In spring of 2019, Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) community leaders had the chance to travel to the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV) annual conference. A tried and true tradition for newly elected council officers, this professional development opportunity lends itself to team bonding, learning from professionals and students from across the country and recognition of the hard work of past officers.
This spring 2019 visit was especially memorable for Iowa FSL because of the many pride points that were recognized throughout the conference. First, Emeleeta Paintsil, a member of Zeta Phi Beta National Sorority Incorporated and the current president of the National Pan-Hellenic Council served as an opening keynote speaker to the over 4,000 attendees. This was not only the first time an undergraduate student had ever been graced with such an opportunity, but a chance for Iowa FSL to shine brightly among Greeks from across the country. The recognition didn’t stop there though, as Erin Klage, a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and the past Panhellenic president was presented with the Wayne S. Colvin Undergraduate Change Maker award for her work promoting safety and harm reduction as well as her dedication to the values of the Panhellenic community.
Finally, each governing council had the opportunity to apply for awards in a variety of categories, ranging from one to three stars, highlighting the work of the council over the past year. Iowa FSL brought home many of these awards including Two Star Education for the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Two Star Innovation and Three Star Accountability for the Panhellenic Council and Two Star Collaboration and Three Star Innovation for the Multicultural Greek Council. This recognition helps to showcase the incredible work being done by council officers past and present and the hope is to continue the legacy at AFLV 2020.
2019 Year In Review
This article is part of the 2019 Year in Review, which highlights some of the Division of Student Life's accomplishments from the previous academic year.