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It’s All Greek to Him

Kevin J. Bazner’s ancestors may have hailed from Italy, Germany, Ireland, and Poland, but his heart lies with Greece.

Kevin, a 2008 graduate of Robert Morris University, now serves as the coordinator of Greek Life at Midwestern State University, where he’s responsible for providing overall leadership and advising to the chapters within the university’s interfraternity, Panhellenic, and multicultural Greek councils.

“It’s a fast-paced environment and every day is different,” he says. “I get to spend my days working with students who are passionate about what they are involved in and who want to make a difference on and off campus.”

Originally from Bethel Park, Pa., Kevin studied both hospitality and tourism management and marketing at RMU. He was also active as a member of Phi Delta Theta and the American Marketing Association, and served as a resident assistant. He went on to earn a master’s degree in instructional leadership.

After receiving his graduate degree, Kevin became a leadership consultant for Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, working with chapter members and alumni to develop programs, resources, and conduct issue identification. Over the two years working and traveling to over 40 campuses, he built up a strong network within Texas and the surrounding area. Soon he applied and was accepted for the position at MSU. “My intent was to use the position as a stepping stone to somewhere else,” he says. “However, the job, campus, and community was very welcoming, so I decided to stay a little longer.”

Over the past three years at MSU, Kevin has made a lot of connections and been able to establish a strong presence within the Wichita Falls community. “I’ve been able to pull a lot from what I learned and experienced at RMU to enhance my job and make this community better for the students I work with,” he says.

In his current role, he has developed a community marketing and P.R. plan for the Greek community, incorporating new branding standards, social media campaigns, and printed marketing materials. He’s also been able to develop some leadership workshops to educate student leaders on the importance of branding and public relations when it comes to their student organizations. “We’ve been able to grow the community perception of Greek life in a positive direction year over year,” he says. “Right now I am coordinating efforts with the V.P. of Student Affairs to see how the Greek community members and organizations can assist with the institutional goals of increasing retention and graduation rates for our students.”

Kevin was also a part of the 2011 Leadership Wichita Falls class, a community leadership program meant to give community leaders an orientation to the Wichita Falls services and resources. For his class project, he helped host a local 5k “mud run” that attracted over 1,000 runners and raised over $40,000 for various non-profit organizations, including a women’s shelter and area first responders. He is now serving on the planning committee as the off-site and registration chairman for the 2013 race. “We are hoping to attract more people and give more back to the community and area non-profits.”

In the long-term, Kevin says he’d like to continue working in higher education, either as a student affairs administrator or a campus consultant. In the next year or two, he hopes to pursue a doctorate degree in higher education administration of public administration. He’d also love to open a small restaurant or bar one day.

“My passion is to help institutions and students become the best they can be by inspiring new ideas and challenging existing processes to become better.”

Written by Valentine J. Brkich

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