CSU FSL – December 2017 Newsletter


As we look ahead to wrapping up the fall semester and to winter break, we want to thank you for the good you do within our community as it continues to grow and change. With 2017 coming to a close, there are many achievements within our community to be proud of. Yet, we challenge you to not become complacent and to strive for continued improvement in the next calendar year. Best of luck in finishing the semester strong and on finals. Congratulations to all December graduates. We look forward to seeing you in 2018!

Office Updates

Farewell to Chris
The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life wants to share our gratitude for Christopher Bandy, who will be leaving his role as the community service & philanthropy intern to pursue an internship with JE Dunn Construction. Christopher has served in this role since August 2016, and was instrumental in the creation of this student intern content area. It is bittersweet to say goodbye, however, we are confident Christopher will succeed in pursuit of his academic and personal goals while continuing to exemplify the value of being a change agent for good.

Welcome, Tea
The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life is excited to introduce Tea Feliciano as the new community service & philanthropy student intern! Tea is a sister of Pi Beta Phi and a sophomore majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with a pre-health concentration. A couple fun facts about Tea are that she has volunteered at orphanages in Mexico, she has a room full of crafting supplies, and she can play three instruments.
Beginning in spring 2018, Tea can be reached at fsl_csp@mail.colostate.edu.

Continuing Education Topic: Appreciation and Gratitude

Every newsletter includes a continuing education topic. Our continuing education topic for the month of December is appreciation and gratitude. Psychology studies have found direct correlations between expressing gratitude and physical and psychological health and self-esteem. A 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences found that grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier than those who do not regularly practice gratitude. Similarly, a 2014 study published in Journal of Applied Sport Psychology found that gratitude increased self-esteem, which can be an essential component to optimal.

With this in mind, as council executive officers transition out of their roles, and new boards are introduced, take the time to thank them for their service during their term. Thank your chapter executive board for the hard work they put in behind the scenes to keep your chapter’s running smoothly and adding to your personal college experience. And don’t forget about the rest of your chapter either. Every person in your chapter, community, and life, plays an integral role in your experiences. A great way to express your gratitude and appreciation to your chapter president, brothers/sisters, or your advisor(s) is to nominate them for the 2018 FSL Awards by clicking here.

Here are a few additional ways you can show your gratitude to your friends and family:

  1. Share a specific example of something they did for you and how it made a difference in your life.
  2. Give the gift of your time, nothing tells someone that you care about them more than giving up your limited free time.
  3. Send an encouraging text to a friend, especially if you know they are stressed out or anxious about something coming up in their life.
  4. Give a shout out on social media, even if they won’t see it, let everyone else know how much you appreciate what that person does for you.
  5. Take the time to listen when you talk with someone. Don’t get caught up in thinking about what YOU want to say next. Let them finish their thought, and respond to what they said, don’t just say what you were thinking about.

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” -WIlliam Arthur Ward

Good News from Our Community

Our community is excited to welcome back to CSU two sororities from the National Pan-Hellenic Council: the Xi Eta chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Omicron Omicron chapter of Zeta Beta Phi Sorority, Inc.!

If you have good news to share with our community concerning individual members or an entire chapter, please email elijah.serena@colostate.edu so it can be shared in our newsletter.

Upcoming Events

Save these dates for spring 2018!

January 28, 1-4:30 p.m., OWS Kickoff, LSC 306, 308, 310

February 26, 5:30-9 p.m., FSL Awards, LSC Ballroom ABCD

March 21, 5:30 p.m., F/S Fest: Round Table 1, Location TBD

  • Introducing F/S Fest for Spring 2018, including theme, team seleciton, and general rules

March 28, 5:30 p.m., F/S Fest: Round Table 2, Location TBD

  • Discussing upcoming dates and reminders, t-shirt information, check-ins, and any other questions chapters may have

April 4, 5:30 p.m., F/S Fest: Round Table 3, Location TBD

  • Passing out team t-shirts, reviewing rules and reminders, and answering any final questions teams may have

April 10, 5 p.m., F/S Fest: Chipotle Night, Chipotle on corner of College & Laurel

April 11, 10 a.m, F/S Fest: Chalk the Plaza, Lory Student Center Plaza

  • Teams design squares based off of theme and team name

April 12, 6:30 p.m., F/S Fest: Lipsync, Lincoln Center

  • Teams display choreographed dances in a competition to pre-selected music tracks

April 21, 10 a.m., CSUnity, Fort Collins

Members of the Month

Alan Perez -  Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc.

“Through his continuous efforts and superior organizational skills, Alan took the lead role in our Day of the Dishes event, putting together an event that our chapter was very proud to bring to the community. Alan is extremely dedicated to his organization as well as the Multicultural Greek Council. He is extremely active in not only our events but in remaining involved with other organizations and showing support. Alan is a family- and values-oriented man, and it certainly resonates in the way he carries himself around brothers and other members of our community.” 

Carly Clark - Gamma Phi Beta

"Carly works her butt off, dedicating her time and effort to Gamma Phi Beta. I have never seen a more pro-Panhellenic woman. Not only does she promote Gamma Phi Beta, but fraternity & sorority life as a whole. She is the perfect sorority woman, never talking bad about any person or chapter. She participates in as many activities as she can possibly fit in her extremely busy schedule and is the most caring and compassionate person you will ever meet. She has a heart for others and that shines through in the actions of her everyday life. If everyone could have someone like Carly in their life, they would be beyond lucky.”

To nominate your brother or sister for Member of the Month complete the form found here

FSL Classes

Leadership Techniques for Emerging Fraternity and Sorority Leaders
IU 273- Section 001 & R01
Spring 2018 -Full Semester
2 Credits
Wednesdays 2-3:50 p.m.
This class is designed as an introductory leadership development course aimed at examining leadership within the context of fraternity and sorority life and is geared specifically towards first-year and sophomore students who are newly initiated within their organization. Our course begins with an exploration of the unique aspects of fraternity and sorority, specifically: organizational ritual and values, organizational identity and culture, and a shared commitment to growth and development. Emphasis is placed on understanding personal leadership identity and style. Values, characteristics, and development tasks as a foundation for continued leadership development will also be examined. The purpose of this course is to reflect on one's ability to create positive and lasting change within a fraternity or sorority.

  • To register for the course, register for both CRN #11319 and #11517 or email Amanda Villa at amanda.villa@colostate.edu for more information. 

Advanced Leadership Techniques for Fraternity and Sorority Members
IU273- Section 002 & R02
Spring 2018 -Full Semester
2 Credits
Wednesdays 2-3:50 p.m.
This class is designed as an advanced leadership development course aimed at examining leadership specifically within the context of fraternity and sorority life, and is geared specifically towards sophomores, juniors and seniors who currently hold (or have held) officer positions within their organization. Emphasis is placed on understanding how common purpose, organizational culture and dynamics, and ethical decision making influence leadership in the fraternity and sorority context. A focus on understanding how as leaders we can continue to make fraternities and sororities relevant into the future by building coalitions and becoming change agents will be examined as a foundation for the course.

  • To register for the course, register for both CRN #26579 and #26580 or e-mail Natalie Padrón at natalie.padron@colostate.edu for more information.

Fraternity and Sorority Members Against Sexual Assault- Part 1
WS 495
Spring 2018 -First 8 Weeks
1 Credit
Wednesdays 3-4:50 p.m.
This class is a one-credit upper division course held from 3-4:50 p.m. in the first eight weeks of the spring semester.
This class exists to deepen and enliven the conversation related to interpersonal violence in our society, and most specifically, in fraternity and sorority life. 1 in 4 women, 1 in 6 men and 1 in 2 transgender people, will be the victim of an attempted or completed sexual assault in their lifetime, and research also indicates that rape supportive culture and sexual assault take on unique shapes in the fraternity and sorority context. This includes the reality that sorority women are more likely to experience sexual assault than unaffiliated women.

  • Students interested in enrolling or learning more about this unique for-credit opportunity should email Lindsay Sell at Lindsay.sell@colostate.edu

Fraternity & Sorority Academic Course Recommendation Forms:
Do you know someone looking to get more involved in fraternity and sorority life? Do you know someone who is looking for electives for next semester? Here’s an opportunity to earn academic credit while taking a course with fraternity and sorority members! Recommend a sister or brother for one of the three FSL classes being taught this spring! The recommendation form can be found here.

FSL Ambassadors Application

Are you looking for an additional involvement opportunity? Apply to serve as an FSL Ambassador! FSL Ambassadors represent the f/s community at various CSU events including orientation, CSU visit days, and Ram Welcome just to name a few. The applications can be found here and are due January 26, 2018. Please email amanda.villa@colostate.edu or natalie.padron@colostate.edu if you have any questions.

2018 Council Officer Installation

The Council Officer Installation Ceremony, held on Dec. 5, 2017, was a night celebrating the accomplishments of council officers over the past year. The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life greatly appreciates the time and effort devoted to this community by outgoing officers, and is excited to see what the incoming officers will accomplish this upcoming year.

Thank you to the outgoing council officers for their steadfast service throughout their 2017 term, and please congratulate the following individuals who will serve as the incoming council officers for 2018!

Interfraternity Council

President- Jake Eppersen | Pi Kappa Phi
Executive Vice President- Sam Baxter | Kappa Sigma
VP of Judicial Affairs- Evan Torres | Phi Delta Theta
VP of Risk Management- Zach Kehmeier | Kappa Sigma
VP of Recruitment- Brian Frerichs | Theta Chi
VP of Scholarship- Wyatt Mount | Alpha Gamma Rho
VP of Membership Development- Jeremy Wasserman | Phi Gamma Delta
VP of Service & Philanthropy- Carter Hill | Pi Kappa Phi
VP of Public Relations- Flint Corliss | FarmHouse
Recruitment Director- Collin Binkley | Alpha Sigma Phi
Director of Finance/Parliamentarian- Ian Sukle | Phi Kappa Tau

Multicultural Greek Council

President- Casanda Vigil | Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, Inc.
Executive Vice President- Izaiah Valdez | Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc.
VP of Scholarship- Yesica Ramirez | Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc.
VP or Judicial Affairs- Sofia DeBenedittis | Alpha Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc.
VP of Risk Management- Tatjana Clark | Delta Xi Nu Multicultural Sorority, Inc.
VP of Council Events- Marvin Enriquez | Beta Gamma Nu Fraternity
VP of Council Development- Santanna Pacheco | Beta Gamma Nu Fraternity
VP or Public Relations- Erica Howe | Alpha Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc.

Panhellenic Association

President- Ashlyn Shellenberger | Pi Beta Phi
Executive Vice President- Lauren Bontempo | Delta Delta Delta
Director of Finance- Ryen McClain | Gamma Phi Beta
VP of Recruitment- Bobbie Nathan | Chi Omega
Director of PNM Experiences- Larissa Huiting | Delta Delta Delta
Director of Recruitment Coaches- Analisse Frederick | Chi Omega
Director of Recruitment Operations- Claire Fenton | Pi Beta Phi
Director of Recruitment Promotions & Social Media- McKenna Kowalik | Gamma Phi Beta
VP of Community Development- Demi Ball | Delta Delta Delta
Director of Scholarship- Avery Turner | Gamma Phi Beta
Director of Community Service & Philanthropy- Cheyenne Hargrove | Alpha Delta Chi
VP or Risk Management- Taylor Dowdle | Chi Omega
VP of Public Relations- Taylor Fremling | Delta Delta Delta

2018 FSL Awards

To recognize individuals and chapters who have gone above and beyond in their fraternal commitment, the OFSL will host the annual awards program on Monday, February 26, 2017. As part of this event, awards are presented to members of the fraternity and sorority community in the following categories:

  • Sorority/Fraternity Member of the Year
  • President of the Year
  • Emerging Leader of the Year
  • Scholar of the Year
  • Advisor of the Year
  • Living the Ritual
  • Outstanding Campus Involvement
  • Outstanding Community Service and Philanthropy
    *Detailed descriptions of each award can be found here

We strongly encourage you to nominate your peers and advisors for the individual awards listed above. Candidates have the ability to self-nominate or be nominated by another individual.

To celebrate the individual achievements of Colorado State University fraternity and sorority members, please submit an individual award nomination form by Friday, December 15, 2017 at 5 p.m.

CSU Updates

Career Center
The career center hosts drop-in hours 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday to help with resume/CV building and editing and career exploration and counseling.

Mobile Food Pantry
SLiCE and the Food Bank of Larimer County are hosting mobile food pantries this year.

Each day a pantry is hosted, volunteers will meet at 3:15 p.m. in the Lory Student Center (locations listed below by date) for a volunteer training. There will be a variety of volunteer assignments. Whether you are greeting guests, restocking food tables, distributing food, helping cart food to cars, or coordinating traffic flow…your presence is incredibly important to the success of the event. You will learn about your assigned volunteer responsibility at the training. Following the training everyone will walk together to the event location on University Avenue (in front of the former Hartshorn Health Center). The food pantries will run from 4-6 p.m. Everyone will clean up at 6:15 p.m. in hopes of being finished by 6:30 p.m.

Mobile Food Pantry dates include:

  • Dec. 7 (training at 3:15 p.m. in LSC 304)
  • Jan. 18 (training at 3:15 p.m. in LSC 304)
  • Feb. 1 (training at 3:15 p.m. in LSC 304)
  • March 1 (training at 3:15 p.m. in LSC 304)
  • April 5 (training at 3:15 p.m. in LSC 304)
  • May 3 (training at 3:15 p.m. in LSC 328)

Transfer Transition Leader Positions
Orientation and Transition Programs (OTP) is excited to announce that they will be hiring for the 2018 Transfer Transition Leader position, a paid position. 

Transfer Transition Leaders assist transfer students in developing academic effectiveness, peer relationships, and personal adjustment to CSU through facilitating small and large group discussions, engaging in individual peer interactions and educational presentations during Transfer Student Orientation and Transfer Ram Welcome, and serving as critical staff members during fall semester transfer transition programs.

For more information about the position, please explore the position on the OTP hiring website at:  http://www.otp.colostate.edu/transfer-hiring.aspx for the full position description and time commitments.

MLK Day March & Celebration
The 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March & Celebration will take place on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. This year, the theme is: "Rise Up, Take Action." The march will begin on the south side of Old Town Square at 11 a.m. After a charge, march leaders will lead participants south on College, turn west onto Laurel, and head south through the CSU Oval and into the LSC Ballrooms where the formal program will begin.

The program will begin shortly after 12 p.m and run through 2:30 p.m. More specific program informaiton will be provided once details are finalized.

Please visit www.mlkfortcollins.org to volunteer for the event and nominate deserving individuals to help lead the 2018 March.