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Friday, June 30, 2006

UNCP adds a director of Greek Life

Sara L. Jahansouz has joined The University of North Carolina at Pembroke as director of the new Office of Greek Life.

Sara JahansouzIn the newly created position, she will be responsible for building and advising a strong and productive community of sororities and fraternities at UNCP.

Jahansouz comes to UNCP from Indiana University (IU) in Bloomington, where she was advisor to the Interfraternity Council and completed work on her Master of Education degree in student affairs administration. She is a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority with considerable experience in Greek life.

“I always knew I would be involved in Greek life at some capacity, whether it was on a volunteer basis or professionally,” she said. “When you join a sorority or fraternity, you have a lifetime commitment to the organization.”

A Louisburg, Kan., native, Jahansouz joined Sigma Kappa as an undergraduate at Kansas State University. She held a variety of positions before becoming president of the sorority. She also served as president of the university-wide Panhellenic Council.

At Indiana University, she was the primary advisor to the Interfraternity Council and helped establish a social responsibility task force. She also served as the graduate advisor and house director for two fraternities.

At UNCP, she reports to Dr. Diane Jones, vice chancellor for Student Affairs.

“I am very impressed with the extensive Greek Life Experience that Sara brings to this position,” Dr. Jones said. “She will definitely build our Greek Life program and take it to the next level.”

Jahansouz said there are opportunities for UNCP to become an international leader in Greek life.

“Greek life is well known for providing premier leadership experiences at colleges and universities, I would like to help establish a community that can be a model for the nation,” she said.

The new director said returning to the historic mission of Greek life is a key goal.

“There is an international movement to return to the values-based roots of our organizations,” Jahansouz said. “This is a return to the founders’ vision to hold their members to higher standards in their personal and civic life.”

Jahansouz said UNCP’s environment favors meaningful dialogue among individuals and groups.

“Something I am learning about very quickly is this University’s commitment to the personalized learning experience,” she said. “I am eager to build open and honest dialogue among our shareholders, establishing caring relationships and becoming a team player in a diverse environment.”

At IU, Jahansouz taught several courses in leadership development and made presentations on Greek issues to national organizations. She is certified by the Interfraternity Institute and has graduated and facilitated numerous North American Interfraternity Conference Institutes.

Jahansouz is a member of the Association of Fraternity Advisors, the American College Personnel Association, The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and the Order of Omega.

For more information about Greek life at UNCP, please call 910.521.6207 or email sara.jahansouz@uncp.edu.

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