Friday, December 4, 2009
The interactive "Wiki" website highlights the tradition and history of Lehigh's Greek community. Each chapter, both recognized and formerly recognized, has a dedicated area of the site, where any alumnus or current member can add information, stories, and photos.
This is a great way to represent your organization to alumni and friends, so make sure you take the time to update your page! Some groups have already done a great job of updating the site to showcase their organization.
To login, just use your Lehigh login and password, and follow the instructions on the site. If you have any questions, please contact the Alumni Help Desk, 866-758-ALUM, or email email@example.com.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
By Steve Bialick, '10, Theta Chi Fraternity
Although it has been merely one semester in my first course ever to fall under the heading of "Women's Studies", my brain has already begun to rewire its innate neural workings in order to perceive human behavior in a new light. Prior to registering for a course entitled "Sexual Violence", I was always given the impression that humans are a special species - more complex, more intelligent, and more diverse than any particular animal on the never-ending list of Earth's plethora of species. This theory, I am quickly learning, is a mirage. The illusion that humans are unique is simply that - an illusion. Humans, particularly males, are in fact frighteningly similar to, say, birds. Forget flying, chirping, nest building, and grass nibbling; rather focus on a seemingly distinctive quality of the Egyptian Nightjar, for example. This dessert bird is a fairly rare breed, but it shares a characteristic that runs rampant in the human male community: the ability to utilize the method of camouflage. Albeit unfortunate, it is true that blending in and changing who you are promotes survival through social, cultural, and evolutionary changes. Most people would never realize, myself included, but through readings, discussions, and other activism projects, I have opened my eyes to the fact that human males are puppets whose strings are pulled by societal norms. Some think that an individual responsibility is to change society; yet, it is beginning to become clear how society changes an individual. Whether portrayed by the media, teachers, family, or friends, the male attitude is defined by society, and we are obliged to guise in camouflage.
Maybe this theory about male masculinity is a fallacy, I thought; perhaps it is a trick by sexual violence advocates to grab the attention of the male community. I toyed with this idea for a moment, until I realized that my masculinity mask is a part of my everyday wardrobe; I wear the imaginary camouflage on a daily basis. When I first decided to register for a course offered by the Women's Studies department, for example, I kept it secret from my family and friends. Yet, I suddenly realized how my behavior paralleled that of most self-conscious men, and instantly gave up on hiding the fact that I am enrolled in a "Sexual Violence" class. The problem, though, was that while I thought I had completely removed this guise, this projection, it turned out that the camouflage runs layers thick. On one hand, I was enthusiastic about informing my parents and peers about the course I plan to take; on the other hand, I was still putting on a front depending on my audience. When I explained the course choice to my mother, sister, and female friends, I put a lot of stress on the fact that this class offers the opportunity to discuss controversial, yet important issues, in a small group setting - one that will teach me to help others and support the common goal that each student in the room shares. These are my true reasons for stepping inside the "Sexual Violence" classroom. Nevertheless, when I explained the choice to my father, fraternity brothers, uncles, and grandfathers, I put a heavy stress on the fact that this class fulfills my "writing intensive" requirement - one necessary to receive my college diploma - and that this reason is the basis behind my decision making. Why, I ask, do I alter my stance on the course based on who is listening? Why, I ask, do I challenge my true beliefs when in the company of other men? Sadly, the correct response is: society.
A neuroscientist at heart, I used to question the biology behind why humans act the way they do, why men behave the way they do, and why women are the way they are. Evidence shows that 85% of murderers are men, men perform 90% of physical assaults, 95% of date rapes are committed by men, and 95% of domestic violence is committed by men. Thus, it is apparent that rather than classifying violence against women as a "women's issue", we should be calling the attention of men. Perhaps the true question, instead of "why we are who we are", is how to make the human population aware of its flaws so a change in behavior results sooner than later.
This opportunity arose at Lehigh University with the help of Michelle Issadore and the entire Women's Center on campus. WS291: Sexual Violence, a seminar course offered in the Women's Studies department this semester has enabled facilitated discussions regarding the global issue of sexual violence that directly impacts us, even within our tiny Lehigh bubble. Appropriate readings were assigned - some written by advocates, others written by survivors, but all of them written by supporters strongly dedicated in the fight to end violence everywhere. Movie clips, research papers, and activism projects enhanced the dialect of the discourse fostered in the classroom, but the underlying message of the course leaves a lasting impression for all enrolled to share with the outside world in the future. Kudos to the Women's Center for conjuring up the curriculum for such an impactful course, but I give most props to the students who read this blog and join our team by demonstrating interest in our cause.
By Kristen Mason, '10, Pi Beta Phi Sorority
Upon first registering for the Women's Studies course entitled Sexual Violence, I truly had no idea what to expect. As a Greek student here at Lehigh, I wondered whether or not the issues we would discuss would have any relevance to my daily life. As a Behavioral Neuroscience major, I rarely find myself taking courses aside from major science classes and I knew that this course would be different than any other course I have taken at Lehigh. Although I knew this course would be different, I did not expect my mind and outlook on so many situations and issues to be so significantly impacted. I can honestly say that I will forever be changed by what I have learned in the past fourteen weeks of this semester.
Prior to my participation in this course, my knowledge of most sexual violence issues was certainly lacking. Although I was aware that sexual violence is absolutely a worldwide epidemic, I was unaware of the extent of the horrific crimes committed against so many individuals and I did not realize how pertinent many of these issues are to my daily life. Although I take pride in being a member of Greek life because I do believe we have wonderful Greek organizations on campus, it is impossible to deny that instances of sexual violence occur within Greek life.
I think that many people lack knowledge of sexual violence issues either because it is not readily available or they do not wish to pursue further knowledge. As we have learned in class, many college students admit that they have performed actions that legally meet the definition of rape or sexual assault, however they explicitly state that they have never committed this crime. Victims too often lack knowledge and admit to certain violations that meet the legal definitions of rape without explicitly defining these actions as rape.
I think that it is imperative that action be taken to increase awareness on issues of sexual violence. In the course, one of our most fun and effective means of promoting awareness on campus was our Flash Mob project. In this project, we recruited approximately sixty students, the majority of which were actually involved in Greek life, and performed our flash mob where all of us laid on the ground of Linderman Library for ninety seconds wearing t-shirts that were made during the Clothesline Project. Every ninety seconds, a women in the United States is raped, and that was the significance of our chosen time period. After the ninety seconds, we handed out a list of facts and statistics pertaining to sexual violence. It was amazing that we were able to recruit so many individuals who only knew that they would be involved in an activism project concerning sexual violence and not what the project exactly entailed.
As a member of Greek life, I think that it is important that people become aware of these issues of sexual violence in order to stop them. These crimes are occurring on campus; there is no way to deny that. In order to minimize and hopefully one day eliminate these crimes, students need to be aware that what they are doing is not only morally wrong but also illegal. It is often said that knowledge is power. By increasing the knowledge of sexual violence on campus, we will have the power to stop it.
For more information on the Sexual Violence course and other prevention and education initiatives, please visit the Women's Center website at http://www.lehigh.edu/~inwnc/
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Administrative Coordinator, Office of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs
What do you enjoy most about working in the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs?
I enjoy my interaction with the students and meeting new people.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
This week Lehigh's Panhellenic Council is celebrating the 5th Annual Panhellenic Pink Week to raise awareness for breast cancer. Proceeds from each event will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Please show your support for the following events:
Monday, October 19th:
"Bouncing for Breast Cancer" 9am - 6pm, UC Front Lawn (Pi Beta Phi & Chi Phi)
Tuesday, October 20th:
"Bouncing for Breast Cancer" 9am - 4pm, UC Front Lawn (Pi Beta Phi & Chi Phi)
"50 Hour See Saw Marathon" 4pm - 12am, UC Front Lawn (Alpha Omicron Pi & Sigma Chi)
"Cheers for a Cure" 6pm - 8pm, Gander Room (Colleges Against Cancer)
Wednesday, October 21st:
"50 Hour See Saw Marathon" 12am - 12am, UC Front Lawn (Alpha Omicron Pi & Sigma Chi)
"Pink Night" 5pm - 7pm, Rathbone & Cort Dining Rooms (Panhellenic Council & Student Senate)
Thursday, October 22nd:
"50 Hour See Saw Marathon" 12am - 6pm, UC Front Lawn (Alpha Omicron Pi & Sigma Chi)
"Pink Pumpkin Decorating" 12:30pm - 3:30pm, Lamberton Hall (Alpha Chi Omega & the Women's Center)
"Walk for a Cure" 4:15pm - 5pm, Delta Phi (Alpha Phi, Alpha Chi Omega, & Delta Phi)
"Real Men Wear Pink Fashion Show" 5pm - 7pm, PA 101 (Panhellenic Council, University Productions, WLVR)
"Strykes for Tykes" 9:30pm - 11am, Town & Country Lanes (Alpha Gamma Delta & Theta Chi)
Friday, October 23rd:
"Pink Lunch" 11am - 1pm, Johnny's Bagels (Gamma Phi Beta & Kappa Alpha Theta)
Saturday, October 24th:
"Pink Week Dodgeball Tournament" 4pm - 7pm, Grace Hall (ASA & Theta Chi)
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Lambda Sigma Upsilon - By Mario Paredes, '11, President
Starting a new chapter of Lambda Sigma Upsilon was a year long process that was not easy, but the benefits are already paying off. In the summer of 2008, current Vice President Randy Tavarez, '10, gathered a group of guys who were in search of an organization on campus that would fill our thirst for diversity, and in fall 2008 we began our recognition process.
With a limited number of options, we felt that it was in our best interest to found a new chapter of Lambda Sigma Upsilon at Lehigh University. With hard work and dedication, we began putting together paper work required for both Lehigh and our national headquarters. We then went through a long and vigorous process of putting together presentations for the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs (OFSA), the Panhellenic Council, and the Interfraternity Council in order to gain recognition on campus. We were officially established as the new Uman Chapter of Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity Inc on April 18, 2009 and since then we have been actively engaged in various events on and off campus.
Our goal this year is to establish our names around the Lehigh community and give students another options when it comes to Greek life. We want to collaborate with as many different organizations around campus as possible. We want students to know that our organization is for everyone, even if you never thought about joining Greek life at Lehigh. We are the most diverse fraternity in the nation and we are looking to spread this idea of open-mindedness here at Lehigh.
So far the OFSA has been very helpful in guiding us in the right direction in becoming a well-respected and established chapter and we are excited to be taking part in the new pilot Accreditation process. Our chapter is still new and small, but with the development of the Multicultural Greek Council and the help and support of many others around campus, we are ready to make a big impact.
Lambda Sigma Upsilon Fraternity
Delta Chi - By Tim Malacrida, '10, President
Starting a new fraternity at Lehigh has been far from easy. Designing and testing the basic operating procedures for a group which is supposed to mesh together and operate successfully is, however, a challenge that has been met by the founding fathers of the Lehigh Colony of Delta Chi.
Excellent alumni support, advising from headquarters staff, and OFSA assistance in all matters have marked the early portion of the founding experience. Over the past six months, the brothers of Delta Chi have worked tirelessly and embraced one another and built bonds that I myself did not think would exist at this point. The members have striven for greater accomplishments and continue to set lofty goals for themselves and their brothers.
Defining the fraternal experience at Delta Chi's Lehigh Colony has been a rich and rewarding experience, providing important life lessons, and opening up the eyes of men who did not know each other to the potential life-long bonds that might exist with shared goals and values.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Hank Nuwer - Hazing in Society
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
This past summer, seven Lehigh Greeks attended sessions of the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. UIFI, sponsored by the North-American Interfraternity Conference, is a 5-day experience designed to challenge participants to explore, define, and enhance their leadership skills, personal awareness, commitment to their fraternity or sorority, and grow to expect values-based action from themselves and those they lead. Throughout the weeks ahead, we will be featuring testimonials from several of the students that attended this summer's UIFI sessions.
Steph Albano, Alpha Gamma Delta
Attending UIFI gave me a unique chance to share ideas with Greeks across the country. We had structured group meetings that taught us important information about hazing and the general perceptions of the Greek community, as well as informal conversations with students in positions similar to ours that gave us the chance to hash out our ideas, goals, and dreams. I learned how to not only improve my chapter through philanthropy, alumnae relations, and ritual events, but also how to improve the Lehigh Greek community as a whole by proving the negative stereotypes to be false. However, the most important thing I learned at UIFI was having Greek pride: that no matter how bad the stereotypes are, how many times select individuals mess up, or how many problems we face, we are a community united by fraternity and ritual - and that is something worth fighting for.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Emily Rojer, Kappa Alpha Theta
Planning the Greek Leadership Convention was an awesome experience. The other three students who were chosen were all friendly and had great ideas, and it was great having each of us be from a different chapter, to get the broadest range of perspectives. We all also came in with different leadership roles and experiences, which helped us to really incorporate topics relevant to Lehigh Greek leaders today, as well as take into account things we liked or disliked most from other leadership conferences. Also, it gave me an opportunity to get to know the GLCs, especially Michelle and Jessica, better. Having this experience made me very interested in being on Panhel next year, and hopefully getting to work more with the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs. They're a great group of people who really care about making Lehigh Greek life the best it can be, and I would like to continue to be a part of that.
Kyle Schreiner, Sigma Phi Epsilon
Looking back to the Greek Leadership Retreat from 2008, the student committee saw many areas in which the program could be improved. Two of the most noticeable were the name change from "Retreat" to "Convention", as well as the location change from our own campus to DeSales University. Now that the experience has reached a full circle and there is no more planning to be had, I am proud to say that I think that we made some improvements. One of the personal goals that I had as part of the committee was to give attendees the opportunity to meet other Greek students in similar leadership positions to their own. I believe that we were able to achieve that, as I saw many different students conversing with others throughout the day. I heard some great conversations taking place throughout the various sessions, ranging from relationship issues to perception of older/younger members to goal setting. Overall, I think that the day was a success and all that attended the Convention were able to get something out of it.
A special thank you to Emily & Kyle, along with Meaghan Phipps (Alpha Gamma Delta) and Bob Malys (Psi Upsilon) for all their hard work on the planning committee!
Monday, September 14, 2009
- Tabling in the University Center with buttons, flyers, and advertisements related to hazing prevention and Nuwar's keynote
- Hidden Harm posters and information
- Banners with hazing facts
- Availability of Bystander Intervention training to chapters, athletic teams, and student organizations
For more information on National Hazing Prevention Week, please contact Veronica Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Ozone Park, NY
Friday, September 4, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
We're proud to announce that this summer three Lehigh chapters were recognized as a top chapter in their respective inter/national organizations - Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement and thank you for representing the Lehigh Greek community so well!
Included below is a list of all Lehigh chapters that received recognition from their inter/national organizations this summer. Please note that not all inter/national organizations distributed awards this summer, as some occur on a biennium basis and will be awarded again in 2010.
Alpha Omicron Pi sorority
- Jessie Wallace Hughan Cup (chapter of the year)
- Academic Development Cup
- Alumnae Advisory Committee Performance Certificate
- Campus Total Honor Roll
- Contingency Management
- Corporation Board Performance Certificate
- Initiation Honor Roll
- Membership Recruitment & Retention
- Philos Award
- Ruby Award
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
- Undergraduate Chapter of the Year
Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity
- Member Recruitment Award
- Campus Involvement Award
Phi Kappa Theta fraternity
- George Uihlein Alumni Engagement Award
- Michael T. McSweeney Leadership Development Award - Honorable Mention
Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity
- President's Special Achievement Awards in:
- Campus Involvement
- New Member Education
Psi Upsilon fraternity
- Clasped Hand Award for Outstanding Philanthropy & Service
- Award of Distinction - for benefit concert to aid the Alpha Omicron chapter house fire
Sigma Chi fraternity
- Significant Sig Achievement Award - Bobby Buckheit '09
Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity
- Buchanan Cup (chapter of the biennium)
- Phi Beta Kappa Wheelhouse Award
- Recruitment Cup
- Manpower Award
- GPA Award
Theta Chi fraternity
- Chapter Achievement Awards in:
- Recruitment Programming
- New Member/Member Education Programming
- Community Service & Philanthropy Programming
- Alumni Programming
- Chapter Finances
- The Ritual
- Chapter Operations
- Theta Chi Procedures & Involvement
- Campus Involvement
- Risk Management Practices
- Social Programming
Theta Xi fraternity
- Accreditation Recognition Award
- Superior Academic Achievement Award
- Outstanding Recruitment Award
Congratulations to all of Lehigh's award-winning fraternities and sororities! Keep up the great work!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Below are some highlights from this summer, as well as things to look out for in 2009/2010:
The 2008/2009 Accreditation results were announced in July, with nine chapters receiving Gold, twelve chapters receiving Silver, five chapters as Bronze, and one chapter as Poor. The full Accreditation reports can be found on the OFSA website: http://www.lehigh.edu/~indost/greek/acc0809.html
Greek Allies -
The spring 2009 semester saw the official launch of the Greek Allies program, a student group formed to provide a communicative outlet for current Greeks who identify with and/or struggle with LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, & Ally) issues at Lehigh and in the Greek community. Starting this fall, the group will offer educational programs and panels for students who want to learn more about what it means to be "Out and Greek".
Greek Leadership Convention -
With the help of a great student planning committee, major changes were made to this fall's Greek Leadership Convention, set for Saturday, September 12 at the DeSales University - University Center. Twelve Lehigh faculty/staff members will be serving as facilitators for the day and students will participate in a shared curriculum through a small group format. Look for a recap article in mid-September.
Greek Week -
Led by the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council Vice Presidents, a student, faculty, staff committee is being formed to examine the purpose and intended outcomes of Greek Week, in light of its cancellation for the 2009/2010 academic year. Look for a committee update mid-semester regarding ideas and proposals for 2010/2011.
Hazing Awareness & Bystander Intervention -
In addition to the 888-NOT-HAZE hotline, students, faculty, and staff will now be able to report hazing allegations online via a hazing reporting form on the OFSA website. Look for training modules on Bystander Intervention to be offered to the Lehigh community this fall. Mark your calendars for Lehigh's observance of National Hazing Prevention Week, September 28 - October 2.
Multicultural Greek Council -
The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) has officially become the governing body of Lehigh's three culturally-based fraternities/sororities - Kappa Alpha Psi, Lambda Sigma Upsilon, and Lambda Theta Alpha. Look for a mid-semester MGC update right here in October.
Peer Values Educators -
The Peer Values Educators (PVE) program continued its growth and development over the summer, in preparation for its full launch this fall. PVE student facilitators assisted with Gryphon Training in August, both through a mock session of their alcohol/social responsibility program, as well as through a hazing-related "Behind Closed Doors" training.
Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute -
Seven Lehigh Greek students attended the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) this summer on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, sponsored by the North-American Interfraternity Conference. GLCs Danny Grzesik and Michelle Rebholz also served as facilitators for UIFI. Look for a blog entry from the student participants in late September.
In the semester ahead, this blog will be updated regularly with posts from students, alumni, and staff on the topics listed above, as well as: Expansion/Colony updates from our three newest fraternities, the Greek EMerging Leaders program (GEM), Greeks Against Sexual Violence, Greek Alumni Council, Preparing for Spring 2010 Recruitment, and much more.
You can also keep up-to-date on the Lehigh Greek Community by following our daily updates on Twitter @ LehighGreeks.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
In the coming days, weeks, and months, this site will be updated with news, announcements, stories and more from members of Lehigh's Greek Community, both undergrads and alumni.
Thank you for your interest in our fraternities and sororities!