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February 25, 2010

ULM’s Interfraternity Council recognized at leadership academy

The Southeastern Interfraternity Conference's Leadership Academy recognized the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Interfraternity Council with five awards for Excellence, more than that of any other school represented at the conference.

SEIFC is the regional leadership conference for council officers held in Atlanta each year. The awards were given at its closing banquet on Feb. 13 and recognized IFC excellence in these five areas:

Community Service and Philanthropy Award: recognizes the IFC that best provides initiates and new members with the opportunity to enrich their own lives by giving back to the campus or local community in a meaningful way and recognizes chapters who place an emphasis on hands-on community service and philanthropic events.

Educational Programming Award: recognizes the IFC whose programs provide education for both initiates and new member.

Interfraternal Relations Award: recognizes the IFC whose sponsored activities designed to promote fraternity unity and collaboration between councils/governing boards.

Excellence in Recruitment Award: recognizes the IFC that has well-designed, effective, organized, year-round recruitment programs that attract high-quality, motivated prospective members to the fraternity community.

Overall Fraternal Excellence Award: recognizes the IFCs that meet the 85 percent of the criteria in all 11 categories, which include risk management, educational programming, and chapter services.

ULM was the only university within the State of Louisiana for the second straight year to receive recognition at the awards banquet and was the only school in the Southeast to receive the Excellence in Recruitment Award, the most sought after award at SEIFC. During last year’s Leadership Academy in 2009, the council was recognized for Excellence in Educational Programming and Overall Fraternal Excellence.

“It’s encouraging to see how, after a year of hard work and dedication to both ULM and the community, the Interfraternity Council is gaining the recognition it deserves,” said ULM’s Coordinator of Greek Life Keith Hembree. “I am proud of this group of guys and how well they not only represent ULM, but the State of Louisiana.”

IFC President Brook Sebren added, “I’ve been active with the Interfraternity Council since the fall of 2007. In comparison to what we were as a council then, to now … it is truly amazing. The awards symbolize all the effort of the IFC and its respective fraternities, and the large strides made to better itself, the ULM campus, and the state.”

Sebren said those strides are about meeting the mission of ULM’s Greek organizations to teach young men and women to reach for excellence, provide them with the tools and resources to succeed in their undergraduate career, and build a support system that will last a lifetime.

The Office of Greek Life is charged with advising the 16 nationally-recognized fraternities and sororities at ULM. Traditionally, Greek organizations at ULM are strong contributors to the improvement of the university and the community, according to Hembree. Founded on principles of scholarship, leadership, community service and development of lifelong friendships, they still practice these fundamental principles in their pursuit of excellence.

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