Alumni of the Greek community are an integral part of the fraternity/sorority experience. Whether serving in a formal role as an advisor or house corporation volunteer, or visit the chapter for homecoming and other celebrations, alumni provide guidance and advice that keep positive traditions alive for undergraduate members.
Fraternity and sorority advisors provide ongoing support to their chapters through attendance at meetings, events, and activities. They also give continuity to each generation of student members that join their Greek organization.
At Georgia Tech all chapters are required to have a minimum of two advisors. One must be a full-time members of the faculty or staff of Georgia Tech, and the other is appointed by the Inter/national fraternity or sorority headquarters.
Chapter Advisors play a vital role in the health and longevity of the Greek community at Georgia Tech. The role of a chapter advisors follows the inter/national organization's expectations, and generally includes following roles and responsibilities:
- Developing clear expectations with chapter officers, outlining your role and commitment to the chapter.
- Reviewing advisory resources provided by the fraternity or sorority headquarters and the Georgia Tech Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement.
- Attending chapter meetings, new member events, initiation, and executive officer meetings.
- Reviewing copies of minutes from chapter meetings, executive board meetings, judicial hearings.
- Utilizing a full advisory board set forth by the Inter/national headquarters.
- Reviewing policy and procedure manuals on a yearly basis.
- Reviewing the new member program with the new member educator each semester, as dictated by the fraternity or sorority headquarters.
- Assist with transitioning officers to their positions following each election cycle.
- Attending national, regional and local leadership conferences with the undergraduate members.
Faculty Advisors also play an important role in the lives of the chapter members. The responsibilities for faculty advisors varies greatly based on chapter needs. Many faculty advisors find success with the following roles and responsibilities:
- Initiating discussion with chapter officers about the time commitment expected from their faculty/staff advisor. The minimum commitment suggested is monthly attendance at one or more executive officer meetings, alumni advisory board meetings, and/or the chapter meeting.
- Finding an area of interest to assist in chapter operations. Scholarship is always a good place to start for a faculty or staff advisor, as it capitalizes on the natural relationship with the Institute.
- Connecting with the Office of Leadership & Civic Engagement on important Georgia Tech policies and guidelines that affect faculty/staff advisors.
Many of the fraternities and sororities own and operate a facility that are managed by a group of organized alumni, called a house corporation. These corporations assist the undergraduate members to repair and maintain the facility, as well as strategically plan for renovations or new construction. For question regarding fraternity or sorority housing, please contact Amanda Fishman in the Office of Greek Affairs.
Greek Alumni Council
The Greek Alumni Council provides an opportunity for Greek alumni to support student chapters through sharing best practices, networking with alumni and advocacy. Learn more about the Greek Alumni Council by contacting Len Contardo, Vice President, Alumni Outreach, at 404-894-9275.