Name: Amanda Fabrizio
Role on Campus: Communications Specialist for the Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Department
Chapter You Advise: Pi Beta Phi
As a faculty/staff advisor, how are you involved with the fraternity or sorority that you work with? How would you like to be involved? Please be as specific as possible.
I meet with the Pi Beta Phi president on a monthly basis and provide her with advice and feedback. I’d like to have more opportunities to interact with them at their fundraisers and events and be able to provide them with necessary guidance and advice.
What are some of the chapter’s accomplishments that you are proud of?
Pi Beta Phi is a gold chapter and has been for a couple of years. I’m so proud of the sisters for being academically and philanthropically strong leaders!
What do you find is most rewarding about advising?
I enjoy interacting with the sisters of Pi Phi and seeing all the great work that they do. Seeing them pay it forward to the community is rewarding to me. I also enjoy working the Greek Leadership Conference that’s held in the fall semester. Every student involved with Greek Life should attend!
As a faculty/staff advisor, why did you decide to become involved in the fraternity/sorority community here at Lehigh University?
I enjoy getting involved with the campus community at all different levels, especially being able to give back to the students. When Tim Wilkinson mentioned he had an opening to be an advisor, I jumped at the opportunity. I also wanted to get educated about Greek Life as well. Unfortunately, when I was in college, we didn’t have a Greek Life. Being able to learn and see all the great things that Pi Phi and the Lehigh fraternity/sorority community do as a whole has also been extremely valuable!
Do you have any specific interests or areas of expertise that you would like/be willing to share with the fraternity/sorority community?
I have been asked on several occasions to do presentations about Networking, Social Media and Professional Communications Etiquette. The feedback I have received from the students who have been in my presentation said that they found it extremely beneficial and have picked up some great tips! (And…the presentation is entertaining…it’s in color and has fun videos…No dozing off in this one!)
What is your best advice for Greek-affiliated students?
Don’t sweat the small stuff and take a deep breath! You’ll look back on many of these situations in five to ten years, and hysterically laugh.
What do you like to do when you aren’t helping to advise?
Along with advising Pi Phi, I’m also a First-Year Experience facilitator, and a member of the Holiday Party Committee. I’m President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Saucon and the Rotaract Chair for our Rotary District 7430. (Rotary is an international organization of business men and women that do community service and fundraising on the local, national and international level, www.rotary.org). I advise the DeSales Rotaract Club, the college version of Rotary, and help out with the DeSales Senior Success Series. As a DeSales alumna, I’m also one of the Class of 2007’s Class Agents. And in my spare time, I enjoy trivia nights, playing with my new Wii and tweeting, a lot (www.twitter.com/Fabreeze13185).
Any other additional comments?
If you’re chapter is looking for a fun way to help out the community, and you need to get community service hours in, sign up for The Yvette M. Palmer Purple Pinkie 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, April 22 at DeSales University. Registration for students is $10 with a valid school ID and goes to PolioPlus (Pi Phi and a few other chapters participated last year!) www.active.com/running/center-valley-pa/the-yvette-m-palmer-purple-pinkie-5k-2012?int=29-6
I would be happy to do a presentation to your chapter on Networking, Social Media and Professional Communications Etiquette. Please feel free to e-mail me for details firstname.lastname@example.org.