About Us

Cornell's sorority & fraternity community is among the best in the nation. There is no better example of student organizations that work to enhance their members' collegiate experience. The leadership, self-governance, integrity, and interpersonal skills that are developed, combined with the outside of the classroom educational experiences such as community service opportunities is what makes belonging so special. We will continue to strive towards becoming an example of excellence, and play our part in defining the next evolution of fraternity and sorority life.


Kara Miller McCarty

Robert G. Engel Director of Sorority & Fraternity Life
(607) 255-2310

Kara received her B.A. in Psychology from Gannon University in Erie, PA, and her M.Ed. In Higher Education from the College of William and Mary in 2003. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Higher Education Leadership at Colorado State University. Prior to coming to Cornell in 2006, Kara worked as the Coordinator for Greek Affairs at the University of Miami (FL) for three years. Kara has worked with each of our undergraduate councils at Cornell but her primary role was the advisor to the Interfraternity Council (IFC) before she became the Director of OSFL in Summer 2017.

In her current role, Kara supervises the OSFL staff, helps to plan all programmatic and leadership initiatives for the sorority and fraternity community, is involved in the judicial processes for sororities and fraternities, communicates with sorority and fraternity alumni, and oversees the day-to-day management of sorority and fraternity life. Kara is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and serves on their Executive Council. She is also the current president of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA).

Dee Hawks

Assistant Director, Panhellenic Advisor & Interim IFC Advisor
(607) 255-3346

Dee received her B.A. in Political Science from Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY in 2011, and her M.Ed. in Student Affairs from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY in 2017. Prior to arriving in Ithaca, Dee served as a Residence Hall Director for a Sorority Affiliated complex, as well as an Admissions Counselor. Dee is passionate about social justice initiatives, with specific interest in lgbtq+ inclusion within the fraternity and sorority community. Dee currently serves the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors on the Professional Development Committee, assisting in the identification, development, and implementation of various components of the Associations’ educational strategy. Dee is a proud member of Delta Gamma Fraternity. She currently resides in Brooktondale, NY with her two Italian Greyhounds, Penny & Luna.

Dee is responsible for advising the Panhellenic Council and assists the 13 member chapters in their planning, development, and coordination of various programs and initiatives. She also serves as a University Crisis Manager. 

Allie Ambriz

Assistant Director, MGLC Advisor & Coordinator of Inclusion Programs
(607) 255-9389

Allie Ambriz is the Assistant Director, Multicultural Greek and Fraternal Council (MGFC) Advisor, and Coordinator of Inclusion Programs for OSFL. Allie is responsible for advising the Multicultural Greek and Fraternal Council and assists the 13 member organizations, which span the Latinx, African, Asian/Asian American, and Pacific Islander Diasporas, in their planning, development, and coordination of various programs and initiatives. Allie also responds to student crisis as a University Crisis Manager and collaborates across departments to involve colleagues in interventions and solutions. Allie oversees our cohort of Citizenship, Diversity, and Inclusion chairs and develops research-informed training curricula to support student leadership development. Allie values emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and assuming good-intention, and approaches her work with optimism and care. Allie prides herself on being a careful listener and enjoys offering sound, thoughtful advice that empowers students to make strong choices. Students who are experiencing conflict, distress, or other challenges, or who just want to say hi can visit her in Willard Straight Hall office #537.


Assistant Director and IFC Advisor

Responsible for advising the Interfraternity Council and assists the 35 member chapters in their planning, development and coordination of various programs and initiatives. 

Dale Williams

Assistant Director, Facilities & Finance
(607) 254-5014

Collaborates with student and alumni leadership with budgeting, capital planning, and financial management of university-owned chapter houses.

Patty Case

Program Coordinator
(607) 255-5430

Patty Case began her career in the Office in 1998.  Currently working as Program Coordinator and providing support to the Director, the Greek Judicial Board, and the Fraternity and Sorority Advisory Council.  She advises, trains, and supports student leaders and alumni on memberships, scholarships, finances, and budget.  She also manages the Office website and communication postings.  She serves on the Alcohol and Other Drugs committee, Student and Campus Life Communications Group, and the Maxient/MAX conduct database committee.