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Social Event Grants

The Fraternity/Sorority Life Social Event Grants are available for fraternal organizations to co-sponsor alcohol-free social events. If groups are selected, Fraternity/Sorority Life will provide funding to help support these events (i.e. Group A contributes $100 and Group B contributes $100,  Fraternity/Sorority Life will contribute up to $200 so that the group can plan a social event costing approximately $400).

Sample events could include (but are not limited to):

  • Bowling
  • Laser Tag
  • Camping
  • Miniature golf
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Ben & Jerry’s tour
  • Ausable Chasm rafting
  • Picnic at City Beach or State Park
  • Six Flags/The Great Escape
  • Lake Placid Olympic Center
  • Show in Montreal or Burlington
  • Horseback riding
  • Attend a PSU theatre event
  • Hiking in the Adirondacks

The intended outcomes of these grants are:

  • Members will begin to comprehend the concept of “social organization” meaning “social development”. Fraternity and sorority members will not equate the concept of “social event” with “alcohol”.
  • The personal social skills of fraternity and sorority members will improve.
  • The sense of community between organizations will increase.
  • The perception that alcohol is a core principle of fraternities and sororities will decrease.
  • The number of students who join fraternities/sororities for the purposes of friendship, scholarship, leadership and service will increase. 

Criteria to be considered for funding:

  • A minimum of two accredited fraternal organizations must collaborate;
  • 50% of members from each of these organizations must attend the event;
  • Members agree to remain alcohol and substance free before, during and after the event;
  • Appropriate representatives must attend the Fraternal Summit each year;
  • Groups must participate in an assessment initiative to be administered by the Fraternity/Sorority Life at the beginning of the academic year. A minimum of 75% of members must complete the survey;
  • A minimum of 75% of participants must complete an event evaluation within seven days of the event.

The application process is:

  • Interested groups will submit an application to Fraternity/Sorority Life
  • A selection committee consisting of the Director of Fraternity/Sorority Life and/or Graduate Assistant for Fraternity/Sorority Life, a fraternity/sorority faculty advisor, and a Vice Presidents for the Interfraternity Council and Inter-Sorority Association will review applications and determine allocations for the month. Applicants will be notified within 48 hours of the committee’s decision.

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