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Reunion 2015 - IGC 100th Anniversary Celebration(s) Planning Guide – FAQ

Is this a celebration for every Greek organization?
  • Yes, all Greek organizations (including closed and dormant chapters) are encouraged to attend the 100th Anniversary of Inter-Greek Council and the celebration of Greek Life at Geneseo.
How many fraternities and sororities are there in Geneseo’s history?
  • Our records indicate that since Greek life started on campus there have been a total of: 18 fraternities, 17 sororities and 1 co-ed fraternity
Will there be a specific celebration for just my fraternity/sorority?
  • The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations will focus efforts on planning for all-alumni activities, including: First Annual Alumni Block Party, Friday Night Happy Hour on Letchworth Quad, Champagne Brunch, Golf Tournament, 50th Class Reunion Activities, Alumni Colleges and much more. The lion’s share of the actual chapter specific reunion event planning will fall to the chapter’s active members.
  • Organizations planning chapter specific reunion events are expected to do the following:
    1. Recruit and work with alumni volunteers in the planning process
    2. Establish a budget for their chapter and staying within that budget
      • This includes setting a price per person fee to attend or using chapter funds to host alumni at no cost
    3. Work with the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations to secure a date, time and venue
    4. Secure student volunteers (4-8) to attend and work Reunion (June 5-6)
      • This might include finding a place to stay for the weekend, arranging to stay at the chapter house or bunking in with active sisters who live near Geneseo. The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations is working on securing some limited free student housing for chapter volunteers, more information to follow.
      • Students wishing to attend official Reunion events will need to register and pay (chapter funds can be used).
    5. Use social media to promote reunion, identifying  and recruiting more alumni volunteers and re-connecting with lost alumni
    6. Plan all the actual reunion event details (catering, decorations, chapter history & memorabilia on display, alumni recognition, state of the chapter today, ice breaker activities, name tags, etc).
  • The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations can provide each organization planning a chapter specific reunion event the following support:
    • a member database for alumni outreach
    • sending various print and electronic announcements to alumni with news about Reunion and the IGC 100th Anniversary Celebration
  • Chapters (and/or alumni volunteers) will need to decide by February 13th if they want to officially organize a chapter specific reunion event. Chapter specific reunions announced by this date will be included in Reunion marketing efforts and included as part of online reunion registration and the website.
My organization is not hosting a chapter specific reunion event, what else can we do?
  • Organizations that are not able or chose not to host a chapter specific reunion event can still help by boosting their organization's alumni attendance. Chapter can boost their alumni attendance by doing the following:
    1. Sending personal email messages and/or making phone calls to chapter alumni
    2. Posting information about Reunion on your chapters alumni Facebook page
    3. Using other social media to encourage attendance (Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations can provide each organization promoting reunion with the following support:
    • a member database for alumni outreach
    • sending various print and electronic announcements to alumni with news about Reunion and the IGC 100th Anniversary Celebration
  • Organizations not hosting chapter specific reunion events may still elect to send 1-3 student representatives to Reunion to greet and mingle with your chapter's alumni.
    • This might include finding a place to stay for the weekend, arranging to stay at the chapter house or bunking in with active sisters who live near Geneseo. The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations is working on securing some limited free student housing for chapter volunteers, more information to follow.
    • Students wishing to attend official Reunion events will need to register and pay (chapter funds can be used).
 Which organizations are currently planning to host chapter specific reunions?
  • Confirmed as of 1/28/15
    1. Sigma Kappa Sorority – 25th Anniversary
What if my chapter is closed and there are no active members to plan a chapter specific reunion for my organization?
  • The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations will provide additional support for any organization in this position. The only requirement is that at least 3-4 alumni volunteers have already been identified and are ready to assist with the planning efforts (see chapter responsibilities above).
Will I need to decide between attending the all-alumni events and my chapter specific reunion?
  • We have made every effort to carve out enough time for multiple chapter specific reunions to be hosted over the weekend but not overlap with other reunion programs.  This does not mean that some organizations won’t book additional activities throughout the weekend.
Will I still have a good time at Reunion even if my organization isn’t planning a chapter specific reunion event?
  • The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations is completely confident that Greek alumni will have a fantastic time at Reunion, even if their organization is not planning a specific chapter reunion. We are planning several all-alumni events during the weekend and this is a perfect time to connect with fellow alumni from your chapter and other friends from your time at Geneseo.