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Fraternity and Sorority Life Annual Report 2012-2013

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Fraternity and Sorority Life Annual Report 2012-2013

CONTENTS: Acknowledgements........................ 3 Year in Review Letter from the Director.. . . . ............................... 2 Community Statistics. . ..................... 4 Nonprofit Organizations Served..................................... 4 Fraternity and Sorority Grade Report.............................. 5 Governing Council Updates ............... 6 Fraternity and Sorority Awards & Recognition............................. 7 Community Highlights .................... 9 Long-Term Expansion Planning..................................11 WCU Welcomes ..........................12

NEW STAFF Welcome Cara Jenkins, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Prior to accepting the position as director of fraternity and sorority life as interim last summer and permanently in December, Cara worked in Student Affairs at WCU with Student Leadership and Involvement, as well as Judicial Affairs. Before arriving at WCU, she was the fraternity and sorority advisor at Virginia Commonwealth University (20062010) where she advised four award-winning governing councils and more than 30 chapters.  Before that, she worked with the leadership programs and fraternity and sorority life at Quinnipiac University.  Cara received her bachelor of arts in 2003 from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia and master of education from the University of South Carolina in 2005.    Cara has volunteered on a national level for almost ten years, serving as a facilitator for numerous fraternity/sorority leadership programs including those for the National Panhellenic Conference, CAMPUSPEAK, Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI), Sigma Phi Epsilon, Beta Theta Pi and Triangle Fraternity. She has volunteered with her sorority (Kappa Alpha Theta) as a district officer, and most recently as the education advisor at Swarthmore College. Cara served the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values as a conference planning team member for the past four years and as a cluster facilitator for the AFLV LeaderShape® Institute.

Welcome Meghan Gaffney, Assistant Director of Student Involvement and Fraternity and Sorority Life Meghan began working at WCU in August 2012 as an interim appointment for the offices of Student Leadership and Involvement and Fraternity and Sorority Life before being permanently hired in April. She comes from The Pennsylvania State University where she earned her masters of education in college student affairs in 2012. Her background in residence life, parent programs, and leadership development provided experience in advising groups, chapter management, program planning, and facilitation. Meghan also earned her bachelor of arts from Penn State in 2006. When not on campus, Meghan serves as a co-lead facilitator for the LeaderShape® Institute, a national program designed to encourage leaders to live and lead with integrity. She has facilitated sessions across the country once or twice each year since 2010. Meghan has volunteered her time with Sigma Phi Epsilon and Theta Phi Alpha leadership training experiences. Her undergraduate involvement with the Alpha chapter of Theta Kappa Pi (a local organization) offered her initial exposure to the fraternal movement. Meghan was offered alumna initiation into Phi Mu Fraternity and will be initiated in fall 2013.

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DEPARMENT NAME CHANGE On August 1, 2013, the “Office of Greek Life Programs” will officially change its name to the “Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.” The name change is consistent with most campuses across the country, in order to better reflect the purpose and actual activities associated with fraternities and sororities. At times, there is confusion as to whether or not Greek Life is an organization associated with Greek culture and ancestry, rather than Greek Letter Organizations. Please note a

few points about the name change: • Any student organizations (InterGreek Council, Black and Latino Greek Council) will maintain their current names, as will community programming such as Greek Week and Meet the Greeks. • Staff titles will change to reflect the office name. Please assist the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life in making this change. We appreciate your help in the move and your patience as we work to switch over our materials and web presence.

YEAR IN REVIEW It has been quite a year of growth and development in Fraternity and Sorority Life. As I reflect on the layers of foundation built over the past two semesters, I am amazed about the potential of this community. Defining the fraternity and sorority experience at WCU is our greatest challenge, and as we approach the 50th anniversary of fraternity and sorority life on campus, I believe we are making strides in determining our story. New staff brought a great deal of transition, which is not easy for fraternities and sororities. Rather than frame transition as “change,” we are calling it “elevation,” instead. As West Chester University continues to grow, the community reflects this growth not simply in the numbers of chapters and members but in the ability to reflect the founding values of its organizations and contribute to the overall mission of the University. Faced with the challenge of elevating the relevance of membership, the community began the start of this evolution through the following new programs and milestones: • Total membership of 1,087 students resulting in an overall increase of 8%, which is the largest total membership in the history of fraternity and sorority life at WCU. • Learning outcomes assessment incorporated into the chapter president and council officer experience • Redevelopment of the Future Greek Leaders program with a 90% attendance rate, including members from the Black and Latino Greek Council chapters • First-time attendance at the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values/National Black Greek Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana • Establishment of the Fraternal Values Society, a national organization committed to furthering the values-based fraternity/sorority conversation • Complete overhaul of the Black and Latino Greek Council governing documents to update officer structure and new chapter establishment procedures • Long-term expansion plans adopted for the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council that will result in nine new chapters over the next seven years • 99% chapter participation in IMPACT, the national leadership institute from the North-American Interfraternity Conference • From spring 2012 to spring 2013, a 7% increase of fraternity/sorority members earning a 3.0 GPA or higher and 4% increase of members earning Dean’s List status It is hard to quantify the extraordinary success of individual chapters and the total progress of the community. Achievement can be seen in the fantastic programming and philanthropic efforts of chapters and the overall steps toward self governance of each council, but it also means the continued success of being scholars in the classroom and leaders on campus. This annual report is describes the success and challenges for the past exciting year in the history of fraternity and sorority life at WCU. We hope that you read this and celebrate all that has been accomplished. We invite you to be a part of the conversation on how we can best sustain and improve this community to realize its potential. Fraternally,

Cara Jenkins Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS As we reflect on the accomplishments of the WCU fraternity and sorority community over the past year, we would like to take the time to thank those who assisted in that growth and development on campus: Mr. John Baker, Chairperson, Department of Art Mr. Terry Beattie, Associate Director of Athletics Ms. Ilana Berger, Student Photographer Ms. Frances Boshell, Graduate Assistant, Sykes Student Union Dr. Mary Braz, Communication Studies, Assistant Professor Ms. Christina Brenner, Associate Director, Sykes Student Union Dr. Matthew Bricketto, Vice President for Student Affairs Mr. Jared Brown, Director, New Student Programs Ms. Ann Callaghan, Secretary, Sykes Student Union Ms. Krista Carstens, Staff Assistant, Twardowski Career Development Center Ms. Amber Cifrese, Graduate Assistant, Fraternity and Sorority Life Dr. Angela Clarke, Psychology, Associate Professor Mr. Lance Collier, Resident Director, Tyson Hall Mr. Brady Colyer, Resident Director, Brandywine Hall Ms. Carolyn Comitta, Mayor of West Chester Dr. Joanne Conlon, Director, Pre-Major Academic Advising Ms. Trudy Cruice, Executive Associate, Vice President for Student Affairs Ms. Diane DeVestern, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Ms. Thelma Dillard, Secretary, Multicultural Affairs Ms. Ellen DiSanti, Secretary, New Student Programs Mr. Austin Duckett, Resident Director, Village Apartments Ms. Tracy Duckert, Director, Alumni Relations Mr. Carlos Esteve, Custodial Worker, Sykes Student Union Mr. Peter Galloway, Assistant Dean of Student Involvement Dr. Stephen Gambino, Director, Campus Recreation Ms. Alicia Hahn, Assistant Coordinator, Wellness Education Dr. Brian Halsey, Associate Professor, Marketing Ms. Mary Ann Hammond, Assistant Dean of Students Mr. Marcus Harrison, Resident Director, Allegheny Hall Ms. Stacy Houck, Business Office Generalist/SGA Relations, Student Services Inc. Mr. Jerome Hutson, Director, Multicultural Affairs Mr. Jeff Iliff, Custodial Worker, Sykes Student Union Ms. Lisa Iliff, Custodial Worker, Sykes Student Union Ms. Dawna Jones, Resident Director, Wayne Hall Ms. Sandra Jones, Assistant to the Director for Sykes Student Union Ms. Mell Josephs, Executive Director, Student Services, Inc. Ms. Toni Koch Kampf, Assistant Director, Sykes Student Union Ms. Katie Kearney, Treasurer, Student Government Association Ms. Lynn M. Klingensmith, Director, Judicial Affairs and Student Assistance Mr. Doug Kohen, Custodial Worker, Sykes Student Union Mr. Craig Leduc, Assistant Director, Campus Recreation Ms. Levette Lewis, Custodial Worker, Sykes Student Union Ms. Abigail Lim, Undergraduate Intern, Student Leadership and Involvement Ms. Querida Lugo, Associate Director, Multicultural Affairs Ms. Kim McCann, Administrative Asst., Judicial Affairs and Student Assistance

Mr. Barrett McGee, Student Activities Coordinator, Student Services, Inc. Ms. Nora McGinley-Hence, Secretary, Student Government Association Ms. Marion McKinney, Director, Residence Life Mr. Chris Mehrholz, Administrative Assistant, Student Services, Inc. Ms. Diane Miller, Catering Event Sales Manager, ARAMARK Ms. Kellianne Milliner, Asst. Athletic Director for Academic and Student Services Ms. Amanda Mitchell, Asst. Director, Twardowski Career Development Center Dr. Katherine Norris, Early and Middle Grades Education, Associate Professor Dr. Brian O’Neill, Criminal Justice, Associate Professor Mr. Alex Paez, Graduate Assistant, Multicultural Affairs Ms. Mary Ellen Panaccio, Secretary, Student Leadership and Involvement/Fraternity and Sorority Life Ms. Stephanie Paulachok, Administrative Assistant, Office of Residence Life Ms. Kathryn Pawlowski, Staff, Information Center Dr. Julie Perone, Director, Counseling Center Dr. Thomas Purce, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Mr. Matthew Queh, Custodial Worker, Sykes Student Union Ms. Ashley Reichenbach, Asst. Dir., Twardowski Career Development Center Ms. Joellen Reindl, Secretary, Service Learning and Volunteer Programs Ms. Sabrina Rightmer, Administrative Assistant, Sykes Student Union Ms. Mary Jane Rogan, Coordinator, Wellness and Alcohol Education Ms. Becky Ross, Director, Twardowski Career Development Center Ms. Jodi Roth, Director, Service Learning and Volunteer Programs Dr. Lisa Ruchti, Women’s and Gender Studies/Sociology, Associate Professor Dr. Simon Ruchti, Philosophy, Assistant Professor Ms. Hannah Schmitz, Graduate Assistant, LGBTQA Services Mr. Mike Selby, Director of Housing, University Student Housing, Inc. Dr. Adale Sholock, Director, Women’s Center Ms. Shelley Siedzikowski, Assistant Director, Judicial Affairs Ms. Christine Siegl, Secretary, Service Learning and Volunteer Programs Ms. Preeti Singh, Associate Director, Twardowski Career Development Center Ms. Aneesah Smith, Asst. to the Vice Pres. for Student Affairs, LGBTQA Services/Special Projects Ms. Julianne Spadine, Grad. Asst., Service Learning and Volunteer Programs Ms. Mallieen Steimel, Staff, Information Center Lt. Raymond C. Stevenson, Asst. Dir., Res. Hall Security/Community Policing Ms. Michelle Strausbaugh, President, Student Government Association Mr. David Timmann, Director, Sykes Student Union Mr. David Thompson, Vice President, Student Government Association Ms. Alyssa Trytek, Resident Director, Schmidt Hall Mr. Kyle VanHart, Parliamentarian, Student Government Association Ms. Susan Visoskas, Assistant Director, Housing Ms. Michelle Walker, Resident Director, Goshen Hall Mr. Charles Warner, Director, Student Leadership and Involvement Ms. Monica Woutersz, Secretary, Campus Recreation Dr. Richard Winston, Communication Studies, Adjunct Faculty Dr. Deanne Zotter, Psychology, Professor

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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Community Statistics Chapter and Council Programming Social Chapter Management Ritual Recruitment Scholarship Community Development Health & Wellness Leadership Financial Management Cultural Career Planning Risk Management 0

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Chapter Programs: 163 8,411 Hours of service donated

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Non-Profit Organizations Served in 2012-2013 9/11 Memorial Foundation Adopt-A-Block American Cancer Society American Red Cross Autism Speaks Borough of West Chester Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Breast Cancer Research Foundation Camp Dreamcatcher Cardiac Care Chester County Chamber of Commerce Chester County Food Bank Chester County Hospital NICU and Pediatrics Department Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

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Council Programs: 66

1.5 Tons of food donated

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Total Programs: 229

$46,376.65 89 donated to Philanthropy Events 139 Service Programs Philanthropic causes

$11,000.00

Total raised from the Fraternity and Sorority Community Philanthropy, Camp Dreamcatcher: Benefitting children and families affected and infected by HIV/AIDS Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals City-2-City Bike Tour /Family Fall Day for Parkinson’s Disease Cradles to Crayons Cystic Fibrosis Foundation College Wednesdays Program, Lexington, Ky. Gallaudet University Greater Delaware Valley Multiple Sclerosis Society Huddle up for Autism at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Jimmy V Foundation Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Make a Wish Foundation March of Dimes

Men and Women for Human Excellence, Inc. Miller-Keystone Blood Center National Bone Marrow Registry National Kidney Foundation Nemours A. I. DuPont Children’s Hospital Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation Play 4 Kay Push America Relay for Life Safe Harbor Saint Baldrick’s Foundation Salvation Army Sickle Cell Disease Association of America Smiles Change the World

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Susan G. Komen Foundation The Alpha Phi Foundation The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation The Delta Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) The National Kidney Foundation The Painted Turtle Camp The Starkey Hearing Foundation West Chester Area YMCA West Chester Food Cupboard West Chester Area Day Care Center

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Fraternity and sorority Community grade report - spring 2013 Rank

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CHAPTER

Council

Chapter/ Colony Size

Sem. GPA

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Cuml. GPA

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3.25

0.04

# of New Members

New Mem Sem GPA

New Mem Cuml. GPA

WCU Sororities 1

3

Delta Phi Epsilon

PHC

91

3.40

2

3

3

0

Phi Sigma Sigma

PHC

78

3.39

0.11

3.28

0.07

Alpha Xi Delta

PHC

82

3.35

0.04

3.24

-0.02

5

3.09

3.06

4

-2

Alpha Phi

PHC

82

3.34

0.00

3.30

-0.10

3

3.33

3.25

5

5

Zeta Tau Alpha

PHC

90

3.34

0.15

3.15

0.02

6

3

Delta Zeta

PHC

80

3.34

0.13

3.14

0.06

7

0

Alpha Sigma Tau

PHC

77

3.33

0.06

3.20

0.04

8

6

Sigma Lambda Gamma*

BLGC

15

3.26

0.32

3.07

0.07

1*

3.07

3.11

9

2

Phi Mu

PHC

83

3.17

-0.01

3.12

-0.05

11

2.83

3.06

10

-2

Zeta Phi Beta

BLGC

4

3.11

-0.15

2.92

-0.07

11

4

Chi Upsilon Sigma

BLGC

5

2.93

0.23

2.62

-0.02

12

0

Alpha Kappa Alpha

BLGC

5

2.82

-0.22

3.06

0.07

13

0

Sigma Gamma Rho

BLGC

10

2.74

-0.29

2.83

-0.11

5

2.19

2.69

BLGC

12

2.62

-0.77

3.13

-0.04

6

2.22

3.14

14

-13 Delta Sigma Theta

WCU Fraternities 1

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Sigma Phi Epsilon

IFC

53

3.16

0.00

3.13

-0.05

5

3.18

3.17

2

0

Delta Chi

IFC

48

3.14

0.02

3.11

0.03

8

3.18

3.19

3

0

Pi Kappa Phi

IFC

76

3.07

0.19

2.99

0.14

8

3.08

3.00

4

2

Kappa Delta Rho

IFC

39

3.07

0.23

2.86

0.01

5

0

Sigma Alpha Epsilon

IFC

52

2.95

0.10

2.87

0.09

9

2.96

2.93

6

1

Sigma Pi

IFC

69

2.88

0.06

2.81

0.06

14

2.71

2.76

7

3

Lambda Alpha Upsilon

BLGC

9

2.83

0.51

2.70

0.12

3

2.80

2.89

8

1

Kappa Alpha Psi

BLGC

8

2.73

0.10

2.64

-0.05

9

-1

Sigma Lambda Beta

BLGC

11

2.66

-0.12

2.67

-0.03

3

2.69

2.67

10

-6

Phi Beta Sigma

BLGC

8

2.62

-0.24

2.60

-0.13

5

2.39

2.51

Community Statistics

Semester Cumulative All Fraternity/Sorority (1,087) 11.2%

3.21

3.10

All Fraternity (373)

3.01

2.93

All Sorority (714)

3.31

3.19

All New Members (87)

2.85

2.99

Semester Cumulative Undergraduate FTE

3.15

3.14

FTE Men (4,536)

2.97

2.97

FTE Women (6834)

3.28

3.25

11,370

*organizations with one member/new member will not list the GPA for that individual student.

70% earned a 3.00 GPA or higher for the spring 2013 semester 25% earned a 3.67 (Dean’s List status) for the spring 2013 semester 5.8% earned a 4.00 for the spring 2013 semester 62% currently have a 3.00 or higher cumulative average at WCU The average fraternity/sorority member at WCU earned a 3.21 GPA for the spring 2013 semester The list of 272 fraternity and sorority members who achieved Dean’s List status can be found on the Fraternity and Sorority Life website (www.wcupa.edu/greeklife).

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GOVERNING COUNCIL UPDATES Black and Latino Greek Council (BLGC) BLGC started the year off focused on internal operations, making tremendous changes to officer structures that included streamlining positions and aligning the election schedule to be consistent with other governing councils. The BLGC also redeveloped its new chapter recognition procedures which outlined new membership status categories. The new process resulted in formally recognizing two new chapters: Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity and Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority. After a fantastic Meet the Greeks during WCU Homecoming, BLGC member organizations participated in many campus events, including co-sponsorship with the Office for Multicultural Affairs on a number of culturally relevant speakers and programs. In the beginning of the spring semester, the BLGC president attended the National Black Greek Leadership Conference which informed the membership on national-level best practices. @WCU_BLGC

Interfraternity Council (IFC) The Interfraternity Council focused on progress and growth in the 2012-2013 year. Through initial development of the Judicial Hearing Board, Roberts Rules training for delegates, recruitment vision meetings, an enhanced social media presence, and a potential IFC scholarship in development, the men made progress on providing a more meaningful experience to the community. They continue to amend their by-laws to accurately reflect efforts made by members of the board. In addition, the IFC partnered with Dr. Michael Kimmel, a speaker specializing in gender studies. Overall, most efforts were placed on the expansion process, summarized on page 9. @WestChesterIFC

Panhellenic Council (PHC) With current membership comprising 70 percent of the total fraternity and sorority population, the Panhellenic Community had its most successful recruitment process ever. Chapter and council leadership worked hard all year to complete the formal National Panhellenic Conference extension process, and will welcome multiple new chapters to WCU in order to meet the needs of women on campus seeking a sorority experience. (More details on extension are found on page 9.) While the focus this past year was on extension, Panhellenic participated in many campus events including MLK Day of Service, Camp Dreamcatcher Adopt-A-Family, Maggie Tripp Week of Service, and WCU’s Pink Zone. @WCU_Panhellenic

PROGRAMMING BOARD UPDATE Inter-Greek Council (IGC) The Inter-Greek Council made valuable contributions to the WCU community in 20122013. Supporting chapter participation in Homecoming, the board emphasized the inclusion of all fraternities and sororities in pairings this year. Held in Asplundh Concert Hall, IGC also sponsored one of the most well-attended Greek Forums ever, with TJ Sullivan’s “Motivating the Middle” program. An Olympic-themed Greek Week 2013 also brought together all three governing councils. Greek of the Month and other related articles were featured regularly in The Quad, and a social media presence for IGC is being established. In the spring semester, IGC voted to change the structure of the board and elected new officers into a new structure in April. The condensed board features six positions, including a seat for a representative from the brand new Alpha Iota chapter of the Fraternal Values Society. @WCU_IGC

The best part of the year was taking the Unity Picture after Panhellenic’s Bid Day. It highlighted our growth, our increased community and our great accomplishments.” Christine Mackin, President, Phi Mu

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FRATERNITY AND SORORITY AWARDS AND RECOGNITION FIVE STAR CHAPTER ASSESSMENT (spring 2012-fall 2012) The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life conducts a yearly assessment of its chapters to determine how the core values of individual fraternities and sororities support the community at WCU. The assessment is composed of five different categories through which individual chapter performance is measured: scholarship development, chapter development, new member development, risk management, and service to campus. A score of 90 or higher in a category means the chapter is achieving minimum standards set by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and the chapter earns a star. The chapter that receives the highest point value in each of the categories below is recognized with the overall excellence award for that category.

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Overall Excellence in Scholarship Development Alpha Phi and Sigma Phi Epsilon

Overall Excellence in Risk Management Phi Mu

Overall Excellence in Chapter Development Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and Pi Kappa Phi

Overall Excellence in Service to Campus Zeta Tau Alpha and Sigma Phi Epsilon

Overall Excellence in New Member Development Alpha Xi Delta and Delta Chi

Overall Excellence in Interfraternalism Phi Sigma Sigma and Sigma Phi Epsilon

Chapter Development

Service to Campus

Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc. Delta Chi Delta Phi Epsilon Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Phi Mu Phi Sigma Sigma Pi Kappa Phi Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Sigma Phi Epsilon Zeta Tau Alpha

Alpha Phi Alpha Xi Delta Delta Phi Epsilon Phi Sigma Sigma Sigma Phi Epsilon Sigma Pi Zeta Tau Alpha

New Member Development Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Phi Alpha Sigma Tau

Alpha Xi Delta Delta Chi Delta Phi Epsilon Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Delta Zeta Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Phi Mu Phi Sigma Sigma Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, Inc. Sigma Phi Epsilon Zeta Tau Alpha

Risk Management Alpha Phi Alpha Xi Delta Delta Phi Epsilon Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Phi Mu Pi Kappa Phi Sigma Phi Epsilon Zeta Tau Alpha

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“The best part of the year was becoming a better developed organization and a better leader on campus.� Denaya Holland, President, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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INDIVIDUAL AWARDS In addition to the chapter area of excellence awards, recognition is also offered to chapters and individuals who have provided exemplary leadership to the community throughout the spring 2012 and fall 2012 semesters. The honored individuals were nominated by their peers or advisors and recognized. Charles W. Warner Fraternity of the Year Sigma Phi Epsilon

James J. Jackson Sorority of the Year Zeta Tau Alpha

Fraternity Man of the Year Malik Muhammad, Sigma Phi Epsilon

Sorority Woman of the Year Jessie McNevin, Delta Phi Epsilon

Fraternity Emerging Leader John Matz, Delta Chi

Sorority Emerging Leader Ashley Stone, Alpha Xi Delta

Chapter Advisor of the Year Ebony Carter, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Faculty Advisor of the Year Dr. Simon Ruchti, Delta Chi/Sigma Phi Epsilon

Outstanding Chapter Presidents Aisha Hynson, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Mike Slavin, Sigma Phi Epsilon Anthony LaFratte, Delta Chi

James Weese Award for New Member Academic Achievement Devon Becker, Phi Mu Angelina Reiher, Phi Mu

Fraternal Values Society Awards Richard Gonzales, Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity, Inc. Shannon O’Connell, Phi Sigma Sigma John Scheck, Sigma Phi Epsilon Student Leadership and Involvement Awards*: WCU Leaders of the Year Abigail Lim, Delta Zeta David Goldenberg, Pi Kappa Phi Danielle Lewis, Zeta Tau Alpha Kevin Hammond, Pi Kappa Phi People’s Choice: Richard Gonzalez, Lambda Alpha Upsilon  Emerging Student Leader: Anthony LaFratte, Delta Chi Senior Leaders of the Year: Alexis Parks, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Organization Advisor of the Year: Dr. Deanne Zotter for Sister-to-Sister Peer Mentor Organization

“The community has challenged me to create interpersonal relationships, encouraged me to live by my values, and allowed me to strengthen my leadership abilities.” John Scheck, IFC VP Scholarship

Best Student Club Collaboration: “Eating Disorders Awareness Week” - Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, Sister-To-Sister Peer Mentor Organization, Association of Women’s Empowerment, and Active Minds *Student leaders in this category were recognized by the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement during the Leadership Awards in 2013.

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COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS National Conference Attendance For the first time ever, WCU sent four community leaders to Indianapolis, Indiana for the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV) and National Black Greek Leadership Conference in February. The conference was as an exciting opportunity for officers to see how other colleges and universities enhance their students’ fraternity and sorority experiences. The WCU delegates learned about best practices from students and professionals from across the nation. In addition, they targeted resources to help them better serve and meet the needs of their community. An article in the WCU paper, The Quad, shared information about the experience with all students on campus. Read the article at http://www.wcuquad.com/. “This was a great year for leadership opportunities, and I loved watching my fellow students grow.” – Alexis Townsend, president, Panhellenic Council Fraternal Values Society The Fraternal Values Society exists to provide voice to the values movement. It creates a network for members who want their experience to be representative of the founding values of their fraternal organizations. Its mission is to illuminate the central values that guided the historical founding of general fraternities and sororities, and to incorporate these values into the contemporary fraternity and sorority experience. West Chester University inducted its inaugural class, April 21, 2013. Members of the Alpha Class of the Alpha Iota Chapter are: Jennifer Bowers, Zeta Tau Alpha Jessie McNevin, Delta Phi Epsilon Kirsten Cirelli, Delta Phi Epsilon Shannon O’Connell, Phi Sigma Sigma Kate Colagreco, Phi Sigma Sigma Angelina Reiher, Phi Mu Fraternity Kyle Gallagher, Sigma Phi Epsilon John Scheck, Sigma Phi Epsilon Alexandra Soscia, Phi Mu Richard Gonzalez, Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity, Inc. Ashley Stone, Alpha Xi Delta Aisha Hynson, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Sonia Vazquez, Sigma Lambda Gamma Christine Mackin, Phi Mu National Sorority j

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“Looking back on this past year, I am most impressed with the growth of our community. While we increased in numbers, the courageous action of new members and [fraternity and sorority] veterans alike towards values-based decision making has been tremendously inspiring.” -Jessie McNevin, President, IGC and Fraternal Values Society

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IMPACT® Leadership Retreat

“Model the Way!” – Aisha Hynson, President, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. quoting a lesson from Impact

Seventy members of WCU fraternities and sororities participated in IMPACT®, a two-and-a-half day campusbased leadership institute in March 2013. Governing council leaders, chapter presidents, and emerging leaders from each chapter traveled to Sandy Cove Retreat Center in North East, Maryland, to experience the NIC program. Facilitators from across the country, including two lead facilitators, joined the WCU community to contribute to relationship-building through intensive, interactive programs. The programs emphasized problem solving, leadership development, values-based decision making, effective communication, and community development. Students identified five areas of improvement for the campus community at WCU: values congruence, communication, community/unity, risk management, motivation and leadership. In the coming year, community members will continue to make progress in these areas. More coverage can be read in The Quad at www.wcuquad.com “The best part of the year for me had to be

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“The realization of our community strengths and weaknesses at Impact was the best part of the semester because it is allowing us to stimulate positive growth.” – Mitch Paulinho, president, IFC

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LONG-TERM EXPANSION PLANNING Panhellenic Council Extension Officially approving to begin the extension process in November, the Panhellenic Council voted on the final recommendation from the Panhellenic Extension Committee, extending an invitation to Alpha Delta Pi to establish a chapter in the fall 2013 semester and Alpha Sigma Alpha in the fall 2014 semester. Based on chapter sizes and recruitment success after fall 2014, an invitation to Kappa Delta could be extended for no later than 2017. All three organizations participated in presentations to the Panhellenic Extension Committee, which then made selections based on the four main areas of criteria: local advisory board support, actual establishment procedures, ongoing support from the inter/ national organization and quality of inter/national programs. The original recommendation of the Exploratory Committee approved one sorority to come to campus in the fall of 2013. However, through the evaluation process, the Extension Committee realized the need for multiple chapters over a four-year period. Eight chapters comprise 700 women with an average chapter size of 85. With the goal of returning to an average chapter size of 65, the extension committee concluded selecting more than one chapter was the logical solution. Known as “stacking” in the inter/national sorority community, adding multiple chapters allows for NPC member organizations to maintain a manageable chapter size while creating as many opportunities as possible for WCU students to join an NPC sorority.

Interfraternity Council Expansion The Interfraternity Council approved its long-term growth plan in November, with the intention of inviting three chapters to campus. However, the Expansion Committee received more applicants than anticipated, with 15 packets

submitted by various NorthAmerican Interfraternity Council (NIC) fraternities. (A full listing can be found in the official press release online.) From these 15 organizations, the field was narrowed down to eight that proceeded to the presentation stage of the selection process. After presentations were complete, the Expansion Committee made selections based on four main areas of criteria: local advisory board support, actual establishment procedures, ongoing support from the inter/national organization, and quality of inter/national programs. At this point, the committee determined that “The best part of the year for me was the process of bringing another sorority to campus and having a hand in helping write the history of our Panhellenic community.” – Angelina Reiher, VP of Recruitment, Panhellenic Council

long-term expansion at WCU would consist of three phases outlined below. The selected organizations all agreed to work collaboratively to evaluate and assess campus culture after each new chapter is established, which could potentially influence a shift in tentative dates listed below. The resulting list for Phase I and Phase II, then is a preferred order of establishment with provisional dates. The Interfraternity Council will re-engage with the inter/national organizations listed in Phase III in spring of 2015 after the first two new chapters are established. Phase I Pi Kappa Alpha (fall 2013) Phi Gamma Delta (fall 2014) Phase II Alpha Tau Omega (fall 2015) Sigma Chi (fall 2016) Phase III Delta Upsilon Lambda Chi Alpha

“The best part of the year for me was meeting a young man at the first IFC meet and greet. I instantly saw my 18 year-old self in him. I introduced him to PiKapp, where he became my little brother and quickly one of my best friends.” Kyle Lisiecki, former IFC internal vice president

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NEW CHAPTERS WCU WELCOMED THE FOLLOWING NEW FRATERNITIES AND SORORITIES IN 2012-2013: Black and Latino Greek Council Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Founded: April 4, 1986 Nickname:The Betas Motto:“Opportunity for Wisdom, Wisdom for Culture” Colors: Royal Purple and Pure White Symbol: White Stallion Philanthropy: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Latino Vote USA Active undergraduate chapters: 118 Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. Founded: April 9, 1990 Nickname:The Gammas Motto:“Culture is Pride, Pride is Success” Colors: Shocking Pink and Majestic Purple Symbol: Purple Panther Philanthropy: Breast Cancer,TRIO Programs Active undergraduate chapters: 129 WCU LOOKS FORWARD TO WELCOMING THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS IN 2013-2014: Interfraternity Council Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Founded: March 1, 1868 at the University of Virginia Nickname: PIKE Motto:“Once a Pike Always a Pike” Colors: Garnet and Old Gold Symbol: Shield and Diamond Philanthropy: determined by local chapter Active undergraduate chapters: 220 Panhellenic Council Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Founded: May 15, 1851 at Wesleyan College Nickname: ADPi Motto:“We Live For Each Other” Colors: Azure and White Symbol: Diamond (mascot is the Lion) Philanthropy: Ronald McDonald House Charities Active undergraduate chapters: 146

“Fraternity and sorority life will be the foremost vehicle for the development of leadership, citizenship, intellect, and positive relationships among college students.� Interfraternity Institute Vision

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2012-2013 WCU Fraternity and Sorority Annual Report