Greek gone

Becky Bowman

Her job is definitely bigger than her office space.

As the area coordinator of Greek Affairs, Elizabeth Kos works directly with the individual Greek chapters, helping them with academic programming, social events, philanthropy and risk management. She also oversees chapter discipline.

“That’s my least favorite,” said Kos, Weinberg ’99.

But Kos said she has “definitely” enjoyed her job. Her interim position in the Residential Life Office will expire at the end of Spring Quarter. Steve Dealph, associate director of Greek Affairs, has begun searching for her replacement.

Dealph said he expects the process to take about three weeks. The Office of Residential Life has asked some Greek-affiliated students to attend dinner-interviews with the candidates.

Emily Schultz, Panhellenic Association vice president of membership, said she enjoyed the understanding and feedback she received from Kos.

“She’s a very easy person to work with,” said Schultz, a Speech junior. “I really felt like I could connect with her.”

Although her term is coming to an end, Kos continues to juggle the many needs of NU’s fraternities and sororities. Tucked away near mailboxes and filing cabinets in a corner of the Scott Hall basement, her office bustled with people on a Thursday afternoon. Despite the chaos, the office was tidy – but not tidy enough for Kos.

“My desk is usually cleaner,” she said, gesturing to a “mess” consisting of two coffee mugs, a newspaper and pen, a cell phone and an invitation to the initiation of Alpha Delta Pi.

Kos landed her job a year ago, but her involvement with Greek Affairs at NU began much earlier. As a member of Alpha Chi Omega, she interacted with Dealph. She double-majored in political science and international affairs and also was involved in Wildcat Council, a now-defunct pep group on campus.

She had just moved back to Chicago from Oklahoma early last fall when she was offered her current job. Kos had called Dealph asking for job recommendations when he told her about the available job in the office. She enthusiastically accepted.

While on the job, she has seen some interesting changes.

For instance, Kos said, the three Greek councils are working more as a “tri-council” now, something that was just beginning when she was a student. The different groups each have strong points and will make each other stronger by interacting, she said.

Kos said relations have improved between the university and the individual chapters.

“The chapters are realizing that the university is more of a resource to them,” Kos said.