April 2017 Newsletter

Office of Greek Affairs Newsletter

April 2017

Iowa State University

April Welcome!
Amanda Oller
Leadership Education and Development Adviser


As the semester comes to a close and focus shifts to finals, internships or graduation, I wanted to take this moment to reflect on the concept of responsibility in building community. We have 64 amazing chapters in our Iowa State Greek community, each one with their own unique story, history, and values- all of which deserve to be seen and appreciated for what they offer to the greater community. Serving as the advisor for National Pan-Hellenic Council for the past two years has taught me so much about what it means to be a member of a Greek organization, and how much there is to be gained from truly seeing, understanding and appreciating the contributions of different Greek perspectives. When thinking about community, it is important for each of us to reflect on the ways that we contribute to the community culture that we create- whether that be through our actions, or our silence.

Our Iowa State Greek community truly one of a kind, and our successes would not be possible without the contributions of every chapter and each individual member. Building a true community means that we have to be willing to see past our own experiences, and challenge our comfort and ideologies about others, and ourselves. More importantly, it means that we have to take responsibility for our personal role in maintaining, and changing the culture that we have created.


Multicultural Greek Council & National Pan-Hellenic Council:
New Member Probate

Chandler Wilkins, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 
Berenice Real-Ibarra, Lambda Theta Alpha Sorority, Inc. 
Sharmaine Porter, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Satoria Williams, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.


Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American men, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men. The Omicron Pi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated has been providing service and advocacy for the Iowa State and Drake communities since it was chartered on May 2, 1982. On March 25, 2017, Alpha Phi Alpha held a Neophyte Presentation at 7:06pm on the steps of Curtiss Hall.

This type of presentation is a way for new members to showcase what they have learned and reveal who they are. The identities of the new members are hidden until the end of their presentation.

This presentation included two brothers, Malik Burton who was initiated into the Omicron Pi Chapter and Markus Flynn, who was initiated into the Zeta Kappa Lambda Chapter. Brothers who are initiated into the Omicron Pi Chapter have a greeting they must perform during their presentation. A greeting is a way to acknowledge certain individuals and chapters during their presentation.

The Omicron Pi Chapter greeting has been passed down to each incoming generation of Omicron Pi brothers and it continues to live on today. Additionally, per chapter tradition, new brothers wear old gold colored ties during their Neophyte Shows.

Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated is the first and largest Latina sorority in the nation. Established in 1975 in New Jersey, LTA has expanded across the country, and made its way to Iowa in 2014. Zeta Gamma Chapter at Iowa State University is the first and only LTA chapter in Iowa so far. We are a young chapter and so far have inducted 28 sisters in its 3 years of existence. Most recently, our Line Three, Las Luces Eternas de la Dinastia, had their new member presentation. Six strong and dedicated ladies showed their passion for LTA in their salutes in the presentation. LTA is the only sorority to salute, it is a tradition that we hold great pride in. Saluting shows passion, unity, and respect in a line. At Line Three's show, they showed respect to sisters nationally with the Lambda Lady Salute, showed passion to Zeta Gamma Chapter in the chapter salute, showed appreciation to the sisters who led them through the educational process,their Pledge Mistress and Assistant Pledge Mistress, in the PM and APM Salute, and finally they showed their unity as a line with their Line Salute. This exciting show ends with the members unveiling themselves to the Greek community. Nayelie Valenzuela, Tiffany Contreras, Julissa Garcia, Denise Garcia, Carina Rios, and Summer Castillo are the newest Lambda Ladies at Iowa State.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated was first organized in 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana by seven young educators. The group became an incorporated national sorority on December 30, 1929 when a charger was granted to the Alpha chapter at Butler University. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is now at Iowa State after 13 years with their largest line in history. On March 25 at 8:22pm in Gerdin 1148. The Sigma Gamma Rho line was presented. The line included seven ladies who make up S.S. Resurgence which stands for revival. Together, they have revived the Theta Psi Chapter at Iowa State University. The new members include Amber Abogunrin, Taea Bonner, Krysten Cardona, Brittney Cade, Desiree Clark, Brittany Pernell, and Jasmine Scott. Sharmaine Porter, chapter advisor, has been working diligently to re-establish Sigma Gamma Rho and is excited to have a presence on campus and be as involved as possible!

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded on January 16, 1920 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. by five coeds. These women believed that sorority elitism and socializing overshadowed the real mission for progressive organizations and failed to fully address societies’ issues. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was the first National Pan-Hellenic Council organization to centralize its operations in a national headquarters, first to charter a chapter in Africa, form auxiliary groups, and be constitutionally bound to a fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. On March 24, a new member presentation (formerly called a Probate) is the display of the chapters’ New Members. Until the time of the New Member Presentation, the identities of the new members are held secret. The presentation is the official welcome of the new members, and their charge is to show the Greek community everything they have learned during their intake process. Upsilon Nu had the privilege of welcoming sophomore, Satoria Williams to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. We look forward to the dedication and hard work this Finer Woman will bring to our chapter.


Alternative Spring Break: Project Jamaica
Elizabeth Gillmore
Assistant Director of Greek Affairs


On March 11, 21 students left to embark on a service trip to Jamaica. Their itinerary included building fences, visiting historical areas, and donating items to local schools. Little did they know, their lives would be forever affected by those experiences in Jamaica. 

Upon arrival in Montego Bay, the group traveled to the Whistling Bird Resort in Negril. The following day, their schedule was fiulled with attending a local church service and lunch at a Jamaica restaurant. They then went on a glass bottom boat ride. The next day is when the work began. The group began building a fence at Ms. Gordan's Early Childhood School. This task took two days of the trip and students were able to interact with local Jamaicans. Students then left Negril and headed to YS Falls, a beautiful waterfall in Santa Cruz and visited Treasure Beach at Tiano Cove. Their next service endeavor was at St. Mary's Primary School where items that were brought from Iowa State were donated. As the week came to a close, students had a greater understanding for global service and built friendships with other students and Jamaicans. 

While in Jamaica, the group had a few goals that surrounded our activities while there. First, students aimed to engage in global service. They completed this goal by building a fence and parking lot at Gordan's Early Childhood School to keep the children safe when playing outside and ensure safety when cares are coming in and out of surrounding areas. Students also updated the paint in some classrooms at St. Mary's Primary School and worked on building a fence there too. Along with engaging in this service, the group worked to explore social issues in Jamaica. They explored these issues by recognizing that Jamaica is a third world country with a struggling economy and donating items to the schools in the area. These items were collected through chapters in the Greek Community at Iowa State prior to the group leaving.

As the students completed service at these local schools, they noticed an extreme socioeconomic divide. This was the topic that was continuously noted while visiting and discussed through conversation as a group. Finally, the group built lasting relationships, not only together as students, but with the individuals they interacted with in Jamaica. As Iowa State students, they got to know each other and build a greater respect for those in the community. As far as engaging in relationshipswith Jamaicans, many students made it a priority to get to know them and interacted with them on a more personal level and grew from those friendships. Overall, the students were extremely successful in implementing the goals of the trip and gained a great deal of knowledge and memories from the experience!
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.


Students working at a school in Jamaica     
Pictured left to right: 
Front: Clara Young (Alpha Delta Pi), Jamie Cranfill (Alpha Delta Pi), Jennifer Sigmon (Alpha Delta Pi), Alli Theisen (Alpha Delta Pi), Mason Stoufer (Alpha Delta Pi)

Back: Eliseo De Leon (Faculty), Kelby Schultz (Delta Chi), Dan Jacobi (Beta Sigma Psi), Elias VanHorn (Theta Chi), Sara Stiegel (Alpha Gamma Delta), Emily Condon (Sigma Kappa), Natalie Hanson (Alpha Gamma Delta), Sydney Swanson (Alpha Delta Pi), Caleb Townsend (Tau Kappa Epsilon), Elizabeth Gilmore (Greek Affairs), Lily Gray (Kappa Kappa Gamma), Tyler Carlson (Phi Kappa Psi), Tim White (Alpha Tau Omega), Kali Kriener (Delta Delta Delta), Grace Rosson (Gamma Phi Beta), Miranda Briscuso (Alpha Omicron Pi), Carly Marshall (Alpha Delta Pi), Alex Kinnes (Chi Omega)


Attendees of Alternative Spring Break: Indianapolis 2017

Pictured left to right:
Front: Ruth Ann Robers (Greek Affairs), Jake Siegel (Phi Kappa Psi), Ryan Heiderscheit (Delta Lambda Phi)

Back: Hannah Witterschein (Chi Omega), Jenny Long (Alpha Gamma Delta), Elizabeth Garzon (Kappa Kappa Gamma), Caitie Oder (Alpha Delta Pi), Rachel Frazier (Gamma Phi Beta), Tyler Sward (Sigma Pi)


Alternative Spring Break: Indianapolis
Elizabeth Garzón and Ryan Heiderscheit


This spring break, a team of eight fraternity and sorority members traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to serve the Horizon House. The Horizon House is a nonprofit organization in the Indianapolis community that focuses on issues and services addressing urban poverty. It is the only full service day center for homeless individuals in central Indiana. The trip combines leadership and service together, focusing on the fundamentals of fraternity and sorority membership. Participants volunteer at local human service agencies, tour inter/national fraternity sorority headquarters and reflect on their experiences. 

Elizabeth Garzon, the trip site leader and member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, said that her favorite memory from the trip was teaching the children of daycare about plants and why gardens are important. She also gained a broader perspective on the topic of homelessness.

"Because the organizations we served were unique in their own ways, we had the opportunity to see the issue in different ways. I've also gained a new group of close friends and appreciation for Greek life," Garzon said. 

Ryan Heiderscheit, member of Delta Lambda Phi said that his favorite memory from the trip was the time spent bonding with individuals outside of his chapter and council while doing service and playing Cards Against Humanity. The biggest takeaway from the trip for Ryan was realizing how prevalent homelessness is in the United States along with how it can affect anyone.

For more information about the Horizon House, please visit their website

Greek Week Review
Paige Carlson & Mia Guion
Marketing and Media Coordinators

The 65th Greek Week came to a clsoe on April 2nd as we celebrated being 'Cardinal, Gold, & Greek." The goal of Greek Week is to unite the Greek Community under a common bond of fraternal friendship. There are activities to help the community, to foster friendship, and of course to have some fun along the way. This week included Lip Sync and Karaoke performances, tournaments, Olympics and a number of community service activities. 

This year, students noticed some changes to Greek Week events including the addition of Balloon Toss to Olympics. Other Olympics events include LARP, Tug o' War, Dizzy Dizzy Duck, Dingle Dangle Donut, Bed Racing, and Egg Joust. The other update to Greek Week included elimating the second cut process for Karaoke. Teams performed once on Central Campus and finalists performed a second time in between Lip Sync performances. 

The educational speaker was Tina VanSteenbergen. Tina spoke to a full crowd in CY Stephens audientorium about being empathetic to those not in your 'world' and to always take a step back to understand someone else's point of view. She also held two sessions earlier in the day in the Memorial Union. These sessions engaged were seperated for sorority and fraternity members to talk about feminism. Students were engaged about the topics discussed. 

The most notable difference was in Polar Bear Plunge. This year, the plunge was held outside the Memorial Union in a lareg and icy cold pool. This change brought a record-breaking donation from the Iowa State Greek Community. The total donation to Special Olympics Iowa was $377,132.94!

Congratulations on a successful Greek Week!


Finer Womanhood Week Hosted By Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated
cid:image005.gif@01CFB67F.F88A9FD0Satoria Williams
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded Jan. 16, 1920 on the campus of Howard University in Washington D.C. The organization was founded on four purposeful principles.
1. Scholarship
2. Service
3. Sisterly Love
4. Finer Womanhood

Many organizations share the same principles relating to scholarship, service to the community, and brotherhood/sisterhood/siblinghood. However, Finer Womanhood is the one aspect that is unique to being a Zeta woman, and they proudly celebrate it!

Being a Finer Woman embodies different characteristics and it cannot be defined as jut one make and mold oer specific type of woman. Zetas are educators, doctors, accountants, singers, athletes, writers.. everything! Internationally, Zeta Phi Beta formally observes Finer Womanhood beginning the lat full week of Feb. through the entire month of March.

The Upsilon Nu Chapter at Iowa State University celebrated Finer Womanhood this year by hosting "Finer Womanhood Week" on campus March 20 - March 25. Below are some of the events that were hosted that week.

- "Finer Thingz:" A financial workshop thaw as hosted by Logan Molina. Logan is a Financial Advisor at Northwester Mutual and he shared tips on how to begin setting up financial security. The biggest takeaway from the workshop was, "saving smaller amounts sooner in life will have a greater pay off later in life." Logan also talked about what he does for a living and collected contact information from participants that might be interested in pursuing a career as a financial advisor. 

- 20 QuestionZ Men'z Panel: This workship was comprized of six men that all had different relationship statuses. Jazzmine Hudson hosted this event and she is the Sexual Misconduct Prevention Coordinator at Iowa State and is a member of Zeta Phi Beta. The men answered about 15 questions regarding their dating process and what they look for in their partner.

- Stork's Nest Diaper Drive: Zeta Phi Beta has a partnership with March of Dimes to support and fund educational resources on baby health, pregnancy, preconception and new motherhood, as well as supplying information and support to families affected by prematurity, birth defects, or other infant health problems. The Storks Nest program offers parents "points" for completing pre-natal care such as doctors' appointments, eating healthy and parenting classes. The parents can redeem those points at the Storks Nest store to purchase baby items. For the diaper drive, Zeta Phi Beta collected over 1,000 diapers to donate to the Storks Nest store in Ames. 

- Reggie's Sleep Out at Jack Trice Stadium: More than 1,000 people gathered to sleep outside in boxes, tents, and sleeping bags during Reggie's Sleep Out, raising much-needed awareness and funding to support child and youth homelessness in our communities. Upsilon Nu develoepd a team to participate and raised about $200 for this special cause. 


cid:image006.gif@01CFB67F.F88A9FD0Wallace E. Barron - Greek Recipients
Megan Walsh

Public Relations Intern

Office of Greek Affairs

The Iowa State Alumni Association established the Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award to recognize outstanding seniors who display high character achievement in academic’s/community activities, and promise for continuing these exemplary qualities as alumni. The award is named Wallace E. “Red” Barron as he served as director of alumni affairs at Iowa State from 1937 to 1968.

In 2017, three of the recipients are members of the Greek community. Congratulations to Allison Pitz, Raeann Hanlon, and Trey Forsyth.

Allison Pitz, member of Pi Beta Phi, has been a visible, active, and effective student leader while at Iowa State University. She has also served as a Cyclone Aide, a general co-chair for the Student Alumni Leadership Council’s Homecoming Central Committee, Cardinal Key Honor Society, Iowa State Singers, the Gamma Sigma Alpha honor society, Dance Marathon, and the Gerdin Citizenship Program. She has made contributions to planning a successful homecoming as well as engaging alumni and community members of Iowa State. Allison has also worked with the Prize Patrol marketing committee to solicited $300,000 in donations, planned leadership seminars and training for Cyclone Aides, and facilitated five new diversity sessions for students participating in Destination Iowa State.

Raeann Hanlon, member of Kappa Delta, has shown enthusiasm, passion, and involvement through her time at Iowa State. She is president of Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society and active in Order of Omega, Eta Sigma Delta, and Gamma Sigma Alpha. She is also involved with the College of Human Sciences Student Council, College of Human Sciences Ambassadors, the ISU Fashion Show, the Your Wedding Iowa Bridal Forum, ISU Event Management Club, ISU Bacon Expo, Emerging Greek Leadership Council, Orchesis II Dance Club, First Presbyterian Church and its “Food at First” program, 4-H, and FFA. She has also been the recipient of the 2015 Iowa State Fair Miss Leadership Award and the national Margaret Budd Haemer Scholarship from Kappa Delta. Raeann is proud of her philanthropic work she has done with Kappa Delta, including the initiative to support and empower girls worldwide. This includes the Confidence Coalition, International Friendship Month, International Girls Day, Girl Scouts of America, and Prevent Child Abuse Iowa.

Trey Forsyth, member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, is dedicated to making a global difference in agriculture. Through his time at Iowa State, he has participated in Land O’ Lakes Inc. Global Food Challenge and extensive involvement in FFA as well as his leadership in the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Student Alumni Leadership Council. Trey has been active in Agricultural Business Club, the Agricultural Business Peer Mentor Program, the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, ISU Bacon Expo, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences’ Dean’s Student Advisory Council, the Student Alumni Leadership Council’s Homecoming Central and Senior Class Council committees, ISU Ambassadors, the National FFA Organization, Story County GOP Central Committee, and Relay for Life. Trey has also served as president of the College of Agricultural Life Sciences, Student Council and been inducted into the Alpha Zeta, Order of Omega, and Cardinal Key honor societies.

Congratulations to these three students for being recognized for their outstanding time at Iowa State University!

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4/24-4/28 Dead Week
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