Interfraternity, panhellenic councils win regional awards

Interfraternity, panhellenic councils win regional awards Seven students from The University of South Dakota attended the Regional Mid-American Greek Conference Association (MGCA) leadership conference recently in Chicago, IL. Approximately 1,600 Greek students and advisors from a 20 state region attended this leadership conference.

Each year MGCA distributes awards for outstanding programming by Interfraternity, Panhellenic, and National Pan-Hellenic (historically black fraternities) Councils. Councils can apply for Individual Programming Excellence Awards (IPEA) in eight categories, including academic achievement; leadership and educational development; risk reduction and management; self-governance and judicial affairs; membership recruitment; public relations;

community service and philanthropy; and council management.

This year USD's Interfraternity Council (IFC) received three IPEA awards for outstanding programming in the areas of public relations, self-governance and judicial affairs, and risk reduction and management.

The Panhellenic Council (PHC) at USD received all eight IPEA awards. In addition, it won the prestigious 2001 Sutherland Award for Division One. This award is given to the top campus, in four divisions, for outstanding achievement in overall programming excellence. The USD council also won this award in 1998.

According to USD Greek Life Advisor Genevieve Evans-Taylor, who attended the conference, the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils have done an outstanding job in their leadership and educational programming.

"Over the past year the council has sponsored a Greek Leadership Institute, an Alcohol Summit, and organized educational programs on AIDS, diversity, ethical leadership, sexual orientation, sexual assault and violence, and alcohol and drug abuse," said Evans-Taylor. "In addition our Greek community has gone through a number of cultural changes which have included common area-dry and live-in advisors for our fraternities. Our council has helped to lead these changes and serves to continually motivate our community to become better citizens."

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