May 21, 2009

Alpha Phi Quarterly Awards!

Last week, Arden Schuman (Iota Eta-DePaul), Marketing and Communications Program Manager for Alpha Phi attended the Fraternity Communications Association's (FCA) Annual Conference. FCA is composed of fraternities and sororities committed to communicating the highest ideals of the fraternity system and its achievements. Their annual event is an amazing opportunity for Greek organizations to network, learn new skills and share their knowledge with each other.

It's also an opportunity to be recognized by Greek peers during the Fraternity Communications Association (FCA) / North American Interfraternal Foundation (NIF) awards competition.

We're proud to report that Alpha Phi's Quarterly came away with two awards this year:
Second Place, Fred F. Yoder Award for Overall Excellence. The award recognizes general excellence of a total publication as demonstrated in all issues of a magazine, newsletter or tabloid published within a year.

Second Place, Feature Article Design for the Fall 2008 feature “
Women and Voting.” The award honors creativity of feature article layouts of more than two pages in a magazine, newsletter or tabloid.
Given the quality and talent seen during the conference and among the award winners, we are especially honored to be chosen by our Greek peers for these awards.

Thank you to all the organizations and individuals who participated in this amazing conference. It is another reminder of the interfraternal community that we are all a part of and the great work that Greeks are doing everywhere!

May 4, 2009

Emily Bunch (Theta Iota-James Madison)
Educational Leadership Consultant

Spending the last few months on the road has brought back my love of literature, classic and contemporary. With all of the time on airplanes and sitting in airports I have been able to catch up on some of the novels I’ve been putting off. While I’ve read many books this year – some lighthearted, some educational, some inspirational – I have truly enjoyed reading them all and wished to recommend a few here.
The Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella is simply priceless. Every girl has a secret love for shopping but in this series it is taken to the extreme. Despite the first book Confessions of a Shopaholic being made into a movie, I still suggest it as a great read.

The author of the Shopaholic series started writing individual novels under the name Madeleine Wickham. Cocktails for Three and The Gatecrasher were two books I picked up on the road simply because the covers were appealing. I know you should never judge a book by its cover, but both of these were worth the purchase.

Out of all of the books I’ve read over the last year, I definitely recommend The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch the most. I started reading this memoir without any idea of the lessons it held. Randy Pausch has an incredible story to tell and everyone can take away something meaningful from his amazing life.

As a professional in the Greek community, Goat: A Memoir by Brad Land is a heartbreaking story explaining one man’s experience as a fraternity pledge. This memoir brings forward the reality of hazing and how devastating it can be.

As I wrap up my first year as an ELC and head home for the summer, I am looking forward to continuing to check books off my list and adding more back on for my return to the ELC position next year.