On February 16-19, four members of the Panhellenic Council and four members of the Interfraternity Congress, accompanied by Wes Schaub, Director of Greek Life, and Melissa Krueger, Coordinator for Greek Programs, traveled to Chicago for the Mid-American Greek Council conference and awards. MGCA is a regional leadership conference for Greek council and chapter officers. This conference provides valuable information from speakers and workshops discussing important aspects of Greek life from ritual to anti-hazing to promoting responsibility among chapter members. Nearly 2000 fraternity and sorority leaders attended the 2006 MGCA conference. The student delegates representing Case were Tracy Gosen, Emily Antes, Melissa Leuch, and Jessica Rocco for the Panhellenic Council and Joshua Dudek, Jared Davin, Evan Heiser and Brandon Roush for the Interfraternity Congress.
In addition to the programming provided at the conference Greek councils are also recognized at the closing banquet for their programming and accomplishments throughout the year. This year both Panhellenic and IFC were award winners. Recognition requires at least 70% proficiency in that respective category. The Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Congress were recognized in eight competitive categories, including Academic Achievement, Council Management, Philanthropy and Community Service, Leadership and Educational Development, Membership Recruitment, Public Relations, Risk Reduction and Management, and Self Governance and Judicial Affairs. Panhel was also chosen as winner of the Sutherland Division II award for best overall council in the division. IFC was chosen as the overall winner of the Jellison Division III award.
The Case Greek Community was also honored with the Linda A. Wardhammar Kaleidoscope Award for their service program entitled 365 Days of Service. This award is a Judges' Choice award and is presented to only one campus for excellence for a distinguished program. Other programs nominated for this award included: Greek Community Educational Consultants (GCEC) and the All-Star Program. For more information please visit at http://greeklife.case.edu.
Fraternities have long been a part of student life at Case. In 1840, the first chapter was chartered at Western Reserve College (WRC), making Case the fourteenth college in the country and second college in Ohio to establish a Greek community. Since then, Greek Life at Case has grown to eighteen fraternities. All fraternities must hold membership in the Interfraternity Congress which is the student run organization that governs the fraternity community.
The sorority community at Case started in 1883 at Western Reserve College. Since that founding date, other chapters have been chartered bringing the number of sororities to six. The Panhellenic Council, the student run governing body for the sororities, was founded in 1981.
Approximately 30% of all undergraduate students at Case are involved with a Greek organization. More students at Case are involved with Greek Life than any other activity.
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