Newsletter Fall 2016

Office of Greek Affairs Newsletter


Iowa State University

The Grow Garden

By Houa Vang & David Ortiz

Delta Lambda Phi Sorority Inc. President & Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity Inc. President





The Grow is a garden in Perry, Iowa that is maintained by Sigma Lambda Beta and Delta Phi Lambda. The garden was proposed by Sigma Lambda Beta alumni, Manuel del Real and Erik Villanueva during their 2014 convention.

The garden is started to teach students the benefits of eating healthy, the importance of getting involved and staying active. The Beta alumni wanted to create a partnership with a high school that could benefit from the garden and the relationships created with college students as well as connect with Iowa State University.

The chapter members and students spend a lot of time at the garden as they tend to it every Sunday and Tuesday throughout the spring, summer, and fall. The process for creating the garden starts from the ground up. The students are in charge of planning, planting, and maintaining all of the aspects of the garden. They have also been responsible for building fences and green houses. Once the plants are ready for harvest, they sell the plants at the Perry farmer’s market or keep the food for their families. The money made from the garden goes directly to the students and to help replant the garden the following year.

Houa Vang, president of Delta Phi Lambda, said that her favorite part about the garden is connecting with the highs school students and creating friendships with Sigma Lambda Beta.  

Members of both chapers maintain the garden along the sides of high school students


President's Leadership Course - Greek Member Highlight

By Sarah Striegal, Raeann Hanlon, Hannah Bolen, Megan Schnell, Ashley Dvorsky, and Natalie Hanson

Previous and current students of the President's Leadership Class

The President's Leadership Class is built on this rich tradition of leadership. Each year, the President and First Lady personally select a diverse group of 30 exceptional first-year students, representing a cross-section of the university student population. Their selection is made on the basis of co-curricular involvement, community and school service, and high school academic achievement.

The application process includes listing involvements and academic achievements and essays that outline leadership experience and passion. The class is held weekly at the Knoll, President Leath’s home. It begins with students mingling amongst each other and then students can present opportunities to get involved on campus and upcoming activities. The course is based upon guest speakers, which students are able to eat dinner with prior to class, book discussions, and engagement in skill-building games.

The course varies each semester and is ever changing as the senior teaching assistant and the Leath’s set the syllabus. Topics have included self-exploration of leadership style and developing specific skills in negotiation and communication, working as a team, etiquette, time-management, and decision making. The class is also built to foster relationships and allow students to engage in networking amongst each other.

Some favorite aspects of the class have included meeting people and making life-long friendships, the holiday party at the end of the semester, as well as experiencing the Knoll hot chocolate,




My Culture is Not A Costume

By Robbe Verhofste

Sigma Pi



Sigma Pi had the opportunity to host Dr. Reginald Stewart, the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, at their chapter meeting. Among several other topics, he spoke about "owning what you think," which to me means being able to articulate your perspective on any issue and explain why you perceive it to be this way. More so than attacking or challenging others about their opinions, it is important to fully recognize why you view the world the way that you do, and to continuously refine your own world view. With the help of Dr. Reg, we created a pledge that was sent out to our Homecoming pairing to raise awareness about cultural appropriation around Halloween time. The first step is starting the conversation. While this hasn't been a publicized issue at Iowa State in the past, it is best to make people aware beforehand. To prevent problems in the future, use an ounce of prevention, so to speak. Preventing cultural appropriation, the core issue in this event, means when elements are copied from a minority culture by members of the dominant culture, and these elements are used outside of their original cultural context.” This can be interpreted as disrespectful and encourage prejudices and racism. 


Indigenous Heritage Month 2016

Indigenous Heritage month is from November 1-30. 

American Indian Film Series: Smoke Signals

Smoke Signals is the story of two Indian boys on a journey.  Along the way, Smoke Signals illustrates the ties that bind these two very different young men and embraces the lessons they learn from one another. The movie gives us a glimpse into the contemporary Native American world, and is created by an almost exclusively Native American cast.

November 1 | 7:00 p.m. | 101 Carver Hall


Indigenous Heritage Display

While you're preparing to study or waiting in line at Bookends, check out the Library's Indigenous Heritage exhibits in the Fireplace Reading Room of the main lobby.

November 4 - 30 | Parks Library Main Lobby and Fireplace Reading Room


A Conversation on Safety, Justice and Students of Color

Join us for a proactive discussion designed to raise awareness and understanding about the issues people of color face, especially in their interactions with law enforcement. Students and others on campus are invited to share personal experiences, including how national events and media coverage have had an impact on their lives and community. Panelists include Department of Public Safety Interim Police Chief Aaron Delashmutt, Ames Police Chief Charles Cychosz, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Reginald Stewart, and Student Counseling Services psychologist Dr. Raghav Suri. Monic Behnken, assistant professor of sociology, will moderate.  Sponsored by the Committee on Lectures (Funded by Student Government), Student Government and the Black Student Alliance.

November 7 | 7:00 p.m. | Memorial Union Sun Room


American Indian Film Series: Winter in the Blood

Based on the novel by Blackfeet writer James Welch, Winter in the Blood invites the viewer to consider the stark reality of reservation life in Montana.  Virgin wakes up in a ditch and begins a series of inebriated encounters with the mysterious Airplane Man.  Winter in the Blood invites the viewer to consider the stark reality of reservation life in Montana.

November 8 | 7:00 p.m. | 0127 Curtiss


Indigenous Heritage Lunch

ISU Dining will host an Indigenous Heritage lunch in three on-campus dining centers: Seasons, Union Drive Marketplace and Conversations. Information be be provided about the significance of the dishes. 

November 10 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


American Indian Film Series: Rhymes for Young Ghouls

Red Crow Mi'g Maq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the Crow, that means imprisonment at St. Dymphna's. That means being at the mercy of "Popper", the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school. A Mi'gMaq teenager plots revenge against the sadistic Indian agent who imprisoned her in a residential school where rape and abuse are common.

November 15 | 7:00 p.m. | 101 Curtiss


American Indian Film Series: Lost Nation: The Ioway

Two Ioway brothers travel to Washington, D. C. in 1824 to meet with Superintendent of Indian Affairs and sign a treaty ceding a large portion of tribal land for settlement. After the tribe is removed, the 36 million acres they once called home is named "Iowa". Then, they are forgotten. "Lost Nation: The Ioway" tells the dramatic true tale of two brothers' struggle to save their people from inevitable American conquest, and the Ioway's current fight to reclaim and maintain their unique history and culture.

November 29 | 7:00 p.m. | 101 Curtiss




Check out Finals Crunch Time! December 6 from 6pm - 11pm on the 3rd floor of the Memorial Union. 



12/4 IFC/CPC/MGC/NPHC Officer Installation

12/6 Finals Crunchtime

1/5 - 1/7 Greek Leadership Retreat









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