Friday, November 8, 2019

Apply for LeaderShape!! Applications due Wednesday 11/13!

More info: 
-Cost supplemented by CSO, student affairs, and sponsors —> Your Cost: $100 (which can be paid for by P&E funds) 
-Applications are looking for thoughtful answers, not essays (3-4 sentences per question) 
-LeaderShape should be excusable for Panhellenic recruitment

More reasons why you should apply: 
“Thanks to LeaderShape, I had the opportunity to find my vision and work on ways to make it possible. I left LeaderShape being a better person, ready to make the world a better place.” -Ansah Kamara, 2016

"Live with Integrity - This phrase has really impacted me. Before LeaderShape I 'talked' about integrity but after LeaderShape I am compelling myself to 'live' with integrity.” -Kabita Karki, 2017

"LeaderShape has helped me to define my passions and my vision while also teaching me that leadership starts with the person in the mirror then continues on to outer work." -Esther Petit-Frere, 2017

Feature Friday: Hawkathon!

This past Saturday - November 2, 2019 - Hawkathon raised over $30,000, all #forthekids at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia! We are also proud to say that 78% of Hawkathon Team participants and 42% of Team dollars raised were a result of Greek participation!

Lehigh Hawkathon is student run group, out of Lehigh's Office of Student Leadership Development, focused on organizing an annual dance marathon to raise funds for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. CHOP is a member of the Children's Miracle Network (CMN), whose mission is to make medical treatment available for anyone in need, regardless of whether the patient can afford the procedures or not. Essentially, they will provide medical care to anyone who needs it. Hawkathon raises awareness while uniting our campus for a great cause.

Click here to read more about this year's Hawkathon in The Brown and White! 

Friday, November 1, 2019

Feature Friday: Meet Chloe Abshire!

Meet Chloe! She's been directing the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs since July, so stop by and say hi!
Name: Chloe Abshire

Position: Assistant Dean and Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs

Hometown: Washington, DC

Educational Background: 
B.A. in Communication Studies, Longwood University
M.A. in College Student Development, Appalachian State University

Greek Affiliation: Alpha Delta Pi

Professional Highlights:

Prior to working at Lehigh, I served as the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at my undergraduate alma mater, Longwood University, located in central Virginia. Longwood's Greek community is known as the mother of sororities, being a campus with four Alpha chapters: Kappa Delta, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Zeta Tau Alpha and Alpha Sigma Alpha. During my time at Longwood, I had the opportunity to be innovative in developing a number of educational programs such as Greek Leadership Summit, Greek Emerging Leaders Experience (GELE), Step Up to Hazing and the Greek Ambassadors peer education program. In October 2016, Longwood hosted the Vice Presidential Debate, which opened my eyes to the intricate landscape of mass media and the delicate details that go in to hosting an event broadcast on the national stage. Prior to working at Longwood, I worked in Residence Life positions at both Quinnipiac University and Appalachian State University.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in fraternity and sorority affairs?
Since receiving my master’s degree in College Student Development, my career has primarily focused on student growth and development. Empowering students to become positive members of their community and to develop personally is at the core of my passion for the field of higher education.
What do you hope to do during your time at Lehigh University?
As a practitioner, I am primarily focused on identifying methods that guide students and staff toward success through support and effective, collaborative resources. In my time at Lehigh I hope to serve as a guide in creating a strong, unified community, while developing strategies that inspire our organizations to offer exceptional membership experiences that compliment the Lehigh student experience. More than anything, I look forward to working alongside students, alumni and staff to create a culture that we are proud of and environment we can thrive in.

What has been your impression of the Lehigh Greek Community so far?
In my first few months at Lehigh, I have been increasingly impressed by the support and resources this community has. Our faculty, staff, alumni and external partners have a vested interest and commitment to the future of Greek Life on this campus. I look forward to using this commitment as a tool to continue pushing us forward in a positive direction. A great deal of potential exists in our community, I feel lucky and inspired to be a part of it. We will be celebrating 150 years of Greek Life at Lehigh in 2022; this will be an exciting milestone that I anticipate we will highlight and celebrate as a community.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Don't Miss Out! Lehigh vs. Lafayette Football Tickets on Sale!

Please see the information below from Lehigh Athletics:

Student tickets are sold at where there is then a student ticketing section. Students must register with their LIN in order to purchase; but, if they have purchased tickets in the past, then they just need to login with their email or LIN and then the password they created previously. 

Here is a link with all of this information laid out for further reference as well! 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

The Philadelphia Inquirer Article

Check out this article about the ever-changing culture of Greek life with a spotlight on Lehigh University. Originally posted in The Philadelphia Inquirer on October 24, 2019.

Greek life is at a crossroads on some campuses, with fraternity and sorority membership decreasing

Friday, October 25, 2019

November Pregame Sessions

Feature Friday: Malini Ray Reflection on Base Camp 2019!

Base Camp offers a unique leadership experience for Lehigh University fraternity and sorority members. Participants with different experiences and backgrounds will engage in a variety of exercises and activities, called to play the role of both the teacher and the learner at different times throughout the weekend. Base Camp will be a setting to foster authentic conversations about the reality of our fraternity and sorority community, while allowing participants to develop relationships and meaningful support networks to aid them through their present and future leadership challenges.

Meet Malini Ray, Chapter President of Zeta Tau Alpha!
Malini shares a reflection on her Base Camp experience from earlier this semester...
Going into Base Camp, I wasn't sure what to expect because I wasn't close with other chapter leaders or council exec members. But what I got out of it was more than I could have asked for. The first night, I found myself confiding in other chapter presidents because I already felt like a had a support system behind me right when I met them. We talked about the challenges we face as leaders and how they intersect with our identities, which was really special to me. As a woman of color in leadership, I can often find myself doubting my abilities or letting stereotypes get to me, but talking about these struggles helped me realize that my peers understand my identity and often share similar thoughts. 

Throughout the next few days, we went through fun team-building activities where I got to know everyone, and constructive reflection activities too. We played games, collaborated on ways we can improve Greek Life, and learned more about all three Greek councils. Throughout all of the problem-solving discussions and silly moments, I realized that the Greek Community means one thing to me: support. Whether you're a member of CGC, IFC, or Panhel, I know my fellow members always have my back. I can't wait for a successful year with everyone and am so grateful to the new OFSA staff for leading us through everything while juggling their transitions at Lehigh!