Greetings from the Fraternity and Sorority Community!
Last semester we introduced three new staff members to Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, two new organizations to the campus, and a host of new initiatives. As you read through these updates, please contact me at John.DiSarro@rochester.edu if you have any questions or are looking to connect with any of our community leaders directly.
Thanks to all of our students, alumni, volunteers, advisors, and staff for your continued support of the fraternity and sorority community! Happy New Year!
John DiSarro, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs
Welcome New Staff
Casey Talbot joined our staff as the Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs in August of this year. She is a recent graduate of Northwestern University’s Higher Education Administration and Policy Master’s program. While at NU, Casey served as an advisor to the Panhellenic Association and the Multicultural Greek Council, and also lived with the brothers of Phi Delta Theta. She is a member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women and graduated from New York University in 2012. In her role as Assistant Director, Casey serves as the primary staff advisor to all chapters, working with officers on chapter operations, event planning, risk management, and communication with staff and inter/national offices. She is excited to have made the move to Rochester from her native Chicago and is looking forward to continuing her work with students in the new year!
Updates on Community Initiatives
The information below provides updates on many initiatives from this semester. Please reach out with any questions or for additional information.
Meliora Weekend. Thanks to all of the alumni and families who joined us for Meliora Weekend. Pictures from the Fraternity and Sorority Tailgate Celebration can be found here, along with general pictures from the weekend.
Updated Website. The Fraternity and Sorority Affairs website has been updated to include new resources for students, alumni, volunteers, families, and prospective members. Please visit us to access this updated information!
Kappa Alpha Theta Installation. We are excited to welcome 57 new women to the sorority community as the charter members of Kappa Alpha Theta at the University of Rochester! Their installation ceremony was held on November 14 with several national staff and volunteers in attendance. Kappa Alpha Theta will participate in full Panhellenic Formal Recruitment with the other seven organizations this January.
Statement of Relationship. The Statement of Relationship is a document affirming the university’s support for its fraternity/sorority community and outlining the importance of students, alumni, and advisors in the strength of this community. During the summer, a workgroup of alumni, students, and staff members convened to review this document and make recommendations for review. These updates are currently being reviewed by the undergraduate leaders and alumni advisors. We plan to share the updated Statement of Relationship and a Policy Document compiling all information and resources for fraternities/sororities in 2016.
Expectations for Excellence. Several changes to the Expectations for Excellence accreditation process were instituted this year in an effort to streamline the process and establish a more useful tool for chapter self-evaluation. Organizations continue to submit an Annual Report at the end of the fall but will now return in early January for a Strategic Planning Day where, with staff support, they will craft a detailed plan of action for the 2016 calendar year. Documents have been uploaded to Google Docs to provide more timely feedback and suggestions from advisors and FSA staff. Thanks to the students and alumni for providing feedback for this process and initiating these changes!
New Member Education. This semester, all new members joining the fraternity/sorority community met for an afternoon to learn about Fraternity and Sorority Life at Rochester; receive training in values alignment, diversity and inclusion, and sexual violence prevention. New members had additional opportunities to meet and connect with individuals from other organizations, and the curriculum was delivered by current students, creating a true peer-to-peer experience. We piloted a New Member Experience Survey that will better inform New Member Educators about the needs of their students and to help direct their activities in a way that will better integrate new members into the chapter; the survey will be available to all chapters for their Spring New Member programs.
Transgender Membership Discussion. This semester, we were joined by Jess Pettitt to provide awareness of trans/gender variant populations on campus and to discuss policies and support structures for the fraternity and sorority community. Jess shared suggestions for organizations wishing to clarify their membership policies and resources to support members who identify as Transgender. Following this program, the Panhellenic Association changed its bylaws to indicate “Any person who identifies as a woman is eligible to participate in Panhellenic Recruitment.” Other organizations have also since consulted with their advisors and inter/national staff to clarify policies related to gender identity.
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!
Gamma Phi Beta
Phi Kappa Tau
Phi Sigma Sigma
Sigma Delta Tau
Sigma Phi Epsilon
Individual and Chapter Awards
Congratulations to all of the organizations that have received awards from their inter/national organizations this year!
Alpha Delta Phi
- Best Literary Program Award.
Phi Sigma Sigma
- Chapter Excellence Bronze Award: this award was earned through Phi Sigma Sigma’s Chapter Excellence Program.
- Collegiate Chapter Membership Recruitment Award: the chapter earned this award for meeting Phi Sigma Sigma International’s recruitment standards.
- Scholarship Achievement Award Summa: the chapter earned this award because all members either met or exceeded the minimum GPA requirement for Phi Sigma Sigma.
- Elizabeth Hensley, UR ’15: currently working as a Leadership Development Consultant (LDC) for Phi Sigma Sigma Internationals.
Sigma Alpha Mu
- Recruitment Excellence Award: for the Largest Percentage of Change in number of initiates
- Outstanding Prior, Honorable Mention: Maxwell D. Legocki
- “Character-in Action” Award.
Sigma Delta Tau
- Diamond Chapter Award: this award is presented to chapters that excel in all aspects of sorority life. This award recognizes those chapters that have gone above and beyond the Sigma Delta Tau Standards for Chapter Achievement and are recognized as a leading sorority on their campus
- Empowering Women Award: this award was received for the Chapter’s Women’s Empowerment Month, which was designed to bring awareness to the progress women have achieved, to pay tribute to the many women who have contributed to their success, and to encourage women always to strive to be empowered.
- Community Service Award: this award is presented based on the service and time donated that a chapter provides to the local community. The Chapter’s Community Service Project was evaluated on organization, preparation, number of participants, and overall creativity and success of project.
- Student Life Award for Excellence in Creative Co-Sponsorship: this award was presented for the Women’s Empowerment Talk on Tensions in Feminism. The event brought together six co-sponsors to discuss feminism on campus and in the community.
- Erinmarie Byrnes: named a member of the Sigma Delta Tau Collegiate Leadership Team.
- “Increase in Manpower” Award: presented to the Sigma Nu chapters whose manpower increased by 25% in the academic year.
Connecting with Alumni Advisors
Looking to get in touch with your organization? Contacting your chapter’s Alumni Advisor is a great way to get direct information about current events and membership.
|Alpha Delta Phi||Alvin Lomibao|
|Alpha Epsilon Pi||Adin Reisner|
|Alpha Kappa Alpha||Rosie Mitchell|
|Alpha Phi||Andi Welles|
|Chi Omega||Mary Borgognoni|
|Chi Phi||Mike Zimmerman|
|Delta Gamma||Melissa Kelley|
|Delta Kappa Epsilon||Bob Hartz; Rich King|
|Delta Phi Omega||Nilakski Mukherjee|
|Delta Sigma Theta||Akua Kankam|
|Delta Upsilon||Nick Delahanty; Dan Staloff|
|Gamma Phi Beta||Sue Bloch; Linda Dudman|
|Kappa Alpha Theta||Abigale Terrana|
|Kappa Delta||Andrea Galati; Michelle Conlon|
|Omega Phi Beta||Frederique Thomas|
|Phi Kappa Tau||Eleanor Oi; Pat Wahl|
|Phi Sigma Sigma||Melissa Russ|
|Phi Iota Alpha||Victor Ramirez|
|Psi Upsilon||Dick Rasmussen; Dick Rice|
|Sigma Alpha Mu||Ken Tomaszewski|
|Sigma Beta Rho||Alex David; Timothy Ludwig|
|Sigma Chi||Patrick Zinter|
|Sigma Delta Tau||Jill Gallagher; Emily Osmanski|
|Sigma Lambda Upsilon||Maria Richardt; Leslie Pierre-Philippe|
|Sigma Nu||Phil Stratigis; Rob Snyder|
|Sigma Phi Epsilon||Scott Rudder|
|Sigma Psi Zeta||Andrea Wong|
|Theta Chi||Mike DeMarco|
|Zeta Phi Beta||Tanishia Johnson; Alexis Leslie|