April 13, 2007

Case Western Reserve University's Greek Life receives high honors from national organization

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Case Western Reserve University's "best kept secret" is out: the university's Greek Life community is tops, and it recently received high honors from a national organization.

The Mid-American Greek Council Association (MGCA) recently distinguished the university's fraternities and sororities as the best overall Greek community in the Midwest, with both Interfraternity Congress (IFC) and Panhellenic Councils receiving high honors. The IFC governs the fraternity community, while the Panhellenic Council is the governing body for sororities. Both are student-run organizations.

The MGCA recognized the university's IFC as the most outstanding Interfraternity Congress in Jellison Division III, with acknowledgements in the categories of academic achievement, council management, community service and philanthropy, leadership and educational development, membership recruitment, public relations, risk reduction and management, and self-governance and judicial affairs. In addition, the university's Panhellenic Council was recognized by MGCA as the most outstanding in Sutherland Division II with acknowledgements in the categories of community service and philanthropy, leadership and educational development, risk reduction and management, self-governance and judicial affairs, academic achievement, council management, membership recruitment, and public relations.

Additionally, the MGCA distinguished the Case Greek community as conducting two of the best Greek programs in the Midwest for the "Living your Creed and Values" Award and Band-Aid Day during National Hazing Prevention Week.

"For both the men's and women's groups, this is the second year in a row. It's a top-notch community, not the stereotypical communities people read about in the news. There's something special about the Greek community here. I think it's the best kept secret on campus," said Wes Schaub, director of the university's Office of Greek Life.

According to the Office of Greek Life, approximately 30 percent 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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"These high honors are a great accomplishment for the Greek community. Greeks—on and off campus—are recognized individually for their community service, scholastic achievement, and leadership every year, but it is a great distinction for the whole Greek community to receive this recognition. It truly proves our Greek community is not a stereotypical one, but rather is one of the best in the country," said Jordan Dale, vice president of communications for the IFC.

Delegates from the university's IFC and the Panhellenic Council attended the MGCA leadership conference February 22-25 in Chicago, including: Jeff Beverly, Chuck Becker, Brandon Roush, Jared Davin, Michelle Magyar, Valbona Bushi, Jill Jones and Ashley Lowry. They were accompanied by Schaub and Melissa Krueger, coordinator for Greek Programs.

Previously, the university's Greek community received high honors at the MGCA conference for the prestigious Sutherland and Jellison awards for best overall councils in the division for the Panhellenic Council and IFC, respectively. The IFC has been the most outstanding council in the Jellison Division III for the past two years now, while the Panhellenic Council has been the most outstanding council in the Sutherland Division II for the past three years.

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, April 13, 2007 10:19 AM | News Topics: Campus Life, HeadlinesMain, Students

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