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2021 NGLA Virtual Conference in Review- Case Study Winners

April 29, 2021

The Student Activities Office is excited to announce that two students from the Interfraternity Council placed third in the Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA) Virtual Conference Order of Omega Case Study Competition. The exercise is an opportunity for students to think critically about how to address issues surrounding the fraternity and sorority community. John Putskia and Ardavasd Ardhaldjian represented WPI, showcasing their ability to place theory to practice in situations that involve the larger Greek community. Below are a few thoughts our award winners had to say about their experience at the NGLA Virtual Conference:

“NGLA provided me with a valuable experience to help guide me through my position. I gained access to important resources and learned about various aspects of risk management. Also, I participated in the Order of Omega case study, which was an awesome, practical exercise that threw Ardy and I into a realistic adjudication process. I would highly recommended that future WPI IFC members participate in this event!” - John Putska 23' 

"Going into a virtual NGLA, I thought I was going to sit behind a computer screen all day and listen to speakers. For some of the events, this may have been the case, but for the Order of Omega Case Study Competition, I had a lot of fun. John and I, as fellow members of IFC, we're encouraged to make a team and participate in this competition by the IFC advisor. Going into the competition both of us were unsure of what to expect. We were given a unique real-life example of multiple Greek Chapters clearly breaking, an unnamed, university's guidelines. Our challenge was to consider all the stakeholders in the situation and inform the university's Inter-Fraternity Council on how they should proceed while acting as their Greek life advisor. Our optimal solution needed to be prepared and presented in less than 12 hours. This time constraint made things more interesting. John and I spent the time individually dissecting the scenario and convened for 3-4 hours to synthesize our thoughts and finally present our solution. A panel of judges listened to us speak and individually provided insightful feedback on our solution, presenting skills, and teamwork."-  Ardavasd Ardhaldjian ‘22