Greetings from the Fraternity and Sorority Community!
The fall semester saw continued growth of the community as both Lambda Pi Chi and Alpha Phi Alpha regained their student presence at Rochester. The entire community came together for a wonderful Greek Weekend featuring a food truck rodeo, late night movie, field day, and day of service across six sites in the community. You can see the updates below for other exciting initiatives from this semester.
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
Community Hosts ‘Diversity in Greek Life Panel’
Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, in collaboration with our three councils, the Burgett Intercultural Center, and very dedicated student leaders, hosted our first “Diversity in Greek Life Panel.” Rachel Farr, Panhellenic delegate for Chi Omega, worked closely with our staff to develop a two-hour panel discussion where eight fraternity and sorority leaders shared multiple aspects of their identities and how they found support within fraternity and sorority life. “I saw that there is such a need for programming like this within the Greek community,” Rachel said. “The Greek students on our campus should be leaders and set a good example, and therefore they should promote acceptance, celebrate diversity, and establish an open dialogue to address the issues facing our community.” The event was hosted in mid-November to attract potential members as well as currently affiliated students. The panel was moderated by a student, allowing for authenticity and additional input from various identities and backgrounds. Panelists discussed stereotypes associated with the community, racial and ethnic inclusion, ability status, financial access to fraternities and sororities, and many other questions posed anonymously in advance of the event.
We hope to be able to host the panel in future years as well, and are already working closely with Rachel on improvements for 2017. Rachel says, “I am so incredibly proud of the panelists, who spoke so brilliantly, and I was so happy to see how many people showed up to listen and ask questions But the real success of the panel, I think, will be reflected in the call for and the creation of other events like this one in the future.” We hope to continue to partner with other offices on campus to offer insightful programming like this that sheds light on the positive influence fraternities and sororities can have on our students’ lives.
Brotherhood and Sisterhood Data
As members of a research university, it is important that we use data to understand and strengthen our fraternities and sororities. In that spirit, each of our organizations worked with a national company called Dyad Strategies this fall to complete a brotherhood and sisterhood survey. As a result, each chapter was given a personalized chapter profile that highlighted the key factors of brotherhood and sisterhood and compared their results to campus and national averages. While we continue to work with chapters to make plans based on these data, here are some points of pride:
- Rochester members score lower than the national average on Hazing Tolerance
- Rochester members score lower on measures of Moral Disengagement and Unethical Pro-Organizational Behavior, meaning they are less likely to engage in behavior they know to be unethical on behalf of their chapters or to justify unethical actions done on behalf of the fraternity
- Rochester fraternity members are less likely than the national average to prioritize the social aspects of membership
- Rochester sorority members experience a higher feeling of belonging than the national average
Additionally, due to research that shows an organization has a measurable impact on members’ GPAs, we have resumed calculating GPA reports for every organization. Therefore, we are happy to report that the Panhellenic Association community exceeded the all-women’s Cumulative GPA and spring 2016 GPA, and the all-fraternity/sorority average exceeded the all-student’s Cumulative GPA and spring 2016 GPA. This might help explain why 95 percent of students who join fraternities and sororities as freshmen stay at the University of Rochester, higher than the College average!
We have shared detailed information with each chapter regarding the current and new member GPAs in order to help some struggling organizations to provide more academic resources to their members.
Individual and Chapter Awards
Congratulations to all of the organizations that have received awards from their inter/national organizations this year!
Most Outstanding Recruitment 2014-2016 among all international chapters
Beta Theta Pi
Sons of the Dragon Award, received for having 100 percent participation in the Sons of the Dragon Club, the Beta Foundation’s undergraduate giving program
Chapter Award for Excellence
Financial Responsibility and Excellence Award, regional level
Phi Sigma Sigma
Chapter Anniversary Award (35 years)
Collegiate Chapter Membership Recruitment Award
Fraternity Service Award
Individual Academic Excellence Award (presented to Erin Dacey and Charlotte Gassoway)
Sigma Beta Rho
Award for Excellence in Creative Cosponsorship, received through the University through its cosponsored “Islamophobia Panel” with the Muslim Students’ Association
Sigma Delta Tau
Diamond Chapter Award, 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
Congratulations to New Order of Omega Inductees
The Order of Omega is the fraternity and sorority honor society that recognizes the top three percent of fraternity and sorority leaders in the areas of service, leadership, and scholarship. Please join us in congratulating the newest members initiated this semester!
Alpha Epsilon Pi
Alpha Delta Phi
Beta Theta Pi
Delta Kappa Epsilon
Gamma Phi Beta
Phi Iota Alpha
Phi Sigma Sigma
Sigma Delta Tau
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.
New: George Eastman Circle
Those who are interested in joining the George Eastman Circle can now invest their pledge in any fraternity or sorority. Funds will go into each chapter’s gift account, which can be used to support mission-related activities, such as building maintenance and repair, leadership development, and academic programming.