Greek Week Nets $21,000 for Philanthropy, Blood Drive Most Successful Ever

Southeast Missouri State University’s Greek Week 2017 held April 1-9 raised more than $21,000 in the spirit of philanthropy to support the local community, with this year’s blood drive finishing as the most successful in Greek Week history. DeAnte Smith, director of Greek Life, said 946 units of blood were donated to the American Red Cross, and $21,327.68 was raised to benefit a number of organizations. “This year’s Greek Week was a huge success,” Smith said. “The students got the opportunity to give back to the community and have fun while doing so with the Nickelodeon inspired Greek Week theme. These experiences and partnerships with the community show that Southeast Greeks truly live up to their values and high standards.” In addition, Southeast’s Greek community collected more than 15,000 canned goods to support local food pantries. The following awards also were presented during the week: New Member of the Year: Blake Henson, Lambda Chi Alpha New Member of the Year: Teresa Stephens, Sigma Sigma Sigma Sophomore of the Year: Luke LeGrand, Lambda Chi Alpha Sophomore of the Year: Shannon Kobal, Sigma Sigma Sigma Junior of the Year: Joseph Foster, Lambda Chi Alpha Junior of the Year: Ashley Long, Sigma Sigma Sigma Community Service Award: Juan Salas, Lambda Chi Alpha Community Service Award: Lauren Epley, Gamma Phi Beta Unsung Hero: James Grosch, Phi Delta Theta Unsung Heroine: Kayla Drew, Sigma Sigma Sigma President of the Year: Keyeon Pitts, Tau Kappa Epsilon President of the Year: Angela Backer, Sigma Sigma Sigma Man of the Year: Brandon Robbers, Lambda Chi Alpha Woman of the Year: Jilleun Schmitt, Delta Delta Delta