Campus Support

NIC philosophy and guidance on community-wide actions

The Open Letter we shared in March outlined the Conference’s position on community-wide, blanket actions, and its guidance still holds true today. Here is some additional, important information on our philosophy:

The NIC applauds recent student-led actions that aim to tackle critical issues on college campuses, such as alcohol and substance abuse, hazing and sexual misconduct.

IFCs considering collective action should follow guidelines to address behaviors that risk the health and safety of their community members.

Alcohol abuse on college campuses is a public health concern, and a consistent, campus-wide approach helps address this concern—both in fraternity communities and beyond.

The NIC supports campus-administered restrictions that limit access to alcohol if the policies are equally applied across all student organizations. We applaud President Thrasher’s recent decision to eliminate events with alcohol for all 700 student organizations at Florida State University.

The NIC will vigorously advocate for the rights of students to assemble in ways that develop their personal and intellectual growth.

Chapter study groups, service and philanthropy projects, business meetings, spiritual gatherings, prevention programs, or alcohol-free social interactions should not be limited as these experiences positively impact a student’s development.

In the wake of a tragic loss in a community, fraternity men and the NIC are prepared to work closely with our campus partners, students and alumni to respond appropriately in such a challenging and difficult time.

Now more than ever, students, alumni, community members, national organizations, and university administrators must come together to create ownership and accountability toward measures for change. We know critical issues that are deeply rooted in culture aren’t going to be solved with quick fixes. It is going to take intentional collaboration and comprehensive strategies.The Open Letter we shared in March outlined the Conference’s position on community-wide, blanket actions, and its guidance still holds true today. Here is some additional, important information on our philosophy:

The NIC applauds recent student-led actions that aim to tackle critical issues on college campuses, such as alcohol and substance abuse, hazing and sexual misconduct.

IFCs considering collective action should follow guidelines to address behaviors that risk the health and safety of their community members.

Alcohol abuse on college campuses is a public health concern, and a consistent, campus-wide approach helps address this concern—both in fraternity communities and beyond.

The NIC supports campus-administered restrictions that limit access to alcohol if the policies are equally applied across all student organizations. We applaud President Thrasher’s recent decision to eliminate events with alcohol for all 700 student organizations at Florida State University.

The NIC will vigorously advocate for the rights of students to assemble in ways that develop their personal and intellectual growth.

Chapter study groups, service and philanthropy projects, business meetings, spiritual gatherings, prevention programs, or alcohol-free social interactions should not be limited as these experiences positively impact a student’s development.

In the wake of a tragic loss in a community, fraternity men and the NIC are prepared to work closely with our campus partners, students and alumni to respond appropriately in such a challenging and difficult time.

Now more than ever, students, alumni, community members, national organizations, and university administrators must come together to create ownership and accountability toward measures for change. We know critical issues that are deeply rooted in culture aren’t going to be solved with quick fixes. It is going to take intentional collaboration and comprehensive strategies.

Helen Lahrman and Dylan Howser join NIC Campus Support team

Indianapolis, July 10, 2017—Two skilled interfraternal professionals will soon add their knowledge for fraternity excellence and operations to the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) Campus Support team.

Helen Lahrman, Vice President of Campus Operations, Midwest

Beginning August 1, Helen Lahrman will serve as Vice President of Campus Operations for the Midwest, where she will focus on undergraduate development, alumni engagement and council effectiveness in partnership with campuses in the region. She will work from her home in Dallas, Texas, where she will be accessible to the campuses she serves.

Lahrman comes to the NIC from The University of Iowa, where she served as the Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life Programs. In this role, she oversaw the ever-growing Iowa fraternity and sorority community comprised of 53 organizations, four councils and 4,000 students.

“Helen’s expertise in working with and developing high-performing councils will be an incredible asset to the Campus Support team,” said NIC President & CEO Judson Horras.

Lahrman previously held the positions of Coordinator of Greek Life and Community Engagement at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, as well as Greek Life and Leadership Advisor at University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). While at Northeastern, she assisted in developing the campus Multicultural Greek Council and revitalizing the National Pan-Hellenic Council. In 2014, she received the Rising Star Award by a vote of fellow staff members.

“I firmly believe in the direction the NIC is heading,” Lahrman said. “I’m looking forward to the fast-paced work environment and building relationships with IFCs, alumni and member organizations.”

Lahrman earned a Bachelor of Arts in public relations and marketing from Franklin College, where she became a member of Pi Beta Phi and played varsity basketball. She earned a Master of Arts in educational leadership from UCCS.

Lahrman also has extensive fraternal volunteer experience. She currently serves as a Pi Beta Phi international officer and previously spent six years advising collegiate chapters. She is a member of the Delta Upsilon Men of Merit Committee, an active member of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA), and a past Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) facilitator.

Dylan Howser, Vice President of Campus Operations, Berkeley

Through a unique partnership with the University of California, Berkeley Administration and Interfraternity Council (IFC), Howser will facilitate stronger fraternity relationships with Berkeley community residents, provide dedicated IFC support and develop an Alumni IFC to bolster support for all chapters.

“The NIC is excited to have Dylan lead this five-year partnership with Berkeley’s key stakeholders as they undergo significant community culture building,” Horras said.

Howser’s work will build upon his relationships within the Berkeley fraternity community, where he has worked for three years as the LEAD Center Coordinator for Fraternity & Sorority Advising and Leadership Development. He advised IFC fraternities and assisted in developing curriculum on diversity, risk management and prevention, and new member education.

“I am excited about this new collaborative role with the IFC at Berkeley, so I can continue to serve them in their efforts to create a more safe and inclusive experience,” he said. “I believe NIC 2.0 is one of the best vehicles to help move this community forward as it has many talented professionals and volunteers, and I look forward to learning from them.”

Howser earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Millikin University, where he was IFC President. He earned a Master of Education in college student affairs from The Pennsylvania State University, where he co-advised the IFC and the Panhellenic Association as a graduate assistant. Howser is a member of Delta Sigma Phi and has experience facilitating the NIC’s UIFI and IMPACT programs, as well as LeaderShape, the CalGreeks Leadership Summit and the Intersect Conference.Indianapolis, July 10, 2017—Two skilled interfraternal professionals will soon add their knowledge for fraternity excellence and operations to the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) Campus Support team.

Helen Lahrman, Vice President of Campus Operations, Midwest

Beginning August 1, Helen Lahrman will serve as Vice President of Campus Operations for the Midwest, where she will focus on undergraduate development, alumni engagement and council effectiveness in partnership with campuses in the region. She will work from her home in Dallas, Texas, where she will be accessible to the campuses she serves.

Lahrman comes to the NIC from The University of Iowa, where she served as the Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life Programs. In this role, she oversaw the ever-growing Iowa fraternity and sorority community comprised of 53 organizations, four councils and 4,000 students.

Helen’s expertise in working with and developing high-performing councils will be an incredible asset to the Campus Support team,” said NIC President & CEO Judson Horras.

Lahrman previously held the positions of Coordinator of Greek Life and Community Engagement at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, as well as Greek Life and Leadership Advisor at University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). While at Northeastern, she assisted in developing the campus Multicultural Greek Council and revitalizing the National Pan-Hellenic Council. In 2014, she received the Rising Star Award by a vote of fellow staff members.

I firmly believe in the direction the NIC is heading,” Lahrman said. “I’m looking forward to the fast-paced work environment and building relationships with IFCs, alumni and member organizations.”

Lahrman earned a Bachelor of Arts in public relations and marketing from Franklin College, where she became a member of Pi Beta Phi and played varsity basketball. She earned a Master of Arts in educational leadership from UCCS.

Lahrman also has extensive fraternal volunteer experience. She currently serves as a Pi Beta Phi international officer and previously spent six years advising collegiate chapters. She is a member of the Delta Upsilon Men of Merit Committee, an active member of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA), and a past Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) facilitator.

Dylan Howser, Vice President of Campus Operations, Berkeley

Through a unique partnership with the University of California, Berkeley Administration and Interfraternity Council (IFC), Howser will facilitate stronger fraternity relationships with Berkeley community residents, provide dedicated IFC support and develop an Alumni IFC to bolster support for all chapters.

The NIC is excited to have Dylan lead this five-year partnership with Berkeley’s key stakeholders as they undergo significant community culture building,” Horras said.

Howser’s work will build upon his relationships within the Berkeley fraternity community, where he has worked for three years as the LEAD Center Coordinator for Fraternity & Sorority Advising and Leadership Development. He advised IFC fraternities and assisted in developing curriculum on diversity, risk management and prevention, and new member education.

I am excited about this new collaborative role with the IFC at Berkeley, so I can continue to serve them in their efforts to create a more safe and inclusive experience,” he said. “I believe NIC 2.0 is one of the best vehicles to help move this community forward as it has many talented professionals and volunteers, and I look forward to learning from them.”

Howser earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Millikin University, where he was IFC President. He earned a Master of Education in college student affairs from The Pennsylvania State University, where he co-advised the IFC and the Panhellenic Association as a graduate assistant. Howser is a member of Delta Sigma Phi and has experience facilitating the NIC’s UIFI and IMPACT programs, as well as LeaderShape, the CalGreeks Leadership Summit and the Intersect Conference.

NIC to host special program during AFA Annual Meeting

At this year’s Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting in Boston, the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) will host a special pre-conference program:

The Future of Fraternities

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 1 to 4:30 p.m.

The meeting will feature both presentations and small-group conversations that:

  • Provide an update on the progress of NIC 2.0
  • Explore what our priorities and initiatives mean for you as a campus professional and how they can positively impact your community
  • Provide an update on the progress of the NIC Presidential Commissions on alcohol, hazing and sexual assault
  • Gather input to explore how together, we can chart a course for the future of fraternities

This program is presented at NO COST for attendees thanks to the sponsorship of Sigma Phi Epsilon and the partnership of AFA. Those interested in attending can reserve their spot when registering for the AFA Annual Meeting. The online form will prompt attendees to choose any special programs they plan to attend. Select “The Future of Fraternities.”

Click here for more information. AFA early-bird registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 30.

If a registered attendee for the Annual Meeting would like to add this program to their registration, simply email Kyle Moyer, AFA Membership & Client Service Associate.At this year’s Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting in Boston, the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) will host a special pre-conference program:

The Future of Fraternities

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 1 to 4:30 p.m.

The meeting will feature both presentations and small-group conversations that:

  • Provide an update on the progress of NIC 2.0
  • Explore what our priorities and initiatives mean for you as a campus professional and how they can positively impact your community
  • Provide an update on the progress of the NIC Presidential Commissions on alcohol, hazing and sexual assault
  • Gather input to explore how together, we can chart a course for the future of fraternities

This program is presented at NO COST for attendees thanks to the sponsorship of Sigma Phi Epsilon and the partnership of AFA. Those interested in attending can reserve their spot when registering for the AFA Annual Meeting. The online form will prompt attendees to choose any special programs they plan to attend. Select “The Future of Fraternities.”

Click here for more information. AFA early-bird registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 30.

If a registered attendee for the Annual Meeting would like to add this program to their registration, simply email Kyle Moyer, AFA Membership & Client Service Associate.

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