As we wrap up the end of the 2016-2017 academic year at York College of Pennsylvania, we wanted to share a few highlights from the year! It was fun and busy year filled with educational programs, socials, service projects, philanthropy events, leadership development, and much more. Check out our full annual assessment report here: 2016-2017 Greek Life EOY Report.

SCHOLARSHIP

  • Greek Honor Roll recognizes members who strive for academic excellence by earning a 3.5+ GPA.
    • Fall 2016 – 124 members, 30% of Greek Life
    • Spring 2017 – 165 members, 31% of Greek Life
  • Order of Omega, fraternity/sorority honor society initiated the full 15 new members this year.
  • Over 120 Greek Life students graduated from YCP this academic year.
  • Number of inactive students, students with 2.5 GPA or below, has decreased by 30% this year!
  • Greek grade reports published below.
Greek Grade Report Fall 2016
Greek Grade Report Spring 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SERVICE

  • 6,685 hours of community service were completed this year by Greek members; ~12 hours/member. Full breakdown of chapter service hours located in the EoY Report.
  • 80 Greek members participated in the annual Spartan Service Day event in October.
  • Greek chapters volunteered at a variety of campus and local programs like the alumni 5Ks, YCP Hackathon, Meals on Wheels, local elementary schools, Olivia’s House, the York Halloween Parade, and many park clean-ups.

PHILANTHROPY

Greek Week 2017 Recap
  • $35,555 raised for local/national philanthropic organizations this year by Greek members; $65/member! Full breakdown of chapter monies raised located in the EoY Report.
  • During Greek Week, Greeks raised over $1,000 that were donated to YWCA victim services in honor of April Sexual Assault Awareness month and collected over 2,000 pounds of canned food items that were donated to the York County Food Pantry.

LEADERSHIP

  • Government
    • Interfraternity Council (IFC)
      • Worked with Residence Life to establish fraternity housing starting fall 2018.
      • Increased programming efforts for fraternities like hosting first annual IFC Golf Outing.
      • Continued to support their local philanthropy, York SPCA, by hosting Putts for Mutts fundraiser.
    • Panhellenic Council (CPH)
      • Brought in Fleece for Keeps organization as a philanthropy project to make blankets for children in foster care. The women made over 50 blankets and raised over $80 for the group.
      • Very successful spring recruitment, with over 100 new members receiving a bid.
  • Involvement
    • 40% of Greek members are involved in another YCP club/organization with 9% of the community serving as a leader for another YCP club or organization.
    • Greeks continue to be involved in programs and events across campus. Examples include:
  • Leadership Programs
    • 130 Greek members, 25% of the community, attended a national or regional leadership conference!
    • Our office increased our student delegation to bring 6 YCP Greek members to the Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA) Annual Conference in Connecticut in February.
      • 100% of those students responded likely or very likely to attending the conference again.
      • 100% students would recommend this experience to their brothers/sisters.
      • 100% agreed or strongly agreed that they were able to network with other Greek students and professionals as a result of attending the conference.
      • “Attending NGLA has enhanced my experience at YCP and in Greek Life by giving me an opportunity to improve my networking, leadership skills, and professional experience.”
        – Joe Carbone, Tau Kappa Epsilon
    • One of our goals this past year was to implement a Greek Life Ambassador (GLA) program for senior Greek leaders to give back to the community. 12 outstanding seniors were selected to serve as GLAs and represented our community at various events like Open Houses and Accepted Student Days. Additionally, the GLAs were responsible for teaching the New Member 101 program that all new members attend.
  • Awards
    Greek Excellence Awards 2017
    Greek Excellence Awards 2017
    • 3 of the 5 organization finalist for the Jody Appell Community Service Award were Greek chapters.
    • 6 of the 8 winning organizations of the ExCEL Series grants were Greek chapters.
    • The Annual Greek Life Awards ceremony was held at the end of April to recognize all the outstanding work chapters and members achieved this year with over 300 Greek members, advisers, and administrators in attendance.

FRIENDSHIP

  • Interest in Greek Life has continued to increase from year to year. The community has more than 500
    members involved, averaging around 12-15% of campus.
  • Retention of new members continues to be high on campus, with the community retention rate of 95%. This means 95% of students who receive a bid are initiated into the chapter.
  • Alumni Programming
    • Over 740 alumni came back to campus this past year to attend their chapters various alumni events from Founder’s Day celebrations, to anniversaries, to BBQs, luncheons, and golf outings!
    • Several chapters celebrated various anniversaries this past year and held special reunions like:
      • Delta Phi Epsilon celebrated their national centennial event with over 100 alumni
      • Sigma Delta Tau also celebrated their national centennial in March
      • Kappa Delta Rho celebrated their chapter’s 10 year anniversary
      • Phi Kappa Psi celebrated their chapter’s 25 year anniversary with over 100 alumni
      • Tau Kappa Epsilon celebrated their chapter’s 40th anniversary with over 60 alumni

PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS

  • National Hazing Prevention Week 2016
    National Hazing Prevention Week 2016
    National Hazing Prevention Week 2016
    • Five days of risk reduction programming focused on hazing prevention, sponsored by Order of Omega.
    • This year we collaborated with the ExCEL Series, to host a bystander intervention and team building program that over 50 Greek members attended.
    • There was a hazing prevention campaign that Greeks ran in the Student Union lobby during the week.
    • The week concluded with a luncheon with Greek presidents and campus administrators, including Campus Safety Officers, to discuss hazing prevention efforts at YCP.
  • Bras Across Campus
    • This fall the Panhellenic Council adopted a new philanthropy, Bras Across Campus, that raises awareness about breast cancer for college aged students.
    • The women collected over 100 bras that were hung in the Student Union to raise awareness.
    • The sororities also competed to raise the most money, raising over $1,600 in total.
    • The week ended with the founder of the organization speaking on campus to the sororities about women’s health, the Feel Your Boobies campaign, and the philanthropy.
  • It’s On Us
    • The Greek Councils helped sponsor and promote both It’s On Us weeks this past year.
    • Greeks participated in the events like the campaigns in the lobby, attending The Hunting Ground film screening, and Take Back the Night in the spring.
    • The Greeks also created a sexual assault awareness PSA that was shown around campus during the programming weeks.

OPERATIONS

  • Social Media
    • A new program this year was the Social Media Assistant position. Students applied to run and create materials for the Greek Life social media platforms.
    • The assistant helped to create and write the Greek Life blog, a new platform that helps to highlight Greek members beyond their letters and share student stories in a narrative form.
    • The Greek Life blog has been a big hit this year, publishing over 25 student profiles and reaching over 3,000 views.
    • Greek Life also expanded their social media presence by adding an Instagram account @GreekLifeYCP
  • Housing
    • All 6 sororities continued to live in the small house options offered by Residence Life.
    • The Interfraternity Council worked Residence Life this past year to propose a fraternity housing initiative. Starting fall 2018, Old Tyler Run buildings will be converted into fraternity housing spaces.
  • Conduct
    • Conduct issues continued to arise this year within the Greek community.
    • Five hearing boards formally adjourned for Greek Life conduct issues, with 4 of the 5 boards finding chapters accountable.
    • Four Greek chapters were put on formal probation statuses. Two organizations were put on informal warning notices through our office.
    • One Greek chapter was inactive for a semester due to their chapter GPA not meeting the Greek standard.
    • We continue to take a strong stance against Student Code of Conduct violations and will continue to hold our Greek organization accountable for their actions.
  • Greek Life Annual Survey
    • 209 students completed the survey, which is about 40% of the community.
    • Results:
      • 82% agree or strongly agree that their involvement in Greek Life has contributed positively to their success in the classroom.
      • 94% agree or strongly agree that as a member in Greek Life, they have learned how to look at situations from more than one perspective.
        • “Greek Life has challenged me and been rewarding in doing so. It has made me think about not only myself, but others As I have held different positions in my chapter and in the Greek community, I have learned time management, leadership, and problem solving.” – Sarah Sanders, Phi Sigma Sigma
      • 94% agree or strongly agree that they have developed a stronger sense of community and understand the importance of serving those in their community.
        • “Being part of Greek Life has provided me with opportunities to serve my fellow neighbor. I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to provide such service had I not been in my fraternity.” – Brad Murray, Kappa Delta Rho
      • 92% agree or strongly agree that they have a better understanding, appreciation, and acceptance for the difference in people.
      • 91% agree or strongly agree that as a member of Greek Life, they have developed new leadership skills.
      • 92% agree or strongly agree that they are more confident in their leadership abilities as a result of joining a fraternity/sorority.
      • 84% agree or strongly agree that the skills and experiences they’ve gained from Greek Life has positively impact their ability to get an internship, job, and/or placement opportunity.
      • 90% agree or strongly agree that their involvement in Greek Life has contributed positively to their level of self-esteem and self-confidence.
      • 96% agree or strongly agree that their involvement in Greek Life has contributed to their college satisfaction and reasons for staying at York College of PA.
        • “Greek Life has made my experience at York College work going to York College.”
          – Corey Byrne, Kappa Delta Phi
        • “Greek Life has made York a home for me. Greek Life has helped shape me into the person I am today and I am beyond grateful of all the opportunities I have had.”
          – Megan Fritz, Phi Mu

Thank you to all the students, alumni, advisers, and administrators that continue to work hard to make YCP Greek Life the best! We can’t wait to see what next year brings us!

2016-2017 EoY Report
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