What are the current challenges and issues in Fraternities and Sorority Life today? What strategies and good practice can advisors implement to deal with issues of hazing, sexual assault, and alcohol? How do fraternities and sororities challenge and reinforce stereotypes and concepts of gender and race in their everyday practice? What strengths do the Greek experience bring to individual members and to the community at large? What is the Campus Safety Act and Fair Campus Act and why are they so controversial? How can adminstrators make difficult, unpopular decisions that hold fraternities accountable in the face of strong opposition from powerful alumni?
On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Tony Doody talks with Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors (AFA) Executive Director Mark Koepsell, AFA Board member Michelle Guobadia, and AFA Foundation Board member Amy Vojta.
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Tony DoodyTony Doody has over 25 years of practical experience and oversight in senior leadership positions within the Higher Education industry in the areas of Facilities Management, New Student Orientation, Recreation, Parent and Family Programs, Leadership and Training, Marketing and Communications, Adult Learning, and Major Events and Programs. He currently serves as the Senior Director of Student Engagement at Rutgers University. Over the last six years, Tony has presented at over thirty universities and national conferences on topics of innovation, digital leadership, technology, and unconventional leadership. He received the Diamond Honoree Award from the ACPA Foundation, the highest honor of the American College Personnel Association, recognizing transformative contributions to the field (2017) and earned NASPA's 2017 Technology Emerging Practice Award. In addition, Tony has worked over 20 years as a consultant in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, presentation skills, risk-taking, innovation, social media, conflict resolution, and team cohesiveness. Past clients include J&J, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Vistakon, Navigant, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, United Way, Merrill Lynch, Tumi International, and Aventis Pharmaceuticals.
Mark currently serves as the Executive Director/CEO for both the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values (AFLV) and the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA). Previous to these roles he served 17 years in Higher Education at three institutions serving within Student Affairs and as a faculty member teaching Personal Leadership and Organizational Planning as well as serving as a member of the adjunct faculty for Colorado State’s Student Affairs in Higher Education master’s degree program. Professional Recognition includes being awarded the AFA Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award in 2006. Koepsell also was granted the Alumni Leadership & Service Award from his Alma Mater, Eastern Illinois University in 2011. Also in 2011, Mark received the Jack L. Anson Lifetime Achievement award from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors. Connect with him on Twitter at @koepsell
Michelle is the Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she overseas over 38 fraternities and sororities. A member of the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors, she graduated from North Carolina State University in May 2005 with a Masters in Higher Education Administration. Michelle received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in the spring of 2003 and is an active alum.
Michelle was honored by Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity with the “Friend to the Fraternity” Award in 2012. Michelle received the 2011 Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Steven B. Dealph Outstanding Professional Award. She received the 2009 Greek Professional of the Year award from Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity and at UNC Charlotte she is the 2010 recipient of the Gerald Spates Advising award from the UNC Charlotte Black Student Union. Most recently Michelle finished her two year appointment for National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) Fraternity and Sorority Advisors Advisory Board and currently serves on the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors (AFA) National Board.
In addition to working at UNC Charlotte, Michelle is a former member of the AFA Foundation Board and is a facilitator, consultant, and speaker for The Catalyst Agency. Michelle is also the writer and creator of the INTAKE EQUATION, the recruitment program for black and culturally based greek-lettered organizations. Michelle’s speaking topics are anti-hazing and embracing the values fraternities and sororities.
A Fall 2000 initiate of the Chi Theta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc, and an active and financial member of the Delta Zeta Graduate Chapter where she serves on the PR committee and the 3rd Vice President of the chapter in charge of the Undergraduate Advising Team. She is also the North Carolina State Coordinator for Undergraduate Affairs for her sorority. Michelle is a regular presenter at student and professional conferences. She has presented at Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Conference, National Black Greek Leadership Conference, Northeast Greek Leadership Association and the AFA Annual Meeting just to name a few.
Amy Vojta has served as the Assistant Dean of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. since 1996. Prior to joining the staff at Rutgers, this Cleveland, OH native worked as Assistant Director of Greek Life at Miami University in Oxford, OH and as the Panhellenic Council Advisor at The University of Texas at Austin. Amy holds a BA in Communications from Bowling Green State University, where she became a member of Alpha Gamma Delta. Amy later worked for the Fraternity as a Leadership Consultant after graduation.
In addition to campus experience her involvement with non profit boards and associations informs much of her work. She was twice elected President of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, served as the Executive Director of the Northeast Greek Leadership Association for ten years, recently completed her tenure as Chairman of the AFA Foundation and is a volunteer for Delta Delta Delta’s Center Board. Amy is also the 2015 recipient of AFA’s Shelley Sutherland Outstanding Volunteer Award. Amy and her husband John Logan have two daughters age 8 and 4 as live in Highland Park, NJ.