and by throwing Greek Week, we hope to exemplify our core principles, encourage non-Greeks to join, and spend more time getting to know each other.