Educational Resources


To enhance fraternity communications through the exchange of ideas, experiences and information.

Each year our Association receives hundreds of entries from more than 50 of our member organizations. The best of the best are recognized during the Annual FCA Awards Banquet on the last night of the Annual Conference, thanks to the generous support of the North-American Interfraternity Foundation (NIF). The Association is proud of the long partnership it has had with the North-American Interfraternity Foundation.

Every year, FCA member organizations are honored for their outstanding efforts in a variety of writing, design and communication categories. More than just a recognition opportunity, however, the Association’s awards program is also a valuable teaching tool for our member organizations.

 One of the cornerstones of the Fraternity Communications Association is education. The Association offers several opportunities for members to gain valuable programming and education that will enhance their ability to be strong communicators for their organizations. The Annual Conference, Midyear Conference and monthly Brown Bag meetings are three events that feature communication experts who impart wisdom and expertise on to FCA members. Below are materials that were collected during programming sessions at FCA events.

MIDYEAR CONFERENCE – November 15, 2014

The FCA Midyear Conference is a one-day conference hosted in Indianapolis in November. The conference provides a variety of general sessions and break-out sessions.

Getting the Most out of an Agency Relationship

Presenters: Julianna Butler, Former Communications Agency Executive; Liz Appel Rinck, Director of Communications/Editor, Kappa Alpha Theta

About the Presenter: Julianne Butler has been in non-profit marketing for nearly 25 years serving as associate director of admissions at Franklin College from 1988-1998 and as senior account executive for RHB (a marketing consultancy firm) from 1998-2013. At RHB, she worked with colleges and universities, as well as a number of Greek-letter organizations. She managed the day-to-day details of projects for her clients with the goal of providing outstanding service and strategic, creative solutions to their marketing efforts. She is a member of Delta Delta Delta Fraternity.

To assist Julianne with her session, she recruited Liz Appel Rinck, the Director of  Communications at Kappa Alpha Theta Headquarters in Indianapolis. In nearly 19 years at Kappa Alpha Theta, Liz has coordinated a variety of marketing and PR campaigns, including several with Julianne and the agency she used to work for, RHB. This summer, Theta launched a successful rebranding campaign that includes a new tag line: Leading Women.

Session Description: In your role, you are asked to move mountains with a staff of one or two and a sturdy shovel (the lucky Departments may have access to an old bull dozer), either way, the task is huge. We’ll discuss the benefits and drawbacks of working with a communications or marketing agency – whether it is a ‘do everything’ agency or the new start-up in town, knowing how to navigate and get the most out of the relationship is key to getting the job done…and for the times it's just you and a freelancer, we'll talk about getting the most out of the relationship as well.

Click Here to Access Julianna and Liz's Presentation

Video Storytelling: Game Changing

Presenters: Jon DiGregory, Cantaloupe Founder & Evangelist; Vicki Duncan Gardner, Cantaloupe Director of Story Development


About the Presenters: After graduating from Indiana University with a degree in Journalism, Jon DiGregory began a marketing career by joining the traditional advertising agency world exposing him to the art of computer design and animation. Discovering that the power of “telling a good story” was a successful component of his client’s marketing strategy; Jon started MediaSauce - the first multimedia marketing company in Indianapolis that dedicated itself solely to the building and delivering of online content for the web. This move transitioned Jon away from the comfortable “print” world into the widely unproven arena of online marketing.


Ten years later, seeing the need for his clients to communicate with their online audience in more of an inexpensive, ongoing and authentic conversation lead Jon to the creation of Cantaloupe, Llc: An authentic video storytelling company that creates Video Storybooks for their clients by matching the right emotional connections to the right audience at the right time based on where they are in their sales cycle.


Vicki Duncan Gardner serves as the Director of Story Development at Cantaloupe.

Prior to Cantaloupe, Vicki spent her time in the media industry where she served as a reporter and press secretary. Vicki graduated from DePauw University.


Session Description: B2B marketers often produce online video programming that comes off like a novel, in which people view a video once (maybe twice) and cast it aside. To make a more lasting impression on your customers and prospects, Cantaloupe knows how to enable sales and marketers to cast regular series of online videos targeting different stages of the purchasing process.


Join Cantaloupe Founder, Jon DiGregory for an interactive session on how to strategically leverage the emotional connections created by video storytelling. Just as all other forms of marketing, video without a plan behind it will fail. However, when done correctly, video can be used to solve problem areas in your sales and marketing.

What you will learn?

-How to use video storytelling to create emotional connections

-How to use video to drive awareness to the four stages of your sales cycle

-How to effectively plan, produce and present online video

Click Here to Access Jon and Vicki's Presentation


Design for Awesome

Presenter: Courtney Linn Hurt, Rhyme & Reason Design


About the Presenter: As the Art Director for Rhyme & Reason Design, LLC Courtney Hurt, brings designs to life through color and imagery. A graduate of the University of Georgia and the Creative Circus, Courtney’s affinity for typography and ability to visually articulate key messaging has helped her to successfully design solutions for many brands.


Prior to joining the Rhyme & Reason Design, LLC team, Courtney honed her skills at Ogilvy & Mather and TEDCO Worldwide. Her creative capabilities can be seen in the print and digital materials she helped conceptualize for such clients as Coca-Cola, Durex, InterContinental Hotels Group, Kodak, Vitaminwater and Zoosk.


Session Description: Join Rhyme & Reason Design’s Art Director, Courtney Hurt on a creative journey from brainstorming to launch. You’ll learn some tips and tricks of the design trade and walk out inspired to start your next cohesive print and digital campaign.

Click Here to Access Courtney's Presentation

Digital Marketing for Non-Profit Organizations

Presenter: Dora Lutz, 3 Hawks Consulting


About the Presenter: Dora Lutz is a creative, collaborative, digital marketing generalist who has spent her career in the trenches gaining experience in logistics and operations, management, marketing, and business development. Dora is passionate about the ways digital media are transforming the

ways people communicate, and loves building plans that yield tangible, meaningful results.

After the last two years helping lead xiik grow from a team of four to a team of twenty four, she is currently venturing on her own to fulfill her dream of becoming a digital marketing consultant helping non-profit organizations build strategic plans that effectively utilize digital tools to fulfill the organizational mission. When not at work, Dora enjoys spending family time with her two daughters and husband, sewing, or enjoying a local craft brew with friends. She volunteers with

the Mentoring Women’s Network, the Finish Line Youth Foundation and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Session Description: This session is designed to provide a high level overview of the digital marketing landscape. The outcomes for this conversation are a better working knowledge of what digital marketing entails, principles for using digital media channels effectively, and tips to make sure your plan is meeting organizational goals.

Click Here to Access Dora's Presentation

Brand 360 - The Brand, the Re-brand, and Everything In Between

Presenter: Kendal Summers, Chief Creative Office, OmniSource Marketing


About the Presenter: Kendal works (and plays) in Indiana’s largest (and the nation’s top 50) promotional marketing agency, OmniSource Marketing. From an office playspace filled with basketball goals, palm tree displays and giant inflated product replicas, Kendal leads the agency’s creative team to deliver unique, branded product displays, consumer giveaways and POS (not That POS! C’mon... get your mind out the gutter) that help brands interrupt customer shopping patterns, interact with consumers and then follow them home, as free stuff. Clients include PepsiCo (#1 F&B Company in the world), Corona (#1 imported beer), Dr Pepper (#1 non-cola beverage flavor), Gatorade (#1 sports drink), Toyota (#1 foreign-owned automaker), the American Red Cross, other blood centers, State Lotteries and NFL/NBA Mascot Programs. Most importantly, Kendal is also parent to the creative shop’s dog, a six-year-old maltipoo named Jackson! (yes, the dog’s name has an ! in it... when an idea is memorable and makes you smile, that’s good branding!)


Session Description: Experience how visionary brands engage consumers at every touch point, with simple, memorable and meaningful messaging which resonates.

Click Here to Access Kendal's Brand Template

Click Here to Access Kendal's Presentation

ANNUAL CONFERENCE – May 14-16, 2014

The FCA Annual Conference features networking, education and recognition of the top fraternity and sorority communicators. This year’s conference will be held in Atlanta May 14 – May 16, 2014.

Resources to be available after the conference



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