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Jon Moore: Fraternity Advisor, Speaker, Workshop Facilitator

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Jon Moore: Fraternity Advisor, Speaker, Workshop Facilitator

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Greek Life Today is on a mission to elevate the fraternity and sorority community by sharing inspiring stories from chapters across North America. Join host Jon Moore as he learns what high-performing fraternities and sororities are doing in the areas of philanthropy & community service, social life, alumni relations, recruitment, risk management and more, and learn how you can bring these best practices to your college or university. It’s time for a new generation of Greek Life leaders to step forward; are you ready to carry the torch?

Latest Episodes

GLT 019: Greek Life at Small Colleges: Where Fraternities and Sororities Thrive

EWhat are the characteristics of a great fraternity and sorority experience? Does it require having a house? Are huge parties a must? What about big-dollar philanthropies or epic tailgates? Greek Life at small colleges might not have any of these things, but it does shine in one aspect: Community. And, after all, community might be what matters most. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the differences between Greek Life at small colleges compared to Greek Life at big state schools. Most of the campuses I’ve visited have been larger institutions, which, coincidentally, also seem to be where many of the headline-grabbing tragedies have occurred. Conversely, it seems like more and more chapters from smaller schools are winning national awards. To understand more about these campuses, I interviewed two FSL pros who combine for more than 30 years in the industry: Scott Irlbacher from Robert Morris University and Dr. Carolyn Whittier from Valparaiso University. In two different convers...

33 MIN2019 JAN 15
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GLT 019: Greek Life at Small Colleges: Where Fraternities and Sororities Thrive

GLT 018: The American Fraternity: Where Our Country's Leaders Learn to Break Promises

EIn theory, America is a shining light to the rest of the world. In practice, our country and its leaders falls short of that billing. But where do our leaders learn to break their promises? According to photographer Andrew Moisey, this behavior is learned inside the American fraternity. Between 1999 and 2006, Andrew had unprecedented access to a fraternity house at UC Berkeley. As he photographed all aspects of fraternity life, he began to wonder if our then-President, George W. Bush, didn’t participate in a lot of the same, repulsive scenes he was capturing. The American Fraternity: An Illustrated Ritual Book, is an uncomfortable look at fraternity life as never scene before — at least by the outside world. To those of us on the inside, many of the images found in Andrew’s book may look uncomfortably familiar. It may seem contradictory to the ethos of this site to have Andrew on, but, in fact, I think his perspective as an unaffiliated man is insightful and invaluable. In our wi...

57 MIN2018 OCT 16
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GLT 018: The American Fraternity: Where Our Country's Leaders Learn to Break Promises

GLT 017: Tragos Quest to Greece with Sigma Phi Epsilon

EReferences to Greek Life run rampant on college campuses, and the immediate connotation is almost always related to fraternities and sororities. But how often do we stop to think about why our organizations are identified by Greek letters, or what ancient Greece has to do with how we operate today? Here’s where the Tragos Quest to Greece comes in. Started in 2000 by Sigma Phi Epsilon, the quest sends scholars to Greece each year to trace the roots of fraternal organizations. Over time, the quest has evolved and grown to the point where 17 undergraduates participated in 2018. During their 10 days in Greece, the scholars learn about the country’s history, its culture, and, most importantly, themselves. As you’ll hear from two undergraduate scholars and one mentor, this journey is one that shapes the mind, body and soul. You’ll also hear: * How the scholars spend their 10 days in Greece * What a group of local fisherman thought Sigma Phi Epsilon meant * Why this was such a rewardin...

36 MIN2018 OCT 2
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GLT 017: Tragos Quest to Greece with Sigma Phi Epsilon

GLT 016: Examining free speech in Greek Life

EOver the last few months, I've seen a number of instances of fraternities and sororities getting in trouble for things related to free speech on college campuses. While I certainly would never encourage some of the behavior that has been called into question, I have continued to wonder about what kind of protections the first amendment provides these students. On this episode, we're joined by Zach Greenberg from theFoundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). FIRE was created in 1999 todefend and sustain the individual rights of students and faculty members at America’s colleges and universities. In this episode, we'll discuss high-profile cases from Syracuse, Texas Tech and Old Dominion, and learn about the legal test that is used to evaluate controversial, freedom of expression cases. You'll also hear: How you can check your schools free speech rating What students can do to protect themselves Why free speech can still get you in trouble with your organization (if not yo...

33 MIN2018 JUL 31
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GLT 016: Examining free speech in Greek Life

GLT 015: Meet Amber Mariano of Gamma Phi Beta, Florida's Youngest Elected Representative

EAt age 6, Amber Mariano knew what she wanted to do with her life: Become president of the United States. In November of 2016, just days after her 21st birthday, she took a great step in that direction when she became the youngest person EVER elected to the Florida House of Representatives. As a sister of Gamma Phi Beta and a full-time student, Amber had her hands full in the fall of 2016, as she campaigned to represent Florida's 36th district. It all worked out though, as she claimed 50.5 percent of the vote, edging out her opponent by a narrow margin. In this episode you'll hear: How Amber first became interested in politics Why she decided to run What she's learned since getting elected and much more. Support for this episode is brought to you by Shan Wu at DC Student Defense. Shan Wu provides legal services and risk management counsel to college students facing conduct or academic violations. And thanks to Kevin Friis from Delta Upsilon for becoming a patron of the podcast. For t...

34 MIN2018 APR 3
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GLT 015: Meet Amber Mariano of Gamma Phi Beta, Florida's Youngest Elected Representative

GLT 014: Michigan sorority women band together to heal & prevent sexual assault

EThe fall of 2014 changed everything for two University of Michigan sorority women. One was sexually assaulted and the other had a dear friend disclose their sexual assault to her. Although they didn't know it at the time, their paths would eventually intersect as they searched for a way to make things better for themselves and their peers. This is the story of how a group of women from a wide variety of chapters came together to start the Panhellenic Peer Educator(PPE) program. The university's 2015Campus Climate Survey showed that only 3.6% of students who experienced sexual assault had reported it to the university. Through the PPE program, women from every chapter on campus receive training to be effective first respondeers and point victims toward a variety of resources, regardless of their intention to report. In this episode, you'll hear: The three most important words you can say to a survivor. What the program and its training includes. How the PPE's signature event,Speak Ou...

32 MIN2018 MAR 27
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GLT 014: Michigan sorority women band together to heal & prevent sexual assault

GLT 013: Can you "moneyball" fraternity and sorority life?

EIn 2003, Michael Lewis published the book Moneyball, which detailed the efforts of the Oakland Athletics to quantify the game of baseball and eradicate unsubstantiated narratives. In the 15 years since its release, baseball and the world of sports have been revolutionized. Which begs the question: is it possible to moneyball fraternity and sorority life? Today's episode features two headquarters staff members -- Becky Gleason from Zeta Tau Alpha and Noah Borton from Delta Upsilon -- who are attempting to do just that through their partnership with Dyad Strategies. Commonly referred to asfraternity and sorority assessment, the work Becky and Noah are doing is both critically important for the future of our community and fascinating to discuss. In this episode, we cover topics such as: How to think about this type of measurement and why it's so important Early insights into driving forces behind success chapters The ethics of taking pre-emptive action on problem chapters Using this da...

59 MIN2018 MAR 20
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GLT 013: Can you "moneyball" fraternity and sorority life?

GLT 012: The Tale of Mr. Giver

EThe Tale of Mr. Giver is a story I shared at a recent leadership conference. It's about a family that leaves the busy city in search of a better life. Along the way, Mr. Giver encounters a few people who help shape his worldview. This episode isn't exactly about Greek Life, but I think it paints an important picture of our community. Whether you're in a fraternity or sorority, there is an important lesson for you waiting inside this episode. If it seems like I'm being vague about this edition of the podcast, it's because I am. It's probably best for you to just press play. And when you're done, please leave a comment with your reaction to this episode and its implications forfraternities and sororities. Support for this episode is brought to you by Shan Wu at DC Student Defense. Shan Wu provides legal services and risk management counsel to college students facing conduct or academic violations. For the full show notes, including a number of links that provide more depth to this con...

17 MIN2018 FEB 27
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GLT 012: The Tale of Mr. Giver

GLT 011: Protecting female spaces #HearHerHarvard

EOn May 6th, 2016, Harvard President Drew Faust announced a controversial policy restricting the opportunities available to members of single-gender organizations. In response, hundreds of undergraduate women took to Harvard Yard to express their concern, unified by the rallying cry ofHear Her Harvard. And with that, a movement was born. To understand the origins of the policy, you have to go back to 2014 (and probably further), when the university received several complaints about the all-male Final Clubs. In an effort to make campus social life safer, Harvard began considering various courses of action. What no one expected, though, is that the university would end up punishing the very women they set out to protect. It’s a complicated issue and there is a ton of ground to cover in this edition of the show, including: * Why Grace Wang wanted to start the first sorority at Harvard in 1993. * The sequence of events leading up to the implementation of the policy. * How sorority leade...

31 MIN2018 FEB 13
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GLT 011: Protecting female spaces #HearHerHarvard

GLT 010: Sorority women in STEM fields

EIn 2014, US News and World Report estimated that only 13 percent of all undergraduate degrees earned by women were in science, technology, engineering and math. Looking at Greek Life, sorority women in STEM are even less common. With this as a backdrop, you can hopefully understand why this tweet caught my attention. “Together we will dispel the notion that women in sororities are not involved members of the science field by making our fields of study known.” Addison Keilty, Beta Epsilon-American #IAmASororityWoman https://t.co/lwlBye3q7D — Delta Gamma (@deltagamma) January 3, 2018 As it turns out, Addison runs a site called Sorority Girl in the Science Field (SG-SF), which features profiles of women in the science world, in addition to updates from Addison. But while SG-SF caught my attention, what I found was even more impressive: there are so many inspiring women in the STEM fields. In this episode, you’ll meet three such women and hear how: * Addison Keilty of Delta Gamma tu...

33 MIN2018 FEB 6
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GLT 010: Sorority women in STEM fields

Latest Episodes

GLT 019: Greek Life at Small Colleges: Where Fraternities and Sororities Thrive

EWhat are the characteristics of a great fraternity and sorority experience? Does it require having a house? Are huge parties a must? What about big-dollar philanthropies or epic tailgates? Greek Life at small colleges might not have any of these things, but it does shine in one aspect: Community. And, after all, community might be what matters most. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the differences between Greek Life at small colleges compared to Greek Life at big state schools. Most of the campuses I’ve visited have been larger institutions, which, coincidentally, also seem to be where many of the headline-grabbing tragedies have occurred. Conversely, it seems like more and more chapters from smaller schools are winning national awards. To understand more about these campuses, I interviewed two FSL pros who combine for more than 30 years in the industry: Scott Irlbacher from Robert Morris University and Dr. Carolyn Whittier from Valparaiso University. In two different convers...

33 MIN2019 JAN 15
Comments
GLT 019: Greek Life at Small Colleges: Where Fraternities and Sororities Thrive

GLT 018: The American Fraternity: Where Our Country's Leaders Learn to Break Promises

EIn theory, America is a shining light to the rest of the world. In practice, our country and its leaders falls short of that billing. But where do our leaders learn to break their promises? According to photographer Andrew Moisey, this behavior is learned inside the American fraternity. Between 1999 and 2006, Andrew had unprecedented access to a fraternity house at UC Berkeley. As he photographed all aspects of fraternity life, he began to wonder if our then-President, George W. Bush, didn’t participate in a lot of the same, repulsive scenes he was capturing. The American Fraternity: An Illustrated Ritual Book, is an uncomfortable look at fraternity life as never scene before — at least by the outside world. To those of us on the inside, many of the images found in Andrew’s book may look uncomfortably familiar. It may seem contradictory to the ethos of this site to have Andrew on, but, in fact, I think his perspective as an unaffiliated man is insightful and invaluable. In our wi...

57 MIN2018 OCT 16
Comments
GLT 018: The American Fraternity: Where Our Country's Leaders Learn to Break Promises

GLT 017: Tragos Quest to Greece with Sigma Phi Epsilon

EReferences to Greek Life run rampant on college campuses, and the immediate connotation is almost always related to fraternities and sororities. But how often do we stop to think about why our organizations are identified by Greek letters, or what ancient Greece has to do with how we operate today? Here’s where the Tragos Quest to Greece comes in. Started in 2000 by Sigma Phi Epsilon, the quest sends scholars to Greece each year to trace the roots of fraternal organizations. Over time, the quest has evolved and grown to the point where 17 undergraduates participated in 2018. During their 10 days in Greece, the scholars learn about the country’s history, its culture, and, most importantly, themselves. As you’ll hear from two undergraduate scholars and one mentor, this journey is one that shapes the mind, body and soul. You’ll also hear: * How the scholars spend their 10 days in Greece * What a group of local fisherman thought Sigma Phi Epsilon meant * Why this was such a rewardin...

36 MIN2018 OCT 2
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GLT 017: Tragos Quest to Greece with Sigma Phi Epsilon

GLT 016: Examining free speech in Greek Life

EOver the last few months, I've seen a number of instances of fraternities and sororities getting in trouble for things related to free speech on college campuses. While I certainly would never encourage some of the behavior that has been called into question, I have continued to wonder about what kind of protections the first amendment provides these students. On this episode, we're joined by Zach Greenberg from theFoundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). FIRE was created in 1999 todefend and sustain the individual rights of students and faculty members at America’s colleges and universities. In this episode, we'll discuss high-profile cases from Syracuse, Texas Tech and Old Dominion, and learn about the legal test that is used to evaluate controversial, freedom of expression cases. You'll also hear: How you can check your schools free speech rating What students can do to protect themselves Why free speech can still get you in trouble with your organization (if not yo...

33 MIN2018 JUL 31
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GLT 016: Examining free speech in Greek Life

GLT 015: Meet Amber Mariano of Gamma Phi Beta, Florida's Youngest Elected Representative

EAt age 6, Amber Mariano knew what she wanted to do with her life: Become president of the United States. In November of 2016, just days after her 21st birthday, she took a great step in that direction when she became the youngest person EVER elected to the Florida House of Representatives. As a sister of Gamma Phi Beta and a full-time student, Amber had her hands full in the fall of 2016, as she campaigned to represent Florida's 36th district. It all worked out though, as she claimed 50.5 percent of the vote, edging out her opponent by a narrow margin. In this episode you'll hear: How Amber first became interested in politics Why she decided to run What she's learned since getting elected and much more. Support for this episode is brought to you by Shan Wu at DC Student Defense. Shan Wu provides legal services and risk management counsel to college students facing conduct or academic violations. And thanks to Kevin Friis from Delta Upsilon for becoming a patron of the podcast. For t...

34 MIN2018 APR 3
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GLT 015: Meet Amber Mariano of Gamma Phi Beta, Florida's Youngest Elected Representative

GLT 014: Michigan sorority women band together to heal & prevent sexual assault

EThe fall of 2014 changed everything for two University of Michigan sorority women. One was sexually assaulted and the other had a dear friend disclose their sexual assault to her. Although they didn't know it at the time, their paths would eventually intersect as they searched for a way to make things better for themselves and their peers. This is the story of how a group of women from a wide variety of chapters came together to start the Panhellenic Peer Educator(PPE) program. The university's 2015Campus Climate Survey showed that only 3.6% of students who experienced sexual assault had reported it to the university. Through the PPE program, women from every chapter on campus receive training to be effective first respondeers and point victims toward a variety of resources, regardless of their intention to report. In this episode, you'll hear: The three most important words you can say to a survivor. What the program and its training includes. How the PPE's signature event,Speak Ou...

32 MIN2018 MAR 27
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GLT 014: Michigan sorority women band together to heal & prevent sexual assault

GLT 013: Can you "moneyball" fraternity and sorority life?

EIn 2003, Michael Lewis published the book Moneyball, which detailed the efforts of the Oakland Athletics to quantify the game of baseball and eradicate unsubstantiated narratives. In the 15 years since its release, baseball and the world of sports have been revolutionized. Which begs the question: is it possible to moneyball fraternity and sorority life? Today's episode features two headquarters staff members -- Becky Gleason from Zeta Tau Alpha and Noah Borton from Delta Upsilon -- who are attempting to do just that through their partnership with Dyad Strategies. Commonly referred to asfraternity and sorority assessment, the work Becky and Noah are doing is both critically important for the future of our community and fascinating to discuss. In this episode, we cover topics such as: How to think about this type of measurement and why it's so important Early insights into driving forces behind success chapters The ethics of taking pre-emptive action on problem chapters Using this da...

59 MIN2018 MAR 20
Comments
GLT 013: Can you "moneyball" fraternity and sorority life?

GLT 012: The Tale of Mr. Giver

EThe Tale of Mr. Giver is a story I shared at a recent leadership conference. It's about a family that leaves the busy city in search of a better life. Along the way, Mr. Giver encounters a few people who help shape his worldview. This episode isn't exactly about Greek Life, but I think it paints an important picture of our community. Whether you're in a fraternity or sorority, there is an important lesson for you waiting inside this episode. If it seems like I'm being vague about this edition of the podcast, it's because I am. It's probably best for you to just press play. And when you're done, please leave a comment with your reaction to this episode and its implications forfraternities and sororities. Support for this episode is brought to you by Shan Wu at DC Student Defense. Shan Wu provides legal services and risk management counsel to college students facing conduct or academic violations. For the full show notes, including a number of links that provide more depth to this con...

17 MIN2018 FEB 27
Comments
GLT 012: The Tale of Mr. Giver

GLT 011: Protecting female spaces #HearHerHarvard

EOn May 6th, 2016, Harvard President Drew Faust announced a controversial policy restricting the opportunities available to members of single-gender organizations. In response, hundreds of undergraduate women took to Harvard Yard to express their concern, unified by the rallying cry ofHear Her Harvard. And with that, a movement was born. To understand the origins of the policy, you have to go back to 2014 (and probably further), when the university received several complaints about the all-male Final Clubs. In an effort to make campus social life safer, Harvard began considering various courses of action. What no one expected, though, is that the university would end up punishing the very women they set out to protect. It’s a complicated issue and there is a ton of ground to cover in this edition of the show, including: * Why Grace Wang wanted to start the first sorority at Harvard in 1993. * The sequence of events leading up to the implementation of the policy. * How sorority leade...

31 MIN2018 FEB 13
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GLT 011: Protecting female spaces #HearHerHarvard

GLT 010: Sorority women in STEM fields

EIn 2014, US News and World Report estimated that only 13 percent of all undergraduate degrees earned by women were in science, technology, engineering and math. Looking at Greek Life, sorority women in STEM are even less common. With this as a backdrop, you can hopefully understand why this tweet caught my attention. “Together we will dispel the notion that women in sororities are not involved members of the science field by making our fields of study known.” Addison Keilty, Beta Epsilon-American #IAmASororityWoman https://t.co/lwlBye3q7D — Delta Gamma (@deltagamma) January 3, 2018 As it turns out, Addison runs a site called Sorority Girl in the Science Field (SG-SF), which features profiles of women in the science world, in addition to updates from Addison. But while SG-SF caught my attention, what I found was even more impressive: there are so many inspiring women in the STEM fields. In this episode, you’ll meet three such women and hear how: * Addison Keilty of Delta Gamma tu...

33 MIN2018 FEB 6
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GLT 010: Sorority women in STEM fields
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