Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Important Facilities Update: October 31, 2012

                                                                                    Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Good Afternoon All,
I hope you all have been doing well over the past few days. We have some important updates, so please read carefully and pass along to all chapter members.
1.     With the exception of Delta Gamma, Delta Upsilon, Kappa Sigma, and Sigma Phi Epsilon, power has been restored to all of the chapter facilities. For all the other greek houses, we are permitting a special move in process as of today (October 31) at 2 pm.   You will be permitted to move back in to the residence provided you meet the restrictions below.  For those four chapters still without power you should not return to campus until you hear from us because there is no place for you locate yet.  

 2. The protocol for moving back in will be as follows:
Chapters must have at least five residential members present on campus at the same time between   2 – 6 p.m. today in order for your particular house to be re-opened. Once this group of 5 residents has been identified and they are present on campus ALL FIVE CHAPTER RESIDENTS MUST REPORT TO the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs in the Garden Level of the University Center between the hours of 2-6 pm today. We will need one of those five residents to serve as the official point of contact for OFSA.  IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN FIVE RESIDENTS MOVING BACK IN, DO NOT BRING ALL OF THEM TO THE UC.  WE ONLY NEED FIVE OF YOUR RESIDENTS PRESENT TO OPEN THE FACILITY.  All reporting chapter members must be living in the chapter facility and be able to present identification in order for chapter facility doors to be opened by Access Control. Chapters not opening today can follow the same protocol tomorrow between the hours of 9-4 pm.
Once the GROUP OF five RESIDENTS  has been identified and verified in person by Lehigh staff in OFSA, remaining chapter members may move back in as they arrive to campus without notifying OFSA.
Lehigh staff and LUPD will be conducting walk-thrus of all facilities on a regular basis over the next few days. IF YOUR OCCUPANCY FALLS BELOW FIVE AT ANY TIME OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS, THOSE RESIDENTS WILL BE EVACUATED FROM THE HOUSE.  WE MUST HAVE AT MINIMUN FIVE RESIDENTS IN A BUILDING TO KEEP IT OPEN FOR SAFETY PURPOSES. Chapter members are expected to keep keys and identification on them at all times.
3. MEALS:  Dinner this evening is available 4:30 – 6 pm in Cort Dining Hall / UC for residents at no additional charge.  Beginning tomorrow you may need to be prepared to make food chapter food arrangements or be charged for meals eaten on campus.   
Chapter members must present identification and inform Cort staff as to their affiliation.
 4. Due to the nature of the storm, ABM staff  have removed much of the perishable food left in chapter kitchens. In many cases, frozen food has been left for your chef to make a more informed determination on. Please do not risk eating any perishable items that may have been left in chapter facilities, until your chef has assessed the situation.
Please touch base with your food service provider and chapter chef to discuss food shipments in anticipation of resuming regular meals in the chapter facilities as soon as possible.  Please confirm with your Assistant Director once you have a status as to food shipments.
5. Lehigh staff have locked off all chapter bedrooms in order to ensure security for chapter members. If chapter members return to campus without a key, they may contact Access Control at x83940 during business hours for a lockout. Otherwise, chapter members will have to wait until regular business hours, or for the House Manager to return.
6. Knowing the chapter facilities were most likely left in a hurry, we expect that effort is made upon your moving back in to clean up the facilities and restore them to a condition expected by the Offices of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and Residential Services.
7. Please continue to remind chapter members about following PA State, Lehigh and Inter/National Headquarters laws and policies regarding conduct in the facility. Our expectation is that chapter members will continue to display a conduct that we expect from them, especially as the campus moves forward over the next few days.
Thank you all for your continued cooperation over the past few days. We will keep you all in the loop as more information comes. If you have further questions, please call your Assistant Director or the Emergency Line at 610-758-1000.
Thank you,
Tim Wilkinson

Monday, October 29, 2012

Information for On-Campus Residents

On-campus residents, please read the following:

1) If you have not already done so, please go to the link below to register that you are staying on campus throughout the storm:

2) Dining: Rathbone or Cort Dining Room are open for on-campus dining - all other facilities are closed.  Fraternities and Sororities should continue to eat at their chapter houses.

3) Parking and Transportation: If you are remaining in your on-campus residence and have a car on campus, you may park your car in one of the garages on Asa Packer campus even without a permit. The gates are lifted and will remain so through Tuesday.  If the garages are full, you may part your car on Mountaintop campus and take the regular mountaintop shuttle back down to your residence. If you are going to move your car, please do so by 3pm TODAY! After that time, the mountaintop bus shuttle will no longer be running. No bus service is running today, except for the Mountaintop shuttle service which is ONLY running from 11am-3pm.

Assuming weather conditions permit, you MUST plan to remove your car from these locations and park in your normal designated locations by 5pm on Tuesday, October 30th.

4) Please continue to check fand check your Lehigh email regularly for further information. Also, please continue to take general safety precautions including staying inside as much as possible, close your residence windows, carry your ID and keys with you at all times, charge your cell phones fully, etc.

Thank you,
Residential Services, Residence Life, and Fraternity and Sorority Affairs

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Emergency Registration form update

Good Evening Presidents,

Thank you for attempting to complete the "Student On Campus Emergency Registration Form," as a part of the Hurricane Sandy weather emergency.

In order to complete the form you must access the form through your "" email address.  Going through an external email client, even a "" address will not allow you to access the form.  We will not be granting "Requests to Share the Form" with external emails.

Please use the Lehigh Portal or IMP to log in to your "" email account in order to complete the registration form.

Thank you and be safe,
Allison Gulati
Associate Dean of Students

Weather Emergency Update

Good Evening Chapter Members,

This e-mail is in regards to the Weather Emergency. Please read the entire e-mail, compile all questions, and have one chapter member reach out to your specific Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs:
1. Per previous updates, all classes and events at Lehigh University will be cancelled for Monday, October 29th and Tuesday, October 30th. This is due to the increasingly severe weather forecast of hurricane Sandy and possible power outages.

2. Students are permitted to stay on campus, but expected to use caution. Students choosing to remain on campus are asked to register at :

3. If you live in the Residence Halls, or have a meal plan outside of the chapter facility, dining is available tomorrow in Lower UC and Rathbone only. Please continue to check for updates on dining options.

4. If you live in the chapter facility, at this point, you are expected to be taking your meals there. Please work with your alumni, your chef, and your food services provider to inventory both food currently available, as well as the status of your chef to make meals for the next few days. Please update your Assistant Director once who have competed this inventory. Please complete this no later then 9 pm tonight.

5. If you have a food shipment coming to campus either Monday or Tuesday, please take the necessary steps to ensure caution with this shipment. If you currently have sufficient food supplies and are able to postpone these shipments until after the emergency, please consider doing so.

6. Please make sure that you have updated all chapter members and alumni and headquarters leadership as to the situation. OFSA will be sending out various updates, but please be proactive in reaching out to your specific stakeholders.

7. Please also practice caution in both your on-campus facilities, as well all other places where chapter members may be gathering. Please make responsible decisions, and remember that the safety of all students comes first and foremost. This includes not only the approaching weather, but also in the choices made by all Lehigh students during the time that classes are cancelled. It goes without saying that the PA state law, the University Code of Conduct and your Inter/national Headquarters' policies are in effect. You all made us proud last year, and we have no doubt that you will do so again. 

8. At this point, Lehigh expects to return to a normal class and operating schedule on Wednesday, October 31st. We will  post updated information on the Lehigh website at

Anyone who is not registered to receive LU-ALERTs can register at:

Updates will also be posted at 610-758-NEWS (610-758-6397) and on the university’s Facebook page at www.facebook/LehighU and on Twitter: @LehighUNews (look for #LUSandy). Again, contact your Assistant Director as questions or needs arise.

Thank you and be safe,


Friday, October 26, 2012

Weather Advisory Update

Good Afternoon Chapter Presidents,

As I am sure you know, there is the potential for rough weather in the next few days. Per Provost Farrell's message earlier today, we encourage members of the Lehigh community to check the Lehigh website for updates, or to register to receive LU-ALERTs, the text messaging system that can quickly communicate during emergencies.

The link to register for LU-ALERTs is:

Please note that, at this time, there are no plans to cancel any scheduled events or activities this weekend or to alter the upcoming week’s class schedule in any way. An update will be posted on the university’s website at at 5 p.m. Sunday, October 28th. For information and resources regarding emergency preparedness, please visit You can also find updated information at 610-758-NEWS (610-758-6397) and on the university’s Facebook page at www.facebook/LehighU and on Twitter: @LehighUNews. We will also be updating you via text message from your Assistant Director and posting on the @LUGreeks blog and twitter feed. Please look for these.

Students are encouraged to consider the following precautions in advance of the storm:

• Be sure to use caution and good judgment if you need to be outside during periods of heavy rain or high winds.
• Ensure your cell phones are fully charged by this weekend.
• Prepare for a possible power outage by having flashlights and extra batteries. Keep
in mind that you cannot use candles or open flames in campus buildings. For fire safety
reasons, off campus students should not use candles or open flames.
• Ensure windows and doors remain closed during the storm. Students in residence halls should seek necessary assistance from Gryphons on your floor. Those students living in fraternity or sorority houses should seek assistance from the individuals in charge of your house.
• In cases of extreme emergency - such as reporting a fire, crime or medical
emergency - please call the Lehigh University Police Department at
• Please share information and updates with your parents and encourage them to go for official updates and information from the university

Friday, October 19, 2012

Pink Week 2012 Schedule


2012 Panhellenic Council Pink Week Schedule

Saturday, October 20th-Saturday, October 27th


Pink Week is here! We would love for everyone to come out and support a great cause!  
Unless otherwise noted, proceeds (0.99 of every $1.00) from all events will go to the Gateway for Cancer Research to support breast cancer awareness and research.
Saturday, October 20
**Pink Out Game, Lehigh vs. Bucknell at 12:30 PM at Goodman Stadium
(Sponsored by Zeta Tau Alpha, Lehigh Athletics, and Student Auxiliary Services)
Monday, October 22- Friday, October 26
**Tabling by Mu Sigma Upsilon in the Upper UC from 11am- 1pm and 5:30-8:00pm (proceeds go to Keep a Breast Foundation)
**Kiss Away Cancer on the UC Front Lawn from 11am-2pm and Pink Ribbon Painting; Registration for ZTA Cake Decorating Competition and the Knockout Basketball Tournament
**Remembrance Ribbons tabling 2-4 PM Tuesday-Thursday in the Upper UC
The ribbons will be displayed at the Lights of Hope Event on Thursday
          -Hot Chocolate will be served
(Sponsored by Alpha Gamma Delta)
**Real Men Wear Pink Fashion Show in Packard 101 at 6:00 PM; $5.00 entrance fee at door
(Sponsored by Panhellenic Council)
Tuesday, October 23           
**Dart Throwing on the UC Front Lawn from 11am-2pm
(Sponsored by Kappa Alpha Theta)
**Awareness Walk on the Hill starts at 4:30 PM
(Sponsored by Alpha Phi, Gamma Phi Beta, Alpha Chi Omega, Lambda Chi Alpha, Kappa Sigma)
** Keep the Goose Open Late 4-8 pm
(Sponsored by Alpha Phi, Gamma Phi Beta, Alpha Chi Omega, Lambda Chi Alpha, Kappa Sigma)
Wednesday, October 24
**Kiss Away Cancer in Upper UC from 11am-2pm; Registration for ZTA Cake Decorating Competition and the Knockout Basketball Tournament
**(Pending) Yoplait Yogurt Event on the UC Front Lawn, Campus Square, and Rauch from 3:30-4:30
(Sponsored by Panhellenic Council)
Thursday, October 25
**Pink Ribbon Decorating on the UC Front Lawn from 11am-4pm
(Sponsored by Pi Beta Phi)
**Lights of Hope – location/time TBA
(Sponsored by Colleges Against Cancer)
         Speaker Bio:
Amanda Buss-Sivak grew up in Phillipsburg, NJ and now resides in Lower Saucon Township. She attended East Stroudsburg University on a Basketball Scholarship and graduated ESU with a BS in Rehabilitative Services and minor in Psychology.  Amanda currently works for Community Services for Children which is a not-for-profit agency in Allentown in Development.  She volunteers for the Saucon Valley Relay for Life and The Get In Touch Foundation.  Amanda was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the age of 28 and then again at 32. She is currently battling metastatic Breast Cancer.
Friday, October 26
**Cake Decorating at 4:30 PM on the Steps Courtyard
(Sponsored by Zeta Tau Alpha)
Saturday, October 27
**Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk begins at 10:00 am at the corner of Main Street and Lehigh Street in North Bethlehem
You Must Register To Participate:
(Sponsored by Mu Sigma Upsilon)
**Knockout Breast Cancer Basketball Tournament from 1-3 PM at the Delta Upsilon Parking Lot
(sponsored by Zeta Tau Alpha and Delta Upsilon)
**Asian Bistro Night- 10% of Proceeds will be given to Pink Week
(Sponsored by Delta Gamma and FIJI)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Panhellenic Sorority Woman of the Month!

 Rachel Henke, Kappa Alpha Theta, is currently a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences earning a major in Environmental Science with a minor in Biology on a Pre-Med track. Rachel has always been above the All-Sorority and All-Women GPA Averages during her time at Lehigh. In addition to her coursework at Lehigh, Rachel spent the last summer in Iceland researching renewable energy and organic waste management.  This semester, she transferred the knowledge she learned while in Iceland to her environmental science research project at Lehigh.  So far, her compost pilot is showing promise as a practice the university can adopt in order to be more environmentally friendly.

Rachel is also extremely involved on campus. Within her chapter, Rachel serves on the Executive Board as our Chief Recruitment Officer. She is also a campus tour guide, a member of the Association of Student Alumni (ASA), a member of Phi Sigma Pi and Phi Eta Sigma, and volunteers for Lehigh EMS. Despite all of her work in and out of our chapter, Rachel still puts 100% into everything that she does.

Congratulations, Rachel, and thank you for your contributions!

Monday, October 8, 2012

House of Privilege


The House of Privilege is an interactive experience that aims to illustrate the existence of various types of social privileges and inequities that exist in society. Adapted from the popular Tunnel of Oppression program, the House focuses less on overt and extreme examples of discrimination and more on the subtleties of power and privilege in an effort to promote self-reflection and dialogue. Participants will witness inequality and have a chance to look through the “Window of Opportunity” in each room. These windows serve as a call to action by providing resources for individuals to engage actively in dismantling systems of privilege.

To sign up to go through the House of Privilege program, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Go to
  2. Select a date and time you would like to attend
  3. In the quantity field, select “1”
  4. Scroll to the bottom and click “Register”
  5. Enter your first name, last name (or your organization name) and email address
  6. Click “Complete Registration”

After you register, you will be sent an email confirmation with a ticket with your date and time that you signed up for. Please be sure to print out that ticket and bring it with you the day of the event. If you registered a group, be sure that each member receives their ticket and brings it with them as well. Finally, please remember to show up 10 minutes prior to your program start time. Thank you! Please let me know if you have any additional questions!


~Courtney Jones
Office of Multicultural Affairs

Peer Values Educations Applications

The Peer Values Educators (PVE) are taking applications for new members. The PVE application will be made available online for interested members to apply to. The link to the application is also included below. The deadline for submission is Sunday, October 14th.
 It would be greatly appreciated if you could encourage the members of your chapters to apply and join our cause. For those of you who may not much about PVE, we are representatives of the Lehigh Greek Community who serve as positive role models and facilitate interactive workshops for the campus population. The programs we facilitate are Hazing Prevention, Bystander Intervention, and Social Decision Making. The group is currently reorganizing its structure with the intent to get the entire campus involved in its cause. It is arguably the most exciting time to join!

                Thank you in advance for your cooperation and hopefully we will see you all soon at one of our programs or workshops.

    The Peer Values Educators

Friday, October 5, 2012

Panhellenic Recruitment Open Houses

Hi Everyone!

My name is Laura Sherman and I am the Vice President of Recruitment on Lehigh’s Panhellenic Council, the governing council for nine women’s organizations. As the Vice President of Recruitment, I organize and oversee events pertaining to sorority recruitment including the upcoming Open Houses.


During Open Houses on Sunday, October 14th from 9:15am to 4:00pm, you will have an opportunity to learn more about each chapter, meet the sisters, and see parts of the beautiful facilities! This event is structured the same way as the round during Formal Recruitment in January, so I highly encourage you to make plans to attend.  Take advantage of this opportunity.


In regards to dress code for Sunday, October 14th, casual jeans or leggings and a nice top is really all that you will need. There will also be food at all of the chapter facilities, so you will not have to worry about that.

If you plan on attending Open Houses on Sunday, October 14th, please access the below link to the “Lehigh Sorority Recruitment 2013” Facebook page and respond to my Open House Event by 12:00pm on Friday, October 12th. I will be posting important information on this page throughout the semester, including commonly asked questions, upcoming events, and formal recruitment information.


For even more information about Lehigh’s nine Panhellenic chapters, please browse the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Afffairs website at and follow .


As the fall semester continues, there are a couple of expectations and guidelines that I wanted to remind you about:

            -You need a minimum of 12 Lehigh credits and a 2.25 GPA to go through Formal Recruitment in January. Please note that certain chapters may require a higher GPA.

            -Do not go into any chapter affiliated facility, whether on or off-campus.

            -You should not be going off-campus with members of any chapter (i.e. lunch, mall, etc.) even if you are invited by a chapter member.

            -You must be in good conduct standing with Lehigh University’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Expectations. 


Please do not hesitate to contact me or your respective Rho Gamma’s if you have any questions! Go Greek!


Laura Sherman