Eric Manski 16′ and Patrick Prommel 16′ of Maryland Alpha were recently elected and installed onto the 2015 IFC Executive Board at the University of Maryland. Eric will serve as the Vice President of Membership Development and Patrick will serve as the Vice President of Administrative Affairs. Along with the rest of the IFC Executive Board, Patrick and Eric will have the opportunity to make decisions that will directly impact approximately 4,000 members of Greek life at Maryland and the community of College Park as a whole.
Eric and Patrick say that much of their success as leaders can be attributed to what they have learned as members of Phi Delta Theta at College Park. The Maryland Alpha Chapter has been thriving, raising $20,000 for ALS last semester while supporting the fight against sexual assault on campus. Over the last couple years, Maryland Alpha has implemented various programs to train its members to combat sexual assault on campus. Brothers at Maryland Alpha all take part in the campus’ “Ten Man Plan” sexual violence prevention program and many also have Violence Intervention Assistance Training certifications.
Eric and Patrick are looking forward to taking their experience as leaders of their chapter and aim to find the same success on IFC.
Eric will be in charge of implementing new member education programs to prepare young members for their initiation into the Greek community. “The most important thing is that we educate our new members on how to be Fraternity gentlemen,” Eric says. “Every individual is a reflection of their chapter as a whole, and better educated members makes for a better Greek community.”
Patrick will aim to improve Greek life relations among the community. “Many forget that fraternities can provide a great experience not only to their brothers, but to the rest of the Greek community, the University, its faculty, and their city,” says Patrick. “I want to encourage the already impressive work fraternities at Maryland have been doing. There has been a lot of bad press surrounding fraternities lately, but people need to know that at Maryland fraternity men admirable individuals.”