This Tuesday, Fraternity and Sorority Life got together to discuss body image. Two Body Project presenters from the MSU Office of Health Advancement used three simple activities to demonstrate how we perceived our bodies and how we could view them more positively. The group discussed the “ideal” man and woman, unrealistic advertisements, and simple ways to counteract negativity.
After an engaging hour of discussion, the group left with many new ideas of how they could positively address body image issues and uplift members of their individual chapters.
To start off the semester, our Fraternity and Sorority executive council members got together to learn about how to lead effectively from Circle of Sisterhood founder, Ginny Carroll. At the 2016 Leadership Retreat, the new leaders learned about what truly defined a community, how generational and leadership differences affect communication, and how to effectively set goals and lead with a positive core. Ms. Carroll inspired the new executive council members to take charge of their offices but in the right way which will lead to success.
The next night, Ms. Carroll presented to the entire community about the gift of
Fraternity and Sorority membership. She described that the best way to gain the most out of one’s membership was through dedication to a few simple principles: one’s ritual, sisterhood or brotherhood and lifetime involvement. Through nurturing these simple tenants, a fraternity man or sorority woman could learn much more from their time in their house and truly gain lifetime’s worth of connections.
In addition to pointing out how each member of the community was improving from their experience, Ms. Carroll presented how being a fraternity or sorority member set one out in the work place. Through the development of skills often seen missing in the millennial generation, work ethic, communication skills and professionalism, fraternity and sorority life gives each member a clear advantage when leaving college and entering the work place.
As a result of Ms. Carroll’s visit many members of the community have expressed more pride in being a member of a fraternity and sorority and of being a member of Montana State’s community. Through the development of goals at the Leadership Retreat, it is likely that the Montana State Fraternity and Sorority community will grow as a result of Ginny Carroll’s visit.
AOII has been having a great fall. The sorority is currently one of the two largest on campus, the other being Chi Omega, both having 80 members. This semester, the chapter welcomed 29 women into their sisterhood which contributed to the growth in house size. Over the Fall Semester, the women of Alpha Omicron Pi earned a 3.27 combined (actives and new member) GPA, the highest of the four campus sororities.
SigEp, likewise, had a productive fall. The fraternity, as of this semester, is the largest fraternity on campus with 67 members. The chapter welcomed 23 young men into their brotherhood which apparently made squeezing the whole chapter into the cabin they use for their brotherhood retreat quite difficult. Over the Fall Semester, the men of Sigma Phi Epsilon earned a 3.40 combined GPA, the highest of the seven campus fraternities.
This past year has seen unprecedented growth for Fraternity and Sorority Life. Through hard work during recruitment the community is on the rise.
The sorority community is blossoming as a result of recruitment. The women decided to try hosting formal recruitment on the weekend rather than during the school week in order to decrease class conflicts and promote retention. This choice did just that. The sorority population saw an 18% size increase in the past year and the average chapter size increased from 66 members to 71 members. Through the continued work of Panhellenic Council and the four sororities, this growth will likely continue.
The fraternity community is also prospering as a result of recruitment. Although the men do not have a formal recruitment process, their recruitment events were equally fruitful this year. The fraternity population saw a 13% increase leading to the average chapter size increasing from 45 members to 52 members. With the help of IFC and the continued collaboration between the seven fraternities, this growth should be sustained.
In total, the fraternity and sorority community saw a 15% increase in size, the largest growth the community has seen the several years. The community population size has risen to 650 members. This phenomenal community growth would not have been possible without the hard work of Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Erin MacDonald Peck.
Recently, Delta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta found out that they gained membership into the Collegiate Jewel Society! In order to gain membership, chapters of Alpha Gamma Delta must raise more than $2,000 for their philanthropy annually.
Delta Gamma chapter was able to raise over $2,200 this semester alone through there annual Trick or Treat for Change philanthropy event which earned them membership into the Collegiate Jewel Society.
Alpha Gamma Delta’s philanthropy is the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation which donations money towards scholarships and financial aid for sisters as well as diabetes research education and awareness.
Many of our Fraternities and Sororities have been very busy organizing their annual fall philanthropy events!
Each of the houses have been putting together events which have been very successful ranging from 1 mile fun runs and 5Ks to writing letters to Santa. Some of the recurring philanthropy events that were hosted this semester were as follows: Alpha Gamma Delta’s Trick or Treat for Change, Alpha Omicron Pi’s Run for Roses, Pi Beta Phi’s Pie a Pi Phi, Alpha Gamma Rho’s Testee Fest and Sigma Chi’s Derby Days. New philanthropy events hosted this semester included Chi Omega’s Bagels for Wishes and Kappa Sigma’s Set and Serve for Wounded Soldiers.
Together, the Fraternity and Sorority community was able to give back significantly and looks forward to another successful semester of philanthropy work!
This past Wednesday, our Panhellenic Council transitioned its officers. The 2015 Officers handed over their positions to the new officers for the upcoming calendar year. The old and new officers are as follows:
2015 Outgoing Officers:
- President: Kenzie Redmond, Pi Beta Phi
- Vice President: Ali Miller, Alpha Omicron Pi
- Secretary: Madison Hansen, Chi Omega
- Treasurer: Rachel Gunnink, Alpha Gamma Delta
- Recruitment: Mackenzie Dubeau, Pi Beta Phi
- Standards: Shelby Meyers, Alpha Omicron Pi
2016 Incoming Officers:
- President: Madison Hansen, Chi Omega
- Vice President: Dallas Fargo, Pi Beta Phi
- Secretary: Jessica Donahoo, Alpha Gamma Delta
- Treasurer: Malka Katz, Alpha Omicron Pi
- Recruitment: Mackenzie Dubeau, Pi Beta Phi
- Public Relations: Kendra Faulkner, Chi Omega
- Standards: Savannah Leidholt, Alpha Omicron Pi
- Assistant Recruitment: Becca Shipp, Chi Omega
Thank you to our outgoing Panhellenic Officers for doing such a wonderful job this past year and congratulations to our new 2016 officers!
Homecoming weekend was very exciting for our Fraternity and Sorority community. Many of our houses started off the weekend with barbecues and get-togethers with visiting alumni. In addition to hosting events, all the houses put together floats for the homecoming parade Saturday morning. The themes for the floats were varied but the Bobcat spirit was the same! After attending the parade, the next stop was the homecoming football game!
This year our Bobcat Homecoming Court had many Fraternity and Sorority members on it. All of the homecoming king candidates were members of fraternities and 3 out of the 4 homecoming queen candidates were members of sororities! Our 2015 Homecoming Court was:
- Cali Christiansen and Chris Eddlemon (Sigma Chi)
- Karly Terrell (Chi Omega) and Colt Coffee (Sigma Chi)
- Shannon Bangen (Chi Omega) and Cody Howell (Sigma Phi Epsilon)
- Laura Wilson (Alpha Omicron Pi) and John Miller (Pi Kappa Alpha)
We would like to congratulate Cali Christiansen and Chris Eddlemon for being selected as Homecoming Queen and Homecoming King this year!
The Fraternity and Sorority community enjoyed sharing our Bobcat spirit with our alumni and our community this weekend and we can’t wait to do so again!
Two of our Fraternities just won impressive awards at their national conventions this past month!
At SigEp Conclave, Montana Beta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon won their first Buchanan Chapter Award. Montana State’s chapter was one of 32 chapters recognized with SigEp’s highest chapter honor.
At Sigma Chi’s national convention earlier this month, Beta Rho chapter was awarded their second Peterson Significant Chapter Award. was one of 88 chapters recognized for achieving excellence in all operations, including academics, philanthropy, recruitment, and Ritual performance.
Congratulations to our Fraternity men on their great accomplishments!
The past few days have been very busy at Montana State! Catapalooza has been taking place on the Mall and our Fraternities and Sororities have been busy meeting the new students.
Did you miss us at Catapalooza and are interested in Fraternity or Sorority recruitment? Visit http://www.montana.edu/fslife to register!