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<p>Photo courtesy of Vy Truong.</p>
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For 10 years, DKE sponsors professorship

Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity is dedicated to keeping UNC at the top of its academic game.

In 2000, Edward “Tee” Baur, an alumnus of Delta Kappa Epsilon, began fundraising efforts to create the Delta Kappa Epsilon Distinguished Professorship, which established a chair endowed by the fraternity to be awarded to an outstanding member of the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences. The first and current distinguished professor, David Reeve, is a philosophy professor at UNC. He was awarded the professorship in 2005.

“Each year I write to explain what I’ve done in part with some of the funds they’ve made available,” he said. “Getting the chair is funded by Delta Kappa Epsilon, but it’s not awarded by them,” he said. “It’s awarded by the University. So, in a sense, it’s like any donor.”

Breast cancer awareness close to home

Alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority Inc., a member of the Greek Alliance Council, fundraises for breast cancer research. Vy Truong, vice president of service, said the Alpha Kappa Delta Phi supports the Avon Foundation’s Breast Cancer Crusade because of the national sorority’s connection to the cause.

“Some of our national sisters in the past have had breast cancer, so that’s one of the reasons why our national board chose that as our philanthropy,” she said.

Truong said a lot of work goes into fundraising for the sorority’s philanthropy, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.

“What we usually do for that is in the fall semester during the month of October. We have a whole month of events leading up to our Charity Ball, which is a show where we have auctions and organizations perform, and we also have food provided,” Truong said.

Carolina for the Kids a huge beneficiary

Some sororities do it for the kids.

The Sigma Sigma Sigma, Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Chi Omega and Kappa Kappa Gamma sororities are highly involved in the fundraising effort for Carolina for the Kids, which raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital every year.

Sigma Sigma Sigma President Emma Hanmer said the sorority has always had a strong connection to Carolina for the Kids.

“I think it’s kind of been like a mutual relationship. It’s been going for a really long time,” she said. “We have a benefit dinner in the fall, which has been going on since before I got here.”

Hanmer said monetary donations aren’t the only way her sorority is involved with Carolina for the Kids.

“Three of our members are morale captains (for the Dance Marathon),” she said. “There are at least twenty of us who signed up to participate this year.”

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