Preparing IFC Presidents for Interfraternal Leadership

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WHAT IS PRIME?

The NIC developed PRIME in partnership with the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values (AFLV), Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA) and Southeastern Interfraternity Conference (SEIFC). PRIME: The Summit of IFC Presidents is a 2-day program that focuses IFC Presidents on their role from the get-go. Getting this concentrated training in January, when many IFC presidents start their term, will prepare them for council and community leadership.

PRIME was also developed with RISE Partnerships, a consulting partner that delivers the insights, skills and resources leaders need to improve the fraternity and sorority experience.

WHo should attend prime?

PRIME is designed for IFC Presidents at the start of their term. However, Presidents elected mid-year (on the academic year, rather than calendar year) are also welcome to attend.

i AM the ifc president - why should i attend prime?

Your job is tough. Many could argue it’s the toughest student leadership role on campus. PRIME will help cultivate a greater capacity within you to lead your IFC toward addressing critical issues and key opportunities in your community. You will also learn how to best lead your fellow IFC officers.  

What can attendees expect?

PRIME is an institute, not a conference. That means you won’t pick and choose what sessions to attend; rather, curriculum pieces build off of each other to create a progressive learning experience.

At PRIME, you will network with other IFC Presidents from across the country, learn from experienced professionals and experts in the field, and hone skills to help you lead a high-performing, highly-relevant IFC. You will engage in large and small group discussions about IFC performance, building trust, supporting your team, and enhancing your leadership competence. During meals and down time, you can connect with peers and facilitators more casually.

how is prime different from ifc academy?

Through attending IFC Academy later in the spring, IFC Presidents will apply what they’ve learned at PRIME as they begin to lead their councils. PRIME and IFC Academy are complimentary experiences that set the IFC President up for success during his time in office. The curriculum in both programs is unique, and the experiences build upon each other. We encourage the IFC President to attend PRIME to focus on his own role and leadership, and the entire council to attend IFC Academy to enhance their team.

i'm ready to register! what should i do now?

Registration for the inaugural PRIME is now closed. Please contact us with any questions about registration.  

where will the program take place?

PRIME takes place in Indianapolis, home of the North-American Interfraternity Conference central office. The program will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn – Indianapolis Airport. Participants will have rooms in the hotel, and all sessions and meals will take place on-site.

how much does it cost to attend? what does that include?

Registration costs are inclusive of meals, lodging and program materials. Registration including a hotel room at double occupancy is $535; at quad occupancy, it’s $465.

do i need to book my own hotel room?

No, the NIC will arrange lodging for all participants. Indicate your occupancy preference (double or quad) in the registration form.

can i bring alcohol to prime?

PRIME, like all NIC programs, provides an alcohol- and drug-free educational program and environment. All participants, regardless of age and role, are not to bring alcohol or other drugs to the program, nor use any alcohol or drugs during the program. There will be no exceptions. Participants will be sent home at their own cost if this expectation is violated.

caN I stay with a local friend, or leave to visit friends before and after sessions?

No, all participants will be lodged at the hotel and need to remain on site for the duration of the program for their own safety. Participants should not invite guests to visit them at the hotel.

what should i pack?

Bring casual clothes. Jeans and respectable t-shirts, sweatshirts, athletic gear, etc. are acceptable. Bring a warm coat and closed-toe shoes for any time spent outdoors. Bring some cash; meals are provided on-site, but snacks can be purchased from the hotel shop/pantry.

what's the weather like in indianapolis?

Highs in January can range from the teens to mid-30s, with lows/nights in the single digits and teens. [The hotel will be nice and warm!] Snow and ice are likely. Check the most current forecast for the weekend here. 

what time zone is indianapolis in?

Indianapolis falls in the Eastern time zone. 

how do i get there?

DRIVERS: Hilton Garden Inn- Indianapolis Airport, 8910 Hatfield Dr., Indianapolis, IN, 46241

  • From I-74 East: Take I-465 South to Exit 9B to I-70 West. Exit #68 and turn left heading south on AmeriPlex Parkway. Turn left at Exploration Drive, then left onto Hatfield Drive. Hotel is on the right.
  • From I-465 North or I-74 West: Take Exit 9B to I-70 West and follow above directions.
  • From I-70 East: Take Exit 68 AmeriPlex Parkway. Turn right heading south on AmeriPlex Parkway. Turn left at Exploration Drive, then left onto Hatfield Drive. Hotel is on the right.

FLYERS: Fly into the Indianapolis International Airport (IND).

when do i need to arrive? when can i leave?

DRIVERS: Plan to arrive at the Hilton Garden Inn – Indianapolis Airport by 3 p.m. ET on Jan. 5. The address is 8910 Hatfield Dr, Indianapolis, IN, 46241. You will be able to depart after 11 a.m. ET on Jan. 7.

FLYERS: Your arrival flight must be scheduled to land at the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) no later than 2 p.m. ET on Jan. 5. Flyers should utilize the complimentary airport shuttle provided by the Hilton Garden Inn – Indianapolis Airport. It can be accessed at the Ground Transportation Building. Departure flights should be scheduled to leave after 1 p.m. ET on January 7.

what is the cancellation or refund policy?

Refunds for paid registrations will be allowed until Dec. 15, 2017. After that time, no refunds will be granted.

who can i contact if i still have questions?

Contact Mike McRee, NIC Chief Operating Officer, at mike.mcree@nicindy.org for answers to your questions.