2012 Samford Greek Life End of Year Report
This document encompasses all the accomplishments for the Samford University Greek community during the calendar year 2012.
1 MISSION Office of Greek Life The Office of Greek Life is committed to a quality fraternal experience encompassing service, leadership, scholarship and personal development within a Christian values collegiate community. Friends and Family of the Samford Greek Community, The 2012 calendar year was a banner one for the Samford Greek community. With a newly chartered NPHC council and a new IFC colony on the horizon, our numbers are growing. Academically, we are in the midst of a strong run with more than 40% of the Greek community securing places on the Dean’s List for six consecutive semesters. Our chapters’ legacy of service to others continues to be one of the strongest facets of our community. With those highlights in mind—and other community, chapter and individual success stories—the time has come for us to produce an end-of-year report. As you will see in these pages, we are moving in the right direction. Please join us in celebrating 2012, and know that 2013 will be even more successful with this continued work ethic. Interfraternally, Denny Bubrig Director of Greek Life 2 Contents Service. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Leadership. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Scholarship. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Personal Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Recruitment and Retention. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Public Relations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Vision for the Future. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Where We Have Been . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Current Samford Chapters Alpha Delta Pi Alpha Kappa Alpha Alpha Omicron Pi Alpha Phi Alpha Alpha Tau Omega (colony in 2014) Chi Omega Delta Sigma Theta Delta Xi Phi Kappa Alpha Psi Lambda Chi Alpha Phi Mu Pi Kappa Phi Sigma Chi Sigma Nu Zeta Tau Alpha Samford Code of Values We, as the Samford University community, affirm the value of a peaceful and purposeful community, founded on the moral and ethical integrity of students and faculty. We commit ourselves to the Christian values on which Samford University was founded. We expect that our commitment to mutual responsibility and a spirit of cooperation will create a community that is orderly, caring and just. The purpose of this statement is to affirm those basic principles that underlie the rights and responsibilities of the university community. Samford University values include: worth of the individual, self-discipline, integrity, r espect for property and the environment and respect for community authority. 3 Service Service lies at the heart of the Greek community. From money raised to hands-on service, Samford Greeks strive to set a philanthropic example while b rightening the days of beneficiaries and chapter members alike. Philanthropies by Chapter A∆π: Ronald McDonald House AKA: Sickle Cell Foundation Αoπ: Arthritis Research AΦA: Education and Building Foundations AXA: North American Food Drive XΩ: Make-a-Wish Foundation ∆ΣΘ: 5 Programmatic Thrust Programs ∆xΘ: Stomach Cancer Awareness KAΨ: Habitat for Humanity ΦM: Children’s Miracle Network πKΦ: Push America ΣX: Children’s Miracle Network ΣN: St. Jude’s Hospital ZTA: Breast Cancer Education and Awareness/Susan G. Komen Alpha Phi Alpha Spotlight The Tau Iota chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha is engaged with several area philanthropies ranging from the American Cancer Society to mentoring at Restoration Academy. On the national level, TI participates in the Alpha partnership with the MLK Historical Foundation and supports its efforts to sustain the legacy of its fraternal brother, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sigma Nu Spotlight The brothers of Sigma Nu benefited the Wounded Warrior Project by holding their first annual Swoll’ for Soldiers philanthropy event as part of the Helping Hand Initiative. Brothers recruited Samford students to participate in a push-up competition and received donations pledged by family and friends based on the number of push-ups completed by each participant. Money pledged and collected totaled more than $5,000. All collections directly benefited the Wounded Warrior Project. Chi Omega Spotlight Chi Omega created a new philanthropy event this year: Zoomba with DJ Roomba. The event took a popular exercising method and paired it with the music of Samford’s DJ Roomba. The event raised more than $2,500 in its first year for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. 2 Total Hours Donated: 16,882 Total Dollars DonatED: $154,865 Sample of Organizations Benefited by Samford Greeks • The Arthritis Foundation • Barrett Elementary • Big Oak Girls Ranch • Children’s Miracle Network • CROP • Dream Center • Habitat for Humanity • Hannah Home • Hope Lodge • #HOPEWEEK • Jasper House • Jessie’s Place • Life South • Magic Moments • Push America • Relay for Life • Ronald McDonald House • Sickle Cell Foundation • Southtown Community Center • Susan G. Komen • Tornado Relief • YWCA • The Zone Delta Sigma Theta Spotlight On Nov. 16, 2012, the Sigma Eta chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., partnered with the Black Student Union and Phi Mu to perform a flash mob in the Caf to raise awareness and funds for Dance Away Diabetes. After raising more than $400 across campus, the chapter performed again in the second annual Dance Away Diabetes Event in the Galleria Mall Nov. 18 to raise another $200. The Sigma Eta chapter presented a $600 check to the American Diabetes Association. Alpha Delta Pi Spotlight This year, Alpha Delta Pi hosted and supported events that supported the Ronald McDonald House [RMH] Charities of Alabama. During the fall semester, Alpha Delta Pi hosted its ninth annual Lion’s Share Challenge Golf Tournament at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. The golf tournament raised more than $12,000. In the spring, Alpha Delta Pi hosted the fifth annual Runway for Ronald fashion show. Various organizations across campus were represented as models in the show, as well as two children from the Birmingham Ronald McDonald House. Runway is a fun way to inform the Samford community about the work of RMH. The event raised more than $3,000. Volunteering their time at RMH is equally important to the sisters. This spring, the chapter was honored for their volunteer efforts and recognized as the Birmingham RMH’s Alpha Delta Pi Chapter of the Year. 3 Leadership Leadership, a pillar of all Greek organizations, is cultivated in the Âcommunity inside and outside respective houses. Campus involvement (This list is a sampling from chapter reports.) A Cappella Choir Active Minds Air Force ROTC Alpha Epsilon Delta Alpha Kappa Psi Alpha Lambda Delta Alpha Phi Omega Alpha Psi Omega Ambassadors Association of Nursing Students Basketball Beta Alpha Psi Beta Beta Beta Black Student Union Bulldog Fund Campus Outreach Catholic Student Association Cheerleading College Republicans Color Guard Community Service Council Community Standards Council Connections Leaders Crew The Crimson Dance Team Deanâ€™s Student Advisory Council Debate Team Diamond Girls Entre Nous Film Club 4 Financial Management Association Football Foundations Peer Mentors French Club Freshmen Forum Freshmen Representative Council Gamma Sigma Sigma Gospel Choir Grace Dance Ministry Howard College Ambassadors International Club Jazz Band Judiciary Committee Kappa Alpha Tau Kappa Delta Pi Kappa Omicron Nu Lacrosse Marching Band Model United Nations Omicron Delta Kappa Orchestra Orientation Leader Outdoor Adventure Club Oxfam Phi Alpha Theta Philanthropy Awareness Council Pi Sigma Alpha Presidential Advisory Council Psi Chi R.A.N.S.O.M. Ministry Reformed University Fellowship Residence Life The Samford News Network Senate Sigma Delta Phi Softball Sojourn Spanish Club Step Sing Student Activities Council Student Government Association Student Recruitment Team Student Society of HealthSystem Pharmacists Students in Free Enterprise Symphonic Band Tennis Track and Field University Chorale University Fellows University Ministries Vocal Impact Wind Ensemble Young Democrats YoungLife Campus Leaders (This list is a sampling from chapter reports.) President, Community Service Council President, Philanthropy Awareness Council President, Samford Ambassadors President, Senior Class President, SGA President, Student Recruitment Team Editor-in-Chief, The Crimson Worship Coordinator, University Ministries Managing Editor, The Crimson Social Chair, Kappa Delta Phi Honor Society Public Relations, SGA Treasurer, SGA Miss Samford Step Sing Emcee Leadership, Campus Outreach Officers, Brock School of Business “Cameron is a visionary who not only sees what is possible, but is willing to work hard to make it happen. As his adviser, I have been amazed and inspired by his ability to lead his peers. His impact will be felt on campus for years to come!” Janna Pennington, director of student leadership — and community engagement Cameron Thomas SGA president and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Samford hosted five regional trainings or “state” days during 2012. 5 Leadership The Interfraternity Council, National Panhellenic Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council all strive to develop college students into leaders for tomorrow while cultivating cohesive relationships between all chapters and councils. The Panhellenic Council engaged in a complete review of its structure and operations during the 2011 academic year, resulting in sweeping changes in the leadership structure and operations beginning in 2012. Those changes included new officers, enhanced roles for members, a new selection process for officers and complete budgets for the council. The women hope that these changes lead to enhanced services for Panhellenic women and an increased presence on campus. Also, the council officially adopted a council-wide philanthropy, the LoveLady Center, and hopes to start working alongside this organization in the fall of 2013. Samford Panhellenic also created a three-day event during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week called “Just the Way You Are.” The National Pan-Hellenic Council experienced a great deal of forward progress in its second full year of existence. The council sustained the Greek Speak program, which serves as a community-sponsored introduction to NPHC Greeks during the fall semester. Additionally, the council sponsored Mr. Lawrence Ross, the first NPHC historian, to speak on campus. The council also sponsored the second annual NPHC week highlighting both service and social aspects of NPHC organizations. The Interfraternity Council The new year inspired the council to shift the perception of the IFC in the community. The council added a new office and adopted new bylaws. The creation of the position of vice president of programming resulted in new educational programs for fraternity men, positive public relations and the creation of the Greek Judicial Board. The council also raised minimum GPA requirements for chapters to ensure that the Greek community is among the academic leaders on campus. In an effort to grow the men’s Greek community, the IFC began the process of expansion to bring a new fraternity to Samford. It was a building year and a first step in the right direction for positive rewards in the future. 6 During 2012, Samford received visits from four national officers representing FOUR campus organizations. 7 Scholarship Accomplishments • Increased minimum standards for active chapters ranged from scholarship to minimum member education standards. • Greeks on campus continue to prove they are serious scholars from 40% represented on the Dean’s List to supporting members who are University Fellows and Presidential Scholars. • Greeks celebrated their accomplishments with a Scholarship Brunch with special faculty guest Chris Gillespie, assistant professor of kinesiology. Greek gpas at Samford continually place above average or higher than most nearby regional institutions. 8 Order of Omega’s Xi Xi Chapter is comprised of the top 2% of Greek leaders at Samford. These leaders have demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership and involvement in the community. Every Greek organization’s leaders are chosen to become part of Order of Omega to recognize those fraternity men and women who have obtained a high standard of leadership in interfraternity activities to encourage them to continue along this line and to inspire members of their organizations. Order of Omega provides a unique opportunity to unite outstanding fraternity men and women of different organizations, and create an atmosphere conducive to ideas that help mold the Greek community. Since being chartered on Samford’s campus in 1995, the Order of Omega has been involved in the Greek community. This year, Order of Omega sponsored the Annual Greek Leadership Summit for the executive branches of each Greek organization in January, and also sponsored an event during Greek preview weekend. Alpha Delta Pi Alpha Delta Pi cultivates a spirit of inquiry, recognizes academic success and fosters a deeper appreciation for the learning environment among members, while also promoting lifelong learning. This past fall, 90 A∆π members were named to the Dean’s List for attaining a GPA above 3.5. Also, A∆π received the Highest GPA on Campus award among all Greek organizations. Additionally, A∆π is excited to have many students accepted to various graduate schools throughout the nation, including the University of Virginia Law School. This spring, A∆π hosted the annual scholarship brunch to strengthen the connection among faculty members and students. At the end of the year, the A∆π sisters wrote thank you notes to favorite professors to express their gratitude and appreciation for all the time they have invested. 9 Personal Development Personal development remains a large draw for Greek organizations. Students immerse themselves in a community that allows learning, not only of a particular organization, but of themselves. Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Omicron Mu Chapter exemplifies being “of service to all mankind.” Members volunteered in various walks, such as the Crop Hunger Walk, the Diabetes Walk and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk. They also served food to more than 50 homeless men in the Birmingham community at Jimmie Hale Mission and at Firehouse Men’s Shelter. Not only do they serve men and women, but they also mentored girls in 7th and 8th grades at Putnam Middle School about loving and accepting yourself. On campus, AKA ended the school year with a successful philanthropy event with Alpha Omicron Pi, Strike Out Arthritis and Sickle Cell, where AKA raised more than $300 for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Birmingham. “My life is enriched and my career path is defined due to service opportunities that include breaking down social barriers for individuals with intellectual disabilities. By creating Dance for Downs, Samford¹s Greek community and the entire campus graciously stepped up and gave adults with special needs a magical night on a college campus that they will never forget; thus immersion of self into acts of service for others creates a better world for everyone.” Lindy Williamson 10 —Lindy Williamson, senior, family studies major and Retention Recruitment is more than adding numbers to a house; it’s about continuing a legacy. Through the addition of new members, older members learn to love unconditionally and teach through actions rather than words. Our community’s high retention numbers prove that Samford Greeks succeed in making a home for new members. The Panhellenic Council The Panhellenic Council completed another successful recruitment in 2012. The continuation of an Open House Day allowed potential new members to become better acquainted with the chapters. Samford’s Greek system continues to grow with average chapter size increasing by 20 members in the past three years. This year, potential new members will receive a booklet with information about each sorority during the week of formal recruitment. Panhellenic looks forward to another successful recruitment in 2013. 11 11 and Retention Interfraternity Council The Interfraternity Council sponsored study breaks for both the fall and spring, and hosted community speaker Lori Hart. Educational programming continues to be an ongoing effort as the IFC partnered with Panhellenic for new member community education this year. Fall recruitment consists of a five-day recruitment weekend. The weekend is comprised of Smokers’ Night, Alumni Night, Brothers’ Night In, Brothers’ Night Out and Bid Day. With the addition of Alpha Tau Omega, the IFC is excited to grow its community and offer more diverse opportunities for Samford men. IFC hopes that once ATΩ is fully established as a colony in the fall of 2013, it will be able to fully charter and participate in formal recruitment in the fall of 2014. National Pan-Hellenic Council National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations are historically African American; however, they are open to men and women of all races. Membership in each NPHC organization is selective and is a lifelong commitment that continues long after one’s collegiate career. Each chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council recruits new members in the fall or spring semester by hosting an interest meeting to teach more about the organization. NPHC Greek Speak introduces the four affiliated chapters on campus. 12 SOCIALMEDIA Public Relations SU Greek Life • updated website: www.samford.edu/greeklife • The 2012–13 online recruitment booklet received more than 18,211 views. • The Greek Life Twitter account gained more than 1,000 followers, making it the fifth-most followed Samford Twitter feed. • The Greek Life Facebook page received 435 likes. • The Greek Life Pinterest page has 63 followers. @samfordgreeks • These social media numbers are comparable to peer institutions as well as larger state institutions. • Greek Life rebranded its marketing pieces in 2013 to reflect a youthful, modern design. Social media guidelines were drafted, and design logos were made available on the Greek Life website to assist with creating properly branded and effective publications that meet Samford Greek Life’s visual brand standards. 13 Regional and National Awards Chapter Awards Chapters Receiving Regional and National Awards in 2012 • Alpha Delta Pi* • Alpha Omicron Pi • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. • Sigma Chi • Sigma Nu • Zeta Tau Alpha *Recognized as national top chapter Individual Honors • Taylor Gillilan received a foundation scholarship for academics from Phi Mu. 14 for the Future in fall 2012, we took significant steps for the Samford Greek community: • Enhancing physical space • Intensifying leadership programming, including the annual Greek Leadership Summit and the annual New Member Summit • Continuing use of technology to serve our community • Increasing visibility and public relations • Enhancing alumni relations • Continuing enhancement and reinforcement of the interfraternal environment that further develops ritual values including, but not limited to, scholarship, service to others, personal faith and brotherhood/sisterhood • Expanding the Greek community, including the addition of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity in fall 2013 15 Where We Have Been Composite Membership Numbers This report accounts only for current chapters and does not include those going dormant. Fall 2008* Spring 2009* Fall 2009* Spring 2010* Fall 2010* Spring 2011 Fall 2011 Spring 2012 Fall 2012 Spring 2013 Fall 2008* Spring 2009* Fall 2009* Spring 2010* Fall 2010* Spring 2011 Fall 2011 Spring 2012 Fall 2012 Spring 2013 Alpha Delta Pi Alpha Kappa Alpha Alpha Omicron Pi Alpha 154 5 79 148 # 65 164 # 83 154 # 72 166 4 87 161 7 94 154 10 108 150 9 116 170 8 137 162 7 127 Lambda Chi ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ 13 Phi Mu 155 146 147 140 161 154 148 142 168 165 Pi Kappa Phi 61 55 86 75 100 95 92 84 95 88 ^chapter reactivated in first recorded semester *significant errors were found to have taken place in rosters for these semeste #records not located for these chapters during this time frame ~chapter first created and recognized in the noted semester 16 Phi Alpha Chi Omega Delta Sigma Theta ^ 160 ^ ^ 144 ^ ^ 159 ^ ^ 142 3 ^ 159 3 6 151 8 5 155 6 5 151 6 4 161 8 9 155 8 Sigma Chi 79 78 67 52 85 78 75 74 90 90 Sigma Nu 61 58 63 53 56 53 52 55 68 60 Zeta Tau Alpha 136 127 144 127 143 137 140 137 171 165 Delta Xi Phi Kappa Alpha Psi ~ # ~ # ~ # ~ # ~ 4 ~ 4 ~ 3 ~ 2 6 2 5 2 Total Members 890 821 913 818 968 948 948 931 1,088 1,056 ers, as such these numbers cannot be 100% verified 17 Where We Have Been Composite Chapter GPAs 18 19 Produced by Samford Office of Marketing and Communication Samford University is an Equal Opportunity Institution that complies with applicable law prohibiting discrimination in its educational and employment policies and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or national or ethnic origin. 22