Donald Abels has officially resigned from his position as Fraternity and Sorority Life Coordinator after announcing his acceptance of a new position in Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Mississippi.
After three years of serving as FSL coordinator, Abels will be making the move to Oxford, Mississippi, to further his career in Greek life administration and says he hopes to enter a doctorial program in the near future.
“It is difficult to leave the place I’ve called home for the past seven years, but new experiences are important to me,” Abels told Sidelines. “In order for me to grow as a fraternity and sorority professional, I have to embrace change.”
As coordinator of FSL, Abels provided education, support and guidance to the Interfraternity Council in the areas of organizational development, recruitment, new member programs, event planning and risk management. Abels implemented three educational models that covered bystander intervention and sexual assault, alcohol awareness and what it means to be a sorority woman for Panhellenic organizations. He also applied four additional educational models for IFC including bystander intervention, sexual misconduct and masculinity, alcohol awareness and what it takes to be a fraternity man.
During his time as an MTSU student, Abels obtained degrees in both organizational communication and administration and supervision in higher education. He also received his certification as an Experiential Learning Scholar.
Although this career change is met with excitement, Abels said he will miss the students of MTSU the most.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to work with so many incredible students, both fraternity and sorority members and unaffiliated students,” he said.
After his three years working with MTSU’s Greek life, Abels found it difficult to pinpoint his favorite part of working with FSL.
“I could go on for hours describing my favorite parts of FSL,” he said. “I love FSL and truly believe fraternity and sorority members can change the world. The thing that I love most is empowering students to create positive change within the FSL community.”
Abels offered some final advice to the Greek organizations he has mentored over the years.
“The problem facing fraternities and sororities is that the negative actions of some are killing our purpose,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to hold your brothers or sisters accountable. You are all members of values based organizations and promised to be better.”
Despite leaving MTSU, Abels plans to remain active as an alumnus of the university and his fraternity, Sigma Pi.
“I’m excited to see how I can become involved with the MTSU Alumni Association,” Abels said. “I also plan to continue my national volunteer roles with Sigma Pi fraternity.”