Fraternity/Sorority Life

Information For

Fraternities and Sororities

How To Join

New Initiate Convocation

Each semester, outstanding new initiates of fraternities and sororities are personally invited to attend the New Initiate Convocation, a dinner discussion about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that face our fraternities and sororities and how they can be part of advancing the fraternal movement at SUNY Plattsburgh. The discussion also includes the four core pillars of fraternity/sorority life (friendship, scholarship, leadership, service), in addition to the concepts of values-based decision making, community building and bystander intervention. The program is coordinated by the Leadership Development Coordinators for Fraternity/Sorority Life and facilitated by peer facilitators and faculty/staff members.

Learning outcomes for the institute are:

  • Participants will explore the concept of fraternal values and how it relates to them as individuals, as individual organizations, and as a community.
  • Participants will discuss the power of a single organization versus the power of a community.
  • Participants will explore the four core principles of fraternity/sorority life and how the community upholds these principles.
  • Participants will be empowered to identify issues of concern to them and to begin to develop solutions using the bystander intervention model.
  • Participants will leave the Convocation empowered to become proactive and involved in fraternity/sorority life.

Contact Information

For more information about Fraternity/Sorority Life at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Allison Swick-Duttine
Director of Fraternity/Sorority Life & Organization Development
Angell College Center 204
Phone: (518) 564-4825
E-mail: allison.swick@plattsburgh.edu