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Archie Messersmith Joins NIC Team As Champion For Critical Health and Safety Initiatives

Indianapolis, Oct. 19, 2017—Archie Messersmith will join the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) team as the first-ever Director of Health and Safety on Oct. 30. He will lead the implementation of the enhanced NIC health and safety standards, partnering with campuses and fraternities to carry out the Social Safe pilot and address critical issues on college campuses today. “Archie is a thought-leader in programming and best practices that encourage fraternity men to take an active role in their own safety and the safety of their peers,” said NIC President & CEO Judson Horras. “The NIC strongly believes student leadership is...

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Melissa Kish Joins NIC Team As Director of Education and Leadership Development

Indianapolis, Oct. 16, 2017—Melissa Kish has developed and facilitated student programming across the fraternal and higher education community for more than 10 years and will soon bring this breadth of experience to the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) education team. Joining staff Nov. 13 as Director of Education and Leadership Development, Kish will manage curriculum design, delivery and assessment for the NIC’s premier and long-standing programming. She will also help shape and execute new programs like PRIME: The Summit of IFC Presidents, being held for the first time in January 2018, and will identify and address emerging educational needs that...

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NIC Adopts Enhanced Health and Safety Standards

Today, our thoughts and prayers are with Max Gruver’s family and the Louisiana State University community. Our team will be in Baton Rouge this weekend to assist the community during this difficult period. Last spring, I shared my reflections about the Uncomfortable Truth of working with students today. Recent examples remind us that more rules, policies and enforcement by adults alone isn’t enough to change campus culture. We must utilize the most powerful force for positive change — student leadership, but we need to take strong action to provide guidance and an effective framework for that leadership and governance....

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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...

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NIC Backs Anti-Hazing Legislation

INDIANAPOLIS—The North-American Interfraternity Conference strongly supports the Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (REACH) Act of 2017, bipartisan anti-hazing legislation introduced by Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA) and co-sponsored by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH). The REACH Act would add hazing as misconduct/crime reported under the Clery Act, requiring colleges and universities to disclose hazing incidents in their Annual Security Report. It would also require any college or university that accepts federal funding to provide hazing prevention education and resources to students. “Research shows hazing prevention is best accomplished through comprehensive measures, including proactive education, transparency, and accountability around standards,” said...

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