TROY - Troy University's Interfraternity Council has garnered recognition by the Southeastern Interfraternity Council for its efforts in educating new fraternity members.
The TROY group received the Excellence in Outstanding Educational Programming Award for the TroGent program, which introduces new fraternity members to topics such as academic success, sexual abuse awareness, drug and alcohol awareness, campus involvement and anti-hazing methods in "Greek 101."
"We created this program to allow each pledge class to compete against each other, while also working toward a common goal," said Maxwell Herman, TROY IFC president. "In many ways, TroGent has become the pride and joy of our IFC."
TROY's IFC-member fraternities voluntarily submit their pledge and new member classes to the TroGent program.
Other areas of TroGent focus on chapter goals in recruitment and retention issues, scholarship, membership development, community service and campus involvement. Each sessions brings in campus organizations and administrators to present the topics. Added to the program is competition among the chapters to become the University's "best chapter."
Herman said the idea behind the program was to "ensure the positive development of all aspects of a Troy University fraternity gentleman while pursuing each of these characteristics through a healthy and stimulating environment."
"Our fraternity men take great pride in this program," he added.
In its second year, the program has added involvement from most of the University's eight fraternity chapters. The Southeastern Interfraternity Council is comprised of more than 65 fraternity governing councils and is one of three regional associations of its type in North America.
"I am extremely proud of the work these past and current councils are doing to build up quality men in our Greek community and the IFC New Member program TroGent is the solution," said Chris Hager, coordinates Greeks through the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership. "We are providing chapters with tools and opportunities through this program to help men excel through all aspects of fraternity life."