Celebrating Greek Life
RAA award recognizes importance of community service.
Fraternities and sororities play an integral role in campus life at Rensselaer. In fact, Greeks have an exceptionally long history at Rensselaer, with the first fraternities being established soon after the founding in 1824, and several Alpha chapters still in residence today. As Rensselaer strives to build a Greek program that is a national model of excellence, the current Rensselaer Alumni Association leadership has taken an active role in promoting a robust and productive discussion on Greek life at Rensselaer. In order to recognize this important aspect of campus life, they’ve created the RAA Community Service Award for Greek Life.
The award is designed to recognize a fraternity or sorority that is involved with community service and philanthropic activities, and it includes a $1,000 donation in the winners’ name to a charity of their choice. The inaugural recipient is Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, which volunteered for more than 1,000 hours of community service in the past year. Activities included participation in World Aids Day; renovation of the Frear Park Ice Skating Rink; an annual Neighborhood Rake-A-Thon; participation in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life; and “PIKES Presents,” which raised over $1,200 to provide holiday gifts to student in grades K-3 at a local school. Pi Kappa Alpha elected to donate the $1,000 award to the American Cancer Society.