Fraternity Foodie

Check out our latest podcast interviews (and food suggestions) from all over North America!

T.J. Sullivan: Why it’s time to end mandatory events in fraternity and sorority life

Welcome to episode #81 of Fraternity Foodie! We have with us a good friend and advocate for Greek Life with the experience one might expect from a seasoned executive and entrepreneur. T.J. Sullivan tells us why he chose Indiana University in Bloomington for his undergraduate experience, why he decided to join Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity as a founding father over other organizations, what roles he filled at the headquarters after graduation, what it was like touring the country with Joel Goldman with his program called “Friendship in the age of AIDS”, what the early years of Campuspeak was like, why he updated his book called “Motivating the Middle: Fighting Apathy in College Student Organizations”, why chapters don’t confront the trouble-maker, why we should end mandatory events in Greek Life, why he decided to retire from his role as a speaker at ForCollegeForLife, what he does now as the Executive Director of the Superior (Colorado) Chamber of Commerce, and his favorite two restaurants in Denver. Enjoy! Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVfBNqiOhjo  

David Westol: What are the unorthodox ways of evaluating fraternity and sorority chapters?

Welcome to episode #80 of Fraternity Foodie! We interview David Westol, an alumnus of Michigan State University and the Detroit College of Law, he has an extensive and impressive background in fraternity/sorority life and specializes in risk and crisis prevention/management and interventions. He has made more than 6,000 presentations regarding hazing, risk management, motivation, values, ideals, and leadership on over 510 campuses and at over 370 national men’s and women’s fraternity and sorority events. We find out why he went to Michigan State for his undergraduate experience, the funny story on why he went with Theta Chi Fraternity, how law school and being a prosecutor helps him with college fraternities and sororities, the legacy he leaves at Theta Chi, what is Limberlost, how he evaluates chapters, what a good orientation with a National Board of Directors focuses on, how he encourages candor and honesty during membership reviews, his legacy to all fraternities and sororities, why he loves being a football official and referee, and his favorite spots to eat in Carmel, Indiana. Enjoy! Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dTbQPyxhlo

Tina VanSteenbergen: How can we create a sorority experience that every woman wants and deserves?

Welcome to episode # 79 of Fraternity Foodie! All of our listeners want to hear from my next guest, Tina VanSteenbergen. Tina speaks on college campuses all over the country and she tears down the house. Tina knows that women need women, to be successful, to feel understood, to feel less alone. Tina gives women permission to open up, have honest conversations, and connect. We find out why Tina selected Hamline (pronounced Hamlin) University in Saint Paul, how grad school was different, how she became a sister of Alpha Gamma Delta, how working for PhiredUp shaped her career, how women can have honest conversations and authentic connections with other women, how we can create a sorority experience that every woman wants and deserves, how we can promote positive body image for women, how we can do recruitment well without in-person events, and why choosing empathy could serve our leaders well. You will love this interview – guaranteed! Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ow2NWuCZiU

James Robilotta: Why is being an authentic leader important?

Welcome to an epic episode of Fraternity Foodie, this is episode number 78. Today we interview James Robilotta, someone who helps audiences pause and think about the way they lead, the way they connect, and the way they can impact their world. He creates moments that empower teams and individuals to realize they are the only thing standing in the way between the results they want and the results they’re currently seeing. He is an award-winning, recognized professional speaker on stages all across the country with a background in stand-up and improv comedy. He delivers powerful and hysterical keynotes and workshops that will transform lives. I know because I’ve seen it in person, and I will tell you that it’s a very fun ride with this guy. He truly loves to make people think and make people laugh. He’s the real deal. We find out how this Long Island, New York native selects University of North Carolina – Wilmington for his undergraduate experience, what made him choose Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc., what he learned as a Resident Director, what he thought when COVID-19 hit just as he was rolling out a brand new business, why is being an authentic....