Greek Life Task Force Updates
are excited to share the very positive progress that has been made since our
last update just a few weeks ago.
we want to extend our sincerest thanks to the Greek Life Task Force for
completing their work with such diligence and providing to us informed
recommendations that are now guiding our most immediate next steps. On
Thursday, November 14th, Jeff Dubois (Chair) and student members of
the Greek Life Task Force met with the Greek Life Leadership Team (including
the presidents of all six chapters and three councils) to review their
recommendations. Caitlin Capozzi, Director of Student Activities and
Leadership, and Betsy Newman, Vice President of Student Affairs & Program
Strategy, also attended this meeting.
Second, we are fully committed to a successful recruitment process in the
spring and will be translating these recommendations into action in ways that
position the Greek community for success. To begin this process, the Greek Life
Leadership Team and student members of the Greek Life Task Force have already
had two planning meetings on Tuesday, November 19th and Wednesday,
November 20th. Subsequent meetings will follow as we continue
to work diligently in the coming weeks to build a shared understanding of and
commitment to set expectations and key action steps for achieving this goal.
fully recognize that chapters are in the process of selecting their new
Presidents. Newly-elected leaders will join as full participants in and leaders
of this work going forward. Appropriate transition plans will be identified to
ensure continued momentum for our Greek community. Additionally, Betsy Newman
and Caitlin Capozzi will continue to partner with and support the Greek Life
Leadership Team, in addition to our Chapter Advisers, as we move forward with
planning our most immediate next steps for the Spring semester.
are excited to lead our community in these efforts and look forward to sharing
with you the progress made by the end of this semester. Included will be more
details about Spring semester plans and expectations as well as a summary of
the Greek Life Task Force work. Chapter
Presidents will then be responsible for coordinating further communications
moving forward. Thank you again for your continued support of the Greek
Life Task Force and the Greek Life Leadership Team.
Greek Life Leadership Team:
Danielle Brasher, Chi Omega President
Kendall Ford, Kappa Kappa Gamma Task Force Representative & Panhellenic President
Kate Hornigold, Kappa Kappa Gamma President
Alan Klipper, Alpha Epsilon Pi President
Michael Liachowitz, Interfraternity Council President &Sigma Phi Epsilon Member
Michael MacDonald, Delta Tau Delta Task Force Representative
Aaron Pomeroy, Sigma Phi Epsilon Task Force Representative
Jake Shaver, Sigma Phi Epsilon Task Force Representative &Interfaternity Council President-Elect
Emily Swindell, Sigma Kappa President
Zach Sufrin, Alpha Epsilon Pi President-Elect
Christina Symanski, Chi Omega Task Force Representative & Greek Council President
Mary Testa, Sigma Kappa Task Force Represetnative
Carter Walsh, Delta Tau Delta President
Betsy Newman, Ed.D., Vice Presdient of Student Affairs & Program Strategy
Caitlin Capozzi, Director of Student Activities and Leadership
History of the Task Force
On May 20, 2013, Babson College contracted the consulting services of Paul R. Kittle, Ph.D., to conduct a program review of the fraternity and sorority community as an external consultant to an internal Greek Life Task Force. The Task Force officially kicked off its meeting schedule on June 4, 2013. The charge of the task force and external consultant is to deliver a comprehensive report on the status and future of the Babson Greek Community no later than October 22, 2013, that addresses the primary question, “What is the value-add of the Greek community to the Babson College community?”
The program review is progressing on 2 parallel fronts: internal review of programmatic elements (Task Force) and an external review of the community stakeholders (Consultant).
To date, the following efforts have occurred to advance the program review:
Consultant Visits to Campus
June 3-4, 2013
July 8-9, 2013
1:1 Consultant Interviews (14)
Len Schlesinger, Former President, Babson College
Carol Hacker, VP Alumni and Friends Network
Jim Pollard, Director, Public Safety
Shannon Finning, Dean of Student Affairs
Michael McCorvey, Director, Residence Life
ks, Associate Dean, Student Affairs
Dennis Hanno, Provost and Vice President
Betsy Newman, Vice President, Student Affairs
Colleen Ryan, Director, Community Standards
Caitlin Capozzi, Director, Student Activities and Leadership (SAL)
Melissa Grove, Assistant Director, SAL
Alisha Cahue, Coordinator, SAL
Jeff Dubois, Budget Director, Chair, Greek Life Task Force
Sharon Yardley, Director, Student Health Services
Consultant Focus Groups (4)
Members of the Greek community (not serving on Task Force)
Independent students (not serving on Task Force)
Greek alumni/Independent alumni
Review of pertinent documents (9)
Chapter Greek Life Standards (5 Pillars)
Chapter Conduct records
Chapter Academic reports
Office of Greek Life Programming model (SAL)
Council governing documents: Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, Greek Council
Babson College Expansion Policy
History of Babson Greek Life 2008-present
Profile of a Babson College student
The program review is scheduled to continue with the review of the following elements that impact the Greek community:
- Recruitment (membership trends)
- New member education
- Council operations
- Community programming model
- Role of and training for chapter advisory boards
- Risk management (current expectations from national organizations, local implementation practices
- Engagement of stakeholders (members, non-members, faculty, staff, parents, Greek alumni, headquarters, advisors)
- Staffing support model from Babson College to the Greek community
- ity collaborations (inter fraternal relationships)
- “Fit” of Greek Life into student community
- nity commitment to Greek ideals: service, philanthropy, scholarship
- Marketing (image) of Babson College Greek Life
- Alignment of Greek community with Babson College Core Values: Integrity, Diversity, Innovation, Collaboration, Excellence
- Town-Gown relations
- Judicial procedures (chapters/councils/community)
- Benefits of recognition from Babson College
Jeff DuBois, Staff (Chair)
Luis Benetti, Undergraduate Student
Caitlin Capozzi, Staff
Kendall Ford, Kappa Kappa Gamma/Panhellenic Council
Laura Haime, Undergraduate Student
ael MacDonald, Delta Tau Delta
Erik Noyes, Faculty
Sasha Pelich-Weinreich, Sigma Kappa Alumna
Aaron Pomeroy, Sigma Phi Epsilon
Jay Rivera, Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumnus
Jake Shaver, Alpha Epsilon Pi/Interfraternity Council
Rosa Sledgers, Faculty
a, Sigma Kappa
Wooten, Chi Omega Advis
The Greek Life Task Force is officially charged on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 with conducting a comprehensive review of the Babson College Greek Life system and offering a report and recommendations to President-Elect Kerry Healey, Vice Provost Dennis Hanno, Vice President Betsy Newman and Dean Shannon Finning by no later than Friday, October 22, 2013. The report and recommendations should respond to the following guiding questions:
What are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to our Greek community?
Based on this analysis, what should be the role of Greek Life on campus?
How should the Greek community align with the mission of the College?
How should participation in Greek Life enhance the student experience at Babson College?
What is the vision for the Greek community?
What does Greek Life membership mean for our students? Our alumni?
What formal structures should exist for risk identification and reduction in each of the three governing councils with specific focus on new member education and social responsibility?
What should the support systems for Greek Life look like?
About Greek Life at Babson
Joining a fraternity or sorority is a lifetime commitment.
Members of these organizations share bonds of friendship, leadership, and the pursuit of academic excellence that last well beyond the college experience. Each fraternity and sorority has its own unique values and traditions, and we encourage you to learn more about each chapter to find the best fit for you.
Explore all of your options and discuss with those close to you the possibility of involvement in a Greek organization. You may even want to visit with chapter members or alumni to get an idea of what Greek Life at Babson College entails. To join a Greek organization at Babson, you must participate in a formal recruitment process. This experience is meant to facilitate a mutual selection between the potential new member and the chapter while protecting all participants’ privacy and providing guidance throughout the decision making process. During this time, potential new members have the opportunity to meet with all the chapters on campus in order to make an informed decision about which chapter they would like to join.
The Greek governing councils, chapter presidents, current members, and advisers are excited about your interest in our community and are always available to answer any questions you might have.