Author: J. Catoe

Greeks Succeeding Academically

Storrs, CT – The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (OFSL) is proud to announce the reactivation of Gamma Sigma Alpha at UConn!

Gamma Sigma Alpha National Academic Greek Honor Society (GSA) is the premier organization committed to the academic success of our members and alignment with the academic missions of our host institutions. Students are eligible for membership based on grade point average and membership in a Greek fraternity or sorority. The Society strives to uphold the high ideals of scholastic achievement and therefore, only students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale) at the start of their junior year or a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in any semester during their junior or senior year are eligible. Gamma Sigma Alpha is headquartered in Colorado, with over 215 chapters across the country and in Canada.

On Friday, April 18, 2014 24 undergraduate students, representing all 4 Greek governing councils, and 3 OFSL staff members were initiated into the Eta Epsilon chapter of Gamma Sigma Alpha as reactivating members. The new initiates are:


Student Initiates

  • Marielle Avallone, Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Kristina Barsczewski, Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alicia Benjamin, Delta Zeta
  • Teri Chung, Kappa Phi Lambda
  • Faith Crittenden, Zeta Phi Beta
  • Gabriela Deambrosio, Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Michelle Emmanuel, Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Kelly Fuller, Pi Beta Phi
  • Ken Gobin, Beta Theta Pi
  • Danielle Grover, Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Casie Guerrera, Delta Zeta
  • Ellen Harness, Pi Beta Phi
  • Kayla Kamerer, Phi Sigma Rho
  • Jillian Kowalski, Gamma Phi Beta
  • Tracey Lafayette, Zeta Phi Beta
  • Nicholas Lau, Pi Delta Psi
  • Alexxis Letizia, Delta Gamma
  • Hannah Lucca, Gamma Phi Beta
  • Kelsey Masterson, Gamma Phi Beta
  • Bridget O’Malley, Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Meredith Patenaude, Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Rachael Rocco, Delta Zeta
  • Shayna Smith, Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Lauren Tortorici, Kappa Kappa Gamma

Honorary Initiates

  • Alexandrea M. Carrier, Pi Beta Phi
  • Jamel Catoe, Theta Delta Sigma
  • Todd C. Sullivan, Delta Upsilon

For more information about the Eta Epsilon Chapter of Gamma Sigma Alpha at UConn, please contact Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Jamel Catoe.

Pittsburgh Bound!

Storrs, CT – The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life staff and 20 student leaders will be traveling to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (February 27-March 2) for the annual Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA) Annual Conference.

NGLA’s annual conference is an event that features more than 900 guests from our region.  Students, campus based professionals, national fraternity and sorority professionals and volunteers, as well as vendors and speakers attend this event full of educational opportunities.  In addition to keynote speakers, showcase speakers, and a variety of educational program blocks that attendees select to attend, there is a store featuring Greek merchandise, an opportunity to sit with brothers and sisters from the region at the affiliation luncheon, and a Friday evening opportunity to attend dinner with our own delegation before returning to the hotel for NGLA planned entertainment.  The weekend culminates in the closing banquet on Saturday evening during which the NGLA Awards are presented.

This is the first time in a  few years that NGLA has not been in Hartford and we look forward to a 10 hour bus ride with some of our fraternal friends at Quinnipiac University. There will be lots of lessons learned and memories made.

Arête Awards: Individual Nominations

Storrs, CT – In a just a couple of weeks, 2013 will be history just like the 2013 Project Arête program. Therefore, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life encourages everyone to reflect on the year 2013 and consider nominating outstanding members of the community for awards by the Sunday, January 5th deadline. Individuals will be recognized in the following areas:

  • Greek of the Year
  • Greek Emerging Leader
  • Outstanding Greek Senior
  • Outstanding Greek Scholar
  • Outstanding Greek Volunteer
  • Outstanding Auxiliary Group Member
  • Outstanding Chapter President
  • Outstanding Council Officer
  • Outstanding Faculty/Staff Advisor
  • Outstanding Alumnus/a

Nomination can be submitted via UConntact!

OFSL Launches New Website!

STORRS, CT – The University of Connecticut Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (OFSL) is pleased to announce the launch of its brand new website (

The previous version of the site was designed almost seven years ago. Since technology changes so fast, saying that “the old Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life website was outdated” would be an understatement. The new website offers a contemporary look and structural enhancements based on the feedback that was received from a communications survey the office conducted earlier this semester.

In keeping with one of this year’s goals, the new website will offer a streamlined user experience and will showcase the new identity to the public. The goal was to develop a more resourceful tool for alumni, current and potential members, advisors, fraternal partners, family and friends. The OFSL hopes that the new website offers quick and easy access to essential material which is part of OFSL’s ongoing efforts to enhance the quality and availability of information.

Website content corrections and suggestions can be directed to Jamel Catoe, Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life.