On November 2, the Oklahoma Delta Kappa chapter held their 2nd annual Spooky Sprint 5K.
The event benefits the Community After School Program of Norman (CASP) and consists of a child-friendly carnival in the heart of a campus and a 5K that circles around campus.
"As the carnival runs, the kids from CASP can go and play and do things like that and then we have the 5K going on so that no one gets lost and everyone can have a good time at the exact same time," said Adam Wagner, Signature Event Chair, Oklahoma '13.
Games included at the carnival were balloon-pops with darts, ghost pin bowling, pumpkin painting, an inflatable castle, and a dunk tank.
"My favorite game this year is the football toss. It's a Willy Wonka themed board with a hole cut in the middle and we've got silly string for when the kids make it," Wagner said.
"It's always a really good event because at this time of the year people are always in running shape and running around campus," said Alex Van Noord, Oklahoma '14.
The event is only on it’s second year, yet the chapter was able to raise more than $15,000 for CASP. "It's definitely growing and it's growing right to where we want it to be," Wagner said.
The Zeta Beta chapter at the University of Southern California has taken a great idea and turned it into one of the chapter's most valuable member benefits: networking.
"We decided to send out a call to alumni asking if they'd be interested to come to a Career Day where you talk about your industry and how you got there," said Chapter Advisor Jerry Papazian, Southern California '74.
Zeta Beta has been hosting an annual ATO Career Day for three years now. The response from undergraduates and alumni has been overwhelmingly positive. It answers one of the most basic questions of any undergraduate: what do I want to do after I graduate?
"We have people that are in the entertainment industry, people that are entrepreneurs… engineers… consultants," said Alumni Relations Officer Derek Nielsen, Southern California '12. "Being able to kind of pick their brains about their various experiences, and how that would apply to me moving forward, was definitely very useful."
"This is one of those experiences that reminds you, 'You know what? It's special to reconnect with these guys,'" said Blaine Rominger, Southern California '80.
"You can do these [events]," said KNBC-TV Weathercaster Carl Bell, Southern California '81. "They're so easy, and they're fun. It's reconnecting."