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Greek life coordinator returns to first post

Sept. 12, 1996

By Brian Gutowski

Lariat Reporter

Fraternity and sorority members returning to school have found a new face for Greek life in the student activities office.

Somewhat. Tam Dunn, the first coordinator of Greek life at the University, returned this summer to resume the responsibilities of Greek life. She serves as the advisor to the Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council.

As Greek life coordinator, Dunn said she works with the Greek governing bodies in the approval and organization of rush activities. She also acts as a liaison to promote and educate others about the Greek system at Baylor.

'I think everyone should participate in Greek life, [because] I believe everyone can contribute something to a fraternity or sorority,' Dunn said.

Dunn said she takes a strong stand against hazing, which she said she defines as any activity that is degrading, causes bodily harm or lowers a person's self-esteem.

'I feel that if there is a question [about the activity], don't do it,' Dunn said.

Dunn attended the University of Mississippi, where she majored in marketing.

She was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority at the University of Mississippi and then attended graduate school at Notre Dame University.

Her first stint as the University 's coordinator of Greek life was in 1987-88.

Dunn said her goal is to achieve a more stable and organized student activities department.

She said there are some changes that need to be made and plans to make them in time.

'I would really like to see the Greek governing bodies work together,' Dunn said.

She said she describes herself as a good listener with an open mind.

'I try to see all sides of a story,' Dunn said.

When working with students, she said she expects them to work hard and do their very best.

Dunn said, 'I have high expectations of those I work with. I expect them to get the job done, because I won't do it for them.'

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