Thankful for your “Family”

Thankful for your “Family”

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This is a response to Families Don’t Always Share The Same Genes and Thankful November.

Thanksgiving is a time for a dinner with your family. For most of us, we don’t have dinner with the same family every year. My family travels to have dinner with different parts of the family, so it is never the same Thanksgiving dinner. For some students, they don’t even go home for Thanksgiving because of a sport. Who are they going to have Thanksgiving with?

There is a turkey feast that is held every Sunday before Thanksgiving. It is basically a Thanksgiving dinner, but for brunch. I completely forgot about it this year. I had walked to Kresge Dining Commons alone and sat with two friends I just happened to walk in with. If you wanted to carve your own turkey, you had to reserve a table ahead of time with a few other people. I didn’t realize it until I sat down about just how thankful I was that I had friends to sit with. Usually I am able to sit alone while eating, but for this particular meal, I was so grateful I sat with people. It was a quick meal but it was one that was more memorable than most.

I will be going home for Thanksgiving, but some people aren’t. It is a lonely time when you aren’t with your family on a holiday. Holidays are known for being with your family and when you aren’t, it is definitely a downer. Some people will have practice and a variety of other things going on during Thanksgiving break. This campus will seem empty and there won’t be much to do.

Thanksgiving also is a time to be thankful, be thankful for those that surround you every day. They are your friends and your family, and they are people you would do almost anything for. Family doesn’t always share the same genes, but be thankful for the ones that don’t have the same genes. Those people surround you every single day. You have to realize that you see your friends at school more often than your family at home.

I could go on forever about things I am thankful for, but I won’t for the sake of your attention span. November is known as No-Shave November and Thankful November. I care more about Thankful November simply because if I didn’t shave, my facial hair would look gross. I’m thankful I don’t have to shave every day.

Seriously though … think of everything you are thankful and grateful for.

Letters Today… Leaders Tomorrow

Letters Today… Leaders Tomorrow

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Being a part of a sorority is something that you can never understand until you are a part of it. I am so proud to be a sister of Alpha Chi Omega here at Mount Union. Tonight, all the Greeks in the Mount Union community came together to celebrate the 18th Annual Greek Awards in the Mount Union Theatre, which was put on by the Order of Omega. The sister’s of Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Xi Delta and Delta Sigma Tau were all in attendance along with the brothers of Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Kappa Tau, Sigma Nu and Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

The Greek Awards were developed in honor of all accomplishments the fraternity men and women have made here on Mount Union’s campus in the past year, whether it be for their own philanthropy, the community or the campus in general.

Chapter awards included:

  • -Highest New Member Class GPA
  • -Highest Chapter GPA
  • -Most Improved GPA
  • -Excellence in Scholarship Programming
  • -Excellence in Campus and Community Service
  • -Excellence in Campus Involvement and Leadership
  • -Excellence in Chapter Programs
  • -Excellence in Recruitment
  • -Improvement in Risk Management
  • -Excellence in Alumni/ae and Parent Relations
  • -Most Improved Chapter
  • -Chapter of Excellence Awards

There were also several other awards that were presented to Greeks involved in different organizations such as Infraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, recruitment counselors, GAMMA, Up ’til Dawn, New Member Academy and Order of Omega.

One particular award that was very meaningful to a lot of the brothers and sisters was the brotherhood and sisterhood awards that were given to one person in each chapter. This award is given to a brother and sister who has shown years of dedication, participation, involvement and commitment to their respective chapters, while taking on many different leadership roles and positions and constantly showing what it means to be a sister and a brother.

The awards did not stop there though. Other individual awards included Outstanding Faculty Award, Advisor of the Year, Outstanding Governing Board Officer, Outstanding Chapter President, Fraternal Values Award, Outstanding Senior Sorority Woman and Outstanding Senior Fraternity Man. All of these awards were given to the best of the best in the Greek community here on campus. These amazing young men and women are great examples of the leaders that every student should aspire to be. I have been in Alpha Chi Omega for almost two semesters now, and I have already learned so much about myself and the kind of person that I want to be. Being a part of Alpha Chi has guided me through many obstacles and struggles, while teaching me what it means to be a sister and a leader. The Greek community here at Mount Union is truly amazing and an honor to be a part of!

From the outside looking in, you can never understand it. From the inside looking out, you can never explain it.”