The Colony Advisor role is vital from the start of the colonization process. This person would spend the most time with the colony, attending at least one meeting a month and providing guidance as needed to all members. This person must be approved by the National Headquarters and Alpha Kappa Lambda staff will assist in searching for a candidate. When possible, they should live or work close to the campus and be available as needed by the Fraternity or Institution. As the colony progresses forward, we encourage this individual to remain in an active role by becoming the Chapter Advisor.
Colony Advisory Board
A Colony Advisory Board is comprised of alumni and volunteers that can support and work in conjunction with the Colony Advisor. The Colony Advisor should be a member of the board, helping to delegate tasks and assign roles best suited to each volunteer. Takin on a role with the Colony Advisory Board is suited well for those that may not be local to the colony but still, want to share their expertise and assist. These individuals are asked to meet once a month, in person if possible, to nurture the growth of the colony.
Housing Corporation Board
If already in a house, or planning to be housed, as Housing Corporation Board must be established separately from the Colony Advisory Board. This separation allows for incorporation, providing a veil of protection for the financial management that is needed in successfully managing a house or property. Alumni and volunteers who wish to be involved, but do not want to assist in an advisory capacity are a great choice for this board. The National Headquarters must be consulted prior to organizing a Housing Corporation Board.
Many parents want to be involved in the development of the colony, but not in an official capacity such as Colony Advisor or on the Colony Advisory Board. Any interested parents can form a Parents’ Club to support the colony through special activities. “Mom/Dad/Parents’ Weekend” are more common on college campuses and these provide another great opportunity for involvement. When possible, a parent representative can be a member of the Colony Advisory Board or Housing Corporation to serve as an additional contact to the parents of all AKL members.
In order to be a recognized student organization on any campus, a faculty or staff advisor employed by the institution is required. This can be a teacher or administrator any members has a connection with and is willing to ask to help. Their role can take many forms from approving certain required paperwork to attending meetings on a regular basis such as the Colony Advisor. If struggling to find someone to fill this role, the Greek Life office on campus can assist in finding someone who wants to take on the role, potentially someone who is already a member of Greek Organization not established on that campus.
An important role, not just in the development of AKL members, but all of us as we grow. Having a mentor to bounce ideas off of or just share what is going on in your life outside of the Fraternity can be helpful and therapeutic. These individuals can assist with as many or as few members as they see fit, dedicating the time they are able to in help. We encourage members to have a mentor as they grow both personally and in the fraternity. Anyone is suited for this role that enjoys working with college students and helping with their development.