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Illinois State University Fraternity & Sorority Life

FSL Grill masters Fraternity and Sorority Life partners with ISU Athletics to host BBQ Tailgate at Home Football Game! By: Allison Murray, Graduate Assistant

To Kick off the month of October, the Fraternity and Sorority Life Office hosted its first All-Greek Tailgate at the home football game on September 30th. In an effort to create a partnership with ISU Athletics, our offices worked together to provide a space at the Tailgate specifically for members of the fraternity and sorority life community. Students were able to reserve tailgate locations within this space, and the FSL staff volunteered to grill hamburgers and hotdogs for the students. The tailgate was a great way to bring our students out to football games, as well as encourage them to develop community with one another! Overall, it was a sweet event and we are looking forward to more collaboration with ISU Athletics in the future!

October 2017 Inside this issue: IMPACT


CPC Updates


IFC Updates


MGC Updates


Greek Snapshots




Contact Us Fraternity & Sorority Life (309)-438-2151 Alex Snowden Coordinator

Caitlin Dobson Senior Specialist: Advising

Shantira Norris Specialist: Programming

Allison Murray Graduate Assistant: IFC Advisor

Mike Nave GA, Allison grilling hotdogs for the students at the tailgate!

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IMPACT : Students Gain New Leadership Skills at Weekend Retreat By: Deanna DiCristina, member of Chi Omega

Each chapter sent delegates to represent their organization at the IMPACT retreat

My name is Deanna DiCristina and I am a Junior here at Illinois State University. During the weekend of October 6th-8th, I had the pleasure of attending Illinois State University’s IMPACT retreat as the student coordinator. My role as the student coordinator was to ensure all the facilitators had the necessary materials and that the students were getting the most out of their IMPACT experience. I was lucky enough to work with 9 brilliant facilitators, as well as Trace Camacho and Melissa Kish who were the leads of the retreat. It was amazing to witness the influence these intelligent individuals had on my classmates as well as me. For those who don’t know, IMPACT is made up of hands-on activities as well as large group discussion time to address specific observations. All large group discussions are followed by small group chapter meetings to dive deeper into those specific topics. Those small chapter meetings give participants the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, as well as cultivate ideas to bring back to their chapter. As an attendee of the Undergraduate Interfraternity Conference (UIFI), I can attest that the curriculum of both is very similar and the effect it has on the attendees is equally as amazing.

Page 3 Going into IMPACT, I was excited to watch my classmates grow and eager to advance my leadership skills as well. Little did I know, I would gain so much more than that. Watching all of the participants mature and develop that weekend made me so proud to be a part of this Greek life community here at Illinois State. I was so delighted to see the active involvement from my colleagues and the passion that came when they spoke about their chapters. I respected the commitment to living through their rituals and creating credibility within their chapters. It was such an inspiring retreat to be apart of and I cannot explain how appreciative I am of the FSL department for allowing me to be a part of it.

At a time when the value of Greek life is being questioned on campuses all across the country, it’s crucial that all our chapters here at ISU come together and make a commitment to strengthen our community. I’ve seen Greek life have such an incredible impact on students’, such as myself, and I believe that our Greek community is worth the investment. Lastly, I just would like to say thank you. Those two simple words communicate so much. Thank you to everyone apart of ISU’s IMPACT for taking initiative and being the change that I’ve been dying to see. Thank you for joining together to strengthen the future of the Greek community at Illinois State University.

We were joined by FSL advisors and National Headquarters staff from all across the country to help facilitate the IMPACT retreat for the undergraduate students

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Coming Soon to ISU

Kappa Kappa Gamma

Last month, the extension committee for the College Panhellenic Council (CPC) voted to approve Kappa Kappa Gamma to join ISU’s Panhellenic community in the fall of 2018. Kappa Kappa Gamma will bring an exciting new energy to the fraternity and sorority life community, as well as a new sisterhood for Illinois State University’s students to become a part of during their collegiate experience. Congratulations Kappa Kappa Gamma….the Fraternity and Sorority Life community is very excited to welcome you with open arms next year!

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Grillin’ With the Gams By: Madeline Henderson, Alpha Gamma Delta President “To welcome the opportunity of contributing to the world's work in the community where I am placed because of the joy of service thereby bestowed and the talent of leadership multiplied.” -Alpha Gamma Delta Purpose

The women of Alpha Gamma Delta held their second annual Grillin’ With The Gams on October 1st and raised over three thousand dollars. Although it was the second time the event has been held, there were some significant changes in planning and outcome. Alpha Gamma Delta International Headquarters has made a change in the fraternity’s philanthropic focus beginning this previous semester. The fraternity has begun focusing on fighting hunger in local communities. The Illinois State chapter has welcomed this opportunity with open arms! Kylie Buysse, the event coordinator, has served her term as philanthropy chair very well. She has increased the chapter’s donations by over two thousand dollars and made the events more enjoyable for all. This years Girllin’ With The Gams included a CANstruction competition. Sigma Pi won the competition with a structure that helped AGD donate over three hundred pounds of canned goods for Home Sweet Home Ministries. The Alpha Gams have been volunteering in their community to help fight local hunger, and look forward to working more with Home Sweet Home Ministries as their new local partner. Service and philanthropy are very important to Alpha Gamma Delta, and the women here on campus are truly living out their purpose.

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Zeta Tau Alpha’s Annual 5k By: Whitney Learned, Zeta Tau Alpha Historian

On Sunday, October 8th we hosted our annual 5k for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness at its new location, The Corn Crib. To say it was a success is an understatement! We raised more $34,000 which is double the amount we usually raise. This would have not have been done without our amazing, hardworking, and passionate fundraising chair, Kiley Grabko. She has been work diligently to make this all happen since the spring of this year. Her changes to the 5k really made a difference and we will carry on her ideas every year after to make the 5k for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness even more successful! Not only did Kiley work very hard but so did every single member. This 5k taught us more than fundraising skills, it taught us how to work together and how fun it is to work with 194 of your best friends. The 5k had a 50/50 raffle, silent auctions, baskets to raffle off, bake sale, and much, much more! Even though this event was to raise money for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness, it also was to remember the ones who lost their lives and to celebrate the ones who fought the battle and won! We are so excited at the outcome this year and cannot wait to see what is in store for next year!

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DZ Dukeout 2017! By: Madelon Castelvecchi, Delta Zeta LAMP Editor

The Delta Zeta Lambda Rho chapter on Illinois State University's campus adopted a new philanthropic event this year. DZ Dukeout was a week filled with activities that raised money and awareness for speech and hearing, encouraged Greek Life community, and promoted Delta Zeta's dedication to their philanthropic partners. DZ Dukeout involved the following events; Penny Wars on the quad (9/20-9/22), Local Portillos fundraiser (9/21),

Grilled Cheesies with Deezies (9/23), and Hockey for Hearing (9/24). For penny wars, Delta Zeta's members decorated coin jugs for each fraternity and sorority on campus that chose to participate. With these jugs, our members set up a table on the quad and encouraged friends and members from other organizations in the Greek community to raise the most money by putting change into their jug as they walked by on the way to class, etc. As far as the Portillos fundraiser, the women of Delta Zeta promoted the event by handing out flyers, sharing the information on social media, and by word of mouth. Each customer that ordered a meal from Portillos and showed our flyer, Portillos donated 20% of their total to our speech and hearing philanthropy. Grilled Cheesies with Deezies was an event held at the Delta Zeta house where our women made home made grilled cheese sandwiches for people who donated money to help support our cause. Lastly, Hockey for Hearing was held on a Sunday at our campus recreation center. This event was a tournament that involved Greek organizations who chose to participate in hockey games against one another. This gave the Greek community a chance to cheer one another on, and also raise money for our philanthropy by requiring a registration fee. After a long week filled with excitement and involvement, the Delta Zeta Lambda Rho chapter was able to raise a cumulative total of $4,020. With that being said, $1,340 went to Starkey Hearing Foundation, $1,340 went to The Painted Turtle Camp, and $1,340 went to the Gallaudet University. Our chapter was thrilled to have met our goal in raising at least $3,000 with this new event, and the women of Delta Zeta Lambda Rho are honored to have had such an amazing turn out of people who engaged and supported our philanthropy.

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Delta Upsilon Colonizes at Illinois State University Tom Pelarinos. Delta Upsilon Consultant Delta Upsilon's newest colony is officially the Illinois State Colony at Illinois State University. On Sunday, Oct. 22, the Fraternity's Colonization Ceremony was held at the Bone Student Center on campus. Expansion efforts began at Illinois State in August 2017 as DU Leadership Consultants Tom Pelarinos and Tyler Vasquez-Dorn arrived on campus and took part in Festival ISU. Recruitment officially started in September 2017 following the completion of IFC recruitment. Within just a month, the group met its goals, qualifying it for Colonization. Fifty-six associate members also took part in the Pledging Ceremony on the evening of Oct. 22. Being the oldest non-secret fraternity, Delta Upsilon can share the experience of our ritual with guests as well. More than 50 guests attended the event including the campus Fraternity and Sorority Life staff, IFC and Panhellenic Council representatives, members of the Bradley Chapter, alumni, family, and friends. A reception was held immediately following the Colonization Ceremony.

DU staff also led a colony retreat for the associate members prior to the ceremony. At this retreat, the group set goals, participated in team building activities and more. The colony will now work with DU staff and alumni advisors to achieve the goals and benchmarks needed to become a chartered chapter. Alumni on the Advisory Board are brothers Kurt Gibson and Dave Kinley from the Bradley chapter, as well as Rich Castillo from the Cornell chapter. Additionally, we are excited to have Dr. Phyllis McCluskey-Titus, Stephanie Duquenne and Dr. Ty Wolf as ISU faculty on our colony’s Advisory Board as well. You can learn more about the colony by contacting or following the colony on social. It can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using @IllinoisStateDU.

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Alpha Gamma Rho Hosts a Homecoming Hog Roast By: Garrett Stephens, President

On October 21st, the men of Alpha Gamma Rho continued on the homecoming festivities by hosting our annual Hog Roast for St. Jude’s. For the event, we brought in Devin Clemons Band for a live concert, cooked up 540 pounds of meat, and provided various kinds of other refreshments. This event was done in order to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. This is a cause that is near and dear to every member of Alpha Gamma Rho, so there were lofty expectations for our event. Overall, we had over 400 people buy tickets and attend the event. This was extra special to many people because it was a continuation on homecoming. We had many alumni come through the event and relive some of their favorite college memories all while helping out a fantastic cause. Hog Roast for St. Jude’s was a wonderful time for everyone who attended and the planning for next year’s event is already underway. We would like to thank everyone who helped support our annual Hog Roast and we hope to see everyone there next year.

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Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity Gives Back By: Bryan Maldonado, President of Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity Inc.

The brothers of the Glorious Gamma Chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc. at Illinois State University have recently been extremely civically engaged, attempting to better their communities. Whether that is locally in the Normal/Bloomington or even overseas by raising money for the countries recently affected by natural disasters.

For instance, on October 11th the Glorious Gamma Chapter tabled at a University Programming Board event collecting resources and funds for Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Mexico. The event was programmed by the Enrichment Committee of UPB. The event was a spoken word/poetry event emphasized on mental health awareness. These two themes do not seem to intersect when it comes to advocating for multiple issues but the Vice President of the chapter is also the Enrichment Chairperson who oversees the committee. The brother saw this as a perfect opportunity to advocate for multiple issues by intersecting the organizations in which he participates in. Additionally, the Betas served the Normal/ Bloomington community by volunteering at the Midwest Food Bank on Monday, October 23rd. They assisted in helping packaged food in large increments to send out to hurricane relief organizations.

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Omega Phi Beta Uplifts and Empowers During The Month of October By: Arielle Steward, Omega Phi Beta Sorority Inc.


ith the arrival of Fall and gloomy whether, the sisters of Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated at Illinois State made sure to make it a radiant month. Starting off the month of October, the Multicultural sorority hosted their 2nd annual Week of Serving and Educating under the theme, “Uplift and Empower, Together”. Founded on the principles of women empowerment, diversity and raising awareness of violence against women, OPB centered their week of events around educating and engaging the campus community on topics surrounding these principles. Starting their week off, was a campaign titled, “This Is Not A Wife Beater”, an engaging campaign where students were able to write encouraging messages to survivors of intimidate partner violence or messages educating students about what love really means on men’s tank tops, traditionally called, “Wife Beaters”. The purpose of the campaign was to start the conversation of how we use our everyday language and the power certain words hold when talking about a topic those effects millions of people in our society. They continued on with their week of events with a movie screening and discussion of the movie “Enough”. Next, the sisters of OPB hosted a self-care night where women were able to make their own facemask and body scrubs, while discussing with each other what it means to take care of themselves and be mentally healthy. Their biggest event to their Week of Serving and Educating came as collaboration with the women of National Association of Colored Women Clubs and Student Ending Mental Illness Stigmas, titled, “The Weight We Carry”. This event consisted of a panel of women of coloring ranging from different organizations and departments on campus such as Black Student Union, Association of Latin American Students, graduate students and more. “The Weight We Carry” brought the topic to campus of the emotional labor women of color face in sharing their stories and having to become tokens at a predominantly white institution. To close off the week, The ISU Collective of OPBSI held a book drive and were able to collect a variety of books for a neighborhood community center. In addition, the sisters also attended and took students to Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated’s annual Ray of Hope Walk in Chicago, where people from all walks of life, walked to end violence against women and raise awareness of the injustices women face. Through these events, and more in the future, the sisters of Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated aim to uplift and empower their community in numerous ways.

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Alpha Psi Lambda National Inc. By: Emily Quirarte, member of Alpha Psi Lambda National Inc.

This month Alpha Psi Lambda had a Tamale and Champurrado fundraiser and was able to donate $230 to their Philanthropy, the Boys and Girls Club! They participated in the Rec centers low ropes team builder. They also participated in the Homecoming events such as the Homecoming Parade.

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Above: Omega Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

Delta Zeta Grilled Cheese Philanthropy

Alpha Psi Lambda National Inc. Teambuilding

Grillin’ with the Gams

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October 2017 columns  

The October Issue of the ISU Greek Newsletter

October 2017 columns  

The October Issue of the ISU Greek Newsletter