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January 28, 2011

ULM Greeks give back during annual retreat

The University of Louisiana at Monroe's Office of Greek Life held its annual "Greek Retreat" this past weekend in Farmerville, challenging Greek leaders to re-think leadership and help redefine the ULM fraternity and sorority experience.

The weekend included educational programs and team building activities highlighted by a day of service beginning at the Union Parish Library on Saturday, Jan. 22.

Almost 30 ULM Greek students participated in the day of service sponsored by the Union Parish Police Jury. Students interacted with Union Parish Officials and completed tasks and beautification projects at the courthouse, downtown area and extension office.

"Community service and philanthropies are an important part of Greek Life," said ULM Greek Advisor Keith Hembree.

"We felt that in order for Greek students to maximize their experience over the weekend, it was important for us to not only give back, but to make a difference with the people of Union Parish."

Caitlyn Olivier, president of Phi Mu's Alpha Rho Chapter said, "Community service does the heart well and this event was a great way for Greeks from different organizations to work together and promote unity."

The Office of Greek Life is charged with advising the 16 nationally recognized fraternities and sororities at ULM. Founded on principles of scholarship, leadership, community service and development of lifelong friendships, they practice these fundamental principles in their pursuit of excellence everyday.

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