Greek profile: Alpha Phi Omega
Be a leader. Be a friend. Be of service. That is the motto that fuels the service centered fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, which has been brought to UIS.
According to Alpha Phi Omega’s official website, Frank Reed Horton founded the fraternity in the winter months of 1925 at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.
The initial plan for Greek Life began on campus with a petition back in 2003. After years of fighting for approval and support, the Alpha Eta Delta chapter of Alpha Phi Omega was started at UIS in March of 2012.
Alpha Phi Omega is known as one of the largest national, co-ed fraternities that focuses strongly on leadership, friendship, and service.
Here at UIS, the seven members of the fraternity work very closely with the volunteer center and “aim to provide service to [the] community, campus and fraternity, promoting friendship and developing leadership,” said Brittnee Wojciechowski, senior clinical laboratory science major and president of the Alpha Eta Delta chapter.
This year, the fraternity hopes to expand their membership. They are open to all students of any gender, year, and major.
In order to join, one must go through an initiation ceremony as well as a six week pledge class. Finally, one must attend the activation ceremony.
This year’s pledge and activation ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. followed by a member mixer at 3:30 p.m.
The fraternity has several plans for their involvement on campus and within the community for the 2013-14 academic year.
“We are having our first annual Quidditch on the Quad on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 5:00 p.m.,” said Wojciechowski. “Since we are a service fraternity we aim to provide service all throughout the community such as volunteering at the Girls on the Run 5k Walk at LLCC on November 9. We will also be helping out at the Henson Robinson Zoo and many other projects with Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Special Olympics.”
The fraternity also plans on holding numerous events, such as game nights, to help new members, as well as old, form a strong bond, thus resulting in a strong brotherhood.
For more information about Alpha Phi Omega, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/apouis or email the president, Brittnee Wojciechowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.