One of my most memorable experiences here at OU would have to be the leadership retreat for all fraternity and sorority councils last winter. National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), Panhellenic Association (PAN) and Interfraternity Council (IFC) were all able to have their training at the same time and it was so great because we were able to really get to know each other and learn about other councils and organizations.

The best part was the day that we played U-ZOO with K.P. — better known as Kristen Partridge. It was the first time I’d played that game and the most fun I’ve had learning about my leadership style. It was about 50 students from all of the greek councils in the room with the advisors and we were all given a form to fill out. We had to fill out each row and rate qualities that described us the most and the least. After that we added up the columns to see what number we got and all of the numbers from each column had to equal 100. The column with the highest number was our leadership style. KP picked members from each group to represent the Lion, Porpoise, Koala and Eagle leadership styles. She gave them the task to create an event and plan it from start to finish. While they were outside planning the event she was telling us exactly what each one would do because of their leadership style, due to their characteristics. When I say it was dead on, it was exactly what she stated! It was so hard not to burst out laughing! Most of us did and couldn’t contain ourselves! It was just a lot of fun being able to be in a room of such great leaders with different strengths and that game and that moment is something I will never forget! To this day when it comes to icebreakers I use U-ZOO and it works every time!

Jamaine Turner
Tulsa, OK
May 2013
Human Relations, Minor Women’s & Gender Studies

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