William Woods University draws students from 45 states and 16 foreign countries, but this year something unusual happened when the university’s sororities and fraternities chose officers. All six newly elected presidents hail from mid-Missouri.
Will Reniker of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and Christina Richey of Alpha Phi sorority are both from Fulton. Troy Boulware of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and Ashley Smithee of Delta Gamma sorority both call Auxvasse “home.” Allison Gibson of Alpha Chi Omega sorority is from Jefferson City, while Jennifer Sydow of Chi Omega sorority claims Centralia.
These presidents already have plans for interaction between their Greek organizations and the communities where they grew up.
Reniker of Phi Gamma Delta promises continued interaction between his fraternity and the community. “Part of our principles includes community and service. We have always been active in the community and will continue to do so,” he explained. “However, we are always looking for other community service projects in the area.”
Gibson of Alpha Chi Omega said, “We will continue to support fundraising events to contribute to the Fulton Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARD-V) in order to support women and children in the area who are in less than desirable relationships.”
Last year, Chi Omega sorority was able to fully grant a Fulton child’s wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Sydow, the sorority president, is hoping this year to again grant a wish of a child from a local community.
“We will do our 24-hour ‘See-saw for Sight’ philanthropy and we are planning to do more community service this spring and summer with those who live around here,” she said. “We are trying to get more involved with the Westminster sororities, too.”
The presidents of Alpha Phi and Pi Kappa Alpha have some fresh ideas for their terms.
“My mom heads the United Way of Fulton and we are talking about doing a joint activity with them, probably the radio-a-thon,” said Richey.
According to Richey, the sorority also recently donated $1,500 to a cardiac care site in Jefferson City. Another item on the agenda for the group is to try to involve their alumni more in their activities, especially those who live locally.
Boulware has plans to work with both Auxvasse and Fulton.
“I am working on a possible alumni basketball game or something with my high school class of 2000 at North Callaway and the fraternity. Another possibility is a performance in the dome called ‘Pike Live’ for the local community. It would feature impromptu acts and ‘Saturday Night Live’ type skits,” explained Boulware.