Currently browsing Undergraduate

Message to Today’s Undergraduate Fraternity and Sorority Members

If you are an undergraduate member of a fraternity or sorority who has been nothing more than a social member, why are you expecting a small group of undergraduates to manage the chapter? My advice is to get out of the back row at the chapter meetings or if you’ve already stopped attending meetings, make […]

Read More

Drink Up, Hook Up and Move-On is Not A Good Look

I’ve spent more than 30 years involved with the Fraternity and Sorority system as a chapter officer, chapter advisor, regional volunteer, foundation board director, house corporation board member, and president of a company that focuses on alumni/ae and parent relations as well as fundraising. I met my wife through my fraternity. My son is a […]

Read More

Why We Are Failing?

Editor Note: This blog has merged some narratives from an old blog and combined with some new messages. Fraternities have been around since 1776 and sororities since 1867. Clearly, we have done something right to have been around for centuries. Yet, our continued existence is being discussed on a daily basis. Why? Before I answer […]

Read More

The Choice Is Ours…Recruit and Educate To Fail or Succeed

I’ve spent more than 30 years involved with the Fraternity and Sorority system as a chapter officer, chapter advisor, regional volunteer, foundation board director, house corporation board member, and president of a company that focuses on alumni/ae and parent relations as well as fundraising. I met my wife through my fraternity. My son is a fraternity brother. My best friends are almost all fraternity brothers. My fraternal experience has been more than rewarding.

Read More

Elements of a Successful Chapter Operations Program

Written plan & budget dedicated to alumni & parent relations. Written plan & budget dedicated to identifying, recruiting, training & recognizing volunteers to serve on your Advisory Board, and/or Educational Foundation Board, and/or Housing Corporation Board. Written plan & budget for maintaining a safe & competitive chapter house (for chapters who have housing on their […]

Read More

The Seven Habits of Successful House Corporations

1. Operate Like A Business Alumni Leadership Alumni and Parent Relations programs in place Recruit leaders who possess a passion for the chapter Follow a specific plan for volunteer identification, recruitment, training, and recognition Identify 2-3 core leaders and surround them with others Invest in education Identify those with a “thick skin” Ensure that everyone […]

Read More

Are We Who We Say We Are?

The president of the Northern Interfraternity Council recently made this observation in an address to college students who are also members of Greek organizations on campus: “The vast majority of fraternity and sorority members join them for all the right reasons. They are looking for a place to belong. They want to learn and apply […]

Read More