Subject: NGLA Newsletter - October 2013

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NGLA Annual Conference 
NGLA is excited to host the annual conference in Pittsburgh, PA from February 27, 2014 to March 2, 2014! The Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown will serve as the conference hotel, and it has undergone significant renovations since the last NGLA annual conference in Pittsburgh in 2007. The hotel now offers more space, and has newly renovated rooms, and there are more restaurants nearby for delegation meals!

Registration will go live again on November 1. The early bird fee will be $190.00 per person for NGLA members and $250.00 per person for non-members.

For more information, visit
Annual Conference Call for Programs!
The 2014 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 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 October 31, 2013.
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.). The survey will remain open through October 31, when information will be incorporated into program design efforts. 
Local Greek Leadership Conference
The Local Greek Leadership Conference (LGLC) is scheduled for Saturday, November 9 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. LGLC is dedicated to building a network among local Greek organizations. Local organizations do not have the opportunity to participate in conferences and programs hosted by national governing bodies. This conference is dedicated to local organizations coming together and learning from one another. 

The purpose of the Local Greek Leadership Conference is to:
  • To promote relationships between local sororities and fraternities;
  • To give local organizations access to a conference and therefore workshops, networking, and resources; and
  • To create a network among these local organizations in which ideas may be exchanged to strengthen individual organizations beyond the conference.
LGLC Program Proposal
Interested in presenting an educational session at LGLC? Submit a program proposal by Tuesday, October 15!

Brag Board

College Panhellenics honored by the National Panhellenic Conference
Several College Panhellenic within our region received honors from the National Panhellenic Conference, the umbrella group for 26 national and international sororities present on more than 600 college campuses.

“NPC received scores of nominations to recognize the outstanding work and achievements of undergraduate sorority women who are working together,” said Nicki Meneley, executive director of the conference. “These awards are given to those who are following the exemplary standards set for Panhellenic women.”

College Panhellenic Excellence Award Recipients
- The George Washington University, Washington, DC
- Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT
- University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

College Panhellenic Achievement Award Recipients
- University of Maryland, College Park, MD
- University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Want to highlight the accomplishments of your chapter, council, or community? The individual who submits November's featured brag will receive a $5.00 gift cards to Starbucks! To submit your brag, email NGLA Newsletter Editor Adam McCready at by Friday, November 1.

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.

We seek dynamic individuals to present on topics relevant to culturally-based fraternities and sororities. Please make sure your program submissions are in line with the following learning outcomes:

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.
Please submit all program proposals by Friday, October 22. Presenters will be notified by October 29 regarding the status of their program application. Submit a proposal by clicking here.

For more information about the Values Academy, visit the Syracuse University Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs website
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!

Important Dates
February 27, 2014    NGLA Annual Conference 
to March 2, 2014
Volunteer of the Month
Congratulations to our first Volunteer of the Month Adam McCready. The Assistant Director of the Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups at MIT and NGLA volunteer newsletter editor since last October, Adam has made quite an impression on our membership. Wendi Kinney, NGLA Executive Director, notes that, “Every month when the newsletter hits my email inbox I'm just so thrilled with how it showcases the Association. We have lacked a public face for NGLA (beyond the annual conference) for a long time and Adam has really just jumped in with both feet and done an outstanding job.” We all agree with Wendi’s words and want to acknowledge Adam’s accomplishments for everyone to see. Thanks, Adam, for all you do. You truly deserve this honor.

Do you know anyone who goes above and beyond to 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
NGLA, Attn: John DiSarro, 500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd, University of Rochester, 14627, Rochester, United States
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