Cal Poly’s Interfraternity Council (IFC), Panhellenic Council and greek leaders won several awards at the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV) West conference March 31-April 3.

This was the first year that IFC applied for awards. The council won awards for its efforts in council management, public relations and self-governance and judicial affairs.

IFC also walked away with the Overall Excellence award.

More than 500 award applications are submitted for review each year. The awards came from the work of 2014-15 and 2015-16 councils.

IFC President and mechanical engineering senior Alex Campbell said that winning the Overall Excellence award was a goal of his when he took the position of president last year.

“I’m proud of the work that we’ve done this year,” Campbell said. “It’s been a privilege working with the men on this council; their hard work deserves every bit of praise.”

Panhellenic Council received awards for council management, membership recruitment, philanthropy and community service, public relations, risk reduction and management and self-governance and judicial affairs.

Panhellenic was also awarded the Overall Excellence award.

Last year’s Panhellenic president, business administration senior Kristen Henry, won the Marilyn Fordham Fraternal Values Award. The award is given to one undergraduate student in the AFLV West region who exemplifies the association’s values.

Henry was nominated for her leadership efforts and development of the STATUS plan.

“I was definitely surprised and very excited to win the award,” Henry said. “I think everyone really exemplified those values which made my job a lot simpler. It’s a really proud moment to get back to Cal Poly and show our community all of the things we’ve accomplished.”

Greek life staff was also recognized at the AFLV awards. Fraternity and sorority life coordinator Kathryn O’Hagan won the Outstanding Fraternity/Sorority Advisor Award.

O’Hagan was nominated by representatives from IFC, Panhellenic and United Sorority and Fraternity Council (USFC).

“Working here has just been wonderful,” O’Hagan said. “I love my students so much and it’s so nice to hear that they’ve found my efforts beneficial.”

Campbell said these awards raised the bar for what Cal Poly greek life is able to accomplish.

“I think this sets a new precedent for Cal Poly greek life and reminds everyone, especially ourselves, what we’re capable of,” Campbell said. “I hope that carries on into next year and the years to follow.”

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