Since taking over as Texas A&M University—Kingsville’s Coordinator of Greek Life and Special Events just under a year ago, North Carolina native Matthew William Soles has helped bring some positive changes to the area.
By following an original, creative strategy he referred to as the “Four Pillars” – which encompasses scholarship, service, leadership and friendship – Soles, along with other Greek Life faculty members and volunteers, are now working together to ensure that TAMUK will again become a thriving community for sororities and fraternities for generations to come.
“We want all our Greek [Life] students to be involved in other organizations; so whether it’s Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, Robotics Club, or Engineering Club… [We encourage them] be involved and learn other things,” he said.
Soles understands that many students on campus live quite the distance from friends and family, so he encourages students to understand that Greek Life works as a family.
“Ideally, we want your Greek [Life] experience to be your support system—your family away from home,” he said.
Though the Greek Life program is not where Soles would like it to be, he looks to the future with enthusiasm, noting that the number of Greek Life members has dramatically increased this year as compared to last.
“We’ve already had record breaking numbers for signup — we’re over 100 …where just last year, we were at 58 We’re definitely trying to grow the system, and it’s heading in the right direction.”
Soles gave this advice to Greek Life members: to “…check into the stereotypes,” and that “…Kingsville and TAMUK are both small [communities]…very united– especially our Greek community. Here, it’s definitely one big family.”
He expects big things for Greek Life this year.