Ambitious Alumnae

This summer, our alumni have been busy! Several members of Fraternity and Sorority Life have been making significant impacts on their communities and getting recognition for their talent and leadership.

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Sydney Sherick, alumna of Alpha Omicron Pi, was awarded the Collegiate Women of Leadership award at her sorority’s National Conference in Los Angeles this year. The award is given to collegiate women who clearly demonstrate outstanding leadership. In her years as an active member of her sorority, Sydney clearly showed that she lived up to the standards of AOII’s impressive award!

IMG_6774sCheyenne Stirling, alumna of Alpha Gamma Delta, was MSU’s first recipient of a Jerry O’Neal National Park Service Student Fellowship which has been allowing her to research the bat populations in Glacier National Park. Her fieldwork has been focusing on where the bats currently roost and prefer to roost; this will help the park prepare for the arrival of white nose syndrome. For more information about Cheyenne’s award and research, click here.

These are two examples of the incredible alumni coming from our Fraternity and Sorority community. We can’t wait to see where their careers take them!

Enjoying the Summer!

The members of our Fraternity and Sorority have been very busy this summer! Between internships and international travel, these men and women have been making memories that will last a lifetime!

Recently, several of our sorority women have attended their national conferences! From the big smiles on their faces, you can tell that they are very excited about the ideas and plans they are going to bring back to Montana State this year!

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Members of Alpha Gamma Delta traveled to Indianapolis for their International Conference. The women of Pi Beta Phi traveled to Chicago.
aopi conferenceWe would like to offer our congratulations to Alpha Omicron Pi! At their national conference this year they won awards for  Excellence in Rituals, Excellence in Membership Recruitment, Excellence in Risk Management, Honorable Mention for Excellence in Campus Involvement, and Honorable Mention for Excellence in Community Involvement! Wow!

Several members of the community have been traveling and sharing their experiences with us. It looks members of Montana State’s Fraternity and Sorority community have been on just about every continent this summer! Below are some of their adventures!

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Several sorority women, including the three Alpha Gamma Deltas above, traveled to Greece with the Honors College to explore the legacies of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

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Member of Alpha Omicron Pi throws what she knows while hiking around the mountains in Montana.

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Member of Chi Omega enjoys the sun in Key West, Florida!

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Member of Pi Beta Phi throws what she knows while traveling in Alaska.

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President of Sigma Phi Epsilon (middle of group) travels with his National Fraternity to Greece to explore the ancient culture his fraternity was founded on.

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Members of Kappa Sigma take their flag with them as they explore the mountains!

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Member of Chi Omega taking a quick break during a backpacking trip across Europe!

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Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon getting ready to go paragliding!

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Several members of Pi Beta Phi traveled to Zambia, Africa for an internship!

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Member of Pi Kappa Alpha traveled to Beijing, China for a summer language studies program.

Clearly, the members of our Fraternity and Sorority community are making the most of their summer! We can’t wait to hear about their travels and the memories they have made!

Summer Orientation- Learn About Us!

Freshmen orientation is here! If you are looking to learn more about fraternity and sorority life, see us at our “cookies and milk” session, information booth, or panel.

“Cookies and Milk” is on Monday night of orientation at 11:30pm. We provide the cookies and the milk, and chat with you to give you some general information and answer your questions.

We will have a booth at the Community Fair on Tuesday from 1:15-4:35. One sorority member and one fraternity member will be at the booth to talk and answer your questions.

Our panel will be going on at the same time as the Community Fair. Choose us as one of your sessions to hear from a panel of fraternity and sorority members about why they joined, and ask them questions!

Caring About Our Community

Our Sorority Women and Fraternity Men dedicate much of their time and effort to give back to the community. Two great examples:

The men of Sigma Phi Epsilon worked with Habitat for Humanity in April and accomplished a great deal on the house they were working to build.

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The men of Kappa Sigma helped the Cancer Support Community by giving a fence the staining it needed!

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The men of Alpha Gamma Rho had no problem heading to Townsend, MT to help a friend at a ranch, or heading to Big Timber, MT to help rebuild a baseball field

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The men of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, as many of the Fraternities do, hosted a blood drive this spring. No pictures from that, since we don’t want to make anyone squeamish!

The Women of Pi Beta Phi lended a hand at the Montana Ballet Company’s “Carnival of the Animals”

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The men of Kappa Sigma and the women of Alpha Omicron Pi teamed up to get students to “Take the Pledge” to raise awareness of sexual assault on our campus

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Brotherhood

We blog a lot about sisterhood events, so this post is to give you an idea of the fun of brotherhood!

Kappa Sigma has an annual “Snow Bowl” where their older members battle the younger members for glory and bragging rights. Winners this year? 35-7, the older members, of course.

Sigma Phi Epsilon held their annual brotherhood retreat, filled with fun and learning. Here’s a picture of just a few of the members doing their best job at modeling. The picture below that is one of a brotherhood bonfire earlier in the semester at Hyalite

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The men of Pi Kappa Alpha are always willing to have a brotherhood if it involves a good BBQ

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Greek Week 2015

Greek week, a friendly competition among the fraternities and sorority, was held in April this year. A committee had worked hard all semester to determine the competitions and point breakdowns, receiving input from fraternity and sorority members and revising the previous years competitions. Here is the breakdown of what the week entailed:

Round One: Bubble Soccer

Round 2: Lip Sync

Round 3: Chariot Races (see our facebook page for video)

End of Greek Week: BBQ at Kappa Sigma

The competitions were fun and friendly. Pi Beta Phi received the winning title, but it was a close match!

Awards Ceremony 2015: Celebrating the Accomplishments of 2014

Each Spring, we have an awards ceremony celebrating the Fraternity and Sorority chapter and individual accomplishments of the previous year. All of the chapters fill out an awards packet, and then an Awards Committee of seven people go through them and determine which chapters will receive which awards. Current members, alumni, and distinguished faculty and staff attend to announce the awards. Read on to see what the night looked like!

Kenzie Redmond, Panhellenic President, and Colton Coffee, IFC president, were the announcers for the night. They did a fantastic job!

Jim McCray was the Guest Speaker. Mr.McCray is a Montana local and an incredibly successful individual with experience and knowledge in National Fundraising and Development. He has set historic fundraising records in Montana, Kansas, Utah and North Dakota. He spoke to the attendees about what it truly means to represent a fraternity or sorority, and how to get the most out of your experience.

Academic Achievement Awards were presented by Dr. Matt Caires, Dean of Students, to the following chapters:

  • Alpha Omicron Pi: New Member Academic Achievement award for their new member GPA average of 3.03
  • Chi Omega: Chapter Academic Achievement Award for their chapter GPA of 3.25
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon: New Member AND Chapter Academic Achievement Award for their New Member GPA of 3.46 and chapter GPA of 3.4

Campus Involvement Awards were presented by Kelly Hunter, Pi Kappa Alpha Advisor, to the following chapters:

  • Sigma Chi for their dedication to involvement on campus. They are a part of a combined 50 campus organizations in which many of the members hold leadership positions and have hosted a number of events on campus to help raise awareness for different causes.
  • Alpha Omicron Pi for their tireless involvement in the campus community; they attend sporting events as a group, hold a number of leadership positions across campus, and strive to constantly represent and reflect their values.

Philanthropy and Community Service Awards were presented by Ariel Donahue, program manager of the Diversity Awareness Office to the following chapters:

  • Alpha Gamma Delta: Philanthropy Award AND Community Service Award, for their commitment to contributing to the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, which provides grants that support individual living with diabetes, gives financial support to members in emergency situations, and funds volunteer and leadership training opportunities. In total the members of AGD contributed a total of 2,500 hours of service to the community.
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon: Community Service Award for their dedication to contributing over 2,000 hours of service to organizations from the Bozeman Senior Center to Eagle Mount to the Community Cafe
  • Alpha Gamma Rho: Philanthropy Award for their incredibly successful “Testy Fest” every Fall, which raises over $4,000 for charities across Montana

Recruitment Excellence Awards were presented by Rachel Randash, chapter advisor for Chi Omega, to the following chapters:

  • Alpha Omicron Pi: 10 new members Spring of 2014, 23 new members Fall of 2014
  • Pi Kappa Alpha: 6 new members Spring of 2014, 25 new members Fall of 2014

Delta Gamma Scholarship presented by Jaynee Groseth, president Emerita of the MSU Alumni Foundation:

  • Kenzie Redmond, member of Pi Beta Phi and president of Panhellenic, for her passion for becoming a better woman through sorority life

Fraternity New Member of the Year and Fraternity Member of the Year presented by Jaynee Groseth to:

  • Connor Hoffman won the Fraternity New Member of the Year Award. Connor is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and has been a driven and involved member, holding leadership positions in his fraternity and involving himself in the community
  • John Yakawich won Fraternity Member of the Year. John is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and has dedicated his time at MSU to leadership and service within his fraternity and community

Sorority New Member of the Year and Sorority Member of the Year presented by Ray Knox, Chapter Advisor of Alpha Gamma Rho to:

  • Jessica Donahoo won Sorority New Member of the Year for her work to strengthen and improve the bonds in her sorority and in the community however she can
  • Madison Brown won Sorority Member of the Year for her dedication to bettering her community, her chapter, and herself.

Alumni Excellence Awards presented by Gianna Vanata, Associate Director of Development at the MSU Alumni Foundation to the following individuals: Bill Hurlbert (Sigma Nu), Kim Miller (Pi Beta Phi), Kaylee Bradford (Chi Omega), Rachel Randash (Chi Omega), Brad Brown (Sigma Phi Epsilon), Paul Boylan (Sigma Chi)

Advisor of the Year awards presented by Kerry Hanson, Vice President of Alumni Relations at the MSU Alumni Foundation to the following individuals:

  • Kelly Hunter, Advisor for Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Amy Horton, Advisor for Chi Omega

And finally…. FRATERNITY AND SORORITY CHAPTER OF THE YEAR. Presented by Dr. Chris Kearns, Vice President for Student Success to….

  • ALPHA OMICRON PI! The women of Alpha Omicron Pi have shown themselves to be dedicated to success in all areas of sorority life. This award is WELL deserved
  • SIGMA PHI EPSILON! The men of Sigma Phi Epsilon have dedicated themselves to excelling in as many areas as possible, and it has paid off!

And so concluded the Awards Celebration. We look forward to another great year!

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Get Involved!

Looking to get involved on campus? Joining a Fraternity or Sorority may be the perfect way to do it! If you ever go to an MSU involvement fair, check out our booths.

Fraternity Spring Recruitment

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 Leadership Retreat: Starting the Year off Right

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!

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