By Craig Henderson
Student Life Editor
On Monday, Nov. 10, Philanthropy Week kicked off its second year with Greek Life’s Polar Pies, sponsored by Delta Phi Epsilon and Student Organization Advisory Council. For each donation, a student was able to throw a pie, the size of a paper plate, at a Greek Life member in the face. The donations from Greek Life Polar Pies went to Special Olympics Michigan’s annual Polar Plunge, which is Greek Life’s official philanthropy.
Philanthropy Week is dedicated to having one week recognizing and celebrating all the philanthropic relationships that UM-Dearborn has. The relationships are based on hands-on service, raising awareness, doing advocacy work, and also fundraising for the organizations.
Student Organizations who are involved are Greek Life, Student Organization Advisory Council (SOAC), Delta Phi Epsilon (DFE), College Panhellenic, Student Philanthropy Council (SPC), Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), Student Food Pantry, Phi Mu, Phi Sigma Phi, Delta Sigma Phi, Phi Sigma Sigma, Theta Tau, and Alpha Omega Epsilon.
The campus departments involved are Office for Student Engagement, Counseling and Disability Services, Institutional Advancement, and Alumni Relations. A Conversation on Race program during the week is also a partnership with the Office of the Chancellor, the CIViC and the Office of Metropolitan Impact.
Other than Special Olympics Michigan, many of the other outside organizations that will benefit from the donations, services, and activities students participate in throughout the week are Suicide Prevention, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc., Rape, Abuse, & Incest Nation Network (RAINN), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Vista Maria.
Events from last year which are brought back for a second year are Polar Pies, Delta Phi Epsilon’s canned food drive, Phi Mu, TKE, and SOAC’s card competition, Delta Sigma Phi’s Miss Maize and Blue Pageant, and the Random Acts of Kindness competition.
This year’s new events are Phi Mu’s BDUBBS for the Kids, Phi Sigma Phi’s Think Pink!, Half the Sky Documentary and Discussion, “Detroit Unleaded” Screening and Q&A with Director Rola Nashef, There Is Help presented by UM-Dearborn Interfraternity Council with Counseling Services, and Philanthropy Trivia hosted by Student Philanthropy Council.
UM-Dearborn’s Coordinator for Greek Life, Kristin McDonough comments with her enthusiasm when saying, “Philanthropy Week shows different opportunities for students to get involved on campus; to understand what the types of things that student organizations are doing and what they care about. It also gives students the opportunity to give back and be an active contributor in our community and beyond. Philanthropy Weeks offers a glimpse of what we care about as a campus.”
For more information on Philanthropy Week, contact the Office for Student Engagement at 313-593-5390 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.