We are so excited to introduce our summer staff, Melissa Sutton and Connor Pratt. These students will be at all Summer Orientations to answer questions. We look forward to meeting you!
Melissa Sutton is a Senior Communication, Pre-MAE student with the goal of becoming an elementary school teacher. In her sorority, she is the Panhellenic Delegate, but her official title is Public Relations. Unfortunately, she cannot share her Greek affiliation with you until after Yell-In because she has disaffiliated from her sorority due to her role in recruitment. She joined the Greek community here at Truman State because it is a place where she feels comfortable expressing herself through leadership, academics, and friendships. In her free time, she likes to be with friends watching TV shows or movies. Summertime is her favorite season, and she is so excited to spend it meeting all the incoming students at orientation!
Connor Pratt, is a member (and current Vice President of Programs) of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity. He is a junior studying Exercise Science with a concentration of Pre-Physical Therapy. He is also a member of the Blue Key Honor Society. In his free time he plays soccer with the Men’s Club Soccer Team. Besides soccer, he spends a lot of time at the Student Recreation Center whether it’s working, working out, or playing basketball. He also enjoys outdoor activities such as cycling, running, and hiking. His favorite food is sandwiches, and he highly recommends the Steve’s Garden Deli in the square. He is a proud a member of Greek Life at Truman State University, and hopes that his time as summer staff can help answer any new students’ questions as well as help strengthen the Greek community.
Greek Life note: As we mentioned earlier, we will have several students blogging over the summer about their individual Greek Life experience. Our first student is Shallen Dautenhahn.
Hello! My name is Shallen Dautenhahn. I am a senior from Kansas City, studying Business Administration and Music here at Truman. I was asked to write about my experiences of deciding to GO GREEK to help others figure out what might be right for them. Don’t worry, I will tell you all you need to know in time but first, let me tell you a little bit about how I decided to GO GREEK:
I was a sophomore and had recently joined a professional fraternity for women. After a business meeting one day, I was approached by some older members that I did not too know well since I had just joined the organization. All I knew about the two girls is that they were best friends. They said “hey, we really like all the things you bring to this organization, and we think you should rush a social sorority.”
My thought initially was “What is a social sorority? And why would I want to be in one?”
Since starting college I had stayed within my comfort-zone. I came to Truman with my best friends from high school; I was in this professional organization with one friend, and in marching band with two of them. I thought about the social sorority invitation for a few days.
The only people I knew besides these two girls that were involved in Greek Life were a few people that were in my Truman Week class. I liked all the Greek people I knew, but it wasn’t enough to convince me that Greek Life was the way to go.
After thinking, I went through Recruitment the following week. I am a shy person, so to go through by myself was a feat in itself. I was shocked at how much fun I had! I didn’t know anyone, but I made instant friends. I didn’t think anyone would like me, and I also thought they might think I am weird. At the end of the week, I got my bid. I was ecstatic that I opened up to a group of essentially strangers, and they accepted me for who I am.
I was proud to join Sigma Chi Delta in spring 2011, and have had many opportunities for leadership ( I am currently the President). Not only do I love Sigma Chi Delta, I love Greek Life and all the opportunities this community has to offer. I believe that there is a place for everyone in Greek Life; you just have to find the right home for you and open your heart and mind.
I look forward to sharing more of my story throughout the summer.
“Happiness depends on ourselves,” Aristotle
It’s summer time in Kirksville which means we are excited to meet all the incoming students, and plan for an awesome 2013-2014 school year. If you are visiting this page, we hope that you find all the resources to help you learn more about Greek Life at Truman State University. But if you don’t, you can always contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook at Truman Greek or on Twitter @TrumanGreek.
To also help you get a better feel for Greek Life at Truman State, we will a few current student who will be adding posts through the summer so you can hear about their experiences here on campus. We asked them to really reflect how “Going Greek” has impacted their time at Truman so please keep in mind that the views that they express are their own.
Have a great summer and we hope to see you going through recruitment in the fall! And, don’t forget you can contact us: by email at email@example.com, on Facebook at Truman Greek or on Twitter @TrumanGreek.
Congrats to all of the recent Greek graduates!!!
If you have any pictures from graduation you want to share send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org! For more visit us on Facebook.
Last month at Delta Sigma Theta’s event, Stigmas, Stereotypes, and Labels, a few non-Greek students said they feel as though Greeks are not as visible as they should be on campus or out in the community. This stirred mixed feelings among the Greek students who were present at the event. Some Greek students were eager to learn of different ways they could better appease the Greek students. While there were some Greek students who wanted the non-Greek students to understand that outside of planning events, school, and maintaining the other extra-curricular activities that they are involved in, it is very challenging to always be out in the campus community building relationships with their fellow peers and doing service outside of what their respective organizations require. I am writing this blog to encourage all of the Greek organizations to think about how do you want your respective Greek organizations and Greek Life as a whole to be perceived by the campus community. As Greeks, we must remember that we are LEADERS. We were given the opportunity to become a member of our Greek organizations to make a difference and serve a purpose that is larger than ourselves. I also want to charge everyone with the Greek Life Mission Statement:
To be successful as Greek leaders, we will govern our administration by the principles of respect, integrity, compassion and efficiency. We will remember that what is most important to us as Greeks are our values: scholarship – to achieve our academic potential; leadership – to provide strength and positive direction to those around us; integrity– to hold tenaciously to our Greek legacy even when pressured to do otherwise; and commitment – to dedicate ourselves to be the best for our chapters and for society. We will devote ourselves to achieving a legacy of inspiring positive change in the Greek system at Truman, unifying Greek brothers and sisters regardless of affiliation, accomplishing our goals, and in providing a positive role model for all those with whom we associate. We will strive for personal integrity and lead the Greek system toward connecting with our Greek traditions and achieving our collective potential through committee service.
With real life just around the corner, how will you market your sorority or fraternity experiences when you enter into the job search? How much should you assume your employers know about Greek Life when composing your professional resume? These questions and more are answered in an article recently published by the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisers entitled: “Helping Students Highlight Their Fraternity/Sorority Experience in the Job Search.”
This is a brief article with many suggestions on how to give your fraternity/sorority professional credit, and how to appropriately market your Greek accomplishments.
You may access the article by following this link: http://afa1976.org/Portals/0/documents/Essentials/Helping%20Student%20Highlight%203.13.pdf
Lead Greek Life Intern
Have you ever needed help getting home at night? Or needed an interruption during an uncomfortable situation? Now, there is an app that can help you during these potentially dangerous circumstances. Circle of 6 is a free app that can connect you with your friends to stay safe and prevent violence before it happens. It makes it quick and easy to reach the 6 friends you choose. There are four icons that represent actions, so no one can tell what you’re up to. The car icon sends a message to your circle of friends that says, “Come get me. I need help getting home safely.” A map using GPS is also sent to show your circle exactly where you are. The phone icon sends a message saying, “Call and pretend you need me. I need an interruption.” This is a great excuse to leave an uncomfortable situation. The chat icon is for when you need some advice. A message is sent that reads, “I’m looking up info about healthy relationships and respect. Just letting you know.” There will also be links to loveisrespect.org and whereisyourline.org. This keeps your circle aware of what’s on your mind without asking for immediate action. The last icon is an exclamation point that can be used when you are in a critical situation. This has pre-programmed national hotlines and a local emergency number that you can customize. Overall, this app allows you to let your circle of friends know where you are and how they can help with just two touches on you iPhone. All college students should download this app because you never know when you might need immediate help from your friends. Check it out at http://www.circleof6app.com/ !
Tess Coyman – Health and Wellness Intern
We are excited to announce an all-new competition, a chance for a student to design an Greek Life t-shirt which will be sold to all fraternities and sororities across campus! So spread the word to your fellow Greeks and get creative! The application and rules will be sent out in all-Greek email as well as to each organizations’ president, and they will be due Wednesday, February 13th by noon. The top three designs will be selected by the Greek Life Intern team, and then posted on the 14th for all Greeks to vote on. Good luck to all who enter!
Contact Connor Kellogg at email@example.com for any questions.
Congratulations to the two recipients of the 2012 Greek Week Annual Scholarship, Kylie Warner of Sigma Lambda Gamma, and Alyssa Dummerth of Alpha Sigma Alpha!
Kylie Warner is a junior Communication Disorders major, and has been a member of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. since fall 2010. Within her sorority, Kylie has held multiple positions including Secretary, Vice President, and currently holds the office of President. Kylie has worked to bring many events to campus, including a Breast Cancer Carnival, Bolivian Fair Trade sales and a forum on college athletics. She has served as peer mentor through the Multi-Cultural Affairs Office, and is a part of the Ronald E. McNair program in which she is working to teach different communication skills to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Allyssa Dummerth is a senior Psychology and Pre-Education Elementary major, who has also begun the Masters of Education program here at Truman simultaneously. She has been a part of Alpha Sigma Alpha since 2009, and has held many positions, including President, Vice President of Programming and Ritual, and Fundraising Chair. She is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi, Student Activities Board, the 2011 Homecoming Committee, and was a Gamma Chi in 2011. She has served at the Kirksville Early Childhood Learning Center, Ray Miller Elementary School, and is currently a teacher’s aide at Kirksville Childhood Development Center.
Another congratulations to both these women, and we look forward to having more great Greek students apply next year!
Click here for more information on the Greek Week Scholarship and opportunities to give to Greek Life.
Spring Semester is shaping up to a busy as ever. We encourage you to mark your calendar now for all the things we have going on this semester. You can always find out what’s happening at on our Events Page.
January 15th – Greek Grind Sign Ups Begin* (sign ups end January 28th)
January 23rd – How to Score Gold on Greek Challenge for Excellence*
February 18th – 22 – Greek Life Soccer Tournament
February 28th – Health and Wellness; Spring Break Summit*
March 23rd – BIG Event
March 25th – 29th – Greeks Give Back to Campus*
April 2nd – 5th – Alcohol Awareness Week by GAMMA
April 15th – Greek Challenge for Excellence Portfolios Due
April 26th – Greek Grind Ends
May 4th – Senior Send Off
Summits will occur in February and April – Dates will be confirmed early January
*Events that count towards the Greek Challenge for Excellence