NGLA Spotlight

NGLA educates leaders from a variety of fraternal experiences to transform and empower their community and align actions with values.

The NGLA Spotlight features fraternity and sorority chapters, councils, communities, and individuals who demonstrate commitment to the fraternal movement and help advance the NGLA Mission and Vision.

 

SEPTEMBER NGLA SPOTLIGHT

To start the school year, we'd like to recognize the award recipients of the 2019 Amy Vojta Impact Award for Membership Recruitment & Intake:

Winners

Alpha Chi Rho, The College of New Jersey

The Phi Gamma Chi chapter of Alpha Chi Rho took initiative and moved away from a strategy that had left their chapter with facing recruitment numbers of 1 or 2 men per semester. They realized this was not sustainable and worked with Nationals to create a new plan. The leadership of the chapter worked to create an open environment where men wanted to get to know the brothers and join this organizations for its values. As a result of this shift, they saw their New Member Class grow 250% and plan to continue this momentum. 

Professional Fraternity Council, Hofstra University

Following the recent establishment of the Professional Fraternity Council at Hofstra University, the council’s leadership chose seek guidance from the university staff to help the members connect and get to know each other in a less formal setting in the hopes of networking and continued unity for a better campus, leading to improved retention. With the recent creation of this council, the campus felt it was imperative for the organizations to get to know each other. During a New Member Mingle, in which the council and university staff celebrated all of the new members of the 6 organizations, they hosted a dinner, played interactive games where they were able to learn about the other chapters, and create connections in a safe environment. The council also incorporated a service component by creating dog toys out of old tshirts that were donated.

Honorable Mention

Alpha Omicron Pi, Bryant University

To help create the highest possibility for positive interactions during recruitment with the hope of offering bids, the Beta Upsilon chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi critically assessed their approach to recruitment and method of matching sisters to Potential New Members for preference night to determine which eligible women should be offered membership. There new process was two-fold. First, they created a Recruitment Notebook. This notebook was a powerpoint presentation prepared by the Vice President of Membership Recruitment and contained all relevant information for recruitment such as schedules, approved outfit ideas, and conversation starters and tips. All sisters were given access and it allowed all members to stay up to date on information. Secondly, they updated how sisters were matched with Potential New Members. This new method was based on data results. After each round, PNM’s were asked to complete a short survey covering the topics of personality traits, hometown, and campus involvement. From there, the PNM’s were matched with active members based on a formula which rated their compatibility. This allowed the chapter to not only invite back members who aligned with their chapter values, but also helped create a more personal experience for each new member.