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NIC Establishes Transgender Inclusion Working Group

Fraternities have reached out to the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) for insight around inclusion as the needs of transgender college students have recently received increased attention. The NIC has established a working group to review the student development and legal perspectives in this area. “We have heard from fraternities that they would like more education in this area,” said NIC President & CEO Judson Horras. “They are listening to their members and constituents and seeking out greater information around potential policy options and their implications.” The Transgender Inclusion Working Group will: Conduct a scan of existing membership inclusion and/or...

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NIC Gold Medal

NIC Gold Medal As one of the oldest traditions in the interfraternal world, the presentation of the NIC Gold Medal dates back more than 70 years. The Gold Medal is presented for lifelong service to the interfraternal community and is the highest honor that the NIC can bestow. Click here to nominate an individual for a 2017 NIC Gold or Silver Medal. The 2016 Gold Medal recipient is: Robert L. Off FarmHouse Fraternity Bob Off dedicated his professional career—spanning more than four decades—to fraternal service. Known as “Mr. FarmHouse,” Bob first served as the Fraternity executive director in the early 1970s. He then spent 24 years as the executive director of both the Fraternity and Foundation, and in 1997, moved to lead the Foundation full-time for 10 years. In 2007, he became executive director emeritus of the FarmHouse Foundation, a title and role he holds today, working on major gifts, planned giving and special projects. His interfraternal contributions are also well known, as he served both the Fraternity Executives Association and the College Fraternity Editors Association (now known as the Fraternity Communications Association) as president. Bob was also a founding member of FRMT. Under his leadership, FarmHouse made the landmark decision to be the first fraternity to adopt alcohol-free housing. In 1992, he was awarded the NIC’s Laurel Wreath Award for his role in establishing the Interchange program, which...

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NIC Awards & Recognition

NIC Awards & Recognition Each year the North-American Interfraternity Conference recognizes excellence in the fraternity industry by conferring awards to individuals, groups, and organizations who exemplify leadership, service, and fraternal values. The NIC Awards of Distinction, Gold Medal, Silver Medal, and Laurel Wreath Award play a significant role in the advancement of the NIC mission and vision, and the industry as a whole. Recognizing the value and impact of individual and group efforts on college/university campuses and within fraternal organizations conveys the importance of innovation, courage, and commitment to fraternal values. Nomination Process March 1: The NIC puts out a call for nominations for the for Awards of Distinction or the NIC Gold Medal, Silver Medal, or Laurel Wreath Award. Nomination forms are available electronically on the NIC website, and information is widely disseminated to member fraternities and campuses. Anyone can nominate an individual or organization for the awards. April 15: Award nominations due Late May: The NIC notifies honorees. Summer and fall: NIC representatives present awards to the winners in their local communities through public ceremonies on their campuses or at inter/fraternal events and programs. Contact the awards coordinator, Kristin Fouts, with questions. Awards of Distinction The Awards of Distinction recognize an Undergraduate, Alumnus, Chapter or Council for excellence in leadership, service and embodying the values and standards of fraternity and the NIC. Nominees are true exemplars of the fraternal experience. A new award, the...

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NIC Announces UIFI Lead Facilitator Application

While sessions of the 2016 Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) just wrapped up, we are already thinking about next summer’s program. For the first time ever, we are opening an application process for Lead Facilitators for UIFI, the NIC’s premier leadership program. Time and again, talented professionals and volunteers have asked us, “How do I become a Lead Facilitator?” We want to provide a place where seasoned facilitators can express their interest and abilities. The Role of a Lead Facilitator Lead Facilitators play a critical part in making UIFI a reality. They are responsible for on-site session management, training and leading a...

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NIC Standards

NIC standards ask each member to live to the highest standards of fraternity membership. NIC Standards The leadership of the NIC’s member fraternities passed a set of standards (revised in 2015) that will propel fraternities to be who we say we are. These standards call upon leadership to create some changes to today’s fraternity and asks each member to live to the highest standards of fraternity membership. Membership in the NIC requires each member organization to adhere to the following Standards of Membership, known as the NIC Standards. Undergraduate chapters are self-governing. Nothing in the NIC Standards shall be interpreted to imply that a member organization has a duty to provide day-to-day supervision or direction, or control the daily activities of undergraduate chapters and/or individual members associated with that member organization. However, member organizations are expected to provide appropriate follow up with their chapters on compliance with NIC Standards to the same extent they follow up with chapters on compliance with the policies of the member organization and to provide its undergraduate chapters with ongoing education on the NIC Standards. Failure of a member organization to provide appropriate follow up with their chapters on compliance with NIC Standards shall subject the member organization to appropriate action by the NIC, up to and including suspension or expulsion of membership in this voluntary trade association. Academic Enrichment Each member organization shall...

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