Award-Winning Greek Community Prepares for Greek Week

Award-Winning Greek Community Prepares for Greek Week
The Kappa Delta bstacle course team practices the team ski before in preparation of Greek Olympics.
Sigma Nu fraternity brothers dressed as Aladdin and the Genie try out their game at a previous year's Greek Week Carnival.
Cal Poly Pomona Greeks receive the Community Involvement Award during the Western Region Greek Association leadership conference in San Francisco.

As fraternities and sororities prepare for Greek Week, the Cal Poly Pomona student organizations are also celebrating their recent Community Involvement Award presented at the Western Region Greek Association (WRGA) leadership conference in San Francisco on March 30-April 2.

“This is the first time our students have submitted award applications to the WRGA. I am very proud of the Cal Poly Greek Community for its hard work and dedication to making a difference, not only on campus but in the surrounding community,” says Jame'l R. Hodges, the university's coordinator of Greek Life and Education in the Office of Student Life & Cultural Centers.

The WRGA Community Involvement Award recognizes excellence in philanthropic events sponsored by Greek organizations. Cal Poly Pomona received the award for various 2005 events, including Greek Week, Up 'Til Dawn (fundraiser for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital), and Greek Move In (assisting incoming freshmen moving in to residential housing), as well as individual chapter programs.

Involvement in the Greek community provides students opportunities in leadership, philanthropy and community service, scholarship, brotherhood/sisterhood and social activities. Cal Poly Pomona's Greek community  made up of 25 organizations with more than 800 active members  hosts various events and fundraisers throughout the year, including fundraisers for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Make a Wish Foundation, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation,  AIDS Walk L.A., Relay for Life and American Red Cross blood drives.

The university's Greek community invites faculty, staff and students to celebrate the positive aspects of Greek life through fundraisers, games and other activities during Greek Week, May 8-15. Proceeds will go toward various philanthropies such as the Christina Burmeister Foundation and the Children's Center.

Greek Week events will include:

  • Greek Quarterly — Walter Kimbrough, president of Philander Smith College and author of Black Greek 101, will discuss “Dilemma: History of Fraternalism in America” on Monday, May 8, 5:30-7 p.m., in the Bronco Student Center's (BSC) Ursa Major Suite.   
  • Canned Food Drive — Greek students will collect canned goods to donate to the Pomona Food Pantry on Tuesday, May 9, noon to 1 p.m., in University Park.   
  • Quiz Bowl — Fraternities and sororities will prove Greek Gods prefer brains over bronze as they are quizzed on each other's history and values on Wednesday, May 10, 5-9 p.m., in the BSC's Ursa Major Suite.   
  • Food Fair — Greek organizations will offer the campus an array of foods for sale to tantalize taste buds on Thursday, May 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in University Park.   
  • Greek Olympics — Greek gods and goddesses will battle it out in a series of games on Thursday, May 11, 5:30-9 p.m., at Kellogg Field (located behind the Residential Suites).   
  • Lip Sync — Attendees will enjoy a night of song, dance and laughter as Greeks lip sync to their favorite songs on Friday, May 12, 5:30- 9 p.m., at Kellogg Field. Tickets are $3 for Cal Poly Pomona students with I.D. and $5 general admission for faculty and staff.   
  • Children's Center Beautification Project — Lend a helping hand to the Greek community as it beautifies the Children's Center on Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In a collaborative project, Greeks will paint a mural from a picture drawn by the center's children.   
  • Greek Awards Night — Celebrate the accomplishments of the Greek community on Monday, May 15, 5:30-7 p.m., in the BSC's Ursa Major Suite.   

For more information on Greek Week 2006, visit or contact Jame'l R. Hodges at (909) 869-4492 or

The WRGA conference was established in 1948, and there are approximately 60 campuses throughout the 14 Western United States and two Western Canadian Providences eligible to attend the annual conference and receive the awards.