Lander University Greek Life
A Guide to Fraternities and Sororities
Table of Contents
The Greek Bearcat……………………………………………… Letter to Parents………………………………………………... Traditional Greek Activities……………………………………. Greek Glossary………………………………………………...... Recruitment/Intake Process……………………………………. University Policies……………………………………................. University Policies (con’t) ……………………………………..... Leadership……………………………………………………...... Brotherhood and Sisterhood…………………………………... Philanthropy……………………………………………………… Scholarship………………………………………………………. Interfraternity Council………………………………………….. How to Join…………………………………………………....... Chapter Pages…………………………………………………... National Panhellenic Council………………………………….. How to Join……………………………………………………... Formal Recruitment……………………………………………. Chapter Pages………………………………………………….. National Pan-Hellenic Council………………………………… How to Join……………………………………………………… Chapter Pages……………………………………………………
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The Greek Bearcat Congratulations on your decision to attend Lander University! We welcome you to Bearcat Nation. Since 1970, Greek life has been a prominent feature on Landerâ€™s campus, boasting thousands of members who have contributed greatly to Lander, the local community and even at the national level. The next four years will be an exciting time in your life as you grow and develop into a young adult. Choosing to participate in Greek life during this time is an opportunity to enhance your leadership skills, focus on your academics, give back to your community and make life-long friendships. Our hope is that this guide will give you a glimpse of Greek Life at Lander. We look forward to seeing you on campus and wish you the best of luck in all of your collegiate pursuits. !
Letter to Parents Dear Parents:
An important component
The college experience is a major transition and exciting time in your childâ€™s life. Participation in Greek recruitment provides your student great opportunity to meet new friends. Choosing membership in a Greek organization provides access to the largest, most visible values-based organization on campus. Greek membership is a lifetime commitment full of responsibility and benefits, so we encourage you to have open dialogue with your child about his/her desire to be a member. Nationally, members of Greek organizations are more likely to graduate within four years, will likely have higher grade point averages than their peers, and are more likely to be invested in their institution and give back to their community. At Lander, the Office of Student Activities coordinates with the IFC, NPC, and NPHC councils to address the many issues college students face. Each semester, Greeks attend the Student Activities Engagement Symposium to listen to a professional speaker address areas of social responsibility including alcohol/drug use, hazing, bystander intervention, sexual assault, etc. The mission of Greek Life at Lander University is to assist the Greek Community of Lander to become a healthy, living/learning community based on institution and fraternal values demonstrating leadership and peer accountability. Lander University and the Greek community expects our organizations to live by their values by focusing on building brotherhood/sisterhood through character enhancement, leadership development, and academic development, academic achievement, commitment to service, life-long friendship and social experiences. We expect personal responsibility from members of our community and accountability through self governance. The Office of Student Activities, working with chapter advisors and collegiate leadership, are resources to Greek students while at Lander. Laura Williams Assistant Director of Student Activitiesâ€”Greek Life Emphasis Lwilliams@lander.edu (864)388-8244
Greek Traditions Lander Homecoming traditionally is
scheduled early in the spring semester surrounding a home basketball game. While all student organizations may participate in the week long festivities of Bearcat Showcase, Banner Competition, ThinkFast, Spirit Night, and Soap Box racing, the Greek Community is heavily present in these activities. Many Greek alum return to campus to attend their chapter’s tailgate before the big game! During the fall semester, the 3 Greek Councils in conjunction with the Office of Student Activities plan Greek Week. This week long competition includes fun events, costume parties, and movies, but is focused on philanthropy and giving back to the community. Recent partners have been Habitat for Humanity, MEG’s House, and the Greenwood Foodbank.
The Lander Greek community is committed to service, and in 2014 a new tradition begins! New Member Service Day takes place on the first Saturday after IFC Bid Day. This day allows NPC & IFC Executive Councils to lead all of their new members in a day of service. Not only does the group give back to the community, but this event allows for great fellowship and bonding. 5
It’s all GREEK to me A Lander dictionary of Greek terms Active – A collegiate who has been initiated into a Greek chapter
denote a newly selected member who has not yet been initiated
Associate member – The term used by IFC to denote a newly selected member who has not yet been initiated
National Panhellenic Council (NPC)-- The governing board of 3 women’s sororities
Bid – An invitation to join a Greek organization Bid day – The last day of formal recruitment where potential new members receive an invitation to join a sorority or fraternity Continuous Open Bidding (COB)—A process in which a woman can be offered a bid after Recruitment. Some chapters practice this year round or are allowed to do so when they do not meet quota/fall below chapter total. Initiation—The formal ceremony which brings the New Members/associates/ pledges/neophytes into full membership Intake – The process of selection to pledge an NPHC organization Interfraternity Council (IFC)– The governing board of 3 men’s fraternities Legacy – A term that describes someone who has family members who are initiated members of Greek organizations (typically includes parents, siblings, aunts/uncles, grandparents) Line – The term that NPHC organizations use to denote a pledge class, or a newly selected group of individuals pledging the specific organization New member - The term used by NPC to
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)— The governing board of the 5 traditionally African American fraternities and sororities Recruitment – the formal process by which IFC and NPC select new members. Potential new members visit each chapter and are invited back to visit different chapters through a mutually selective process Potential New Member (PNM)—Term commonly used by NPC referring to women going through formal recruitment Pledge class – a group of individuals who have been selected into a specific Greek organization during formal recruitment Neophyte – a new member of an NPHC organization Recruitment Counselor (Rho Chi)—A selected group of sorority members who disassociate from their chapters to give unbiased assistance to PNMs during Formal Recruitment Stepping—A performance typically performed by NPHC organization characterized by synchronized hand and foot movements, along with singing, dancing, chanting and acting Strolling—Synchronized hand and foot movements in line formation, along with 6 dancing and chanting as typically performed by NPHC organizations
Recruitment/Intake All fraternities and sororities at Lander are
inter/nationally based. That means they are part of a larger inter/national organization. These organizations nationally, as well as locally, are private, single-sex organizations and are recognized by Lander University as such. Although the mechanics of the recruitment process are coordinated by Lander National Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the membership selection practices and procedures are determined by each respective fraternity and sorority. The respective councils of the University may not interfere with membership selection process per this status. See “How to Join” pages for each specific council for more details.
University Policies ENROLLMENT POLICY
Fraternities and sororities can only open their membership to Lander University students who are full-time (12+ credit hours), degree seeking students in good standing with the University. Individuals must possess a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher to be considered for membership in a Greek organization, although most Greek organizations require a higher grade point average. Greek members must maintain a 2.0 or higher grade point average to participate. Because our community believes so strongly in the values of the Greek experience, we believe this expectation is critical and necessary to preserve the high quality of students that become involved in the Greek community. Membership in Greek organizations is a privilege that should be reserved for students who are matriculating and contributing to the University community. Fraternities or sororities that have non-University affiliated individuals within their chapters are operating outside of the University's expectations and subject to review under the Student Code of Conduct.
ALCOHOL POLICY Lander University recognizes that the majority of undergraduate students are below the legal drinking age and that there are serious health risks and behavior problems associated with the use of alcohol in the collegiate environment. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in any Lander University residence halls or public campus areas without specific permission from the university administration. Public is defined as areas that are readily accessible to students, faculty, staff and guests on campus. Furthermore, to remain in the vicinity where alcohol and/or drugs are present even without consuming or possessing is prohibited. This includes individual rooms, kitchens, decks, stairs, parking lots, athletic fields/courts and adjacent parking lots. Students living in residence halls shall be held responsible for their guests. Any person or group in violation of federal or state laws, local ordinances, or of Lander policy will be reported to the proper federal, state, local, or university authorities for appropriate action.
HAZING POLICY Hazing is not tolerated at Lander University nor by the state of South Carolina. Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created intentionally, whether on campus or off campus premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. At Lander we believe students should not be demeaned or exposed to harm when pursuing involvement in campus life. Our community wants to increase student involvement and engagement. Hazing has the reverse effect. Hazing creates an unsafe environment that does not support our educational mission and is not consistent with our communityâ€™s values. 8 Â
University Policies SEXUAL MISCONDUCT POLICY
Lander University is committed to create a safe, respectful and non-threatening environment for members of the university community, guest and visitor. All members of the university community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. The university does not tolerate gender-based misconduct. This policy has been developed to reaffirm these principles and to provide a recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated. This policy is intended to define community expectations and to establish a mechanism for determining when those expectations have been violated.
FRATERNAL INFORMATION & PROGRAMMING GROUP
All of Lander Universityâ€™s Greek organizations subscribe to recommendations set forth by the Fraternal Information & Programming Group (FIPG). Risk management guidelines are set forth by FIPG with the understanding that failure to comply jeopardizes insurance coverage in addition to any federal or state, local, or university consequences that may apply. You can learn more about FIPG by visiting www.fipg.org.
LANDER UNIVERSITY STUDENT HANDBOOK
Annually, Lander reviews and updates a Student Handbook available to all students. Students may pick up a copy of the Student Handbook in the Office of Student Activities in Grier Student Center. Anyone may access the Student Handbook online by visiting http://www.lander.edu/docs/default-source/site-documents/ Student_Handbook.pdf?sfvrsn=10.
Excerpts from the Handbook were used outlining the Enrollment, Alcohol, and Sexual Misconduct Policies.
A Lander student is expected to show a respect for order and the rights of others, and to exemplify in their daily activities a sense of honor and integrity. 9 Â
Leadership Greek students play a proactive role in leading Lander’s campus! Not only does the Greek community provide leadership opportunities, Greek students set a positive example in many campus-wide leadership roles including: • • • • • • • • • •
Presidential Ambassadors EXPO Leaders Student Government Association Resident Assistants Student Employees Blue Key Honor Society Who’s Who Among American Colleges NPC/IFC Council Peer Mentor Tutors
Greek members are encouraged to run for positions to maintain the tradition of leadership and Bearcat pride that each chapter proudly upholds. Greek leaders become adept at time management as they balance their academic and social schedules, while improving their problem solving, decision-making, communication and leadership skills.
The Power of Since 1910:
85% of Justices are Greek 76% of U.S. Senators are Greek 85% of Fortune 500 Key Executives are Greek All but 3 presidents since 1825 have been Greek 2 of the 4 female Supreme Court Justices are Sorority members 63% of U.S. Cabinet members since 1900 are Greek 68% of all doctors and 72% of all lawyers are Greek 70% of U.S. Congressmen are Greek With all the influence, leadership, and power in these statistics, only 2% of the population are members of Greek organizations.
Check out what a recent Gallup Survey said about the success and well-being of Greek members:
Student Profile Mary Katherine T. / Junior Affiliation/Involvement: VP of Recruitment for National Panhellenic Council Being a Greek student at Lander University has allowed me to develop into the best version of myself. My sisters and the Panhellenic women in our community hold me to a higher standard, allowing me to thrive scholastically, as a student leader, and as a Bearcat. I am proud of who I have become as a result of their influence and am eternally grateful for their friendship and inspiration.
Despite all of the activities available to Greek students, the Greek community still manages to excel academically. Each chapter has varying GPA requirements, study hours, an/or incentive programs to promote academic excellence. Fraternities and sororities recognize that academics are a priority and promote and reward you for your scholastic achievements. Furthermore, chapter involvement in honorary organizations is phenomenal, with members participating in Blue Key Honor Society, Alpha Chi, Golden L, Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Alpha Theta, Sigma Tau Delta, Sigma Theta Tau, and Tri Beta
Things to Consider: • Membership in Greek Life promotes Ame management, and oDen results in students’ achieving beJer grades • Greek Life membership provides access to a network of upperclassmen’s advice, resources, and even textbooks! • You will NEVER be required to miss class, lab, or any other academic event by your Greek 11 Chapter
Philanthropy Greek students worldwide are committed to positively giving back to their
campus, local, and greater communities...and Lander Greeks are no different. Greek organizations have their own philanthropy they supports annually at a national level, and most chapters also adopt local projects, as well. These many service hours not only benefit the community, but also act as a valuable asset for applications to graduate school, scholarships, awards, and professional organizations. The time devoted to and the funds raised for various philanthropies are a way for Greek students to enjoy an enriching experience at Lander, while making a positive difference in the lives of others.
This year’s philanthropic partners included: MEG’S House, Humane Society, Girls on the Run, Habitat for Humanity, Susan G. Komen, Shriner’s Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network, St. Jude’s Hospital, PUSH America, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, Greenwood Food Bank, Salvation Army, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (and Dr. Ball even attended the Greek Week Chili Cook-Off!)
In 2013-2014, Lander Greeks gave over $6,000, more than 1,000 toiletries, and over 1,000 pounds of canned goods to local and national charities.
12 That’s more than all other student organiza3ons combined!
Brotherhood/Sisterhood Take a closer look
One of the most memorable benefits of joining the Greek community is the longlasting friendships that develop. Being a member of a Greek organization is not the only way to expand your social circle at Lander; however, it is a consistent and exciting approach to meeting many diverse students. Joining a fraternity or sorority is not about conformity; instead, it teaches students how to develop their individuality and still be able to participate in group dynamics. Memories, internship opportunities and employment opportunities are limitless as students connect with their peers in the Greek community. Life-long connections are formed as a student becomes more involved within their chapter and council.
Lander Greeks were recently surveyed and the results indicate the majority of Greeks agree that Greek life provides opportunities for students to meet and connect with other people who may be from different backgrounds, cultures, or walks of life than their own. The same survey also indicated most students agree Greek life has provided a lens to better appreciate individuals that are different than themselves.
“People think brotherhood means a “close relationship”, but it is so
much more .It cannot be put into words. It’s an experience that betters you for the rest of your entire life” -Luke Vickery , Alpha Tau Omega 13
A note from the President Welcome to Greek Life! Joining a fraternity at Lander is not all partying and going out like the media portrays. When you join one of Lander’s three elite fraternities (Alpha Tau Omega, Pi Kappa Phi, or Tau Kappa Epsilon) you will be joining a national network of brotherhood. Fraternity membership gets you involved on campus and out in the community. Fraternity men are notable leaders and seek ways to give back to the community. There will be numerous opportunities to meet new people and to make the best of the next four years of your life. We hope you consider taking part of the prestigious Greek tradition. Wishing you all the best at Lander, Ian Stoner IFC President
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Interfraternity Council Who We Are
How do I join?
The Inter-fraternity Council is the governing body of all 3 chapters on Lander’s campus. It is comprised of a President and 6 officers, all elected, representing membership of all three fraternities. IFC governs recruitment, fosters positive Greek relations among campus, and coordinates with other Greek councils to plan Greek Week, mixers, etc.
Each fall, the IFC coordinates a “Rush Week” where men interested in joining a chapter have an opportunity to preview each organization. Interested men will attend chapter information sessions the first night to get acquainted with the chapters’ philanthropy efforts, scholastic & financial requirements, and signature events. The second night of Rush is a more formal look into the brotherhood of each chapter and typically occurs at the home of an upper-class fraternity brother or at another off-campus venue. Chapters offer bids, or invitations to join, on Bid Day at the conclusion of Rush.
Who Can Join?
Rush is open to any full-time male student, in good standing with the University, so long as he meets the GPA requirements. Incoming freshmen must possess a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher; first semester transfer students must have a transfer GPA of at least a 2.0; current Lander students must possess an institutional GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Rush is September 15-‐17, 2014. Register for IFC Rush here: www.lander.edu/greek 15
Alpha Tau Omega Alpha Tau Omega was
founded at Virginia Military InsAtute in 1865 by OAs Alan Glazebrook, Alfred Marshal, and Erskin Mayo Ross. The fraternity was formed to unite the north and south aDer the civil war. It was the ﬁrst fraternity to be based on ChrisAan, not Greek, principles. The Lander University Iota Beta chapter was founded in 1986. Lander University’s Vice President of Governmental RelaAons, Adam Taylor, was the ﬁrst chapter president. The chapter is ranked 24th out of more than 140 ATO chapters naAonally in social service. Iota Beta plans several service events every semester. ATO Goes Homeless is the chapter’s signature service event. For 3 days and 2 nights, the brothers of ATO camp outside and collect canned goods and clothing to donate to the local food bank as well as the SalvaAon Army. Alpha Tau Omega is known as America’s leadership development fraternity, and membership provides endless opportuniAes. This group of men strives to be top leaders on campus. Joining ATO provides opportunity to meet great people that you will remember for the rest of your life. Rush ATO…it’s the Ame of your life!
Nickname: ATO Colors: Azure and Old Gold Motto: America’s leadership development fraternity Chartered Year: 1986 President: James Calliham
Pi Kappa Phi Pi Kappa Phi here at
Nickname: Pi Kapps Colors: White, Gold, Royal Blue Motto: Leaders by choice Chartered Year: 1970 President: Jordan Maynard
Lander is a wonderful student organizaAon. We are very involved in student life, which makes the college experience even more enjoyable. Our group enjoys several group trips, acAviAes, and tradiAons though out the year such as Mountain Weekend, Rose Ball Formal, Carolina Cup, intramurals, Homecoming, Greek Week, Annual Beach Blast, and several others. Pi Kappa Phi is a hard working group of guys whom are determined to make a diﬀerence. Being a part of Greek Life is an amazing opportunity, allowing you to share the tradiAons only amongst Greek Life members. We are, and will conAnue to share the greatest brotherhood among Greek. We Will Lead.
Tau Kappa Epsilon Tau Kappa Epsilon was
founded January 10, 1899 at Illinois Wesleyan University. The founders of Tau Kappa Epsilon desired an organizaAon diﬀerent than any exisAng fraternity. Their mission was to establish a fraternity in which the requisites for membership would be based on the personal worth and character of the individual rather than the wealth or social rank he possessed. The Xi-‐Rho chapter was re-‐founded at Lander University in 2009. The founding class of the Xi-‐Rho chapter wanted to be part of a fraternity that had higher standards and richer moral values than the fraterniAes that where already on campus. For the past 4 years we have dedicated our Ame to forming strong bonds and expanding our brotherhood. Each year we raise money for our naAonal philanthropy Saint Jude’s Children Hospital as well as parAcipate in many other charity events. Join the brotherhood of Tau Kappa Epsilon as we strive to build “BeJer Men for a BeJer World.”
Nickname: Teke Colors: Crimson Lake Cherry and Pure Silver Gray Motto: Not for wealth, rank, or honor, but for personal worth and character Chartered Year: 2009 President: Michael Padua
National Panhellenic Council A note from the President
CongratulaAons on becoming a Bearcat! Did you think that you were done making decisions once you got your acceptance leJer? Well now I'm here to tell you it's Ame for you to make another decision! And it's about Greek Life. Joining a sorority at Lander is more than what you think it is going to be. You might think it's about the partying and the cool shirts! Let me tell you; it's much, MUCH more. Sorority women hold themselves to a high standard. Our Greek community is founded upon scholarship, leadership, service, and friendship. We are the leaders on our campus and in our community. By joining one of our three sororiAes, you will become a part of a great sisterhood. Greek life is a wonderful opportunity and a life changing commitment! Wish you the best here at Lander! JusAna Teale NPC President
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National Panhellenic Council How do I join?
Who We Are
The Panhellenic Council is the governing body of three Panhellenic sororities on campus and also plans the formal recruitment process. The council is comprised of 6 women who disaffiliate from their chapters to represent the council without bias during their term. Panhellenic helps promote positive Greek relations, annually hosts the Mr. Lander Pageant, and coordinates formal recruitment.
Rho Chis Rho Chis are part of the Panhellenic team. They are sorority women who have also disassociated from their own chapter to provide unbiased support to women participating in the Recruitment process. Every woman who registers for recruitment will be assigned into a Rho Chi group, and will have access to her Rho Chi to ask any questions or express any concerns.
Who Can Join?
Any woman interested in NPC chapters may participate in recruitment if they are full-time Lander students, in good standing and meet the following GPA requirements: Incoming freshmen must have a 2.75 high school GPA or higher; transfer students must have a minimum transfer GPA of 2.5; current students must possess an institutional GPA of at least 2.5.
Learn more about FORMAL RECRUITMENT on the next page.
Recruitment is August 28-‐31, 2014. Register for NPC Recruitment here: www.lander.edu/greek 20
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Freshman Move-‐In Day Ø 3:00pm Dorm Storm (OpAonal) Sorority women run through the dorms cheering Ø 4:00pm InformaAon Session (Mandatory) CC 250 Ø 4:00pm Parents’ InformaAon Session (OpAonal) Bearcat Lounge
Thursday, August 28, 2014 Philanthropy/Open House Ø PotenAal members will aJend all 3 chapters Ø 12:00pm PotenAal members meet Rho Chi groups in Bearcat Lounge Ø ParAes begin at 1:00pm and end at 4:00pm
Friday, August 29, 2014 Skit Night/Round 2 Ø PotenAal members may aJend up to 3 chapter parAes Ø 12:00pm PotenAal members meet Rho Chi groups in Bearcat Lounge Ø ParAes begin at 1:00pm and end at 4:00pm Ø PotenAals will priority preference immediately following the end of her last party
Saturday, August 30, 2014 Preference/Round 3 Ø PotenAals may aJend up to 2 preference parAes Ø 1:30pm PotenAal members meet Rho Chi groups in Bearcat Lounge Ø ParAes begin at 2:00pm and end at 5:30pm Ø PotenAals will priority preference immediately following the end of her last party
Sunday, August 31, 2014 Bid Day Ø 1:00pm PotenAals meet in Bearcat Lounge Ø 1:15pm Panhellenic Bid Day Ø Bids are distributed immediately following conclusion of Panhellenic Bid day Ø New members spend the rest of the aDernoon/evening parAcipaAng in sisterhood events with their new chapter
Saturday, September 20, 2014 New Member Service Day Ø 9am-‐12noon New Members parAcipate in community service project with all NPC and IFC new members 21
Sorority Recruitment What to wear?!
Philanthropy/Round 1 Casual attire Nice blouse/shirt with denim pants Sandals are appropriate, no beach flip flops
Skit Night/Round 2 Snappy casual attire A sundress, casual skirt or slacks, and a nice shirt is appropriate Sandals or wedges are appropriate
Preference/Round 3 Most formal event of all rounds Professional or church attire is appropriate Dress, skirt or dress slacks are all appropriate Dress sandals, wedges, or heels are all appropriate
Bid Day Wear cool, comfortable clothes Flip ﬂops, Rainbows, tennis shoes are all appropriate Each new member will receive a new t-‐shirt to wear
Gamma Phi Beta Gamma Phi Beta was
Nickname: Gamma Phis, G Phi B Colors: Light Pink and Dark Brown Motto: Founded upon a rock Chartered Year: 1996 President: Delaney Devall
founded November 11, 1874. Our mission is to inspire the highest type of womanhood through our four core values: Love, Labor, Learning, and Loyalty. The philanthropic mission of Gamma Phi Beta is building strong girls. Our chapter focuses on building strong girls by raising money and volunteering with the local division of Girls on the Run. Our chapter’s local philanthropy is the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Gamma Phi Betas also volunteer their time to the Connie Maxwell Children’s Home and local soup kitchen. Gamma Phi Beta is very active at Lander by hosting a philanthropy week, participating in Greek Week and Homecoming Week, and by attending various campus events. Gamma Phi Beta offers many benefits to all members such as sisterhood, personal growth, leadership skills, philanthropy and service, lifetime membership, and so much more.
Phi Mu Phi Mu was founded in 1852 at
Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. It is the second oldest sisterhood in the National Panhellenic Council. The Kappa Tau chapter of Phi Mu fraternity was founded at Lander University in 1971. Phi Mu being the oldest of the three National Panhellenic Council sororities now on campus. For the past 42 years Phi Mu has taken pride in our community service, campus involvement and most of all our sisterhood. Phi Mus are also involved all over campus with things like, Presidential Ambassadors, RA’s, cheerleading and student work study positions. Kappa Tau hosts parent’s social, many mixers and also a semi-formal and formal every year. Sisterhood in Phi Mu means always having someone to spend time with; it is giving without expecting in return; it is spring break, road trips, dance parties, and hanging out with more than 50 of your closest friends. It is knowing that at a university with over 3,000 students you are never alone. Because after all... There's no place like HΦME!
Nickname: Phi Mu Colors: Rose and White Motto: The faithful sisters Chartered Year: 1971 President: Paige Lane
Zeta Tau Alpha Zeta Tau Alpha was founded
Nickname: Zetas Colors: Steel Gray and Turquoise Blue Motto: Seek the noblest Chartered Year: 1985 President: Emily Craft
in 1985 at Lander. We are happy to be a part of Greek life at LU. We strive to do all we can do for our philanthropy, getting closer as sisters, and being the best we can be to represent Zeta Tau Alpha organization as a whole. The following is a list of a few things we do here at Lander: we do a pink out week every year, we pass out pink ribbons, sell baked goods, and raise money during the month of October for breast cancer education and awareness. ZTA hosts a pink out baseball game where sisters hand out pink ribbons at the game and cheer on the Bearcats—all are encouraged to wear pink during the game to support breast cancer education and awareness. ZTA attends many Panhellenic and campus events such as The Heeling Hearts Walk, NPC 2012 Fashion Show, Greek Week, and Homecoming. ZTAs enjoy playing intermural sports–our favorites are softball and volleyball. We try to be as active and visible as we can at Lander, along with participating in our off campus social and service activities too!
National Pan-Hellenic Council Who We Are
The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. (NPHC) is an umbrella organization for the nine historically black, international Greek letter fraternities and sororities. Each of the nine NPHC organizations evolved during a period when African-Americans were being denied essential rights and privileges afforded other college students. NPHC was formed as a permanent organization on May 10, 1930, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. The council promotes interaction through forums, meetings and other mediums for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions.
How to Join
Intake is the process in which potentially interested members participate to join an NPHC organization. Interested potentials should attend programs and informational sessions hosted by the different NPHC organizations to learn more about Lander’s specific chapters and where the interested individual believes he/she would best fit. Upon attending interest and informational sessions, the NPHC organization will provide necessary information on how to begin the intake process.
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Alpha Kappa Alpha Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
Nickname: AKAs Colors: Salmon Pink and Apple Green Motto: By culture and by merit Chartered Year: 1977
was founded in 1908 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. It is the first Greeklettered organization established by AfricanAmerican college-educated women. The Lambda Lambda Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was chartered on the Lander University campus in 1977 by 12 collegiate women. Ever since its chartering, the chapter has served numerous initiatives including its current administration, "Global Leadership Through Timeless Service." The chapter's annual programs include "Let's Talk Greek," "Professional Women: Open Forum," "How to be Safe," "Pink Goes Red," and programs for Black History Month and Domestic Violence Awareness. The Lambda Lambda Chapter was the 2010-2011 Lander University Organization of the Year and the 2010-2011 Lander University Community Service Organization of the Year. You can find members of Alpha Kappa Alpha on campus as Presidential Ambassadors, EXPO Orientation Leaders, members of the Blue Key National Honor Society, members of Lander Business Professional Society, tutors in the Academic Success Center, workers in the Writing Center and TRACS Technology Center, and workers with Lander Media through WLGTV, XLR-Lander Radio, and The Forum student newspaper. Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated are continuously dedicated to fostering sisterhood, scholarship, and service to ALL mankind.
Delta Sigma Theta The Kappa Gamma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
Nickname: Deltas Colors: Crimson and Cream Motto: Intelligence is the torch of wisdom Chartered Year: 1973 President: Carleisha Gilliam
Sorority Inc. was chartered on the campus of historical Lander University on May 17th, 1973 by fourteen illustrious collegiate women. These fourteen young women recognized the need for public service at Lander University and the Greenwood County area. Kappa Gamma was the first NPHC organization on Lander’s Campus and since its organizing it has provided great support to the campus of Lander University. The ladies of the Kappa Gamma Chapter constantly provide engaging programs year round that highlight: economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental, and political awareness and involvement. Notable programs are; All about the Benjamins, Workout with the Deltas, REDZ go pink for Breast Cancer Awareness, Project Rainbow and many more. It has been the recipient of numerous awards since its charter including; community service organization of year, organization of the year, program of the year, and organization of the year for civic engagement. The Kappa Gamma chapter members take pride in having provided assistance and promoted academic excellence on the campus of 28 Lander University for the past 30 years.
Phi Beta Sigma Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated was founded by
three distinguished African-American males on January 9, 1914 on the campus of Howard University, Washington, DC. The fraternity was founded on three principles Brotherhood, Scholarship and Service that embodies the fraternity’s motto, “Culture for Service and Service for Humanity.” Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated is a distinguished organization comprised of unique distinguished and diverse men; ranging from politicians, educators, entertainers and many more. The Alpha Tau Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was founded on the campus of Lander University in 1998. The lineage of Alpha Tau Alpha comes from a long line of men that has held the motto and principles of the fraternity through their academic achievement and service to their community. For further information, check out Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated International website at www.pbs1914.org
Nickname: Sigmas Colors: Royal Blue and Pure White Motto: Culture for service and service for humanity Chartered Year: 1998 President: Marcus Brown
Zeta Phi Beta Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated Zeta Phi Beta
Nickname: Zetas Colors: Royal Blue and White MoJo: A community conscious, acAon-‐oriented organizaAon Chartered Year: 1982 President: Jakeyla James
Sorority Incorporated was founded on January 16, 1920 on the Campus of Howard University, by ﬁve women known as the Five Pearls. Our principles are Scholarship, Service, Sisterly Love, and Finer Womanhood. The Delta Mu Chapter located here at Lander University was chartered on November 13, 1982. We focus on things like March of Dimes, Relay for Life, and Breast Cancer Awareness. We also bring some of naAonal programs to the Greenwood Community such as Storks Nest. Storks Nest is an iniAaAve to educate pregnant women about the importance of prenatal care and also providing these women with diﬀerent baby items. As a “Community Conscious AcAon-‐Oriented OrganizaAon” our main focus is giving back and bringing posiAve things to Lander University.
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