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.

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.”