Students Attend Summer Leadership Conference

August 12, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Eight Mount Union students representing fraternity and sorority life participated in the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI)’s leadership conference this summer.

Hosted by Indiana University and the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), UIFI educates and encourages fraternity and sorority leaders to create positive change within themselves and within their fraternal communities back home. The students who participated in this conference from Mount Union represented six of the University’s eight fraternal organizations and included sophomore psychology and sport business major Amber Bruno of Struthers, OH; sophomore middle childhood education major Leigh Kelley of Poland, OH; sophomore sociology major Paige Pezzato of Byron Center, MI; sophomore biology major Brandon Nix of Elyria, OH; freshman marketing major Marcus Zappa of Amherst, OH; junior management and human resource management major Dylan Spangenberg of Chardon, OH; junior biology major Megan McMinn of Uniontown, OH and senior accounting major Abbey Chandler of Poland, OH.

The conference offers participants the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills, decision-making skills and their commitment to their fraternal experience.

“Not only did I learn about always keeping true to my values and being a motivator towards leadership, I learned that one person can make a difference in the entire Greek community,” said Amber Bruno.

An important concept that student participants take away from the experience is that when they join a fraternity organization, they’re now part of a greater community.

“There is no other manner by which complete strangers can become life-long friends in the matter of four days, but somehow this is made possible by UIFI. Sharing the same values and vision for what we want in our communities is the tie that binds all of us together,” said Megan McMinn.

Students who graduate from UIFI can apply for a program intern position for the next conference. Abbey Chandler took advantage of the opportunity and was selected from a large pool of applicants to fill one of 24 positions. She assisted the members of the NIC Staff in facilitating the week-long personal development of the 80-plus participants in her session.

As a result of the participation in this leadership conference, Chandler and the other Mount Union UIFI graduates are currently redesigning the curriculum for current member education, as well as the education of new members to the Greek community.

“I was able to create a vision of new ideas to enhance my chapter and the community. I learned a ton about myself and Greek life during this experience and I cannot wait to share all of it with my sisters and the Greek community here at Mount Union,” said Leigh Kelley.

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