Greek News

Call for ‘Hoolites

March 5th, 2013

Does your chapter have a point of pride that you want to share with the community? FSL wants to hear about them! Send us a brief overview of what your chapter is proud of to Emily Richonne (err5u@virginia.edu), and we’ll include it in next month’s edition of the Greek News.

Additionally, if your chapter is hosting an event in April or May that you would like to tell the community about, send a brief advertisement with event details to Emily Richonne to be featured in the April Greek News!

Closing Houses for Spring Break

March 5th, 2013

As you prepare to leave your fraternity/sorority houses for Spring Break, please make sure to take a moment and follow some simple safety tips to ensure the security of your house:

-Lock all exterior doors and windows.
-Unplug any unnecessary accessories or appliances.
-Lock up any valuables – e.g. audio equipment, personal belongings, etc.
-If a member will be in town over the break, ask him or her to inspect the premises for any red flags such as a broken window.
-Have a list of Emergency or local Charlottesville maintenance contacts with you during your travels.

Contact Charlotte Fraser at cef6ft@virginia.edu with any questions or concerns.

Be On the Lookout…

March 5th, 2013

…For the Office of the Dean of Students’ new website, ‘Hoos Against Hazing! The new site will include educational resources, prevention materials, current events, and a form to report hazing incidents. The site will launch this spring and the University hopes it will become an integral tool in the prevention of hazing for the entire University community. Fraternity and Sorority Life is proud to be a partner in this initiative and we look forward to revealing the website to our Greek community. Feel free to contact Charlotte Fraser at cef6ft@virginia.edu with any questions.

Step Up UVA

March 5th, 2013

The Step Up UVA initiative purpose is to combat the social norm of bystander behavior—that is, to encourage and empower students to recognize, react and respect at the University of Virginia. As students of the University, it is our responsibility to remain active and vocal participants in our community. A certain social norm – the “bystander effect,” threatens our community and results in the acceptance of disrespectful behavior among peers. We are committed to the mission of defining appropriate social behavior and believe it is not only possible but imperative that students and others take a stand against the behaviors that threaten this community.
To request a training, please fill out the Training Request Form or email Logistics Coordinator, Liz Brailsford. A training counts towards an FOA program.

Noise and Neighborhood Relations

March 5th, 2013

The fraternity and sorority community made great progress in the fall semester with respect to neighborhood relations, noise, and trash. As we approach warmer weather, chapters must continue to be mindful of maintaining strong neighborhood relations by limiting noise, cleaning up trash, and engaging local residents in a respectful manner.

With this in mind, we ask that you spend some time discussing the noise ordinance with your chapter. By implementing practical strategies, fraternities and sororities can avoid receiving a noise violation and strengthen neighborhood relations. The following is a list of tips and strategies designed to help chapters in this regard:

  • Be mindful of the noise level at off Grounds residences, especially fraternities and sororities. Amplified sound and speakers outside of a house attract attention and the level of noise produced can result in a police response. Please keep noise levels to an acceptable level.
  • Clean up trash and debris from the area outside of your house. The IFC outlines that all yards must be clean and clear by 10am each morning.
  • Introduce yourself to your neighbors who are both students and long-term residents.
  • When engaging with neighbors – be polite, respectful, and courteous. Regardless of the venue or time of day, student leaders are always representing their fraternity/sorority and the University.

When having parties, limit your guest list to a reasonable number of people.

Bamboo

March 5th, 2013

As new leaders transition into their position and as we prepare for the arrival of spring weather, it’s important that you are aware of the regulations surrounding the use of bamboo in fraternity/sorority facilities. These guidelines were developed by the City of Charlottesville Fire Department/Fire Marshal.

Bamboo Guidelines
• Cut bamboo is not approved to be used for indoor decoration or construction
• Cut bamboo must be kept 20 feet from building and exit ways
• Any structure over 200 square feet or with a roof or a platform constructed of bamboo must be approved by either Neighborhood Development Services (City of Charlottesville) or the County Building Official (depending on location)
• Cut bamboo must be removed promptly after the event has ended
• All leaves must be removed from the cut bamboo before it can be used as a decorative material
• Note that these guidelines also apply to facilities in the County.

If you have any questions about these guidelines please contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 434-970-3325

NPHC Elections

March 5th, 2013

The National Pan-Hellenic Council recently elected leaders to serve for the 2013 calendar year.
They are:
- President – Ebonie Williams – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
- Vice President of Programs – Jordan Jackson – Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
- Vice President of Outreach – DJ Cunningham – Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
- Treasurer – Shernai Banks – Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Congratulations to the newly elected leaders!

Congratulations from Order of Omega!

March 5th, 2013

The following members of our Fraternity and Sorority community have been selected for membership in to the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society. Please congratulate them on their outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service!

Brendan Commisky, Alpha Delta Phi
Kristina Creadore, Alpha Delta Pi
Elena Dennie, Alpha Delta Pi
Hope Stadulis, Alpha Phi
Katie Dorset, Alpha Phi
Wilson Hammett, Alpha Phi
Katherine Roderick, Alpha Phi
Kelsey Tetsworth, Alpha Phi
Kristen Whalen, Alpha Phi
Catie Clark, Alpha Chi Omega
Cooper Brenneman, Beta Theta Pi
Alex Yahanda, Beta Theta Pi
Joshua Newman, Chi Phi
Kathleen Lavelle, Chi Omega
Rebecca Lopdrup, Chi Omega
Scott Lucas, Delta Sigma Phi
Lauren Cricchi, Delta Gamma
Kathryn Reichel, Gamma Phi Beta
Alexandra Shamburek, Gamma Phi Beta
Megan Reilly, Kappa Delta
Michael Kim, Lambda Phi Epsilon
Ryan Schlobach, Phi Sigma Kappa
Blythe Young, Pi Beta Phi
Jacob Berman, Pi Lambda Phi
Olivia Schulte, Sigma Delta Tau
John Burns, Sigma Chi
Grace Gillis-Crouch, Sigma Kappa
Ann Knisely, Sigma Kappa
Daniel Miranian, Sigma Nu
Jon Turissini, Sigma Nu
Aaron Way, Sigma Nu
Zakiya Nurse, Theta Nu Xi
Natalie Powers, Sigma Sigma Sigma

Important FOA Updates

March 5th, 2013

If your chapter has not yet picked up the Fall 2012 Academic & Membership Report they are available in the Fraternity & Sorority Life office between 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.  Any questions about the Fall 2012 Academic & Membership Reports should be directed to Emily Richonne.

Important FOA Dates for March/April

March 11: Chapter Roster templates will be sent to chapters (this may be delayed – we will extend the deadline appropriately if so)

April 1: Updated Chapter Rosters Due

The Office of the Dean of Students/Fraternity & Sorority Life will email the president the most current version of the chapter roster in excel format, along with an instruction sheet detailing the required information and formatting by March 11, 2013. Updated chapter rosters should be submitted directly to Fraternity & Sorority Life. All new members must sign and include their student ID numbers in order to be added to the roster. An accurate roster is necessary to calculate FOA attendance and grade reports for the spring semester.

Visit the FOA section of our web site to view a full walk-through of all Spring 2013 FOA requirements.   For more information and resources related to the FOA, visit the FOA section of our web site, or contact Emily Richonne at err5u@virginia.edu or 434-924-7430.