“When I came in as a freshman, I desperately needed structure and Greek life provided me with that. It was kind of like my compass at the beginning,” he said. In his first year, Scroggins was pursuing a degree in accounting before he found his true passion: kinesiology. He was determined to help others pursue their fitness goals, as he once struggled to reach his own. In May 2015, Scroggins graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology, and is now pursuing his master’s in kinesiology with a concentration in sports & recreation leadership. The Texas native is also a graduate assistant to Fraternity & Sorority Life’s (FSL) Panhellenic Council, showcasing his determination to keep Greek life a part of his JMU experience.
“In all of undergrad, I was really focused on showing the JMU and Harrisonburg community that the negative stereotypes of Greek life that are out there in the media don’t represent every chapter, and I wanted to continue doing that with FSL.” During undergrad, Scroggins was involved with the Interfraternity Council and Leadership Institute, where he worked a great deal with other fraternities, but never got the chance to do the same with any of their female counterparts.
“I’ve never worked with the sororities before, so when [the FSL Graduate Assistant Position] opened up, I wanted to give it a shot and I’ve been running with it ever since,” he said. Scroggin’s responsibilities include advising the Junior Panhellenic Council, and helping to coordinate formal sorority recruitment and Greek Week. Thus far, his most gratifying moment has been helping to facilitate a record high recruitment week, with the most women rushing and the most women being accepted as sisters ever at JMU.
“I loved being a part of such an incredible process, and being recognized for my efforts by the sisters and the women who rushed.” But Scroggins also loves coming in for a normal day of work, which as it turns out, is never the same. In the FSL Office, “you always have to adapt and change and go with what gets thrown your way,” but he’s rewarded by his work to “implement programming that is there to help others.”
As well as learning to adapt, Scroggins is also learning other skills that will come in handy when he graduates. Now, organization no longer just means his version of organized. It means categorizing and filing the work he completes in such a way as to be easily accessible and navigable to his successor. In addition, Scroggins is learning to balance his personal and professional lives, recognizing his role as both a staff member and a friend to those he advises.
Hopefully these skills will come in handy for Scroggins, who aims to work for the Special Olympics headquarters in D.C. until he’s financially able to open an inclusive fitness facility that includes services to train youth with disabilities.
In his rare moments outside of classes or the FSL office, Scroggins loves taking a hike or fishing trip with some friends. But most often, you can find him doing what he loves helping others find their place in Greek life, and through that, their purpose on campus as he did. He wants to encourage students to “make Greek life what you want it to be,” and take advantage of the opportunities Greek life presents, because “if you want to be involved you can make it great.”