8 Ways to make your Fraternity|Sorority Advisor your BESTIE

by Thea Zunick, Associate Director of Student Life, Stevens Institute of Technology

Take it from an experienced Fraternity|Sorority Advisor, there are ways to work together to achieve success and mutual respect for your chapter and the institution.

In Thea’s role at Stevens, she serves as the Fraternity & Sorority Advisor among other responsibilities in Undergraduate Student Life.  She previously worked at New Jersey Institute of Technology and Iona College. She received her Master’s degree from University of Florida and her undergraduate degree from The College of New Jersey and is currently working on her doctoral program at Rutgers University. Thea is a member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority, and a long-time supporter of Delta Phi Epsilon.

1.  Communicate

It is important that your advisor knows what’s happening with the chapter. We don’t like to be kept in the dark, this scares us.

2. Office Visits

Fraternity|Sorority Advisors always love having company but what this really accomplishes is creating the opportunity to build relationships. The more your advisors know about your chapter and its members, the more they can do to help you. It’s also good to get to know us; we can be pretty interesting people too!

3. Volunteer

Always be on the lookout for opportunities to help out at events, whether they are run by your Student Life office or for organizations within the community where your campus is. This shows that you genuinely care about others around you. When an advisor knows that they can rely on a chapter for anything, you are golden.

4. Invite us places.

We love going places! Invite your advisors to meetings and events when you can. By knowing when these events are, we can stop by and show support. Besides, who doesn’t love being able to show support by attending male pageants and bake sales!

5. Meet with us.

This is a great way to keep your advisor in the loop and for you to get the inside ‘scoop’ as to what is happening on campus. (see what I did there)

6. Let us school you.

We spend a lot of time and effort traveling from conference to conference, reading blogs and articles, and watching webinars learning about different topics. Let us come share what we have learned with you through a workshop or an informal talk; you might be surprised at how much we know.

7. Make us proud!

Living your values, going above and beyond, and being the best versions of yourself is the most important thing you can do. This is what keeps us going as advisors and is why we do what we do.

7. Bribery.

When all else fails, bribe us!  Bringing small tokens of appreciation always goes a long way. Baked goods are always a treat! It shows that you care and put time and effort into doing something nice for us.