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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 Medals

NIC Medals As one of the oldest and most prestigious traditions in the interfraternal world, the presentation of the NIC Gold and Silver Medals dates back more than 70 years. The Gold Medal recognizes lifelong service to the interfraternal community and/or the NIC and is the highest honor that the Conference can bestow. The Silver Medal recognizes exemplary service or leadership in a role or task that has advanced the fraternal movement. Award criteria & nomination form Submit a Gold or Silver Medal Nomination gold medal A potential Gold Medal recipient is an individual who: Exemplifies the values, mission and purpose of fraternity Models selfless service and visionary leadership Believes in and exemplifies interfraternal leadership Has exhibited a lifetime of service to the fraternal movement and/or the NIC To be considered, nomination must include: Application Fraternity/sorority endorsement Supporting documentation silver medal A potential Silver Medal recipient is an individual who has shown exemplary service or leadership in a role or task that has advanced the fraternal movement. To be considered, nomination must include: Application Fraternity/sorority endorsement Supporting documentation 2017 silver medal recipients dr. mari ann callais silver medal recipient Theta Phi Alpha  Dr. Mari Ann Callais began her tenure in the fraternal movement as a fraternity/sorority life professional at both Mississippi State University and Southeastern Louisiana University. Throughout the 25 years that have followed, and counting, Dr. Callais has become...

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NIC Awards & Recognition

AWARDS OF DISTINCTION NIC Awards & Recognition Each year the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) recognizes excellence in the fraternal experience by conferring awards to individuals and groups who exemplify leadership, service and fraternal values. The NIC Awards of Distinction, including the Gold and Silver Medals and Laurel Wreath Award, play a significant role in advancement of the NIC mission and vision, as well as 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 a positive fraternal experience.  Nomination Process The 2018 Awards of Distinction nomination process is now open! See below for the awards timeline, descriptions and links to nomination applications. March 5: The NIC puts out a call for nominations for the Awards of Distinction categories and the NIC Gold Medal, Silver Medal and Laurel Wreath Awards. 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 13: Award nominations due Late May: The NIC notifies honorees and makes announcements on our website, as well as via email and social media. 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. Please direct...

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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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