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International association honors Dartmouth's Coed/Fraternity/Sorority system with award for progress

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 12/08/06 • Steven J. Smith • (603) 646-3661

The Dartmouth Coed/Fraternity/Sorority (CFS) community was honored by the Association of Fraternity Advisors (AFA) during a ceremony in New Orleans on Friday, Dec. 1.

(from left to right) Megan Johnson, Zach Nicolazzo, Deb Carney (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69

The AFA presented Dartmouth with the Outstanding Change Initiative award, which is given annually to an institution that has made "tremendous progress and improvement in their fraternity/sorority community within the past year," according to the AFA, an international organization that provides resources, recognition and support for campus fraternity and sorority advising professionals.

"I'm delighted to know that the Association of Fraternity Advisors chose this distinguished award to recognize the sustained hard work of my colleagues in the Office of Residential Life, the student leadership of the CFS system, and the many committed alumni advisors and other volunteers," says Dan Nelson, acting dean of the College. "We've come a long way in the past few years because of this kind of effort and commitment to the positive values that characterize our CFS community at its best."

Deborah Carney, assistant dean of Residential Life and director of CFS administration, says that Dartmouth received the award, in large part, because of the strength of action plans developed every year by each coed, fraternity, or sorority organization. "The plans included clear, measurable goals in areas relating to the CFS organizations' six guiding principles: scholarship, brotherhood/sisterhood, service, inclusiveness, accountability, and leadership," she says. "These principles and the action plans help students manage by objectives, which is so important."

The positive growth of the CFS community was documented in the application for the award, which Carney completed with Megan Johnson, assistant director of CFS administration. The application noted that in June 2005, the Dartmouth Board of Trustees ended a moratorium on the creation of new coed, fraternity, and sorority organizations because of improvements in CFS organizations. CFS students' high grade point averages, a growth in students joining CFS organizations, and increased community service participation were also highlighted in the application.

Also at the conference, Zachary Nicolazzo, a residential life community director for the Russell Sage Cluster of student residence halls and a CFS advisor, received an Outstanding Volunteer award. Nicolazzo was honored for his work as a member of the editorial board that oversees the AFA newsletter. In this role, Nicolazzo contributed the articles on creating a positive culture around CFS life and coordinated an entire monthly issue focusing on men and masculinity. "I was flattered to be recognized for my work," says Nicolazzo.

There are 16 fraternities, nine sororities, and three coed organizations at Dartmouth. They have been an important part of the residential and social life for over 150 years.

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