Subject: NGLA Newsletter - June 2014

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NGLA Strategic Plan Update

In 2010, NGLA established a mission and vision statement and embarked on a strategic plan. Since that time, NGLA has accomplished a number of important benchmarks. Check out the infographic below to learn more about what we've achieved. Says Emily Perlow, NGLA Assistant Executive Director, and steward of the strategic plan, "We have a lot to celebrate. From our increased conference offerings, to new experiences like the Advisor Academy, to our research supported learning outcomes, NGLA is working hard to meet the needs of fraternity and sorority members in the Northeast. As we prepare for the next iteration of the strategic plan, get excited for what's in store."
Gallup/Purdue Study Connects Membership with Positive College & Life Experiences

In a joint study with Purdue University, Gallup released the results of the Gallup-Purdue subset index survey aimed at determining the aspects of the college experience that contribute to the long term overall well-being & engagement of college graduates. 

The study defines overall well being as a person's sense of purpose, their social interactions, effective fiscal management, contributions and engagement within their communities, and their physical health. Individuals are categorized as "thriving", "struggling", and "suffering" based on their responses to the questions that correlate to that particular area of well-being. 

Some highlights from the report include:
  • The majority of fraternity and sorority members that were surveyed indicated that they were employed full time. Of those fully employed, fraternity and sorority members are more likely to be engaged in their workplace/field of work.
  • Fraternity and sorority members have a stronger sense of purpose than their peers, and are more likely to enjoy the work that they do daily. Sense of purpose is the area of well being where members are most likely to be excelling post graduation.
  • In all five of the well-being categories, fraternity and sorority members are more likely to be thriving than non members. Of the five categories, physical well being was the area in which members appear to be the most challenged- although they still are more likely to be thriving in physical well being than all other college graduates. 
  • Fraternity and sorority members are more likely than their non-affiliated peers to agree that they had caring professors, and could identify at least one mentor who encouraged them to excel. 
  • In comparison to their non-affiliated peers, fraternity and sorority members were more likely to be involved in extra-curricular activities or organizations outside of their membership. 
  • More fraternity and sorority members strongly agree that their time at college prepared them for life after college. 
Be sure to read the blog post and full report from Gallup for more detailed information and statistical data. 
Call for Programs Now Open
The 2015 NGLA Call for Programs is now live. Please submit an educational program that supports the mission and vision of NGLA and that will enhance the educational experience of conference attendees. We are interested in keynote, featured speaker, and general session programs that support values alignment and leadership development as well as those that provide specific officer training. 

The Call for Programs will be live until August 31, 2014. Please not that this date is a slightly earlier submission date than in past years. 
Your Campus Could Host the Next NGLA Drive-In!

The Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA) is seeking a qualified campus to host one of two drive-in leadership events in Fall 2014. Specifically, there are two themed drive-in events: Northeast Greek Summit (NEGS) and Local Greek Leadership Conference (LGLC). Campuses responding to the RFP can elect to host either or both drive-ins if selected. The host institution will work with a group of NGLA volunteers to develop curriculum.
NGLA has programming for local and regional training of collegiate men and women. The drive-ins are timed to complement the lessons taught at the annual conference. NGLA believes that campuses should have the opportunity to host drive-ins and take pride in their schools and students, while working with a dedicated group of volunteers to provide a meaningful day of leadership development.

How to submit a proposal to host one (or both) of the drive-ins:
Dates: Proposals due June 30, 2014
Respond To: Matthew Modansky, Drive-In Committee Chairman or (317)-789-8338
Background: To learn more about NGLA's mission, vision and strategy, go here.
Requirements and Expectations
  • Attendance: Campus must be able to accommodate a minimum of 75 students (not expected to exceed 150 students).
  • Location: A host campus must be able to secure multiple meeting spaces in a single building. Meeting space should include one (1) larger room for keynote sessions, three (3) or more rooms for breakout sessions, one (1) room for meals. Prospective host campuses should consider parking and potential overnight accommodations.
  • Meals: Each drive-in program must serve a meal during the lunch hours. Lunch must be at least 45 minutes long. There are no requirements on what should be served, however, please consider different dietary restrictions when planning a menu. 
  • Facilitators: The host campus is expected to supply support staff for the day of the event to assist the host committee.
  • Time: It is advisable that drive-in meetings start no earlier than 10:00 am and conclude no later than 5:00 pm.
  • Dates: Drive-in meetings shall take place on Saturdays during the months of September, October or November.
Budget Considerations
NGLA believes that drive-in programs should be self-sustaining. The cost of meeting space, meals and materials should be covered in the registration fees.

Suggested Fee Schedule for Drive-In Meetings
  • Member Rate = Regular drive-in meeting registration fee as established by the drive-in meeting coordinators. Suggested registration fee = $30
  • Non-Member Rate = Registration fee for non-members of the association. Non- members must pay a higher rate than members. Suggested registration fee = $50 
Host institutions and drive-in Committees are encouraged to identify additional revenue sources.

 Timeline of Committee Process

  • May 15, 2014 – Distribution of RFP
  • June 30, 2014 – Proposals Due
  • July 1, 2014 – Begin review of proposals
  • July 15, 2014 – Committee will notify campuses selected to host
  • Summer 2014 – Committee assigned and development of curriculum 
  • September – November, 2014 – Drive-Ins hosted on selected campuses.

NGLA Drive-In Proposal Checklist
Proposals must include the following information:
  • Institution name and address
  • Contact person designated for this event (name, phone and email)
  • Number of fraternal organization on your campus (all councils)
  • Size of staff working with fraternities/sororities (full and part time)
  • Cost of meeting space (if applicable)
  • Cost of audio visual services (if applicable)
  • Cost for meal service (if applicable)
  • Cost for parking (if applicable)
  • Summary of all expenses that will be absorbed by host institution.
Please also include (in this order):
  • Cover letter expressing interest and institutional support for hosting a drive-in.
  • Support letter from senior administrator committing to role of host institution.
  • Explanation how the host institution will utilize support staff, graduate students, and undergraduate both prior to and during the drive-in. 
  • Campus map with both parking and meeting space clearly marked.
  • Brochure/floor layouts of residence and meeting space with photos (or link to online photos).
Please submit as a PDF or Word document.
The deadline to submit a proposal is June 30, 2014.
Volunteer Of the Month: Kevin Pons

Congratulations to our newest volunteer of the month, Kevin Pons. Kevin Pons has been assisting the Annual Conference Team with conference registrations over the past few years, and in 2014 took over the process full-time. In his professional life, Kevin has worked for the past year as the Regional Director- West of Sigma Pi Fraternity (and he still remains active with NGLA from California!)

When asked why Kevin should have this honor bestowed to him, Kara Miller reported that, “We have over 1,000 registered attendees and I’ve been so impressed by the professional and customer service oriented manner in which Kevin has replied to each inquiry-and there are many!” Stacy Kraus added, “Although the bulk of the job is prior to the February conference, this role does work with customer questions throughout the year. He communicates a lot with me in my role on the financial side of the house. I know, when emailing Kevin, that I’ll get a knowledgeable and thorough response. And probably within about 20 minutes! He’s a joy to work with and truly makes NGLA better!”
Penn Pilots Safe Smart Dating

Compelled by the increasing media and attention on sexual assault, Jewish Women International- in partnership with Sigma Delta Tau and Zeta Beta Tau- has created the Safe Smart Dating Program.

The program curriculum centers around engaging men as allies in changing the campus culture to end violence against women, helping students to identify and understand consent and engaging in conversations around sexual misconduct. The University of Pennsylvania was selected to pilot the program this past fall, and subsequently at George Washington University and Purdue University.

You can read more about the program here
UVM PIKE Wins Hilarity for Charity Competition
Pi Kappa Alpha's Lambda Delta Chapter at the University of Vermont raised $27,000 to beat out 270 other organizations in the Hilarity for Charity competition. The brainchild of actor Seth Rogen and his wife, Lauren miller, the competition's focus was to raise money for Alzheimer's Research.

The men received a special advanced screening of Rogen's new film "Neighbors" which hit theatres later on May 9. They also were able to partake in an exclusive Q&A session with Rogen. 
Greetings from Your New Newsletter Editor!
My name is Brittany Scancarella and I am currently pursuing my masters degree at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA where I also serve as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership. In addition to this role I live with MIT's chapter of Delta Tau Delta fraternity as the Graduate Resident Advisor. I am incredibly excited to be serving the Northeast Greek Leadership Association in this role. Please feel free to share any exciting news from your campus and members for me to highlight on the Brag Board in next month's edition of the newsletter. I look forward to sharing your good news with our NGLA community! 
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