This year, we took Wellness Week a step further by leveraging the many resources Duke has to offer. Under the leadership of Chris Hill, the new Wellness Week chair, and Matthew Conley, the current VP of Member Development, SigEp worked with Duke’s Wellness Center (DuWell) to offer programs on sexual health and wellness and responsible alcohol use. These programs, alongside our members’ stories and advice, led to an incredibly successful Wellness Week. Because of the great response by our chapter to the programs put on by DuWell, we plan on offering a few more programs throughout the spring semester.
Our philanthropy program has undergone an exciting transformation in recent months. Looking for a cause to rally behind in the long-term, our philanthropy team initiated a multi-round voting process in the early fall to select a charity that would be the focus of our fundraising efforts for years to come. Suggestions came from a number of brothers who spoke up for a number of causes that resonated with them including mental health, veterans affairs, education, poverty alleviation, and international development. The winner, with more than 50% support in the final round of voting: The Prostate Cancer Foundation. Our team is currently developing a long-term fundraising strategy, and we look forward to hosing fundraising events such as a golf tournament and home run derby in the coming months.
In the meantime, NC Gamma has remained committed to addressing emerging issues. This past October, a number of brothers were moved by the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. After a prompt meeting, our philanthropy team quickly organized a week-long fundraiser that raised nearly $3,000 for victims of the shooting and their families. Support for the cause on campus was overwhelming. While we remain committed to the Prostate Cancer Foundation in the long term, we will continue to stand ready to act in response to emerging issues in the future.