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Seisser '15 returns to alma mater to direct Greek life

Barry McNamara
MONMOUTH, Ill. – Max Seisser knows how Greek life can enhance the Monmouth College experience. Now he has an opportunity to help current Monmouth students benefit from being a part of it.

A 2015 Monmouth graduate who was active in his fraternity, Seisser has been named his alma mater’s assistant director of fraternity and sorority life.

“Our role in student life is to provide students an opportunity to transition from high school,” he said. “Fraternities and sororities are an important part of that. They’re an easy way to become part of a group that will provide support. You can form an immediate bond with someone and become friends with someone, not just for the four years you’re at Monmouth, but for a very long time.”

As a Monmouth student, Seisser served as president of his fraternity, Zeta Beta Tau, as well as its recruitment chairman. He was also president of the Interfraternity Council, and he was a resident assistant in Graham Hall and Winbigler Hall.

Seisser said he will continue to foster the College’s strong Greek life tradition – the women’s fraternity movement started at Monmouth with the founding of Pi Beta Phi (1867) and Kappa Kappa Gamma (1870) at the College. But he also plans to put his own stamp on Greek life.

“I really want the students to appreciate the value of service,” he said. “We do great with philanthropy, and that’s important, but we need to get the students to more fully realize the benefit of giving their time. Doing that will enhance their experience at Monmouth.”

Seisser said that events such as Greek Week inspire chapters to “compete,” but he’d also like to promote a more collaborative approach.

“I’d like to have our Greek organizations be more unified,” he said. “I’d like to have those special types of events be more of a coming together, rather than all about competition.”

Seisser, who will also assist other student organizations, said he looks forward to helping students “broaden their experiences and interact more with other groups.”

But Seisser said that what happens in the classroom remains the driving force of the Monmouth experience.

“I understand that it’s important for students to get involved on campus, but it’s important to not get overinvolved,” he said. “They came here first for a Monmouth College education, so I’m looking forward to collaborating with faculty and with other Monmouth staff to put that message out. Involvement is a great piece of the Monmouth experience, but academics are something I really value.”

After he graduated from Monmouth, Seisser earned a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University in interpersonal, organizational and persuasive communication. His master’s thesis was “about student organizations and how they create recruitment messages.”