August 19, 2011 12:00AM
Early Saturday morning, about 400 Pittsburg State University fraternity and sorority members will board eight buses for Kansas City, where they will spend the weekend learning how to make their chapters stronger and build bridges between the individual groups and the university as a whole.
This is the second year for PSU's Fraternal Leadership Summit, which will take place at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan. This year's summit is based on the theme, "Setting the Stereotype, Leading with Values."
The keynote speaker for the summit will be Corey Ciocchetti, an assistant professor of business ethics and legal studies at the University of Denver. Ciocchetti, a popular campus speaker, encourages students to identify and pursue the truly important things in life such as a solid character, strong personal relationships and a sense of contentment. In his presentations, Ciocchetti compares and contrasts these to worldly pursuits such as excessive wealth, popularity and prestige.
In other sessions, the students will hear from a variety of campus leaders on topics such as "Preventing Member Apathy," "Fraternity and Sorority Life," and "Bystander Behavior." There will be teambuilding exercises and "chapter time" for each of the sororities and fraternities.
"This conference is an amazing asset to the university and its students alike," said Marcus Nelson, president of the Interfraternity Council. "I believe the summit will help students become more focused and better prepared to begin the school year."
Lacie Worrell, president of the Panhellenic Council agreed. "I hope the participants come back to campus with new ideas about how to improve ourselves individually and as chapters. We want to set a good example on campus."
David Adams, assistant director for campus activities, said one of the things that makes the Fraternal Leadership Summit effective is that is driven by students' desire to become better leaders on campus.
"There is a strong desire among PSU's fraternal organizations to improve themselves both as individuals and as chapters," Adams said. "The university's role has been to support and encourage that. The leadership characteristics that these young men and women develop as students, will serve them well as they move from university life to the workplace and in their communities."
There are three sororities and six fraternities at PSU. The sororities are: Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Sigma Alpha and Sigma Sigma Sigma. The fraternities are: Lambda Chi Alpha, Pi Kappa Alpha, Phi Sigma Kappa, Sigma Chi, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Sigma Tau Gamma.
Fraternal Leadership Summit sponsors are the Student Government Association, the Interfraternity Council, the Overman Student Center, the Campus Activities Center, the Panhellenic Council and Campus Life and Auxiliary Services.