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Highlands Neighbor to Neighbor Program
Highlands neighbors should get to know each other. That's the simple idea behind the Neighbor to Neighbor program, started in fall 2010 as a result of a meeting that brought together fraternities, Highlands neighbors, and civic representatives to discuss issues of mutual interest to fraternities and permanent residents.
The Highlands, Penn State's neighbor to the south and home to 40 Greek fraternities, is home to a mix of permanent and student residents. In the fall of 2010, five Highlands families invited five fraternities to pilot a program called Neighbor to Neighbor. The program is informal, intended to simply establish neighborly contact between fraternities and residents. Each Highlands family who participates is assigned as a contact for a specific fraternity. Family/fraternity interactions vary, depending on what they choose to do. During the 2010-11 academic year, for instance, some families delivered cookies to the brothers; provided Halloween candy; volunteered for Homecoming float building; lent tools; and helped the fraternity contact neighbors about planned get-togethers. As the leadership of each fraternity changes from year to year, so too can its Neighbor to Neighbor activities. But each fraternity's Highlands family will be available-year after year-as a continuing resource.
Each family's initial contact in September is with the president of the fraternity. It's an opportunity to exchange contact information and consider what kinds of interactions might be beneficial. Does the fraternity need help from neighbors in conducting charity drives? How about getting together for a cookout or a friendly volleyball game? Or perhaps simply having a neighbor to contact is enough to start.
The program has expanded for 2011-12, with two additional fraternities participating. Participating Greek houses now include Alpha Sigma Phi, Delta Chi, Delta Kappa EpSilon, Delta Upsilon, Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Kappa Theta, and Pi Kappa Alpha.