NC State football made major strides on the gridiron in 2017-18, but big changes were also made adjacent to Carter-Finley where thousands of students celebrate each game day tailgating.
Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL), part of the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, spearheaded efforts to create a safe and enjoyable tailgating space for the university’s Greek organizations over the past three years. Those efforts have earned NC State the “Outstanding Change Initiative” award from the Association of Fraternity|Sorority Advisors for their work with tailgate reform.
The joint effort with NC State Athletics, Environmental Health and Public Safety, and University Police showed positive results dealing with long-standing campus concerns around fraternity and sorority tailgates. The collaboration has resulted in behavior improvement, improved tailgating physical environment, and less risky behavior among NC State students.
NC State Athletics representatives praised FSL, saying “Through the effective involvement of our Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life’s leadership in this important change, NC State was able to largely realize the positive outcomes we sought while minimizing negativity,” adding “This change process is a real-world example of leadership development, risk management, collaboration, and community engagement through participation in the fraternity and sorority community.”
Established in 1996, the Outstanding Change Initiative award honors institutions of higher education, vendor member organizations, and/or international organizations that made tremendous progress and improvement in their fraternity/sorority community or organization. Winners are recognized because of major initiatives or long-term plans that led to positive changes within the campus fraternity and sorority community or the international organization and measured these improvements, results, and positive outcomes in all or some of the following areas: scholarship, educational programs, leadership development, risk management, collaboration, community engagement, retention, and membership recruitment.