Dear fellow Penn State Greek Alumnus,
My name is Laurie Stanell and I am running for a seat on the Penn State Board of Trustees. I am a 1980 Penn State graduate, a proud Phi Mu sister, a Theta Delta Chi Little Sister, and a past Panhellenic Vice President. My Brother and son are Phi Sigma Kappa brothers, and my daughter is a Kappa Kappa Gamma sister.
Like you, I am concerned and dismayed at the current state of Greek life at Penn State. I am worried about the future of fraternities and sororities at Penn State because I feel the the Greek community has no one looking out for our interests. It is vitally important that we, the Greek alumni, have a voice on the Board of Trustees.
If elected Trustee I will be that voice. Our heritage is too important to be dismissed: for over a century, sororities and fraternities have made important and lasting contributions to Penn State, 14% of Penn State students are currently involved in a Greek society, and 40% of all donations to Penn State are made by Greek alumni. Why? Because being Greek at Penn State helped us make lifelong friendships and to learn how to give back.
While it is critical the the Greek system monitor their membership, it is also important that fraternities and sororities continue to be able to make huge, positive contributions to Penn State life. There must be open communication between the administration and Greek leadership. I am pleased to see the Interfraternity Council join other universities to support legislation that would implement stringent penalties for hazing and enact a safe harbor law to protect students stepping forward to call for help. These are important steps to promote responsible behavior for all fraternities and sororities.
Being a brother or sister may have changed your life. I know it changed mine, and as a trustee I will do everything I can to keep the Greek community alive and prospering at Penn State.
Trustee voting begins Tuesday, April 10th and runs until Thursday, May 3rd. I would appreciate your vote. For more information on my candidacy (and where to get a ballot if you did not receive one) go to stanell4trustee.com. You can also contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org; I would love to hear your thoughts and questions.
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