Four Students Attend the Alpha Delta Phi International Convention

By Rachel Goldstein ’13
University Communications

Over the weekend of August 8th, the Alpha Delta Phi International fraternity held its annual convention in Toronto, Ontario. The University of Rochester chapter boasted the highest attendance of any chapter at the convention with four students present, including Jonathan LoTempio, Eric Chung, Tyler Evers, and Ben Zarras.

The convention provided an opportunity to connect with fraternity members from across the country, receive recognition for the chapter’s improvement, and learn about budgeting techniques and new member education practices. “The 181st conference was a really great experience because it opened my eyes to what it meant to be part of an international organization that spans generations,” says LoTempio ’14. “To see men from each of the last eight decades bonded together in brotherhood was so moving.”

The meeting marked the first year the Rochester chapter has attended the convention since 2011. They came out of the conference with high accolades.

Evan Alter ’13, former president of the Rochester chapter, was recognized with The Order of the Sword and Spear, the highest award given to an undergraduate. Alter received the award for his work with Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and the Office of the Dean of Students while the chapter was suspended from campus and for rebuilding the chapter after it was reinstated in 2012.  Alter was also selected as the honorable mention for the President of the Year award.

In addition, LoTempio was elected to the Alpha Delta Phi board of governors. The board consists of nine alumni and three undergraduates. LoTempio will serve on the board for two years, helping to make important decisions for the fraternity at the international level.

Alpha Delta Phi members pointed to Alter’s award and LoTempio’s election to the board as evidence that their chapter has come a long way since being re-admitted to the University. “The goals for the chapter are best summed up as expansion and reintegration. We aim to recruit fine young men,” says LoTempio, “but we will also be expanding our scholastic, literary, and philanthropic endeavors to ensure a return to campus with great positive impact.” They returned to the Alpha Delta Phi chapter house this August and are aiming for Most Improved Chapter at next year’s Convention.

Photo: four brothers with Alter’s award, along with Stephen Starnes, President of Alpha Delta Phi International. From the left: Tyler Evers ’15, Ben Zarras ’14, Stephen Starnes, Jon LoTempio ’14, and Eric Chung ’14.

Greek Leadership Association Honors Four at Rochester

Three undergraduates and one fraternity at the University of Rochester were honored with four awards at the Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA) Conference, held in Hartford, Conn., last month. The NGLA provides opportunities for learning and leadership to members of fraternities and sororities throughout the northeast region.

Three students from the University, Kyle Coapman ’13 of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, Harini Morisetty ’13 (T5) of Delta Phi Omega Sorority, and Kelly Scull ’14, Sigma Delta Tau Sorority, were recipients of the Greek Leaders of Distinction Award. This award recognizes students who exemplify the ideals of their fraternity or sorority within their daily lives. Nominees were judged on several criteria, including leadership, scholastic and academic achievement, character as displayed through fraternity or sorority membership, and service to the University, to the individual’s organization, and to the fraternity and sorority community at large.

Sigma Phi Epsilon also was recognized with the Amy Vojta Impact Award for Philanthropy & Service; which recognizes programming and initiatives that made an impact on a chapter. The fraternity was honored for their work planning and organizing the 19th Ward Spelling Bee.

The annual event is a partnership between Sigma Phi Epsilon, the 19th Ward Community Association, Rochester City School District, Rochester Area Community Foundation, and University of Rochester Admissions Office. Throughout the academic year students in grades three through seven receive spelling bee support in their respective schools and attend monthly sessions where members of Sigma Phi Epsilon tutor them in preparation for the preliminary and the final rounds. Students’ hard work culminates with the final round, held in the spring. Prior to the competition students and their parents also have the opportunity to explore the River Campus and engage with members of the University community.

“By bringing students to our school and showing them what they are capable of, we believe that we intrinsically motivate them to learn and reach their full potential,” wrote Jonathan Macoskey ’15, Sigma Phi Epsilon president, in a letter nominating the fraternity for the award. “We hope that as these students near the end of high school, this event’s impact will be visible; encouraging the pursuit of higher education at a young age will hopefully aid in increasing high school graduation rates in the city of Rochester.”

Winners for each grade level receive a $500 scholarship given upon high school graduation and intent to attend college.

Fraternity & Sorority Community Members Honored at Leadership Conference

Univ. Communications – Members of the University of Rochester’s fraternity and sorority community were recognized last month with three awards at the Northeast Greek Leadership Association Conference in Stamford, CONN. The NGLA provides opportunities for learning and leadership to members of fraternities and sororities throughout the northeast region.

University of Rochester award recipients included Lucas Piazza ’12 of Delta Upsilon Fraternity and Anna Richlin ’12 of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, who received the Student Greek Leaders of Distinction Award. This award recognizes students who exemplify the ideals of their fraternity or sorority within their daily lives. The individuals were judged on several criteria, including leadership, scholastic and academic achievement, character as displayed through fraternity or sorority membership, and service to the University, to the individual’s organization, and to the fraternity and sorority community at large.

The Rochester fraternity and sorority community was also recognized with the Amy Vojta Impact Award; which was presented to groups that created an original program with an impact on the community. The Rochester community received the award in the area of multicultural initiatives and programming for the Greek-or-Treat event.

The community collaborated with a nearby city elementary school, bringing more than to the University campus to trick or treat on Halloween. Every fraternity/sorority (31 in total) purchased two bags of candy for the children and worked with the fraternities on the Fraternity Quad to provide the children with an opportunity to go trick-or-treating, engage in fun activities, and enjoy snacks and beverages.

According to Neftali Morales ’12, president of the Multicultural Greek Council, planning the Greek-or-Treat had several benefits, including building relationships with the elementary school. “This was key because of our interest to repeat this event for years to come,” Morales explained in a letter nominating Rochester for the award.

Morales also noted that the event created an opportunity for collaboration and conversation among the fraternities and sororities on campus. “The organizations were able to share what they offered on campus and these conversations led to a number of different co-sponsorships on the chapter-to-chapter level,” he said.

Article written by Audrey Kusasira, an intern in University Communications who is pursuing a Master’s of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Photo courtesy of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs.

Rochester Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Staff Members Honored

Univ. Communications – Two members of the University of Rochester’s Fraternity and Sorority Affairs (FSA) unit within the Office of the Dean of Students were honored during the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) annual meeting in St. Louis, Mo., last month. The AFA is a professional organization for individuals concerned with the advisement of fraternities and sororities.

John DiSarro, assistant director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at Rochester, was awarded the 2011 Essentials Award for an article he wrote for AFA’s monthly e-newsletter, Essentials. DiSarro’s article, titled Using Restorative Circles to Resolve a Fraternal Crisis, was included in the June 2011 issue and explored the lessons learned from incorporating alternative dispute resolution processes in FSA’s judicial procedures. The Essentials Award recognizes authors who have written thought-provoking pieces that present relevant and practical ideas to AFA members. DiSarro’s article was selected from a pool of more than 50.

DiSarro, a native of Bethlehem, Pa., joined Fraternity and Sorority Affairs in 2007 as a graduate assistant while he pursued a master’s degree in education leadership and higher education student affairs from the University’s Warner School of Education. DiSarro, who is a member of Alpha Chi Rho fraternity, graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Tara Leigh Sands, the Expectations for Excellence graduate assistant in FSA, received the AFA’s Marlin Bradley Ally Scholarship, which covered the registration costs associated with attending the conference.

Sands, a native of New Jersey, joined FSA in 2008 after completing a degree at Western Carolina University. At Western Carolina, she served as a Greek Assistant Resident Director, supervising and training a team of student house managers and managing the Greek Village Budget. She also was a graduate advisor for the College Panhellenic Council, where she coordinated formal recruitment efforts and served on the Greek Life Advisory Committee. Sands, who joined Gamma Phi Beta sorority as an alumnae initiate in fall 2009, is currently pursuing a degree from the Warner School.

Additionally, Monica Miranda Smalls, director of FSA at Rochester and AFA’s outgoing president, ended her term by presenting the inaugural Monica L. Miranda Smalls Scholarship. Similar to the Marlin Bradley Ally Scholarship, this award is given to a young professional or graduate student and offsets the cost of attending the organization’s annual conference. It is the first scholarship created that gives preference to members of culturally-based fraternities and sororities in an effort to increase access for underrepresented members of AFA.

Smalls, who was inducted as AFA’s president in 2010, is a member of two other professional organizations, the NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). She has been actively involved with her sorority, Omega Phi Beta, for 18 years and served as the inaugural chair of the Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2009. Smalls also is enrolled in the educational leadership program at the Warner School of Education.

Founded in 1976, the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors provides support and professional development for its 1,700 members by fostering partnerships across higher education and offering innovative resources and services to those involved in advising fraternities and sororities.

Article written by Melissa Greco Lopes, editor of The Buzz and student life publicist in University Communications. Photos courtesy of Monica Miranda Smalls, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs.

DKE Brothers Raise Money, Grow Hair During Movember

Members of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity can’t decide what’s growing faster: the amount of money they are raising or the amount of hair on their chins.

Welcome to Movember, a 30-day time period when men put down their razors and grow out their moustaches, while raising awareness of the health issues many men face, most specifically, cancer.

To date, members of DKE have raised more than $800, which will benefit Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Foundation, the national partners of the U.S. chapter.

According to Movember’s website, the organization launched in Melbourne, Australia in 2003. Since its inception, more than a 1.1 million people have  joined the movement, raising more than $174 M USD to date.

For updates on DKE’s progress, check out their website or follow them on twitter (@DKEBetaPhi).

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Sigma Phi Epsilon Collects Toys for Mt. Hope Family Center

Mt. Hope Family Center – When Dan Peterson ’12 and Yan Nuzbrokh ’14, learned that the Mt. Hope Family Center, where they both volunteer, was in need of new toys for the children they serve, the two Rochester undergrads went straight to their Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity brothers. With Meliora Weekend right around the corner, they planned an impromptu toy drive, and members of the fraternity called home, asking their parents to raid their toy closets and bring as many gently used and new games, toys, and stuffed animals with them as they could when they came to visit for the weekend celebration. On Friday, Oct. 28, Sigma Phi brothers Matt Skurnick ’13 and Bjorn Ahbel ’13 (pictured above) dropped off the toys collected during their drive.

Story and photo courtesy of Mt. Hope Family Center

Fraternities, Sororities Honored at Conference

Univ. Communications – Members of the University of Rochester’s fraternity and sorority community were recognized last month with six awards and one honorable mention at the Northeast Greek Leadership Association Conference in Stamford, Connecticut. The NGLA provides opportunities for learning and leadership to members of fraternities and sororities throughout the northeast region.

University of Rochester award recipients include Drew Alessi ’11, of Chi Phi Fraternity, Katarina Gardner ’11, of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, and Luis Soto ’11, of Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, who each received the Student Greek Leaders of Distinction Award. This award recognizes students who exemplify the ideals of their fraternity or sorority within their daily lives. The individuals were judged on several criteria including leadership, scholastic and academic achievement, character as displayed through fraternity or sorority membership, and service to the University, to the individual’s organization, and to the Fraternity and Sorority community at large.

Two Rochester Greek organizations also were recognized with the Amy Vojta Impact Award, which is presented to groups that created an original program with an impact on the community. Chi Phi Fraternity won the Multi-Cultural Initiative Programming award for its Ise Lyfe Program, during which renowned spoken word artist Ise Lyfe performed for the Rochester community in honor of Black History Month. The entire fraternity and sorority community was honored with the Public Relations Award for “Greek Glow Out,” an event during Orientation 2010. The program introduced freshmen to the fraternity and sorority community through a carnival-style event on the Fraternity Quad.

Sigma Phi Epsilon was awarded an honorable mention in the Chapter Development and Leadership category for its Epsilon Challenge, a program that encourages initiated brothers to develop leadership skills.

John DiSarro, assistant director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at Rochester, attended the conference with members of the Interfraternity Council Executive Board. He congratulated the recipients, saying, “These awards reflect the commitment of our entire fraternity and sorority community to strengthen campus life at the University of Rochester and provide outstanding leadership development for its members.”

Monica Miranda Smalls, the director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, was honored with the Philippi Award at the conference. Given to a fraternity and sorority affairs professional who has been nominated by an undergraduate, the Philippi Award acknowledges the role Smalls plays in the daily operation of campus life, programs that she has enacted throughout her tenure, and the relationship that Smalls has cultivated with the students in the community.

“Many of our undergraduate student leaders exemplify the true purpose of fraternal organizations,” said Smalls, who was recently elected president of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors. “It’s nice to see others recognize and reward them for the good work they are doing to enhance the overall student and community experience at the University.”