Fraternity and Sorority Affairs
News: Fall 2014

Greetings from the Fraternity and Sorority Community!

What a great semester for our fraternity and sorority leaders! From taking a stand against sexual assault to a women’s empowerment campaign, members are making a positive stand on the issues affecting students at Rochester. We again hosted a successful Greek or Treat Halloween event for elementary school children in the Quad A For Kids after-school program. And in recognition of the year of Inclusion at the College, fraternities and sororities have created innovative programming that celebrates the diversity of Rochester, ranging from a cultural festival and performance group showcase, a celebration of Sukkot, and even a “Get to Know Me Day” to get upperclassmen to network with new friends.

This semester saw our inaugural Greek Weekend, improvements to the Expectations for Excellence accreditation program, several award-winning students and organizations, and the decision to add an eighth Panhellenic Association sorority!

This edition will provide you with updates on these initiatives. Thank you for continued support of the fraternity and sorority community, and have a wonderful holiday season!


John DiSarro

Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs

Stephanie Winkler ’15, Teresa Russell ’16, Rachel Klink ’16, Emily Fusco ’15, Raey Gesese ’16, and Alyssa Wolf ’15 are members of Delta Gamma, which received recognition for several initiatives during the 2013–14 year.

Individual and Chapter Awards

Congratulations to all of the organizations that have received awards from their inter/national organizations this year!

Alpha Delta Phi

  • Most Improved Chapter Award

Delta Gamma

  • Excellence in Region 1 for Philanthropy: Service (2013–2014)
  • Excellence in Region 1 for Fraternity Ritual (2013–2014)
  • Recipient of the Patricia Peterson Danielson Award for Excellence in Fraternity Standards (2013–2014)
  • Final candidate for Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award

Phi Kappa Tau

  • Nick Benjamin ’14 received the Shideler Award, the fraternity’s highest undergraduate honor. The award is presented annually to the most outstanding graduating senior in Phi Kappa Tau.

Sigma Delta Tau

  • Diamond Chapter Award: The Diamond Chapter Award is presented to chapters who excel in all aspects of sorority life. In order to be eligible for the Diamond Chapter Award, the chapter must complete all seven Pearl Recognition applications. This is the highest honor a Sigma Delta Tau chapter can receive through the National Awards Committee.
  • Outstanding Sisterhood Programming Award
  • Outstanding Chapter Programming Award: This award is presented for the outstanding chapter program executed by a chapter in a specific area. The chapter’s programs are evaluated on organization, preparation, number of participants, and overall creativity and success of event.
  • The Seven Pearls Award: The chapter has been recognized for their accomplishments in the following areas: (1) outstanding administration, (2) outstanding membership recruitment, (3) outstanding new member education and development, (4) outstanding scholarship, (5) outstanding chapter programming, (6) outstanding leadership development, and (7) outstanding alumnae.


Roger Zaenglein ’48, inaugural recipient of the Genesee Graduate Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award, reflects on his decades of service and longtime partnership with the late Peter Heinrich ’60.

Alpha Delta Phi Recognizes Alumni at Meliora Weekend

Over Meliora Weekend 2014, Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity held a ceremony to honor Peter Heinrich ’60 and Roger Zaenglein ’48 for their decades of service to the fraternity and to the University. While Zaenglein was in attendance, Heinrich’s awards were presented posthumously, as he died on October 9 following a years-long battle with cancer.

Since 1975, Heinrich gave his time and energy to many institutions, among them the University—where he was a member of the Trustees’ Council of the College and Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity. Together Heinrich and Zaenglein served many years as an alumni advisors and in leadership positions within the Genesee Graduate Chapter of the Alpha Delta Phi, helping establish the Jeremy Glick Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2006. The pair also represented the chapter to Fraternity and Sorority Affairs for many years, serving on the Alumni Hellenic Council and participating in the review of the Rochester fraternity/sorority system that created the Fraternity and Sorority Management Committee in 2004

In their honor, the Genesee Graduate Chapter established a Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented to an individual or association whose long-standing commitment inspires others in support of the values championed by Alpha Delta Phi and the Rochester chapter.

Further, the graduate chapter also established a Peter B. Heinrich ’60 and Roger W. Zaenglein ’48 Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Service to recognize extraordinary leadership and commitment to the Rochester chapter, and dedication and passion that inspires others to improve the chapter. The inaugural recipients of the award were Evan Alter ’13 and Jonathan LoTempio ’14.

In August, the Alpha Delta Phi Board of Governors passed a special resolution to award Heinrich the Alpha Delta Phi Award, recognizing his service to the fraternity at the international level. The award will be presented at a later date.


Service Project Highlights Greek Weekend

In early September, our fraternity and sorority community hosted its inaugural Greek Weekend.

The Tri-Council leaders, which includes the Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, and Panhellenic Association, successfully planned and executed three consecutive days of programming for our community. On Friday evening the Fraternity Quad opened up, inviting the entire campus to “Greek Glowout,” a glow stick dance party complete with a much anticipated foam machine. On Saturday morning, despite the rain and cold snap of a very early fall, over 400 of our students filled the Mount Hope Cemetery and 19th Ward Community Association for a morning service in areas bordering the campus. On Sunday evening the weekend concluded with the Greek God and Goddess pageant, where 10 contestants competed to represent their chapters and convince the panel of volunteer judges that they embody what is truly means to be a fraternity man or sorority woman on our campus.


Susan Talbot ’16, vice president for publicity for the Panhellenic Association and organizer of the Greek Weekend Service Project, told the Campus Times, “the Greeks do a fabulous job with philanthropy and raising money . . . we wanted to encourage our [Greek] community to go out and do active service in our local community.” She continued to explain “both the [19th Ward Community Association and Mount Hope Cemetery representatives] emailed me after to say just how helpful we all were and what a success the event was. They were impressed with the positive attitudes shown by our students.”

Overall, Greek Weekend was extremely successful—propelled by the constant dedication, vision, and commitment of our student leaders. The weekend’s mixture of peer support and genuine enthusiasm lead our community to, yet again, challenge themselves to become “ever better.”


Panhellenic Community to Add Eighth Sorority in 2015

In October, the Panhellenic Association voted to expand the sorority community, adding an eighth Panhellenic sorority. The vote resulted from continued growth of chapter membership following the successful colonization of Chi Omega in 2010. Total membership has grown by 56 percent since spring 2010, and chapters feel the additional organization will accommodating the growing interest in the sorority community while also helping current organizations maintain their tight-knit feel.

“We’re extremely excited to bring on an eighth chapter into our community,” says Panhellenic Association President Anna Saltman ’15. “The current seven chapters have been exponentially growing in strength since the founding of Chi Omega on this campus, and we can’t wait to welcome our new member of Panhel!”

Every inter/national organization in the National Panhellenic Conference is eligible to submit an expansion proposal to the University of Rochester this semester. An expansion committee, which includes undergraduate and alumnae representatives from each current chapter, will select organizations to invite to campus to give a presentation about their organization. The Panhellenic Association organizations will then select an organization to begin colonizing in fall 2015.

We are excited by the further growth and development of the community that this new organization will bring. Our spring newsletter will provide updates and an overview of the new Panhellenic organization.


Congratulations to New Order of Omega Inductees!

The Order of Omega is the Fraternity and Sorority honor society that recognizes the top 3 percent of fraternity and sorority leaders in the areas of service, leadership, and scholarship. Please join us in congratulating the newest members, who were initiated this semester!

  • Jossie Forman, Kappa Delta
  • Melanie Busch, Phi Sigma Sigma
  • Susan Talbot, Panhellenic Association
  • Eudora Erikson, Panhellenic Association
  • Nicole Myers, Alpha Phi
  • Anessa Sax-Bolder, Panhellenic Association
  • Megan Suter, Gamma Phi Beta
  • James Maslek, Sigma Nu
  • Carolyn Geraci, Delta Gamma
  • David Stark, Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Charlotte Cohen, Phi Sigma Sigma
  • Jane Clinger, Panhellenic Association
  • Thomas Smith, Sigma Nu
  • Eric Wilson, Delta Upsilon
  • Steven Torrisi, Phi Kappa Tau
  • Pedro Vallejo-Ramirez, Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Susannah Scheffler, Alpha Phi
  • Justine King, Delta Sigma Theta
  • Jennifer Selland, Sigma Delta Tau
  • Dan O’Brien, Phi Kappa Tau
  • Lindsay Shor, Panhellenic Association
  • Renee Smith, Gamma Phi Beta
  • Margaret Anderle, Kappa Delta
  • Dominick Schumacher, Sigma Nu
  • Michaela Cronin, Sigma Delta Tau
  • Ramya Kaushik, Delta Gamma
  • Michael Gulston, Sigma Beta Rho
  • Aly Grealish, Kappa Delta
  • Sam Moore, Delta Upsilon
  • Bianca Perez, Lambda Pi Chi
  • George Iwaoka, Alpha Delta Phi
  • Sam Silber, Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sam Lish, Panhellenic Association
  • Eiley Stern, Kappa Delta
  • Sam Levin, Kappa Delta
  • Jenny Yoon, Chi Omega
  • Madeleine Walsh, Sigma Delta Tau