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Illinois State University Fraternity and Sorority Life November/December 2018

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Hello to the Greek community at ISU, I hope everyone had a great semester and finishes off strong for the remainder. The Black Greek Leadership Council had a very successful year, and celebrates our achievement of one full year as an operating council on the campus of Illinois State University. Thank you to the 2018 executive board for all the hard work that was put in, and thank you to the 2019 board on what you will accomplish. We are so excited to keep the legacy of BGLC alive!

Black Greek Leadership Council President: Robert Modiest Over the past couple of months, the College Panhellenic Council (CPC) has been working to wrap up end of the year events. Chapter presidents and members of their executive board attended a Responding with Care workshop that the Vice President of Community Development, Brigitte Dietz, put together with ISU’s Health and Wellness Center. CPC’s executive board has also been in the process of transitioning and training the 2019 executive board. Congratulations to Hannah Young (President), Kaci Crowley (Executive Vice President), Brittany Fugger (VP of Scholarship), Hayley Eggimann (VP of Administration), Brooke Williams (VP of Community Development), Ally Litchfield (VP of Recrtuitment), MyKala Leibrock (VP of Public Relayions), and Madelynn Soberano (Assistant VP of Rho Gammas) on being slated as the 2019 CPC Executive Board! The board will take over once spring semester begins.

College Panhellenic Council President: Madison Ballard

Recently our council asked the chapters of IFC to participate in hanging banners advocating against sexual harassment and sexual assault. Our VP of Public Affairs Nicholas Foley also held fundraiser for "It's On Us" which is a social movement created by Barack Obama and White House Council on Women and Girls to raise awareness and fight against sexual assault on college campuses for both men and women. We raised over $400 in one week and were happy to help in any way possible. We recently held our executive board elections and are excited to see what the new board is capable of. Thank you to everyone who has supported our current board and congratulations to all the graduating seniors.

Interfraternity Council President: Ramiro Jimenez

Hello Everyone! I would like to say congratulations to the new board! Also, congratulations to the organizations within the Unite Greek Council that have won awards from the council! Some great things that the council and organizations did this past semester are: all organizations completed their required service hours through the council, we have welcomed a new Latin-Base Fraternity into the council, and all organizations have worked hard to participate in the Greek bonding activities that the council planned! One of the biggest achievements is having at least one member from each organization run for a position on the board! As being the president of the United Greek Council comes to a close, I would like to say thank you to everyone that was patient with the council board and thank you for all the opportunities this position has opened for me through the Fraternity and Sorority Life office! Lastly, thank you to FSL for introducing me to the new Grad Staff, that is so supportive in their own way. A special SHOUT OUT to Catherine Jahns for being open to learning about how Multicultural organization work.

United Greek Council President: Alena Puruncajas Hello fellow Greeks! Hope everyone had a great semester! This fall semester was very successful for Rho Lambda. One of our biggest successes these past few months was being able to provide additional sisterhood and service opportunities for members. One of my favorite events we held was blanket making! The blankets were donated to a local hospital, along with cards we had made for patients. We had tons of fun bonding with one another and eating some yummy snacks! It felt great being able to strengthen our sisterhood while also knowing that we were supporting our community! As my term ends, I’d like to thank all members of Rho Lambda for their time and commitment to the organization and to congratulate both our new members and new Executive board! I’m excited to see all you accomplish in the future.

Rho Lambda President: Emily Bozich Illinois State University’s chapter of Order of Omega had a busy semester this fall. The members worked collectively to network among ISU’s Greek community, gained insight on professional ideals at a career focused seminar, and volunteered their time to create cards to be sent to those needing an extra touch of cheer this holiday season. Leah Huss, the Epsilon Theta chapter president, worked with her executive council – Johnna Metcalf (vice president), Vanessa Vandermeer (treasurer), and Courtney Dandridge (secretary) – over the past calendar year to create opportunities for the chapter members to participate in service and skilled based learning. The members of Order of Omega at ISU are of the junior and senior classes, which is why meetings were focused to contribute to the life decisions the members will soon be making upon graduation. The Epsilon Theta chapter will be under new direction in the upcoming calendar year. Congratulations to Chloe Vose (president), Sabrina Wulf (vice president), Olivia Richardson (treasurer), and Emma Bufe (secretary) on receiving the opportunity to exercise their leadership skills in the coming year.

Order of Omega President: Leah Huss

College Panhellenic Council Primary Recruitment Primary recruitment for the College Panhellenic Council began on August 30th and concluded with Bid Day on September 9th with Bid Day! 60 Recruitment Guides assisted over 400 women in finding their home in one of our 10 participating Panhellenic organization. Many Panhellenic organizations welcomed home an average of over 50 new members!


The Interfraternity Council hosted Fall Recruitment for their member chapters beginning September 9th and concluding on September 14th with Bid Day. The Interfraternity Council welcomed over 250 men to the Illinos State Greek community!

Greek Showcase featuring

Black Greek Leadership Council United Greek Council

The Black Greek Leadership Council (BGLC) and the United Greek Council (UGC) collaborated to present a Greek Showcase. Each organization performed a signature stroll and had the stage to speak about what makes their chapter unique. Following the performances, chapters had tabling events for interested members. Over 200 interested members were in attendance!

Greek Showcase featuring

Black Greek Leadership Council United Greek Council

Welcome to Fraternity and Sorority Life! This semester we have welcomed three new organizations to the Fraternity and Sorority Life family!

Kappa Kappa Gamma officially joined the College Panhellenic Council this fall with a new member class of 125!

Lambda Chi Alpha officially joined the Interfraternity Council this fall with a new member class of 29!

Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Incorporated has officially joined the United Greek Council as an interest group and will begin formally recruiting members in January.

Chapter Spotlight Sigma Nu

"The men of Sigma Nu, Theta Rho Chapter spent their Halloween evening hosting an event they would never forget. For the first time ever, the chapter hosted “SNuFest� which consisted of a philanthropic concert aimed at raising awareness and donations for breast cancer awareness and research. In 2013, Brother Anthony Braglia sadly lost his mother to this horrible disease. In her honor, and for all those who have been affected and continue to fight this disease, the chapter held an event to raise money for the Susan G. Komen organization. The Castle Theatre in Bloomington held the event and over 750 people attended the show, almost selling out the event. The show was headlined by international artist and 12th ranked DJ in the world, R3hab. The event was a complete success and the chapter was able to donate $15,000 towards breast cancer research. The men of Sigma Nu, Theta Rho thank all who helped contribute to the success of this event and look forward to making this unforgettable event a new tradition! Amazing work."

Chapter Spotlight Alpha Epsilon Pi

"On Thursday November 29th, we hosted our philanthropy event AEPilooza at the Coffeehouse. We had 4 local bands perform and the money went to the AEPi Foundation which is a collection of 10 charitable organizations including Heroes to Heroes. Also, on Saturday December 1st we participated in a pre-holiday celebration for Hanukkah with Hillel the Jewish Student Union and Moses Montefiore Temple."

Chapter Spotlight Sigma Lambda Gamma

"This was an eventful semester for the sisters of Sigma Lambda Gamma National, Inc. The sisters of SLG tabled for Festival ISU and Quad Jam in August. That same day, they had an informational for women who are interested in becoming a Woman of Distinction! Fundraising chair, Brianna Casanova, recapped the event stating “Informational meetings in the beginning of the semester gives us an opportunity to show what our sorority is about, and to meet women from all cultural backgrounds to develop future friendships”. In September, there was an event named “It’s just a Joke Right?” that included a student panel to discuss racial humor and understanding the difference between finding humor in people’s traumas versus inadvertently upholding systems of oppression. Later into the month, we had a great time doing community service at Sunnyside Gardens in Bloomington cleaning up the active garden to set up for next season’s harvest. A Taffy Apple sale was a success in October as the ladies of Zeta Chapter sold out! The proceeds went to the Young Survivors Coalition and ELLAS (En La Lucha A Sobrevivir). Card making for hospitalized kids was also a fun event that many participated in along with hot chocolate and cookie decorating. Zeta Chapter also welcomed three new women into the sisterhood! Ship A.U.R.O.R.A, the chapter’s Rho Line, participated in a Meet and Greet event to introduce themselves to attendees and get to know the Greek and outside community. Winding down the semester, the sisters of Sigma Lambda Gamma had its last Study with the Gammas event, which takes place once a month and welcomes anyone to come work on their academics!"

Chapter Spotlight ACACIA

"This past semester was a very eventful one for the Illinois State Chapter of Acacia. We initiated 23 new members in our Nu Pledge Class to bring our active total to 65 members, the highest it’s ever been. We also continued our commitment to service and philanthropy by raising $3500 for Toys for Tots in our fall philanthropy Acacia Claus. We had over 10 other Greek organizations participate in our Gingerbread House Competition and it was amazing to see the Greek community come together to help support the children in our local community. Throughout the semester our brothers also participated in different service projects as a group such as Trick or Treat for Change and the Shriners 5K. Our motto is “Human Service” and we really enjoy giving back to our local community. We also continued our excellence in leadership by having 2 brothers serve on the 2018 IFC Executive Board, with Ramiro Jimenez being the IFC President. Ramiro always exhibits great leadership and work ethic, and it showed when he was awarded with the NIC Undergraduate Award of Distinction. An award that only 11 men in the country receive. Despite our continued growth, Acacia still upholds all of its core values and strives to better its members on a daily basis. The work of the 2018 Acacia Executive Board was fantastic and that can be shown through our chapter’s increased success in its overall operations. The future is bright for Acacia and we are excited to see what our newly elected 2019 Executive Board will accomplish!"

Chapter Spotlight Pi Kappa Phi

"The Ability Experience is Pi Kappa Phi’s very own philanthropy that aims to support people with disabilities. The Ability Experiences goal is to change the way that society views people with disabilities, because labels should not define us. War of the Roses was a three-day long event that consisted of different types of games and activities taking place at the Pi Kappa Phi chapter house. These games consisted of wheelchair basketball, sand pit volleyball, tug of war, and many more. All of the money raised went to hands on community building, fundraising, and empathy promoting activities to improve the lives of people with disabilities all over the country. I tried to incorporate games/activities with a twist to make them a little harder, to give everyone an insight on what people with disabilities have to deal with every day. I think a great activity that we had was wheelchair basketball. This was just normal basketball, but in wheelchairs. I believe everyone who participated in that activity gained a bit of respect for people who are permanently in wheelchairs. With a total of 18 other fraternity and sorority chapters participating and supporting this event, I think it did a fantastic job raising money, and even a better job spreading awareness for individuals with disabilities."

Chapter Spotlight FIJI

"After countless hours of planning and preparation, Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) hosted their first ever philanthropy week, Fiji Freaky Fest. This week was dedicated to raising funds for The Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal. The first two days consisted of a pumpkin smash and a pumpkin carving contest. Fiji would like to congratulate the ladies of Delta Zeta again for winning the pumpkin carving contest, good job ladies! Because the week lined up similarly with midterms, this was a great opportunity for students to relieve any stress while simultaneously supporting a local charity organization. After those days concluded, the members of Fiji went over to The Boys and Girls Club to help with their own haunted house, decorated pumpkins with kids, and facilitated multiple activities for kids of all ages to participate in. To cap off the week, Fiji hosted their very first haunted house where they partnered with the town of Normal, and their Haunted Trail team, to deliver the highest level of scare. Fiji also received help from a few generous ladies of Delta Zeta who assisted in applying make-up and acting in the haunted house, so they would like to extend their gratitude towards them. They raised over $550 for The Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal and have developed a strong philanthropic relationship with their organization."

Greeks in the Spotlight!

Danny Kogan (Kappa Sigma) was presented second place in the Means Center Start Up showcase and $4,500 for his business, The Computer Kid.

The Interfraternity Council raised awareness this November against sexual assault and were featured on the National It's on Us campaign social media.

Chloe Vose (CPC Exec and Zeta Tau Alpha) was awared the Arthur and Emma Bertsche Endowed Scholarship from the Mennonite College of Nursing.


IMPACT is a program presented by the North American Interfraternity Conference for young leaders in the Greek community! Students from all four councils spent their weekend at Lake Williamson developing their leadership skills and creating relationships across councils to prepare for the new year!


This semester, the Fraternity and Sorority Life office launched a Potential New Member Orientation for all interests in joining the Illinois State Greek community. This orientation included information that interested new members should know, including information on all four councils and their recruitment processes, history of Greek Life, expectations of lifelong membership, and the FSL Four Pillars for Greek members at Illinois State. We saw over 1,300 attend and are looking forward to implementing changes for future programs!

Its On Us The Fraternity and Sorority Life office, alongside the College Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, and United Greek Council hosted the first annual It's On Us Day of Greek Visibility at Illinois State. Members of the three councils chalked statistics about sexual assualt and prevention efforts across the Quad and collected over 200 signatures for the It's On Us pledge!

Housing Assessment This semester, the Fraternity and Sorority Life office implemented a total housing assessment to evaluate future housing plans for the Illinois State Greek community. The first stage of this assessment took place through October and November with house visits and rountable discussions with current Greek students, FSL Staff, and chapter advisors.

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