March 8, 2010
Greek members serve as interns at leadership conference
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Two members of Northwest's Greek community recently shared a unique opportunity to serve as interns for the annual Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV) conference.
Northwest students Julie Ray, a senior public relations major from Concordia, Mo., and Anthony Mittan, a junior finance major from Beatrice, Neb., were two of the 16 undergraduate and graduate students from across the country selected for the internship program. Ray is a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha and a past Panhellenic Council president. Mittan is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and serves as Interfraternity Council President.
They were selected from about 100 applicants based on their Greek experience, resumes and letters of recommendations. Ray and Mittan also achieved the rare feat of being two students selected from the same school.
During the conference, Feb. 9-14 in St. Louis, the interns' duties included helping with setup, registration and orientation, greeting guests, assisting speakers and giving opening speeches in front of the conference's more than 2,000 participants.
Their hours were long - usually starting at 6 a.m. and ending after 11 p.m. - but Ray and Mittan agreed the experience was a valuable one.
"It was so amazing being granted the opportunity to work and communicate with other campus leaders and professionals," Ray said. "It really is an extremely great opportunity for networking and learning about higher education and Greek Life. Upon completion of the internship, it was crazy how close our group of interns was. I would recommend the internship to any other student in Greek Life."
Said Mittan, "It was definitely a great experience. I learned a lot about conference- planning, but also a lot about how different institutions and their Greek Life organizations work. We can take ideas that we learn from these kinds of conferences and implement them in our councils. It was great as an intern to assist with that process and make that experience really great."
AFLV hosts conferences throughout the year for Greek councils and leaders to learn about leadership, network and gather information for their universities and chapters. AFLV aims to stimulate growth and development of fraternity and sorority council and chapter leaders by promoting leadership, educational, and values-based experiences and resources for student leaders, their advisors and the larger fraternal market. For more information about AFLV, go online to www.aflv.org.
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