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Panhellenic Transitions

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!


Panhellenic Achievement

We would like to congratulate our Montana State Panhellenic Council! This year they were selected as a recipient of the National Panhellenic Conference College Panhellenic Achievement Award!

Panhellenic council in front of Montana Hall

Panhellenic council in front of Montana Hall

This award recognizes the success of Montana State University Panhellenic in upholding the values and ideals of a Panhellenic through areas such as recruitment, Panhellenic structure, judicial procedures, academics and community impact and relations. Our campus’s Panhellenic Council was one of 43 campuses selected to receive this achievement award! To read about the other campuses who received awards, click here.

Congratulations to our sorority women and thank you for your wonderful leadership!

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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Fraternity & Sorority Alumni Summit

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!

Q&A: Mandy Hedstrom, AOII Alumna and Educational Leadership Consultant

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What year did you graduate/become an alum of AOII? What was your degree?

  • I graduated in Spring 2013 with a degree in Cell Biology & Neuroscience.

What is an “Educational Leadership Consultant” in simple terms?

AOPi ELC's for 2103-2014

AOPi ELC’s for 2103-2014

  • An Educational Leadership Consultant (ELC) is an international representative of Alpha Omicron Pi who serves as an organization development consultant for Chapters across the nation and Canada. As an ELC, I assessed group effectiveness and recommended strategic improvement plans, and provided training and assistance in recruitment and overall Chapter management.

Why did you apply for the job?

  • Although there are many reasons that I applied for the job, the main reason is that I wanted to be able to give back to the organization that has done so much for me and shaped me into the woman I have become today. I wanted to share the knowledge that I had gained with other sisters to help enhance their membership experience, and help make it the best that it can be.
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What was your favorite part of the job?

  • My favorite part of the job was being able to travel and meet sisters from all over! Each Chapter that I visited may have been in a different region or had a different background, but ultimately, we all share the same values. It was truly inspiring to know that no matter how far from home I went, I still had a home wherever my sisters were.

Share some experience you had/places you traveled/etc.

  • During my time as an ELC, I traveled to 21 different AOII Chapters in 19 different states and Canada, for a total of over 35,000 miles in 9 months.  My first semester of being an ELC, I had the pleasure of traveling in the South and along the East coast, which being a Montana native was a new experience! A few of the experiences that stand out to be would be:
  1. Helping to colonize a brand new Chapter at Sam Houston State University. I was able to help recruit
    Colony Members from Sam Houston State University (Mandy in Green)

    Colony Members from Sam Houston State University (Mandy in Green)

    the women to build a new Chapter from the ground up and help start them off the right foot towards becoming an AOII Chapter.

  2. Assisting with our Purdue Chapter’s first recruitment since being reinstalled as a Chapter.  I have never witnessed a recruitment as large as the one I saw at Purdue University. Purdue has 21 Panhellenic organizations and over 1,500 potential new members go through formal recruitment.  It was a really awesome experience to help out with a recruitment so different from the one at Montana State University.
  3. Being a resident consultant for our new Chapter at the University of Washington. We recolonized our UW Chapter, and I was able to reside in Seattle for the majority of Spring semester to help the Chapter with everything from day to day operations, to helping the officers better understand their roles, to helping with their recruitment plans.  It was great to be able to be in one place for weeks at a time to help build stronger relationships with the women I was working with. I also had the opportunity to live in the Chapter house with the women!

What motivated you to do this job?

  • Originally what motivated me was to be able to give back AOII, but what motivated me to continue
    Bid Day at South Eastern Louisiana University

    Bid Day at South Eastern Louisiana University

    the job everyday was the women that I encountered. The women that I had the pleasure of meeting were so eager and willing to learn everything that they could about AOII. This motivated me to give me best every day, because while that may have been my 20th Chapters visit, it was going to be their only consultant visit for the year and they still deserved my best.

What are you doing now?

  • I just started a job this month at Montana State University as an Admissions Representative, while also getting my Masters in Public Health.

Will you stay involved with AOII?

  • Absolutely! I have now learned that AOII is truly for a lifetime, not just for four years.  This organization is so much a part of me, that I cannot imagine my life without it. I am now an active member of our AOII Alumnae Chapter in Bozeman, and will also be serving as Communications Adviser for our AOII Chapter here at MSU.

What does being in a sorority mean to you?

  • Being in sorority is truly a life-changing experience. It means having someone there every step of
    AO-Pied in the  Face Philanthropy Event

    AO-Pied in the Face Philanthropy Event

    the way to encourage you to be your best, and helping bring you up when you fall. My sorority experience provided me with numerous opportunities for personal growth, leadership experience, service opportunities, professional development, and alumnae connections, but most importantly it has given me countless unforgettable memories and the best friends that I person can ask for.  I cannot begin to describe everything that AOII has done for me, and I am thankful every day that I was brave enough to give sorority life a chance, because my life has never been the same since joining AOII.

Other Comments:

  • If I had to describe my ELC experience in one word, it would be irreplaceable. When I accepted my bid to AOII less than 5 years ago, I could have never imagined what was to come in the years to follow. I would have never imagined that I would have the opportunity to travel the country and lead young women on their own AOII journey. My experience as an ELC was unlike any other, where I not only had the opportunity to meet the most incredible women, but I also learned a lot about myself along the way.

Celebration of the Stars!

The Fraternity and Sorority Community ended the year by highlighting the many accomplishments of the chapters and individuals in our community at our annual awards banquet. Many notable Montana State University faculty, staff, advisors and alumni attended to celebrate with the fraternities and sororities and to announce the awards. Dr. Will Keim was the guest speaker, and he kept the audience engaged with his speech on the ten keys to success. We were incredibly fortunate to have him as our speaker!

Award winners:

  • Member and New Member Academic Achievement Award: Alpha Omicron Pi and Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Fraternity Intramural Award: Sigma Nu
  • Sorority Philanthropy Award: Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Fraternity Philanthropy Award: Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Sorority Community Service Award: Pi Beta Phi
  • Fraternity Community Service Award: Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sorority Campus Involvement Award: Chi Omega
  • Fraternity Campus Involvement Award: Sigma Chi
  • Sorority Recruitment Excellence Award: Chi Omega
  • Fraternity Recruitment Excellence Award: Kappa Sigma
  • Sorority New Member of the Year: Heather Wise from Chi Omega
  • Fraternity New Member of the Year: Ryan Schwab from Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sorority Member of the Year: Kierstyn Tuel from Chi Omega
  • Fraternity Member of the Year: Jake Losinski from Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Outstanding Fraternity Advisor Award: Dr. Brian Kassar, Advisor for Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Outstanding Sorority Advisor Award: Rachel Randash, Advisor for Chi Omega
  • Alumni Excellence Awards: Loren Katzenberger, alumni of Pi Kappa Alpha; Dr. Wynde Cheek Ford, alumni of Chi Omega; Bruce Zignego, alumni of Sigma Phi Epsilon; Jodi Peretti, alumni of Chi Omega, Aaron Iverson, alumni of Alpha Gamma Rho

And, finally, the chapters of the year are:

  • Sorority Chapter of the Year: Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Fraternity Chapter of the Year: Sigma Phi Epsilon


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Congratulations to the Fraternity and Sorority Community for a fantastic 2013 year. We look forward to continuing to strive for excellence for the 2014 year!

AOPi Public Relations Dinner

Alpha Omicron Pi had their annual public relations dinner this past week. Fancy!

FS Life in ASMSU

Congratulations to Destini French, who has won the election to become ASMSU (student body government) President for the 2014-2015 Academic Year! Destini joined AOPi this past Fall, and has been a leader in the MSU community for much longer than that, as an Orientation Leader and Athletes Club President among other leadership commitments.

Destini French ran for President along with Jordan Garceau who ran as her vice-president. Here is the statement they put out when they ran:


L to R: Jordan Garceau, Destini French

“I am Destini French (Los Angeles, CA), and I am Jordan Garceau (Glendive, MT). We are running for ASMSU President and Vice-President, in order to represent the great student body of Montana State. Both of us have a wide range of experience in leadership across campus, including Orientation and Admissions, Athletics, Residence Life, Greek Life, and many others. With our wide variety of involvement throughout campus, we understand the needs of MSU. When in office, our main focus will be to bring the individuals of our campus together as one united community. We truly believe that without the support from the individuals in one’s environment, success is hard to obtain. As a team, we will work to make MSU students more involved, aware, and empowered, in order to make their experience most memorable. The campus has so many great services and opportunities just waiting to be utilized by students. We want our students to not only be knowledgeable about opportunities offered, but also feel comfortable to step out, take advantage, and grow in their own leadership abilities. If elected, we will connect the students and faculty across organizations and campus for the common goal of bettering MSU. “

Congratulations Destini and another congratualtions to Lexie Kambich from Chi Omega and Cody Howell from Sig. Ep., upcoming Senators in ASMSU for the College of Letters and Science. Way to represent!

Relay For Life 2014

As always, the Fraternities and Sororities spent their Friday night/Saturday morning supporting Relay For Life. Of the groups 19 groups that registered and attended, 9 were fraternity or sorority teams. In total, $12,276 were raised to support the fight against cancer, with the three top fundraising teams being:  Pike Chi (Pike and Chi Omega), Pi Phi, and Sig Ep.

The coordinators of the event this year, Kylie Edwards and Samantha Brandon, also happen to be active sorority members here on campus. Way to represent!

Check out the fun:

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Not In Our House: Taskforce Meeting


The student-led  Not In Our House Taskforce met last night to continue their work towards changing thephoto 4 culture at MSU surrounding sexual violence, so that our campus may be a safe and violence free community. At the first meeting of the Taskforce, a number of topics were discussed surrounding how to keep groups, organizations and the community in general informed, involved, and empowered. All groups were given two goals to meet:

  1. Have the VOICE Center do a one hour education session with your group
  2. Hold an event to raise awareness and/or funds

As a part of the Taskforce, each Fraternity and Sorority is held to these obligations just as every other group is (ranging from Engineering Without Borders to QSA to different Athletic clubs).

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Congratulations to the Fraternities and Sororities who have completed the first goal:

As noted in a previous post, Sigma Chi is the first group that has completed both obligations, not only in the Fraternity and Sorority Community but of the groups on the Taskforce. That shows commitment.

We look forward to having all groups complete both of these goals, and continuing to fulfill our vision of a culture shift on campus, so that we all may live in a safe and empowered community.