Alumni & Advisors
Membership in a fraternity or sorority is a lifelong commitment that continues to benefit members beyond their college graduation. Here are a few ways you can get involved at the University of Cincinnati:
What is an Advisor?
Advisors are an extremely important asset to a chapters success. They provide guidance and support to officers and the entire chapter in several areas of operation. It is important that advisors foster the development of the chapter as a whole, as well as individual offiers and members! The advisor provides continuity to the organization as the membership and officers change. An advisor should be familiar with the policies and regulations of the chapter, Inter/National organization, University of Cincinnati, and relevant state and federal laws.
Types of Advisors
- Chapter Advisor: Per the Fraternity & Sorority Life Community Guidelines, each fraternity and sorority chapter is required to have an Alumni Advisor, also known as the Primary Advisor, and/or team, in accordance with the structure prescribed by the Inter/National organization. Each organization with a chapter facility (house) must have an alumni advisory team that includes a liaision with the House Corporation or an individual otherwise responsible for advising issues relating to chapter facilities.
- Faculty/Staff Advisor: As stated in the Registered Student Organization Handbook, all registered student organizations at the University of Cincinnati are required to have an advisor - either faculty, staff, or administration. These advisors can serve in a variety of different roles as each perceives their relation to a student organization differently! Specifically, some advisors play very active roles, attending meetings, working with student officers, and assisting in program planning and development. Others maintain a more distant relationship to the organization.
Greek Affairs Alumni Council (GAAC)
The Greek Affairs Alumni Council is comprised of alumni from the College Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council. The mission of the GAAC is to support the undergraduate fraternity and sorority community at the University of Cincinnati and to foster communication between the University and Greek Alumni.
Alumni, students, and advisors meet regularly with the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life to communicate accomplishments and areas of concern amongst chapters in order to improve the community through positive support in the sharing of knowledge and resources.
Greek Affairs Education Fund
With the endorsement of the University of Cincinnati Foundation, the Greek Affairs Alumni Council established a separate entity known as the Greek Affairs Education Fund. This Fund's purpose is to provide a permanent endowment for the support and expansion of educational programs and services within the Fraternity & Sorority Life community at the University of Cincinnati.
Each year, the Greek Affairs Alumni Council partners with the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life to recognize two outstanding alumni during the Greek Excellence Awards.
- The William R. Nester, Jr. Award (Outstanding Greek Alumnus): This award is presented to a Greek alumnus (36 years or older) who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to promote Fraternity & Sorority Life at the University of Cincinnati. This person can be outside of your organization and someone your chapter feels deserving of special recognition for his or her contributions to the community over an extended period of time.
- The David M. Lance Award (Outstanding Young Greek Alumnus): This award is presented to a young Greek Alumnus (35 years or younger) who has contributed in many ways since their college graduation in assisting a fraterntiy and/or sorority chapter and the Fraternity & Sorority Life community at the University of Cincinnati. This person can be outside of your organization (graduate of any college or university). He or she must demonstrate a positive influence towards your membership and help to ensure community growth.