Friday, December 4, 2015

Fraternity and Sorority Affairs  
Save the Date: January 30, 2016
Chapter Presidents Leadership Academy 
The Chapter Presidents Retreat is an event that provides all chapter presidents with invaluable information, fun, leadership training, and networking opportunities. The curriculum is designed specifically for chapter presidents.

New Chapter President Orientation
All newly elected Chapter Presidents must attend the New Chapter President Orientation to learn about the roster system, expectations of Chapter Presidents and meet the Fraternity & Sorority Affairs staff.
Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Time: 6:00pm
Location: TBD

Congratulation to the new Panhellenic Recruitment Board 
Mara Leane, ΑΟΠ, Director of Recruitment Counselors 
Samantha Allen, ΔΖ, Assistant Director of Recruitment Counselors 
Briana Chernak, ΚΑΘ, Senior Recruitment Counselor 
Kelsey Bear, ΔΖ, Director of Events and Logistics 
Haley Hartzel, ΑΟΠ, Assistant Director of Events and Logistics 
Meagan Williams, ΑΞΔ, Director of Recruitment Technology 
Kirsten Tauke, ΑΧΩ, Assistant Director of Recruitment Technology

Holiday Lights
Many of you may choose to decorate your chapter house for the holidays.  Just a reminder about some safety precautions to consider when decorating with outdoor lights:

  • Use only lights approved by OSHA-certified laboratories, like Underwriters Laboratory (UL).
  • Check for frayed wires before plugging in lights.
  • Never string lights when they are plugged in.
  • Use extension cords that are rated to carry the electrical loads connected to them.
  • Don’t overload a circuit.  An overloaded circuit could cause a fire.
  • Use outlets with ground fault interrupters for outdoor lighting.
  • Do not drive nails, staples or tacks through wiring insulation.

Prepare your Chapter House for Winter Break
What are the leading risks to a chapter facility during holiday breaks?
1. Water freeze
2. Fire
3. Vandalism and theft.

What can you do to avoid these types of losses?

  • Service your furnace/boiler. Routine maintenance is critical and relatively inexpensive. In the long run it will save you money. Your furnace will run more efficiently and be more dependable, which is critical during periods when there will be no one around to monitor its performance.
  • Leave your furnace on and maintain the heat at or above 60 degrees.
  • Shut off the water supply at the main valve and open the faucets. If your property is equipped with a fire sprinkler  system, please check with the contractor to ensure its effectiveness is not compromised.
  • Make sure all hoses are removed from exterior water spigots.
  • Service and drain water within the lawn sprinkler system
  • Leave open the doors to cabinets that contain water lines. This will allow heat to enter the area.
  • Check all rooms and unplug all non-essential appliances and electronics. The source of many fires was an improperly used, unattended or malfunctioning appliance or space heater. If they are not plugged in, they are not a threat.
  • Utilize a responsible member or alumnus/alumna to check on the property, at a minimum, every 24 hours.
  • Controlling the extent of a loss after an occurrence is critical. Make sure this designated person has the appropriate contact information. We recommend that the person is provided with:
    1.  Alumni/House Corporation and Chapter President Contact
    2.  A Company such as ServiceMaster that can respond to extract water and/or secure the property from sustaining further damage.  You can locate a ServiceMaster franchise by calling 1-800-RESPOND
    3.  Insurance claim reporting information.
  • Make sure the property is securely locked and ask the local police department to check on it periodically to deter vandals and thieves. Don’t forget to securely store all valuables!
  • Clean the chapter house before the break. This will ensure that no heat registers are blocked and will reduce any potential fire hazards.
    (Information provided by HRH/Kirklin & Co.


Campus and Community Announcements   
i-Program at the Illinois Leadership Center  
We offer 1-day experiential learning programs for students to help build skills in teams, personal knowledge, organizational leadership and ethical decision-making enabling more than 800 #IlliniLeaders through our i-programs, Leadership Certificate and Minor programs. Our team has found evidence that students who attend an i-Program exhibit greater leadership potential & qualities compared to those who do not. We call it, The i-Program Edge. These are great programs for students looking for personal development opportunitiesFor more information please click here!

Graf Internship at the University of Illinois  
If you know students who are looking for a pre-professional work opportunity that allows them to plan, organize, and facilitate activities and programs while developing leadership skills, consider recommending the Graf Internship at the Illinois Leadership Center.

Graf Interns are responsible for overseeing the logistics and administration of the Leadership Center's I-programs, as well as other office priorities. 

For more information email 

Apply here: Application

About SJEP:
The Social Justice Educator Paraprofessional Program provides students the ability to develop interpersonal facilitation skills while deepening their understanding of diversity and social justice issues. Through training courses, students will learn how to develop interactive learning programs in the form of workshops.

Contact Info: Questions?
Email us at

Volunteer Opportunities
Donate to the Holiday Toy Drive  
The Office of Volunteer Programs' Holiday Toy Drive has collection locations across campus. Look for the green and red boxes. All gifts should be new and unwrapped, and include an individual receipt, if possible. Toys will be donated to Salt & Light Ministries’ Two Trees Thrift Store for families in need.

Date: Collection ends Wednesday, December 9
Place: Illini Union Office of Volunteer Programs or collection boxes across campus
:  Donate a toy

Contact the Illini Union Office of Volunteer Programs at for more information.

Daily Bread Soup Kitchen Backpack Project  
The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen in Champaign is sponsoring its 6th annual Holiday Backpack Project.  We are looking for individuals to donate backpacks or items to be placed in the backpacks.  Some suggested items are:  packages of underwear, socks, hats, gloves, scarves, hand warmers, sweatshirts, thermal underwear, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand lotion, shaving cream and razors, decks of cards, snack foods, cough drops, and candy (all new…these are holiday gifts)  We can really use sizes, L, XL, or XXL.  Please label the bags i.e., Man L or Woman XL. 

Drop off is December 7-16 at Daily Bread, 124 White Street, Champaign from 9am-1-pm or 713 S. Elm Blvd, Champaign.  If you have questions, contact Pam at 359-3245 or

Illini Mentor Program  
Come be a mentor for an elementary aged kid! Illini Mentor Program is a registered student organization of the University of Illinois dedicated to fostering meaningful and consistent mentoring relationships between University students and children in the local community with the goal of supporting learning, growth, skill-building, and interracial and cultural understanding. Explore your strengths and build leadership skills by taking an active role in promoting positive youth development. Mentors can pick their days from Tuesday 3-5pm or Wednesday 3-5pm or Saturday 10-12pm and work at either Dr. Williams Elementary School or Don Moyers Boys and Girls Club. Questions can be directed to the president of IMP, Neha Agarwal- President at

Fight Hunger by Volunteering with the Food Pantry  
The Wesley Pantry is training for new volunteers to assist with shifts related to food distribution: truck unloads, setups, cleanups, food distributions, etc. Every 1st and 3rd Saturday, 9:30-noon; Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday 10:30-11:45a, 11:45-1p, 3:30-4:45p, and 4:45-6p; Every 3rd Thursday, 3:15-5:30p and 5:15-7:30p. Welsley Pantry is located on Campus while the Parkland location is on the CU-MDT Green line.

To volunteer: or for more information, contact


409 Turner Student Services Building
610 East John Street, Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-7062

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