MAVERICK Greeks Newsletter Jan-Feb 2014 Issue
Designed and Written by: Courtney Igbo-Ogbonna & Zach Ritter
AFLV 12 members from our Greek community attended the 2014 Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Conference February 6-9 in Indianapolis, Indiana located at the JW Marriott, the largest hotel and conference center in the midwest. AFLV had almost 3000 students and faulty from all over the U.S. and Canada who attended informational sessions about current events and issues that impact fraternity and sorority communities. Maverick Greeks took home awards and were recognized on academic accomplishments. Our Greek advisor, John Bulcock, and Grant Smith from Phi Kappa Psi took first place in the Order of Omega Case Study Competition competing against 32 teams. For the competition, they received a situation that has happened on a campus in the past. It was their job to come up with a solution on how to solve it. Our community was also recognized by the Gamma Sigma Alpha National Greek Academic Honor Society for having a higher overall GPA in fall than the university average with a 3.0 average compared to 2.92, and in spring of 2013 with a 3.05 average compared to 3.02. The 2013 Panhellenic Council also brought back 5 awards of their own in Council Management, Public Relations, Membership Recruitment, Risk Reduction & Management, and Self-Governance & Judicial Affairs. Last year, the Panhellenic Council took home 4 awards, an improvement from last year.
Pie for Pi Every semester, Maverick greeks recognizes its members for achieving the Deanâ€™s List, or at least a 3.14 GPA in the previous semester. At the first all-Greek of every month, those members receive a slice of pie for all their hard work!
Sorority Social and Fraternity Meet and Greet Spring semester is underway which means: it’s time to start recruiting! All 4 sororities and 9 fraternities attended the Sorority Social and Fraternity Meet and Greet January 29th. Interested students attended seeking more information of what Greek life was about at MSU. Both events were very and our community is diligently recruiting potential leaders of tomorrow!
Sloppy Joes Alpha Chi Omega-Delta Tau held their first annual Sloppy Joes with A-Chi-O’s philanthropy event February 22. All proceeds from the event were donated to the Cada House of Mankato, Delta Tau’s local philanthropy. The Cada House serves domestic and sexual assault victims throughout the region. “Alpha Chi Omega’s national philanthropy is domestic violence awareness. We are lucky that we can help the Cada House as much as we do,” says Courtney Igbo-Ogbonna. The event was held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. 160 members of the Mankato community, the church, students, as well as the greek community from MSU and Gustavus Adolphus College were all in attendance raising over $1500. The show was ran by the Vice President of Philanthropy, Kristy Rotchadl, who just joined Alpha Chi Omega fall of 2013.
Delta Chi Regional Leadership Convention The Mankato chapter of Delta Chi hosted their Regional Leadership Convention February 21-23 here at Minnesota State Mankato. Even with a snowstorm making road conditions dangerous, 220 members attended from region 4 which includes Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, Colorado, Missouri, and Kansas. "Despite the terrible weather that started the weekend, the weekend was a great success,” says Delta Chi President, Clint Haala, “Many Delta Chis from the region were able to still make the tough trek to Mankato, and make the very most out of the conference." Minnesota State put in a bid and was approved at last year’s RLC held at the University of Missouri, Mizzou. Since then, Cortney Leneave and Kole Dudley, the event coordinators for RLC, started working tirelessly making the weekend a huge success. The conference focused on motivating and informing chapter members while bonding throughout the weekend keeping in mind their four core values: character, justice, education and friendship. Sessions were held discussing topics such as membership education and alcohol training, along with smaller breakout sessions for chapter executives. The conference was attended by the chapter president, his executive board, and any other leaders of their respective chapters. The brothers also had some time to hang out in a more informal setting participating in activities like ice skating at the All Seasons Arena and karaoke. “It was fun seeing some southern states lace ‘em up and giving ice skating their best shot,” says LeNeave. “Kole and I poured our hearts into planning RLC for the past year! It’s gratifying doing something like this.”
Fraternity Man of the Month David Schieler was nominated by Alpha Chi Omega for the first Fraternity Man of the month. Schieler, a member of Lambda Chi Alpha-Lambda Delta Zeta is passionate about everything he does whether it is for the University, for our Greek Community, his school work and much, much more. His efforts are recognized daily as he serves as the Vice President of Recruitment for the Interfraternity Council. Schieler also serves as the Vice President of Gamma Sigma Alpha, Secretary of Order of Omega, and is the 2014 Homecoming Chair. He is kind and welcoming to everyone he meets and has everyoneâ€™s best interest in mind. Keep up the great work!
Sorority Women of the Month Courtney is our first Sorority Woman of the Month from the Alpha Chi Omega-Delta Tau chapter. She was nominated for this honor by the Sigma Chi fraternity. If you know who Courtney is you know what a cheerful and outgoing person she can be. She is well known around the community for her work on PHC as the Vice President of Public Relations & Marketing and her great smile she greets you with. She was nominated to be the Sorority Woman of the Month because no one has a better attitude than her and for all the hard work she puts in juggling her academics, job, and her positions in her own chapter as well on PHC. Courtney is the person who will brighten your day, no matter how bad the rest of your day is going.