Saturday, January 20, 2007

Ball State Greek Leaders Focus on Communication

New executives hope fresh ideas, retreat will help relations
Amanda Getchel

New executive board members in Ball State University's greek system hope to bring fresh ideas and improve communication among the council members and the fraternity and sorority presidents. The first step to this process began at the greek leadership retreat Jan. 5 and 6 when the Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and house presidents met together.

The Office of Student Life coordinated the retreat to ease the transition for the new members and help with the communication between the outgoing executive board members and the incoming members, Cara Luyster, assistant director of Student Life, said. She said she always thought it was important the incoming members look at what the outgoing members did in order to continue the focus or change things if needed.

"We need to continue work on getting to the community, communicating among the councils and the presidents and strengthening values," Luyster said. "I'd like to see [the councils] focus on and start the greek strategic plan from the councils and chapters."

Interfraternity Council�Since last year, the greek community has worked on developing a strategic plan for areas such as academics, recruitment, housing and risk reduction, Interfraternity Council President Eric Maroun said.

"We have a peer-to-peer evaluation team that determines if each fraternity is following the policies," he said. "The evaluation team has been around for a year, and each semester we train people from each chapter to work on the team."Maroun also said he wanted to build relations with the other executive boards of the Panhellenic Council and the National Pan-Hellenic Council. The leadership retreat provided education and discussion about what each council is about, and a lot of networking occurred, he said.

Besides continuing work on the developing plan and improving communication among all councils, Maroun said he wanted to have a philanthropy event where all members of the greek community come together, not just individual houses.

For more information about the greek strategic plan visit bsu.edu/greeklife/stratplan