Alpha Chi Omega
The Omicron chapter of Alpha Chi Omega enjoyed an exciting spring and summer. The sorority participated in several philanthropic events, including a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes race benefiting the Willow Domestic Violence Center in Lawrence. Additionally, Omicron won the Panhellenic Grade Cup with an overall GPA of 3.40. This summer, the House Corporation Board updated the fire safety system, remodeled the television room and installed new windows and bunk beds. Nationally, the sorority was honored with the Continuing Excellence Award.
Delta Tau Delta
The Gamma Theta chapter of Delta Tau Delta is looking forward to another exciting school year. In spring 2012, the chapter was awarded the 5-Star Chapter award from the University for the best fraternity on campus and had the top grade-point average on campus with a 3.34. The Delts plan on improved chapter programming in the fall, a strong recruiting class and a new alumni mentoring program titled “The Road.”
Delta Delta Delta
The Lambda chapter enjoyed an eventful spring 2012 semester, which included successful fund-raisers for the chapter and its philanthropy. In March, the sorority raised more than $8,000 for the St. Jude Research Hospital through the Sincerely Yours letter-writing campaign and in May raised nearly $850 during the D-HOP pancake feed. During the summer, the house’s basement was renovated, creating a new chapter room and TV/workout room.
The Kappa Sigma fraternity has contributed to several community projects, participated in charity tournaments, collected canned foods and provided landscaping work around the Osborne Chapel. Several fraternity members coached youth baseball teams in the area. The fraternity’s fund-raisers have helped support house improvements, including exterior paint, window screens, a TV, refrigerator and redoing the parking area and basement ceiling.
Sigma Phi Epsilon
The fraternity remains dedicated to its three core values of virtue, diligence and brotherly love. The men increased their overall grade-point average in the spring and had a successful fund-raiser for the Douglas County AIDS Project. Kyle Baum attended the prestigious Ruck Leadership Institute at the University of Richmond. The chapter also earned many national, regional and campus awards. The house is updating its facilities, ensuring better quality of living and opportunities for continued success.
The members of Zeta Chi are looking forward to another prosperous year. Last spring the chapter raised more than $1,200 in donations from its annual Polyeuphony Concert benefiting Baldwin City’s Lumberyard Arts Center. This summer efforts are underway to build up the newly established Zeta Chi mentoring program, pairing each active Zeta Chi with an alumnus working in his desired field. The chapter is also in the midst of restructuring the chapter governance to ensure greater efficiency.
Zeta Phi Beta
Baker’s newest Greek organization recorded the highest overall sorority grade-point average with a 3.43 and won several awards, including Sorority Chapter President of the Year, Outstanding Recruitment and Retention and Best Regional Undergraduate Chapter Contributors to Z-HOPE (Zetas Helping Other People Excel). The chapter contributed more than 70 hours of community service collectively in the spring and is striving for continued success in the fall.
Zeta Tau Alpha
During Alumni Weekend in May, the Sigma chapter celebrated 100 years at Baker University. The sorority reflected on its century of sisterhood through reunions, presentations at the chapter house and an amazing historical display at the Holt-Russell Gallery. The chapter hosted a banquet for sisters and University guests. ZTA National President Keeley McDonald Riddle was the keynote speaker. At ZTA’s national convention earlier this summer, the Sigma chapter received the Crown Chapter and Academic Achievement awards, and Sigma’s Local Housing Corporation received the Outstanding Housing Corporation Award.