Our chapter serves the campus and community by participating in numerous events and activities. In the fall, a large number of members participate in Nabor’s Service Day, which is a day dedicated to volunteering at various locations around the city of Lexington and Rockbridge County. Also, many of our members volunteer as afterschool tutors at the local elementary and middle schools for a variety of subjects. In addition, ADPi has been the group to raise the most money for Relay for Life on our campus and our chapter has many members that are heavily involved in the organization.
We also co-sponsored a kick-off concert with Lambda Chi Alpha called Stand Up, SPEAK Out. The money raised from this event benefitted Project Horizon, a local shelter for victims of sexual abuse, as well as our school’s chapter of SPEAK, a group that promotes awareness of sexual abuse and educated students on methods to prevent abusive situations.
The closest RMH to our campus is the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Virginia, which is located in Roanoke, VA. It is about an hour drive, but our members love to go visit! When we go to visit, we usually help out with cleaning, organizing, cooking meals, and other activities. Every year, we host Pop Tab Wars, in which different organizations on campus compete to collect the most pop tabs from cans. Sigma Nu has won the past two years! These pop tabs are donated to the RMH in Roanoke, and they take them to a special recycling center where they are reimbursed for the aluminum pop tabs. The money collected from this reimbursement is used to pay for the meal budget at the RMH!
Our annual Lion’s Share Challenge is Friday Night Lights, which is a flag football tournament that occurs early in the school year. Different organizations across campus enter teams and they all compete to be the champions! This is always a fun event as ADPi enters a team to compete as well and our members enjoy cheering on their sisters!
In addition to FNL, we host a variety of other events throughout the year. One of our most popular events is Candy Grams, which occurs the last week before finals every fall term. During this event, sisters sell Candy Grams in commons. These Candy Grams are candy canes with a cute holiday-themed note attached. All students can purchase Candy Grams for their friends!
In the winter term, we usually host another event similar to Candy Grams called Relay Grams. This event occurs the week of Valentine’s Day and the Relay Grams are themed for the occasion. Students on campus can purchase these Relay Grams for their friends to show that they “Relay like them!”J
In March of 2015, we hosted the first ever Stand Up, SPEAK Out event, which was a benefit concert we co-hosted with Lambda Chi Alpha. The concert served as a kick-off event for SPEAK Week, which is a week meant to raise awareness of sexual assault and educate students on ways to prevent assault from happening. This event took place in the Commons Living Room and was a free concert for all students on campus. Student musicians as well as local artists performed, and a bake sale and raffle for Southern Tide apparel helped to raise money for Project Horizon and W&L’s SPEAK club.
Another new event that occurred in 2015 was The King of Hearts Pageant! We co-hosted this event with Beta Theta Pi during Spring Term. Male students competed in a question and answer round, a swimsuit round, a talent round, and an evening wear round. At the end of the event, the audience placed their votes for the winner, and Billy Kingsberry was crowned the first ever King of Hearts! This event was a fun way to raise money for RMH and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital!
On average, our members serve aroud 18-20 hours per semester. Last year, we had members that served up to almost 100 hours in a single semester! There are so many different opportunities to serve in the community and our sisters are very involved both on and off campus!