NGLA College Panhellenic and IFC Academy FAQs

Where will the College Panhellenic and IFC Academy be held?

Hartford, CT as part of the 2019 NGLA Annual Conference from February 28 - March 1, 2019.

What is the Academy designed to do?

College Panhellenic and IFC Academy is about:
• Building relationships with members of your council and campus community.
• Evaluating your personal, community, and sorority/fraternity experience.
• Educating officers on the most up-to-date Panhellenic/IFC knowledge.
• Defining expectations for your officer role and resources available to support your success.
• Collaborating with other attendees from your council and campus to create opportunities to work together to advance your community.

Specifically, the National Panhellenic Conference and North American Interfraternity Conference will focus on two main areas – (1) helping council officers understand the councils purpose and (2) officer track programming – nuts and bolts training of how to be effective in the job.

When will the College Panhellenic and IFC Academy be held?

The program will begin Thursday afternoon at 1pm, prior to when the NGLA Annual Conference begins, and remaining content will continue Friday during the regular NGLA Annual Conference, outside of the Friday Morning Keynote and meal.

What specific officer tracks will be provided at the College Panhellenic and IFC Academies?

President, judicial officer, recruitment officer, internal operations (secretary/treasurer) officer, harm prevention officer, programming officer, public relations officer, and service/philanthropy officer.

Our intention is that every officer role be filled in order for us to provide the most well-rounded training to every College Panhellenic/IFC.

What about the other council officers I bring to the conference?

We are only offering specific training related to College Panhellenic and IFC this year.

Will our students still attend keynotes and meals with everyone else?

Yes, we have designed the curriculum around all Annual Conference keynotes and regularly scheduled meals. There is not programming on Friday evening so that your councils can still enjoy a meal together outside of the conference hotel if desired.

Can our students attend other breakout workshops?

Yes, they can attend breakout workshops, just not during the College Panhellenic and IFC Academy times.

If our council wants to be involved, how do we go about registering?

We welcome all interested campuses and individuals to participate. During registration, those registering will be asked if they wish to register for the Annual Conference, College Panhellenic/IFC Academy, or both. When they choose College Panhellenic/IFC Academy or Annual Conference and College Panhellenic/IFC Academy, they will be prompted to choose the officer track for each attendee.

Registration is first-come, first-serve and will be limited to 150 participants.

What is the cost of participating?

The cost will be an additional $125/person over the NGLA Annual Conference registration fee.

What is the policy on refunds, cancellations, inclement weather, etc.?
Once registered, NGLA does not offer refunds or cancellations. The names of individuals attending from a delegation can be changed, but they cannot be transferred to another delegation, and registration fees will not be refunded.

Should both our Panhellenic and IFC councils attend?

Yes, several pieces of the curriculum provide space and time for both councils to interact with and work with each other. Having both councils present is crucial to establishing the importance of fraternity/sorority community in collaboration.

What if only one council can attend?

The College Panhellenic and IFC Academy at NGLA is designed for both your College Panhellenic and IFC council to participate together. Since the program is designed to involve both councils, having only one council attend will not realize the full impact of the program; however, if only one council from a campus can attend, they may do so.

If we can't fill every spot, can we send someone else on Panhellenic/IFC in their place?

Yes. We would ask that you send a representative from your delegation in place of the council member who cannot attend. Ideally, this should be an individual in a role related to the track s/he will attend. When not possible, alternates can be any council officer who is an interested and willing participant. The curriculum will be designed for that specific officer during the track programming portion of the program. It is less helpful and more distracting to have an uninterested participant who feels they are forced to attend. We would ask that you coach this participant on why they are attending (to gather the information and share it with the council officer who cannot attend) and ask them take notes so that the council officer would be able to understand the information even if they weren’t in attendance.

Can we still participate if we don't fill every council officer spot?

If you cannot fill the council officer spot with another willing participant, you still can participate.

Can we send more than eight (8) people (Panhellenic) / eight (8) people (IFC) to the College Panhellenic and IFC Academy?

Campuses are able to send as many council officers as they choose, but there will only be officer track curriculum designed for individuals as previously indicated.

I’m the fraternity/sorority advisor (FSA), can I attend as well?

Yes. You are welcome to attend one of the officer training tracks but it is not required and we have not created content specific to your role.