Fraternity Foodie

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

Leo Serrato: How can a college hazing incident impact your life mission and purpose?

Welcome to episode # 98 of Fraternity Foodie! My guest today is Leo Serrato, Campus Life Advisor for Fraternity and Sorority Life at Sonoma State University. His main goals are to implement hazing prevention strategies, to focus on rape culture prevention, as well as address sexual misconduct and alcohol use/misuse. Leo gives us an honest and vulnerable look into his lifetime experiences. We find out what made Leo choose Fresno State, why he joined Theta Chi Fraternity, what happened the night that – died at his initiation from alcohol consumption, how that event changed the way Leo viewed his mission and purpose, what its like to oversee 3 councils and 20 chapters, how he and his students are dealing with the fires in Sonoma, how we can help students on college campuses with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, how family impacts his life, where his musical influences come from, and the best place to get food in Sonoma. Get ready for an episode that will move you and make you think about your role in helping to end hazing. Link:

Archie Messersmith-Bunting: How do you build accountability in your fraternity / sorority?

Welcome to episode # 97 of Fraternity Foodie. Today you get to meet Archie! Using dynamism and authenticity, Archie Messersmith-Bunting, or The Feelings Guy™, champions mental health awareness worldwide at corporations and universities. He challenges people to rethink complicated and emotional topics like depression, suicide, alcohol and drug addiction. Through his company ArchieCares, LLC, Archie aims to reframe the narrative surrounding mental illness and addiction by facilitating honest and vulnerable conversations. We find out why Archie chose Samford University for his undergraduate experience, what Fraternity was like for him as an undergraduate, what he learned working for Sigma Phi Epsilon’s headquarters developing curriculum, if we are seeing safety improvements on alcohol and drug use within fraternities, how talking about addiction and clinical depression helps to engage audiences, how we can develop a personal self-care plan, Archie’s modern twist on Servant Leadership, how to build a culture of accountability in your chapter, tips for virtual presentations, and what Archie is eating in Charlottesville these days. You’re going to love it! Link:

Tom Fox: What is the role of fraternities in responsible social conduct?

Welcome to episode # 96 of Fraternity Foodie (slightly out of order)! What a treat we have for you today. We have with us Tom Fox, the Executive Director of Psi Upsilon Fraternity. Tom has been a great friend for many years, he’s very funny, and he loves fraternity just as much as we do. We find out why Tom chose the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, what was special about Psi Upsilon Fraternity, what he’s most proud of as Executive Director, how responsible social conduct for fraternities can solve problems such as hazing, alcohol/drug abuse, and even limit the spread of the pandemic, virtual engagement for fraternities, growing fraternity membership online, and what makes a successful partnership with host institutions. Enjoy! Link:

Greg Vogt and Cassie Firebaugh: Managing our Mental Wellness Amongst the Media Mayhem

Welcome to our town hall event called Managing our Mental Wellness Amongst the Media Mayhem! With 6 days to go until Election Day, we are being bombarded with messages on social media, text messages from candidates running for office, and information overload. We have two panelists with us today to talk about Mental Wellness during this overwhelming time, Greg Vogt and Cassie Firebaugh. Some frightening statistics: More than two-thirds of adults in the United States say that the 2020 election is a significant source of stress in their lives, according to new data from the American Psychological Association (APA). That’s a significant increase from 2016, when just 52% of survey respondents said that they found the election to be a source of stress. Now, 68% of respondents said that the election was bringing them stress. According to the APA data, the levels of stress vary based on different demographics. Adults with chronic conditions are “consistently more likely” to call the election a source of stress than adults without chronic conditions (39% vs. 28%). The proportion of Black adults calling the election a source of stress has also jumped significantly: 46% of surveyed Black Americans said the 2016 election was a....