In This Issue… Page 1: Ignite Challenge; #GASB13: Indianapolis Page 2: Senior Spotlights; Greek of the Month Page 3: Upcoming Events; Recognitions; Event Recaps Page 4: Career Corner; OFSL News; Alumni Weekend
Spring Has Sprung!
The Challenge: A student-run competition between student organizations in order to increase the total amount of university donors. The goal is to get the highest number of eligible donors, consisting of current students and graduates of the last decade. The Incentive: All organizations will receive the amount of funds raised. In addition, the organization with the highest number of eligible donors wins the grand prize of $10,000 and next six organizations with the highest number of donors is awarded $2,500. Our Cause: If Greek Life wins the Ignite challenge, we have committed to use the prize to continue to sponsor students to attend conferences such as the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) and Greek Alternative Break which will help us enhance our students’ college and Greek Life experience here at the University of Connecticut.
How Can You Donate: Text to Give & Online Current Students – Text Greek Life, your name, and PeopleSoft # to 50555 Young Alumni – Text Greek Life, your full name, and graduation year to 50555 Donate online by following the link below and select give now button to donate a minimum of $5.00. http://ignite.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1044943&supId=376106165 The competition closes on May 3rd so be sure to donate by then and let your young alumni know about the Ignite challenge!
#UCGAB13: Indianapolis Thirteen undergraduate Fraternity and Sorority Life students, along with Kylie Corcoran, set out for Indianapolis for OFSL’s second annual Greek Alternative Break on Saturday, March 16. The first major stop of the trip was Sunday to Miami University in Ohio, where Beta Theta Pi, Sigma Chi, and Delta Zeta were founded. Everyone got a tour of the Beta Theta Pi headquarters, followed by a tour of the University’s fraternity and sorority landmarks around campus. The second major stop of the trip was Jameson Camp in Indianapolis, a place that came to be their home for the next five nights. Throughout the week, students were fortunate enough to be able to visit the Delta Upsilon, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Zeta Beta Tau national headquarters, all based in Indianapolis, as well as the National Panhellenic and North-American Interfraternity Conference headquarters. Other special events included visits to Butler University and Indiana University, a visit from Ginny Carroll, the founder of Circle of Sisterhood, and a probate show by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. at Indiana University /Purdue University of Indianapolis. During the days, participants did all different kinds of service, from sorting clothes at a donation center to doing arts and crafts with homeless veterans battling addictions to drugs and alcohol. Two days were spent with Habitat for Humanity painting homes, and everyone learned how to paint white walls like professionals. Other service events included spending time at an after school program at a Boys and Girls Club, and preparing lunch and other food for a soup kitchen. At night, students would go back to Jameson Camp and do a daily reflection where they talked about making a difference in the Greek community and how to incorporate service in our lives back in Storrs. After spending all hours of the day together for over a week, the group became so close and agreed they would not have wanted to spend their spring break any other way. It was a memorable and life-changing trip, and a better experience than anyone could ever imagine.
Senior Spotlights Shalymar Cruz, sister of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., is not only a person that her chapter can count on but also someone that our community can count on, as well. Since her initiation into in the Spring of 2010, Shalymar has continued to think of ways to promote sisterhood within the chapter and always reminds her sisters of the importance of unity not only among themselves, but also within the Greek and UConn Community. Shalymar’s amazing desire to unify the community lead to her involvement with the Greek Week Management Team last year; before and during Greek Week, Shalymar would stop to talk to every Greek she knew and remind them of the media challenges and Greek Week events. Although Shalymar is an extremely involved person she always has made time to be there for her sisters when they need her.
What makes Melanie Peralta an outstanding Greek Senior is her dedication and commitment to her chapter and the UConn community. Melanie became a member of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. in the Spring of 2010 as a second semester freshman, and since her initiation she has held several positions on the Executive Board, such as Secretary, Vice President, and currently Chapter President. At a time when most seniors are overwhelmed with thesis statements, graduation, getting a job, and figuring out their lives after graduation, Melanie is making it look easy as she juggles all of that as well as responsibility of Chapter President. Her values and work ethic have been acknowledged by others in the community as she was recently invited to join the Fraternal Values Society. Last semester her hard work and dedication to the completion of Project Arête paid off when the chapter became a Gold Level Chapter for the first time. Over the last three years Melanie has been involved in many different ways through the Intercultural Greek Council as an Executive Board Member and also as a Student Support Services Mentor. With the connections she has made for herself and her chapter during her time here at UConn, there is no doubt that Melanie is destined for greatness!
Greek of the Month Ernesto Soto
became a member of Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity, Inc. in the Fall of 2011 and ever since has served as an asset to the chapter. Living by the metas of LAU has ensured that he will be successful in life. Ernesto believes that in a small chapter like his own everyone plays an important role and everyone will be a leader in their own unique way. Peers say that working with Ernesto is always a pleasure; he is always a team player and is always thinking about what is best for the big picture rather than what will work at the moment. With many members in the chapter graduating, Ernesto expects that his responsibilities will increase but he is ready to use what he has learned from the older members in the chapter to guide the younger members in his chapter. He said “I plan to play a bigger role in not only my chapter but someday play an important role in my national organization.”
Saving the World, One GREEK WEEK at a Time!
The Kappa Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha would like to cordially invite you to their 6th Annual Greek Showcase. Every year the sisters of Lambda Theta Alpha raise money to donate to their chapter philanthropy, Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. This year our goal is to raise at least $1000 that the camp will be using towards one child or for all the children’s activities. This event costs $5 and if you are not able to attend we will be accepting donations at http://1ltakappachapter.yolasite.com/fundraising.php. Please come enjoy the show and support the sisters of Lambda Theta Alpha!
Take Back The Night The Women’s Center will be hosting its annual Take Back The Night rally on Wednesday, April 17th starting at 7:00pm in the SU Ballroom. This rally, held annually by the Violence Against Women Prevention Program (VAWPP), will begin with guest speakers and performances. Then participants will take part in a candlelight campus march, followed by a survivor speak out session. The event will end in the Women's Center with a "coffee house" gathering. This event is free of admission charge. Please visit http:// womenscenter.uconn.edu/ index.php for more information.
Greek Week is right around the corner, so great ready for some healthy competition and collaborative teamwork in the coming week! Here’s the schedule of events so you don’t miss out on the fun that the Greek Week Management Team has planned for everybody! Make sure to ‘Like’ UConn Greek Week on Facebook! Friday, April 5th: Late Night Goes Greek! Join the UConn student body at Late Night in the Student Union from 9pm—1am. Sunday, April 7th: Can-Struction (10:30am) and Greek Games (1pm) in Husky Village Monday, April 8th: Greek God and Goddess Pageant (7pm in Jorgensen) Tuesday, April 9th: David Stollman, “Buy In Or Sell Out” (7pm in Jorgensen) Wednesday, April 10th: Greek Sing and Closing Ceremonies (7pm in Jorgensen) LOVE Greek Week? Check out Greek Week’s UConntact Page to apply for the 2014 Greek Week Management Team! (Applications will be available on Friday, April 5th. Executive Director applications are due by 4/15, all others by 4/19.)
Zeta Phi Beta Wins Tri-State Chapter of the Year! On March 8-9, 2013 the Ladies of the Nu Theta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. attended their Tri-State Leadership Conference. In recognition for the Chapter’s path of improvement in the University of Connecticut’s Greek Life Arête Accreditation Program as well as its numerous programming events, the Tri-State and Atlantic Regional Director recognized, congratulated, and awarded Nu Theta as the Chapter of the Year among the chapters in the Tri State area. The Nu Theta Chapter was awarded for being the Chapter with the highest GPA in the Tri State area as well. The sisters of the Nu Theta Chapter were extremely honored and blessed to be awarded, and are even more determined to excel next year in living out their values while impacting college campuses and the community.
Career Corner Seniors: Getting tired of the job search? Let employers come to you! On Thursday, April 4th, over 70 employers will travel to UConn in search of full time employees for their companies. The Department of Career Service’s Spring Career Fair will be from 11:00am-2:00pm in the Student Union Ballroom and is open to students of all majors. Go to http:// www.career.uconn.edu/career_fairs.html for the full list of companies that will be attending. In order to best prepare for the fair, come to Career Services, 201 Wilbur Cross, to get your résumé critiqued. You can also sit down with a career counselor to discuss how to network and interact with employers to increase your chances of establishing a connection. Remember, that being well prepared and doing your research ahead of time will increase your chances of having a successful experience at the fair. We hope to see you there!
Attention: UConn Alumni The UConn Alumni Association invites you to reconnect with UConn during Alumni Weekend 2013, held on June 7th and 8th. All alumni, family, and friends are welcome during this two-day celebration. For a full schedule of events, and the chance to register for this fun-filled weekend, please visit the UConn Alumni Weekend website. Additionally, make sure to ‘Like’ the UConn Alumni Association’s Facebook Page and to follow @UConnAlumni on Twitter!
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life would like to wish the following chapters a Happy Founder’s Day!
Phi Gamma Delta—April 22, 1848 Pi Beta Phi—April 28, 1867 2013-2015 OFSL Graduate Assistants The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life is proud to announce that we have selected our newest Graduate Assistants for the UConn HESA Class of 2015 Cohort! Please welcome Alexandra Carrier (ΠΒΦ), University of Richmond, and Monique Golden, Lehigh University, to our UConn Greek Community! Congratulations to the individuals selected to join the Beta Class of Greek Peer Ambassadors! Arthur Atkin, TKE Hannah Burrick, AΦ Dillon Casey, KAΘ Lawrence Cotton, FIJI Hayley Crombleholme, ΔΓ Danielle Eftaxas, ΔΖ Alexandra Fitzner, ΠΒΦ Diamond Hernandez, ΠΒΦ
Krista Hespeler, KAΘ Tracey-Ann Lafayette, ΖΦΒ Lisa Maresca, AΦ Avery Moses, ΠΒΦ Jospeh Payette, ΠΚA Ilana Rashba, AΕΦ Cassandra Spector, AΕΦ Marissa St. Louis, ΠΒΦ Emily Thompson, KAΘ
Would YOU like to work in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life as an Intern?
Click Here to Apply Today If you would like the opportunity to work alongside the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life Staff on projects such as Greek Peer Ambassadors, the Emerging Leaders Conference, newsletter creation, Project Arête Accreditation, the annual Arête Awards, etc., consider applying to be an OFSL Intern! Applications can be found on our UConntact Page (via the link above) and are due by April 15th at 12pm (NOON). If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Emig at email@example.com. Do you know an outstanding Greek Senior? How about a member in any Greek organization that goes above and beyond for their chapter? Nominate them for a Senior Spotlight or Greek of the Month! Anyone in the Greek Community can submit nominations, and you can find the nomination forms here.
Would you like your chapter to be featured in the newsletter? Please send all submissions to Kaitlin Latham at Student1498@ad.uconn.edu by 12pm/Noon on Wednesday, April 24th, to be featured in the May edition.