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Christopher Braunstein presents “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” for the Greek Conference Saturday in the Campus Center. Braunstein is the key national adviser for the California Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and president of the Alumni Advisory Board for the University. Braunstein welcomed potential members into La Verne’s Greek community. / photo By Uyen Bui

Christopher Braunstein presents “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” for the Greek Conference Saturday in the Campus Center. Braunstein is the key national adviser for the California Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and president of the Alumni Advisory Board for the University. Braunstein welcomed potential members into La Verne’s Greek community. / photo By Uyen Bui

Jolene Nacapuy
Staff Writer

Members of the University of La Verne’s sororities and fraternities gathered for the Greek Leadership Conference held Saturday on campus.

“The purpose of the Greek Leadership Conference is to allow all Greek life students to have the opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience and training without the cost of travel or expensive conference fees,” Greek adviser and director of student life Barbara Mulligan said.

The conference started when members of sororities Iota Delta, Phi Sigma Sigma, Alpha Omicron Pi, Sigma Kappa and fraternities Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Alpha Epsilon met at the Rock to pick up the schedule for the day.

Afterward, keynote speaker David Stollman spoke in Morgan Auditorium.

Stollman talked about the purpose of the Greek system and how important its values are and what they represent to each organization.

“We make men better men and make women better women,” Stollman said. “That’s why we exist.”

He talked about how each organization must respect one another because they all have the same values, which include fellowship, leadership, academic excellence, service and morality.

“I felt that David Stollman was informative and his introduction was very beneficial,” senior Alpha Omicron Pi member Samary Morales said.

“He talked about how people see Greek Life and the stereotypes, which are partially true, and things that we should know.”

The conference consisted of three different workshop blocks, held in the Campus Center Ballroom, Morgan Auditorium and the Arts and Communi­cations Building.

Stollman held a workshop in Morgan Auditorium called “Recruitment Boot Camp.” He talked about how each organization should recruit new members without a ‘hazing’ process.

Stollman also talked about making new friends in the organization, emphasizing the way the group members become a family along the way.

“I’ve been the Greek adviser since 2008 and I love it,” Mulligan said. “I’m excited for next year because Greek life keeps growing and new members have such great opportunities.”

One of the other options for Workshop Block I was with ULV Alumni Advisory Board President Christopher Braun­stein who talked about representing the Greek life in the future. His talk was called “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.”

This workshop was for first-year members and discussed how people only focus on the differences of each organization rather than the commonalities.

Braunstein encouraged students to not be afraid to take on leadership roles and embrace every opportunity.

Workshop Block II had three different options: “Earning Your Letters Everyday,” “Oh, So You’re An Alumni” and “Building Teams With TNT.”

These workshops talked about similar things such as wearing letters proudly and understanding the true value behind them.

The last workshop block included “Creating Your I.M.A.G.E.: Why Start Now?,” “There’s No Place Like Home” and “Making Your Letters Work For You.”

These workshops talked about incorporating fraternity and sorority experiences into a resume.

“Success will not fall on your lap; you make success happen,” Wendy Lau, Board of Trustees member and founding sister of Phi Sigma Sigma, said.

“The conference was a great learning experience and I got to know the advisers a lot more, forming a closer bond with them,” said conference organizer Jessica Alberts, executive vice president of the College Panhellenic Association.

Jolene Nacapuy can be reached at jolene.nacapuy@laverne.edu.

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