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KYX Gives Back

 

By Naudia O’Steen

A Lee University Greek service club, Kappa Upsilon Chi (KYX), recently served at the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park at Historic Blythe Ferry.

Twenty members of the fraternity, accompanied by sponsor Dr. Randy Miedaner, an assistant professor of business, spent the afternoon walking through the park picking up litter. The members filled over 100 garbage bags with waste.

“Being able to give back and assist a worthy historical site was rewarding,” said Miedaner. “Local community members were very thankful for our efforts and even stopped their cars to thank us.”

After the service project was finished the group received a tour so they could understand the significance of the park and give meaning to their service. Park Director Nancy Williams met with the group.

“It was such a humbling experience to be able to serve the community through such a simple act and to make such a difference,” said Hayden Boone, former KYX president. “This is what we strive for at Lee University.”

The Cherokee Removal Memorial Park strives to educate visitors about forced removal of Cherokees from their ancestral land. Turning a dark part of America’s past into an educational opportunity, the park is now a champion for human rights. The park also serves to educate guests on the unique wildlife and offer recreational services. Along with biking trails, the park also has a memorial and history wall about Cherokees.

KYX is a national fraternity that desires to glorify Jesus and maintain and uphold biblical standards. Lee’s chapter KYX Sigma has been on campus since 2012.

For more information about Cherokee Removal Memorial Park, visit site.

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KYX members are pictured here at Cherokee Removal Memorial Park with Nancy Williams, park director. (back row, left to right) Ryne Key, Robbie Fitkin, Rachel Bowman, Landon Boyd, Philip Waldrop, and Dr. Randall Miedaner. (front row, l to r) Hayden Boone, Brandon Peek, Brandon Wall, Garrett Byrd, Blake Smith, Edwin Ortiz, MaKenzee Gossett, Williams, Andrew Cannon, Mason Johnson, Dewin Davis, and Kyle Edmondson.


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