Fraternity & Sorority Affairs Staff
The Fraternity & Sorority Affairs staff includes three professional fraternity and sorority advisors with over 40 years of combined experience working with fraternal organizations. The Fraternity & Sorority Affairs office is a member of the Dean of Students Office team and works collaboratively with other departments in Student Affairs 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 575. 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 three professional staff members who work directly with our governing councils, and a team of four 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 advisors, 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.
Susan West, Assistant Dean of Students
Director of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs
Susan West supervises all areas of fraternity and sorority life at the University of Kentucky along with advising the Panhellenic Council and serving as the liaison between Fraternity & Sorority Affairs and the Master Planning initiatives at the University and external organizations. She is a native of Morristown, Tennessee and a graduate from Centre College with a B.A. in Elementary Education and 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 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 with her parish at Cathedral of Christ the King. At UK she serves on several committees and task forces along with teaching UK 101.
Along with advising Panhellenic, Dean West works with chapters in the following areas:
- Housing and Housing Development
- Strategic Planning
- Alumni Relations
Emily Perrin Britt, Assistant Dean of Students
Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs
Emily Perrin Britt has been a member of the FSA staff since November 2012. She has worked with NPHC and UGC, and now serves as the advisor to the Interfraternity 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 South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Emily also serves as a volunteer with other inter/national organizations with leadership development and recruitment programs.
In addition to advising IFC, Emily coordinates Risk Reduction for all chapters and events hosted by fraternities and sororities. She also works with chapters in the following areas:
- Standards and Accountability
- Risk Reduction
Jenna Lyons, Assistant Dean of Students
Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs
Jenna is a native of Columbia, SC and a graduate from Newberry College with a B.A. in Philosophy and will graduate 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, during which 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 her new home of Lexington!
Jenna advises the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the United Greek Coalition, as well as working with colonies and new chapters in all councils. She also works with chapters in the following areas:
- Recruitment and Retention
- Philanthropy and Event Planning
- Greek Awards
Robert Smith, House Director Coordinator
Sigma Alpha Epsilon House Director
Robert T. Smith has been with the University of Kentucky since August 2013, starting as the House Director for Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He currently serves as the House Director Coordinator, overseeing the other three house directors and taking the lead on facilities and the management of the four University operated chapter houses. He is a native of Erie, PA and a graduate of Edinboro University of PA where he earned both a B.A. in Communications (’05) and an M.A. in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Affairs (’13). He is an active alumnus member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, which he has served as a volunteer since 2005 in a number of capacities in both Pennsylvania and Kentucky. Before UK, Robert worked as a graduate assistant in the Office of Greek Life and Student Leadership Development at Edinboro.
Delta Sigma Phi House Director
Fernando Alfonso III has been an instructor at the University of Kentucky since the fall of 2014. He currently teaches journalism in the Department of Communications. Alfonso has spent the past six years working in the media. He was a crime and education reporter at The Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse where he won two Associated Press awards for an investigation (which involved late night stakeouts) that resulted in getting two public officials fired. After the newspaper, Alfonso joined Daily Dot in 2011 as one of its first full-time writers and its first editorial art director. The company is an online news startup that collects more than 15 million visitors per month. Alfonso is a native of Poughkeepsie, New York, a city roughly 80 miles north of New York. He earned his bachelor’s in English from the University of Connecticut and in 2010 he received his master’s degree in magazine, newspaper, and online journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
In addition to working with the Delta Sigma Phi house, Fernando works with social media, marketing, and publications for Fraternity & Sorority Affairs.
Sigma Chi House Director
Joel Saslaw started at the University of Kentucky in July of 2014 as the Sigma Chi House Director. Joel graduated from California State University, Sacramento in 2010 with a B.A. in History and then graduated from the University of the Pacific, Spring 2013, with an M.A. in Educational Administration and Leadership with an emphasis in Student Affairs.Joel is an active member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity where he serves as the Chapter Counselor for the chapter here at UK, and facilitates leadership development for SigEp across the country. Joel lives and breathes Dodgers Baseball and Dallas Cowboys Football.
In addition to working with the Sigma Chi house, Joel assists with risk reduction and event registration for fraternities and sororities at UK.
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