Fraternity Foodie

Check out our latest travels (and food choices) at University cities all across North America!

Fraternity Foodie: UMass Amherst

I had a wonderful visit to UMass Amherst this weekend where I worked with the Fraternity and Sorority leadership on Strategies for Managerial Excellence, Officer Transition, and Reducing Risk. I was really blown away with how much this Greek system has grown over the last 10 – 20 years, as well as the high caliber of students that are part of this Greek community. I flew into Logan Airport in Boston, and as the Boston skyline came into focus, I started to daydream about sports. The Superbowl was only one day away. As a New Yorker who grew up cheering for the Yankees, Rangers, and Giants, I remember how much I respected the teams in Boston. Think about those historic games against the Red Sox, the Bruins, and the Patriots. Every pitch, every shift, and every first down in each of those respective sports mattered. It was great drama, and I also believe that the competition between these cities continue to bring out the best in each other. I want to bring out the best in this Greek community because I know it’s there. I was staying in nearby Northampton, which is a great town that has a ton of....

Fraternity Foodie: The Best of Food and Fraternity

I’m frequently asked what’s the best chapter that I’ve worked with or what’s the best place to eat if you had to choose your final meal. Given my affection for fraternity and food, that’s almost like asking a parent which child is their favorite. If I had to choose, this would probably be my answer: If you’re ever in the Nashville/Brentwood TN area, my recommendation is to head straight to Soy Bistro (5008 Maryland Way, Brentwood, TN 37027). It’s a very unassuming restaurant in a shopping center with a cleaners, so it’s easy to miss. During the week, expect long lines and packed tables because of the high concentration of businesses in the Maryland Farms area. You’ll typically find me here on a Saturday to avoid the crowds, and they are closed on Sundays. It’s very casual. Be sure to say hi to Kenji, as his knowledge of Korean food and super friendly disposition will instantly turn you into a regular at this dining establishment. What amazes me about the restaurant is not just the classic Korean treats that they serve, but their ability to know the local market/tastes (think “hot chicken”) and incorporate that into their Asian-fusion fare. For....

Fraternity Foodie: Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas

The Great Divide seems to be getting wider. This applies to almost everything today. We certainly could be talking about politics and the current government shut down, but we can also be talking about the strong feelings between University administrators, the fraternity/sorority headquarters, community leaders, parents, alumni, and the undergraduate students themselves. It is understandable given the consequences that we have seen in the media. At times we might isolate ourselves and remove opportunities to have open discussions, perhaps by eliminating friends on social media that disagree with us or only sitting next to other “like minded” people in our professional circle at conferences. In order to solve this or any other problem, we need to continue to have open conversations – and often. What unites us is stronger than what divides us. Ultimately, it’s about the students. Our fraternities and sororities have built in leadership qualities and the values that will endure the test of time. The Greek undergraduate students that I meet with and interact with on every week on campuses all over the country want to improve the safety concerns on their college campuses and want to eliminate the negative stereotypes that all too often surround Greek....

CEO of Greek University receives proclamation from TN House of Representatives

On May 24, 2017, Michael Ayalon, CEO of Greek University, received a proclamation from the Tennessee House of Representatives for the work being done all over North America in working with fraternity and sorority members, as well as the local work being done by the Lebanon Rotary Club in the local community of Lebanon, Tennessee. The proclamation was signed by Beth Harwell, Speaker of the House of Representatives. It reads: Whereas, the members of this legislative body are proud to recognize those professionals whose influence on and participation in public service are of great import and whose expertise has set them apart from their peers; and Whereas, Michael Ayalon is one such individual who will complete his term as the 2016 – 2017 president of the Lebanon Rotary Club on June 27, 2017; and Whereas, a member of the Lebanon Rotary Club for two years, Michael Ayalon serves as chief executive officer of Greek University, a public speaking and education company for fraternities and sororities across North America; and Whereas, the Lebanon Rotary Club is a local group of service-minded individuals who meet weekly for fellowship and to collaborate on service and volunteer projects throughout the year; and Whereas, under....