UCA Delta Zeta alumna receives national science scholarship

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Yvon Cobian

Scholarship. A word that can change the world of students pursuing higher education goals. This is especially true for Yvon Cobian, a 2013 graduate of UCA and the Episilon Xi chapter of Delta Zeta, who has received the Charline Chilson Scholarship from Delta Zeta National Foundation. When applying for this award to help benefit her in studying Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Cobian stated that, “I had to carve my own path, make my own decisions, and figure out my own solutions. I am so happy for every experience I’ve been through because I am very proud of who I am today. I’ve learned to work hard, especially academically, which has resulted in many blessings like this scholarship. Thank you for reminding me that my work, and my parent’s hard work, is recognized.” The scholarship is specialized for graduate students whose focus is in the science field. The donor of the scholarship wanted to help provide future Delta Zetas with scholarships because she was unable to further her education in science. But while Charline Chilson was unable to chase her dream, she has helped many Delta Zeta’s like Yvon Cobian.

Greek Village Groundbreaking Ceremony

On April 25, 2014, the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) broke ground for the future Greek Village project.  Students, faculty, staff, administration, media, community members, and Board of Trustees members gathered to commemorate the start of this new housing project at UCA.  The ceremony included brief remarks from UCA administration and Greek council leadership, golden shovels with sorority letters, and a
ceremonial “digging of the dirt” for project stakeholders.   A fantastic  recap video of the event is available below and additional pictures from the event can be viewed on the UCAGreeks Greek Village Groundbreaking Flickr album. Thank you to all of the individuals who have continued to support this important project.  Our UCA fraternity/sorority community thanks each of you for helping our Greek system grow and prosper.

 

 

 

 

2014 All Greek Step Show Recap

The Show

The 2014 All Greek Step Show took place on April 17 and it was a huge success! This year, at least 1,700 people joined the UCA fraternity/sorority community in the Farris Center for the largest mixed-Greek step show in the state of Arkansas! Every team did an amazing job and it was a close race for the top spot! A big thank you goes out to all of the NPHC organizations that participated in the step show and allowed the larger UCA fraternity/sorority community experience your histories and traditions. Below you will find the top three standings for the step show:

IMG_4427First Place Team: Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Phi Sigma Kappa, and Sigma Phi Epsilon

Second Place Team: Phi Beta Sigma, Delta Zeta, and Sigma Tau Gamma

Third Place Team: Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Sigma Alpha, and Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji)

Congratulations to these groups for winning top honors and to all of the other teams that participated! Also, thank you to the All Greek Council for coordinating and managing the entire show!

The Awards

In addition to the step show competition, yearly awards of excellence were also handed out at the 2014 All Greek Step Show. The awards handed out recognize groups and individuals for outstanding achievements in academics, leadership, service, and philanthropy. Awards for Outstanding Greeks and Man/Woman of the Year are also handed out to recognize the most influential and amazing members of the UCA fraternity/sorority community. Congratulations to all of the individuals and groups that won awards this year! Below is a listing of all of the awards and recipients:

IMG_4410Greek Man of the Year: Steven Shook

Outstanding Greek Men:

  • An’Reckas Daniels
  • Dylan Doughty
  • Connor Nowotny
  • Aaron Owen

Greek Woman of the Year: Daley JohnstonIMG_4538

Outstanding Greek Women:

  • Sally Adlong
  • Timia Watson
  • Michelle Kerr
  • Lindsey Dacus

Rookies of the Year:IMG_4489

  • Rachel Parker
  • Jacob Wickliffe

Highest Overall 2013 GPA:

  • Panhellenic: Alpha Sigma Alpha
  • IFC: Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • IGC: Sigma Phi Lambda
  • NPHC: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.IMG_4606

Most Community Service Hours Donated (2013-2014):

  • Panhellenic: Delta Zeta
  • IFC: Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • NPHC: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • IGC: Beta Upsilon ChiIMG_4378

Most Community Service Money Raised (2013-2014):

  • Panhellenic: Delta Zeta
  • IFC: Kappa Sigma
  • NPHC: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • IGC: Sigma Phi Lambda

Largest Campus Involvement (2013-2014): IMG_4653

  • Panhellenic: Alpha Sigma Tau
  • IFC: Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • NPHC: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • IGC: Beta Upsilon Chi

2014 Greek Wars Winners: Sigma Sigma Sigma, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, Phi Sigma Kappa, Sigma Phi EpsilonIMG_3902

2013 Panhellenic Woman of Integrity: Abigail Strickland

2014 Step Show Banner Competition Winner 2014: Phi Beta Sigma, Delta Zeta, and Sigma Tau Gamma

Recognition for Academic Excellence – Overall GPA above 3.0 (2013):IMG_4416

  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Beta Upsilon Chi
  • Alpha Sigma Tau
  • Delta Zeta
  • Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • Alpha Sigma Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc
  • Sigma Phi Lambda
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Tau Gamma

Recognition of Significant Contribution of Community Service 2013-2014:

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Alpha Sigma Alpha
  • Alpha Sigma Tau
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Tau Gamma

 

New Banners!

A tradition in the Office of Student Life is to order banners for all new, recognized fraternities and sororities at UCA.  This past week we added two (2) new banners to our collection as welcomed Sigma Gamma Rho back to campus and Alpha Sigma Phi to UCA for the first time.  It is great to see our UCA fraternity/sorority growing with the addition of such awesome organizations!

Sigma Gamma Rho Banner

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Alpha Sigma Phi Banner

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Congratulations to both of these organizations!

 

 

 

 

Sigma Gamma Rho Returns to UCA

1557688_10152707231595031_825763808_nThree young women who dared to be different and truly follow their hearts by showing extraordinary leadership recently reactivated Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated on the campus the University of Central Arkansas. Bre Brunson, given the name Pure Gold, Shaquille Patton as Golden Storm and Sequoia Snowden also known as Golden pRHOfection are the current members of the undergraduate Lambda Xi chapter.

s1“Words cannot describe how much we love being prissy poodles! For our neophyte presentation, we can say that we were not nervous at all but ready! We were ready to shine, ready to be different, ready to bring a breath of fresh air back to campus! It has been nothing but love shown from everyone since we have RHOturned! Cameras constantly swarm us when we are on the yard! We love one another very much and will never forget the impact we made the night of March 16, 2014! EEE-YIP!!!”

Story submitted by: s3

Bre Brunson

Vice President

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated

Lambda Xi undergrad chapter

 

UCA Sigma Kappa Raises $6,289 for The Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Our UCA fraternity/sorority members give back to the state of Arkansas in variety of manners, including the support of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH).  ACH’s Committee for the Future recently hosted a six (6) night Phone-A-Thon to help raise funds for the hospitals future expansions and treatments.  These yearly Phone-A-Thons are what help ACH offer such high quality care to children and their families during their times of need.

Part of the Phone-A-Thon includes friendly competitions amongst various community groups to see who can raise the most money.  The Delta Tau chapter of Sigma Kappa at UCA participated in the Phone-A-Thon and was able to raise $6,289 for ACH.  By raising this much money, Sigma Kappa was ranked in the top three (3) teams for raising the most money during the Phone-A-Thon.  Below are the standings from the event:

A HUGE thank you and congrats to our TOP 10 TEAMS from our 2014 Phone-A-Thon:

1. Crews & Associates $ 14,295.00
2. Arvest $ 7,385.00
3. UCA Sigma Kappa $ 6,289.00
4. Blue Cross Blue Shield $ 4,885.00
5. Centerpoint Energy $ 4,085.00
6. UAMS Nursing $ 3,560.00
7. Rose Law Firm $ 3,390.00
8. 8&40 $ 2,800.00
9. Pinney Dentistry $ 2,470.00
10. UCA Cheer $ 2,120.00

IMG_1751In total, ACH was about to raise over $64,000 in just six (6) short nights.  This is a huge accomplishment for the hospital and the women of Delta Tau!  Congratulations to these women for raising so much money for a cause that truly impacts the residents of Arkansas!

 If you’re interested in learning more about getting involved with Committee For the Future, please don’t hesitate to contact me at LaumeyerDL@archildrens.org or 501-364-1074. You can also check out CFF’s Facebook page and website at http://giving.archildrens.org/cff

 -Story submitted by Danelle Laumeyer, Arkansas Children’s Hospital

 

NPHC Fall 2013 Scholarship and Achievement Recognition

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47 students from the UCA National Pan-Hellenic Council earned a 3.0 semester or cumulative GPA for the fall 2013 semester. With “continued promotion of academic excellence” being the number one priority for the NPHC community, we are proud to recognize them for their hard work and dedication to their academics, their organization, and the Greek community. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!

4.0 Club

Rachel Parker (ΑKA)*

Rickey Hicks (ΚΑΨ)*

3.0 and Above Club

Sydney Bryant (AKA)*

Tyeashia Allen (AKA)*

Shimilya Curtis (AKA)*

Chelsea Taylor (AKA)*

Jasmyn Wilkins (AKA)*

Ashley Bizzell (AKA)*

Carla Finley (AKA)*

Brittney Jackson (AKA)*

Sarah Purdiman (AKA)*

Crystal Owens (AKA)*

Lamyia Phillips (AKA)

Briana Jackson (AKA) *

Deante Gaskins (ΑΦΑ)

Nathaniel Alexander (ΑΦΑ)*

Deshawn Bryant (ΑΦΑ)*

Kelton Ray (ΑΦΑ)*

Roosevelt Thomas (ΑΦΑ)*

Rikendal Weast (ΑΦΑ)

Emeri Peoples (ΔΣΘ)*

Timia Watson (ΔΣΘ)*

Demetria Bester (ΔΣΘ)*

Clarissa Johnson (ΔΣΘ)*

Kelsey Allen (ΔΣΘ)*

Aundrea Dorrough (ΔΣΘ)*

Adrianna Williams (ΔΣΘ)*

Micah Rice (ΔΣΘ)*

Alicia Dittrich (ΔΣΘ)*

Breyionna Flowers (ΔΣΘ)*

Jasmine Golden (ΔΣΘ)

Dorothy Mason (ΔΣΘ)*

Gabriella Lee (ΔΣΘ)*

Talonna Patillo (ΔΣΘ)*

Pilar Simmons (ΔΣΘ)*

Priscilla Trammell (ΔΣΘ)*

Charles Carter (ΚΑΨ)*

Wesley Green (ΚΑΨ)*

Damien Robinson (ΚΑΨ)*

Keith Whaley (ΚΑΨ)*

Donnie Madden (ΩΨΦ)

Bobby Watkins (ΩΨΦ)*

Troy Miller (ΩΨΦ)

Malcolm Worsham (ΩΨΦ)*

Jeremy Stuckey (ΦΒΣ)*

John Onyeyiri (ΦΒΣ)*

Cosmos Onyeyiri (ΦΒΣ)

*Denotes Full-Time Status (12 Hours or more)

-Story submitted by Kaylon Bradford

 

Welcome to the UCAGreeks Blog!

Picture4For three years the Office of Student Life (OSL) produced the UCAGreeks Newsletter to keep students, faculty/staff, alumni, and community members updated about everything happening in the UCA fraternity/sorority community.  The UCAGreeks Newsletter has been a great resource to a large number of people over the years, but it becoming outdated.  Today’s students prefer real-time updates about what is happening through a variety of social media platforms and RSS feeds.  To meet the needs of our students and provide them with the most up to date information, the OSL has created the UCAGreeks Blog.

This blog is intended to be a collaborative effort between OSL staff, students, alumni, campus partners, and community members.  This blog is meant to encompass stories and updates from a wide range of sources and present them in an online forum.  We are hoping that a wide array of individuals and groups will submit pieces to be presented on this blog.  To learn more about the types of content we are looking to feature on the UCAGreeks Blog, please read the “About” section.

The OSL staff looks forward to building a new platform of communication about the UCA fraternity/sorority community with each of you.  Thank you for your continued support of our students and community.

Best,

Scott Isenga