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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
The men of Pi Kappa Alpha are always willing to have a brotherhood if it involves a good BBQ
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!
Recruitment week was the first week of school, starting on August 25th with an information session and ending on the 29th with a fun Bid Day! Want to know what went on during and in between those times? Look no further, we will break it down for you!
Monday, August 25th, 4-6pm: Orientation
- The prospective sorority women met with the panhellenic officers and recruitment counselors to get all the info on what could be expected for the week. They got information on each of the houses, the costs, and the schedule, and had the chance to ask any questions they may have. At 6, they headed over to convocation to listen to the amazing Shiza Shahid talk (which all the fraternities and sororities attended as well)
Tuesday, August 26th, 5-8:50: House Tours
- The prospective sorority women broke up into four groups and spent time at all four houses, getting to know the women as they were given tours of each house and information about what it is really like to live in a sorority. At the end of the night, they headed back to the SUB and ranked which houses they felt most eager to return to.
Wednesday, August 27th, 5-7:50: Philanthropy and Sisterhood Night
- The prospective sorority women broke into groups and each woman went back to a maximum of three houses (based off of their rankings from the previous night). At the houses they returned to, they were introduced to more women in the chapter and learned about two things we hold near to our hearts: our philanthropies and our sisterhoods. At the end of the night, they returned to the SUB to again rank which houses they felt most “at home” with
Thursday, August 28th, 5-7:40: Preference night
- Each prospective woman returned to a maximum of two houses for the final night of recruitment week. At each house, the settings were much more intimate as it is the last chance for the prospective women and sorority women to get to know each other and make a decision about whether the chapter was the right place for them. After leaving, the prospective women did their final ranking and went to bed waiting excitedly for the next day…
Friday, August 29th, 5:30pm: BID DAY!!
- Throughout the day, the prospective sorority women went to the SUB to pick up their “bids”, or invitation join a chapter house. If they accepted their invitation, they received a special bid day t-shirt from the house they chose, which they had to hide until the actual event at 5:30. When the event time came, the sorority women met up on campus, singing songs and cheering as they waited to discover who their new members would be (it’s a suprise!). The new members were called one by one to com to the middle of the area and reveal the t-shirt they were wearing under their jacket. This is by far the most fun day of recruitment week and everyone’s favorite! So much excitement and happiness in the air as each chapter welcomes all their new members!
We Fraternity & Sorority Members here at MSU just LOVE Catapalooza, because it gives us a chance to tell everyone why we also love being a member of Fraternity & Sorority Life!
Didn’t get the chance to walk up and down Catapalooza or see all of our booths? Don’t worry, you can see them here!
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?
- 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.
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:
- Helping to colonize a brand new Chapter at Sam Houston State University. I was able to help recruit
the women to build a new Chapter from the ground up and help start them off the right foot towards becoming an AOII Chapter.
- 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.
- 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
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
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.
- 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.
Tracy Maxwell, a speaker from CampuSpeak, spoke last night to 350 members of the Fraternity and Sorority community about the damaging consequences of hazing, and the ways which we can come together to prevent hazing. Beyond what we hear about in the media, Tracy gave examples and stories of hazing that can seem “harmless”, and she used these stories to teach an important lesson: you never know what an individual has gone through. Something that may seem “harmless” to you, can be incredibly traumatic and damaging to another. Furthermore, how does it align with the term “brotherhood” or “sisterhood” to haze?
The Fraternity and Sorority community at MSU does not look at hazing as an acceptable way to have members prove their worth or belongingness to our chapters. Instead, we look for grades, leadership, and other qualities which align with our collective and individual values that our organizations have set and which we joined for.
Tracy shared with us a number of ways to prevent and stop hazing, from just making sure the dialogue about hazing is ongoing to taking action if you see it or hear of it happening. We look forward to taking on the challenges she has set before us, and preventing our community from joining the statistics.
If you know of hazing which is happening or has happened, please make sure to reach out and get help; you never know what the consequences will be of letting it continue or what consequences have already occurred. Either talk to the institution to which the group belongs, or you can call the national toll-free anti-hazing hotline at 1-888-NOT-HAZE.
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.