Kylene Daily has three things she loves: science, friendship, and service. Research has helped her to foster that passion for science; however, Alpha Phi Omega (APO) has helped her to grow her love both service and friendship.
“APO is a fraternity. We are a brotherhood, and after 5 semesters of active involvement, I take that very seriously. APO is my home and here I have finally become myself,” said Daily. “I have been inspired, and continue to be inspired. These people push me and make me stronger. They comfort me, and I comfort them. We succeed together and we fail together. We learn and we grow.”
APO is the University’s first co-ed service fraternity, a group of 60-80 students who dedicate their time weekly to helping out in the community. Currently Daily co-serves as the Vice-President of Service with Cy Clemo (Environmental Science, Class of 2014). The pair works to organize the groups’ service outings, coordinating with the fraternity and other organizations.
“No, we aren’t waking up on Saturday mornings and curing infectious diseases or building a school in Africa,” said Daily. “But we are waking up on Saturday mornings and doing something for an organization which does so much for other people.”
Despite those early Saturday mornings, Daily feels that the group is making a serious impact, on both the community and its own members.
“At Southwood [a transition community for Habitat for Humanity], the community decided to make our Saturday’s community service days,” said Daily. “Families wanted to come out and help the crazy college students who cleaned up their neighborhood. They’re gaining a sense of community, and our volunteers are proud and honored to be a part of it. ”