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From left Matt Van Etten (finance/economics), Lexie Pollack (political science), Na’eem Allen-Stills (exercise science), Dara Thomas (criminology) and assistant director of fraternity and sorority life and student engagement Betsy Sarneso pose with Dr. Michael Driscoll at the Red Kettle Breakfast on Nov. 19.

For the 14th year in a row, IUP’s fraternities and sororities have worked together to raise money for the Salvation Army.  

This year, the Greek community raised $4,290.90 by standing in front of local stores such a Bi-Lo in order to gain community support. During the course of more than a decade, the Greek community has raised a total of $40,726.50 for the local Salvation Army.  

“We all really enjoyed taking an hour of our time to come together and raise money for such a good cause,” Alexis Smith, (junior, pre med) said.  

“I think it’s great that the Greek community reaches out and helps,” Meghan McCreary (senior, nutrition and dietetics) said.  

“Seeing all of the Greek community come together and raise money for such an amazing cause makes me realize how lucky we are to be a part of such a great group of men and women,” Abby Jett (junior, child development and family relations) said. 

The Salvation Army helps many people who are in struggling situations worldwide. The sororities and fraternities at IUP are proud to serve this cause for the past 14 years and for the years to come.

IUP President Michael Driscoll introduced the Greek community members in attendance at a breakfast. These students included Matt Van Etten (finance and economics), Lexie Pollock (political science), Na’eem Allen-Stills (exercise science), Dara Thomas (criminology) and Betsy Sarneso, assistant director of fraternity and sorority life and student engagement at IUP. 

On another note, IUP’s Office of Service Learning in the Career and Professional Development Center has organized a drive on campus for the Angels’ Wings program, a gift exchange during the holiday season that’s created to give gifts to more than 2,000 children, elderly and physically/mentally challenged people in the Indiana area.  

Tags with gift requests were to be picked up between Nov. 18–22 in the following campus buildings: the Hadley Union Building Atrium, Davis Hall, Office of Student Affairs (Sutton Hall), Johnson Hall, Stouffer Hall, Uhler Hall, McElhaney Hall and Eberly College of Business and Information Technology.  

Unwrapped gifts with the tag placed on it were to be returned to the HUB on Dec. 2 and 3 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Gifts were also dropped off at Pratt Hall on both those days from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.  

For more information, contact Brianna Faber at shfw@iup.edu or Angela Martinelli at martinel@iup.edu, 302 Pratt Hall, (724) 357-2235.

There was also an Angels’ Wings Book Drive that ended Dec. 6.  The IUP Libraries partnered with the Indiana Gazette and the Indiana County Community Action Program in order to have a successful event. To give a book this holiday season, contact Kell Heider, education librarian, at yheider@iup.edu.

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