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Fraternity Spring Recruitment has begun, which really just means the fraternities have been trying to hold events and let students know that they can still join!
This past week, the Fraternities came together and had a bonfire in one of the lots on campus. They invited anyone and everyone interested in joining a Fraternity so that they could get to know the men. From here, most fraternities have individual events to get to know interested men, anything from just hanging out at their house to Kappa Sigma’s annual “car smash”.
Are you interested in joining a fraternity? Sign up on our website: http://www.montana.edu/fslife/fraternities/recruitment-form.html
2015 is off to a strong start for Sorority & Fraternity Life after the annual Leadership Retreat on Tuesday, January 13th. Presidents from each chapter came together with leaders from IFC and Panhellenic from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm to gain skills and knowledge regarding leadership and engage in discussion about their goals for this year. The schedule was as follows:
- 9:00-10:00: Introductions and opening session by: Jaynee Groseth, President Emerita MSU Alumni Assoc.; Rolf Groseth, MSU Billings Chancellor; and Matt Caires, Dean of Students
- 10:00-12:00: Strengths Assessment with Amy Snyder, Assistant Director of Residence Life
- 12:00-1:00: Lunch with advisor and faculty guest
- 1:00-2:00: Guest Speakers- Janell Barber from The Office of Institutional Equity, Hannah Stark and Joe Schumacher from the VOICE Center, and Rachel Randash from The Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success
- 2:00-3:00: Presidents/ IFC/ Panhellenic goal setting and round table discussion led by Panhellenic President Kenzie Redmond and IFC President Colton Coffee
- 3:00-4:00: QPR Suicide Training with Brian Kassar
The Fraternity and Sorority Leaders left prepared for and looking forward to a fantastic semester!
During homecoming weekend, Fraternity and Sorority Alumni from all chapters and years were invited to attend a summit to mingle and listen to speakers talk about their experiences and the progress and importance of Fraternity & Sorority life at MSU today. Alumni reminisced about their fraternal experiences here at Montana State and had the opportunity to reconnect with their brothers and sisters. It was a fun and memorable evening for Fraternity and Sorority members, and a great way to re-engage!
Alpha Gamma Delta and Chi Omega both spent Halloween night giving back.
Alpha Gamma Delta participated in their annual “Trick or Treat for Change” where they and other Fraternity and Sorority members who wanted to help went door to door collecting change. They raised over $1,600 for Juvenile Diabetes Research and the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation. That’s amazing!
Chi Omega had an “Owl-O-Ween” event at their home from 5-7, where treats and activities for the whole family were provided. Such a fun and kind thing to do for the community!
What amazing women our sorority women are, to spend their Halloween night giving back!
Sigma Phi Epsilon had their annual “Rose Bowl” this past weekend, a sorority powder-puff game held in the Bobcat Stadium. All ticket sales were donated to their national philanthropy, Big Brother Big Sisters. The sororities love participating in the Rose Bowl, not only because it’s a great cause but also because it’s so much fun!
Last year Chi Omega held the winning title, this year Pi Phi managed to take it. We are excited to find out who it will be next fall!
Homecoming was a great weekend for Fraternity & Sorority life as always! We showed our bobcat pride on our floats during the “show your vim” homecoming parade, cheered our team on loud and proud from the front rows of the stadium, and supported our members who were running for homecoming king or queen.
Candidates for Homecoming King & Queen are carefully chosen in a long process that started in the spring and that entails many campus groups submitting a candidate, and then those
candidates doing things such as submitting their activities and being interviewed. Out of the total eight candidates who remained in the running for students to vote on, SIX were from fraternities and sororities. That’s awesome! It shows how dedicated our members are to being active on campus and in the community.
The candidates from FS Life were:
- Aaron Blaser, president of Kappa Sigma
- Ashyln Alsberg, Panhellenic president and from Alpha Omicron Pi
- Jen Marshall, member of Alpha Gamma Delta
- Lane Nordlund, member of Alpha Gamma Rho
- Rachel Bradford, member of Chi Omega
- Sydney Sherick, member of Alpha Omicron Pi
They all made a good run for it, but the winner was….
JEN MARSHALL FOR QUEEN AND LANE NORDLUND FOR KING!
Congratulations to Jen and Lane! We look forward to another great homecoming next year!
Being a new member is truly an amazing experience. As you learn about what makes the chapter you joined so important and why the members feel so passionate about Sorority & Fraternity life, you gain a community that will support you and become your MSU family in so many ways.
Later in the semester, you can check back for a post where new members talk about what the experience has been like for them. For now, check out these pictures to get a glimpse!
One of the things we in Fraternity & Sorority Life love the most is how strong the sense of community is.
You have your own small community in the chapter you join, where your brothers or sisters will support you in all that you do and push you to be the best you can. Every Fraternity & Sorority sets aside times during the semester where the whole chapter can spend time together. It doesn’t matter if it’s a lip sync battle, community service, a dinner, or anything else- the point is, you get to spend time all together showing what Sororities & Fraternities feel so strongly about: Sisterhood & Brotherhood.
Outside of your chapter community, there is the greater Fraternity & Sorority Community. Each house is founded off of similar values and the members join for similar reasons, so it makes sense that we would naturally want to spend time with each other. To do this, all of the houses coordinate events throughout the year where they can get to know each other and continue to strengthen their relationships. Having a Fraternity & Sorority community to rely on and who understand what it means to be a part of an organization bigger than yourself is truly an amazing experience.
Alpha Omicron Pi learned some “pretty fierce moves” (in their words) in self defense. Two instructors, Troy and Chris, from Mountain Self Defense came over to AOII and taught them how they can defend themselves if ever needed. The women had a lot of fun and gained a lot of knowledge! How awesome that they took that extra step to make sure their women can protect themselves if ever necessary!