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Sorority is Tops in Service

Alpha Pi Sigma Sorority Wins the 2003-04 Marguleas Service Award at UCR

Student Life is taking nominations for this year's most community-minded group

(May 13, 2005)

Lena Sayegh, a member of Alpha Pi Sigma sorority, visits with Ms. Daisy at Brighton Garden Assisted Living in San Dimas.<br />

Lena Sayegh, a member of Alpha Pi Sigma sorority, visits with Ms. Daisy at Brighton Garden Assisted Living in San Dimas.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Fraternity and sorority members at UC Riverside understand there is a time to study, a time to have fun and a time to help others. In fact, one sorority, Alpha Pi Sigma, has won the Marguleas Sorority/Fraternity Service Award for outstanding and valuable community-service work for the 2003-04 academic year. The award will be presented later this spring at the Student Affairs Award Ceremony. Two other campus groups earned honorable mentions for their work.

“This is one of the favorite parts of my job,” said Thomas Dake, director for student organizations in the Office of Student Life. “I really enjoy working with students who are doing so much for our community.” He said he is already gathering nominations for the 2004-05 Marguleas Award, and he is confident that the student groups have come up with even more impressive projects this academic year.

During 2003-04, Alpha Pi Sigma members helped organize special events at the Centro de Ninos preschool in Riverside. In addition, each year the chapter participates in the Soccer Clinic at the Cesar Chavez Center in downtown Riverside, where they register participants, coach children and provide food. The members also visited the Jardin de Ninos school in Tecate, Mexico, where they donated supplies necessary to create a nurturing environment for learning. Alpha Pi Sigma also conducts fundraisers for its scholarship fund, benefiting incoming minority freshmen at UC Riverside. Along with their community service efforts, sorority members have the top-ranking GPA among all of the ethnic sororities on campus.

Honorable mention went to Delta Tau Delta, and Alpha Epsilon Pi, both fraternities on campus.

Delta Tau Delta was involved in numerous activities, including the Delta Queen Pageant, grossing more than $11,000 for the City of Hope Cancer Society, with an estimated 15,000 volunteer hours donated by the fraternity. They also tutored students at Riverside Poly High School, and regularly picked up litter from the street near the fraternity house as part of the “Adopt-A-Street” program.

Alpha Epsilon Pi, another honorable mention winner, established a chapter at UC Riverside in 2003, and worked with the Omega Zeta Chi Service Sorority to put on Parents Night Out, a project that allows parents in Family Housing a night out while their children are cared for. The fraternity also conducted a sexual-assault awareness event in partnership with the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center; implemented beautification projects at Congregation Emanu El and Temple Beth El; and worked on monthly projects through the Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful program.

Other sororities and fraternities on campus also participated in worthy community efforts. These include:

• Sigma Kappa sorority paid monthly visits to Sunrise Assisted Living home for seniors and participated in the Memory Walk at California State University, San Bernardino, and the Relay for Life Walk. They also organized a successful fundraiser called Sigma Kappa Challenge.
• Lambda Chi Alpha donated 20,000 pounds of goods to help victims of the Southern California wildfires, and later teamed with other groups to collect goods for fire victims in the Riverside community. They were also involved in clean-street programs and numerous philanthropic activities.
• Kappa Kappa Gamma delivered Valentine’s Day cards to local YMCA children, and talked to the children about the importance of college. They supported the “Reading is Fundamental” program in area elementary schools and participated in blood drives and other philanthropic efforts.
• Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, in conjunction with African Student Programs, held an all-day event called Black Leaders, and assisted the March of Dimes project, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation.

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