G The Greek Letter November 2013 / Volume 5 Issue I

The Greek Letter
November 2013 / Volume 5 Issue I
From the Director
reetings! The semester has started strong within our Greek Community. Growth and expansion have been the focus of this Fall 2013
semester. Our four councils have been working diligently to uphold
the standards set in place by their National Organizations, while they
continue to emerge into great leaders. As a result, we have seen a tremendous increase of students who desire to become part of our amazing community.
In This Issue . . .
Award Winning Chapters
Page 2
Interfraternity Council
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Multicultural Greek Council
Page 3
National Pan-Hellenic Council
Page 4
Fall 2013 Recruitment
Page 4
Alternative Spring Break
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The Office of Greek Life Staff:
Robyn Brock, Assistant Dean / Director
[email protected]
Michelle Robinson, Associate Director
[email protected]
Susannah Shiner, Assistant Director
[email protected]
Our Panhellenic community had a record breaking number of women participate in
Fall recruitment, all while welcoming the colonization of Alpha Omicron Pi. The
Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) has dedicated this semester to promoting unity
amongst their peers, beginning with encouragement to Love Your Body. The
Interfraternity Council (IFC) welcomes the colonization of Beta Theta Pi fraternity
into the IFC community. The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) has made the
decision to dedicate themselves to serving the Tallahassee Community by placing
focus on homelessness.
As the Director of Greek Life I spend a lot of time advocating for our values-based
organizations. I consistently talk about leadership, service, scholarship, and friendship
within fraternities and sororities. Our community makes it easy for me to engage in
these conversations. The next page demonstrates the numerous accolades our chapters received.
We look forward to a continued successful year as we approach Spring 2014.
For more information about programs, resources and services related to fraternities
and sororities, please contact us at [email protected] or visit our website at
Sarah Hubbard, Student Program Assistant
[email protected]
Frank Lopez, Graduate Assistant
[email protected]
Brian McDermott, Graduate Assistant
[email protected]
Left to Right:
Brian McDermott, Frank Lopez, Robyn Brock, Sarah Hubbard, Michelle Robinson, Susannah Shiner
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Award Winning Chapters
ver the past academic year, individuals and chapters of our community were honored for their achievements both regionally and nationally. Congratulations to all
of these chapters on their accomplishments. Our members are constantly showing why
Florida State’s Greek Life community is one of the best.
Lets congratulate our award winning community!
Alpha Tau Omega: True Merit Cup recipient; Recruitment Excellence Award
Chi Phi: Thomas A. Gehring Award for Chapter Excellence – Chapter of the Year;
Philanthropy Achievement Award; Bates Block Campus Involvement Award
Pi Kappa Alpha: Smythe Award – Chapter of the Year
Pi Kappa Phi: Champion Master Chapter Award
Sigma Chi: Recognized as a Bell Chapter
Theta Chi: Alter Award – Chapter of the Year; Holland Award – Top Recruiting
Chapter; Phil S. Randall Award – Top 5 Fundraising Chapter
Zeta Beta Tau: Recognized for campus involvement and academics; ZBT Top
Recruitment Award
Upcoming Events:
Initiation Deadline
Mandatory Interest
9:15pm Union Ballrooms
alpha Kappa Delta Phi: Chapter of the Year
Kappa Delta Chi: Chapter of the Year
Lambda Theta Alpha: Burgundy and Grey Award – Sister of the Year; Community
Service Event of the Year; Secretary of the Year
Omega Phi Beta: Chapter member Maria Silva named Chapter President of the Year
and given the Leadership Award
Sigma Beta Rho: Newly Inducted Brother of the Year; Brother of the Year
Theta Nu Xi: Chapter of the Year; Program of the Year; Best Intake Process
Alpha Phi Alpha: Florida Chapter of the Year; Florida Brother of the Year
Kappa Alpha Psi: (2) Byron U. Armstrong Awards for Academic Achievement
Phi Beta Sigma: Silver Award for Membership
Alpha Chi Omega: Alpha Level Accreditation
Alpha Gamma Delta: Jewel Chapter – Fundraising
Alpha Phi: Order of the Lamp Qualifier; #1 Southeast Donor to Alpha Phi Foundation
Delta Delta Delta: Top 25 chapters for St Jude Children’s Hospital fundraising
Delta Zeta: Outstanding Community Philanthropic Support
Gamma Phi Beta: Five Crescents Level
Kappa Alpha Theta: Bronze Kite Award
Kappa Delta: Merit Chapter – Top 10% of Kappa Delta Chapters; Academic Excellence; Chapter Advisory Board Excellence; Alumnae Chapter Achievement Award
Kappa Kappa Gamma: Outstanding Academics
Pi Beta Phi: Arrow in the Attic Award – Top Donor
Sigma Delta Tau: Diamond Chapter – Chapter of the Year; Received a Pearl in
administration, membership recruitment, new member education, scholarship, programming, leadership development, and alumnae
Zeta Tau Alpha: Crown Chapter
Did you know that the
overall Greek GPA was
3.114 in spring 2013?
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IFC Welcomes Back Beta Theta Pi Fraternity
his semester, the Interfraternity Council and Greek Life community has
welcomed a new chapter to Florida State’s campus. Beta Theta Pi
Fraternity begun its colonization this fall and has already had 92 men
accept bids. Beta is known for its award-winning Men of Principle
initiative and recognized as one of the top ten fraternities for number of chapters,
undergraduate members and living alumni. The Interfraternity Council is excited to
welcome Beta to its continuously growing community.
Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) Focuses on Values Based Programming
he Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) was founded on the ideal to
promote unity and cohesion on Florida State University’s campus. To
achieve their ideals, each organization will be hosting a variety of events,
fundraisers, and participate in many community service efforts. This
year, the council is focusing on values based programming.
During October, the MGC is participating in Love Your Body Day. This is an
event where women and men come together to celebrate self-acceptance and
promote positive body image. According to Florida State University Health
Services, between 50-80% of the Florida State community struggles with body
dissatisfaction. Because this issue is so relevant to our campus community the men
and women of MGC are making it a priority to be a part of this initiative.
While MGC is a council comprised of social fraternities and sororities, MGC has a
strong commitment to the academic success of students in their community here at
FSU. This semester MGC is hosting study nights on the last Wednesday of each
month; the study nights will be held at a variety of locations on FSU’s campus.
Academics are the first priority of the council and each individual organization
within the council.
A common phrase heard at Florida State is to Uphold the Garnet and Gold, FSU’s
challenge to the entire community to respect yourself and others, take
responsibility for yourself and those around you, and reflect the values of the
institution. Civility is respecting diversity, tradition, recognizing the importance of
dynamic learning environments, and holding each other accountable. In alignment
with this challenge, the council is hosting MGC week in the spring semester.
During this week they will be addressing the issue of civility on social media. The
council is implementing a hashtag campaign on Twitter, to show how social media
can be used to positively impact the community.
For more information regarding the Multicultural Greek Council, please visit:
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NPHC Fall Focus, Service
he National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) at Florida State University is
currently comprised of six of the “Divine 9” organizations. Each organization,
although founded upon their own values and principles, shares the common
value of serving their community. Our NPHC community made the decision
to focus its collective efforts on serving the Tallahassee community. Each month the
council will choose a different area of concern and work towards being part of the
From the start of the Fall semester the NPHC has set the focus on homelessness in
Tallahassee. The council has partnered with The Shelter, located on Tennessee Street.
The Shelter’s history stems back to 1986 when First Presbyterian Church opened its
doors to a few men who were seeking shelter from the cold. By 1988 The Shelter was
registered as a non-profit agency and the location on Tennessee Street was opened in
1991. According to The Shelter’s website, the establishment provides food, shelter, and
basic health needs for hundreds of men, women, and children each day and night. The
NPHC has become a part of the volunteer force at The Shelter.
Every Wednesday the NPHC will continue to collect basic toiletries items and blankets to
help support the mission and vision of The Shelter. In addition, members of the council
will volunteer to serve food at The Shelter. The council is truly taking an active role in the
Tallahassee community. As they turn their service efforts the Florida State University
community, the council will look to partner with various student organizations to find
ways to give back to this community which has given them the opportunity to explore
their educational dreams.
Panhellenic Association Achieves Another Successful Recruitment
anuary 2013 marked the beginning of another year of preparation for Panhellenic’s
recruitment staff. With the consistent increase in Potential New Members (PNMs)
every year, the staff began its year selecting 90 recruitment counselors to accompany
the growth. The recruitment counselors, rho gammas as they are respectfully called,
trained for the entirety of the Spring semester to provide the utmost counseling and
customer service. As registration opened in April, we were heading towards record
When registration closed and final preparations commenced, the Panhellenic community
was prepared for the nearly 1,700 women who were seeking membership into the 16
organizations that comprise the Panhellenic Association. Along with the record-breaking
numbers, the Panhellenic community was welcoming its 17th organization, Alpha
Omicron Pi Sorority. The newest sorority participated in the first of four rounds of
recruitment to introduce themselves and the organization to the PNMs.
As we neared the end of the recruitment week, we would celebrate the accomplishment
of 1,200 new members into the Panhellenic community, but there was one more chapter
to finish their introduction into the community. Alpha Omicron Pi sorority quickly
moved into recruitment mode as the campus community began classes. During the
weekend of September 7-9, Alpha Omicron Pi began and finished their colonization
weekend. By the evening of September 9, 2013, Alpha Omicron Pi added 200+ women
to the Panhellenic community and introduced their women to a sea of Greek men and
women who came to support the colonization ceremony.
As the Panhellenic community continues to grow and truly embody a values-based
community, there is no doubt the number of women who choose to participate in
recruitment will find an organization that aligns with her personal values.
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Alternative Spring Break
ive back to the global community, bond
with others in the Greek community, and
travel abroad for Spring Break…what more
could you ask for?!?! For the second year,
the Greek Life Office is providing Greek students with
an opportunity to engage in community service during
their Spring Break, March 8 – 15th. Greek Life
Alternative Spring Break is a great way for students to
explore social issues and discover new things through
education and purposeful action. Students will join
forces with others members of the FSU Greek
community to provide some much needed assistance to
others in a foreign country.
On last year’s trip, nine FSU Greek students helped
rebuild schools, while making unique connections with
young Jamaican children and each other. Not only did
the participants help others, they learned a lot about
themselves during the seven day trip. One participant
reflected, “I did not realize how much I could grow as a
person along the way.” The trip is designed to help
students get out of their comfort zone, challenge
themselves, and give back to others who may not be as
fortunate as us.
If you are interested in learning more about the Greek
Life Alternative Spring Break trip, please contact Brian
McDermott ([email protected]) this years Greek
Life Staff Graduate Assistant or Susannah Shiner
([email protected]), this year’s Greek Life Staff
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