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Order of Omega, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Greek honors society, recently received an Outstanding Chapter Award for its active presence on campus during spring 2009 and fall 2010.

Stan Sweeney, assistant director of Reeve Memorial Union and adviser for the group, accepted the award at the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Conference in St. Louis in February.

“Order of Omega recognizes students in fraternities and sororities who have attained a high standard of leadership,” Sweeney said. “It is exciting to see our chapter recognized nationally for its efforts.”

Invite-only membership in Order of Omega is earned through leadership, service and scholarship to the campus community, along with high academic achievement in the Greek community.

As a member of Phi Mu sorority, senior Brittney Presser accepted an invitation to the organization in February 2010 and immediately took on a leadership role as vice president of programming.

“We represent a group of hard-working, driven Greek individuals who are focused on scholarship and making the campus community a more well-rounded environment,” said Presser, an education major.

The organization currently is planning a school-supplies drive to provide needy students at Merrill Elementary in Oshkosh with classroom essentials.

“This semester I decided to take on a philanthropy initiative as an act of service to a local school where students need help,” Presser said.

The first week of the supply drive is April 12-16 and targets UW Oshkosh faculty and staff members. Each interested campus department and faculty member will receive bags to collect the supplies, which will later be picked up by Order of Omega members.

The second week of the drive, April 19-23, will target students at UW Oshkosh, and April 26-30 will focus solely on Greeks in conjunction with 2010 Greek Week.

The school supplies drive is in need of glue sticks, colored pencils, markers, erasers, pencils, crayons, folders, spiral notebooks and scissors. Those interested in donating can contact Brittney Presser at presseb86@uwosh.edu.

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