By Matt Olson
On Wednesday, Oct. 30, Elizabeth Artz began her role as Union’s new Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, filling the vacancy in the position since the resignation of Sunni Solomon on Aug. 23, 2013.
Artz, a native of Michigan, comes from Lawrence Technical University in Southfield, Mich., where she was the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life. She received her undergraduate degree in business administration from Siena Heights University and her Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Student Affairs from Central Michigan University.
The Greek community was made aware of Artz’s hiring in an email from Senior Associate Dean of Students Trish Williams. Williams said, “I will work with her to establish some long and short term goals for the next two terms.”
President of Interfraternity Council (IFC) Rylee Merrill ‘14 said, “Right after the departure of our former Greek director, a search committee was formed and the search for a new director began immediately. This committee was made up of several administrators and the presidents of the three Greek councils: The IFC, Pan Hellenic Council, and Multicultural Greek Council.”
Artz will be the third fraternity and sorority life director the college has seen in the past three years. President of Delta Delta Delta Alison Feldman ‘14 said, “Having a Greek Director helps Greek students and the administration of the college communicate to the best of its ability.”
A common theme that Greek students want in a director is an advocate for the positive aspects of Greek life. “We’re at a point now where we need to better communicate all of the good that comes from being Greek,” said President of Delta Kappa Epsilon Chris Sainato ‘14.
“Hopefully over the next few years, Artz can help establish that voice and eventually escape the negative stereotypes that exist today,” Sainato continued.
Merrill had similar sentiments. “The most important quality the new Greek director must have is an ability to connect with the students. I want a director who can inspire the Greek students to work together and maximize their full potential as a community,” he said.
“The administration and the students both want the best for this community,” Merrill continued.
Feldman also believes that the Greek system has the ability to impress the faculty and other members of the college community.
“Artz can help TriDelta and all organizations of the Greek community at Union College gain the best reputation possible among faculty, students and the Union College community in general,” she said. “Union College is considered to be the ‘Mother of Fraternities’ and it is my hope that Greek life’s reputation and place at this college becomes more secure.”