Greek of the Term
Here are our latest winners!
Vicky Hewey, Phi Sigma Sigma
All while preparing to ship off to Cape Town next term, Vicky was an asset to the Greek Community this term as the Community Service Chair on the Panhellenic Council. With her IFC counterpart, Vicky planned Work on Worcester and organized our campus to give back to the greater community of Worcester. She also planned and ran the hilarious Mr. WPI show, where over $1500 was raised for five philanthropies. In addition to going above and beyond with her Panhellenic duties, Vicky also runs on the WPI Cross Country team, and holds an executive position in Phi Sigma Sigma. Her amazing character and positive attitude makes her a role model for our community.
Richie Wingert, Zeta Psi
Richie is so enthusiastic and embodies what it means to be Greek. His effort was instrumental to the success of Hoops for Hope. He has been actively table-sitting daily, and engaged conversations with every person he saw. Even when people ignored him, he made a point to say thank you and to have a great day. Richie also was a great representative of WPI Greek Life at the NGLA conference. His enthusiasm and optimistic attitude are an inspiration to our community, and he has truly shown dedication to Greek Life through his philanthropy this term. Richie is a model of what it means to be fraternal with all.
Kristen Leigher, Alpha Xi Delta
Kristen Leigher deserves to be Greek of the Term because she kept up a remarkably positive attitude throughout all of Panhellenic Recruitment. Kristen Was flexible with any situation that came her way. By communicating effectively and thoroughly she was an amazing source of information for when people needed help. Kristen is a great role model and example of a Constant contributing member to the Greek community at WPI. Passion and perseverance are two words that describe Kristen, always optimistic and working diligently until the very end through the many challenges that formal recruitment brings. Kristen has grown and learned a lot over this term, and she will continue to lead by example.
Kyle Powers, Alpha Tau Omega
Kyle powers deserves to be Greek of the Term because he was able to successfully hold the first Alpha Tau Omega Alumni Golf Tournament on September 19th, 2010. This was a special event in that all proceeds were donated to a scholarship fund set up for Kyle’s cousin, who died fighting in Afhanistan in 2010. Kyle had worked many hours trying to get businesses to donate, for sponsorships, and golfers to participate. He ended up reaching his goal and raising over $1500 in the process. Kyle’s efforts in school, on the soccer team and for the community have been nothing but exceptional. He exemplifies the meaning of a true leader and continues to push people to go above and beyond.
Kim Martilla, Alpha Xi Delta
She has done so much to raise money and awareness for our national philanthropy, Autism Speaks in this past term. She organized a team to attend Walk Now for Autism Speaks last month in Western Massachusetts. We got to walk, hand out little toys, and paint children's faces. She also organized our first ever Football FrenXi, a flag football tournament open to the entire community to raise money. It was a huge success - we raised over $600 at the tournament alone. She organized everything from set-up of the field, to finding referees, and asking for dona- tions for our prizes. In preparation of that event, she ran a successful fundraising night at Texas Roadhouse. The final event she organized in support of Autism Speaks was organizing groups of our sisters to cook pancake breakfasts for the fraternities on campus for a small donation. With all of these events combined our chapter raised over $1000 for Autism Speaks, and it's all thanks to Kim!
Juliana Wakeman, Phi Sigma Sigma
Briana Lorenzo, Alpha Xi Delta
As President of Colleges Against Cancer Juliana has been an excellent leader and motivator to all who participated in Relay for Life this year. Briana went above and beyond her position as secretary of Colleges Against Cancer helping to put together the most successful RFL WPI has seen. Organizing such a huge event requires an immense amount of teamwork and energy on top of schoolwork. Even though Relay had to be moved indoors this year, everything went smoothly and ended up being a huge success raising over $90,000. We would like to thank the both of them for all of their hard work and dedication. Thank you both for putting together such a meaningful event that the entire WPI community can participate in. Keep up the good work Juliana and good luck next year Briana!
Richard Wingert, Zeta Psi
Throughout this past term Richard Wingert of Zeta Psi has shown great leadership and determination for his chapter and for Greek life at WPI. He spearheaded the major community service event "Hoops for Haiti" a basketball knockout tournament benefiting the Red Cross and their Haiti relief fund. This was the first time this event was ever put on so it took a lot of time and planning. He overcame several issues when first putting together the event and all his efforts paid off in the end. Congratulations.
Ashleigh Smeal, Phi Sigma Sigma
As a dedicated sister of Phi Sigma Sigma and the outgoing President of the student body, Ashleigh Smeal has been selected as the Greek of the Term for B-term 2009. Ashleigh, a senior from West Warwick, RI, has during her term as SGA President, worked tirelessly to further the interests of the student body. She has defended attacks on the WPI grading policy, worked to outfit the new upper FLAUD lecture hall, brought Safe Ride to campus, and worked with the Board of Trustees to lay the plans for the new WPI Recreational Center, all while remaining an active and respected member of her chapter. In Phi Sigma Sigma, Ashleigh has served as the assistant Treasurer and interim Vice President. She is able to flawlessly balance her campus, Greek and academic obligations and as stated by her nominator is "the embodiment of what Greek members should strive to be: humble, passionate, leaders among their peers."
Skyler Whorton, Sigma Pi
As Vice President of Recruitment for the Interfraternity Council, Skyler has been innovative and proactive in his approach to the fraternity recruitment process. He organized events such as the Greek Quad BBQ and Casino Night, both extremely successful, and has worked with other IFC members and the Panhellenic Council to set up Dorm Talks and Parents Weekend. In A-term, Skyler had to approve rush materials from every house, coordinate the IFC recruitment events, and manage his workload as a Computer Science major. On top of that, Skyler holds the position of Herald within Sigma Pi, in charge of rituals and recording chapter history. Also, since his sophomore year, Skyler has been the 'Greek Intern' for the Student Activities Office, maintaining and updating Greek life information. Skyler hails from Pepperell, MA.
Andrew Schwalbenberg, Theta Chi
Andrew's contributions to the Greek community and his chapter as a respected leader have been commendable throughout his time at WPI, and he should be recognized for his hard work after the close-out of his term as President of Theta Chi. When asked for a description of Andrew, a fellow brother described him as "unusually dedicated". Another brother commented "the brothers are in universal awe of him, and are constantly surprised by the things he does for the chapter."
Joseph Mullin, Phi Kappa Theta
Joseph "Duffy" Mullins is a well known member of Phi Kappa Theta where he currently holds the position of Membership Development Chair. Duffy will be graduating from WPI at the end of this coming B term and we would like to recognize his many contributions to the WPI community. He currently serves as both the treasurer of SOCCOM and the treasurer of IFC. In addition to this he has developed a new and innovative membership development program for his chapter. His dedication is noticed and appreciated by his brothers as he confronts new problems and helps to push the chapter forward. A member of the community who gives of himself and doesn't expect recognition, he can always be counted on to come through for his fellow committee members and brothers. To describe Duffy in one word it would have to be dedicated.
Audra Sosny, Panhellenic President
Audra Sosny, an Industrial Engineering student, from Worcester, MA is currently one of the most positively influential members of the Greek community here at WPI. She is devoted, to not only her own chapter, but the entire Greek system. This year Audra is the Panhellenic Judicial chair and is working on improving the bylaws and the entire recruitment process. She is also very passionate about community service, especially with her sorority's philanthropies. If one word could be chosen to describe her efforts, it would be devoted. Her own sisters would like to extend their thanks and gratitude for always striving to make Greek Life the best it can be. So, thank you Audra for your hard work and devotion, not only help your own sisters, but to make Greek Life better for all of us here at WPI.
Bethany Covey, Alpha Gamma Delta
Bethany, also know as Beth, is the current President of Alpha Gamma Delta. She was nominated by Katherine Soojian. Beth has worn many different hats in Alpha Gam, including being Vice President Recruitment, and Personal Development. Representing Alpha Gam on Panhellenic Beth as served as Treasurer, and is also a member of Rho Lambda. Over the past four years Beth has truly come to exemplify what it means to be a great Greek. Not only does she serve the Greek Community by holding important offices within her chapter, but she balances this with her academics and extra curricular activities. This year as president of Alpha Gam she ahs worked her hardest to make sure that everything runs smoothly, making sure that 2 other chapter officers work together to make our chapter a success. All the while she has been a shoulder to lean on, a listening ear, a voice of wisdom, and in short a great sister, to everyone in the chapter. If there were one word to described Beth is would be dedicated. The message that Kate and the chapter want to give to Beth, "Beth, all of your hard work and dedication to the Greek system has not gone unnoticed. You are doing an amazing job and we all appreciate it!
Vincent Milano, Sigma Phi Epsilon
Vincent is junior from Sigma Phi Epsilon where he is the Vice President of Finances. He was nominated by Jonathan Shoemaker. Vincent has taken control of Sig Ep's financial struggles. He has created both a budget system, and means for producing house bills that will both save Sig Ep money and help to appropriate it correctly. In years past the finances have not been written down and were left for the alumni board to deal with leading to misplaced funds. Vincent has been honored y the alumni board, receiving the first Tyler scholarship granted in 7 years. Jonathan said that "Vinny a pleasure to have on the on the Executive board and I look forward to working with him." Jonathan is also glad that Vincent has stepped up to take charge of an important situation.
Amanda Gurnon, Phi Sigma Sigma
Amanda Gurnon is a junior Chemical Engineering major from Tolland, CT. Amanda is recognized for her hard work as Risk Manager in A-Term, where she had done an amazing job exciting events to fulfill our chapter's programming requirements. Although she is currently completing her IQP in Cape Town, South Africa for B-Term, Amanda coordinated an Etiquette Dinner sponsored by Phi Sigma Sigma, Rho Lambda, the Panhellenic Council and Chartwells. This dinner was put on for all women involved in Greek Life to encourage professional skill development by highlighting appropriate practices necessary for job interviews over dinner. She has also planned a Virtual Bar/Alcohol Awareness program with the Healthy Alternatives Office which will be held at the end of B-Term. Amanda remains a very organized and active member of our chapter's executive board, and she is both a great sister and friend. The sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma would like to thank Amanda for all of the hard work she has done for both Phi Sigma Sigma and Panhellenic life.
Sarah Gilkey, Panhellenic Vice President Recruitment
Sarah Gilkey is currently a sophomore majoring in IMGD, and has put her computer skills to the test, as official Webmaster, drastically improving the her chapter's website. Up until she took office, the website had not been updated and improved upon. Once she took over her office we had website to be proud of. A beautiful website, that is both informative and up to date. When describing Sarah, one word comes to mind: Motivates. The chapter is proud to have a sister that works so hard to make her chapter proud, and would like to thank her for all of her efforts and her portrayal of a model sister.
Karyn Gottardi, Alpha Gamma Delta
Karyn Gottardi is a junior Industrial Engineer from Feeding Hills, MA, with an extreme passion for Greek life. As a sister of Alpha Gamma Delta, she has held positions as the chair in charge of Personal Development, the Secretary of the Panhellenic Council, and most recently, as Vice President of Recruitment. Karyn did a tremendous job this year in organizing recruitment for Alpha Gamma Delta. Not only did she plan great, fun rounds, but Karyn has energized the chapter with her programing and enthusiasm. Never has anyone seen the chapter so ready to rock recruitment! Every sister has so much respect for Karyn that even as a junior, she has become one of the strongest leaders in the chapter. Karyn's positive attitude, tireless work ethic, and dedication to excellence helped to tie the bonds of sisterhood even closer in rallying together for one of the most demanding, but fun, times of the year. Unique and new programming and invitation of more alumnae involvement by Karyn's forward thinking also played a tremendous role. Throughout the tough, stressful stretch in organizing, Karyn was extremely level headed, gracious, and - confident, classy, and fabulous! The sisters of Alpha Gamma Delta all describe Karyn as dedicated and enthusiastic, and are more than proud to call her their sister.
Vincent Kan, Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Vincent Kan is senior Biomedical Engineering major from West Springfield, MA. He embodies all the traits that a good fraternity brother should. Within the house of Sigma Alpha Epsilon he has held many important positions that require great responsibility and leadership skills, such as Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Risk Manager, Assistant Steward, and Public Relations Chairman. He is currently the Treasurer of the House. This position entails filing out the taxes of the fraternity and the house cook, monitoring the house's budget to ensure the financial stability of the chapter, and making sure all the house's bills are paid in a timely fashion. At the end of the year, he also is responsible for creating the budget for the next fiscal year. As if that was not enough, Vincent is also a member of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society with an overall GPA of 3.63 as well as the Men's Rugby team, Chinese Student Association, and Biomedical Engineering Society. Since the summer Vincent has been interning at Boston Scientific Corporation in Marlborough, MA. Exemplifying the values of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, his brothers consider him to be the perfect model of a "True Gentleman", leaving behind large shoes to fill when he graduates and leaves behind his legacy at SAE.
James Roumeliotis, Sigma Pi
James Roumeliotis is a senior this year from Lynnfield, Massachusetts. In his last year at WPI and an influential member of his Fraternity Sigma Pi, he is also a remarkable reflection on Greek life at WPI. Along with being known as a dedicated member of his Fraternity and the Greek system, James was one of the leading voices in Sigma Pi's "Bounce To a Cure." For those who don't know, this was Sigma Pi's fundraiser to collect donations for the Scleroderma Foundation. On top of collecting a sizeable donation, James himself broke the world record for pogo sticking. Through his determination and dedication to achieving his goals is a great inspiration to the Greek Community as a whole and is an excellent example of what it means to be Greek of the Week.