Subject: NGLA Newsletter - November 2013

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Folks, we survived our first year without being cancelled or censored. What a relief! Thank you for your readership, and if you must, cards, gifts, or ideas for content can be sent to
NGLA Annual Conference Registration is Live! 
Registration is now live for the 2014 Northeast Greek Leadership Association Annual Conference. The conference will be held February 27-March 2, 2014 at the Wyndham Grand Downtown in Pittsburgh, PA. Register now and save with early bird registration for NGLA Members at $190.00 per attendee until this offer expires on January 31. The non-member rate is $250.00 per attendee.

Please note that you can always log in later and update any of your information or exchange student attendees. We are happy to offer 1 complimentary advisor registration for every 10 undergraduate students again this year. 

Questions about registering for the conference? Please contact NGLA Annual Conference Coordinator Kevin Pons at

For more information, visit the annual conference page.
Join the Annual Conference Staff Team!
The NGLA Annual Conference is run with the support of a hand picked student volunteer team. This experience is a great opportunity to learn about conference management, meet fellow fraternity & sorority students from all over the northeast and network with higher education and fraternal professionals.

Interested students must complete the application and submit a letter of reference from a fraternity or sorority advisor (for undergraduate students) or a supervisor (for graduate students). All materials are due by December 15, 2013. Please email NGLA volunteer staff coordinator Abby Myette at with any questions.
NGLA Annual Conference Scholarships
We are pleased to be able to provide scholarships to attend the Association Conference. Special thanks to those interfraternal partners that support the leadership development of undergraduates in the northeast. Scholarships are available for individuals and for campus delegations. The Discover NGLA scholarship is an amazing opportunity for a campus that has not attended the annual conference in a while to rediscover all that our programming and institute curriculum have to offer. All scholarship applications, including letters of support from the campus Fraternity and Sorority advisor, are due by January 15, 2014. Read more about our scholarships at
Chapter Advisor Survey
Thanks to the generosity of Zeta Tau Alpha, NGLA and RISE Partnerships are working together to develop a one-day intensive training experience for volunteers (chapter, alumni/ae, faculty/staff) in conjunction with the 2014 Annual Conference. 

To assess the needs of chapter advisors and shape the content of the program, NGLA and RISE have created a survey that can completed within 15 minutes. The survey is available to everyone, so please invite students, chapter advisors, and other professionals from your institution to respond. The purpose of this survey is to understand the experiences, talents, and needs of chapter fraternity/sorority advisors. 

The questions pertain to those volunteers who have a direct advisory relationship with undergraduate fraternity/sorority members, regardless of the topic area (i.e. recruitment advisor, financial advisor, faculty advisor, etc.). 
Values Academy
The fourth Values Academy, hosted by Syracuse University’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and NGLA will take place November 22 to 23 in Syracuse, NY. This conference will offer specific training and education for students and higher education professionals committed to the growth, support, and development of culturally-based fraternities and sororities on college campuses throughout the Northeast.

By attending the academy, students will be able to:
  • Identify illegal rites of passage and address the situation and take strides to improve the quality of the fraternity/sorority experience;
  • Understand and recognize the historical relevance of their organizations;
  • Better understand their role in fostering accountability and cultural empowerment;
  • Gain a better appreciation for their membership and understand the value of appropriate matriculation to alumni/nae chapters, volunteering locally, regionally, and nationally;
  • Understand the impact of values congruence and how it aligns with the fraternal experience; and
  • Understand the need to value the strengths of members and how to get them to buy into the mission of the organization.
For more information about the Values Academy, visit the Syracuse University Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs website
NEGS 2013 A Success
On Saturday, October 12, 130 students and professionals converged upon Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts for the third annual New England Greek Summit. The drive-in conference provided attendees with a variety of educational opportunities, including the "Power of 5%" keynote and breakout sessions by RISE Partnerships Project Leader Jon Campbell, along with a breakout educational sessions from Phired Up.

One student attendee provided the following feedback about NEGS, “It was inspiring. [It] motivated me to not only pursue higher positions in Greek life, but to look at things with a different perspective."

NEGS planning team member and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Director of Student Activities Emily Perlow added, "The conference has continued to deliver programming to support emerging Greek leaders. We value the partnerships with RISE Partnerships and Phired Up who helped even further enhance the experience for attendees this year. Look forward to even better things from NEGS next year.”

Thank you to everyone who played a role in making NEGS a success!

Brag Board

Delaware sorority speaks to community about Senegal service trip
University of Delaware and Delta Gamma sister Megan O'Brien spoke about her trek this past summer with 14 other sorority women from across the United States with Circle of Sisterhood to build a school house in Senegal. Over 700 of her fellow students attended the program, learning about the initiative and how they can uplift girls and women from poverty and oppression through the removal of educational barriers.

UPenn Greek Week Dodgeball Tourney for B+ Foundation
During Greek Week this fall, the IFC, MGC and Panhellenic Council at the University of Pennsylvania organized their first ever dodgeball tournament to benefit the B+ Foundation. Twelve co-ed teams competed in the tournament over the course of the evening. The event raised $500 this year, and the hope is to grow it in the future to continue to make an impact on the B+ Foundation's mission.

SUNY Plattsburgh Inter-Sorority Association supports neighbors
The Inter-Sorority Association coordinated a sisterhood/service project on October 26th. Sorority members joined together to rake leaves in the Plattsburgh area. 

Want to highlight the accomplishments of your chapter, council, or community? The individual who submits December's featured brag will receive a $5.00 gift card to Starbucks! To submit your brag, email NGLA Newsletter Editor Adam McCready at by Friday, December 6.

Volunteer of the Month
Congratulations to our November Volunteer of the Month, John DiSarro. John is a long time NGLA volunteer who also volunteers in his “spare time” with AFA. In his professional life John is the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at the University of Rochester and works every day to move our mission forward for the students of the northeast. When nominating John as Volunteer of the Month, Kara Miller noted that, “John is head and shoulders the obvious first choice, and not just because he is 6’5’! He has been carrying the educational programming of the NGLA conference for years and doing it well, engaging a committee, trying new things, being receptive to feedback and being very professional.” We commend John for his dedication and look forward to seeing the final results of his work at the 2014 NGLA conference in Pittsburgh. Please join me in thanking John for being yet another stellar volunteer that NGLA can celebrate!

Do you know anyone who goes above and beyond to support NGLA as a volunteer? Please nominate that person for the NGLA Volunteer of the Month. Nominations will be accepted by the 20th of each month by emailing and the winners will be showcased in this newsletter. Showcased volunteers will also receive a special surprise to thank them for their contributions. Who can you nominate for the next NGLA Volunteer of the Month?
Volunteer Opportunities with NGLA
Vacancies still exist for our drive-in conferences, marketing/member recruitment, newsletter, blog, recognition and Annual Conference Impact Awards teams. Not currently living in the Northeast? Not a problem! All positions are remote and only require you to have a desire to enhance the fraternal experiences of the students of our region. For more information regarding NGLA or our volunteer opportunities please visit our website at or contact Tiffany Neal, Coordinator of Volunteers, at
NPC Honors TCNJ Advisor
The National Panhellenic Conference recognized Dave Conner, Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), with the Outstanding Panhellenic Advisor Award. This honor is the sole award given by NPC to an individual Panhellenic advisor.

In addition to this work at TCNJ, Conner serves on the board of directors for the Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA). Also, he received the NGLA Philippi Outstanding Advisor Award at the 2013 NGLA Annual Conference.

“Dave makes himself available in every capacity and consistently follows up with his students to ensure they are set up for success in all endeavors,” said Lindsay Smith, a member of Delta Phi Epsilon who nominated Conner for the award. “He encourages positive change through his relationships with chapters and leaders.”

“Service to the Panhellenic community makes Dave a standout for recognition,” said Nicki Meneley, Executive Director of the National Panhellenic Conference. “David’s leadership as a sole advisor for more than 1,300 students in 30 fraternities and sororities is a remarkable accomplishment.”

NGLA congratulates Conner on receiving this distinguished honor.
Important Dates
January 11, 2014      NGLA Awards deadline
February 27, 2014    NGLA Annual Conference 
to March 2, 2014
Become an NGLA member today!
Membership is $210 a campus/organization. We encourage you to sign up for a new membership or to renew your previous membership!

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