LSU NPHC Gives Incoming Students a “Fresh Start” on Getting Involved
Four-day recruitment event showcases Greek values and campus life to minority freshmen
BATON ROUGE – In only its second year, the LSU National Pan-Hellenic Council’s, or NPHC’s, four-day recruitment event, Fresh Start, is leaving a lasting impression on new students and impacting both the Greek and LSU communities. The class of 2016 was introduced to an exciting and rewarding side of campus life through their interaction with NPHC Greeks in the areas of academics, service and friendship.
The Office of Greek Life started Fresh Start in 2011 as a means of educating students about the values, service and experiences of African-American Greek students on campus.
Kellie Colar, a senior majoring in Spanish and a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, served as the 2012 Fresh Start coordinator. She contacted more than 1,000 minority students throughout the summer, informing them about the program. More than 100 students registered online via the Greek Life website.
But, Fresh Start not only benefitted the participants, but the program is important to the Greek students who served as team leaders. Twenty current members of the NPHC community and members of the executive board served as team leaders and staff for the program.
Fresh Start kicked off on Thursday, Aug. 16, with the Student/Parent Welcome. Representatives from Office of Multicultural Affairs, First Year Experience and the Student Health Center spoke to students and parents about how to get involved, stay safe and excel academically while at LSU.
Fresh Start partnered with Community Bound, a community service program primarily for first-year students to address the needs of the East Baton Rouge Parish School District and the local community, on Saturday, Aug. 18, to paint and clean schools in East Baton Rouge Parish. Fresh Start participants were able to interact with Greek students while making a difference for students at Westdale Middle School and Westminster Elementary School.
The FrGreek 101 session on Thursday, Aug. 23, allowed participants to learn more about the six chapters that comprise LSU NPHC and the requirements for potentially joining an organization.
Fresh Start concluded on Friday, Aug. 24, with a back-to-school social in the 4-H Mini Farm. The party, hosted by LSU NPHC, gave students a chance to kick back and have fun after the first week of classes.
For more information on the LSU NPHC Fresh Start Program, contact the Office of Greek Life at 225-578-2171 or greeks.lsu.edu.
About LSU NPHC
LSU National Pan-Hellenic Council comprises six historically African-American fraternities and sororities. NPHC serves as the governing council for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. The executive board of LSU NPHC develops programs and initiatives to move forward the ideals and values of the six organizations, including academic workshops, risk management training and community outreach projects.