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Welcome to Greek Life at Southern

Fraternities and Sororities

Currently, there are eleven recognized Greek lettered social organizations on campus. All organizations aspire for the betterment of students. However, each organization is original in its make-up, beliefs and traditions. Below is a brief description of SCSU's Sororities and Fraternities.

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SORORITIES

Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority (National)

Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority is dedicated to developing women of poise and purpose. Since its founding in 1901 at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, the sorority has grown into a strong organization consisting of more than 150 collegiate and alumnae chapters nationwide.

Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority (International)

Founded in 1917 at the New York University Law School by five women, Delta Phi Epsilon's numbers have reached over 47,000 sisters nationwide. Active at Southern for many years, Delta Phi Epsilon continues to introduce members of the Southern community to the ideals and beliefs to its membership.

Omega Zeta Pi Sorority (Local)

Omega Zeta Pi was introduced to Southern's campus in April of 2004 and was welcomed by Greek Life with open arms. The sisterhood has strengthened each and every semester since its inception and is looking forward to a promising future. Omega Zeta Pi continues to gain momentum as a highly recognizable and respected sorority on campus. Southern is proud to have these women call SCSU home.
http://ozpsorority.webstarts.com/

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. (International)

Zeta Phi Beta was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1920, by five African-American female students. The Sorority was founded on the simple belief that sorority elitism and socializing should not overshadow the real mission for progressive organizations - to address societal mores, ills, prejudices, poverty, and health concerns of the day. 

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. (International)

Sigma Gamma Rho was founded on the campus of Butler University on November 12, 1922, by seven school teachers in Indianapolis, Indiana. It became a national collegiate sorority on December 30, 1929, at which time a charter was granted and the Alpha chapter was established. This non-profit sorority's aim is to enhance the quality of life within the community. Public service, leadership development and the education of youth are the hallmark of the organization's programs and activities.

Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. (National)

Since 1990, Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc .(also referred to as SIA) has focused on offering women an opportunity to unite in the interest of leadership, community service, women empowerment, social/cultural awareness and sisterhood. In an effort to establish a foundation that would inspire and support others, thirteen women set out to create an organization that would meet their needs, help their communities, unite all women and uphold a set of distinct goals. On September 29, 1990 these inspiring women from SUNY Albany, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY New Paltz, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute founded our Precious and Rare Hermandad. We strive to promote sisterhood and leadership, serve as role models and achieve academic excellence, and increase awareness of the Latino and diverse cultures. We encourage all women, whether they are in the Hermandad or not, to promote a diverse cultural and social environment. Our endeavor is to work as sisters united in these common goals; however, we highly value personal identity and individuality. Through the bonds of sisterhood, we develop leadership, scholarship, sportsmanship and friendship. SIA welcomes women of all backgrounds to explore this opportunity to join us for a lifetime of excellence.

Fraternities

Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity (National)

Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity was founded in 1914 at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, by a group of men with Italian roots. While initially founded as a social society, it evolved into one of the most unique of American college fraternities. It has retained its focus by attracting select men at some of the best colleges and universities in the United States. A majority of Alpha Phi Delta men and Chapters are campus leaders. Alpha Phi Delta experiences has helped many of its nearly 20,000 lifelong members to become top leaders in all facets of life.http://www.apd.org/gamma-xi-chapter-page

Beta Mu Sigma Fraternity (Local)

Beta Mu Sigma fraternity has been a long standing member of the Greek Life community.  Beta Mu Sigma is Southern's oldest fraternal organization which was founded in 1959. In April 2000, Beta Mu Sigma re-invented itself based on the ideals of Respect, Honor, Loyalty, Tradition, Community and Brotherhood.

Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity Inc. (National)

Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity was founded on December 10, 1985 at the University at Buffalo when sixteen men formed a support group to provide a social and cultural outlet for students of Latin American descent. The university's Greek system lacked an organization dedicated to the needs of the Latino community. To meet those needs, the group chose to pursue recognition as the first Latino-oriented Greek-letter organization on campus. The founding fathers represented various ethnic backgrounds, demonstrating the diversity of the Latin American community. The unity realized by these men became the foundation upon which the fraternity was established.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. (International)

Phi Beta Sigma was founded at Howard University in Washington , D.C. in 1914, by three young African-American male students. The founders wanted to organize a Greek fraternity that would truly exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service.  Southern is proud to be a home to these men.

Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity (International)

Tau Kappa Epsilon was founded in 1899 on the campus of Wesleyan University in Illinois .  With a small starting membership of five gentlemen, the fraternity was developed to aid college men in their development.  Since that time, they have experienced growth into a premier international fraternity.  With chapters and brothers throughout the world, TKE continues to aid men throughout their college experience.

For more information, please contact:

Eric LaCharity

Associate Director of Student Involvement & Leadership Development

Adanti Student Center, Room 212
(203) 392-5792
lacharitye1@southernct.edu

Why should I join a Fraternity or Sorority?  Greek Life will change your life in many ways.  See some of the reasons why Greek Life can positively influence your college career and change the rest of your life!

Success: I want to be successful in life.

What does this mean to me?

  • I want to do well academically.
  • I want to graduate in four years and have a job that pays me well.
  • I want to do research or have an internship in my field of study.
  • I want to have a rapport with my professors.
  • I want to provide leadership to my organization.
  • I do not just want a pin and a certificate.
  • I want to have mentors and friends to help me develop as a student and as a person.

How will joining a fraternity or sorority help me?

  • Fraternities and sororities stress academics, rewarding those who excel in the classroom. They have academic expectations for members and resources to assist members during their education and into their job search.  Our academics here at Southern Connecticut State University come first ALWAYS.
  • Fraternities and sororities provide opportunities to meet many people who will assist you. Educational programs will introduce you to campus resources that will help you excel.
  • You will improve your communication and interpersonal skills though your interactions and leadership experiences.  Our Greek Life Council (GLC) executive board members are always willing and always do interact with the Greek community to better help develop the Greek community and enrich all the members of our Greek community.  Employers will value the skills you will develop through your Greek experience.
  • We have two honor societies that recognize all those Greeks who excel in their academics with a 3.5 and above.  We here at Southern Connecticut State University take true pride in our academics.

Personal Development: I want to be a better person.

What does this mean to me?

  • I want leadership opportunities.
  • I want to learn to work efficiently with others and learn how to confront inappropriate behavior.
  • I want to learn how to interact socially with others in an appropriate way.
  • I want responsibility, both personally and professionally.
  • I want to be involved in my community.
  • I want to be aware of and celebrate diversity.
  • I want to develop life skills, including money management, working within a team, living on my own, and running an organization.

How will joining a fraternity or a sorority help me?


The Greek experience facilitates personal development according to the university-wide undergraduate experience, which is designed to be intentional, comprehensive, and developmental.

Intentional:

  • The chance to be a leader is not only available, but expected. Chapters have leadership positions, financial responsibilities, and policies and procedures to follow, much like most organizations and companies. At a community level, the Order of Omega recognizes outstanding Greek leaders for their valuable service and excellence in their academics.
  • Fraternities and sororities offer leadership training and development at a chapter, campus, regional, and national level. There is a specific training for new members, for initiated chapter members, and for those holding positions within the chapter.
  • The Greeks on our campus are some of the most involved students.  Our Greek range from Orientation Ambassadors, Community Coordinators/Advisors, and are involved in more than just the Greek community.  Our Greeks at Southern Connecticut State University are taught to be leaders, our Greeks at Southern ARE leaders.

Comprehensive:

  • Within weeks of becoming affiliated with an organization, you will have brothers or sisters with whom you will form a mentoring relationship and go to for guidance and support. Additionally, there are chances to shadow and learn from current officers.
  • Chapter members learn from and build on previous experiences and leadership positions. Each year, the Office of Student Life, and even the individual Greek organizations, they offer transitional workshops to guide those for a better future.

Developmental:

  • A fraternity or sorority is a group of men and women who work together to achieve goals. You will learn how to plan events, work with people, hold members accountable for their behaviors, confront inappropriate behavior, build relationships, and praise others for a job well done.
  • Fraternity and sorority life is social in nature, but that does not imply drinking or partying. It allows you to meet other people in a fun environment and become comfortable getting to know people you have met for the first time. The Greek Life Council puts together safe, on-campus socials for all of Greek life to enjoy and get to know each other.
  • Campus chapters are diverse in of themselves, with members from many different racial, religious, regional, and other backgrounds. Fraternities and sororities are sensitive to and educated upon diversity issues. Our small Greek Life community allows for us all to be open to the diversity of our community within Greek Life and outside of it as well.
  • Fraternities and sororities hold in high regard their responsibility to give back to the community. Whether it is donating their time, working with others, or raising money for a worthy cause, they dedicate themselves to helping others through a commitment to engage in the New Haven and Southern Connecticut State University communities.

Lifelong Friends: I want to form lifelong friendships.

What does this mean to me?

  • I want to find a close-knit group of friends and create a positive "home away from home" environment.
  • After graduating from college, I want to have a connection with my alma mater and look forward to returning and contributing to my school.
  • I want friendships based on a set of common values and interests.
  • I want to form a network of friends who will assist me personally and professionally in the future.

How will joining a fraternity or sorority help me?

  • A fraternity or sorority gives you the opportunity to make new friends who will be with you long after graduation. The men and women you meet today will be the ones who stand up in your wedding, provide guidance when you are struggling, and share in your happiness for many years.
  • Many fraternities and sororities have alumni who will share their experiences and help prepare you for life after graduation. Advisors are alumni who may come from different undergraduate institutions but share a common bond nonetheless.
  • By seizing the opportunity to join a Greek organization, you will have the chance to share common experiences, challenge your thoughts and beliefs, learn from others, and thus create the basis for lifelong friendships. Greek Week, for example, helps chapter members bond while practicing for events such as the Lip Sync and Greek God and Goddess.
  • Fraternities and sororities have a foundation of values and standards known as the ritual. Through ritual, you will learn the basic concepts of friendship and values that will bring you closer to your brothers and sisters. This common bond will be with you for your life.

Enjoy Life: I want to have fun in college!

What does this mean to me?

  • I want to meet new people, do new things, and expand my horizons.
  • I need stress relieving activities.
  • I want to participate in campus events.
  • I want to visit new places.

How will joining a fraternity or sorority help me?

  • Chapters often participate in campus events and go to sporting events, such as supporting the Owls football games in the Fall. Greek Life gets involved in many campus activities, from supporting Program's Council events to doing mandatory participation each year in four campus wide events: Take Back the Night, Relay for Life, the Day of Service, and the Big Event.
  • You WILL be encouraged to get involved in other student organizations.
  • Many fraternities and sororities participate in intramural sports that will give you the opportunity to play competitive athletics ranging from soccer and basketball to almost everything in between.
  • Many chapters organize study breaks or movie nights so they can spend time with each other. Our Greek Life Council does a great way to support each of the organizations on campus.  The Greek Life Council does their best to enhance the members, potential new members, and new members in their process and transition into brotherhood and sisterhood.

No more time for thinking. Don't just do it, but do it!
Go GR∑∑K


For more information please contact:

GLC President, Cameron Bard: bardc1@southernct.edu
GLC, Vice President, Megan Jasunas: jasunasm1@southernct.edu
Greek Life Advisor, Eric LaCharity: lacharitye1@southernct.edu