Graduate students named Greek academic advisors Six graduate students at The University of South Dakota have been appointed Greek graduate academic advisors for the 2001-2002 academic year.
The live-in advisors serve as liaisons between Greek chapters and the university, providing a mature influence on the chapter membership.
The Greek Graduate assistantship Program is managed by the USD Office of Student Life and is under the direct oversight of the USD Greek Life advisor. Advisors are responsible for leadership development, academic assistance, service learning and the general operation of their chapter. Appointments are on a year-to-year contract, which began August 2001 and will continue through May 2002.
This year's advisors are: Megan Miller of Madrid, IA, Delta Tau Delta; Bruce Albers of Sioux Falls, Lambda Chi Alpha; Marty Richter of Waterloo, IA, Sigma Nu; Brandi Urwiler of Laurel, NE, Phi Delta Theta; Emily Firman of Flandreau, Alpha Tau Omega; and Josh Hendrickson of Kearney, NE, Beta Theta Pi.
The advisors perform a variety of duties beyond those formally outlined by the university.
"I see the enforcement of university policies as small part in the very big picture of the Greek graduate assistant role," said Firman. "There is much more to it than that. I try to make myself readily available to the members of the chapter to assist with their varying needs. I enjoy living in the house and working with the men. We have a good time."
"Thus far, the program has been a challenging yet rewarding experience," said Miller. "I think the men have adjusted well to having a live-in advisor and they have been great to work with."
Fraternity members have also reacted positively to the live-in advisors.
"Brandi Urwiler is an asset to the house," said Ethan Meyer of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. "She is there for us all the time."
Advisors are expected to carry nine hours of academic work, make satisfactory academic progress within their degree program, work 20 hours per week, and abide by and comply with chapter house policies, university policies, and all local, state and federal laws. They must have a bachelor's degree, be working toward an advanced degree, and be two years post graduation in order to be eligible. The appointment includes a yearly stipend of $4,000 and a two-thirds in-state tuition reduction rate. Private room and board is provided by the chapter.