Fraternity & Sorority Advisory Council

Mission

The Fraternity and Sorority Advisory Council (FSAC) reports to the Vice President for Student and Campus Life (SCL), the Dean of Students, and the Senior Associate Dean of Students for Fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living on broad matters of policy and planning for recognized fraternities and sororities at Cornell University.

Bylaws of the Fraternity Sorority Advisory Council of Cornell University

Purpose  

These Bylaws shall provide the operating principles and selection process for the FSAC.

Objective

(Refer to the FSAC Charter for more information)

The Fraternity Sorority Advisory Council's sole purpose is to advise and report to the Vice President of Student and Campus Life and staff on broad matters of policy, planning and administration relating to fraternities and sororities recognized by Cornell University. In addition the FSAC shall assist with communications between the University and the active members and alumni of the recognized fraternities and sororities. The FSAC serves at the pleasure of the Vice President of Student and Campus Life.

Membership

The membership of the FSAC will consist of at least 22 members, but no more than 35, all appointed by the VP of SCL. Members have no voting rights. There will be representation from the following university constituencies

Trustees (current or emeriti) — up to 6 members

Presidents — 3 members

  • Alumni Interfraternity Council
  • Alumni Panhellenic Advisory Council
  • Alumni Multicultural Greek Letter Advisory Council       

Presidents and Executive Vice-Presidents — up to 6 members

  • Panhellenic Council
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multi- Greek Letter Council

Alumni of the Cornell Greek system  — up to 12 members

Administration — 4 members

  • VP for Student and Campus Life
  • Executive Director of Campus and Community Engagement
  • Senior Associate Director for OFSIL
  • Director of External Affairs for SCL                                               

Faculty — up to 4 members

Officers

There will be one officer, the Chair of the FSAC, appointed by the VP of Student and Campus Life. The Chair of the FSAC shall work with the Senior Associate Dean of OFSIL to organize the agendas for the FSAC and schedule FSAC meetings. The Chair of the FSAC will manage the communication of the business of the FSAC to the membership.  The Chair will also meet as appropriate with specific individuals as needed and also various undergraduate and graduate Greek groups, councils, and Boards as appropriate in support of the Cornell Greek community.

Appointment of Members and Officers

Nominations for membership may be submitted by current FSAC members and university administrators to the VP of SCL for consideration. Nominees will be reviewed by the VP of SCL and the Steering Committee. The final decision on new members is the sole decision of the VP of SCL.

New members are invited to join the FSAC by a letter from the VP of SCL. A member’s term may be terminated at any time for any reason by the VP of SCL.

The Chair of the FSAC is appointed by the VP of SCL. Nominations may be solicited by the VP of SCL from the current members of the FSAC. The Chair of the FSAC must be an alumna/us of Cornell and have been an active member of a Cornell University recognized sorority or fraternity when a student.

Terms and Term Limits

The Chair of the FSAC will be appointed by the VP of SCL for one four (4) year term. They may be asked to serve a second consecutive four (4) year term.

Members will be appointed for terms and term limits as follows:

Trustees – may serve as long as they are a Trustee of the university

Alumni Council Presidents – serve as long as they hold the office for their council.

Alumni – may serve 3 consecutive four-year terms. Must take a minimum of one-year hiatus before they are eligible to be considered for reappointment to the FSAC.

Greek Council Presidents and Exec. VP’s – serve as long as they are in office

Faculty – serve three-year terms. May be reappointed for consecutive terms.

SCL Administrative staff – serve as long as in the position.

Steering Committee

A Steering Committee, appointed by the VP of SCL, will work with the Chair of the FSAC and key staff to

  • Create meeting agendas
  • Establish priorities for the work of the council, and assist as needed

Committees

Committees will be created, as the business of the FSAC requires focused participation of a small group on a particular topic. Any committee created by the FSAC shall have a clear charge and time line of activity, including a “sunset” date unless otherwise determined by the VP of SCL or key staff.

The only “standing committee” is the Steering Committee.

Distinguished Directors Emeritus–

Long serving trustee emeriti who are no longer active with the FSAC may be considered for the honorary title of FSAC Emeritus.

FSAC members who have actively served the FSAC for 3 consecutive terms or a total of 12 years, may be considered for the honorary title of FSAC Emeritus.

FSAC Emeriti will receive the minutes of all meetings, FSAC sponsored communications and they will be invited to all regularly scheduled FSAC meetings.

Meetings

The FSAC will meet at least two times a year on the Ithaca campus. Meeting dates will be set six (6) months in advance. Minutes will be recorded and distributed to all FSAC members.

Definitions

  • FSAC – Fraternity Sorority Advisory Council
  • SCL – Student and Campus Life
  • OFSIL-Office of Fraternity, Sorority and Independent Living

Charter of the Fraternity Sorority Advisory Council

The Fraternity Sorority Advisory Council (FSAC) is an advisory body serving solely at the pleasure of the Vice-President of Student and Campus Life and key staff members.  The purpose of the FSAC is to be available to the VP of SCL and key staff for consultation on a wide variety of issues pertaining to Greek Life at Cornell University. The advice and thinking of the FSAC members may be solicited as a body or individually by the VP of SCL, the Dean of Students, or the Senior Associate Dean for Fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living on a wide variety of issues related to the Cornell Greek Community.  

FSAC members are selected for one or more of the following characteristics,

  • Familiarity with the Cornell Greek system
  • Familiarity with university operations
  • Involvement in university leadership roles
  • Advocate for Greek life at Cornell
  • Advocate for Student and Campus Life at Cornell
  • Ambassadors for Greek life at Cornell
  • Familiarity with the strengths and challenges facing the Greek system

FSAC members may be asked to

  • Engage in out-reach to Cornell Greek chapters
  • Engage in out-reach to Cornell Greek alumni
  • Participate in special projects for the FSAC
  • Report to the FSAC on the activities of their constituents
  • Report as needed to their constituents on matters discussed by the FSAC
  • Mentor Greek leaders on campus
  • Solicit input from their constituents on matters pertaining to Greek Life
  • Advise on Strategic Direction for the Cornell Greek System
  • Participate and/or aid in composing reports as needed for the FSAC

FSAC members are expected to

  • Attend FSAC meetings
  • Be advocates for the Cornell Greek system
  • Act as Ambassadors for the Cornell Greek system
  • Represent all that is good in the Cornell Greek system
  • Represent Cornell University in the most positive way

Membership Roster

Trustees:

Elizabeth C. Everett '97 (Kappa Kappa Gamma)

Eileen Walker '76 MBA '78 (Sigma Delta Tau)

Michael Zak '75 (Alpha Delta Phi)

Trustee Emeriti

John E. Alexander '74 MBA '76 (Phi Kappa Sigma)

John S. Dyson '65 (Alpha Delta Phi)

Carolyn C. Neuman ’64 (Delta Delta Delta)

Alumni:

Anthony B. Cashen '57, MBA '58, (Delta Upsilon)

Nancy W. Clark '62, M.Ed. '64 (Kappa Kappa Gamma)

Jerrold "Jerry" Day '71 (Chi Phi)

Iris M. Delgado '09 (Lambda Theta Alpha)

Alison Ewing '10 (Kappa Delta)

John H. Foote '74 (Sigma Chi)

Robert Forness '87 (Pi Kappa Alpha)

Yrensila Lopez '07 (Lambda Theta Alpha)

Greg Mezey '09 (Sigma Phi Epsilon)

Chinomnso Nnodum '10 (Delta Sigma Theta)

Matthew Rubins '90 (Zeta Beta Tau)

Katherine Stifel '87 (Delta Delta Delta)

Daisy Torres '05 (Sigma Lambda Upsilon)

Alfred F. Van Ranst Jr. '74, MBA '76 (Phi Gamma Delta)

Ralph V. Wilhelm '67 CHAIR (Lambda Chi Alpha)

Alumni Interfraternity Council President:

Dan Meyer '87 (Phi Kappa Psi)

Multicultural Greek Letter Council Alumni Representative:

Frank B. Wilkinson ’84 (Alpha Phi Alpha)

Alumnae Panhellenic Advisory Council President:

Donna Barsotti (Kappa Delta)

Faculty:

William Sonnenstuhl (ILR, Director of Graduate Studies)

Multicultural Greek Letter Council

President: Brianna Barrett '18 (Alpha Kappa Alpha)

Vice President: Jenny Olguin '18 (Sigma Lambda Upsilon)

Panhellenic Association

President: Caitlin Gleason '18 (Pi Beta Phi)

Vice President: Sierra Pass '18 (Alpha Xi Delta)

Interfraternity Council

President: Drew Lord  '18 (Sigma Pi)

Vice President: Sam Turer '18 (Sigma Nu)

Ex-Officio members

Executive Director of Campus and Community Engagement

Dr. Joseph A. Burke

Interim Director of Greek Life:

Kara Miller (Sigma Sigma Sigma)

Vice President for Student and Campus Life:

Dr. Ryan Lombardi

Others

Assistant Director, Student and Campus Life Development:

Justina Demott

Director, Undergraduate Affinity Programs:

Terry L. Hahn