Greek News

Spotlight on Delta Upsilon’s New House

October 28th, 2010

Over the weekend of October 9, members of Delta Upsilon moved into their new chapter at 135 Madison Lane.  The new house has 7,000 square feet of living space on three floors. It is of neo-classical design, featuring brick construction, a columned two-story portico, and a standing-seam metal roof. Inside, there are fifteen single bedrooms, two of which are accessible for the disabled, and all of which are wired for cable and Internet. The building has large common areas for meeting, dining, studying, relaxing and entertaining. It features amenities such as wireless Internet access and central air conditioning, employs energy-saving and “green” design, and incorporates safety devices such as fire sprinklers throughout the house.  Read more about the new house here.

Congratulations to the men of Delta Upsilon!

Important Dates – November & December

October 27th, 2010

November

  • 5: FOA Mid-Year Report Available Online (due December 3)
  • 5 – 7: Family Weekend
  • 12: Leadership Lunch
  • 15:  Lori Hart Ebert, “Making Greek Great”
  • 21: Greek Endowed Scholarship Due
  • 22: FOA Program Documentation Due for Fall 2010
  • 24 – 28: Thanksgiving Recess

December

  • 3: FOA Mid-Year Report Due

Greek Endowed Scholarship Application Information

October 13th, 2010

The Greek Endowed Scholarships will be awarded to three fraternity or sorority members in the Spring Semester 2011. One $1500 scholarship and two $500 scholarships will be awarded.  The Greek Endowed Scholarships will be awarded to individuals who exemplify the values of the fraternity/sorority system and who also demonstrate financial need and scholastic merit.

The deadline for submission is 5PM on Sunday, November 21. Completed applications can be submitted to the Office of the Dean of Students/Fraternity & Sorority Life (Newcomb Hall, Room 176) or via email at uvagreekscholarship@gmail.com .

Click here for an application.

Live From FSL: From Keggers to Capitol Hill

October 12th, 2010

“From Keggers to Capitol Hill” that was the title of the blog I found myself drawn to reading this past weekend. The blog, found in the Washingtonian, documented how nearly a third of the members of Congress are Greek- affiliated and their experience in their undergraduate fraternity and sorority chapters equipped them well for their future careers. While the article focused on how Greek organizations taught life-long skills like teamwork and relationship-building, I found myself wanting to expand on the short blog.

I’ve said it over and over again; membership in a Greek organization, when done correctly is one of the best leadership experiences out there for undergraduate students. These student- led organizations have you innately learning life skills by: managing the budget, running meetings, being a part of/or leading an executive board of your peers,  managing a facility, working within risk management policies to host safe social events and the list goes on.

I completely agree that the life skills that have set many members of Congress up to be successful were learned and honed during their years as undergraduate chapter members; so my question is why are we not getting better personal PR? Unfortunately, to me the answer is simple; these skills serve no purpose if we don’t know how to market and sell the experience on job or internship interviews. We need to be helping ourselves and our members be able to easily articulate how serving as the philanthropy chair perfectly positions a person to do event planning or how managing the budget of a 140+ person chapter is great hands-on training for the world of finance.

Leadership opportunities abound in our organizations and teach lessons about time management, negotiation, public speaking, fiscal responsibility and team work. Without even realizing it, chapter members are putting in the time and walking away with a myriad of skills and experiences that leave them incredibly competitive and marketable in the working world. So I challenge you to spend some time critically thinking back over your Greek experience and figure out how you can beef up your resume to truly reflect the breadth of experience you have been afforded through your membership in your fraternity or sorority chapter.

Join us on Friday, October 22nd at 12:00 in Newcomb Hall South Meeting Room for the next installment of our Leadership Lunch Series and hear from Taurean Davis from University Career Services about how to market yourself and your Greek experience on your resume. RSVP to aec5d@virginia.edu before Wednesday, October 20th.