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We are extremely excited to announce that Alpha Sigma Phi will be joining the Montana State community in fall 2017. Alpha Sigma Phi is the Nation’s 10th oldest collegiate men’s Fraternity, founded at Yale University in 1845. The motto of Alpha Sigma Phi is “To Better the Man” through our core principles of Silence, Charity, Purity, Honor and Patriotism. Over the past 7 years Alpha Sigma Phi has become the fastest growing Fraternity in America and are looking for hard working, sociable men that want to leave their legacy at Montana State. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Founding Father at MSU contact Director of Expansion and Growth LT Piver at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more information.
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!
Mark your calendars: On February 11th at 7pm, Tracy Maxwell is coming to MSU, sponsored for the Fraternity/Sorority Community by Alpha Omicron Pi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, IFC and Panhellenic.
Tracy will be here to speak to us about hazing. We look forward to always being further educated on this so we can ensure we are following MSUs strict policies against hazing. Check out this quote from Tracy Maxwell’s website:
“Tracy Maxwell believes one of the best things we can do about hazing is to talk about the problem openly and honestly. She realizes there is confusion about the definitions, laws and policies and the consequences of hazing.
Her goal is to help students understand both their legal liability and moral responsibility, and most of all, to empower them to do something about hazing in their community.”
We look forward to strengthening our bonds and dedication to remaining a hazing free community through this event.
Spring Semester 2014 begins, and the Fraternity and Sorority Community is more ready than ever… check it out!
The Fraternity and Sorority Community kicked off the semester with a leadership retreat. Leaders from each chapter attended, more than one from some chapters, and engaged in 7 hours of skill building, discussions, and goal setting. Here’s what the general schedule consisted of:
Guest presenter Angela Patnode, a transformational life coach, facilitated the first part of the retreat from 8am until noon. Angela has much experience in helping individuals to find peace within themselves so that they may live with a purpose and passion. For the Fraternity and Sorority members, she focused on the idea of developing leadership potential by understanding who you are as an individual and a leader. She also led a portion on what it means to communicate effectively and how to approach conflict in our lives or Fraternities and Sororities. All the Fraternity and Sorority members in attendance took a great deal of knowledge from Angela’s presentation and we are thankful that she was there to facilitate this retreat!
Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council presidents, Ashlyn Alsberg and Joel Pratt, facilitated the second portion of the retreat. They began with the Sorority and Fraternity members working together to set goals for the upcoming year. An example of one of the goals they set is ensuring that there are more Fraternity and Sorority Events which allow us to get to know each other and become a stronger community, such as the Sorority Progressive Dinner see on this blog. After setting combined goals, Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council split up so that the Sororities and Fraternities could talk about goals that they wanted to reach separately, such as the Women wanting to make Sorority Recruitment even better.
Everyone left this retreat feeling motivated and prepared for the upcoming semester. We are looking forward to a fantastic Spring Semester for the Fraternities and Sororities!
The results are in: Alpha Gamma Rho and Chi Omega contributed to Can the Griz with the most donations out of the Fraternities and Sororities. As promised, IFC and Panhel provided a pizza party to each group. We weren’t able to get pictures of Chi Omega’s pizza party, but here’s a great one of some Alpha Gamma Rho men:
Last night was a joint Panhel (body representing the Sororities) and IFC (body representing the Fraternities) meeting, which all members of the Fraternities and Sororities were of course invited to and encouraged to attend. Here’s the basic outline of what happened:
- The officers of Panhel and IFC introduced themselves and what they do in their positions so that new members would know (See the first Blog for more info on IFC, stay tuned for Panhel)
- Panhel and IFC officers gave their reports on what they are working on and what the Sororities/Fraternities need to work on or opportunities that have arisen
- Each Sorority gave an update of what was happening in their chapter
- Announcements were made, one about T-shirts being sold and one about Can the Griz!
After all that was done, cake and ice cream was provided so that new and active members could mingle and get to know everyone!
The fraternities have elected members for the upcoming years Interfraternity Council, who are excited and ready to begin, and who we want you to meet! First, lets start with the basics: What is Interfraternity Council (IFC)?
- Interfraternity Council serves as the public relations liaison between the Fraternity and Sorority community, Montana State University, and the community at large. The purpose of IFC is to promote interfraternal relationships through discussion and cooperation, promote scholastic achievement, and to promote responsible involvement within the community and MSU. They establish policies and discipline Fraternities using a Judicial Board based upon these policies.
So, who is on IFC? Let us tell you!
President: Joel Pratt
Fraternity: Alpha Gamma Rho
Year in School: Senior
Major: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Hometown: Miles City, MT
Favorite part of being in a Fraternity: “The opportunities that fraternity life provides me. These opportunities are unmatched by any other organization I have seen on this campus.”
Vice President: Erik Enselmen
Fraternity: Pi Kappa Alpha
Year in School: Senior
Major: Business Management
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Favorite part about being in a Fraternity: “The friendships with my brothers and the connections I have developed. I have met so many successful people and I strive to hold myself to higher standards to be a leader on campus.”
Sergeant at Arms: John Perrodin
Fraternity: Sigma Chi
Year in School: Senior
Major: Civil Engineering
Hometown: Havre, MT
Favorite part about being in a Fraternity: “The experience of being part of something larger than myself”
Recruitment: Chris Castagnola
Fraternity: Kappa Sigma
Year in School: Junior
Major: University Studies
Hometown: Alamo, California
Favorite part about being in a Fraternity: “I like being in an elite school organization that holds so much responsibility, such as endless acts of community service and our desire to achieve the greatest scholarship and school recognition that we can.”