Grace Cavanaugh ~ Editor in Chief
As part of the University of Lynchburg 2020 Homecoming for Home celebrations the Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, and National Pan-Hellenic Council participated in a virtual homecoming.
Each of the three IFC fraternities, four PC sororities, and three NPHC organizations made a slide outlining what they had done over the year so far, including how much money they had raised for various philanthropies, what their plans were for upcoming service events, and other social plans.
Because of COVID-19, homecoming was moved online into a Google Meet, with four to five representatives showing up for each organization.
Hannah Pine, president of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, said, “Homecoming has always been one of the biggest and, in my opinion, most important events at the University of Lynchburg. I was very concerned that this year, Covid would not allow us to celebrate our University as we should. Luckily, our faculty put on a Virtual Homecoming to give us some semblance of a normal homecoming. As president of Sigma Sigma Sigma, I was asked to present annual updates about our chapter to my community. In doing so, I was allowed to reconnect with some friends I had not seen due to the pandemic as well as meet some alumni that are both part of my Lynchburg and Greek families. Getting to learn how other chapters are making changes and thriving under these conditions both helped me be a better president and helped me feel less alone in my struggle to adapt.
Alana Compton, member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, said, “I really liked attending homecoming, because it was super interesting to hear what the other fraternities and sororities have been doing during this crazy time. It just gave a nice insight to other organizations, especially since I do not really know too much about what they do. Overall it was really informative and I had a great time!”
According to Mark Twomey, president of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, “It was great to see alumni from previous years show up and support our chapters. They seemed pretty impressed with how we have all handled COVID this year!”
President of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Zara Collins, said, “Although we were not able to be together in person, virtual homecoming was a great time! All greek organizations were able to connect with alumni to discuss events, achievements and overall chapter updates. It was good to see past and present members of greek life!”
Carlie Vaughan, vice president of public relations for the Kappa Delta sorority, said, “It was really cool hearing the amazing things the rest of greek life is doing on campus and being able to still have an event with alumni given the circumstances.”
Malik Nowlin, treasurer of the Sigma Nu fraternity and IFC’s vice president of internal affairs, commented, “It was a great opportunity to speak to the alumni. They were very nice and supportive of the work we have done through the onset of the pandemic. It was also nice to hear what other organizations on campus have been doing. Since there are so few in person events, sometimes we lose contact. It would be great to do something like this for the Lynchburg Community!”
Members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, were not in attendance, but they still had virtual slides outlining all they had done and planned to do during this semester.