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Out Til’ Midnight
Each spring IFC teams up with Panhellenic Council and Resident Hall (R.H.A) to put on a campus-wide fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The fundraiser includes events such as a League of Legends tournament and a 5K race, but most money is raised through students gaining sponsorship from friends, family, and alumni. Organizations compete in teams to work together to raise the most money in hope of gaining the Out Til’ Midnight trophy. The event culminates in an Out Til’ Midnight finale event.The event includes competitions between all the organizations raising money and a guest speaker from St. Jude’s. In 2017 alone Missouri S&T raised $22,000 for St. Jude’s and we hope to continue that strong fundraising campaign into 2018!
During the second week of September each fall IFC and the Panhellenic Council host a week long Greek Week competition. The week consists of events in which the fraternities and sororities compete in a number of competitions including skits and small contests during “Idi-odysseys”, banner and float creation, Hercules strong-man competition, Queen competition and a large Opening Games and Closing Games out at Vichy Airport. A comedian, keynote speaker, and concert are also brought in to entertain the Greek community. During this week, the senior members of IFC and Panhellenic Council are rewarded for their hard work with honorary “gods” and “goddesses” positions. The gods and goddesses are the highlights of all Greek Week celebrations and judge many of the competitions between the Greek organizations. This Fall 2017 will mark the 55th annual Greek Week celebration at Missouri S&T!
This event, hosted by the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council each spring, serves as the biggest “Battle of the Bands” in the region. With playing order determined by philanthropic fundraising, and song theme determined by the community-at-large, this event is one of the largest social events of the fraternity and sorority community. Each house gets a chance to show off their house band for two songs. Honorary judges decide who will be reigned as Greek Sing champion for the upcoming year.
Greek Award Banquet
Hosted annually by collaboration between the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Governing Councils, and Order of Omega, this event takes time for the Fraternity and Sorority community to recognize its chapter’s and member’s achievements, along with awards given to staff for their continued support in the community. IFC awards houses for top GPA, excellence through community service, Fraternity Adviser of the Year, and Fraternity Man of the Year. This event takes place at the end of each fall semester.
Each Pro Day, IFC creates a booth in which they pass out a scholarship application to all incoming freshmen interested in joining Greek Life, and answers any general questions that incoming students and their family members have about joining Greek Life. They also give a short speech to all the students and their families along with conducting a mini-information session. During these speeches IFC promotes the benefits of Greek life and answers any questions that arise.
IFC Fall Rush Events
During Opening Week (freshmen orientation week) IFC hosts two large events to get the freshmen on campus interacting with each other and interested in Greek Life. The first is a casino night in which the student’s receive fake money and can walk around and play various casino games. Each table is run by members of a different fraternity which gives freshmen the opportunity to meet men from all of the different fraternities. The student’s can turn in their money at the end of the night and receive raffle tickets for prizes such as gift cards. Also IFC hosts a put putt-putt event outside the Havener Student Center. Each fraternity builds their own putt-putt hole. Any students interested in Greek Life have the opportunity to go through and play each hole to meet members of all the respective fraternities.
Greek Leadership Retreat
This annual training serves as an opportunity to both aid in the leadership development of the new governing council officers, and as a premier networking event between the different council’s officers. Incorporating specific themes each year the OFSL, and other invited departments, conduct programs, team building activities, and goal setting opportunities. This year, with sustainability being the key theme, programs will be focused on topics such as values-based leadership, importance of constructive feedback, civic engagement, and Greek Pride.
The OFSL is proud to announce the emergence of a pilot program known as the Greek Academy. Containing two separate developmental tracks, one for officer skills development, and the other for New Member Education, the Academy will serve as a unique chance to help chapter officers meet and interact with each other, as well as alumni and field professionals. New members, meaning newly initiated members, will be conducted by the Greek Captains, who after being selected through an interview process, serve as the primary facilitators and mentors to those who go through the program. While the Officer Skills Development Track focuses on specific positions (House Man, Risk Man, Public Relations, etc), the New Member Education Track will focus on campus policies around alcohol and hazing, as well as programs selected and developed by the Greek Captains.