Samford University’s Greek community celebrated their annual Greek Week, which included some new elements in 2011.
For the first time, all three councils -- Interfraternity Council (IFC), Panhellenic Council (PC) and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) -- not only were represented in activities, but all three actively participated in the planning process, according to Denny Bubrig, Samford’s director of Greek life.
NPHC at Samford is a new organization, although some of its member groups have been active at Samford for years. NPHC is the national governing body for historically African-American sororities and fraternities.
NPHC had a significant presence at Greek Week as each chapter shared their “histories, step routines, and party strolls in a fun, educating manner about the history of historically African-American fraternities and sororities,” said Bubrig.
As part of the week’s community service program, members served Children’s Hospital, as well as raised money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand to fight pediatric terminal disease.
Receiving the 2010 Most Outstanding Service Awards were Alpha Delta Pi and Sigma Nu. Alpha Omicron Pi and Lambda Chi Alpha earned Most Improved Scholarship Awards. Lambda Chi Alpha also was awarded Most Outstanding Scholarship Award, along with Delta Sigma Theta. Phi Mu and Pi Kappa Phi received Outstanding Philanthropic Effort Recognition. Alpha Delta Pi and Sigma Nu were named 2010 Greek intramural sports champions.
Stephen Bailey and Terra Garmon were awarded Greek Man and Woman of the Year. Bailey is a senior chemistry major from Brownsburg, Ind., and Garmon is a senior communication studies major from Gadsden, Ala.
“As you start to enhance and grow any program or community you’ll have growing pains along the way. Overall, though, the week went extremely well, and we estimate almost 1,500 people passing through various events for the week so we are excited about that level of participation,” said Bubrig.
Four were inducted into the Samford Greek Hall of Fame: Claire Gwaltney, Tim Hebson, Molly Jones and Ashlyn Stallings.
Gwaltney, a Birmingham resident, is international president of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She has had a 20 year relationship with the Samford Greek community and has aided the campus community as well being a lead proponent in bringing to Samford the Order of Omega chapter.
Hebson, a 1982 Samford graduate, is national historian for Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Tim is the only known Samford alumnus to ever be elected to an International/National Fraternity leadership role, Bubrig said.
A Samford senior, Jones is a former Samford Panhellenic Council president. Jones’ “steady hand” led the Panhellenic through the beginnings of a readjustment phase the council is currently in, according to Bubrig.
Stallings, a 2010 graduate, currently is serving as a traveling leadership consultant for Alpha Delta Pi. Through sustained leadership while on campus, Stallings saw the chapter through a number of significant milestones, including their centennial.
Individuals inducted into the Greek Hall of Fame are selected by a committee convened each year to review nominations. Anyone associated with the Samford Greek community is eligible, Bubrig explained.