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NEW BOOK ON GREEK LIFE
College Administration Publications has announced the publication of a major new book on Greek life. The Administration of Fraternal Organizations on North American Campuses: A Pattern for the New Millenium has been edited by Dennis E. Gregory, Assistant Professor and Director of Higher Education Graduate Programs at Old Dominion University. He describes this collection of works by two dozen authors:
“Many commentators on, and critics of, fraternal organizations fill the landscape, little effort has been made to paint a comprehensive picture of fraternal organizations on college and university campuses or to suggest an inclusive method by which these organizations may be improved. This book seeks to fill that void.
“The authors of this book come from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives on fraternal organizations. In the chapters of the book they examine fraternal organizations from many different points of view, and often with critical lenses in order to provide the reader with up-to-date information and new ideas and directions.
“The book begins with an examination of the problems, issues and benefits facing fraternal organizations today. It then provides chapters that examine the historical evolution and current issues of several broad types of fraternal organizations. Much of the information regarding historically Black organizations and “emerging” (Hispanic, Asian, GLBTG) organizations has never been published before in any comprehensive way.
“Succeeding chapters provide insight into the oversight and management of organizations that work with these groups as well as issues and people at the campus level who are at the heart of day-to-day operation of fraternal organizations. In the fifth section of this book the various authors examine the legal challenges facing fraternal organizations and the campuses that host them, provide examples of campuses and organizations that have been successful in creating positive and successful fraternal organizations, and provide a suggested blueprint for improving leadership in fraternal organizations.
“The final chapter provides a plan for how professional, campus, student and organization leaders and members may work together to help fraternal organizations fulfill their promise.
“Because of its comprehensive approach, research base and topical coverage this book should benefit many constituencies within higher education and fraternal life. The book will be useful as a text in graduate programs in higher education and student affairs, as a resource for Greek life professionals working on campus, and for senior student affairs officers with responsibility for fraternal organizations but little or no background in Greek life. It will also serve as a resource for presidents and boards of trustees who wish to develop a better understanding of the impact and import of fraternal organizations on their campuses.
“This book will be an excellent training tool for traveling consultants, alumni leaders, house corporations, faculty and other chapter advisors and leaders at the international and national levels of fraternal organizations. Along with Baird’s Manual of American College Fraternities, this book is a “must have” for those with any interest or contact with fraternal organizations.”
The book can be ordered through firstname.lastname@example.org, web: collegepubs.com. Paperback: $29.95 + 5.00 s&h; or hardback: $39.95 + 7.50 s&h.