Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Chapter Development Advising

Last Spring we piloted a new model of advising for our chapters. Each organization was assigned to a staff person in the Student Leadership and Involvement Center that met with officers regularly and advised them on leadership development and University resources. This program is designed to be a supplement to the chapter advisors that are appointed by the national organizations. After gathering feedback and making some adjustments, I am excited to let you know that we will be continuing this program for 2012-2013. Here are some additional details on the Chapter Development Advisors program.

To offer the fraternity and sorority community support that emphasizes the importance of High Social Standards, Academic Excellence and Leadership through open communication, needs-based advising and direct interaction with organization members and advisors.

Advising Philosophy: 
We believe in the holistic development of members in the fraternity and sorority community. Our role is to provide supplementary advising that reinforces organizational and community values to enact positive and sustainable change.

  • Improve positive recognition of organizations.
  • Increase direct contact with and support of organization officers, advisors and members.
  • Provide guidance and support for each organization to self-govern.
  • Increase awareness of the SLIC staff and resources for officers and general members.
  • Increase the number of organizations that apply for recognition through the Dean’s Trophy process.
So what does this mean for you... As a general member, it may not impact your day to day experience. The design of this program is so that those in officer positions have a little extra support as they work to serve you. Presidents, New Member Educators, Risk Managers and Scholarship Officers will meet with their CDA throughout the semester. Your CDA will also visit chapter meeting at least once a semester - so keep an eye out for them. Regardless of whether or not you are serving in one of these positions, your Chapter Development Advisor is available to answer questions for you, so do not hesitate to reach out and take advantage of this resource.

Please meet the 2012-2013 Chapter Development Advisors (CDA):
Emily Cunningham
Emily is an alumna of Iona College and member of Phi Sigma Sigma. As a second year student in the Higher Ed Masters program, she will be working with Sigma Phi Epsilon and Alpha Phi.

Sam Keil
Sam is a USD alumna and a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She is a first year law student working as a Graduate Assistant with Gamma Phi Beta, Sigma Theta Psi and Kappa Delta.

Brianne McGann
Brianne is an alumna of USD and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She will be working with Alpha Delta Pi and Kappa Alpha Theta during her first year in the Higher Ed Masters program.

Katelin Rae
Katelin is an alumna of Loyola Marymount University and member of Delta Gamma. She will be working with Lambda Chi Alpha and Kappa Kappa Gamma during her second year in the Higher Ed Masters program.

Taylor Shramo
Taylor is a USD alumnus and member of Beta Theta Pi. He will be continuing his work with Delta Tau Delta and Phi Kappa Theta during his second year of law school.

Tierney Trujillo
Tierney is an alumna of USD and a member of Gamma Phi Beta. In her first year in the Higher Ed Masters program, she will be working with Alpha Chi Omega.

Mandy Womack
Mandy is an alumna of SDSU and a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. As the Director of Student Organizations and Greek Life, she will chair the CDA group as well as work directly with Beta Theta Pi and FIJI.

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