August 2020 Collegiate Chapter of the Month: Epsilon Epsilon, Oklahoma City University

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Our latest collegiate Chapter of the Month is the Epsilon Epsilon Chapter at Oklahoma City University. Installed in November 2013, this chapter has accomplished a great deal in the past seven years and its members have consistently embodied our values of love, honor and truth. Read on to learn more about Epsilon Epsilon and its members!

Chapter Name: Epsilon Epsilon

School Name: Oklahoma City University

Date Chapter Founded: 2013

Number of Members: 83

Chapter GPA: 3.8

Chapter Philanthropy Events & Monies Raised for CMN Hospitals

One of our favorite events of the year is our Miracle Mac event where we all make different kinds of Mac and Cheese. The entire campus shows their support by purchasing $5 all-you-can-eat tickets. It’s always a good time for us and the diners. Talented Phi Mus and other campus performers perform throughout the event and all the profits go to the Children’s Hospital Foundation, supporting our local CMN hospital. Each March, we also host Miracle Madness, a basketball tournament. Last year, we raised over $7,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through our personal fundraising and through the campus Miracle Marathon. Additionally, our chapter supports the Boys and Girls Club and the Loveland Foundation.

Epsilon Epsilon’s “synchronized swim” team.

Fun Chapter Facts

  • Every Monday, we post a Mu Music Monday Video to our chapter’s YouTube channel. We will be starting these back up again this September. Our chapter has so many music majors that learning the songs of Phi Mu is something we all love. We are always excited to share our talent to sisters around the country!
  • Our chapter members (now alumnae), provided the vocals and music for the national Phi Mu Initiation music!
  • Our CMN Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at OU Medicine, is right down the road from our campus. We’ve been able to tour the hospital many times and that is always a highlight for our members. We have been able to host events with the kids and hope to continue once the pandemic ends. One of our favorite events has been our annual Halloween party where we all dress up in fun costumes, bob for apples and ensure the patients enjoy celebrating.
  • We have created a “synchronized swim team” and we create new routines for OCU’s annual talent show. We don’t actually swim – we perform with a blue sheet in front of us to look like water! During our first year, we got hundreds of dollars donated to our Miracle Marathon page!

Points of Pride

  • At the Oklahoma City University campus leadership awards in 2019, we won Greek Organization of the Year and chapter member Hope Melton was recognized as Greek Scholar of the Year.
  • At the 2020 awards, we won Outstanding Commitment to Philanthropy. Several members were also recognized with awards: Stella Seagraves – Outstanding Freshman, Meredith Crain – Outstanding Sophomore, Mackenzie Vanzee – Outstanding Junior, Taylor Stufflebean – Greek Scholar of the Year/Greek Member of the Year and Katelyn Curtin – Sister of the Year.
  • This year, our Chapter Adviser, Robin Benoit, EN (Oklahoma State University), was recognized by the campus as Advisor of the Year and by Phi Mu Fraternity as Honorable Mention for Chapter Adviser of the Biennium (2018-2020).
  • Our chapter won Honorable Mention for Phi Mu’s Rose and White Award, which recognizes the most improved chapters of the biennium (2018-2020). We were also recognized with an Academic Excellence Award at the 2020 Phi Mu Officer Academy.
  • We have also been the highest fundraiser for the OCU Dance Marathon, Miracle Marathon, since its founding in 2017.

Interesting Facts about Our Members

  • One of our members, Mallory Scheidel, is TikTok famous, with over 18 million likes!
  • Our members are very involved in the campus Miracle Marathon. Our Chapter President Katelyn Curtain, serves as the Executive Director, the Director of Fundraising is also a Phi Mu and we have five other members in chair positions!
  • Members are also heavily involved in the American Spirit Dance Company, one of the many dance groups at Oklahoma City University.
  • We have many members who are theatre/music students and always preforming in plays, operas and concerts across Oklahoma City. One sister preformed at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma in “Cat in the Hat” last semester and we also have a sister that stage manages for Oklahoma Children’s Theatre.
  • Sisters are also involved on campus in the Native American Society, Psychology Club, Student Government Association, Student Activities Council, Homecoming Exec, New Student Orientation Exec and so much more.
  • Our chapter includes women studying a variety of subjects from music, to dance, to acting, to kinesiology and pre-law. We truly have a bit of everything in the Epsilon Epsilon Chapter! That is one of the reasons we are so connected – we are brought together because we can learn so much from our sisters around us.
Epsilon Epsilon Chapter Bid Day 2020

How We are Staying Connected During COVID-19

Our chapter just held a virtual recruitment using Zoom breakout rooms, backgrounds and everything else. It was a huge success, with the exception of a few Wi-Fi outages! Our members were able to connect on a more personal level with Potential New Members than ever before because they were in their breakout rooms and didn’t have to deal with shouting in crowded rooms that normally happens during in-person recruitment. Sisters found that their conversations went by faster than they normally do in-person. Our wonderful Video Chairwoman, Megan Sullivan, took the lead on our virtual recruitment efforts. She made over nine videos during the recruitment process that were all featured on our social media and in our parties. You can check out some of them on our YouTube channel!

We just finished Bid Day, which was our first in-person event. We went to a fun park with a Ferris wheel and spent the day getting to know each other. We are so excited to welcome over 30 Phis into our chapter!

Since the pandemic started, our chapter has done a lot of Zoom events. We are excited to partner next week with another Phi Mu Chapter, Alpha Kappa at the College of Charleston, to host a virtual cooking class!