Drury Greek Stakeholder Update: Summer 2014

Dear Drury Greek Life Stakeholders,

We’d like to share our most current initiatives and developments regarding Drury Greek Life:

Department Changes: The Student Activities Office is currently experiencing some bittersweet but exciting changes.  We would like to announce that Andrea Battaglia, the Director of Student Activities and Marketing, is in the process of transitioning to a new position.  On July 1, Andrea will take over as Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations.  Andrea will train the new department head and oversee major Student Activities events, including Greek recruitment, to ease the transition.  We’re excited for Andrea and her new opportunities and thank her for her nine years of service.  We’re confident that, with the programs and ideas Andrea has put in place, and the new department leader’s fresh perspective, there are great things ahead for Drury’s Student Activities Department.

Spring 2014 Semester Grade Report: We’re proud to present the Spring 2014 Greek Grade Report.  The report can be viewed here.  Once again, Greek students have demonstrated a passion for academic excellence.

From the Interfraternity/Panhellenic Councils: We’re looking forward to the annual Greek Summer Welcome Dinner on June 26th from 6-8 PM in the Findlay Student Center Ballroom.  This event connects incoming students and their families with current Greek students, allowing Greeks to welcome potential new members in a comfortable campus environment. The event will include a complimentary dinner with Greek students and alumni and optional tours of Greek housing and suites for incoming students.

2013-2014 Student Activities Annual Report:  The Student Activities Annual Report is a reflection of the work that goes into each branch of the Student Activities Office; additionally, the report reflects the impact of students involved in campus activities throughout the year.  The report can be viewed here.  Greek Life statistics for the 2013-2014 academic year can be viewed on page 4 of the document, although the entire document is relevant to Greek students and stakeholders.

New Online Alumni Classnotes: The end of the spring semester brought an exciting change to Drury’s alumni classnotes system.  Classnotes were previously published twice a year in the Drury Magazine.  This past semester saw the development of Panther Tracks, a new online classnote system. The online system gives the alumni department the ability to release classnotes faster and include more photos and relevant media.  Panther Tracks also includes a memorial section in remembrance of alumni.  We encourage our Greek alumni to connect with Panther Tracks here.

Have a great summer.  As always, thank you for your continued support of our Greek programs and initiatives.  We’ll see you in the fall!

February Greek Stakeholder Update: Special GPA Report

Dear Drury Greek Life Stakeholders, 

The Greek Life office has handled the calculation and release of Greek GPA reports for eight years.  After a generally lower Greek GPA report for Fall 2013, Drury Registrar Cindy Jones met with Greek staff.  After close consideration, it was determined by the Registrar’s office that a miscalculation had occurred in the Fall 2013 GPA Report.  We are proud to announce that, according to the Registrar’s revised report, the Fall 2013 all-Greek GPA is above general undergraduate GPA.  Chapter GPAs are also higher than reported.  The revised report can be viewed below.

Revised Fall 2013 Greek GPA

We would like to emphasize that Fall 2013 is the only instance of GPA miscalculation that has occurred throughout the Greek Life office’s management of Greek GPA reports.  The report was processed using a new system which will not be used in the future.  We are alerting national offices and alumni councils of the discrepancy and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that may have been caused by the initial report.  To prevent further confusion, the Registrar’s office will be spearheading Greek GPA reports in the future.

We would like to thank Cindy Jones and the Registrar’s office for their diligence and attention to detail on this matter.  Please contact the Greek Life Office in FSC 120 with any questions or concerns.  As always, thank you for your continued support of our Greek programs and initiatives!

Drury Greek Stakeholder Update, January 2014

Dear Drury Greek Life Stakeholders,

I’d like to share our most current initiatives and developments regarding Drury Greek Life:

Panhellenic Alumnae Board Meetings: Below are this semester’s PAB meeting dates. All meetings will be held from 12-1 PM.

February 3, 2014- Kappa Delta Suite

March 3, 2014- Pi Beta Phi Suite

April 7, 1014- Zeta Tau Alpha Suite

May 5, 2014- Delta Delta Delta Suit

A New Face at the Fraternity Quad: Drury welcomes Brandon Lawson, this semester’s newest face at the Fraternity Quad.  Brandon is the returning House Director for Kappa Alpha; he will also be directing Sigma Pi and advising the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils.

 Brandon Lawson

An Interview with Brandon Lawson:

1.     Where did you receive your degree/s?

 After going to The University of Missouri and running the music venue “The Blue Note” for four years, I decided to come back to my hometown and finish my degree at Drury.  I liked the Communications staff so much that I decided to stay another two years and get my Master’s degree as well.

2.     What was your previous role at Drury?

I was the Kappa Alpha Fraternity Director from 2007-2011.  My roles included advising IFC and helping with recruitment events.

3.     Were you involved in a Greek organization as an undergraduate or graduate student?

I was a member of FarmHouse Fraternity (I promise that is a real thing).  I was the Chief Justice for MU’s IFC, Chief Justice of MU Student Organizations, A Summer Welcome Leader, and a Graduate Assistant for MU’s Student Life Department.

4.     What are you most looking forward to with your new role at Drury?

I have already been to both IFC and NPC Council meetings. They have a great sense of the things that need to be done, and a ton of new ideas for recruitment that I am excited to try out. I am also excited to be the House Director for two houses this time and meet some guys at Sigma Pi.

Fun fact: I left Drury in 2011 to join the Peace Corps. I spent two years in Sub-Saharan Africa and it was the best two and a half years of my life. I will never complain about anything ever again because I know how fortunate we are to live here in Springfield.

Fall 2013 Semester Grade Report: Attached here is the Fall 2013 Greek Grade report.  We’re proud to announce that the average sorority GPA has again exceeded Drury’s average female GPA.

From the Interfraternity Council:IFC is proud to announce the revamped spring recruitment period!  Any male student is invited to participate in the process that could help you make one of the best decisions of your college career.  Spring recruitment will take place from February 14 to February 16.  IFC will be outside the Commons from February 10th to February 14 to help you sign up.  You can also visit our website to register electronically.  After you register we will send you more details about the rest of the events planned for the weekend.  Make a bold move and join Drury’s Greek system!”

From Panhellenic Council:Panhellenic Spring Recruitment for Kappa Delta, Pi Beta Phi, and Zeta Tau Alpha will take place from February 10 through February 15 this semester.  Panhellenic’s Spring 2014 Open Recruitment Event will take place on Wednesday, February 12 from 8:15 – 9:00 p.m.  All sororities and potential new members are invited to participate in our “Love Yourself” Valentine’s Day all-sorority sisterhood/recruitment event.  All sorority members are also encouraged to support the fraternities during their Bid Day, which will take place on February 16.  Best of luck to all chapters participating in recruitment.  We can’t wait to see our Panhellenic community grow!”

Thank you for your continued support of our Greek programs and initiatives!

Drury Greek Stakeholder Update, December 2013

Dear Drury Greek Life Stakeholders,

I’m excited to share our current Drury Greek Life developments and initiatives:

New Panhellenic/Interfraternity Council Leadership:
Drury’s Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils, which act as the governing bodies of Drury’s Greek community, have elected new leaders for the 2014 calendar year.  As of fall 2013, the councils lead a community of over 400 Greek students, making up 26% of the undergraduate student population.  Tasks for the executive officers include promoting unity within the Greek community, upholding community standards, planning recruitment and General Greek activities, promoting Greek scholarship, working alongside campus partners, and positively representing Greek Life and Drury University as a whole.  Desirae Fowler and Ryan Demore were elected to lead the fraternity and sorority community as council presidents.
Desirae Fowler- Panhellenic President:
Desirae is a junior Marketing/Management major from Monett, Missouri.  For the past two years she has served on the Panhellenic Council Events Committee and has acted as a Panhellenic delegate for Delta Delta Delta.  Desirae stated, “I’m looking forward to working with Panhellenic Council for the upcoming year alongside the Interfraternity Council.  Our councils are excited to serve the Greek students to the best of our abilities and to continually work to improve this community that we are all a part of.”
Ryan Demore- Interfraternity Council President:
Ryan is a senior Management/Marketing/Finance major from Springfield, Missouri.  He returns to the council for a second year, having served as treasurer for the 2013 term.  He is an active member of Lambda Chi Alpha, and has served as Recruitment Chairman, Treasurer, and Alumni Liaison.  Ryan stated, “Now is the time for monumental change across our great university and within our Greek life community.  I am excited to lead the Fraternities into a new era at Drury University.”
Panhellenic Council 2014:
President- Desirae Fowler, Delta Delta Delta
Vice President- Elle Hammond, Zeta Tau Alpha
Secretary- Kathryn Wilson, Pi Beta Phi
Treasurer- Emily Kruse, Zeta Tau Alpha
Recruitment Coordinator- Megan Reed, Pi Beta Phi
Event Planner- Ashley Sivils, Delta Delta Delta
Chapter Resources Coordinator- Laddie Miller, Kappa Delta
Marketing & Community Outreach Coordinator- Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer, Pi Beta Phi
Interfraternity Council 2014:
President- Ryan DeMore, Lambda Chi Alpha
Vice President- Alex Arens, Kappa Alpha
Secretary- Ryan Dougherty, Sigma Pi
Treasurer- Vikas Jagwani, Lambda Chi Alpha
Recruitment Coordinator- Juan Franco, Lambda Chi Alpha
Event Planner- Avery Smith, Lambda Chi Alpha
Chapter Resources Coordinator- Tyler Maddux, Lambda Chi Alpha
Marketing & Community Outreach Coordinator- Sam Brady, Kappa Alpha
Congratulations to these new student leaders- we can’t wait to see the great things that are sure to happen in the Drury Greek community during the next calendar year!

Drury Greek Stakeholder Update, November 2013

Dear Drury Greek Life Stakeholders,

I’d like to share our most current initiatives and developments regarding Drury Greek Life:

Recent Greek Philanthropy Events: Drury Greeks have been extremely active in serving the community lately.  We’re proud of the most recent philanthropy events organized by Drury Greek chapters!

  • Big Man On Campus- Zeta Tau Alpha’s annual male beauty pageant, Big Man On Campus, drew a crowd on October 23.  The event supported the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness & Education.
  • Eat Like Kids For Kids- Kappa Delta fed hungry collegians classic finger foods on November 1 to benefit Isabel’s House and Prevent Child Abuse America.
  • Puttin’ On The Lips- Pi Beta Phi’s upcoming lip-synching competition is sure to be a crowd-pleaser on November 13.  Proceeds support the Andrea Newbold Fund for Children with Autism.

Sorority Initiation:  We’re thrilled to officially welcome Drury’s new sorority initiates to the Greek community.

  • Delta Delta Delta- Members enjoyed initiation festivities during the week of October 21.
  • Kappa Delta- New members were initiated during the week of October 21.
  • Pi Beta Phi- New members are currently enjoying initiation week.
  • Zeta Tau Alpha- New members were initiated October 11.

Greek Officer Elections: As the semester draws to a close, chapters are electing new leadership.  We can’t wait to see what the new officers will bring to the Greek community and Drury as a whole.

Panhellenic Council Restructure: Panhellenic Council is currently being restructured, with the application process for next semester’s Council underway.  The new structure will allow more efficiency and better communication in Panhellenic operations.

Thank you for your continued support of our Greek programs and initiatives!

Drury Greek Stakeholder Update, October 2013

Dear Drury Greek Life Stakeholders,

I’d like to share our most current initiatives and developments regarding Drury Greek Life:

Fall 2013 Drury University Greek Life Census:

  • O-Leaders: 77% of orientation leaders for 2013 Freshman Orientation were Greek, a huge leap from the 64% Greek representation for the previous fall.
  • Fraternity Life Retention: Fraternity Life boasts an impressive 95% retention rate for Fall 2013.
  • Sorority Life Retention: Drury Sorority Life is celebrating a remarkable 98% retention rate this fall.
  • General Greek Life Retention: Drury Greek Life as a whole has achieved a 96.57% retention rate for Fall 2013.
  • Fraternity Life Growth: Drury Fraternities have experienced exciting growth from 21% in Spring 2013 to our current 25.3%.
  • Sorority Life: Drury Sororities represent an impressive 26.44% of campus.

National Hazing Prevention Week: Members of the Drury Greek community recognized National Hazing Prevention Week during the week of September 23-27.  Greeks were made aware of hazing statistics through a social media campaign, at the end of which they were invited to “sign” an online anti-hazing pledge.  A large percentage of the Drury Greek population signed the pledge, promising to uphold the Drury zero-tolerance hazing policy.

Parents/Alumni Weekend: All Drury students welcomed parents, family, and alumni to campus for a weekend of fun and memories during the weekend of October 4-6.  Drury Greeks hosted the annual Big Fat Greek Picnic at the Fraternity Quad with representatives from all chapters ready to receive family and alumni.  Thank you to any family members and alumni who joined us for the weekend’s festivities!

Delta Delta Delta Centennial: Drury’s Delta Kappa chapter of Delta Delta Delta celebrated their centennial during the weekend of October 4-6.  Members and alumni joined together for several events, including a celebratory dinner and brunch.  We congratulate the women of the Delta Kappa chapter on 100 wonderful years and wish them 100 more!

Thank you for your continued support of our Greek programs and initiatives!

Greek Stakeholder Update, September 2013

Dear Drury Greek Life Stakeholders,

I’m excited to share our most current initiatives and developments regarding Drury Greek Life:

Sorority Recruitment: 65 women joined the Drury Greek community at the end of this year’s fall recruitment.  Below are individual chapter numbers:

  • Delta Delta Delta- 13
  • Kappa Delta- 11
  • Pi Beta Phi- 14
  • Zeta Tau Alpha- 16

We are thrilled to see our Panhellenic community grow!

Fraternity Recruitment: This fall’s fraternity recruitment resulted in 62 new fraternity members.  Below are individual chapter numbers:

  • Kappa Alpha- 15
  • Lambda Chi Alpha- 23
  • Sigma Nu- 7
  • Sigma Pi- 17

Congratulations to Drury’s fraternity men on an extremely successful fall recruitment!

Greek Appreciation Week: The week of September 15-20 will be dedicated to showing appreciation for our Drury Greeks.  The week will consist of daily activities and surprises to share our Greek pride with new members and show appreciation for the continued work of our chapters.

National Anti-Hazing Week: As Drury Greeks, we pride ourselves on establishing meaningful connections with our brothers and sisters in a safe, comfortable environment.  The week of September 23 will be dedicated to recognition of National Anti-Hazing Week.  Leaders in Drury’s Greek community will provide anti-hazing information throughout the week, including an opportunity for members to take an anti-hazing pledge.

Thank you for your continued support of our Greek programs and initiatives!