February 2017 Newsletter

Office of Greek Affairs Newsletter

February 2017

Iowa State University

February Welcome!
Ruth Ann Roberts
Leadership Education and Development Adviser





The Greek community at Iowa State University is like no other that I have ever experienced in my life. As an undergraduate member of a Panhellenic sorority, I was an active collegiate member at a small, private university. Now, as a graduate student, I have the privilege to work with phenomenal students and connect with faculty, staff, and alumni at Iowa State University. Many accomplishments are documented in this newsletter and reflect how outstanding the Greek community is at Iowa State!

Since starting in August, I have interacted with students who really care about their Greek siblings, chapter advisers who would do almost anything for their collegiate chapter they work with, and staff that works tirelessly to provide an experience that is truly one of a kind. The community has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to donate to numerous causes, logged many hours of community service, and has dedicated time to academic achievements. I am excited to see what is next for the Greek community here at Iowa State! 


AFLV Awards Recap
Chandler Wilkins, National Pan-Hellenic Council President
Kara Rex, Collegiate Panhellenic Council President.
Mike Poggemiller, Interfraternity Council President
Rachel Ramirez, Multicultural Greek Council President

The weekend of Feb. 2-5, Iowa State Greek community leadership traveled to Indianapolis for the 2017 Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV) Central conference. This trip educated the leaders with workshops and presentations including curriculum that addressed specific issues facing the many councils within our fraternal communities.

Iowa State attendees participated in the variety of events and programming offered at AFLV Central.  Students participated in the Unity Stroll competition. A stroll competition is a synchronized routine and is pre-choreographed to music. Iowa State placed third with the help of NPHC members who took time to teach students how to step and stroll and choreograph the routine. 

The Panhellenic Council was recognized for outstanding achievement in Panhellenic Division IV for academic, achievement, council management, leadership & educational development, membership recruitment, philanthropy & community service, public relations, risk reduction & management, self-governance & judicial affairs. The Collegiate Panhellenic Council was also awarded the Sutherland Award, which is awarded to the overall highest achieving council in Division IV.

The Interfraternity Council was awarded the Jellison Award in Division V. This is an exciting achievement it places the Iowa State University Interfraternity Council as the best council of our size in the nation. To receive the Jellison, the council was awarded best practices in academic achievement, council management, leadership & educational development, membership recruitment, public relations, risk reduction & management, and self-governance & judicial affairs. 

The National Pan-Hellenic Council was recognized for outstanding achievement in council management.

The Multicultural Greek Council is applying for awards for the 2018 Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Conference.

Mike Poggemiller, President of the Interfraternity Council, said that a few of his favorite parts about attending AFLV Central included attending workshops and listening to keynote speakers, connecting with people from all around the country, build friendship with all 53 Iowa State students in attendance, and being reminded of all the hard work that goes into a national award winning council. 

Along with the council recognition, Iowa State's Alpha Nu chapter of Fraternal Values Society won the Michael A. McRee Fraternal Values Society that demonstrates excellence in educating the central values that guided the founding of fraternities and sororities and the values that make the Greek community as strong as it is today. The Alpha Nu chapter was recognized for its outstanding education and promotion of values based individuals, chapters, and ultimately a values based community. 

Iowa State had a successful trip to Indianapolis and returned to Ames with insight on how to develop inclusive programming and improve our Greek community. 



Megan Walsh
Public Relations Intern
Office of Greek Affairs


The National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) conference series constitutes the leading and most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education. The conference focuses on the complex task of creating and sustaining comprehensive institutional change designed to improve racial and ethnic relations on campus and to expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations.

From Iowa State, approximately 20 participants will be attending the 2017 NCORE conference set to be in Fort Worth, Texas on May 30-June 3. From these participants, Emily Villarreal, Julian Neely, Maeve McCloskey, Nayely Hurtado, and Rachael Barnes applied and were accepted to attend NCORE this year and are members of our Greek community.

The application process includes a recommendation letter, letter of application, and an interview process.

Emily Villarreal, junior in Child, Adult, and Family Services and member of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc., applied to attend NCORE to challenge herself as she understands what issues her culture faces however she hopes to educate herself on other backgrounds and cultures and the issues they face as well as gain information on how to advocate on their behalf. Emily is excited to get out of the Midwest and meet more students from across the country with a variety of life experiences.

Julian Neely, sophomore in Journalism and Mass Communication and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., applied to attend NCORE to expand his knowledge on race and ethnicity as well as learning about other cultures. As a community leader, it is important to Julian to have an understanding of different ethnicities, especially as Julian also serves as the Directory of Diversity and Inclusion for Student Government. He hopes to learn, network, and understand different history, experiences, and perspectives of other students while in attendance at NCORE. 

Maeve McCloskey, a freshman in Industrial Engineering and member of Alpha Delta Pi, was encouraged to apply by an instructor in the course she took, Dialogues on Diversity, where the class discussion was based on privilege and diversity. Maeve hopes to learn more about what underprivileged students face every day and relate it to people that may not face the same issues. She is most looking forward to getting to know new people both from Iowa State and across the country. 

Nayely Hurtado, sophomore in Political Science and Spanish and is a member of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc., applied to NCORE because she recognized the importance of talking about the diversity of our country. Nayely said that currently, many communities are angry, often directing their anger at what they don’t understand. That could include culture, religion, race, sexual orientation, and many other things. She believes in order to better our relations and even our politics we have to recognize and accept our differences. She wants to challenge herself by learning about the issues a person that doesn’t look like her faces. Nayely is looking forward to meeting so many different scholars with a unique perspective on current social issues as well as learning about how history has affected our current life as history She is also excited to visit and experience Texas!  

Rachael Barnes, senior in Biological Systems Engineering and member of Alpha Delta Pi, said that through her experiences at Iowa State, she’s began to understand the gender inequalities and inequities but through attending NCORE, Rachael hopes to further her knowledge on other campus issues and a lot of the issues that other marginalized students are going through. She hopes this opportunity can educate herself to advocate for them as it is her role benefit those around us especially within the Greek community and to bring knowledge back to our chapters and the community. Rachael’s looking forward to interacting with students from different backgrounds and experiences and connect on the differing backgrounds.


     Pictured left to right: Rachael Barnes, Maeve McCloskey, Emily Villarreal
     Not Pictured: Julian Neely and Nayely Hurtado


Members of Fraternal Values Society and members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council after the NPHC 101 event.


NPHC 101
Chandler Wilkins
National Pan-Hellenic Council President


The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) hosted an event named NPHC 101 on February 9, 2017. The purpose of this event was to educate potential members and the general Iowa State community about the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

We discussed the history of our organizations, why we were founded, proper ways of expressing interest in an NPHC organization, and many other topics pertaining to our council. We also had the opportunity to answer any questions the audience had about our council. This was a great opportunity for the Iowa State community to learn more information about the NPHC and we plan to make NPHC 101 an annual event.


Gamma Sigma Alpha Spotlight
Cally Caviness

Gamma Sigma Alpha is Iowa State University’s most premiere Greek Academic Honorary. GSA was founded upon the five principal virtues of Academic Engagement, Character, Knowledge, Service, and Scholarship. Members of GSA attend workshops to engage in professional development sessions, learn how to communicate our Greek experiences through resumes, and network with faculty and other upperclassmen who are preparing for life after college. To be eligible to join Gamma Sigma Alpha, only students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale) at the start of their junior year or a grade point average of 3.5 or higherin any semester during their junior or senior year are eligible for membership.

On Feb 22nd, Gamma Sigma Alpha held spring initiation, where we initiated 12 new members. We are excited to take on this semester and have some exciting events and activities that we will be participating in. These include Crunch Time, a negotiating strategies workshop, and a Greek Alumna Panel. 


Kim Novak Visits Iowa State
Addison Snyder, Collegiate Panhellenic Council Vice President of Risk Prevention
Andrew Cubit, Interfraternity council Vice President of Risk Prevention

The Greek Community had the pleasure of hosting Kim Novak. Kim is the CEO and Founder of NovakTalks,
a company that consults and educates Greek communities and campuses around the nation on various topics/issues such as alcohol and drug abuse, anti-hazing, sexual violence and harassment, campus safety, student risk management, and organizational development. 

Although Kim’s visit was brief, her time was cut-out for her upon her arrival March 21st. Kim and student leaders tackled real issues with conversations in safe spaces for students to provide input, ask intimidating questions, and benefit from the opportunity to utilize a risk management professional. Amongst the various chapter consulting sessions, auxiliary group, council, and staff meetings, Kim hosted two primary sessions to talk about key issues on campus. 

The first session was targeted around recognizing, identifying, and approaching successful risk 
management programs and practices. The “Student Risk Reduction Program” was centered around
installing a commitment to care approach in each chapter to better carry out the expectations and values we uphold as Greek members and campus leaders. The second session, “I Have Questions About Risk!” was hosted over a free pizza lunch, dedicated to discussing any and every concern chapter presidents, risk management chars, and social chairs may have regarding their specific organization or the community as a whole.

Overall, nothing but positive feedback from chapters and staff have flooded in since Kim’s visit to Iowa State. 
We are very grateful to have hosted her and we hope to bring her back to campus again soon.

Thank you to the sponsors of Kim’s visit!                  

- Alpha Omicron Pi
- Alpha Tau Omega
- Beta Theta Pi
- Collegiate Panhellenic Council
- Delta Tau Delta
- FarmHouse   
- Interfraternity Council
- Pi Kappa Alpha    


Academics Best Practices
Kristi Lee, Multicultural Greek Council Vice President of Scholarship
Leah Osmonson, Collegiate Panhellenic Council Vice President of Scholarship
Logan Stiens, Interfraternity Council Vice President of Scholarship


With midterms fast approaching, get ahead by reviewing tips for academic excellence brought to you by the Greek scholarship team.

1)    Start studying for your test in advance. Cramming the night before an exam can lead to information overload and make it more difficult to recall information.

2)    Revisit your goals for the semester and remember what you wanted when you started. From there, you can evaluate your performance and see what improvements need to be made.

3)    Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Iowa State offers a wide variety of free services to help you achieve academic success including the Academic Success CenterThe Writing and Media Center, and Student Disability Resources.

4)    Your professors can be a huge help. They may be intimidating but going to your professors now with any questions and concerns shows that you care about the class and it allows you to establish a relationship with them.

5)    Remember the difference between homework and studying. Homework is often the first exposure to the material. Studying should be reinforcing that material and other material covered in the class. Homework should not be the only material used to prepare for an exam.

6)    College exams will require you to do more than simply regurgitate the information. When studying, be sure to know how to apply the material you learn. Be comfortable enough with the material to know how to apply to other problems not listed in the homework.

7)    The easiest thing to do to have an edge up on your peers is to always go to class. Attending class regularly will ensure you have exposure to the material the professor deem important. On that note, be attentive in class and do not let technology distract you.

8)    Find a place where you know you can study and not have distractions. A change of scenery or evensomewhere new on campus may motivate you. 

9)    If you just can’t find the will to study, ask yourself some questions. What goals do you want to achieve? How will getting good grades affect your future? Grades may be a potential factor for getting where you want to be later in life. 

10)  Contact your TA’s in your classes if you have any questions. They will be more than happy to sit down and talk with you, and even create some practice problems to work on. 

Have more questions? Iowa State’s Academic Success Center is here to help with a variety of services!


Greek Community Calendar
3/5 Midterm Crunch Time
3/19-3/17 Spring Break 
3/5 Midterm Crunch Time
3/26-4/2 Greek Week 
4/7-4/9 Greek Visit Day


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