Sarah Elizabeth Snow of Holden Is Named 'Greek of the Term' at WPI

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Sarah Elizabeth Snow of Holden, Mass., a junior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has been honored as the "Greek of the Term" for outstanding contributions to the Greek system at the university. Snow, 21, a management engineering major with a minor in physics, is the daughter of Jack and Peggy Snow of 33 Willow Brook Road, Holden.

Snow has been involved as an Orientation Leader, as a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and as the 1998 president of Panhellenic, the governing body of campus sororities.

A member of Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society, she received the 1997 U.S. Achievement Academy National Collegiate Business Merit Award. She has participated in crew and the varsity swim team and has served as corporate relations officer of the Management Society and as a member of the WPI Presidential Task Force on Alcohol and Substance Abuse. She is currently working on the installation of a chapter of GAMML (Greeks Advocating Mature Management of Life), an organization that will sponsor healthy competition among the Greek houses and schedule educational speakers on important student-life issues.

Asked what's the most satisfying part of being a member of the WPI fraternity/sorority system, Snow wrote the following response:

"There is this well-known stereotype that a college student joins a fraternity to buy friends. But on the contrary, I have found, three-quarters of the way through my college experience, that the largest benefit of being Greek is the tremendous amount of personal growth that the fraternity cultivates within its members.

"Each fraternity has a purpose or code that its members strive to live up to. At the beginning of college, when most freshmen do not have a solid idea of who they are and who they want to be, members of Greek organizations know what they stand for and what they are striving to be.

"The Greek system at every university is completely self-governed and the members run their own chapters. Many Greeks holding office gain experience in leadership, management and responsibility.

"During my Panhellenic presidency, I learned so much about my strengths and weaknesses while working with some amazing people both inside and outside WPI. I would ask people who question the value of Greek systems to find out who does the bulk of community service on campus and who sponsors fund-raisers for local and national foundations. The answer is, the fraternities and sororities do.

"Right now I am confident that I can succeed in any path I wish to take, and a large amount of my sense of self and my confidence is due to being Greek."

As "Greek of the Term" for the winter term, Snow received that recognition for work that has benefited the community and the Greek system from the Order of Omega, an international Greek honor society with a chapter at WPI.