Subject: NGLA Newsletter - January 2016

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NGLA Award Applications Due this Monday!

Remember that all NGLA Award Applications are due this Monday, January 11th at 5:00pm EST. We look forward to reading your submissions!

Don’t Miss the Early Bird Rate! Register Now for the 2016 Northeast Greek Leadership Association Annual Conference

Early-Bird Registration (November 1st – January 29th)
  • Subscriber Early-Bird - $230
  • Non-Subscriber Early-Bird - $310

Regular Registration (January 30th – February 12th)
  • Subscriber Regular Registration - $260
  • Non-Subscriber Regular Registration - $340

Registration Closes (February 12th)

Advance conference registration will close on February 12, 2016.

If you are not able to register on or before this date, registration will be available on-site.
  • Subscriber On-Site - $290 
  • Non-Subscriber On-Site - $370

Don’t forget to renew your NGLA subscription prior to registration to receive the conference registration at the reduced subscriber rate!

Questions regarding conference registration can be directed to Christine Kobza.

2016 NGLA Conference Schedule Available!
The Conference Schedule is now available! Head over to the NGLA website to see how you will be spending your time in Pittsburgh.
Collecting Items for Conference Philanthropy

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania is the recipient of our conference philanthropy this year. We are collecting the following items for donation at the conference:

  • Youth sized footballs
  • Playground equipment: playground balls, jump ropes, cones or discs, (soft skin dodgeballs, soccer balls, footballs)
  • Frisbees, wiffleballs and bases 
  • Youth and regulation sized basketballs
  • Indoor rubber bases
  • Hoops
  • Pinnies
  • Youth sized archery equipment 
They also offer game room activities in their club operations, and are also looking for age appropriate table games: checkers, chess, table tennis supplies such as table tennis balls & paddles and billiard table supplies such as cue sticks. Arts and craft supplies would also be welcomed.
Nominate a Student for the Advanced Leadership Summit

The Advanced Leadership Summit provides an opportunity for student leaders who have taken part in NGLA or other significant leadership educational programs to drill deeper into meeting the challenges of leading. The 2016 Summit will focus on "Leading Through Issues."

Please complete the link below to nominate students to participate in the Advanced Leadership Summit. Candidates must have attended a previous leadership program/experience in order to be eligible.

For more information about the NGLA Advanced Leadership Summit please feel free to contact Lindsay Wright or Ally Kruzansky.

Advisor Academy is Filling up Fast! Register Now

The Advisor Academy will bring together volunteer advisors, alumni, faculty/staff and advisory boards from around the region to share best practices and hear from industry leaders on issues affecting higher education and the interfraternal movement. All sessions are facilitated by the staff of RISE Partnerships.

Participate in the 3rd Annual Silent Auction

The NGLA Annual Conference staff invite you to participate in the 3rd Annual Silent Auction! The 3rd Annual Silent Auction is not only a way to win fabulous prizes, but it is also a way to raise money for future scholarships to students attending NGLA in 2017. Last year, the Silent Auction raised over $3,000! Collectively in the past two years, the Silent Auction has raised $5,500!

This year, we are challenging each delegation to bring an item or basket to donate to the Silent Auction. Also, don’t forget to bring some extra cash onsite to bid on the many items that we will have up for auction. We also take credit cards!

If you have any questions please contact Rebecca by email or 412-396-6651 (office) / 330-518-4353 (cell). Thank you in advance for your participation. We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh!

Additional information, including helpful guidelines for giving, are available on the website.

Remember to bring a t-shirt to the Conference for our Friday evening t-shirt swap. Bring one, leave with one.
Improving Academic: A chapter approach to better grades
Dave Conner, NGLA Treasurer

If you find yourself sitting in a chapter meeting at the beginning of the semester wondering how there is such a range in grades among chapter members, you are probably not alone. I hear the reaction from my chapter leaders every year when I give them a copy of their chapter’s grade report from the previous semester; and it’s a mixed bag. From, “Wow, Bill got a 4.0 – that kid is a genius” to “Oh my God, how do you even get a .8? Did Evan even go to class?” While we brag to unaffiliated students about how tight our brotherhood/sisterhood is, how much we know about our brothers/sisters and the extremes that we would go to help them, why is it that academics is often something we don’t talk about? Sure, we tell prospective members, rushes and PNMs all about our study hours – after all, we know that so much studying takes place during these established times, right? Or maybe we talk about members that have taken the same classes in the past that can help you if you’re struggling. Or maybe we even share that we might have some old notebooks and textbooks from classes. But when do we actually decide as a chapter that we want to do something tangible to move grades up for everyone?
One very simple but highly effective method I’ve started using with my chapters is a “Chapter Syllabus.” Let me explain. Rather than having class, grades and studying be something that members manage individually with minimal chapter support, we’ll create a way to talk about it at chapter.

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