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Meet the Staff

The Fraternity & Sorority Life staff includes three professional fraternity and sorority advisors and four chapter house directors with over 50 years of combined experience working with fraternal organizations. The Fraternity & Sorority Life office is a member of the Dean of Students Office team and works collaboratively with other departments in Student and Academic Life to support the success of University of Kentucky Students. We welcome visitors to our office, which is located on the fifth floor of Patterson Office Tower in room 518. The office is open year-round; Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Meet Our Team


Our staff includes a team of nine that work directly with our students including advising our governing councils, providing strategic and administrative support to the community, and a team of house directors who support facilities and large community projects. 

Our advisors work with the governing council and chapters in all areas of fraternity and sorority operation including membership education, leadership, community service, university involvement, finance, recruitment, scholarship, personal growth, and accountability. The staff works collaboratively with the officers of the governing councils, members and chapter officers, as well as chapter advisers, alumni corporations, and inter/national organization volunteers and staff. 

Our office is structured to encourage collaboration between our chapters and councils. Each member of our advising team advises a governing council and several areas of chapter function as described below. Chapters should examine their area of need and seek out the staff member who is working with those areas for assistance. 


Administrative Team

Susan West, Assistant Dean of Students
Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life

Susan West supervises all areas of fraternity and sorority life at the University of Kentucky. As the director, she serves as the liaison between Fraternity & Sorority Life and other University offices and projects including the Greek Park development at the University. She is a native of Morristown, Tennessee and a graduate from Centre College with a B.A. in Elementary Education, as well as a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Masters' of Education in Counseling and Psychology. She is an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and has assisted in the advising of the Centre College chapter. She has been recognized as an outstanding advisor by the Southeastern Panhellenic Conference twice and by the National Panhellenic Conference as Outstanding Advisor in 2001. In 2008 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Centre College for her work in Higher Education. She is active in the Lexington community and is active with her parish at Cathedral of Christ the King. At UK she serves on several committees and task forces along with teaching UK 101. 

Susan works with chapters in the following areas:

  • Alumni Relations
  • Hazing Prevention
  • Housing and Housing Development
  • Strategic Planning

You can schedule a meeting with Susan West by clicking here.

 

Mallory Griffith
Administrative Support Associate

Mallory Griffith joined the Fraternity & Sorority Life staff in March of 2020. Mallory is a native of Owensboro, KY and a 2014 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Integrated Strategic Communication and a minor in Spanish. Prior to joining the team, her employment focused on employee engagement, talent development, and training facilitation. Outside of work, Mallory enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her husband, Wes, and pets Luna & Lily, as well as serving on the Fund Development Committee for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass.

Mallory has always considered Lexington to be "home" and is excited to be back in the Bluegrass and have the opportunity to work with students at the University of Kentucky.

Please reach out to Mallory should you need support or assistance in the following areas:

  • Roster Updates
  • Greek Membership Fee
  • Required Forms
  • Chapter and FSL Statistics 
  • BBNvolved and EMS access

 


Advising Team

emily perrin britt 
Associate Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life

emily perrin britt has been a member of the FSL staff since November 2012. She has worked with IFC, NPHC, & UGC, and now serves as the advisor to the Panhellenic Council. Emily is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and a graduate from Centre College with a B.A. in Sociology, and Ohio University with a Masters' of Education in College Student Personnel. She is an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and volunteers for her organization as a District Standards Specialist for chapters in Indiana and Michigan. Emily also serves as a volunteer with other inter/national organizations with leadership development, alcohol skills training, and recruitment programs.

In addition to advising Panhellenic, Emily supervises the four Fraternity & Sorority Life staff House Directors. She also works with our community in the following areas:

  • House Director Training
  • Member Education
  • Risk Reduction
  • Standards and Accountability

You can schedule a meeting with Emily by clicking here.

 

Jenna Lowe
Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life

Jenna Lowe joined the Fraternity & Sorority Life staff in January of 2016. Jenna is a native of Columbia, SC and a graduate from Newberry College with a B.A. in Philosophy and graduated from University of Louisville with a Masters' of Education in College Student Personnel. Prior to attending UofL, she was employed as a Regional Consultant for Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority for two years where she assisted in the establishment of new chapters at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Missouri State University, and Grand Valley State University, as well as traveled to more than 25 college campuses in the United States. Jenna currently volunteers for Tri Sigma as the Extension Presentation Coordinator and as the recruitment advisor for the Gamma Psi chapter at Morehead State University. In her free time, Jenna enjoys traveling, being a foodie, reading, binge watching tv, and exploring Lexington!

Jenna advises the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the United Greek Council, as well as working with colonies and new chapters in all councils. She also works with our community in the following areas:

  • Community Wide Programming
  • Growth and Expansion
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Recruitment and Retention

You can schedule a meeting with Jenna by clicking here.

 

 

Salem Awwad
Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life

 

>Salem Awwad joined the Fraternity & Sorority Life staff in January of 2020. Salem is a Birmingham, AL native and earned his Bachelor of Arts & Science in Communication Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham as well as his Masters of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University. Prior to arriving the University of Kentucky, Salem worked as an Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life at The Pennsylvania State University where he advised the Multicultural Greek Council and the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Salem currently serves as a volunteer for Delta Sigma Phi as the Zeta Chi Chapter Alumni Board President and facilitates various programs for his organization as well as other fraternities and sororities.

Salem advises the Interfraternity Council and works with our community in the following areas:

  • Individual Member Training & Development
  • Joint Council Officer Training
  • Advises Order of Omega
  • Coordinates FSL Awards

You can schedule a meeting with Jenna by clicking here.

 

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Fraternal Housing Coordinators 

Jacob Breese
Fraternal Housing Coordinator

Travis Buchanan
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Travis Buchanan joined our staff in November of 2017! He has a diverse background with six years experience in Healthcare, in addition to working with the Fraternity and Sorority Community at UCLA, John Carroll University, and most recently with University of Nebraska at Kearney. Travis completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at  Creighton University and is currently pursing his Master's degree at our University of Kentucky! Travis is affiliated with Sigma Alpha Epsilon and currently on the Board of Directors for Western States Leadership School. He enjoys photography, food, and traveling. 

In addition to working with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house, Travis works with academic programming and support and community wide programs to coordinate and advise students in planning events for the FSL community and assists with risk reduction and event registration, including event monitor training, planning philanthropy events with our chapters.

 

Giuliana Painter
Fraternal Housing Coordinator

Giuliana Painter joined the Fraternity and Sorority Life staff in July 2019. Giuliana is originally from Upstate New York and has lived in Schenectady, Plattsburgh, Buffalo and Rochester. She is a graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Plattsburg with a B.A. in History and Canisus College with a Masters of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration. Giuliana is a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority and has worked with the fraternal communities at SUNY Plattsburgh, Union College, the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology. In her free time, Giuliana loves to read, cook, watch too much TV and keep up with all the dog accounts she follows on Instagram. Giuliana looks forward to exploring and seeing all that UK and Lexington has to offer! 

Jonathon Rose
Fraternal Housing Coordinator

 


Employment Opportunities

To learn about employment opportunities with Fraternity & Sorority Life, visit here

    • Individual Member Training & Development
    • Joint Council Officer Training
    • Advises Order of Omega
    • Coordinates FSL Awards