Being a member of UNCG's 22 social fraternities and sororities means only having fun, right? Not exactly.
Last year, the nearly 600 members of Greek-affiliated organizations logged more than 5,000 hours devoted to service projects and raised more than $21,000 for 50 philanthropies. In February, for the first time, the university presented Greek Legacy Alumni Leadership Awards to five alumni for community service and contributions to UNCG. They also honored two undergraduates.
To promote leadership opportunities for members of fraternities and sororities, 16 UNCG Greek alumni formed the Greek Legacy Steering Committee. The group's goal is to create an endowment to send current Greek students to leadership conferences, establish a speaker's bureau and provide career mentors. To date, commitments totaling $35,000 have been received. The committee hopes the endowment will underscore that leadership is a key part of campus life.
My experience as a member of Lambda Chi Alpha during my college years was transformational. Greek life has a far greater impact on student life than people realize, says John Harlow '87. While at UNCG, he served as President of the InterFraternity Council and held five offices in his fraternity.
Steering Committee tri-chairs are Kimberlee Hyman '95 (Zeta Phi Beta), Greg McNamara '02 (Kappa Delta Rho) and Kevin Price '93 (Alpha Phi Alpha).
Fraternities and sororities offer numerous opportunities for members to hone leadership skills. Students have the option of getting involved in Greek governing bodies, says Erin Jennings, Assistant Director in Campus Activities and Programs. Students can learn how to manage budgets, exercise conflict resolution skills, and be accountable to a group. The leadership that Greek Life provides on campus translates to leadership roles after graduation, says Jennings. Leadership in Greek Life means holding peers accountable to scholarship, values and conduct.
An informational table for Greek alumni will be available Sept. 27 at FallFest during Spartan Village. The second annual Greek Legacy dinner is scheduled for Feb. 21, 2009, in Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center. For more information about the endowment or the event, contact Jennifer Goff, Director of Development for Student Affairs, at (336) 334-9812, firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about Greek life at UNCG visit http://greeklife.uncg.edu.