Greek Life is Changing

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As one of the newest additions to the Student Affairs Department at Piedmont, Zachary Moore has introduced Greek Life to the students of Piedmont and intends to expand on Piedmont’s fraternity experience.

“Our mission is to empower members through diverse learning experiences to achieve academic excellence, engage with local and global communities, and cultivate leadership while fostering those lifelong relationships,” Moore said. “Greek Life is a life changer. It really does mean a bond with your organization and I know that if I ever need anything or anything is going on in my life that I have my fraternity brothers to lean on and help me out.”

In his senior year of college, Moore’s mom was diagnosed with cancer and his fraternity surprised him by helping him out with a philanthropy event. Although he planned the event by himself, Moore was thankful for the donations and support his brothers gave to him during this time.

Although he got to experience the positives of having a brotherhood, Moore wasn’t always interested in Greek life.

“At first I didn’t want to join a Greek organization because I didn’t drink, and I still don’t drink or party,” Moore said.

During his undergraduate orientation at Austin Peay State University, a young Moore came across the fraternity called Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI).

“The two people that were there were just very casual and welcoming,” Moore said.

Moore ended up getting invited to an interview, but it wasn’t a traditional interview. Instead, the fraternity surprised him and gave him a bid to join. Moore ended up graduating with a bachelor of science in communication.

Moore attended Ball State University in Indiana for graduate school, finishing with a master of arts in student affairs administration in higher education. When looking for a job, Moore missed the southern culture and hoped to return to his roots. Moore found Piedmont to be the perfect fit and feels lucky to have found this job.

“I am really fortunate to have hit my three favorite components of student affairs with orientation, Greek Life, and student activities,” Moore said.

Will Sargent, a sophomore sports communication major who works with Moore as a member of the fraternity, said Moore has been a tremendous help to the program.

“I think his position with the school is really beneficial to Greek Life here,” Sargent said. “Whether he is helping us with administration, planning out events, or whatever problem arises he is always very eager to help out in whatever way he can.”

Kobhe Macias, a sophomore applied health science major who works with Moore on the Campus Activities Board, said Moore is there for students, even when it’s not a work-related matter.

“Zac is a great person,” Macias said. “He is the type of person you can go to when you’re dealing with things and need guidance.”

Moore plans on creating a foundation where everyone on campus will find Greek life fresh and shy away from the stereotypical movie credentials.

“I want to see the organizations truly make a difference on the individual members and as well as leave an impact on campus.”