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Events Calendar
Dye-ing to Give Back
Lessons in Leadership Guest Speakers
Scholarship for Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute
You're Invited: Zeta Phi Beta's Soul Food
Sigma Lambda Gamma Week
Student Staff Assistant Position Opening
Housing Options Sessions
Oxford Community Relations Commission Position
Spend a Week at Harvard Business School
Attend a Free Kaplan Test
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 Events Calendar 

This Week:


4/8-14: Sigma Lambda Gamma Week


4/10: Alpha Kappa Alpha Day


4/10-12: Men's Spring Recruitment 


4/14: Greek Spring Clean




Next Week:


4/15: Zeta Phi Beta Day; Soul Food


4/19: Delta Sigma Theta Day




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Dye-ing to Give Back: TODAY!


Thursday, April 12th from 2:00-5:00 on Central Quad


The Sorority Corridor Representatives are hosting a tie dye fundraiser to support the Animal Adoption Foundation! We're selling Southern Tide inspired tanks to tie dye in Central Quad


Tanks are $6 at the event.


Not only will there be tie dyeing but there is even a DJ and the animals are coming too!


If 25% of your chapter participates you will receive a non-alc point!

Please come out and support, this is a great cause and it's FUN!


Wilks Leadership Institute's Guest Speakers for Lessons in Leadership


Coming in April, the Wilks Leadership Institute is excited to announce that Provost Gempesaw and Erin Brockovich will be our next guest speakers for our discussion series Lessons in Leadership.


Lessons in Leadership is a dialogue series offering students the opportunity to explore leadership within a variety of contexts. It is a great forum for meeting new people at Miami and engaging in discussions with leaders from the community, campus, and the beyond.


The next Lessons in Leadership event in April will feature Erin Brockovich as our guest discussion leader. The event will take place in the Ogden Hall Great Room on Monday, April 16th from 2:30-3:30pm.


Refreshments will be provided at both events, so don't miss out on your chance to interact with the Provost and Erin Brockovich and eat free food!


For more information, or to answer any questions, please email or call (513) 529-0830.


Scholarship to Attend Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute

The Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Leadership is excited to announce the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to attend the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) over the summer. The scholarship will cover registration and flight.


What is UIFI?  

UIFI is a 5-day journey, with each day building upon the one previous. UIFI offers participants the opportunity to explore, define, and enhance their leadership skills, personal awareness, commitment to their fraternity or sorority, and grow to expect values-based action from themselves and those they lead.


The institute is interactive, fun, challenging, and intentional. During a session, you'll experience hands-on interaction, experiential activities, discussion time, and personal reflection time. There is considerable focus on the positive aspects of fraternities and sororities in addition to important discussions about issues that threaten our future.


UIFI is the preeminent leadership development experience for fraternity and sorority members, and is an experience unlike any other; it is not a conference or a workshop-it is a uniquely holistic journey that you share with other interfraternal brothers and sisters. A UIFI graduate not only learns important leadership lessons, but also reaches deep inside him/herself to find their true fraternal calling.


Your journey will include discussions on purpose, courage, leadership, integrity, and vision. Your work will be done both in full-group sessions and in small discussion groups called "chapters." You will interact with peers from all over North America and with mentors that work professionally in fraternity and sorority life.



Why should you attend UIFI?

UIFI challenges you intellectually, emotionally, and physically. You will develop your leadership skills, learn about resolving complex issues, grow your confidence, enhance your critical thinking ability, and build your courage. You will also increase your network of relationships that can help you reach your potential and attain your goals.


UIFI makes a difference. Consider these survey results from 2008 participants:

  • 99% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they are a better leader because of UIFI.
  • 99% agreed or strongly agreed that UIFI deepened their commitment to Greek life.
  • 100% would recommend UIFI to a peer.

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Are you interested?

If so, please submit a one page letter stating why you are in need of this scholarship and what you hope to gain from attending the program. Please answer the following questions:

  1. What has your involvement been in the Miami Fraternity and Sorority Community up to this point?
  2. What do you want your involvement to look like for the next few years?
  3. How do you define values-based leadership?
  4. What do you see as examples of a values-based Fraternity/Sorority Community?

Also include your name, year in school, major, GPA, fraternity/sorority affiliation, and leadership experience. (Must be a sophomore or junior to attend)


Scholarship applications are due by Friday, April 20 at 12pm to


We have two scholarships to provide, but if you are interested in the program we encourage you to ask your chapter to sponsor you.


If you would like to hear more about the program, please do not hesitate to contact the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Leadership at (513) 529-1462.


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Student Staff Assistant Position Opening

Position Summary

The Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Leadership is hiring at least one Fraternity/Sorority Life Student Staff Assistant for the fall 2012 semester. The goal of the Fraternity/Sorority Life Student Staff Assistant is to support and enhance leadership in our fraternity and sorority community. The Staff Assistant will report to the Director and/or Associate Director of the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Leadership. Preference will be given to those applicants who are affiliated with a fraternity or sorority and in good standing with their chapter.


Position Requirements

  • 10 hours per week
  • Active membership and good standing with member fraternity/sorority
  • General knowledge of the fraternity/sorority community and the function of the three governing councils (additional training will be provided)
  • Willingness to work in a team and collaborative environment

Duties & Opportunities

  • Represent the Greek Community at various community events.
  • Work on designated office programs and projects (i.e., Public Relations/Marketing materials, Organization of Office Resources).
  • Other duties as assigned provided they support the mission and vision of the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Leadership.


  • Starting wage is $7.70 per hour (Student Associate)


  • Must possess strong written and oral communication skills
  • Must possess strong computer competence, including but not limited to word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications
  • Marketing and graphic design experience preferred
  • Willingness to work irregular hours including evenings and weekend

To Apply

  • Please attach a cover letter and resume (including 3 references with contact information) in an email to Kayte Fry, Associate Director (
  • Applications must be sent before April 18, 2012 at 12:00 midnight

Housing Options Sessions

First Year Students:

We know that hundreds of Miami students choose the ease and convenience of living on campus during their junior and senior years, but if you are considering living off campus during your junior or senior year, read on...


Have you felt pressured to sign a lease now for your junior year off-campus housing?

        Do you wish you knew more about the off campus housing               market?

                   Do you want more information about the lease process?


The Office of Off Campus Affairs and the Associated Student Government are pleased to offer Living Off-Campus Information Sessions for First Year Students (for your junior year).  The information sessions are conveniently located all across campus:


7:00 p.m.             Monday, April 9                in McFarland Hall

7:00 p.m.             Wednesday, April 11      in Dodds Hall

7:00 p.m.             Thursday, April 12            in Dennison Hall

7:00 p.m.             Wednesday, April 18      in Havighurst Hall

7:00 p.m.             Thursday, April 19            in Morris Hall


You may attend any info session.  Go to the front door of the building for access to the residence hall. 


Who knew that in your 1st year of college people would be talking about where to live off-campus in the junior year?  Almost 18 months away!!  Don't get dragged into thinking that you have to make a decision too quickly.  There are many more places for rent than there are people to rent them in Oxford.  If you explore and better understand the FULL range of Oxford options, you can make a more rational choice about where to live and be more satisfied with that living arrangement.  Learn about occupancy limits, the importance of "trusted" roommates, the difference between joint vs. individual leases, and why the fine print in a lease matters. Learn about the housing market in Oxford and what choices do exist.  Better understand leases & the full impact of signing one, what kinds of choices are really available, and how to recognize a good deal or choice. 


Please direct questions about this initiative to Bobbe Burke, Coordinator of Off Campus Affairs at

Oxford Comunity Relations Commission Position


The City of Oxford is seeking students interested in taking leadership in creating an inclusive community in Oxford by filling two positions on the five- person Community Relations Commission.  As a member of the Commission you will handle complaints about any discriminatory practices in Oxford and work to ensure that Oxford is a welcoming place for all persons.  Student members serve as important leaders on the Commission.


To apply, go to the City of Oxford Website-City of click on the "Boards and Commissions" section.  We are particularly interested in students who might serve two years on the Commission.  We will begin reviewing applications on April 18, 2012.  If you have questions about what your involvement as a Commission member would be like, contact Professor Kathleen Knight Abowitz at 529-6848 or Dick Nault at 523-4487.   We'd welcome your leadership in creating a welcoming community for all students and other residents in Oxford. 

Spend a Week at Harvard Business School


Summer Venture in Management (SVMP) is a one week management training program for rising college seniors designed to increase diversity and opportunity in business education. Participants are members of a group typically underrepresented in business schools and corporate America (e.g., African American, Latino, Native American, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender). HBS covers on-site expenses, and corporate sponsors typically cover other costs associated with attendance. SVMP 2012 will take place June 16-June 22, 2012.  


The application deadline is May 16, 2012.


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The admissions process for graduate school is becoming increasing competitive.  This makes your decision on how to prepare for your standardized test critical.

Between March 15th and April 15th, Kaplan is giving you and your members the opportunity to sample a Free LSAT, MCAT, GRE, GMAT, DAT, OAT, or PCAT Class. At these events, you will learn valuable strategies from one of our expert instructors.  Please share this information with those students who may be interested in attending this great free event.  These events will take place live and online in our Classroom Anywhere™ environment.

To sign up for one of these events, simply register using this web form:

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Take advantage of this free opportunity to get valuable instruction that will help you succeed on the test day, and learn why Kaplan is the only choice when it comes to your test preparation.  
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