Delta Zeta, Omicron Pi Chapter
Written by: Victoria Costa
As a small chapter, it’s easy to sometimes feel overlooked in our philanthropic efforts. While we work hard to fundraise and hold events like “Heart for Hearing” for the Starkey Hearing Foundation, we struggled with being directly involved with our main philanthropy, speech and hearing. Until, this past fall.
On November 16, 2018, we loaded two vans full of sisters and commuted to the West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind. We were all super excited to have this opportunity, and this was before we realized how big of an impact we were about to make on the lives of these children.
Once we arrived, we were able to hand them a check for $294.40 that we earned while volunteering and fundraising at a few West Virginia University football games. We then split our chapter into groups of two, one group with the elementary students, and the other group with the middle through high school students. Since it was around Thanksgiving, we assisted the students in making turkeys out of brown paper bags, feathers, and construction paper. We then proceeded to help them write what they were thankful for on the front. They absolutely loved it, and their faces lit up once their turkey was complete. We listened to their personal stories, their academic achievements, their involvement in sports, and so much more. We were embraced with hugs, laughter, smiles, and high fives. One of their helpers told us, “They love you girls. They don’t have visitors very often, so this made their entire week.”
The few hours we had with them flew by, and before we knew it, it was time to leave. We took a huge group photo with them before saying our goodbyes. Many of the students asked us to return soon and said they would miss us. I looked around with tears in my eyes, just to see my sisters with the exact same reaction. There was something about being in that room, hanging out with those students that reminded us exactly why we do what we do.
It reminded me why we are Delta Zeta.
Omicron Pi, Frostburg State University
About Omicron Pi Chapter
Omicron Pi was founded on March 7, 1993 at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD. We've been around 26 years and going strong!
Our chapter is a part of Delta Zeta Region 3. We currently have a total of 25 members in our chapter and our average GPA is 3.03! For the academic year Fall 2016 through Spring 2017 our chapter has donated 1101 service hours and $2186.40!
Delta Zeta, Omicron Pi Chapter
Christina Ternent, Omicron Pi Chapter member, was awarded Frostburg State University Departmental Honors for the Department of Marketing and Finance.
Christina is a senior and currently holds a 4.0 GPA, majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Along with being a member of the President’s Leadership Circle, Christina is also serving as President of the Marketing Club and is Past Secretary of the Omicron Pi Chapter. She is also a current member of the International Business Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma, and National Freshman Honor Society Phi Eta Sigma.
Christina was chosen to attend the Beta Gamma Sigma Global Leadership Summit in Orlando, Florida and also participated in the Sloop Leadership Institute, and the SBLC Business Leadership Retreat. After graduation, Christina plans on attending graduate school to earn a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
On September 19, 2016, the Omicron Pi Chapter co-hosted the Eliminate Hate Color Run with the Pi Lambda Phi and Iota Phi Theta Fraternities on the Frostburg State University campus to promote diversity. Eliminate Hate is a movement to encourage everyone to stop using the word "hate" in their everyday vocabulary, and encourage others to do so as well. Omicron Pi Chapter members were proud to be a part of this important initiative.
The Omicron Pi Chapter hosted its 23rd anniversary celebration on March 7, 2016. Alumnae enjoyed a special brunch on March 5, 2016 at Moose Lodge in Wiley Ford, West Virginia, coordinated Jenna Ruffo, Alumnae Chairman. The event included food provided by collegiate members, introductions by both alumnae and collegiate members, a Founders day ritual, and many photos.
alumnae with our CCD Jamie Winters.
In the spring semester of 2016, seven members of the Omicron Pi Chapter at Frostburg State University chartered a new honorary fraternity on campus, Phi Sigma Pi. Phi Sigma Pi is a national honor fraternity which fosters the ideals of scholarship, leadership and fellowship.
The founding members who hold a GPA of a 3.0 or higher are Margaret Afari, Kennedy Logsdon, Rachel McGowan, Jessica Feeny, Olivia DeGraba, Sarah Bernhardt and Peyton Washington.
The Omicron Pi Chapter also sent care packages to U.S. troops overseas.
The Omicron Pi Chapter at Frostburg University has volunteered more than 60 hours this school year to the Allegany Animal Shelter, most recently assisting with a fashion show and thrift shop event to raise funds for the shelter.