Greek Community Plans Relationship-Building Activities with Phired Up

Dr. Jackson opening the forum Monday

Dr. Jackson opening the forum Monday

On Monday, August 26th and Tuesday, August 27th, leaders from the Rensselaer Greek Community gathered in the Heffner Alumni House for a forum with RPI administrators and a workshop led by Matt Mattson from the company Phired Up. The Honorable Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, RPI’s President, opened the forum with a speech about the importance of fraternity and sorority life to the campus community and to the student experience, citing her own sorority membership during her time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Travis Apgar, the Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students, spoke about the plan for implementation of the approved Greek Life Task Force initiatives. In doing so he discussed the leadership structure of the project groups as they relate to the steering committee, and how they hope to formulate and work together moving forward. For more information on this, Dean Apgar is happy to help you learn more. Shoot him an email at apgart@rpi.edu.

Some Greek members helping freshmen find their classes on Thursday

Some Greek members helping freshmen find their classes on Thursday

After a lunch catered by Moe’s Southwest Grill, Matt Mattson from Phired Up took the attention of the greek leaders in attendance, working through a short and interactive lecture about marketing for fraternity and sorority life and fostering a dynamic recruitment. Everyone participated in a brainstorming session to come up with both FSL-wide recruitment events as well as communication initiatives to build positive relationships with non-affiliated students. 

One such communication initiative was to help freshmen find their classes on the first two days of the semester, and despite only having a couple of days the leaders were able to organize, plan, and execute this initiative. You might have seen Greek members around campus between classes, holding up signs that read “Need help? Ask a student!” In the end, we were able to help countless students not only find where they were going but give them a short but positive interaction. There’s no telling how much a “Good Morning!” can set the mood for someone’s day.

For more about Phired Up, their mission, and their resources, check out their website at phiredup.com.