August 17, 2010 12:00AM
More than 370 members of Pittsburg State University sororities and fraternities will board buses early Saturday morning and head off for a two-day retreat in Kansas City where they will learn how to be better leaders and new ways to make their organizations stronger.
David Adams, assistant director for campus activities, said PSU's first Greek Leadership Weekend has been designed to strengthen and inspire leadership in the organizations.
"One of the most amazing factors," Adams said, "is that the fraternities and sororities voted to make this event mandatory for all members."
Adams said the idea for a Greek Leadership Weekend began with a conversation he had with a sorority president last fall. Since that time, he has worked with student leaders to develop an agenda that he hopes will help all of the sororities and fraternities improve their organizations.
"What makes this such a powerful activity is that it comes from a real desire the students have to make their chapters better," Adams said. "The university's role is to help the students achieve their goal."
The events begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in JCCC's Regnier Center with a keynote address by T.J. Sullivan, author of the "Hungry Student Leader" blog and co-founder and CEO of CAMPUSPEAK, a national agency that provides speakers to colleges and universities. Sullivan has spoken to more than 2 million students over his career.
Students will then have their choice of workshops that cover topics such as What is Hazing; Confronting Those in Your Chapter; Risk Management; True Colors: Finding Your Leadership Style; Party Right: Safe Partying Tips; Communication Strategies; Parliamentary Procedure; Recruitment; and Improving Alumni Relations. Workshops will be led by a number of PSU officials.
The weekend won't be all work. After a full day of activities Saturday, they'll spend the evening at a KC Royals game. Sunday morning will begin with some meetings and then breakfast before boarding the buses for the trip home.
"As the year goes on, I believe a lot of these students will look back on this weekend as a pivotal time not only for the success of their sorority or fraternity, but also for their own personal development," Adams said.