MELBOURNE, FLA.—The first-ever fraternity for online students, Florida Institute of Technology’s Theta Omega Gamma (TOG) service fraternity, has adopted Books for Soldiers www.booksforsoldiers.com as a service project. The co-ed organization recently shipped its initial package to soldier Rocky Botner, stationed in Afghanistan.
Members of TOG are required to contribute at least two hours of community service per month as part of their membership.
“We felt it was a very worthwhile project. The consensus among members was that we would do this on either a group or individual basis until ‘they all come home,’ especially our troops in Afghanistan,” said faculty adviser Vicky Knerly.
TOG member and webmaster Stephanie Kagley, a criminal justice major located in Birmingham, Ala., is coordinating the outreach effort. TOG members are currently in six states and overseas.
Members responded to Botner’s request for comedy, science fiction, action and romantic movies by sending a package of 12 DVDs, cards and letters from members, blank note cards and stamps. Additionally, the package included a drawing from TOG President Tamika Ahfeld’s seven-year-old son Joey.
Theta Omega Gamma was founded in January 2010 specifically for online students. Its intent is not just to be a networking and social club, but an organization in which members regularly join in service projects. “Because online students are all over the world, the organization’s projects have the potential for a global reach,” said Knerly.
For more information about TOG, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about Florida Tech’s online programs visit http://floridatechonline.com.