September 20, 2013
SU welcomes new Greek advisorSusquehanna University's new Greek Advisor, Alexandra Federico, has a myriad of responsibilities, from advising the Interfraternity council to overseeing the mascot position.
Federico, a New Jersey native, completed her undergraduate work at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and earned her master's degree from the University of Rochester in May. While completing her master's degree, she worked as a graduate assistant for Greek life at RIT.
Sororities and fraternities played an important role in Federico's life even before her graduate work, as she was an Alpha Sigma Alpha and an Order of Omega.
Before accepting her current position, Federico received feedback about Greek life from friends who had attended Susquehanna University.
"Everything I heard was so positive," Federico said.
Currently, Federico advises and supervises Alpha Phi Omega, Sigma Alpha Iota and Order of Omega, as well as supervising the Panhellenic council and the Interfraternity council.
She also works with the residence life on-call system and collaborates with residence life to implement new ideas involving University Avenue. Moving forward, Federico hopes to streamline the paperwork involved in event planning "so that [the Greek community] can spend less time trying to figure out the forms and things that they need and more time actually working on their events."
Another goal of Federico's involves "helping the community grow a little bit."
She said that sororities on campus are usually at total capacity, and there is a significant amount of interest among students in joining the Greek community. Federico advocates for Greek life, both as an alumna and an advisor, for its academic, social and networking benefits. She explained that being on the executive board of a fraternity or sorority is similar to running a small business.
According to Federico, Greek life builds leadership skills and increases self-knowledge.
"My favorite statistic: most students involved in Greek life have a higher GPA than the all-campus GPA, and they also are more likely to return to school and to stay involved for all four years" Federico said.
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