» By David Harris
Stephen Dominy, the coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, started his position on campus Monday, Feb 3. Aside from the cold, wet weather, Dominy said he enjoyed the first day. Students welcomed him by coming to his office and presented him with gifts and cards.
Dominy has experience with the Greek life at other universities. He went to Mercer University for his undergraduate degree, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity for four years.
After graduating in 2009, he became fraternity consultant for Chi Phi and traveled for about 14 months. Dominy then became a graduate assistant at Florida State University. He worked at the Center for Leadership and Civic Education and participated in community engagement.
“I will say that, to me, this experience is more about the students’ growth and development,” Dominy said. “I’m not recreating my undergraduate experience. I want them to create their experience.”
After his time at FSU, Dominy went to Kennesaw State University to become coordinator, where he advised the College Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council.
Currently, Dominy is the assistant executive director of the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference. He and APSU’s council will leave Thursday, Feb. 20, to visit the conference in Atlanta. They will return Sunday, Feb. 23.
This March, Dominy will become co-chairman of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. There are 1,800 members of this organization across the country.
In 2011, Dominy did an internship at APSU, working in the Office of Student Affairs. “Since day one … I fell in love with the campus, and I really felt like this was the place where I could call home,” Dominy said.
Dominy said his goals are to build the community, expand leadership, have values meetings with Greek presidents and provide educational experiences for old and new members.
Interfraternity Council President Max Helms met Dominy during winter break and said he has the utmost confidence in him.
“I knew that if he got the job, not only would he come in with ideas ready, but he could positively influence our Greek community,” Helms said. “Once he arrived at APSU, you could feel a change in the air, a change that can already be seen as well. Our Greek community is already on the rise, and there’s only greatness ahead of us.”
Dominy said he wants APSU students to know that he is not here to change everything, and that the experience is more about them.
“I’m not always going to have the answers, but I am going to have the resources,” Dominy said. “So we will learn and grow together. We’ll find out our outcomes by the end of the day.” TAS