"Engage, Lead, Learn, Serve, and Inspire."
Your undergraduate years as a fraternity or sorority member are meant to prepare you for a lifetime of membership. How will you spend your time discovering your talents, helping others be better, and developing an engaged community?
To learn more about any of the opportunities provided below contact any member of the Fraternity and Sorority Life Leadership Team.
"In communal transformation, leadership is about intention, convening, valuing relatedness, and presenting choices. It is not a personality characteristic or a matter of style, and therefore it requires nothing more than what all of us already have." - Peter Block
The Fraternity and Sorority Life office is committed to advising and coaching our chapter leaders to effectively manage their organizations as member of our community. Grounded in our mission, vision, and strategic goal areas, along with the Division of Student Affairs' Aspirations for Student Learning, the Legacy Report is an annual document compiled by chapter officers to help them reflect on, and plan for, success in the following areas of chapter life: goal setting/planning; service/philanthropy; values-based experience; recruitment/intake; scholarship and academics; risk reduction/education; membership development; community development; recognition; and assessment.
The Legacy Report is submitted at the conclusion of each fall semester by the chapter president, and a member of the Fraternity and Sorority Life professional staff will review the report, offer feedback, and meet with the chapter president in the spring semester. For those chapters that transition leadership between the fall and spring semester, it will be important that the outgoing chapter president provides a copy of the Legacy Report to the incoming president, or involves them in writing the report. Supporting documents and letters are not required, nor expected in completing the report. Of particular interest to the Fraternity and Sorority Life office is what will help chapter leaders plan for chapter success, and manage the needs of a dynamic organization. The report consists of essay-style questions for each area of chapter life included above.
Fraternal Leaders Institute: Inspire
The Fraternal Leaders Institute: Inspire (FLI) is a three-day leadership experience for members throughout the fraternity and sorority community. Grounded in the philosophy that you have the talents and skills to be a transformative leader - this experience aims to increase a sense of belonging; cultivate your knowledge to be a positive social change agent; create a sense of global citizenship; and advance Fraternity and Sorority Life at Virginia Tech! For the 2016-17 academic year institutes will occur on the following dates: November 20-22, 2016, and February 17-19, 2017. Visit GobblerConnect to apply!
Fraternal Leaders Institute: Lead
The Fraternal Leaders Institute: Lead program (formally EIFL), is a semester long experience that invites members of all chapters to learn about fraternal leadership and advance relationships in the entire community. We believe there is a benefit of different chapters sharing their values and sister/brotherhood with each other to create a stronger and more engaged community. The program will move through thematic weeks focusing on values clarification, defining leadership, relationship building, goal setting, and igniting action. Most of our graduates go on to serve as executive officers in their council or chapter.
IFC President's Academy of Leadership
The IFC President's Academy of Leadership is intended to be an opportunity to bring together the IFC executive committee and chapter presidents to share experiences as each of them look towards a new year of leadership as fraternity men. The goals of the Academy are simple: to help leaders recognize how a life of courageous leadership will assist them in being successful at challenging the status quo in their chapter; to equip leader with the necessary skills to inspire a shared vision for their organization; for leaders to critically consider how a lifestyle of curiosity, generosity, vulnerability, and authenticity (Social Excellence) will help them further connect people to purpose; and to assist leaders in considering the role of Ritual can play in demonstrating the relevancy of fraternity membership at Virginia Tech.
Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute
The Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) is sponsored by the North-American Interfraternity Conference. UIFI is a five-day institute that brings together fraternity and sorority leaders from across the country to create opportunities to explore, define, and enhance their leadership skills, personal awareness, commitment to their fraternity or sorority, and grow to expect values-based action from themselves and those they lead. At UIFI you will be given the skills to increase your leadership capacity and positively affect your chapter, council, and community. Individual five-day sessions occur throughout the summer at Indiana University. IFC and PHC provide scholarship each year to community members for an all-expenses paid participation in UIFI.
Central Fraternal Leadership Conference and National Black Greek Leadership Conference
The Association of Fraternal Values and Leadership (AFLV) sponsors this annual conference. Programming includes position-specific information for fraternity/sorority governing councils and chapter leaders. During this weekend, fraternity and sorority leaders also get to enjoy the opportunity of meeting fellow brothers and sisters from chapter across the country. This three-day conference is attended each year by council officers and invited chapter members of IFC, NPHC, PHC and UCFS.
"In community building, we choose the people and the conversation that will produce the accountability to build relatedness, structure belonging, and move the action forward." - Peter Block
Greeks Giving Back
For this student-run program, members perform hundreds of service projects on a designated day during the fall semester. Fraternities and sororities team up to do everything from yard work, to street cleaning, to painting houses. Greeks Giving Back works throughout the year to plan this one-day service event that benefits the local Blacksburg and Christiansburg areas.
Inter-Council Advisory Group
Fraternity and Sorority Life believes that community is formed through conversations, relationships, and shared time together. The Inter-Council Advisory Group (ICAG) meets monthly throughout the year to think strategically about the fraternity and sorority community. Their conversations inform the work done by the four governing councils, and offer guidance to the professional team within Fraternity and Sorority Life. Membership on ICAG is open to any member throughout the community that are willing to commit themselves to membership for at least an academic year.
UCFS "RIOT" Stroll Show
The United Council of Fraternities and Sororities hosts a "RIOT" stroll competition featuring multicultural Greek organizations not only from Virginia Tech, but from all along the East Coast. Strolling is linear, choreographed, urban-style dance with stepping roots performed by Greek letter organizations to hip-hop music. No description can do strolling justice, you have to see and feel it to understand.
Oak Lane Trick-Or-Treat
The Panhellenic Council and the Oak Lane Community Council partner to provide a safe space for local elementary-age children to participate in trick-or-treating at the Oak Lane Community. Children come in for a night of fun, games, candy giveaways, and face painting, while parents participate in raffles with prizes donated by local businesses.
Overton R. Johnson Step Show
A long-standing tradition at Virginia Tech, the Overton R. Johnson Scholarship Step Show is an occasion to bring faculty, students, alumni, and community members together to celebrate the life of a former Virginia Tech faculty member. It is an opportunity to encourage the return of successful alumni and to enrich our communal cultural experience through the art of stepping. Two $500 scholarships are awarded to Virginia Tech students who are not members of the affiliate organizations of the NPHC.
Town and Gown
The four governing councils partner with the Town of Blacksburg in monthly meetings to develop a better sense of community. Many more activities that happen throughout the year help to further promote the value of the fraternity and sorority life experience to the university and community partners at Virginia Tech. The Town-Gown Committee is a collection of campus and town leaders that meet monthly throughout the academic year. All are welcome to attend these meetings.
365 Hours of Service
The Panhellenic community pledges 365 chapter services hours each year. This is a way for Panhellenic women to give back to the area in service, in addition to the money they raise for individual philanthropy efforts.
The Celebration is the annual recognition event to honor undergraduate leaders, alumni/ae members, and chapters that have led with distinction throughout the year. Fraternity and Sorority Life distributes to each chapter an awards packet during the fall semester, and the honors are presented in April.