In August 2023, Dakota McKee was appointed the new Area Coordinator for Brokaw and Colman Halls, as well as the Fraternity and Sorority Life Coordinator.
As the Fraternity and Sorority Life Coordinator, McKee is responsible for overseeing and supporting Greek Life organizations on campus. McKee stated, “this includes, but is not limited to, working with our organizations to develop programming and marketing initiatives, sitting as an advisor for the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils, reviewing and evaluating Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) policies and guidelines and overseeing logistics and providing support for Primary Recruitment and Greek Week.”
Furthermore, McKee works with students involved in fraternities and sororities on campus. These individuals include presidents of the organizations and members of the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council, which are the governing bodies of the organizations. McKee added that while she works primarily with governing bodies of the organizations, all interactions with organizational members are welcome.
McKee attended Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater in 2012. Later, she attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas where she received an M.Ed in Counseling and Higher Education in 2014. While she pursued her undergraduate degree, McKee initiated into the Beta Mu Chapter of Sigma Kappa, a sorority that provided her with many leadership opportunities. This experience led her to discover a passion for working with students and assisting them in leadership development.
This school year, McKee plans to work closely with fraternities and soritities in order to increase their visibility on campus. McKee hopes to bring attention to FSL’s leadership and networking opportunities, focus on academics and philanthropic endeavors, as well as the community that exists within these organizations. McKee is working to update the LU website to provide informational materials for the organizations and offer more support across all chapters. The goal is to see more available information about FSL as the school year progresses.
Vice President of Recruitment for Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) Bergen Thorson has had positive interactions with McKee during her time as Fraternity and Sorority Life Coordinator. As Vice President of Recruitment, Thorson’s role is to ensure that prospective members are informed about the benefits of becoming a member of SigEp. Thorson stated that during his role as Vice President of Recruitment, McKee has been supportive and helpful in listening to the concerns and questions that SigEp had. They had concerns regarding I.D. access to the house and questions pertaining to how they could use their endowment. According to Thorson, McKee listened to their issues and was quick to address them in a timely manner. Thorson hopes to continue a relationship with McKee and SigEp to ensure that all fraternities and sororities on campus interact with more students and create opportunities that will provide a better environment on campus for FSL.
“I am eager to continue to work closely with these organizations as we have more intentional conversations about long-term goals for their chapters and the FSL community,” McKee stated. “In the short term, gaining that visibility is my top priority. This will not only assist in building chapter unity across campus but lead to successful recruitments in the Winter Term for all our organizations. Fraternities and sororities provide students with lifelong opportunities for growth, service, and leadership.”