JANUARY 10-12, 2020
IFC Presidents have an enormous job. They are asked to lead their council effectively, establish relationships across campus, create a shared vision and guide their community toward positive change. These are no small tasks. We’d bargain the IFC President’s job is one of the most complex student leadership roles on campus. And these leaders need greater support. That’s why, in partnership with the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values, Northeast Greek Leadership Association and Southeastern Greek Leadership Association, we developed PRIME: The Summit of IFC Presidents.
PRIME focuses IFC Presidents on their role from the get-go. Getting this concentrated training in January, when many IFC presidents start their term, will prepare them for council and community leadership. Please review the PRIME FAQs below and contact Jackie Hackett, Assistant Director of Education & Leadership Development, with any questions about registration or the program.
SAVE THE DATE
The next PRIME will be Jan. 10-12, 2020, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Cincinnati Airport. Sitting and/or newly elected IFC Presidents with terms beginning in spring 2020 should plan to attend. Because many councils hold elections at different times, space can be reserved for a future president.
At PRIME we prepare IFC Presidents to be the best possible leader as they work with their council and community to provide a safe, enriching and memorable fraternity experience. This is accomplished through high-level skill building around elements of leadership, as well as dedicated time learning from experts in the industry. IFC Presidents also get an opportunity to share their own best practices and IFC experiences with their peers and build relationships for support throughout the year.
PRIME attendees will:
- Build a supportive and collaborative network among other IFC Presidents from across the country
- Learn the executive leadership skills needed to be an effective IFC President
- Learn the components of an ideal IFC
- Determine key relationships to build on campus as well as resources needed and how to gain them
- Understand how to manage difficult situations and support their team through complex problems
- Learn from experienced interfraternal professionals and experts in the field
PAST ATTENDEES SAY
- 100% said because of PRIME they can articulate the role of IFC Presidents must play in addressing interfraternal issues
- 94% said PRIME caused them to feel a sense of responsibility for and ownership of the fraternity experience.
- 100% said because of PRIME, they can acknowledge and accept the weight of responsibility embedded in the president’s position.
- 94% said because of PRIME they recognize the need and importance of showing up in difficult moments.
- 94% highly rated PRIME
“There were three things that I really liked at PRIME. I thought the Piazzas’ presentation as well as the IFC assessment were really great. The other thing that I really liked about the conference was simply having an opportunity to talk to other presidents to see what worked and didn’t at other campuses.”— 2019 PRIME participant
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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The NIC developed PRIME in partnership with the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values (AFLV), Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA) and Southeastern Interfraternity Conference (SEIFC). PRIME: The Summit of IFC Presidents is a two-day program that focuses IFC Presidents on their role from the get-go. Getting this concentrated training in January, when many IFC presidents start their term, will prepare them for council and community leadership.
PRIME was developed with RISE Partnerships, a consulting partner that delivers the insights, skills and resources leaders need to improve the fraternity and sorority experience.
Your job is tough. Many could argue it’s the toughest student leadership role on campus. PRIME will help cultivate a greater capacity within you to lead your IFC toward addressing critical issues and key opportunities in your community. You will also learn how to best lead your fellow IFC officers.
PRIME is an institute, not a conference. That means you won’t pick and choose what sessions to attend; rather, curriculum pieces build off of each other to create a progressive learning experience.
At PRIME, you will network with other IFC Presidents from across the country, learn from experienced professionals and experts in the field, and hone skills to help you lead a high-performing, highly-relevant IFC. You will engage in large and small group discussions about IFC performance, building trust, supporting your team, and enhancing your leadership competence. During meals and down time, you can connect with peers and facilitators more casually.
Through attending IFC Academy later in the spring, IFC Presidents will apply what they’ve learned at PRIME as they begin to lead their councils. PRIME and IFC Academy are complimentary experiences that set the IFC President up for success during his time in office. The curriculum in both programs is unique, and the experiences build upon each other. We encourage the IFC President to attend PRIME to focus on his own role and leadership, and the entire council to attend IFC Academy to enhance their team.
PRIME 2020 is expected to be in Cincinnati, Ohio. Participants will have rooms in a hotel, and all sessions and meals will take place on-site.
Registration costs are inclusive of meals, lodging and program materials. 2019 registration costs for a hotel room at double occupancy were $575; at quad occupancy, it was $475.
No, the NIC will arrange lodging for all participants. Indicate your occupancy preference (double or quad) in the registration form.
PRIME, like all NIC programs, provides an alcohol- and drug-free educational program and environment. All participants, regardless of age and role, are not to bring alcohol or other drugs to the program, nor use any alcohol or drugs during the program. There will be no exceptions. Participants will be sent home at their own cost if this expectation is violated.
No, all participants will be lodged at the hotel and need to remain on site for the duration of the program for their own safety. Participants should not invite guests to visit them at the hotel.
Bring casual clothes. Jeans and respectable T-shirts, sweatshirts, athletic gear, etc., are acceptable. Bring a warm coat and closed-toe shoes for any time spent outdoors. Bring some cash; meals are provided on-site, but snacks can be purchased from the hotel shop/pantry.
Highs in January can range from the teens to the mid-30s, with lows/nights in the single digits and teens. (The hotel will be nice and warm!) Check the most current forecast for the weekend here.
Cincinnati falls in the Eastern time zone.
DRIVERS: The address for the Doubletree-Cincinnati Airport is 2826 Terminal Dr. Hebron, KY
If using a GPS device or Google Maps, please use the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) as your destination to ensure you arrive at the correct destination.
- From the East take I-275 West to Kentucky and take Airport exit 4B.
- From the West take I-275 East to Kentucky and take Exit 4 and make a right.
- From the North take I-71/75 South to Kentucky to I-275 West and take Airport exit 4B.
- From the South take I-71/75 North to Kentucky to I-275 West and take Airport exit 4B.
FLYERS: Fly into the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG)
DRIVERS: Plan to arrive at the Doubletree–Cincinnati Airport by 1 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 10. The address for the hotel is 2826 Terminal Drive, Hebron, KY. You will be able to depart after 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 12.
FLYERS: Your arrival flight must be scheduled to land at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) no later than 1 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 10. Flyers should utilize the complimentary airport shuttle provided by Doubletree. It can be accessed at the Ground Transportation Building. Departure flights should be scheduled to leave after 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 12.
Due to changes in our registration system, this is no longer an option. To register, students must log in to our data portal, FS Central. Please update your officer roster as soon as possible after elections to ensure your new IFC President can sign up for PRIME.
Refunds for paid registrations for the 2020 program will be allowed until Dec. 1, 2019, with the exception of a $100 processing fee. After that time, no refunds will be granted.