Utah State University President Noelle Cockett announced in early July that the university would make changes in the fraternity and sorority life system. Those changes involve greater support for Greek chapters at USU and a coordinator to help facilitate the relationship between the university and the chapters.
Paige Eidenschink began as the first fraternity and sorority life coordinator in the Division of Student Affairs Tuesday, Aug. 21.
Eidenschink spent the last year working as a consultant for Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity and traveling to individual chapters across the nation, giving her the chance to see how universities are addressing issues of sexual violence and safety in creative ways.
Nationally, there is a push for universities to have greater oversight of fraternities and sororities, as well as other student clubs. Oversight will be a big part of Eidenschink’s role.
“With fraternities and sororities, and all student organizations, safety should be paramount,” said Eidenschink. “Part of my role will be to help ensure fraternities and sororities and their events meet the expectations we have in policy and the expectations they have created for themselves.”
Over the next year, Eidenschink will help develop an application that all student organizations, not just fraternities and sororities, will use to register for affiliation as a student club. She will also help Student Affairs create a scorecard to provide greater transparency about organizations to their potential members.
“Paige’s position is part of enhancing a positive relationship with our fraternity and sorority community,” said James Morales, vice president for Student Affairs. “Greek life students often become leaders on our campus. For that reason, this is not only an investment in those students, but in our entire community.”
During her undergraduate education at North Dakota State, Eidenschink served as Panhellenic president and knows first-hand the kind of impact Greek organizations have on their members.
“While pursuing a bachelor’s in management communication, being a part of my sorority brought me out of my shell and gave me the chance to make friendships, gain leadership skills and develop professionally,” said Eidenschink.
She came to Logan most recently from the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota area after finishing a bachelor’s at North Dakota State University in Fargo.
Writer/Contact: Amanda DeRito, Sexual Misconduct Information Coordinator, Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org