FSL Programming and Events
In addition to encouraging fraternities and sororities to participate in Indiana State University and Terre Haute community events, programs, and activities, the Fraternity and Sorority Life Office provides a variety of programming and education opportunities throughout the academic year. As part of being a member of a fraternity or sorority at Indiana State University, we have the following two focused learning outcomes:
- Students who affiliate with a fraternity or sorority will apply an understanding of personal and organizational values to their decisions and actions
- Members of a fraternity or sorority will display effective leadership skills in a variety of settings.
In order to achieve these learning outcomes and provide students the opportunity to express the core values from our mission statement of personal growth, leadership, academic excellence, philanthropy and service, and pride in campus activities, the FSL office has a variety of programming and development opportunities, listed and outlined below.
- All Council Meetings: Biweekly on Wednesdays during the Fall and Spring semesters, representatives from all four governing councils come together for joint meetings. We begin together to hear from guest speakers, share important updates, and review an educational topic before breaking out into individual council meetings for regular business.
- Rooted & Rising Sessions: A cohort-based leadership development program based on Dr. Corey Seemiller's Student Leadership Competencies framework, these biweekly meetings are held on the Wednesdays oppositve of All Council Meetings. The program focuses in on 9 of the 60 key competency areas that are essential for learning and developmnet for leaders. These sessions allow student leaders the opportunity to enhance their self-awareness as a leader and to gain the skills necessary to effect change within their communities.
- Advisor Roundtables: Once per month during the Fall and Spring semesters and once over the summer, Fraternity and Sorority Life staff host a roundtable meeting with fraternity and sorority chapter and campus advisors to discuss important updates from the University, hear from guest speakers, and build a cohort among advisors to discuss best practice topics for supporting undergraduate students.
- President One-on-One Meetings: Once per month during the Fall and Spring semesters and as needed over the winter and summer breaks, each organization president (or their designee) meets with their FSL Office staff advisor from the chapter coaching portfolio. These meetings follow a shared agenda during the regular academic year and are an opportunity to share information, review Standards of Excellence performance evaluations, and receive shared feedback.
- Fraternity & Sorority Life Carnival: In the first two weeks of the Fall and Spring semester, the office hosts a carnival-style tabling event that provides an opportunity for potential new members to meet and interact with representatives from all recognized social fraternities and sororities.
Fall Semester Programs
- President's Retreat: Prior to the first day of classes, all council and organization presidents come together for a retreat-style event that provides an overview of information and standard operating procedures, as well as leadership development education specific to the role of the President
- National Hazing Prevention Week: Held annually in the third week of September, the office helps to coordinate educational sessions and online engagement opportunities regarding hazing prevention and understanding. See HazingPrevention.Org to learn more about the national week.
- Alcohol Skills Training Program: All member organizations receive this risk reduction intervention program, originally developed by the University of Washington, from a trained faciliator on a biannual basis (odd-numbered years). The program helps students and young adults develop skills to make informed choices regarding the use of alcohol.
- Upstander Intervention Training Program: All member organizations receive this bystander training program, in partnership with Student Health Promotion, from a trained facilitator on a biannual basis (even-numbered years). Upstander training aims to develop a culture of care and teaches students how to be proactive in helping others in need.
- Officer Installation Ceremony: A formal celebration event held at the end of every Fall semester, newly elected governing council officers are formally installed into their roles at this event.
Spring Semester Programs
- Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Awards Ceremony: A formal recognition event held at the end of every January to provide recognition of outstanding individuals and the accomplishments of organizations within the FSL community.
- Greek Leadership Series (GLS): Held once per month during the Spring semester, the GLS program provides targeted education and development for a variety of targeted leaders.
- GLS I: Occuring in January prior to the start of Spring semester classes, this half-day, retreat-style program provides development and education for new council officers and organization presidents/executive board members
- GLS II: Occurring at the end of each February, this conference-style event provides an opportunity for organization officers to network with other peers and develop basic transferrable skills for success in their roles
- GLS III: Occuring in March, this program targets foundational leadership development for new or emerging leaders within the fraternity and sorority community