University of Rochester

Rochester Fraternities, Sororities Honored at Leadership Conference

April 1, 2011

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."