Subject: NGLA Newsletter - November 2015

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Kinney and Wilkinson receive the Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award
The Northeast Greek Leadership Association Board of Directors is pleased to share that Wendi Kinney, current Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA) Executive Director, and Tim Wilkinson, NGLA Executive Director Emeritus have both been tapped to receive the Association for Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award. This award, created in 1985, “recognizes individuals who have exhibited outstanding achievements in one or more of the following areas: service to AFA; programming and/or service which reaches beyond the recipient's campus/organization; development and research activities; and/or service to the college and fraternity/sorority communities.”
Registration for the 2016 Northeast Greek Leadership Association Annual Conference is Open!
On Site Conference Registration will be available after February 12th.

If you are unsure of the particular attendees at the time of registration, you can always log in later and update any of your information or change student attendees. We are happy to offer 1 complimentary advisor registration per every 10 undergraduate students again this year for NGLA Subscribers only.

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

As you are wrapping up your fall events make sure to set aside some t-shirts for the swap this February!

Questions regarding conference registration can be directed to Christine Kobza

NGLA Advisor Academy Registration is Now Open!
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.
NGLA Institute
The 2016 NGLA Institute will be an educational touchpoint for students throughout the conference on networking, diversity awareness, and sexual assault and Title XI. The Institute will take on a new structure, and we need your help! The NGLA Institute Call for Facilitators is now OPEN!

Please consider applying to be a small group facilitator by Friday, December 11 at 5:00 PM. Please note that in order to be a small group facilitator, you must attend a mandatory webinar training on, Wednesday, February 3rd at 12:00 PM. On-site time commitments will include:

  • Thursday - 8:30-9:15 pm NGLA Institute Facilitator Training
  • Friday - 10:30am-11am NGLA Institute for Undergraduates: Part I (Networking) 
  • Friday - 11:00am-12:00 pm NGLA Institute Part II (Sexual Assault Title IX )
  • Saturday - 10:15am-11:15am NGLA Institute for Undergraduates: Part III (Diversity and Inclusion Conversations)
  • Saturday - 4:45-6pm NGLA Institute for Undergraduates: Part IV (Plan of Action Creation)
NGLA Award Applications are Now Open!
NGLA is proud to recognize chapters, councils, and communities with the Amy Vojta Impact Awards in eight different categories: academic achievement, membership recruitment, multicultural initiatives/programming, philanthropy, service, public relations, risk management, and chapter leadership. Individuals can submit for these awards through a google form and the committee has created an Advisor Approval google form to make approving all of the submissions easy on the campus professional. This year, the committee will be sending out this form directly to the campus professionals AFTER their students have submitted awards. 

Award applications are due January 11, 2016

The Award Committee is excited to announce a new initiative to bring education and awareness around the NGLA Awards application process directly to students and staff members. We will be offering two NGLA Awards Information webinars in November to help spread education on the award types and application process. Please be on the lookout for separate communication with this information!

If there are any questions regarding the awards process, please do not hesitate to contact
Taylor Mahanna, NGLA Awards Committee Chair and Matt Crimmins, NGLA Awards Committee Assistant Chair.

Annual Conference Sponsorship Program
The conference committee is excited to launch our brand new Conference Sponsorship Program for the 2016 Conference. The purpose of the NGLA Conference Sponsorship Program is to offer our partners an opportunity to generate additional interest in their organization, and meet face to face with college students who are leaders within their fraternity and sorority community and their advisors. 

NGLA sponsorship is for all partners, whether it is for a nonprofit or for profit organization. This program allows our partners to build their sponsorship program of choice through an a la carte menu of overall conference sponsorship and individual programs throughout the conference. All Bronze - Gold level sponsors will have the benefit of an NGLA staff member dedicated to ensuring that their experience is top notch with NGLA. If you would like more information about this program and are interested in this opportunity, contact Thea Zunick.

NGLA Student Staff Opportunity
The NGLA student staff experience is a great opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to gain conference management skills, network with NGLA volunteers as well as professional speakers, national volunteers, and campus based professionals, and serve as a fast-paced, customer oriented part of the annual conference committee. Applications will be available and posted on the NGLA website by November 13, 2015. Contact Joe Gurreri for more information.
NGLA 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,soccerballs, 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.

Committee Updates
Educational Programming Committee
Thank you to everyone that submitted program proposals! With a record number of proposals it was extremely competitive, and we are very excited for the programs selected for the 2016 conference. This year the educational programs in conjunction with the NGLA institute will take a closer look at sexual assault prevention education, conversations on diversity as well as provide skills and tools for networking. Our hope is that students, advisors and conference attendees will have an opportunity to think critically about our fraternal community and find ways to engage, reflect and act to make changes for a better society.

Professionals Programming Committee
This year at NGLA, professional programming will include different opportunities depending on one’s experience in the field. There will be a graduate track option which will include mock interviews and resume reviews, as well as a seasoned professional option. Professional sessions will be offered during every educational programming block and will be separate from the traditional undergraduate programming options. 

Volunteer Spotlight: Anne Marie Cucci
AnneMarie currently serves as the Drive-In Conference Chair for NGLA. She has served NGLA for the past three years and is directly responsible for the success of the Local Greek Leadership Conference in October. Professionally, AnneMarie currently serves as the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at the University of Rochester where she is also working on her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration. AnneMarie is a member of Sigma Gamma Phi (Arethusa).

When asked about her experience as a volunteer, AnneMarie said
"I have had the opportunity to meet and work with numerous professionals whose enthusiasm and dedication to the Greek students in our region is contagious. I have most enjoyed being involved in an organization with a true purpose, driven by passionate volunteers. Seeing the collective work of a group of volunteers turn into a successful Drive-In conference for students was an amazing feeling, and I am especially appreciative of all the support I received along the way from my committee and the NGLA Board of Directors.
We are glad to recognize AnneMarie as our Volunteer of the Month and thankful for her continued service to NGLA.

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