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Greek Community – Iowa State University @ISUGreek Iowa State Greek Community ISUGreek


TABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome from President Leath ....................................................... 3 Greek Values .................................................................................... 4 Greek Traditions ............................................................................... 5 Fraternity and Sorority Involvement Opportunities.......................6-7 Frequently Asked Questions ............................................................ 8 Terms to Know.................................................................................. 9 Anti-Hazing Policy ............................................................................ 9

GREEK COMMUNITY MISSION STATEMENT The men and women of the Greek community at Iowa State University strive to enrich the lives of its members and affected communities by maintaining scholastic achievement, fostering friendships through brotherhood and sisterhood, enhancing leadership and promoting service. We are committed to developing exceptional citizens who will make a positive impact on the world.

Collegiate Panhellenic Council ...................................................... 10 Interfraternity Council .................................................................... 11 Multicultural Greek Council ........................................................... 12 National Pan-Hellenic Council ....................................................... 13 Financial Responsibilities .............................................................. 14 Housing Options ............................................................................. 15 Fraternity and Sorority Housing ................................................16-17

WELCOME TO IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY TAKES GREAT PRIDE IN THE FRATERNITIES AND SORORITIES THAT MAKE OUR GREEK COMMUNITY RICH IN TRADITION—OUR FIRST FRATERNITY WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1875! Membership in the Greek community can provide you with many opportunities to gain valuable leadership experiences that will be an important part of your personal and professional development at Iowa State.

Our 4,600+ Greek students are extremely active and involved in the life of our University and community in many ways. Greek chapters organize and implement public service and philanthropic projects and activities that benefit the university and broader community. Greek students are leaders, holding key positions in numerous campus organizations. Fraternities and sororities require members to achieve and maintain academic success and encourage members to take advantage of the opportunities presented to them in and out of the classroom. Greek members continue to give back to Iowa State University after graduation through volunteering and generosity to the Iowa State University Foundation, Iowa State University Alumni Association and many other activities. Please take the opportunity to look through this booklet, check out information online and ask student leaders and administration questions about joining our Greek community. Membership in a Greek organization at Iowa State will provide you an opportunity to be a part of a larger organization that shares common goals, interests and a bond of friendship that lasts beyond your time at Iowa State. I encourage you to consider becoming part of our Greek community.

GO CYCLONES! Steven Leath President Iowa State University

GREEK VALUES ACADEMICS The Greek community prides itself on holding high academic standards for its members. The Greek community consistently holds a higher GPA (3.12 fall 2015) than the all-university undergraduate average (3.01 fall 2015). Student retention is also stronger among the Greek community than with non-Greek students. Individual Greek chapters have scholarship programs that include academic advising, tutoring programs, collaborations with the Iowa State University Academic Success Center, individual study plans and mentoring groups. Inter/national organizations also provide resources to their members for academic success. The four Greek governing councils offer many opportunities for Greek chapters and members to improve academic skills, including seminars and workshops, time management resources, test taking preparation and study space. The Greek Academic Achievement Plan (GAAP) was developed between the Academic Success Center and the Office of Greek Affairs to support chapters looking to enhance their academic achievement. Chapters collaborate with the Academic Success Center to provide effective scholarship programs, study skills and individual academic planning. Academic reports for each chapter can be found at

BROTHERHOOD/SISTERHOOD Joining a Greek organization provides members an opportunity to foster lifelong friendships and countless memories through a “home away from home” environment. Chapters participate in many social events within the chapter, exchanges with other Greek organizations and connections with other on-campus student groups. Through events such as Homecoming and Greek Week, chapters interact with peers to create siblinghood among members. The friendships built through a fraternity and sorority experience extend beyond college and serve as a foundation and network for your future. Mentoring opportunities after graduation with chapter alumni, advisers and inter/national staff and representatives provide members networking opportunities for many years.

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT The Iowa State Greek students donate countess hours to community service initiatives and raise money for local and national charitable organizations. By participating in philanthropic events and community service projects, students apply classroom education to real-world experiences such as tutoring, public speaking, mentoring and coaching. Greek students also play a significant role in community activities through the City of Ames.


Each semester, chapters participate and conduct fundraisers for charitable organizations of their choice. The Greek community raises over $320,000 annually for local and national organizations. Some organizations include the Special Olympics of Iowa, Children’s Miracle Network, local shelters and emergency residence projects and many more. The community hosts and provides opportunities for community service events including the annual Greek Trick-or-Treat event, community clean up, visiting local schools and many other opportunities. The community donates over 50,000 hours annually to community service initiatives.

LEADERSHIP Joining a Greek organization provides students endless leadership opportunities. Leadership opportunities could arguably be the most beneficial component of going Greek. Through these experiences students will manage executive teams, manage budgets, educate and develop new members and network with other students and alumni. There are many ways students can get involved as a Greek leader. The first is through chapter leadership, where students can serve in a leadership role internally to support the vision and mission of their organization. Leadership positions could include president, philanthropy chair, and house manager. The students in these leadership roles are supported by the local and national advisers and university resources. Greek leaders can also get involved with Greek community leadership, which includes serving on one of the four Greek governing councils, the Emerging Greek Leadership Council (EGLC), the Greek Relations Executive Committee (GREC) and many others! You can check out pages four and five of this booklet for more information. Greek students also play a significant role in campus organizations including: Government of the Student Body, Student Alumni Leadership Council, Student Union Board, Blood Drive, Cyclone Alley, Homecoming, Dance Marathon, Fashion Show, Black Student Alliance and MexicanAmerican Young Achievers Society (MAYAS). Greek students also play a significant role in campus organizations and community activities through the city of Ames.

SOCIAL JUSTICE Iowa State University Greek chapters offer diverse experiences for members. Chapters engage in critical conversations about inclusion, diversity and challenging inequalities by exposing members to opportunities they may not otherwise experience. By partnering with campus departments including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Student Services (LGBTSS), Margaret Sloss Women’s Center, Disability Services and more, chapters learn about differences and similarities between and among the community. Some of the Greek community leadership groups also promote social justice through education including Greeks Ending Violence Now (GEVN) and Students Advocating for Everyone (SAFE). To learn more about these organizations, visit page four and five of this booklet. Additionally, the Greek community welcomes all students to join our variety of chapters which provide a vast array of opportunities to help each individual student succeed at Iowa State University.

GREEK TRADITIONS DANCE MARATHON Iowa State University Dance Marathon is a student-run organization that raises money and awareness for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital through the Children’s Miracle Network. Through this 24-hour event in 2015, Dance Marathon raised over $440,000 for the kids. The Greek community first started Dance Marathon in 1998 and it has grown each year since.

GREEKFEST The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) hosts an annual celebration of the history of NPHC, traditionally during homecoming. This competitive step show highlights their skills in the art of stepping and helps showcase NPHC to the Iowa State University community.

GREEK WEEK Greek Week is a 60+ year tradition at Iowa State. The goal of Greek Week is to unite the Greek community under a common bond of fraternal friendship. There are activities to help the community, to foster friendship and, of course, to have some fun along the way. Members dance and compete in lip sync contests, race and play in the Greek Olympics and tournaments, and participate in the Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge. In 2015, members of the Greek community raised over $188,000 for the Special Olympics of Iowa. The week concludes with Vespers, a Greek leadership recognition night. Individual chapter members are recognized with Greek Community Member of the Year, Chapter President of the Year and others. Alumni and key stakeholders are also recognized for their contribution to the Iowa State University Greek community. Vespers is a night when all chapters are recognized for their success and achievements from the past year. _ L i p S yn c : performances put on by Greek teams where students lip sync a complete skit about Greek traditions and values.

GREEK VISIT DAY The Greek community hosts an experience for prospective students and families to learn firsthand what the Iowa State Greek community has to offer. Prospective students engage with Greek members, learn about the Greek community values, and tour chapter houses. Students have chance to be Greek for a day!

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY BLOOD DRIVE Iowa State is home to one of the largest student-run Blood Drives in the nation. Each fall and spring, the Blood Drive brings thousands of students, faculty, staff and community members together to save hundreds of lives. Greek students are an integral part of the Blood Drive’s planning and success.

MEET THE GREEKS The Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council host promotional opportunities for students interested in joining one of their organizations each semester. Students can learn more about the history and values of these organizations and find out more information about next steps to join.

MOSAIC The Multicultural Greek Council hosts a special annual event to celebrate and recognize diversity within the Greek community and its chapters. MOSAIC is a recognition event for chapters to thank outstanding members of the community who show commitment to diversity. In addition, chapter members have the opportunity to showcase their talents through stepping, saluting and more.

VARIETIES Sponsored through the Student Union Board, Greek students participate in this annual show to showcase their talents. Greek students serve in leadership positions to plan and implement the Varieties event.

YARD SHOW The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) and National Pan-Hellenic Council traditionally sponsor a performance each semester on central campus to highlight their stepping, strolling and saluting. These movements are synchronized hand and foot movements, along with singing, dancing, chanting and acting. Chapters pay tribute to the cultural background of their organizations through these movements, which create awareness and education for the Iowa State community.

HOMECOMING Each year, Iowa State University celebrates homecoming with an annual week of events leading up to the Cyclone football game. Greek students participate in intramurals, community service projects, skits on their front lawn and Yell Like Hell. The Ames community is painted cardinal and gold for the week. _ Ye l l L i k e H e l l : a competition where students perform short skits about Iowa State University and show their school spirit through painting their bodies from head to toe in cardinal and gold.

GREEK COMMUNITY HISTORY The Greek community has a long, proud tradition at Iowa State. Many organizations are recognized nationally for their work toward academics, brotherhood/sisterhood, civic engagement, leadership and social justice. The opportunity to become part of this extraordinary community and its rich history can be an extremely valuable asset to your Iowa State experience! The first fraternity at Iowa State was founded in 1875, with the first sorority in 1877. Today, there are more than 60 fraternities and sororities at Iowa State, which represent about 15% of the undergraduate student population.


FRATERNITY AND SORORITY INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES EMERGING GREEK LEADERSHIP COUNCIL The Emerging Greek Leadership Council (EGLC) serves as a stimulating environment for new members of the Greek community. The council works in conjunction with the Collegiate Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council to build a strong foundation for future Greek involvement by encouraging the development of leadership skills, citizenship, character and camaraderie. EGLC serves as a stepping stone for future involvement, both throughout the Greek community and campus-wide. Students who are in their first year of Greek membership serve on this council and are paired up with a mentor, an older member of the Greek community to aid in their leadership journey.

FRATERNAL VALUES SOCIETY Outstanding Greek leaders are chosen to serve as change agents and create values-driven initiatives and goals for the Greek community. The vision of the Fraternal Values Society is to change the conversation on fraternities and sororities through action. This is done through providing resources and support to the community and Greek members to incorporate values into the fraternity and sorority experience. Members of the Fraternal Values Society strive to focus on actions through central values.

GAMMA SIGMA ALPHA Gamma Sigma Alpha exists to recognize and advance academic excellence as a core value of fraternities and sororities. This honor society was developed by students and offers members the opportunity to cultivate leadership skills through officer positions, event planning and gives the chance for creative thinkers to assist with expansion of the organization. Members receive the unique opportunity to network with university faculty, staff and administration and other outstanding Greek students through the Society’s goals and activities. This personal development based organization provides members with access to scholarships and receive recognition for their academic achievements.



During spring break, a team of fraternity and sorority members travel to Indiana to serve nonprofit organizations in the Indianapolis community that focus on issues and services addressing urban poverty. The fraternal relevance experience combines leadership and service, focusing on the fundamentals of fraternity and sorority membership. Participants volunteer at local human service agencies, tour inter/national fraternity and sorority headquarters and reflect on their experiences.

GREEK COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS Greek Community Ambassadors is a volunteer program designed for current Greek members to create awareness, positively promote, stimulate interest and represent the Iowa State University Greek community with prospective students, families, community members and stakeholders. Greek Community Ambassadors communicate a comprehensive view of student life at Iowa State University, while focusing on various aspects of the Greek community including academics, brotherhood/sisterhood, civic engagement, leadership and social justice.

GREEK COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP COURSE The Greek community leadership class is a three-credit academic course offered to current leaders in the Greek community. Applications are available during the fall semester and around 25 students are accepted for the course. The goal of the course is to provide student leaders who possess membership in a social Greek-letter organization with the skills, knowledge and resources to allow them to reach their potential as leaders and council/chapter officers. This course focuses significantly on the practical side of being an organizational leader and is balanced with the understanding of how to create a stronger fraternity and sorority community.

GREEK RELATIONS EXECUTIVE COUNCIL The Greek Relations Executive Council (GREC) is a student group that provides Greek community awareness. Students write and edit the publication Letters, the quarterly Greek magazine, and coordinate marketing efforts for the Greek community. The group is divided into a marketing team, which promotes the Greek community through several communication avenues; the design team, which creates the design layout for Letters; and the communications team, which writes articles and content for Letters. Student leaders are chosen based on an application and interview process by leaders within the governing councils.

GREEK WEEK CENTRAL Every fall, more than 20 Greek students are selected to be part of the Greek Week Central Committee. This committee coordinates all the events for Greek Week, which includes lip sync contests, Greek Olympics, tournaments, BBQs, service projects and many other fun activities. The committee is selected in the fall and spends nearly six months planning for Greek Week, which occurs every spring.



This peer group educates and spreads awareness of sexual assault and violence to members of the Iowa State University Greek community. Education for these students is hands on and interactive. Discussions include consent education, sexual assault among college students, cultural influence of sexual assault and violence, victim blaming, bystander intervention, and resources at Iowa State University and in the Ames community.

The Greek leaders Rho Lambda stand for Panhellenic leadership. Although membership was originally intended for women whose organizations belonged to campus Panhellenics, any sorority woman is now eligible for membership as long as she meets the membership selection criteria. The purpose of Rho Lambda is to honor women within the sorority community who have exhibited the highest qualities of leadership and service to their Greek community and their sorority. They are women who have furthered the ideals and principles of the Greek community throughout their years of sorority affiliation.

ORDER OF OMEGA Order of Omega is a leadership honor society for members of fraternities and sororities. Order of Omega recognizes Greek juniors and seniors who have exemplified high standards in the areas of scholarship, leadership and involvement within their respective organization as well as within the Greek, campus and local community. Members are selected from the top 3% of students. To date, over 500 chapters have been chartered throughout North America, each sharing the common goal of recognizing the many outstanding student leaders at their institution.

PROJECT JAMAICA The Office of Greek Affairs Study Abroad Trip provides students the opportunity to engage in global service while deeply exploring social issues and building lasting relationships. Students will have the opportunity to focus on fraternal values while turning servant leadership theory into practice by rebuilding schools throughout Jamaica during spring break. This is a full semester course focusing on servant leadership and social entrepreneurism.

SAFE LIAISONS Students Advocating For Everyone (SAFE) Liaisons are student leaders in the Greek community who provide awareness, knowledge, and skills to fraternity and sorority members to create positive and sustainable change within the Iowa State Greek community. SAFE Liaisons participate in conversations and dialogue with staff and administrators to heighten the visibility of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer members and advocates within fraternities and sororities in the Greek community. The purpose of the SAFE Liaisons at Iowa State University is to educate our fraternity and sorority community on issues affecting LGBTQQIAA+ students to create a more welcoming and accepting environment for all students regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. These issues include, but are not limited to, race, ethnicity, masculinity, femininity, heterosexism, homophobia, mental health, anti-hazing and sexual assault.

RECRUITMENT COUNSELORS The Collegiate Panhellenic Council selects up to 50 upper-class Panhellenic women to serve in a year-round leadership role to help prospective women find the best sorority for them. They are often called Rho Gammas. Women are chosen through an application and interview process each fall in preparation for the annual Greek Visit Day.

UNIVERSITY SUPPORT AND RESOURCES The Greek community is supported by Iowa State University through administrative resources and collaborative support. While each of the local chapters and governing councils are self-governing organizations, the Office of Greek Affairs serves as the link between the fraternities and sororities and Iowa State University. Staff in the Office of Greek Affairs provide resources and support for the Greek governing councils, inter/national organizations, local advisers and prospective students. The Office of Greek Affairs staff also utilizes a liaison structure for the individual chapters, which pair up a staff member with each chapter to receive direct support concerning individual chapter needs. The Office of Greek Affairs has three full-time staff, three graduate students and one secretary, who serve over 4,600 students and stakeholders. The Office of Greek Affairs is a unit within the Dean of Students Office, which is part of the Division of Student Affairs. Many staff and faculty members serve in advisory positions to our Greek chapters.

OFFICE OF GREEK AFFAIRS PURPOSE STATEMENT The Iowa State University Office of Greek Affairs creates opportunities to become effective citizens in a global society through collaboration and community engagement, the development of self-efficacy and leadership and the advancement of social justice.



How are chapters managed? Are there staff members responsible for the chapters? Each chapter is a registered student organization with the Iowa State University Student Activities Center. As a part of this recognition process, chapters at Iowa State University are required to have a university adviser who is a staff or faculty member working on campus. Individual chapters internally elect student officers to manage the daily operations of the organization. Officers are assisted by alumni advisers who are appointed through their inter/national organization or selected through an alumni group. Each chapter is also responsible to report to their inter/national organization; which offers support, advice and direction through paid professional staff and regional volunteers. Chapter houses are considered university-affiliated housing. The majority of chapters with houses at Iowa State University employ a full-time live-in house director who provides much of the same support as a hall director in the Department of Residence. Chapters with houses also have a corporation board that provides fiscal responsibility, maintains insurance and facilitates annual and long-term capital maintenance.

I’m worried about managing my time being a member of a fraternity or sorority. How much time does chapter membership take? Similar to other clubs and organizations, the more time you dedicate to membership, the more opportunities and adventures you will experience. The time commitment varies from chapter to chapter. The first semester is generally a weekly meeting when members go through the chapter’s member education program. The majority of the chapter new member programs are six to eight weeks; these programs allow the member an opportunity to develop his or her leadership and time management skills, learn about the history of the organization, develop friendships and become more involved. Each chapter has a weekly chapter meeting and other required events, including initiation, recruitment and philanthropic activities throughout the year.

As a family member, how can I support my student? It is important for family members to continue to be a support system for their student. One of the key components for the support is empowering students as they navigate the Greek experience. Encourage your student to gather as much information as possible before they make the decision to join a Greek organization. It is important that you discuss financial obligations and the time commitment before your student enters a recruitment or intake process with a fraternity or sorority. This will be an exciting time of new experiences in your student’s life and your support will be invaluable.

Why are there some things fraternity and sorority members can’t talk about? What’s the big secret? Fraternity and sorority members often participate in ceremonies while becoming an active member of that organization. These ceremonies often are referred to as rituals. Greek chapters pride themselves on the rituals that their chapters were founded upon. These rituals are full of the traditions and values that make the chapters unique, having been conducted for many years. However, these rituals should not be confused with hazing and other inappropriate activities.

What will I get from Greek life that I would not get from any other college organization? Coming to college is one of the major life changes that you will go through. Joining a fraternity or sorority chapter will help make the transition easier. Developing lifelong friendships with the members in the chapters helps make the campus seem smaller. For many members, these chapters become a home away from home. In addition to the brotherhood/sisterhood, every chapter is dedicated to enhancing academics, civic engagement, leadership and social justice.

TERMS TO KNOW Active Member _ a fully initiated undergraduate member of a fraternity/ sorority. Alumni/Alumna _ an initiated fraternity/sorority member who has completed their course of study and graduated from the university. Bedroom-Style Living _ similar to the traditional residence hall. Bid _ a formal invitation given by a chapter asking a prospective member to join the chapter. Chapter _ the local membership of an inter/national fraternal organization. Cold Airs _ a large, common sleeping quarter with bunked beds. Traditionally windows are kept open year-round, but recently many cold airs are heated/ cooled appropriate to the season. Chapter members have two to three people within one living quarters separate from cold airs. Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC) _ the governing body for all Iowa State University sororities in the National Panhellenic Conference and two affiliate groups. Colony _ a fraternal membership that has received approval from the University Committee on Fraternities and Sororities and recognition from one of the Greek governing councils but is in a trial period with their inter/national organization. Fraternity _ a Greek-letter brotherhood, siblinghood or sisterhood. Greek _ the name applied to affiliated sorority and fraternity members. Interfraternity Council (IFC) _ the governing body for 31 Iowa State University fraternities; many groups are members of the North-American Interfraternity Conference. Initiation/Activation _ the traditional ritual or formal ceremony of induction that marks the transition to full membership in a fraternity/sorority. Legacy _ a prospective member whose grandparents, mother/father or sister/ brother is an alumni of a fraternity/sorority. Member Presentation _ a presentation where new members of many MGC and NPHC organizations present themselves as initiated members of their organizations to the campus community.

Membership Intake Process _ a process by which interested persons become members of most MGC and NPHC organizations. Generally characterized by an informational meeting, an application process, an interview or series of interviews and an educational process. Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) _ the governing body for fraternities and sororities at Iowa State with a diversity as a foundation for membership. National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) _ an organization composed of 26 member women’s sororities. National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) _ a national governing organization of nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities. Iowa State University has a local council to govern the chapters represented at Iowa State. New Member _ a prospective member from the time the member accepts a bid to affiliate until the time the member is initiated. MGC and NPHC organizations will use a variety of terms to call their new members. New Member Program _ a period of adjustment to Greek life, during which new members learn the history and values about the fraternity/sorority, its members and activities. North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) _ an organization composed of more than 70 national member men’s fraternities. Philanthropy _ a charitable fundraiser sponsored by a fraternity or sorority. Potential Members _ undergraduate students interested in becoming a member of a fraternity/sorority. Recruitment _ the continual process of encouraging men and women to become members of the Greek community. Sorority _ a Greek-letter siblinghood or sisterhood. Suite-Style Living _ three to six people sharing a common living space. The Office of Greek Affairs _ university staff offering support and resources to the Collegiate Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, individual chapters, Greek members and leaders and faculty and chapter advisers.

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY’S ANTI-HAZING POLICY Iowa State University has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing. The Greek community shares the university’s definition of hazing in the Iowa State University Student Code of Conduct, which includes hazing as any intentional, knowing or reckless action, request or creation of circumstances that: Endangers the health or safety of any individual; causes or presents a substantial risk of physical injury, serious mental distress or personal humiliation to any individual, or; involves the destruction or removal of public or private property in connection with initiation or admission into, or continued membership in, any group affiliated with the university, including but not limited to, any student, campus, fraternal, academic, honorary, athletic or military organization. It is not a defense to the violation of this section that the hazing participant provided explicit or implied consent. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts; they are violations of this section. This information was obtained through the following website: Each student will sign that he/she understands this policy when they sign their membership acceptance card (bid card) with the chapter that they join. Hazing may be reported to the Office of Greek Affairs, the Office of Judicial Affairs, Iowa State Police Department or the Dean of Students.



THE IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGIATE PANHELLENIC COUNCIL (CPC) IS A COLLECTIVE REPRESENTATIVE OF 17 SORORITIES ON CAMPUS. Many of these organizations are inter/nationally governed by the National Panhellenic Conference, which serves as an umbrella organization for these organizations to provide support and advocacy for the advancement of the sorority experience. These organizations recruit members through a Primary Recruitment process, which occurs each fall before the start of classes. Fourteen of these organizations have a chapter house located south of the Iowa State University campus. Alpha Sigma Kappa, a sorority for women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and Phi Beta Chi, a Lutheranbased sorority, are affiliate groups to the Collegiate Panhellenic Council and conduct continuous recruitment processes throughout the year. The Collegiate Panhellenic Council has an executive board elected by their peers. The council acts as the central governing body for these sororities with support from the Office of Greek Affairs. The Collegiate Panhellenic Council is actively involved with chapter development, programs and leadership opportunities for chapters and their members. The council coordinates campus and community resources, facilitates service projects, organizes Primary Recruitment and represents the Iowa State University Panhellenic community at regional and national meetings. The Collegiate Panhellenic Council works with the Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council and National PanHellenic Council to further the fraternity and sorority mission, host collaborative events and recruit members.

COLLEGIATE PANHELLENIC COUNCIL • Alpha Chi Omega • Alpha Delta Pi • Alpha Gamma Delta • Alpha Omicron Pi • Alpha Phi • Alpha Sigma Kappa • Chi Omega • Delta Delta Delta • Delta Gamma

• Delta Zeta • Gamma Phi Beta • Kappa Alpha Theta • Kappa Delta • Kappa Kappa Gamma • Phi Beta Chi • Pi Beta Phi • Sigma Kappa

PRIMARY RECRUITMENT Women can join one of the Collegiate Panhellenic Council groups through Primary Recruitment. It is encouraged to go through this recruitment process as it is the only guaranteed time all chapters are available to recruit. The Collegiate Panhellenic community takes pride in academic achievement. Many chapters look for women with a 3.0 cumulative GPA from high school or a 2.5 GPA from college to join.

Women will move into their assigned residence hall room a week before classes begin and join 15-20 other women who also live in residence halls or off-campus housing. An assigned Recruitment Counselor (often called a Rho Gamma) will serve as their guide through the week. Women will visit all chapters during Welcome Weekend and throughout the week, select which chapters they would like to visit the next day. At the same time, chapters are also choosing women who they could see joining their sisterhood. At the end of the week, women will attend events based on this mutual selection process during Preference Night. Bid Day is the following day when women are offered invitations to join one of these organizations. Many women who join one of our Collegiate Panhellenic Council organizations join through the Primary Recruitment process. Some women participate in Continuous Open Recruitment (COR) after the Primary Recruitment period, however it is not guaranteed that COR is available for all chapters. Please contact the Office of Greek Affairs for more information.

The Panhellenic community is thrilled that you are interested in Greek life. Sororities strive for individuals to become the best version of themselves. Through commitment to academics, leadership, sisterhood, civic engagement and social justice, sorority women prove to make a positive impact on the the Iowa State and Ames community. Here, any woman is able to find a place, as each of our 17 chapters has an individual and unique experience, forming lifelong friendships. The Panhellenic community wants to see you grow and become an empowered leader through the Greek experience. If you are interested, I encourage you to embark on a journey that will be sure to shape you into an amazing sister, student, service woman and leader. Ally _Collegia te Panhel l eni c C ounc i l Pres i dent

INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL THE INTERFRAERNITY COUNCIL (IFC) IS MADE UP OF 31 FRATERNITIES ON IOWA STATE’S CAMPUS. These 31 organizations are home to over 1,900 undergraduate men at Iowa State University. Many of these organizations are a part of the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), a trade association that works to ensure fraternities can operate in an environment conducive to their success through advocacy, collaboration and education. Rich in traditions and history, 29 of the IFC fraternities have homes located south of the Iowa State campus. Fraternity chapter sizes range from 20-120 members and house capacity ranges from 29-89 beds. IFC organizations participate in informal recruitment 365 days of the year. The 31 Interfraternity Council chapters are governed by a peer-elected undergraduate board of 11 officers. These IFC officers serve the community through leadership workshops, chapter development, service projects and recruitment. The Interfraternity Council is supported by the Office of Greek Affairs and collaborates with the Collegiate Panhellenic Council, Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council through all-Greek initiatives, strategic planning and support of the fraternity and sorority community. The Interfraternity Council does not conduct a formal recruitment process, but rather encourages a year-round recruitment model. Many men will join the summer before or during the first semester of their first year at Iowa State, through connections made during Greek Visit Day or throughout summer orientation. Men are welcome to join a fraternity at any time, however. Men interested in one of the Interfraternity Council chapters are encouraged to start looking at the organizations early so they can start narrowing down their search from our 31 organizations. Interested members are welcome to visit the Greek community website, chapter websites and other media sites to learn more. Throughout the summer, men can also make connections with chapters to find the best organization for them. INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL THE IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL (MGC) IS HOME TO NINE ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING FOUR FRATERNITIES • ACACIA • Adelante • Alpha Gamma Rho • Alpha Kappa Lambda • Alpha Sigma Phi • Alpha Tau Omega • Beta Sigma Psi • Beta Theta Pi • Chi Phi • Delta Chi

• Delta Sigma Phi • Delta Tau Delta • Delta Upsilon • FarmHouse • Kappa Sigma • Lambda Chi Alpha • Phi Delta Theta • Phi Gamma Delta • Phi Kappa Psi • Phi Kappa Theta • Phi Kappa Tau

• Pi Kappa Alpha • Pi Kappa Phi • Sigma Chi • Sigma Phi Epsilon • Sigma Pi • Tau Kappa Epsilon • Theta Chi • Theta Delta Chi • Theta Xi • Triangle

We are thrilled that you are interested in joining the Greek community at Iowa State University. Fraternity offers an authentic community that provides a network of lifelong support and friendship. It is more than just a collection of friends-- it is a diverse group of men committed to bettering each other and themselves. Greek students develop leadership skills; professional networks; excel scholastically; and make a lasting impact on the world around them through service and philanthropic initiatives. If you strive for excellence academically, socially, and professionally; I truly believe there is a chapter for you. Nic_ Interfraternity Council President


The Iowa State University Interfraternity Council (IFC) is dedicated to enhancing the benefits of lifelong fraternal membership by supporting chapters and encouraging their members to develop intellectually, socially and professionally at Iowa State University, as alumni and as members of their community. We support chapters by organizing purposeful programming, providing opportunities for balanced growth and facilitating collaboration among IFC chapters, the Greek community and Iowa State University.

MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL AND FIVE SORORITIES. The Multicultural Greek Council serves to improve and create dialogue and cooperation between parallel-goaled organizations. Membership includes fraternities and sororities that have an element of diversity as a foundation to its values, including Latinx, Asian/ Pacific-Islander and LGBTQQIAA+. Chapters within this council offer many opportunities for interested students. The Multicultural Greek Council is governed by peer-elected leaders who serve the community to create opportunities for collaboration, scholarship, community service events, promotional opportunities and programs for cultural awareness. The Multicultural Greek Council serves as the governing body to these nine organizations. Members collaborate with the Collegiate Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council for all-Greek events and to foster Greek unity. The chapters within the Multicultural Greek Council vary how they welcome members to their organizations. Gamma Rho Lambda and Delta Lambda Phi recruit members through council promotional events, chapter events and university events. Members interested in joining these groups can join at any time throughout their Iowa State experience. All other organizations conduct intake, which includes both the process of joining the organization and the new member period. Many groups only accept members who have an established Iowa State GPA, so many members do not join until the second semester of their first year at Iowa State University. The Multicultural Greek Council hosts Meet the Greeks each semester to promote their individual organizations. MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL • Delta Lambda Phi National Social Fraternity • Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. • Gamma Rho Lambda National Sorority • Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. • Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc.

Joining the Greek community will not only impact the years you spend at Iowa State University but will continue to shape you for the rest of your life. Your growth as a person morally will not only translate within the Greek community but can carve your eventual professional career. Understanding that joining this community is a part of something greater the Multicultural Greek Council continuously advocates for a variety of identities ranging from Latinx to LGBTQ+ to Asian American. If you strive for excellence through topics such as leadership, diversity, or academics we want you to part take in Greek life and would love to see you here! Andrew _ Multicultur al Greek C ounc i l Pres i dent

• Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. • Pi Alpha Phi • Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. • Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.


The National Pan-Hellenic Council is currently comprised of nine international Greek letter sororities and fraternities. Here at Iowa State, we have six of the nine organizations. Throughout the years, NPHC organizations have historically been involved with the uplift of the black community. We promote sisterhood/brotherhood, scholarship, and service within our own organizations and within the community. Gaining membership within the National Pan-Hellenic Council is the first step in a lifetime of sister and brotherhood. Ragan_ N ational Pan-Hel l eni c C ounc i l Pres i dent

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY IS HOME TO SIX OF THE NINE NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL (NPHC) INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, WHICH ARE OFTEN CALLED THE “DIVINE NINE.” This is a collaborative organization of historically African-American international Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities. Each organization was established on the tenets of brotherhood/sisterhood, high scholarship, leadership and service to others. The Iowa State University National Pan-Hellenic Council is home to two fraternities and four sororities. Similar to the three other governing councils, the National Pan-Hellenic Council chapter elects peers to serve in leadership roles to further the vision and mission of the six National Pan-Hellenic organizations. These leaders promote scholarship, leadership and service to others through collaborative events, cultural awareness and promote organizations at chapter and university events. Collaboration with the Collegiate Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council and Multicultural Greek Council is an important way to promote the values and history of NPHC. Members interested in joining one of these chapters will participate in intake. Members must have an established Iowa State GPA, so many members will not join until their second semester at Iowa State University, at the earliest. Members interested in a National PanHellenic group are encouraged to attend Meet the Greeks, held each semester for all six groups, and/or attend an informational night for one of the organizations.

NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.




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MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL AND NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL Each Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council organization will annually assess chapter dues, inter/national dues, joining fee and lifelong membership fees. Any questions can be directed to the local chapter.

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS. Every member of a fraternity or sorority agrees to be fiscally responsible as a student and a chapter member. Each chapter conducts their own billing and financial processes through online or payment plans. Membership fees include local and inter/national (if applicable) membership dues, one-time fees (such as initiation or new member fees) and room and board, if the chapter has a house. There are many scholarships awarded to Greek members through their local chapter, inter/national organization and through Iowa State University. Members are encouraged to seek out scholarships through these resources or contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at


THE IOWA STATE GREEK COMMUNITY HAS 43 FACILITIES THAT HOUSE APPROXIMATELY 2,000 STUDENTS DURING THE ACADEMIC YEAR. Each chapter house occupies between 29 and 89 students. Facilities are considered university-affiliated housing as they are owned by private nonprofit corporation boards, LLCs or their national housing corporation. Living in a fraternity or sorority house is cost-comparable to living in the Iowa State residence halls. Individuals who join a fraternity or sorority with a house may be able to break their Department of Residence contract after they join and move into the chapter house.



Many fraternity and sorority facilities are considered congregate housing. Congregate housing includes a private bedroom with one to three roommates. All residents of the house share living and activity space including dining rooms, formal living rooms, family rooms/dens, activity rooms, meeting rooms and study rooms. Amenities include:

A house director (often called a house mom or house dad) is a live-in full-time role or graduate student employed by the chapter house corporation to oversee the daily operations of the facility. His or her responsibilities vary from chapter to chapter. Typically the house director supervises staff including cooks/catering, waiters, cleaning services and/or other contracted services. House directors are trained to manage the facility, develop mentoring relationships with chapter members and ensure rules and policies are upheld.

• House Director (most sororities and fraternities)

• Wireless internet

• Meals provided by a cook or catering service

• Study areas, computer rooms and access to academic resources

• On-site laundry

• Parking (varies by chapter)

MEALS Chapters may employ a chef/cook or use catering for their meals. Most chapters provide a continental breakfast and either buffet or brown-bag lunch Monday through Friday. Formal or family-style dinner is generally provided Monday through Thursday, with an open kitchenette available after hours and throughout the weekend. Late plates and brown bag lunches are available to accommodate busy student schedules.

SLEEPING STYLE Chapters are organized as suite-style, cold air-style or bedroom-style living; or a combination of sleeping styles. Suite-style living is where three to six people share a common living space. Cold air-style living is where houses have large common sleeping quarters with bunked beds. Traditionally, windows are kept open year-round, but recently many cold airs are heated/cooled appropriate to the season. Chapter members have two- to three-person private living quarters separate from cold airs. Bedroom-style living is similar to a residence hall where beds and personal belongings are in one room and occupied by two to three people.

COLLEGIATE PANHELLENIC COUNCIL LIVING Chapter houses range in size from 49 to 69 beds. Typically, women who join a Collegiate Panhellenic Council organization with a house live in the residence halls their first year and then move in the following year, if space allows. Juniors and seniors typically live in off-campus housing, pending facility occupancy.

INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL LIVING Chapter houses range in size from 29 to 89 beds. Men who join an Interfraternity Council chapter with a house have the option of moving into the chapter house before their first semester at Iowa State or any time after that point. If a member would like to move into a fraternity house for his first semester at Iowa State, he is encouraged to check out the Department of Residence and Office of Greek Affairs Contract Cancellation Policy, which states: “Students who join the Greek Community on or before August 1 may cancel their Department of Residence and Iowa State University Dining contract to move into a fraternity or sorority house by forfeiting their $125 prepayment. Any student who cancels their Department of Residence and Iowa State University Dining contract after August 1 to move into a fraternity or sorority house will forfeit their $125 prepayment and be assessed a 15% cancellation fee if the chapter is in good standing.


16. Phi Delta Theta _ 2035 Sunset Drive

2. A d e l a nt e _ 3 1 8 We l c h Av e n u e

1 7 . P h i G a m m a D e l t a (F I J I ) _ 3 2 5 A s h Av e n u e

3. A l p h a G am m a R ho _ 2 0 1 G r a y Av e n u e

1 8 . P h i K a p p a P s i _ 3 1 6 Ly n n Av e n u e

4. A l p h a K appa L am bda _ 2 6 3 5 Kn a p p St r e e t

1 9 . P h i K a p p a T h e t a _ 2 1 1 0 L i n c o l n Wa y

5. A l p h a S i gm a P hi _ 2 2 3 Ly n n Av e n u e

2 0 . P i K a p p a A l p h a _ 2 1 1 2 L i n c o l n Wa y

6. A l p h a Tau O m ega _ 2 1 2 2 L i n c o l n Wa y

2 1 . P i K a p p a P h i _ 4 0 7 We l c h

7. B e t a S i gm a P s i _ 2 1 3 2 S u n s e t D r i v e

2 2 . S i g m a C h i _ 2 1 3 6 L i n c o l n Wa y

8. B e t a Thet a P i _ 2 1 2 0 L i n c o l n Wa y

2 3 . S i g m a P h i E p s i l o n _ 2 2 8 G r a y Av e n u e

9. D e l t a C hi _ 3 2 5 We l c h Av e

2 4 . S i g m a P i _ 2 1 8 A s h Av e n u e

10. D e l t a Tau D el t a _ 2 1 2 1 Su n s e t D r i v e

2 5 . Ta u K a p p a E p s i l o n _ 2 2 4 A s h Av e n u e

11. Del t a Si g m a P h i _ 3 0 7 Ly n n Av e ( Co m i n g F a l l 2 0 1 6 )

2 6 . T h e t a D e l t a C h i _ 2 1 7 A s h Av e n u e

12. D e l t a U ps i l on _ 1 1 7 A s h Av e n u e

2 7 . T h e t a X i _ 3 1 5 We l c h Av e n u e

13. Fa rm H ous e _ 3 1 1 A s h Av e n u e

2 8 . T h e t a C h i _ 2 1 9 A s h Av e n u e

14. Ka p p a S i gm a _ 2 3 7 A s h Av e n u e

2 9 . Tr i a n g l e _ 1 4 0 Ly n n Av e ( C o m i n g F a l l 2 0 1 6 )

15. La m b da C hi A l pha _ 2 0 3 A s h Av e n u e

COLLEGIATE PANHELLENIC COUNCIL SORORITIES 30. A l p h a C hi O m ega _ 3 0 1 Ly n n Av e n u e

37. Delta Zeta _ 2138 Sunset Drive

31. A l p h a D el t a P i _ 2 1 2 5 G r e e l e y St r e e t

3 8 . G a m m a P h i B e t a _ 3 1 8 P e a r s o n Av e n u e

32. A l p h a G am m a D el t a _ 2 1 1 8 Su n s e t D r i v e

39. Kappa Alpha Theta _ 2239 Knapp Street

33. A l p h a O m i cr on P i _ 2 0 0 7 G r e e l e y St r e e t

40. Kappa Delta _ 2102 Sunset Drive

34. A l p h a P hi _ 3 0 7 A s h Av e

4 1 . K a p p a K a p p a G a m m a _ 1 2 0 Ly n n Av e n u e

35. Ch i O m ega _ 2 2 7 G r a y Av e n u e

4 2 . P i B e t a P h i _ 2 0 8 A s h Av e n u e

36. D e l t a D el t a D el t a _ 3 0 2 A s h Av e n u e

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