AdvanceU is a virtual based classroom with educational programs specifically designed to enhance the alignment of the fraternity/sorority experience with the changing dynamics of higher education. AdvanceU programs provide AFA members the opportunity to engage on a wide range of topics with content experts who develop curriculum with a specific set of learning outcomes geared at achieving higher levels of professional competence in our members.
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Stephanie Baysinger is a Senior Recruiter at one of the world’s top consulting firms. After spending two years as an Extension Consultant for Pi Beta Phi after college, she became a professional recruiter. Tina Rivard is a Director of Business Development at a consulting firm in Washington, D.C. and continues to take on large volunteer positions for Pi Beta Phi including Director of Membership and currently Director of Chapter Operations.
Both women have sustained long tenures at their current companies while continuing to navigate the challenges and successes that come with continued professional development. Presenters will take time to share their commitment to obtaining new skills and seeking unique opportunities to foster growth in their professional careers. They will also share how their volunteer and professional Greek experiences have helped shape their road maps to their current private sector positions.
Presented by: Marybeth Drechsler Sharp, CAS Executive Director; Noah Henry-Darwish, CAS Intern and University of Maryland Graduate Student; Lindsey Templeton, CAS Intern and University of Maryland Graduate Student; Kimberly Kruchen, CAS Intern and University of Virginia Graduate Student
As professionals we sometimes get stuck and tend to get in a rut when trying to come up with new ideas. This program will show you how to get unstuck and keep things fresh to continually innovate by using the Creative Problem Solving Process, new tools and behaviors in order to collaborate better and get those business-changing, disruptive solutions to challenges you are facing. Learn ways to find clues and insights into what our students and organizations really need so you can find solutions to meet those needs.
“Gert” Garman is the owner of Broad Perspective, LLC. Previously, she was the Director of the Collaborative Design Center at Valencia College. Prior to that, she was a Creativity and Innovation Catalyst for Disney Destinations, where she facilitated brainstorming sessions and trained fellow Cast Members in Disney’s Innovation Toy Box for the Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide. She is an alumna of the Delta Gamma Fraternity.
Emerging Adults: Rethinking the Development of Students & Young Alumni presented by Amber Jolly and Annalise Sinclair.
Whether you are working for corporate America, enrolled in college or raising a family, continuing to find passion and purpose in life becomes more and more difficult. Brent Scarpo's program has been presented at numerous corporations, colleges, universities and associations. Participants leave the program revitalized, renewed with a new sense of passion and purpose for their lives. During this program, you will discover "The Six Secret Steps" of having a complete and wonderful life no matter what place you might be in your career.
FIPG: Risk Management is Everyone’s Responsibility
Presenter: David Westol, J.D., Principal & Owner, Limberlost Consulting, Inc.
Program Description: Those letters - FIPG - are now perhaps the most recognizable in the entire Greek world. For 30 years, the Fraternal Information and Programming Group (FIPG) has been the voice for risk management policies and practices. Many colleges, universities, interfraternity and panhellenic councils across the country have adopted the FIPG policy as their own, providing a level playing field for all Greek organizations on their campus. But if we if we didn't have FIPG, where would we be? This program will review the history of the organization, the development of policies and highlight the most recent changes in structure and guidelines.
Building Global Competency through Service Immersion Experiences
Presented by: Kaye Schendel
During the 2016 Olympics, a commentator said that Katie Ladecky “swims like a man.” Women are consistently being compared to their male peers, especially when it comes to their success. Centered around Bandura’s theory of self-efficacy, participants will engage in conversation around how the confidence gap affects our female students, employees, and ourselves. And the steps we can take to not feel sorry for being assertive, influential, confident and successful.
Learning Objectives: Participants will identify four ways to increase their assertiveness in their personal lives; will determine effective methods for supervising female staff members; and will identify three opportunities to increase confidence and self-empowerment in their female students.
Ariel Tarosky | Director of Education & Communication, Triangle Fraternity
Cat Sohor | Director of Fraternal Development, Delta Chi International Fraternity
This summer, two pieces of legislation were introduced which would significantly alter the ways in which colleges and universities are able to respond to sexual violence on campus: the Fair Campus Act (H.R. 3408) and the Safe Campus Act (H.R. 3403). Clearly all student affairs professionals are concerned about the problem of sexual violence on campus. However, the Fair Campus and Safe Campus Acts are of particular interest to fraternity and sorority professionals due to the possible implications of the legislation on the work of their functional areas in addition to those of other campus partners.
Using data from a nationally representative sample of students at four-year colleges and universities (The Freshman Survey), this presentation will explore incoming students’ likelihood of joining a fraternity or sorority. The discussion will highlight background characteristics and high school experiences that align with student interest in joining a Greek organization upon college entry. Data from a sample of graduating seniors (the College Senior Survey) will reveal which students ultimately joined a fraternity or sorority. Additionally, data from the College Senior Survey will provide insight into fraternity and sorority members’ college experiences and how they compare to their non-Greek peers. This comparison will be centered around a number of college outcome measures and experiences including civic engagement, leadership, and faculty interactions. Lastly, throughout the presentation, we will highlight how experiences among Greek-life participants differ between women and men.
Abstract: Fraternities and sororities have been a vital component of the college student experience for centuries. These organizations offer opportunities for students to learn and grow, give back, build relationships, and do the right thing. When a fraternity or a sorority chooses to operate while not officially recognized by the university, this creates significant risk for students, inter/national organizations, and the institution which also negates positive experiences for students.
This program provides participants an opportunity to understand the complexities that are present when a fraternity or a sorority decides to operate unrecognized. While the risks associated when a group operates unrecognized will be explored during this presentation, best practices will be shared for professionals to implement when working with unrecognized organizations. Lastly, tangible solutions will be offered in how to manage organizations not affiliated with the institution.
Presented by Michael V. Bowie, Collegiate Chair, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc.