Northwestern State University student Otha “Tre” Nelson III of Prairieville is one of two students selected as student directors for the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee. Nelson will represent hundreds of thousands of sorority and fraternity students nationwide through FSPAC, which allows Greeks to work together to support those in Congress who champion Greeks and higher education issues.
Nelson is vice president of NSU’s Student Government Association, vice president of Sigma Nu Fraternity and vice president of the Interfraternity Council. Earlier this year he was one of 50 members of Greek organizations from throughout the U.S. to participate in the Greek Life Lobbying Trip in Washington, D.C., an even sponsored by the FSPAC. In Washington, he met with members of congress to discuss issues of interest to fraternities and sororities, such as the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act, which would allow charitable contributions to fund housing for Greek organizations. He also represented NSU at the New Hampshire Student Primary.
Nelson is a sophomore liberal arts major with a concentration in politics, philosophy and law in the Louisiana Scholars’ College. He is a freshman orientation leader and a member of the President’s Leadership Program. He was also a counselor for the Louisiana Boys State program for two years.
“I am extremely excited to begin my term as one of the two students sitting on the Fraternity and Sorority PAC Board of Directors,” Nelson said. “This organization has a bright future ahead of it and I’m honored to pick the next leaders who will help us take it to the next level. The Fraternity and Sorority Action Committee seeks to pass the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act, and with this upcoming board I believe that we will undoubtedly be able to pick up more co-sponsors of the bill.”
Nelson will participate in FSPAC board meetings this year, as well as the 2017 Congressional visits. This summer he is completing an internship in Washington, D.C., in the office of Rep. Cedric Richmond.
“Tre represents they type of student the Greek Life Office looks to develop in partnership with other departments and programs at NSU,” said Shayne Creppel, director of Greek Life. “His selection as a student director of the FSPAC is not surprising to me, but it is such an incredible honor and it brings a lot of credit not only to the Greek community but to the university. He was selected along with one other student to represent the hundreds of thousands of members of the fraternity and sorority movement in the nation. I think that speaks volumes to the kinds of student leaders that are produced at this very special university.”