Welcome to Sorority & Fraternity Life at Cornell University. Our office provides support resources to the self-governed Cornell sorority fraternity community. Sororities and fraternities are values based social organizations, providing members with a tight-knit community of peers, and personal growth opportunities through leadership development and service projects. Many of the organizations also offer a small residential living experience.
The Cornell sorority and fraternity community dates to the first months of University operation during the autumn of 1868. Cornell's co-founder and first president, Andrew Dickson White, was a strong promoter of fraternal organizations as a means of teaching self-governance to students. Today, we strive to continue that ethos.
News & Announcements
Cornell Recognized With Five Awards at 2017 NGLA Conference
On Saturday, the Cornell Greek Community took home two community-wide awards, two council awards, and one individual award at the 2017 Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA) conference in Hartford, CT.
The Greek Tri-Council won two Amy Vojita Impact Awards in the areas of civic engagement and public relations for its flagship events Greeks Give Back and One Greek Experience, respectively. The Amy Vojita Impact Awards celebrate the accomplishments of the chapters, councils and communities that have excelled in a certain area and have create a program or initiative that has had a positive impact on their group.
The Interfraternity Council took two additional Impact awards home — winning at the council level in the area of Membership/Recruitment and receiving an honorable mention in the area of Public Relations.
At the individual level, Simone Klein ’17, president of Cornell’s chapter of Order of Omega and of Pi Beta Phi, won the Greek Leader of Distinction Award. This award recognizes individuals who exemplify the ideals of their fraternity or sorority in their daily lives.
Congratulations to all the winners!
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I write today to share the news that Travis Apgar, Robert G. Engel senior associate director of Campus & Community Engagement for Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living, will be leaving Cornell on January 9, 2017. Travis has accepted the position of Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students in the Division of Student Life at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he will provide leadership for a comprehensive portfolio of Student Life programs including Student Living and Learning, Student Activities, and Student Rights, Responsibilities and Judicial Affairs. As Dean of Students he will oversee policy, procedures, and support systems that contribute to the well-being of students and the campus community.
Since Travis’s arrival in 2006, student involvement in Cornell’s Greek system has expanded from approximately 25% of undergraduate students to about 34% participating today. During his tenure, the system responded to former President Skorton’s 2011 challenge to “end pledging as we know it” by transitioning from a pledge model to an orientation model, based on mutual respect, equal treatment, and ongoing education of all members. Travis has also led the areas of Off-Campus Living and Cooperative Living, which support the nearly 52% of undergraduate students and 91% of graduate students who live off-campus. His staff led the creation of the annual BEAR Walk (Being Engaged And Responsible) in 2014 to proactively build positive relationships between Cornell students, Collegetown residents, City of Ithaca officials and the university.
Please join me in thanking Travis for his decade of leadership and dedication to promoting the wellbeing and personal growth of our students. We wish Travis all the best in his new endeavors at RPI!
Ryan Lombardi, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student & Campus Life
Kara Miller (Associate Director) to assume the leadership responsibilities for Sorority & Fraternity Life. Kara presently serves as the president of AFA and is quite knowledgeable and is highly respected nationally within Greek Life. We are fortunate that she is willing to take on this role and are confident in her ability to provide the necessary leadership for the area. Kara will serve in the role as interim director through the end of the Spring Semester. We intend to conduct a national search Spring Semester to fill the role of director.