Greek News

Hoo’Lites – Greeks in the News

December 3rd, 2012

It has been a very exciting month for the UVa Greek community. Congratulations to Alpha Phi Alpha, Phi Beta Sigma, and Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) for having their good work recognized in the news.

Alpha Phi Alpha was recognized in the news for their election watch party, hosted in the Newcomb Hall Theater. Congratulations on a great event! Read about it here: http://www.nbc29.com/story/20025357/uva-students-come-together-for-election-night-watch-party.

Phi Beta Sigma was recognized for helping bring awareness to homelessness here in Charlottesville. Please click the link below to read the article about their good work. http://www.nbc29.com/story/20070507/uva-students-raise-awareness-about-homelessness

Phi Gamma Delta was recognized for their “Running for a Cause” event, which raised money for cancer research. Read about the team effort between UVa and Virginia Tech here:

http://www.nbc29.com/story/20172797/uva-fraternity-runs-for-a-cause

Mid-Year Report

December 3rd, 2012

This is a reminder that the Mid-Year Report is due THIS Friday, December 7th.

Click HERE to access a PDF version of the survey so you can review the questions and prepare your answers before beginning the survey (strongly recommended).

Click HERE to go directly to the survey.

If you have any questions regarding the Mid-Year Report or other FOA-related issues, please call the FSL office at 434-924-7430 or email Emily Richonne at err5u@virginia.edu.

Greek Advance 2013: Growing Great Greek Leaders

December 3rd, 2012

Are you interested in developing your leadership potential and developing positive change in the Greek community while partnering with other Greek leaders? Are you committed to living out the values of your fraternal organization? If you said yes to these questions and are a member of the Greek community and joined your organization in Fall 2011, Spring 2012 or Fall 2012 we want you to apply for Greek Advance! Greek Advance is the premier Emerging Leadership program for Fraternity and Sorority members at UVA.

Greek Advance is a six-session program that is designed to develop trained leaders who are equipped with the knowledge, tools, skill sets, and resources to seamlessly transition into leadership roles within their chapters and councils.  Participants will engage with other emerging leaders as well as network with prominent community and University members.

The sessions will take place from 12:00 noon to 1:30pm on February 22nd, March 1st, March 22nd, April 5th, April 12th, and April 19th.  Lunch will be provided for all sessions.  Participants who attend all six sessions will satisfy one FOA requirement for their chapter for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Applications are available here and are due Monday, December 10th by 12:00 noon.  Please contact Danielle Driscoll (dcd2n) or Matt Ferguson (mrf3v) with any questions!

Governor’s Holiday Hoops Food Drive

December 3rd, 2012

The University of Virginia is going head-to-head against Old Dominion University, not only in the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic on Dec. 22, but also in a food drive benefitting Virginia’s food banks.

U.Va. President Teresa A. Sullivan is co-chairing the drive with ODU President John R. Broderick.

“During the holiday season, we want to reach out to those who are in need of assistance,” Sullivan said. “The food drive gives us a great opportunity to help our friends and neighbors, while the Holiday Hoops Classic lets us enjoy some good basketball at the same time. I’m grateful to Governor McDonnell for leading this effort.”

The U.Va. drive supports the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Through Dec. 15, U.Va.’s Community Relations office will partner with the Department of Athletics and the Office of the Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer to collect donations on Grounds and online. The food bank will track all contributions and calculate the final amount.

Ways to Give:

  • Make a financial contribution in any amount using the “Give Now” button on the Community Relations website and following these steps:

    1. Select or enter the amount of your donation.
    2. Enter your contact and billing information.
    3. Select your payment method.
    4. Submit.

  • Text FEEDBR UVA to 85944. A $10 donation will be added to your cell phone bill through Text2Give. Phones billed as part of a family or company plan are not eligible.
  • Donate a non-perishable food item at a location below.

Donation Locations:

  • 400 Ray C. Hunt Drive
  • Alderman Library
  • Bice House
  • Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
  • Courts & Commerce at the U.Va. Law School
  • Crossroads at O-Hill
  • Dabney House
  • Lambeth Commons
  • Leake Building – Facilities Management
  • Madison Hall
  • Madison House
  • Piedmont Building at 2405 Ivy Road
  • Rouss/Robertson Hall at the Commerce School
  • Ruffner Hall
  • U.Va. Bookstore

IFC/ISC Recruitment Information

December 3rd, 2012

IFC recruitment is now live and available at http://virginiaifc.com/registration/.  The cost to register is $27.89 and can be done using a credit card on the site.  Men’s recruitment will begin on Thursday, January 17 and conclude with Bid Day on Saturday, February 2. Please contact Gillum Ferguson gkf2yh@virginia.edu with questions.

Recruitment Schedule:

Thursday, January 17 – Open House 7-10 PM
Friday, January 18 – Open House 7-10 PM
Saturday, January 19 – Open House 7-10 PM

Sunday, January 20 – First Invites
Monday, January 21 –NO CONTACT
Tuesday, January 22 – First Invites
Wednesday, January 23 – First Invites
Thursday, January 24 – NO CONTACT

Friday, January 25 – Second Invites
Saturday, January 26 – Second Invites
Sunday, January 27 – Second Invites
Monday, January 28 – NO CONTACT

Tuesday, January 29 – Third Invites
Wednesday, January 30 – Third Invites
Thursday, January 31 – Third Invites
Friday, February 1 – Final Hours 7-10 PM
Saturday, February 2 – Bid Day

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ISC Formal Recruitment is right around the corner! We can’t wait to welcome potential new members to our community! We wish everyone the best of luck with recruitment!

Friday, January 11th: Early Move in to Residence Halls & Potential New Member meeting (Move in begins at 8:00am; There will be three PNM meetings in the afternoon and all participants must attend one session.  More information will be provided about specific times of PNM meetings by Recruitment Counselors)

Saturday, January 12th: Round Robbins (Recruitment parties begin at 10:00am)

Sunday, January 13th: Round Robbins (Recruitment parties begin at 10:00am)

Monday, January 14th: NO EVENTS – First Day of Spring Semester Classes

Tuesday, January 15th: NO EVENTS

Wednesday, January 16th: NO EVENTS

Thursday, January 17th: Themes Round (Recruitment parties begin at 7:00pm)

Friday, January 18th: Themes Round (Recruitment parties begin at 4:00pm)

Saturday, January 19th: House Tours (Recruitment parties begin at 12:00noon)

Sunday, January 20th: Preferentials (Recruitment parties begin at 12:00noon)

Monday, January 21st: Bid Day (New Member Ceremony and Bid Card Reveal at 5:00pm)

Note: Bid Day occurs on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a recognized University holiday.  Classes will not be in session on January 21st.

Congratulations to the 2012-13 Greek Endowed Scholars

December 3rd, 2012

Please congratulate the following individuals on being selected as recipients of the Greek Endowed Scholarship! The criteria for selection included academic merit, community involvement, and financial need. Funds awarded are to be used for academic and co-curricular purposes. We applaud these members of our community for being outstanding examples of Greek excellence and living the values we hold dear!

Kristofer Peck, Sigma Nu (IFC)

Ben Vander, Delta Upsilon (IFC)

Jonathan Park, Lambda Phi Epsilon (MGC)

Te-Rique Barney, Phi Beta Sigma (NPHC)

3 Councils Elect New Leadership

December 3rd, 2012

The Inter-Fraternity Council hosted elections for the 2013 Executive Board.  We are excited to welcome and congratulate the new IFC Executive Board members:

President: Jake Pittman

Vice President Administration: Stephen West

Vice President Judiciary: Davis Moore

Vice President Membership: Michael Robertson

Vice President Risk Management: Jordan Minot

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The Inter-Sorority Council hosted elections for the 2013 Executive Board on Monday, November 5th.  We are excited to welcome and congratulate the new ISC Executive Board members:

President: Kathleen Lavelle, Chi Omega

Vice President Administration: Jessica Arndt, Delta Gamma

Vice President Judiciary: Alston Edwards, Kappa Kappa Gamma

Vice President Recruitment: Anna Powell, Delta Gamma

Additionally, the ISC completed selections for the 2013 Chair positions.  We are excited to welcome the following women as council leaders:

Public Relations Chair: Molly Gardner, Kappa Kappa Gamma

Scholarship Chair: Mackenzie Griffin, Alpha Chi Omega

Community Service Chair: Kelly Sullivan, Alpha Phi

Women’s Concerns Chair: Emily Renda, Gamma Phi Beta

External Interactions Chair: Becky Massie, Chi Omega

Internal Interactions Chair: Caroline Casavant, Pi Beta Phi

Please join us in sharing our congratulations to these exceptional women!

Applications for Assistant Vice President Recruitment and Pi Chi (Recruitment Counselor) Director will be available immediately following the completion of Spring 2013 Formal Recruitment.  Interviews and selections for these positions will take place following Formal Recruitment.

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On Sunday, November 11th, the Multicultural Greek Council held new officer elections. Please welcome and congratulate the 2013 MGC Executive Board:

President: Mo Lu, Lambda Phi Epsilon

Vice President: Hajar Ahmed, Theta Nu Xi

Treasurer: Allen Au, Lambda Phi Epsilon

Secretary: Michelle (Yong Yi) Wu, Sigma Psi Zeta

Parliamentarian: Yunzhe Zhou, Sigma Psi Zeta

Internal Greek Liaison: Alex Tran, Lambda Phi Epsilon

External Greek Liaison: Hao (Jia-Hao) Qui, Lambda Phi Epsilon


We look forward to a fantastic year under their leadership!

Preparing your Chapter House for Winter Break

December 3rd, 2012

Prior to leaving for Winter Break, fraternity and sorority houses  should prepare the chapter facility for winter break. The following presents some guidelines to prepare your house for break. For complete information, please contact your House Corporation and/or International Organization. For a complete pre-break checklist, please visit: http://www.virginia.edu/fsl/documents/HM%20Break%20Checklist.pdf:

  • Prepare a snow removal plan in the event of snow during the break. Local authorities require snow removal to be completed within 24 hours of the last snow fall. In the event snow isn’t cleared within the 24 hour requirement, local authorities will contract with a local snow removal company and the property owner will be billed accordingly.
  • Ensure furnace is on and thermostat is set at or above 60 degrees.
  • Leave the doors to cabinets that contain water lines open, this will allow heat to enter the area.
  • Ensure that services such as trash disposal, water, newspaper delivery, etc. have been addressed.
  • Ensure that exterior doors and windows are well insulated, are capable of locking, and are capable of being closed and latched completely.
  • Try to schedule someone to check periodically on the house over the break; this individual could be a member or alumni/ae who lives locally. Provide the individual or individuals with the following information:
    • Master Key
    • Alumnae/Alumni House Corporation/ Property Management Company Contact Info.
    • Emergency Response Contact Info.
    • Emergency Repair Company Options
  • Repair any broken windows.
  • Remove all refuse from the house and exterior property.
  • Remove all perishable food
  • Unplug all non-essential appliances, electronic devices & cords.
  • Make sure all smoke alarms are working properly.
  • Inspect the hot water heater and exposed water lines and drain pipes for slow leaks.
  • Pull down blinds and close curtains.
  • Make sure any valuables are safe, locked, and out of plain view (i.e. bikes, grills, TV’s, laptops.)
  • Check all exterior light bulbs to make sure they are working properly.
  • Record any damages to the house at your time of departure: this notation will be very useful if your house is damaged, vandalized, or burglarized over the break.
  • Check with your insurance companies and house corporations on any school break closing advice they might offer (following this list may help you when filing claims due to an emergency.)

Feel free to contact Charlotte Fraser (cef6ft) with any questions or concerns regarding Winter Break closing.

Snow and Ice Removal

December 3rd, 2012

The Charlottesville and Albemarle County policy states that all snow/ice must be removed from sidewalks and walkways managed by city and county public works within twenty four (24) hours of the last snow.   Should County and City Property Maintenance Inspectors find properties without cleared sidewalks and/or walkways, they will issue a twenty-four (24) hour warning by posting or hand-delivering this notice to the occupant of the property.  If after twenty-four (24) hours the snow/ice is still present, a city hired contractor will clear the areas in noncompliance at the cost of the owner/occupant(s).  Be advised, the cost to the owner/occupant will be substantially more expensive than the typical rate, so please make arrangements to have all snow/ice removed from your property within the twenty-four (24) hour time frame required by the new policy.

Action Items for your chapter

1. Develop a plan of action to remove snow and ice within 24 hours both when you are in town and out of town.

2. Invest in snow and ice removal supplies which could include: snow shovels, rock salt, snow dissolver, etc.

Feel free to contact Charlotte Fraser (cef6ft) with any questions or concerns regarding snow and ice removal.

Order of Omega Spotlight

December 3rd, 2012

Order of Omega Spotlight

The Order of Omega is the National Greek Honor Society. The Kappa Zeta Chapter at the University of Virginia will recognize a notable member each month. We are proud to recognize our organization’s exemplary members of the Greek community!

Interested in more information about Order of Omega? Contact Charlotte Fraser (cef6ft).

Chris Zapple

What is your chapter affiliation? I am a brother of Delta Sigma Phi.  Currently, I serve as the Vice President.

What is your major and minor? I am a Commerce major and a Global Sustainability minor.

What organizations are you involved in on Grounds? Besides Delta Sig, my major time commitments include Third Year Council, the University Guide Service, Commerce Council, and Alternative Spring Break.

What role has Greek life played in your time at UVa? Greek life has been an integral role in my life at UVa.  Through Delta Sig and the Greek community I have met many of my best friends, been exposed to opportunities I never knew about. The experience has given my time at UVa more meaning.  Years down the road, I believe I will look back fondly on my time in UVa Fraternity life.

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday in Charlottesville? Going with friends to any Virginia sporting event to see the Hoos win, followed by dinner at the Virginian.

What is your favorite food? The slop bucket from Belmont Barbecue; pulled pork, cheesy potatoes, and baked beans all in one.

What is an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know? This past summer while working in New Mexico, I hiked 351 miles over a span of 52 days. Despite having 25 fewer days to hike, I managed to top my 2011 mileage by 20 miles.