Alpha Omicron Pi Officers and Philanthropy projects Announced

Katie Grant
president of Alpha Omicron Pi, 308.627.7121

Social sorority Alpha Omicron Pi at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will host their third annual “Strike Out Arthritis” dodgeball tournament in March.

The fundraising tournament will be held in the UNK Health and Sports Center on Sunday, March 29, from 1-6 p.m. Teams consist of five players with one alternate. Teams pay a $30 participation fee. Admission is $2. Teams will be eliminated through a bracket system. A raffle consisting of items donated from the Kearney community will take place during the tournament.

Last year, the UNK dodgeball tournament raised more than $2,800. Funds raised will go to the sorority’s national philanthropy, the Alpha Omicron Pi Arthritis Foundation. The foundation awards research grants and scholarships to families with children who have juvenile arthritis.

In 2008, the Alpha Omicron Pi Arthritis Foundation donated $141,618 in arthritis-related research grants and mini-grants for local arthritis programs where the funds are raised.

Alpha Omicron Pi officers are listed alphabetically by hometown:

Beatrice– Chelsea Archer, vice president of communications
Cambridge– Brittany Brown, vice president of education
Carroll– Michaela Staub, assistant alumnae relations
Crete– Katie Hollman, vice president of administration
Kearney– Heather Paige, intramurals; Joy Wilson, assistant ritual; Katie Grant, president; and Mackenzie Bohl, treasurer.
Lincoln– Meagan Smejdir, ritual
McCook– Sam Post, alumnae relations
North Platte– Whitney Effenbeck, recording secretary
Omaha– Heather McLain, house manager, and Julie Wawers, vice president of philanthropy.
Papillion– Jordan Higgins, assistant social
Plymouth– Michelle Hermesch, vice president of chapter development
Seward– Teresa Cousins, vice president of standards
Schuyler – Jayme Houdek, assistant philanthropy
Sutherland– Amiee Adams, social chair
West Point– Mikayla Brune, vice president of academic development
Wood River– Jammie Rodriguez, Panhellenic delegate
Wynot– Brittany Weindant, corresponding secretary


Denver- Abby Claar, assistant vice president of standards
Windsor-Michelle Hermesch, vice president of chapter development
Hendron– Kendra Solko, new member educator