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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……………………………………………………



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 Lander’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. !

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Letter to Parents Dear Parents:

An important component

The college experience is a major transition and exciting time in your child’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 Activities—Greek Life Emphasis (864)388-8244

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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 community’s values. 8 Â


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.


All of Lander University’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


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 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: 10


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.

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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

Interfraternity Council

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


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.

Rush Week

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:   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    


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:   20  

Sorority Recruitment


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.


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

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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Guide to fraternity/sorority life at Lander University