The MJ Sorority Housing Forum is intended to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas and best practices among inter/national sorority and fraternity property leaders.
Now, more than ever, our collegiate members, volunteers, and employees need guidance and support during these challenging times, and their fraternal facilities can serve as a haven from the stresses they may be facing on campus.
Given the impact of the pandemic and MJ’s mission to protect individuals, we have developed an ongoing educational series, Housing Forum on the Road. We plan to host property-related risk management conversations every month on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 1-2PM ET.
Stay tuned to this page for the agenda of topics and feel free to contact us with your programming suggestions.
Click here for 2022 schedule. We will update the past session recordings list as each live session concludes.
Past Session Recordings: 2022 Housing Forum on the Road
May 4, 2022. Rising food costs affecting food service budgets for fall 2022 with College Chefs. View recording.
May 18, 2022. Safeguarding your History: What’s Most at Risk and How to Save it with HistoryIT. View recording.
June 1, 2022. Working closely with our partners to provide exceptional service in a post-pandemic world with CollegeFresh. View recording.
August 3, 2022. How to run effective meetings that attendees actually want to attend with Campus Cooks. View recording.
October 5, 2022. Greek Housing Kitchen Design Trends with Lancaster Schert Equipment, brought to us by Luminaut/Rowland. View recording.
December 7, 2022. Local House Corporations: Pandemic Impact and Looking Forward with OmegaFi and Pennington & Co. View recording.
Past Session Recordings: 2021 Housing Forum on the Road
May 19th, 2021: The Importance of Communication and Transparency with Your Vendor Partners: During a Global Crisis and Beyond with Jack Dawson, Jake Waldecker, and Megan Weinstein of College Fresh
Session description: Vendor partners are an integral part of chapter operations. The success of the vendor partners depends on the professional communication between vendor partners, chapter staff, and chapter members. College Fresh’s success has always been dependent on strong and frequent communication with their chapter partners. When COVID-19 hit in early 2020, travel and in-person meetings were postponed or cancelled which made communication more difficult. By adapting to the situation and changing the way they communicated to their partners, College Fresh developed important steps that can be implemented to foster good communication between vendor partners and chapters/organizations during the pandemic and beyond.
June 2, 2021: No Housing Forum on the Road because of the MJ Prevention Planning Workshop happening concurrently geared toward Chapter Operations staff and volunteers.
June 16, 2021: Emotional Support Animals: An Evolving Approach with Estacia Brandenburg of MJ Sorority, Ashley Coleman and Lucy Morlan of Tri Delta, and Kat Cobb of Gamma Phi Beta
Session description: Estacia will share current legal opinions and definitions around emotional support animals, as well as MJ Sorority’s current position. Ashley, Lucy, and Kat will share their respective organization’s process around ESAs and answer your questions.
July 7, 2021: Local House Corporations: 2020 Impact and Looking Ahead with Tara Reichenberger, Jacquie Kasner, & Brianna McKay of Pennington and J.B. Goll from OmegaFi.
Session description: Show how LHCs were impacted throughout the Pandemic. Join us to see data on how LHCs fared financially & continued to engage with their alumni to support current & future needs.
July 21, 2021: High Demand for Low-Voltage Services presented by Andy Anderson of TreanorHL Architects with Jorge Gomez and Chris Overby with J&A Engineering.
Session description: This session will provide an opportunity for experts in the field to share lessons they have learned in the design of Greek houses, specifically in the area of low-voltage systems.
August 4, 2021: Today’s Generation: Expectations for Chapter Housing presented by: Kate Novinger of Gill Grilling & Amy Jo Gabel, Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity
August 18, 2021: Digitally Preserve & Share Your Past presented by Kristen Gwinn-Becker of HistoryIT.
Resources referenced: How to tackle hard history blog post. For more information, check out HistoryIT’s website: historyit.com/greeks.
September 15, 2021: Building on Lessons Learned from the Pandemic presented by Shana Smith of Upper Crust Food Service & Sean Sadewhite of Upper Crust Clean.
October 6, 2021: We Just Thought it Was Getting Expensive…An Update on Navigating and Financing in the Era Following a Pandemic
presented by: Carl Winstead of Cline Design Associates & Jen Henson of Residential Capital Corporation
October 20, 2021: Proper Kitchen Closure
presented by: Will Wohlt of Campus Cooks
November 3, 2021: Future of Campus Housing
presented by: Susan Yashinsky and Mandi Mankvitz, Sphere
December 15, 2021: Accounting Best Practices
presented by: Annmarie Novotney & Angela Crawford, Blue & Co.
January 5, 2022: Training the House Director
Presented by Scott Fussell, CSL