2017-2018 Greek Highlights

This year’s accrediation review process was conducted by campus experts in each category based on Five Pillars of Greek Leadership; Academics, Campus Engagement, Community Engagement , Greek Development and Stewardship. This process is meant celebrate areas of strength while evaluating areas for improvement.

The awards were presented at the Student Organization Leadership Ceremony on April 24, 2018.

President’s Cup for Greek Excellence

Sadeek Walker

Sadeek Walker,president of Alpha Phi Alpha, displays the recently won Presidents Cup award.

This award is presnted to the Greek Organization that reflects a healthy balance of academic excellenence and out of the classtoom activities in the spirit of HWS that serve as a model in the Greek Community.

Alpha Phi Alpha earned this award through the undertaking of charges such as Go to School Go to College, A Vote-less People is A Hopeless People, and the brothers volunteered to help table at Festival of Nations.

Alpha Phi Alpha

Most Evolved Fraternal Organization

Additionally, Alpha Phi Alpha was also a recipient of Most Evolved Fraternal Organization. This award goes to the Greek organization that shows great improvement in all accreditation categories and shows promise for future growth.

Marcel Johnson and Isiah Young

Leadership Excellence

Marcel Johnson, president of Sigma Chi, and Isiah Young take pride in the awards that Sigma chi received including the Leadership Excellence Award that Sigma Chi received from the 2017-18 accrediation process. This is awarded to the organization holding the most leadership roles per capita in various student organizations.

Best Engage Page

Sigma Chi was also the winner of Best HWS Engage Page which has been consistently updated, with publicity for events for fall 2017 and spring 2018 as well as photos from events passed.

Taner Bennrson

Greek of the Year

Taner Bennrson accepts The Greek of the Year for his work with Neighbors Nights,the Office of Advancememt, and the Chi Phi fraternity. With Chi Phi, Taner volunteers at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church with the congregational children to enrich and assist them, beautify the area around church, and service to make the space around the church neighborhood better for the greater Geneva community. In his own brothers’ words, “His unyielding commitment to civic eagement respect and loyalty compares to no other.”

Greek Collaboration

Best Collaboration

Isiah Young, Sadeek Walker, Marcel Johnson and TJ Adams share the award for Best Collaboration for their joint event “Sigma Chi and Alpha Phi Alpha: Community Luncheon with the Geneva Heroes.” This was an awesome collaboration between two Greek organizations on campus helping connect and promote civic engagement within the local Geneva Community and other volunteers on campus.

Steven Ives

Academic Achievement

Steven Ives, President of Kappa Alpha and the IFC, displays the Academic Achievement Award that was presented to Kappa Alpha as part of the 2017 accreditation process. This is awarded to the Greek organization that has the highest average GPA and CPA and maintains a high level of scholarship. Kappa Alpha maintained an averaged of 3.36 GPA/CPA in this past academic year.

Citizenship and Service

Citizenship and Service to Community

Members of Chi Phi celebrate their Citizenship and Service to Community Award. This is awarded to the Greek organization that serves the community through direct service, fundraising, and awareness.

To highlight some of their efforts, Chi Phi raised $2,000 for Susan G Komen Foundation of Western NY, were active participants in Neighbors Nights and Geneva Heroes, and sponsored a car for the Cash Smash for Relay for Life.

Citizenship and Service

Vice President of the Year

Rachel Irizarry earned the award for The Vice President of the year. Rachel has been a strong rock for the new sorority on campus, Theta Phi Alpha! From the beginning of the year she has shown significant selflessness, value-based leadership, insight, intuition, and strong commitment to the organization.

Other Chapter highlights include:

  • Alpha Phi Alpha:  Hosted their first formal dinner called the Alpha Awards and raised $2,000 and donated $250 to March of Dimes. The chapter held an MLK Commemoration service at Mt. Olive Baptist church and invited the community.  Volunteered to clean up at the Festival of Nations at Geneva High School and collaborated with HWS votes to promote Voter awareness
  • Chi Phi: Raised $2,000 for Susan G Komen Foundation of Western NY; Active in Neighbors Nights and Geneva Heroes; Sponsored car in Cash Smash for Relay for Life
  • Delta Chi: Donated $500 for Jimmy V and LCH neuroblastoma; Involved in the Geneva Boys and Girls Club and Geneva Peeps programs.
  • Kappa Alpha: Raised $2,500 for MDA in their Annual Basketball Tournament; Two brothers on the IFC Executive Board and IFC president.
  • Kappa Sigma:  Raised $450 for Middle Finger 5K; Hosted annual Pig Roast during Alumni Weekend at their house; Hosted a successful Bowl-a-Thon with Theta Phi Alpha for No Greater Sacrifice at Sunset Bowl that raised $1150.
  • Phi Sigma Kappa: Raised $300 for with the Put Putt during Greek Week for local charities; Several brothers involved in Investment Club, Club Rugby, Football and Squash teams.
  • Sigma Chi: Over $1700 For Huntsman Foundation and American Cancer Society through Pie a Sigma Chi and brotherhood efforts; Hosted speaker from Huntsman Foundation and held successful Derby Days in April. Several brothers are Druids and in honors societies and involved in the HSG.
  • Theta Phi Alpha
  • Theta Phi Alpha: Collaborated with Kappa Sigma in April to complete a joint philanthropy event at Sunset Bowl to fundraise $1,150 for No Greater Sacrifice, which focuses on providing scholarships to the children of wounded armed forces members. The sisters also participated as a chapter at the annual HWS Day of Service event. Theta Phi Alpha graduated three seniors in 2018. They also just successfully initiated five new sisters to the organization in April. The chapter was represented for the first time at the annual Theta Phi Alpha convention this past summer.
  • Theta Delta Chi: Raised $684 for Crohn’s Awareness and Habitat for Humanity; Donated $500 to Autism Speaks as part of a collaboration with Habitat for Humanity; Hosted their annual alumni golf outing at Bristol Harbor in which several alumni brothers returned. Teamed up with Delta Chi to Present “If They Had Known” Drug Awareness Program for their peers.
Tobey Eveleth and Taner Bennerson

Tobey Eveleth and Taner Bennerson
display the awards that Chi Phi received.

Greeks by the Numbers

  • 225 active men and women in 2017-18 (312 prior to graduation)
    • 18-19% of Hobart men
    •  4% of William Smith women
  • Greek men’s average GPA = 3.12
  • Greek Women’s Average 3.30
  • Funds raised = $9984 in 2017-18 for MDA, Autism Speaks, American Cancer Society, Direct Relief, and several other worthy causes.
  • Service Hours = over 2,400

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