Friday, December 19, 2014

A Message from Greek Allies

Please see a message below from members of Greek Allies. 

Apply today and join Greek Allies.  Below is an application for fraternity and sorority members interested in serving as a Greek Ally. Applications are due by January 11, 2015

Greek Allies are affiliated men and women that offer support to LGBT members belonging to our community as well as to those who wish to join a Greek-lettered organization. Allies are required to participate in a semester-long training and then have the option to facilitate workshops for new allies or chapters. 

We expect the following of all Greek Allies:
  • Attend all meetings (module and general) to the best of your ability 
  • Come to all meetings with an open mind and be respectful of ALL opinions at ALL times.
  • Promote equality on campus while representing Greek Allies, your chapter, and the fraternity and sorority community at Lehigh
Please encourage any of your chapter members who are interested to apply!! If you have any questions, please contact Allie Tookmanian at Thank you for your support!!

Allie Tookmanian, VP of Recruitment for Greek Allies

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Apply for NGLA Awards

Please don't forget to consider nominating individuals, chapters, and Lehigh Greek programs for NGLA Awards this year! It is a great way to recognize the excellent work you all do throughout the year. Lehigh had a lot of exciting award recipients last year. Applications are due January 9, 2015. Additional information and links are included below.

If you or a member of your chapter is interested in attending, contact your council leadership ASAP! This is an incredibly beneficial leadership development opportunity, specific to Greeks. Don't hesitate to contact myself or council leadership with questions.

Thank you!

2015 NGLA Awards Information
Calling all deserving Chapters, Councils, and Communities!

The Northeast Greek Leadership Association is proud to recognize chapters, councils, and communities with The Amy Vojta Impact Awards in eight different categories: academic achievement, membership recruitment, multicultural initiatives/programming, philanthropy, service, public relations, risk management, and chapter leadership. 
  • (New for 2015!) Bonnie Wunsch NGLA Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • (New for 2015!) Jose Kaufman Award for Health and Wellness Programming
  • Greek Leaders of Distinction Award
  • Philippi Award for Campus Professionals
  • Guenzler Award for Volunteers or Staff Professionals of Fraternity/Sorority Organizations
Award applications are due January 9. 2015. 

The Awards Committee is extremely excited to see what good works have been accomplished this year throughout the Northeast and are looking forward to reading all of the applications and nominations. If there are any questions regarding the awards process, please do not hesitate to contact Cat Sohor, NGLA Awards Committee Chair and Taylor Mahanna, NGLA Awards Committee Assistant Chair.

Please visit the NGLA website for more information for more information about this years’s awards.

Snack Bag Sign Ups

Back by popular demand, we're inviting you to participate in the Homework Club Snack Bag Initiative.  Details are included below. 

With few spots available, they'll likely fill up within 24 hours.  

The Community Service Office organizes homework clubs Monday through Thursday for several of our partner schools near campus in south Bethlehem.  Over 90% of the kids in these partnering schools and those participating in homework clubs are on free or reduced lunch, meaning their families live at or below the poverty line.  While these kids receive meals during school hours, food insecurities are a constant concern in the evening hours and, more importantly, on the weekends.   

Some homework club kids do not know when or where their next meal will come from.  Processed foods, junk foods, and fast foods are more affordable than nutritious foods and healthy produce and homework club kids typically have less access to fruits, veggies, etc.  Family members may work long hours in the evenings and weekends as well meaning traditional dinner time is not commonplace for some of our homework club kids.  With this in mind, the Community Service Office provides snacks during homework clubs and two fraternities also prepare a weekly dinner for homework club kids. It's no coincidence that on the days dinners are served, there is a 100% attendance rate at homework clubs.  HOWEVER, that still leaves the weekends...     

Introducing weekend snack bags.  The CSO and OFSA would like to partner with fraternities and sororities on campus to prepare and deliver weekend snack bags for homework club kids.  Chapters have the opportunity to sign up for one Thursday of the semester, prepare 60 snack bags for that date, and deliver them to the CSO by 12PM. The CSO will then deliver them to the homework club locations.  Snack bags should include healthy items such as fruits, veggies, granola, cheese sticks, nuts, etc.  More details on logistics are included in the attachment.  This is a great way to get involved within the local community!! 

Email to sign your chapter up.  Include a chapter contact and that person's email address and phone number.  Also include any particular date(s) your chapter would like to sign up for (see below for a list of available dates).  

Thursday, Jan. 29
Thursday, Feb. 5
Thursday, Feb. 12
Thursday, Feb. 19
Thursday, Feb. 26
Thursday, Mar. 5
Thursday, Mar. 19
Thursday, Mar. 26
Thursday, Apr. 9
Thursday, Apr. 16
Thursday, Apr. 23
Thursday, Apr. 30

Yes.  Here's two things you should know. 
  1. Sixty is the maximum number of kiddos the homework clubs can accommodate and, unfortunately, this number may shrink if kiddos drop out.  We'll communicate to you a more accurate headcount as your date approaches and you can expect the final headcount to be between 45-60.  
  2. If your chapter would like to supply less than 60 snack bags for financial reasons, you can pair up with another chapter to meet the full 60.  We had a number of groups do this last year.  You can either let me know that you'll be partnering with another group, or I can also find another group to share the week with you.  Just let me me. 
Please contact Ash Baudouin at for more information. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Parent & Family Webinar Series

Parents and Family are invited to join the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs staff for our Elluminate webinar series in the coming weeks and months.  During each webinar, we'll discuss the recruitment processes, new member education processes, and other aspects of membership that your student may experience as they join a Greek organization.    

You may participate in each presentation live and we kindly ask that you test your audio capabilities/connection to avoid any technical difficulties during the webinar.  If you are unable to join us, you may view a recording of each presentation and these will be available shortly following each webinar.  

More information on each presentation is included below.  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 6-7PM
Topic: Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment
Facilitator: Ashley Baudouin, Assistant Director, OFSA

To join the session, please click on the following link:

To playback recordings associated with the session, please click the link below:

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 6-7PM 
Topic: Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment
Facilitator: Ashley Baudouin, Assistant Director, OFSA

To join the session, please click on the following link:

To playback recordings associated with the session, please click the link below:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 6-7PM
Topic: Interfraternity Council Recruitment
Facilitator: Jen Tedeschi, Assistant Director, OFSA 

To join the session, please click on the following link:

To playback recordings associated with the session, please click the link below:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6-7PM
Topic: New Member Education Overview #1
Facilitator: Tim Wilkinson, Sr. Assistant Dean of Students & Director of OFSA 

To join the session, please click on the following link:

To playback recordings associated with the session, please click the link below:

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 6-7PM
Topic: New Member Education Overview #2
Facilitator: Elizabeth Shayler, Assistant Director, OFSA 

To join the session, please click on the following link:

To playback recordings associated with the session, please click the link below:

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 6-7PM
Topic: New Member Education Overview #3
Facilitator: Carter Gilbert, Assistant Director, OFSA 

To join the session, please click on the following link:

To playback recordings associated with the session, please click the link below:

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 6-7PM
Topic: New Member Education Overview #4
Facilitator: Jen Tedeschi, Assistant Director, OFSA 

To join the session, please click on the following link:

To playback recordings associated with the session, please click the link below:

For more information on the fraternity and sorority community at Lehigh University, we also invite you to visit the OFSA website at On this website you will find information on each organization, new member plans, programming opportunities, reports and statistics, and contact information for those working in our office.  You may also choose to follow us on Twitter @LUGreeks, “like” our Lehigh Greeks page on Facebook and subscribe to our blog

On behalf of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, we look forward to connecting with you. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or report any concerns. Thank you! 

Accreditation Bootcamp Brought to You by the Leadership Consultants

Before heading out for the semester, the Leadership Consultants wanted to share the Spring Accreditation Bootcamp Schedule.  We'll send out a reminder in the spring with room locations, but wanted you to be able to add these to the calendar. Please pass this along to anyone in your chapter who may benefit from attending.
Best Practices Roundtable
Wednesday, January 28 at 4:10pm
At this session, we invite different chapters to share about a best practice highlighted by the panelists from last year's accreditation process.  You will hear from students about practices in the 5 accreditation metrics - what they did, how they did it, and the impact it had on their chapter/community.
Q&A with Accreditation Panelists
Wednesday, February 18 at 4:10pm
Join us to hear from various panelists to hear about their experience, advice for the presentation and report, and insight into what makes a chapter successful. Come with your questions!

The Accreditation Presentation
Thursday, March 19 at 5:00pm
Come to this session to get the final details about what you need to do to be prepared for Accreditation -- what is due, what the format looks like, final tips, etc.

Thank you and good luck on finals!
The Leadership Consultants & Stefanie

Monday, December 8, 2014

Conduct Update: Delta Phi

As of December 2nd, certain activities of the Delta Phi Fraternity at Lehigh University have been temporarily suspended.  This action is being taken because of alleged University policy violations by the chapter and its members during the new member education process last Spring and in previous years.  Allegations include: hazing, illegal consumption or distribution of alcohol, providing false information, encouraging others to violate the Code of Conduct, failure to follow the chapter’s approved new member education plan, and other conduct which threatens or endangers the health and safety of the individual.

This interim suspension mandates that no registered or unregistered social events, recruitment activities or new member education activities of any kind may occur, either on Lehigh's campus or off-campus for Delta Phi Fraternity. 

This suspension allows the chapter to maintain basic functioning including managing the house, holding chapter meetings, participating in community service events and other educational programs approved by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs.

In addition, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs will notify all potential new members for Spring 2015 that Delta Phi is not allowed to host any formal or informal recruitment activities.  If potential new members are found participating in any Delta Phi activities they will be notified that this will deem them ineligible to participate in future Delta Phi recruitment activities or recruitment activities for any other chapter.

If this order is violated, individuals and/or Delta Phi will be immediately charged with further violations of the University Code of Conduct and disciplinary action will be taken.  

The Office of Student Conduct & Community Expectations is in the process of a conduct investigation into Delta Phi and this interim suspension will remain in effect until the formal resolution of these allegations is concluded.   Failure to comply with the terms of interim suspension will result in additional charges.

Additionally, the Lehigh University Code of Conduct requires that students and student organizations not only know and adhere to the Code of Conduct but cooperate with the University when investigating violations.

The Delta Phi alumni leadership and Delta Phi Headquarters will be contacted via telephone and are copied on this memo as well.  If you have further questions, please contact the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at (610) 758-4157.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Student Worker Opportunity - Website Design

The Hazing Prevention Coalition is seeking a student-worker to assist with a website development project.  A full job description is below, but if you or another student is in need of a CSE project or extra cash, please apply.  Extensive experience required.

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs is seeking someone with extensive website design experience.  This person will be responsible for the creation of a new hazing prevention web resource using the drupal web platform and will work closely with the Hazing Prevention Coalition (HPC).  The HPC is a campus committee charged with studying the issue of hazing at Lehigh and generating campus specific solutions.  The HPC has partnered with a consortium that strategically supports institutions nationwide. The HPC will provide guidance on content and structure for the web resource.  This person will work closely with a member of the HPC to create a project plan, identify milestones, and meet on a regular basis to monitor progress.  This position will begin in Spring 2015 for a soft-launch in Summer 2015.  

Interested applicants should forward a resume and brief letter summarizing qualifications to Elizabeth Shayler, Hours and Compensation to be determined. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What To Know Before You Go

Lehigh University students share important information on being prepared for the 150th Rivalry game at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 22. For more information on Yankee Stadium rules and regulations, please visit:

For additional recommendations and tips, please refer to our previous blog post. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Lehigh/Lafayette Announcements

Good Afternoon All,

With the 150th Lehigh/Lafayette Game approaching, we wanted to make sure that you have all of the proper information as you prep for the weekend.

Gameday information: All of the information you need for the game is available at the Lehigh Athletics FAQ Webpage. On the webpage you will find information on (amongst other things):

·         Yankee Stadium Alcohol Policy

·         Bag Policy

·         Game Day Transportation

·         General Advice

·         Lost Tickets

·         Parking Information

For that link, please go to:

Bus information: Departure time for student buses on Packer Ave is 10:45 AM on the morning of November 22nd. Chapters that have privately reserved buses will not be lining up on Packer Ave and will not be allowed on the hill. Please use your best sense of courtesy if you are loading a bus in an off-campus neighborhood. If you are driving to the game, or are on a privately rented bus for the game, please use the following link for the best parking information:

Campus parking information: If you have alumni whom are coming to campus the day of the game, please utilize the L.U.P.D. parking passes. Passes can be picked up at OFSA during normal business hours. Please read the attached letter for more information on campus parking.

Campus activities on game day: Arts Quest at Steel Stacks will be hosting a free Lehigh-Lafayette viewing party at the Levitt Pavilion on the SteelStacks campus. For more information, please click on the following link:

TRACS Schedule: TRACS will be on the standard Thursday-Saturday schedule. Two regular vans will also be running on lower campus and dropping students at the gate of the hill so the Sayre Park van will take you up the hill. Additional vans will be running from 10:00 PM to 3:00 AM on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Please also use the following advice (Courtesy of Lehigh’s Panhellenic Council):

1.      Plan your route: know how you are getting to the stadium and back home ahead of time.

2.      Stay with friends, do not find yourself alone.

3.      Dress warmly! Wear layers- it’s going to be cold (gloves, hat, ASA scarf!).

4.      BE SMART: especially regarding public intoxication and Fake Identifications. You do not want to   get arrested.

5.      Hydrate! Eat! Bring extra water and snacks.

6.      In case you do not hydrate enough, bring Advil with you!

7.      Make sure your phone is fully charged and bring an extra charger.

8.      In case your phone does die, write down important phone numbers.

9.      Bring cash with you!

  • Nearest hospital to Yankee’s Stadium: Lincoln Medical Center 234 Eugenio Maria De Hostos Blvd (East 149th Street), Bronx, New York 10451 
  • Nearest police station to Yankee’s Stadium: 1 E 161st St #11, Bronx, NY  
  • Nearest subway to Yankee’s Stadium: Lines 4, B, D. Location: East 161st Street and River Avenue 
  • Bus to return to Lehigh: Bus comes to Port Authority Bus Station every hour. Look for Trans Bridge Lines going to the South Bethlehem Terminal. Last bus leaves at 11:59 PM 
  • Taxi phone number: 1-800-609-8731 and download Uber 
  • Non emergency 911 number: (718) 293-8311