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.

 

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8 Ways to become a 5-Star Chapter (in the most entertaining and effective way)

by Jaime Battaglia (Beta Mu), Membership Manager

The 1917 Club is the most prestigious group.  11 chapters earned 5-star status last year.  How did they do it?  What is the secret?  Well, here are some fun suggestions on how to “get er done” and rock those 5 gold stars.

1. Create a CAP Queen

All DPhiE sisters love to be more involved and have positions, so why not create one that is extremely valuable to improving your CAP score? Having a CAP Coordinator or Chair (Some chapters even call her the CAP Queen) allows each chapter to delegate such an important task to one member. Predetermining all the events with Leadership Team in the beginning of the semester, printing out all the CAP paperwork and having it organized in a pre-decorated LT binder, seems to get the job done. Having one person in charge of this eliminates stress, you know what happens when there are too many cooks in the kitchen!

2. Have a PEARL entering Pizza Party

It’s that time of the semester again …. to enter those 21 PEARLs into dashboard.dphie.org.  As Delta Phi Epsilon sisters, we all know that we are always out and about completing our PEARLs that we often forget to enter them for submission. Like any other issue in life, this one can also be fixed with pizza! Having a Pizza Party dedicated to PEARLs is a great way to ensure all your sisters have completed this very easy, yet easily forgotten task for extra CAP Points!

3. Keep it simple, silly!

Don’t make more work for yourself than you need to! Many of the CAP requirements can be completed with effortless events that do not fill your calendars. Service and social events seem to take a lot of planning and funds are usually involved, so our advice is to keep it as simple as possible. Instead of taking up another day of the week for an event, use the chapter meeting to your advantage.

Tips:

1) Bring crafting supplies, such as colored construction paper, markers and stickers. Each sister can write a heartfelt letter to a soldier fighting across seas or a sick child in the hospital. It’s the little things in life that people remember the most!

2) Cancel chapter and have a PJ party with another sorority on campus. Not only are you increasing your Greek relations but you are completing one of your mandatory social events for points!

 

4.  100 “A’s” to a better GPA

Every chapter racks their brains to try and improve their overall GPA. Thanks to our lovely Alpha Epsilon sisters at Kennesaw State University, we have the 100 A’s!! (The actual number (100 in this case) represents the size of your chapter) Set the number of A’s you would like your chapter to reach in the beginning of the semester. Sisters can take pictures of received A’s (tests, projects, essays) and send them along to the VPAA. Once the chapter reaches 100 A’s, rewards are given!! ($5 Deepher Dollars, a social, buy the chapter calendars/planners). GPA’s will sky rocket and so will your CAP scores!!

 

5. Attendance is key!!

As we all know, the planning of events is really hard and time consuming. So what is the point of going through all that hard work, if no one shows up? The amount of active sisters in attendance at your CAP events reflects the amount of points you receive. Come on sisters, show your VP’s some support!!

Incentive: Whichever sister is present at the most CAP events receives a reduction of dues at the end of the semester!!

6. Double Dipping!!

Double Dipping (verb) – the ability to use 1 DPhiE event for 2 or more CAP Requirements.

This is the easiest way to increase CAP scores. It may seem like you’re cheating the system but we promise, you aren’t!

Example:

  • ANAD event
    1. Service: fulfills requirement of having one ANAD per year
    2. Social: fulfills requirement of hosting/ co-hosting a community wide event (3 per year)
    3. Self: fulfills Health & Wellness program requirement for sisters (required once a year)

7. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!!

Behind every great idea is the amazing chapter who came up with it! Delta Phi Epsilon has close to 100 chapters, each one having their own set of innovative events. Find another chapter near you and exchange tips of the trade (go to Engage U!). Not only will you find great ideas in each chapter, but why not go to the biggest harbor of them all? Keep calm & call your MM!  As Membership Managers, we love helping and giving all the advice we have. It’s our job!

8.  A little motivation never hurt anyone.

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What’s a better way to stay motivated during the year, than by keeping your eyes on the prize? The oh-so-fabulous “1917 T-shirts” were created by Kelsey Adams from DPhiE Designs and are only for chapters with 5 Star status. Gaining this title is definitely something to celebrate and this is an easy way to ensure your chapter stays motivated. These can be ordered by emailing our Dphie Designs staff at Custom@dphiedesigns.org.  Of course, you need to earn the status first!

May the odds be ever in your favor

 

Kristen Bell Wink

7 Things EVERYONE should know about Delta Phi Epsilon

by Danielle Williams (Beta Mu), Administrative Intern

You think you know, but you have no idea.  Or do you?  Here is some basic “must knows” about DPhiE.

1.  DPhiE’s International Headquarters is in Philadelphia.

Not many people realize there is a team of people keeping Delta Phi Epsilon together as a whole – 28 Paid Staff to be exact!. Sure, each Leadership Team and Team Excellence does a great job of keeping their own chapters in check along with advisory board, but IHQ is responsible for creating new chapters, maintaining current chapters, keeping alumnae involved in the sorority and so much more.

2. Alumnae Associations are available after you graduate.

Alumnae AssociationsHave no fear, alumnae associations are available for DPhiE sisters upon graduation! IHQ is working hard to establish more alumnae associations across the country to be more accessible for Delta Phi Epsilon graduates.  Check out the alumnae pages and groups on Facebook or contact Maureen Anderson, Director of Alumnae Services, at manderson@dphie.org to find out where there is one nearest to you.  It’s not four years, it’s for life.

3. Networking and making friends is easier now than ever before.

Because of DPhiE, you will have the opportunity to meet with so many established, successful women. Networking among your own sisters is so important for your future, and it’s so easy to do with over 60,000 total initiates since we’ve been founded!

4. The Delta Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation provides many opportunities for sisters.

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The foundation sponsors DPhiE’s biennial convention which focuses on the personal development of members.  Engage U, also made possible by DPhiE EF, is an operation-based leadership session hosted eight time per year in different areas across the nation that provides members and alumnae with the skills needed to lead their chapter and to be engaged. The foundation offers sisters opportunities for scholarships to continue or supplement their education, with over 30 scholarships awarded last year alone.

5. We support National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)…

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One of DPhiE’s international philanthropies is ANAD. Our chapters across the country participate in ANAD awareness and fundraising events throughout the year and promote positive body image.  Activities such as “Trash Your Insecurities”, Post-It notes on bathroom mirrors, Comfortable in your own “genes” fashion shows, and publicity campaigns speak to college women everywhere.   As a sister, it feels so great to align myself with a group of women who support such a great, positive cause. Check out the organization’s website at http://www.anad.org/.

6. …and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF).

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Cystic Fibrosis is a disease that primarily causes sticky, thick mucus thats clogs the lungs, making it difficult to breathe.  CFF is the world’s leading organization in the search for a cure, and was founded by Phyllis Kossoff, a DPhiE sister from the Delta Chapter at Hunter College in New York. Phyllis’ daughter Stephanie had CF, which eventually took her young life.  In 1957, Phyllis stood before a  DPhiE convention and told her sisters about Stephanie and their growing CF family, and asked for help. The response was overwhelming, and DPhiE has been there ever since, fundraising, increasing awareness and advocating for those with CF.  DPhiE chapters hold balls and galas for Cystic Fibrosis each year and continuously raise money for the cure throughout the year. You can find out more information about CFF at http://www.cff.org/

7. Delta Phi Epsilon serves as a home to many women and can do the same for you.

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From our philanthropies to career opportunities, there is a place for every sister to shine. With so many welcoming, loving sisters around you, it’s hard not to succeed in everything you do!

 

 

7 Ways to Be All About the Benjamins (for Philanthropy!)

by Letty Scanlon (Phi Tau), Administrative Coordinator

1.  Having an event at a restaurant is great because everyone has to eat! 

Reach out to the restaurants near your campus and see what they offer! Pick a night and promote it on social media and throughout the campus.

2.    Catalog Sales: Everyone loves candles, popcorn, pizza, and cookies!

There are a variety of companies that will give you 30%- 50% back! More companies now give you a feature to just share a link so that Aunt Suzi in California can purchase too! 

3.  Host a good old fashion night of bowling.

Most bowling alleys LOVE to hold events and allow you to determine how much you want to charge per lane
 

4. Did I mention everyone has to eat?

Bake sales are the perfect cure for those sweet tooths. The night before the event, have a sisterhood event with your sisters filled with baking and decorating!  Make sure you get clearance with your campus on where you are allowed to set up a table. 

5. Partner up with another organization and hold a pie in the face contest.

See if you can get a faculty member to participate and charge more to pie them.

6. Raffles off baskets after an event.

Reach out to the other Greeks on campus, your school, and local business for donations. Get crafty and have fun with the themes!

7.  Last but not least, JUST ASK!

Tabling with coin jars during lunch is the fastest way! Get crafty with mason jars and have a few sisters walk table to table asking if they have anything to donate towards the cause. You will be surprise how many people don’t like to carry change and change can add up quickly!

Remember that college students value every last DIME in their pocket and although they may have extra funds to spare, they may prefer to use it for their own purposes.  The key to convincing them to donate is to make the cause relative to them or fun and entertaining.

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10 Things TSM got wrong about DPhiE

by Kirsten Cirelli (Alpha Alpha), Membership Manager

1.

Children

We are sorority women, and not children….

2.  

Pretty sure we aren’t cats either…

3.  

resume

DPhiE women have awesome resumes. With opportunities to join the chapter leadership team, or a committee under team excellence, or on the Panhellenic Council, (not to mention the service and educational programs we support), we don’t have to lie on our resumes. 

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4. 

Christian

Delta Phi Epsilon is Non-Sectarian and we welcome women with all different beliefs and backgrounds.

Cheetah Sisters

5. 

Skinny

With one of our International Philanthropies being ANAD (The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) we love all body types… Be-YOU-tiful!

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6. 

Hate

I don’t know who they are talking about but two of our founding values are sisterhood and love! We don’t hate each other here.   We have respect for one another.

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7.  

Local

As an international sorority we give our members opportunities to develop their personal and professional skills through events across the United States and Canada, including Engage U leadership sessions, biennial Conventions and alumna association events.  Not to mention…we have networking opportunities anywhere you live or travel.

Minions Excited

8.  

No need to stand up to standards. If you are doing positive things within our sorority, you can be recognized for your outstanding work through our positive standards board procedures.  It serves as a way to congratulate and reward members for the good of the sisterhood and the greater community.  So write us up!

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9.  

Older

Just because your “little” or other sisters might be getting older, it doesn’t mean you won’t be a mentor for years to come.  With over 60,000 alumnae, many of whom serve on committees, boards and as dedicated volunteers, getting older and wiser has proven to provide a wealth of knowledge and support which has helped out sisterhood grow exponentially in the past 10 years.


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10. 

chapter attendance

The business of the sorority happens at chapter meetings and shows us how to function as an organization.  It is training for the workforce and teaches how to interact with differing leadership styles, opinions and personalities.  It doesn’t hurt that we make it fun too: with “sunshine” gifts, inspirational books, weekly academic and service awards and “Sister of the Month”,  why wouldn’t you want to go to chapter with your DPhiE sisters?

Modern Family Excited

As you can tell, being a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon is much more than TSM portrays to the social media world. Keep fighting the stereotypes and be the best version of yourself!

Tyra Banks Win