The Short Scholarship
When Carolyn Short McKenna's brother, Doug Short '76, Phi Gamma Delta, passed away, their family wanted to honor him. "When he was at OWU, Doug had a lot of different jobs, took loans and lived with a bunch of guys in a house because it was more economical. Doug had grants and was on scholarships." Explained McKenna. They decided to honor Doug by paying it forward with supporting a scholarship for Economics majors that are also members of Phi Gamma Delta.
The FIJI brotherhood meant so much to Short during the years and later in life during his illness. Brothers visited from Texas, Pennsylvania and Michigan. They reminisced about their college years for hours and laughed until they cried.
Others wanted to honor him as well, in total - more than 40 of Short's brothers, teammates and family members have donated to his namesake scholarship.
By the Numbers
- Average GPA of an affiliated student (Fall 2017): 3.24
- Spring 2018 new members
- Greek day of service = 705 hours served!
2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
The following Greek individuals were honored during Homecoming & Family Weekend 2017.
- Kevin Gosselin '94, Swimming
Phi Delta Theta
- Tyler Mott '04, Baseball
Phi Kappa Psi
- Justin Schroeder '06, Golf
Phi Delta Theta
- Chris Vorenkamp '03, Soccer
- Kevin Gosselin '94, Swimming
2018 Alumni Association Award Recipients
The following Greek individuals will be honored during Reunion Weekend 2018.
Distinguished Achievement Citation
- Andrew B. Busch ’83,
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
- Douglas P. Gordin ’78
Phi Delta Theta
- The Honorable John E. McDermott ’68
Phi Gamma Delta
- Patricia Belt Conrades ’63
Kappa Kappa Gamma
- Harry N. Faulkner ’63
Phi Gamma Delta
- Aaron L. Granger, Esq '93
Alpha Phi Alpha
- Denis B. Nock ’58
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Young Alumni Award
- Marija Ignjatovic Bateman ’03
Kappa Kappa Gamma
David Hamilton Smith Award
Laurie McGregor Connor ’77
Kappa Alpha Theta
2018 Greek Awards
Ohio Wesleyan University’s Greek Community gathered March 6 for the 2018 Greek Awards. The event recognized significant achievements, accomplishments, and leadership within OWU’s Greek Community. Click here for a complete list of the winners.
If you would like to nominate a deserving alumna or alumnus, contact Greekalumni@owu.edu.
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Alpha Sigma Phi: The Epsilon chapter had the pleasure to welcome 11 outstanding men into our brotherhood over the course of this year. Recently, we also received a campus wide community service award and revamped our internal leadership structure.
Chi Phi: The Alpha-Chi Chapter of Chi Phi had an eventful fall semester. We hosted a massive campus- and community-wide philanthropy event, which raised nearly $1,300 for an OWU scholarship. We restructured our risk management policy and introduced a new committee: the Sexual Civility and Awareness Committee. As we seek to re-define our identity on campus and exemplify our reputation of being a safe but social fraternity, we brought in nine new members over the course of the 2017-2018 academic year.
Delta Tau Delta: The Mu chapter of Delta Tau Delta had an excellent Fall semester. In the Fall, we greatly increased our GPA pushing past 3.0. We also welcomed two new members into our brotherhood in the Fall, with likely 11 new members this Spring Semester.
Phi Delta Theta: The Ohio Beta chapter of Phi Delta Theta had a great fall semester. Members returned to a newly renovated chapter house, and are very grateful to all the alumni who made the renovations possible. This spring the chapter welcomed 10 new members into our brotherhood, and we are excited to continue the growth and improvement of our chapter.
Sigma Phi Epsilon: The Ohio Epsilon Chapter had a fantastic fall semester! With 1/3 of our house competing in Varsity athletics in the fall, and another 1/3rd getting ready to compete in the winter and spring, we are striving to make personal and group positive changes! We had nine members make deans list, welcomed eight new members, went to an enlightening Carlson Leadership Conference, and now we are ready to continue our growth and continuing to be the best we can be!
Phi Gamma Delta: The Theta Deuteron chapter of Phi Gamma Delta welcomed a total of 13 new members to the brotherhood. Along with achieving an exceptional academic status on campus the brothers have excelled in both athletics and maintained high levels of campus involvement. 14 of the brothers were a part of the men's soccer NCAC championship winning team in the fall and brother Ryan Lesmez received all-region honors in track and field to name a few highlights.
Alpha Kappa Alpha: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is one of nine organizations that is part of
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). The Pi Gamma chapter is a city-wide chapter that covers Ohio Wesleyan University, Capital University, Denison University, Ohio Dominican University, and Otterbein University. Some of the programs held include a panel discussion on Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence; and for Black History month a Black Herstory Jeopardy game.
Delta Gamma: Our chapter has recently held our annual philanthropy event, Anchor Splash, hosted in Meek Aquatics Center in support of the Delta Gamma Foundation and Service for Sight. The Alpha Rho chapter is also thrilled to initiate our newest members at the end of the month!
Delta Delta Delta: The Delta Upsilon chapter of Delta Delta Delta has had a very successful year thus far! Through our philanthropic efforts, we assisted in the raising of $30.3 million in less than four years for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This January we were very excited to welcome 10 new members into our sisterhood. During the Spring of 2018, we are very excited to host our 2nd Annual Deltas on the Block philanthropy event as well as welcome parents to campus for our chapter's parents weekend!
Delta Zeta: The Alpha Rho chapter of Delta Zeta has had a wonderful fall semester. We raised over $1900 for our philanthropy event and had one of the highest GPA of Greek organizations. We recently have welcomed 14 new members into our sisterhood.
Kappa Alpha Theta: The Gamma deuteron Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta had a wonderful Fall 2017 semester. In the fall, our sisters maintained one of the highest GPAs among Greek organizations on campus and we welcomed three new members through informal recruitment. This semester we welcomed 15 more new members to our sisterhood.
Kappa Kappa Gamma: The Rho Deuteron chapter had a successful year. Of the 12 women initiated in Spring 2017, eight currently serve on the 2018 Chapter Council. The Spring 2018 pledge class, which features 12 lovely girls, is filled with emerging campus and chapter leaders. Six women obtained a 4.0 G.P.A. in the Fall 2017 semester, and two sisters are graduating a year early. Last year sisters enjoyed travel-learning experiences to Ireland, England, the Czech Republic, Spain, Germany and France.
Get to know your fellow alumni
Read below on Greek alumni who are instrumental in supporting the OWU Greek community through volunteering after graduation.
Laurie Baer '83
Delta Delta Delta
I never applied to a college that did not have an active Greek community since my entire family - two grandparents, both parents, one aunt, both of my sisters - considered their Greek affiliations to be key to their college experiences and success.
Because Tri Delta was such an important part of my OWU life, I am happy to be able to give back to the chapter as an alumna advisor. Every time I go to the house, I remember someone or something that makes me smile. My favorite memory is the Winter Formal in 1983 as I took Ted Baer. I invited Ted because my Little Sister thought we should double date with Ted and his roommate. It didn't work out for her, but I married Ted! And two of our three daughters are not only Tri Deltas, but Tri Deltas at OWU.
I give back because I credit the trajectory of my entire adult life to OWU. My advice to current students? Get to know your professors! They will be your best cheerleaders in college and as mentors after graduation. The professors at OWU are not here for glory; they are here to help their students.
I am very proud of the Greek life at OWU. The Greeks create the vibrant campus we all love, providing philanthropic opportunities, academic support, leadership training, and positive social experiences. Helping with my class reunion and the OWU Fund solicitations over the last few years makes it obvious that the Greek community remains involved in a very real, positive way in the life of the current students.
David Hughes '61
Delta Tau Delta
I have a long line of Delts in my family. My great-grandfather, Emery Cutler Beach (Ohio Wesleyan 1883), both of my grandfathers, Bishop Edwin Holt Hughes (Ohio Wesleyan 1889) and Donald Emory Beach (Ohio Wesleyan 1903), and, of course, my father (Ohio Wesleyan 1931), were members "in full and regular standing" of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. The Delt chapter at OWU has existed for 151 years and provided seven national presidents (three from the Hughes lineage, myself included).
The lifelong friendships of my Delt brothers are irreplaceable. My pledge class members still communicate by email and continue to impact each other's lives. I can attest, from sixty years of experience, that the Greek life can greatly improve the undergrad experience and better prepare us for life. If you invest in it, Greek life will make you a better person and citizen of the world.
I am a champion of anti-hazing in fraternities. Programs that I have helped develop include "Delts Talking About Alcohol," which has been in use for 25 years and across the country. The intent of the program is to share specific ways to reduce the risk of any type of alcohol-related problems. Innovative education programming helps to make the Delt experience a positive, healthy, and haze-free one.
I have visited many schools and have yet to find one that surpasses what OWU offers. I'm proud my granddaughter, Sydney, is currently a student at OWU. My sister, Sharon Craig '68 a Kappa Kappa Gamma (husband, Robert Craig '68 Delta Tau Delta), and I decided to keep our OWU family legacy alive by donating a bench to OWU in honor of the more than 25 members of our family that have attended OWU
Fraternal Government Relations Coalition Lobbies on the Hill
The Fraternal Government Relations Coalition, comprised of representatives from the National Panhellenic Conference, North-American Interfraternity Conference and the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee, as well as our own Laurie McGregor Connor '77, continue to make their annual visits to Capitol Hill in April.
In addition to their ongoing efforts to make contributions to housing fully tax-deductible via the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (S. 736/H.R. 1200), there is new hazing reporting legislation. Introduced in June by Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA), member of Beta Theta Pi, and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH), member of Delta Sigma Theta, the Report and Educate About Hazing (REACH) Act (H.R. 2926), bipartisan legislation that takes on the challenge of hazing on our college campuses by requiring incidents of hazing to be reported as part of a college's annual crime report.