2014 Guide to Carolina Fraternities and Sororities
Congratulations on your decision to further your academic career at the University of South Carolina! This university fosters an atmosphere and culture that truly has no limits. This will be the most exciting time of your life and this will only be heightened by your consideration to join fraternity or sorority life. Our community offers a values-based lifestyle through philanthropy, academics, sports and brotherhood and sisterhood. With a university that thousands call home you will certainly find an organization that can become yours. Your new brothers and sisters will receive you with open arms and you will instantly find a system of accountability, and support that you never thought possible. For these reasons and so many more we hope you consider becoming involved with fraternity and sorority life. This university has long hosted a rich legacy within fraternity and sorority life. Many of our greatest alumni from 1852 and on were involved in organizations that are still here today. Should you choose to join our community, you will be charged with maintaining this integrity and legacy. Our community was founded on the values of scholarship, leadership, friendship and service, and our members strive to live out these values each and every day. Your experience at the University of South Carolina will be some of the best years of your life, and we hope that this guide will provide you with a small glimpse into the ways in which joining a fraternity or sorority can enhance your experience. We wish you the very best of luck on your college journey and look forward to meeting you in the fall! Go Greek and Go Gamecocks!
Andrew Stewart & Paige Jones Fraternity & Sorority Council Presidents
Important Dates August 1: Sorority Recruitment registration closes at 4 p.m. August 13: Women with on-campus housing who are registered for Sorority Recruitment can move into residence halls August 13-24: Sorority Recruitment events August 25: Fraternity Recruitment orientation September 1-7: Fraternity Recruitment events
Contents 2 Community at a Glance 3 Fraternity and Sorority Life
4 Scholarship 5 Leadership 6 Service 7 Friendship 8 Fraternity Council 9 Sorority Council 10 Greek Conduct Board 11 Multicultural Greek Board 12 NPHC Board 13 Greek Programming Board
How to Join
NPHC & MGC Chapters
Fraternity Cost to Join
Sorority Cost to Join
Itâ€™s All Greek to Me
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Community At a Glance Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of South Carolina totals more than 5,000 members, making up 21% of the overall student body. Today, our community boasts 41 organizations, 20 on-campus facilities, two governing councils, and four student-run boards. Each of our organizations has their own rituals, traditions, and philanthropies, but they all strive to live by the four core values of scholarship, leadership, friendship, and service. Looking for more information? Learn more about community statistics, programmatic offerings, and more at www.sa.sc.edu/fsl.
Fraternity & Sorority Life The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of South Carolina works with the fraternities and sororities on campus to promote the values of scholarship, leadership, service, and friendship. The office staff collaborate to advise the governing councils and four boards and work directly with the presidents and executive officers of the 41 campus fraternities and sororities on leadership development and organizational management.
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The fall 2013 all-Greek GPA was 3.31, while the undergraduate average was 3.15.
Fraternity and sorority members at Carolina have consistently achieved higher grade point averages and graduate at a significantly higher rate than non-Greek students. Individual chapters and the councils have scholarship chairs and academic programming to help their members succeed in the classroom.
Every chapter is assigned to an academic coach through the Academic Centers for Excellence to assist members with study skills and accomplish their academic goals.
29% of our members have a 3.75 GPA or higher. 13% of our members have a 4.0 GPA.
Greek students persist through their college academic work at a 10% higher rate than non-Greeks.
Leadership Involvement in a Greek-letter organization provides a valuable opportunity to develop your leadership skills within your chapter and on campus. Nearly three-quarters of Greeks are involved in an organization outside of their chapter at Carolina! Looking for ways to get involved within the fraternity and sorority community? Check out these opportunities:
Fraternity and Sorority Council NPHC Board, Multicultural Greek Board, Greek Programming Board, and Greek Conduct Board Greek Emerging Leader Program Greek Camp
Greek Ambassadors Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute scholarships Chapter executive boards Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive committees Want more information about these opportunities? Visit www.sa.sc.edu/fsl.
Service Fraternities and sororities are heavily involved in giving both their time and financial contributions to a variety of charitable causes.
Major Greek service projects include: Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive Trick-or-Treat with the Greeks Greek Week service projects Individual chapter events benefiting causes like childrenâ€™s cancer charities, hunger awareness, diabetes research, domestic violence, and more.
Did you know? In 2013, Carolina Greek organizations donated more than $700,000 and close to 100,000 hours to service and philanthropic organizations. The 2013 Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive collected blood from 4,124 Carolina students, staff, and alumni. This marked the sixth year in a row that Carolina beat the Tigers and the 29th year of the competition!
The 9th Annual Trick-or-Treat with the Greeks provided a safe trick or treating environment for hundreds of children of community members and staff. Children played games provided by the chapters and collected candy.
Friendship Most students seek Greek affiliation as a way to meet people and develop lifelong friendships. Through brotherhood and sisterhood retreats, social events, and a variety of other chapter activities, students are able to build a close network of brothers and sisters to share their college experience with.
Sorority Council pairs sorority chapters each month to provide opportunities for women from different chapters to mix and mingle. Chapters have held movie nights, tie dye parties, and percent nights while celebrating sisterhood. Greek Week 2014 hosted a variety of activities to build Greek friendship including A Night at the Strom, Greek Sing, a supplies drive, and more. Sororities and fraternities look forward to their signature social events each year, which include band parties, formals, semiformals, beach and mountain weekends, and themed date parties.
Fraternity Council The goal of Fraternity Council and its officers is to serve as the governing body of the fraternity community, acting as a bridge between the fraternity community and the rest of Carolina. Executive officers work alongside each organization to help promote a values-based community, one in which every fraternity man, past or present would be proud.
On a yearly basis, Fraternity Council assists with a series of events including Greek Week, National Hazing Prevention Week, and Trick-or-Treat with The Greeks. Fraternity Council also supports all philanthropic events hosted within the community throughout the year. Recently, Fraternity Council was recognized for its outstanding community service, recruitment and risk management at the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference.
Sorority Council The purpose of Sorority Council is to serve as the governing body for the National Panhellenic Conference, National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the multicultural sororities at the University of South Carolina. The Sorority Council executive board is made up of women from different chapters who disaffiliate in efforts to promote the ideals of scholarship, leadership, friendship, and service. The ten executive positions include president, vice president of recruitment, assistant vice president of recruitment, vice president of finance, vice president of public relations, vice president of scholarship, vice president of programming, vice president of conduct, vice president of NPHC, and vice president of Multicultural Greek Board.
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The Sorority Council president runs weekly meetings with the executive board, chapter presidents and delegates, and advisors to discuss topics relevant to the Greek community. Sorority Council also works alongside Fraternity Council to develop numerous programs and events around campus and throughout the community. Sorority Council has adopted the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation as its official philanthropy. Circle of Sisterhood is an organization that aims to remove educational boundaries of women around the world.
Greek Conduct Board The Greek Conduct Boardâ€™s mission is to promote a sense of community-wide standards regarding responsible behavior, to maintain accountability for Greek studentsâ€™ actions and to uphold and exemplify the values of the fraternities and sororities at the University of South Carolina. Greek Conduct Board is composed of the vice presidents of conduct for Fraternity and Sorority Council as well as members selected from many of the Greek organizations
on campus. The primary responsibility of the board is to resolve organizational violations of the bylaws and rules of Fraternity and Sorority Councils, the university, and additional risk management policies. Greek Conduct Board members are also responsible for promoting risk management education within the community in areas such as safe event planning and hazing prevention.
Multicultural Greek Board The Multicultural Greek Board is the official governing board for the culturally based Greek-letter fraternities and sororities at the University of South Carolina. The board was officially recognized on February 3, 2014 â€“ becoming the first governing body recognized under the current Fraternity and Sorority Council structure. The purpose of the Multicultural Greek Board is to unify all multicultural organizations in an attempt to further promote diversity and unity on campus and throughout the community,
encouraging cooperation and coherence among member organizations and other organizations on campus. The board strives to provide educational programming and service opportunities for member organizations and the student body at the University of South Carolina. In addition to enriching our surrounding community, the board works to nurture the intellectual, emotional, and social development of its member.
NPHC Board The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is the official coordinating board for the eight historically black Greekletter fraternities and sororities at the University of South Carolina. The NPHC’s purpose is to foster cooperative actions of its members in dealing with matters of mutual concern. To this end, the NPHC promotes the well-being of its member organizations and provides leadership training for its constituents.
Collectively known as the “Divine Nine,” the NPHC Board at USC serves as the communication link between its member organizations, university administrators, Fraternity and Sorority Council, and the student body at-large. The NPHC Board is committed to upholding the core values of scholarship, leadership, friendship, and service by developing, implementing, and supporting impactful and engaging programming designed to meet the needs of students on the USC campus and residents of the greater Columbia area.
Greek Programming Board Greek Programming Boardâ€™s responsibility is to plan and execute community wide programs surrounding Fraternity and Sorority Lifeâ€™s four core values of scholarship, leadership, friendship and service. Signature events include Greek Week, Greek Sing, Trickor-Treat with the Greeks and Greek Camp.
Greek Programming Board is chaired by the vice presidents of programming from Fraternity and Sorority Council. The Board consists of co-chairs for scholarship, leadership, member engagement, service, public relations, and the Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive.
How to Join Three different membership recruitment processes exist for fraternities and sororities to take in new members. Each process will be explained in detail in the following pages. Please note that all organizations have a cost associated with membership. To best educate yourself on these costs, visit pages 65-66.
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Sorority Recruitment: The 11 sororities that are members of the National Panhellenic Conference participate in sorority recruitment, which gives potential new members a chance to visit with each chapter and follows a structured schedule of events. See pages 15-28 for more information.
Fraternity Recruitment: The fraternities that are members of the North American Interfraternity Conference participate in fraternity recruitment, which gives men a chance to get a feel for fraternity life. See pages 30-49 for more information.
Membership Intake: The eight National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities, as well as the five multicultural Greek organizations, participate in membership intake, which is organized by the individual chapters. See pages 50-63 for more information.
Sorority Recruitment Registration Dates Register for Recruitment at www.uofscsoco.com Registration opens: May 1 Registration closes: August 1 at 4 p.m. All women participating in Sorority Recruitment who are living on campus will be able to move in on Wednesday, August 13 at staggered times assigned by University Housing. Details regarding move-in day activities and schedules will be communicated later in the summer. Please visit www.uofscsoco.com or email email@example.com for more information.
Sorority Recruitment Orientation Wednesday, August 13 5:30 p.m. Carolina Coliseum Want to learn more about the recruitment process? This is your chance to hear from Sorority Council officers and recruitment counselors, also known as Pi Chis, about what to expect. Attendance is mandatory in order to participate in recruitment. You will be assigned to two recruitment counselors to help guide you through the recruitment process. After you have registered for recruitment, you will receive more details. A mandatory dinner with your small group will be
provided following orientation. Dress is very casual.
The registration fee is $120 before July 1 and $160 from July 1 until August 1. Registration costs will include several meals and snacks. It also will include two sorority recruitment t-shirts, a backpack, and other recruitment costs. An additional fee of $60 will be charged to women moving in on August 13 through the USC billing system.
Scholarship Day Thursday, August 14 & Friday, August 15 Over the two days of round one, you will visit all eleven sororities with your Pi Chi group. You will spend 20 minutes with each chapter learning about their scholarship initiatives and academic success. These first two days are very casual, so please wear your recruitment t-shirt, shorts or a skirt, and comfortable shoes. Kelly, Sorority Council VP of recruitment, and Rachel, Sorority Council VP of programming, show perfect outfits that combine our famous â€œCarolina Girlâ€? t-shirt that will be provided for you with comfortable bottoms and sandals.
Sorority Recruitment Leadership Day
Monday, August 18 & Tuesday, August 19
Wednesday, August 20
On these days, you can visit a maximum of eight sororities. You will spend 30 minutes with each chapter while they show a video that highlights their activities, sisterhood, tradition, and friendship. Please wear your recruitment t-shirt, shorts or a skirt, and comfortable shoes.
During round three, you will visit a maximum of five sororities and spend 45 minutes with each chapter to learn about their philanthropic causes and activities. Attire for this day is dressier, so please wear a sundress or skirt and top with dressy sandals or heels.
Mary Cate, Sorority Council VP of public relations, and Jeylan, Sorority Council VP of scholarship, show a provided t-shirt paired with comfortable bottoms and sandals. Each year, this t-shirtâ€™s design is a surprise!
Clara, Sorority Council VP of finance, and Paige, Sorority Council president, model appropriate sundresses and dressy shoes that are perfect for learning about the philanthropic efforts of Carolina sororities.
Saturday, August 23
Sunday, August 24
Preference round is a special ceremony intended for each chapter to showcase the special bond they share as sisters. You will visit a maximum of two sororities and spend one hour with each chapter. Due to the more formal nature of this day, please wear a cocktail or semiformal dress with heels.
This day is the grand finale of recruitment. Everyone will gather on the historic Horseshoe in anticipation of the final bids. Membership bids are given out to the women who finish the recruitment process, and recruitment counselors reveal their chapter affiliation and reunite with their sisters. Please wear comfortable attire, as this is an active and exciting day. Each sorority will give their new members a t-shirt to wear when they receive their bids.
Brady, Sorority Council VP of conduct, and Hannah, Sorority Council assistant VP of recruitment, model examples of cocktail dresses and dressy shoes that should be worn for Sisterhood Day.
Kelly, Sorority Council VP of recruitment, and Jeylan, Sorority Council VP of scholarship, show a comfortable outfit to wear to Bid Day activities.
Recruitment Couselors What is a Recruitment Counselor? Recruitment counselors (or Pi Chis) will be assigned to you and a small group of other potential new members. They are current members of the sorority community who temporarily leave their chapters behind to help you find your perfect fit. They have no contact with anyone from their chapter from May until recruitment is over. Please do not pressure your recruitment counselor into telling you her chapter affiliation. At the end of recruitment, all recruitment counselors will reveal the chapters they belong to and rejoin their sisters. These women are trained to assist students who are going through the recruitment process. They are here to guide you through and answer any questions you may have. Your Pi Chi is there to help you!
Possible Recruitment Violations Verbal bid: A verbal bid is any kind of statement by a sorority member that makes a reference to you becoming a member of her chapter. Invitations are only extended through your recruitment counselor.
Outside Contact: Any outside contact (phone calls, gifts, letters, visits) from undergraduates or alumnae is strictly prohibited. Sorority members may only recruit during the formal recruitment process.
If you ever feel like one of these violations occurred, make sure to inform your recruitment counselor. You should never be made to feel uncomfortable during recruitment.
Alpha Chi Omega NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1885 USC FOUNDING: 1988 COLORS: Scarlet and Olive Green CHAPTER WEBSITE: axousc.com NATIONAL WEBSITE: www.alphachiomega.org SYMBOLS: Golden Lyre and Red Carnation AWARDS & FUN FACTS: Largest chapter in the country, 2013 United Way Community Impact Award, 2012-2013 USC Gold Chapter Excellence Award From our Jingle for Julie Benefit Dinner, raising money for the Julie Tamborino Scholarship fund and events for Sistercare, from kayaking with sisters to movie nights at the theater, and from late nights in the study to social functions in the city, Alpha Chi Omega values every aspect of sisterhood. The University of South Carolina chapter of Alpha Chi Omega teaches our members to become real, strong women.
Alpha Delta Pi NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1851 USC FOUNDING: 1928 COLORS: Azure and White CHAPTER WEBSITE: uscalphadeltapi.weebly.com NATIONAL WEBSITE: alphadeltapi.org SYMBOLS: Lion, Diamond and Violets AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Largest Alpha Delta Pi chapter in the country, Alpha Delta Pi Golden Lion Award winners The sisterhood of Alpha Delta Pi is a home away from home. With chapter retreats at the Riverbanks Zoo, cooking meals at the Ronald McDonald House, annual date functions such as Mallard Ball and 1980s Pi and study dates with supportive sisters, Alpha Delta Pi’s truly live for each other. Our chapter at USC, which is the biggest in the country, proudly upholds Alpha Delta Pi’s values while encouraging each other everyday.
Alpha Gamma Delta NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1904 USC FOUNDING: 2012 COLORS: Red, Buff and Green CHAPTER WEBSITE: bit.do/alphagamsc NATIONAL WEBSITE: alphagammadelta.org SYMBOLS: Squirrels and Pearls AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: 2013 Alpha Gamma Delta Jewel Chapter for philanthropic contributions, one of the highest GPAs of all Alpha Gamma Delta chapters Alpha Gamma Delta is an international womenâ€™s fraternity that promotes academic excellence, ongoing leadership, personal development and above all, a spirit of loving sisterhood. Our chosen philanthropic focus is diabetes awareness and education. Alpha Gams can be seen participating in all aspects of student life here at Carolina including USC sports teams, writing for The Daily Gamecock, performing in university productions and even founding other student organizations. Together, we continually work to inspire the woman and impact the world.
Chi Omega NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1895 USC FOUNDING: 1928 COLORS: Cardinal and Straw CHAPTER WEBSITE: chiomega.sc.wix.com/etagamma NATIONAL WEBSITE: chiomega.com SYMBOL: Owl, Skull and Crossbone AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: First sorority at USC; raised $30,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation at Chi O Cookoff last year; sister won 2013 Homecoming princess; executive committee for Dance Marathon; president of Mock Trial and vice president of Fashion Board As Chi Omegas, we strive every day to be “womanly always, to be discouraged never.” To us, this means giving everything we have to our studies, campus, philanthropy and each other. Whether we’re grilling hot dogs at Chi O Cookoff to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation, grooving for the kids at Dance Marathon or helping each other with tough homework, you’ll always find Chi Omegas striving to live by our promise to work earnestly, speak kindly and act sincerely!
Delta Delta Delta NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1888 USC FOUNDING: 1928 COLORS: Gold, Silver and Cerulean Blue CHAPTER WEBSITE: uscdeltas.com NATIONAL WEBSITE: tridelta.org SYMBOLS: Dolphin, Pansy, Pearl and Trident AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: First Tri Delta chapter ever to raise more than $100,000 for St. Jude Childrenâ€™s Research Hospital; third largest Tri Delta chapter in the nation; recognized on campus as the winner of various philanthropy events, intramural champions and 2013 Homecoming winners Tri Delta has members from all over the U.S. and abroad and 100 percent member involvement in other organizations at USC. We are strongly committed to our philanthropy, St. Jude Childrenâ€™s Research Hospital, a special place to all Tri Deltas nationally. We live by our three values of truth, selfsacrifice and especially friendship. Check out our chapter blog, The Delta Diaries, at http://sctridelta. blogspot.com/ to find out more about Tri Delta at USC!
Delta Zeta NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1902 USC FOUNDING: 1928 COLORS: Rose and Green CHAPTER WEBSITE: uscdeltazee.org NATIONAL WEBSITE: deltazeta.org SYMBOLS: Killarney Rose, Roman Lamp, Turtle, and Diamond AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: USC Sorority of the Year 2012-2013, Delta Zeta Region XVII, Pride of the Region 2012 and 2013, No. 1 sorority GPA on campus in 2013 The women of Delta Zeta Sorority share a common purpose: to enrich the lives of our members, making them more meaningful and more rewarding. Our sisters are united through the bonds of sincere and lasting friendships, commitment to high academic achievement, personal growth and development and dedication to service. As Delta Zeta sisters, we realize the full potential that a sisterhood such as ours can provide during the college years- potential for laughter, for friendship and for life.
Gamma Phi Beta NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1874 USC FOUNDING: 2005 COLORS: Pink and White CHAPTER WEBSITE: gammaphizetasigma.com NATIONAL WEBSITE: gammaphibeta.org SYMBOLS: Crescent Moon AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: The term â€œsororityâ€? meaning sisterhood was specifically coined for Gamma Phi Beta; USC Dance Marathon four-time consecutive Miracle Cup winners; outstanding involvement on campus including founder of Walk Home Cocky initiative and Dance Marathon executive committee The Zeta Sigma chapter of Gamma Phi Beta is dedicated to building strong and confident women through our philanthropic partners CampFire USA, Camp Kemo and Girls on the Run. We value the strong bonds of sisterhood we experience each day, and we know these bonds will follow us after our collegiate careers. We strive for excellence in the classroom, the community and through leadership opportunities on campus while upholding our four core values of love, labor, learning and loyalty.
Kappa Delta NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1897 USC FOUNDING: 1940 COLORS: Olive Green and Pearl White CHAPTER WEBSITE: sc.kappadelta.org NATIONAL WEBSITE: kappadelta.org SYMBOLS: Nautilus Shell, Dagger, Teddy Bear and Katydid AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Third largest Kappa Delta chapter in the nation; monthly interaction with local Girl Scout troops; received Gold Chapter Excellence Award from Carolina Fraternity and Sorority Life in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Kappa Delta is a tight-knit sisterhood that excitedly welcomes its members and immediately creates a home where lifelong friendships are formed. Our sisters always aim to achieve academic excellence and campus leadership by participating in activities both inside and outside of the Greek community. We instill confidence in our members through personal growth, and we strive to promote confidence in our community through relations with Girl Scouts of the USA and Prevent Child Abuse America, which are supported by our Shamrock Projects.
Kappa Kappa Gamma NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1870 USC FOUNDING: 1967 COLORS: Light Blue and Dark Blue CHAPTER WEBSITE: usckkg.org NATIONAL WEBSITE: kappakappagamma.org SYMBOL: Owl, Golden Key and Fleur-de-li AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Second largest chapter in the country, 2012-2013 Academic Excellence Award from Fraternity and Sorority Life, 2012-2013 Chapter Involvement Award from Fraternity and Sorority Life Here at USC, Kappa is made up of 319 beautiful women from all walks of life. Together, we’re committed to upholding a tradition of leadership, which is evident by the numerous leadership positions our sisters hold throughout our community. Our chapter leads the way in promoting children’s literacy through our philanthropy, Reading is Fundamental, and nationally tops charts for outstanding scholarship. Above all, we pride ourselves on our fun, welcoming and genuine sisterhood that we can’t wait to share with you!
Phi Mu NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1852 USC FOUNDING: 2009 COLORS: Rose and White CHAPTER WEBSITE: sc.phimu.org NATIONAL WEBSITE: phimu.org SYMBOLS: Quatrefoil AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: 2013 Greek Sing champions, 2013 Spurs and Struts champions, Raised more than $8,000 at our first Bonnamu The sisters of Phi Mu at USC strive to achieve love, honor and truth on a daily basis. From our battle of the bands, nicknamed Bonnamu, benefiting Childrenâ€™s Miracle Network Hospitals, to snow tubing trips with sisters at midnight, and from supporting sisters in the library to getting ready for date functions together, we believe in genuine friendships, lifelong sisterhood and enjoying our time here cheering on the Gamecocks!
Zeta Tau Alpha NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1898 USC FOUNDING: 1929 COLORS: Turquoise Blue and Steel Gray CHAPTER WEBSITE: sc.zetataualpha.org NATIONAL WEBSITE: zetataualpha.org SYMBOLS: Crown, Carpenter Square and Strawberry AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: National Crown Chapter Award, ZTA Foundation Major Donor Award, 2012-2013 USC Campus Involvement and Leadership Award The undeniable bond in Zeta Tau Alpha comes from our leadership, service and friendship. We consistently strengthen our sisterhood with beach trips and spa days. Our passion for our philanthropy, breast cancer education and awareness is illustrated by our annual Crown Classic Golf Tournament, Think Pink games and 5K. We support academic achievement with prizes and renting out Starbucks during exams. Whether we are impacting our community or at our house watching our favorite shows, collectively we seek the noblest.
Pi Beta Phi NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1867 USC FOUNDING: 1931, re-colonizing in 2014 COLORS: Wine and Sliver Blue CHAPTER WEBSITE: pibetaphi.org/southcarolina NATIONAL WEBSITE: pibetaphi.org SYMBOLS: Arrow and Angels AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Six core values: integrity; lifelong commitment; honor and respect; personal and intellectual growth; philanthropic service to others; and sincere friendship Pi Beta Phi is so excited to return to the University of South Carolina this fall! We will be hosting our recolonizing recruitment following formal recruitment. Being a part of colonizing recruitment is a rare and unique opportunity â€“ something that most college women do not get to experience. By becoming a member of Pi Beta Phi, there are opportunities for leadership, friendship and philanthropic service. It is a place where we form lifelong friendships, and where the bonds of wine and blue can tie sisters of any age, university, or alumnae organization club together. Each of our members takes something great from Pi Phi to help shape her own experience, and it is our goal to help you pursue your dreams and enrich your years at USC.
Fraternity Recruitment Recruitment Orientation Monday, August 25 (2 sessions available)
Russell House Ballroom A&B
6 p.m. or 8 p.m.
Recruitment orientation is mandatory for all men participating in fall Fraternity Recruitment. The process and policies will be explained in detail. Community leaders will be present to answer any questions you may have on fraternity life at Carolina. Please check your email to see which session you should attend.
Recruitment Educational Sessions Must attend at least one of the sessions below Tuesday, August 26
Russell House Theatre 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 27
Russell House Theatre 7 p.m.
Friday, August 29
Russell House Theatre 3 p.m.
Chapter Tours Monday, September 1 & Tuesday, September 2 Greek Village & Strom Fields 6 â€“ 10 p.m. both days Chapter tours will occur over two days and you will have the opportunity to visit with all of the fraternities participating in fall Fraternity Recruitment. For this tour, potential new members will taken on guided tours by their Recruitment Counselor (Rho Alpha) to meet each chapter. Taking advantage of the time given to meet all of the chapters allows for a more well-rounded recruitment experience. Feel free to ask the chapters about dues, time commitments, and scholarship programs during this time.
Fraternity Recruitment Informal Invitation Rounds Wednesday, September 3 & Thursday, September 4
Location and time determined by chapter Chapter informal nights give chapters the opportunity to invite potential new members to visit with them in a more informal setting like a barbecue or other brotherhood events. You are encouraged to get to know the brothers in the chapters that you visit to increase your chances of being invited back to the invitational night of recruitment.
Formal Invitation Rounds Friday, September 5
Location and time determined by chapter For the invitational night of recruitment, individuals may choose to accept as many invitations as they receive. These formal dinners are restricted only to potential new members specifically invited by the chapter. This round should be taken very seriously in your selection process. Chapters will showcase the importance of lifelong brotherhood in their organization as part of the final night of formal recruitment.
Bid Day Sunday, September 7
Russell House Theater & Ballroom Potential New Members will attend one of two presentations in the RH Theatre and pick up bids between 4pm and 7pm in the Russell House Ballroom.
Fraternity Recruitment Guidelines All potential new members who wish to accept a membership into a fraternal organization in the fall 2014 semester must meet the following requirements: Be a full-time student at the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Have a 2.75 cumulative GPA from high school or previous college experience. Pay the $60 recruitment fee ($40 must be paid online with the individual registration before open house tours begin and $20 at bid day). Must participate in at least one community service event in between August 16th & September 7th sponsored by Fraternity Council, an individual chapter, or on your own (Fraternity Council must be able to verify these service hours). Attend at least one of the supplied educational programs during informal recruitment week (hosted by Fraternity Council). Observe the no alcohol policy during the recruitment activities.
Your first two weeksâ€Ś We are glad that you are interested in becoming a part of our fraternity community. Please take advantage of your first two weeks of school to learn even more about being a fraternity man on campus. Like us on Facebook for up-to-date information and be sure to register for recruitment at www.sa.sc.edu/fsl/fraternity to receive email updates in order to help you learn more about our communityâ€™s values of scholarship, leadership, friendship, and service.
AEÎ Alpha Epsilon Pi
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1913 USC FOUNDING: 2010 COLORS: Blue and Gold CHAPTER WEBSITE: scaepi.org NATIONAL WEBSITE: aepi.org SYMBOLS: Lion AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Most Southern Delegation at Southern Conclave, Philanthropy Award for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, fastest growing delegation in the Southeast Alpha Epsilon Pi- Gamma Chi was founded at the University of South Carolina to provide opportunities for Jewish men seeking the best possible college and fraternity experience. We have maintained the integrity of our purpose by strengthening our ties to the Jewish community and serving as a link between high school and career.
BΘΠ Beta Theta Pi
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1839 USC FOUNDING: 1858 COLORS: Delicate shades of Pink and Blue CHAPTER WEBSITE: uscbeta.org NATIONAL WEBSITE: betathetapi.org SYMBOLS: Dragon and Three stars AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: 2013 Homecoming winners, second highest fraternity GPA, Beta Theta Pi Sisson Award
After recolonizing in 2010, the Upsilon chapter has been growing steadily over the years. Our major philanthropy is Beta Lei with all proceeds going to No Greater Sacrifice,which supports children of fallen soldiers with scholarships. We are one of the largest Beta chapters in the nation and continue to gain national recognition every year.
XÎ¨ Chi Psi
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1841 USC FOUNDING: 1858 COLORS: Royal Purple and Gold NATIONAL WEBSITE: www.chipsi.org Chi Psi brothers actively pursue superiority by incorporating the Program for Excellence, which creates successful men, enhances the college experience, cultivates lifelong bonds, and provides an education outside of the classroom for its new members. Because the values we embody render our purpose, our Alpha at USC is proudly among the top Chi Psi Alphas in the nation.
ΔTΔ Delta Tau Delta
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1858 USC FOUNDING: 1999 COLORS: Royal Purple, White and Gold CHAPTER WEBSITE: scdelts.com NATIONAL WEBSITE: delts.org AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Top 10 chapter in the country in 2013 From doing philanthropy events to competing in intramurals, our mission statement, “Committed to Lives of Excellence,” describes the attitude we take toward all aspects of campus involvement. Our fraternity, grounded in our strong brotherhood, was recognized in 2013 as a top 10 chapter nationally.
ΔY Delta Upsilon
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1834 USC FOUNDING: 1983 COLORS: Old Gold and Sapphire Blue CHAPTER WEBSITE: scdeltau.com NATIONAL WEBSITE: deltau.org SYMBOLS: Duck AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Only non-secret fraternity Delta Upsilon is the premier men’s fraternity committed to building men for a global society. We pride ourselves on merit-based recruiting and on our heritage as a non-secret, non-hazing fraternity. We strive to live by our founding principles. One way we achieve this is by raising money for and attending the Delta Upsilon Global Service Initiative, an alternative break service opportunity.
Kappa Alpha Order NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1865 USC FOUNDING: 1881 COLORS: Crimson Red and Old Gold CHAPTER WEBSITE: kappaalphaorder.org NATIONAL WEBSITE: kappaalphaorder.org SYMBOLS: Crimson Rose and Magnolia Blossom AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Highest GPA in our province, Zac Brown is a brother Kappa Alpha is a diverse group of Southern gentlemen who excel socially as well as academically at the University of South Carolina. The Rho chapter takes pride in its historic longevity, alumni and traditions while striving to maintain the same standards of excellence for generations to come. With unique events throughout the year such as Convivium and Old South, we pride ourselves not only on our events and philanthropy but first and foremost on our strong brotherhood.
KÎŁ Kappa Sigma
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1869 USC FOUNDING: 1889 COLORS: Red and Green CHAPTER WEBSITE: kappasigmausc.org NATIONAL WEBSITE: kappasigma.org SYMBOLS: Star and Cescent AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Largest chapter in region, USC Athletic Director Ray Tanner is a brother from our chapter The Kappa Sigma Fraternity is the most preferred fraternity in the world for a reason. Here at USC, the Chi-Omega chapter is a Southern fraternity that lives through our values of fellowship, scholarship, leadership and service. We strive to excel in every aspect of our collegiate experience. Our members understand the value and impact that we can have on our Greek community and choose to exercise that right.
Î›XA Lambda Chi Alpha
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1909 USC FOUNDING: 1945 COLORS: Purple, Green and Gold CHAPTER WEBSITE: facebook.com/ LXAEpsilonPsiZeta NATIONAL WEBSITE: lambdachi.org SYMBOLS: Cross and Crescent AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: 2012-2013 Most Outstanding New Member at USC, high GPA
We are a brotherhood dedicated to living and exemplifying our seven core values. Our brothers demonstrate these principles through education, service and leadership in the local community. Our members have and will continue to leave a positive and lasting legacy at the University of South Carolina.
ΦKΣ Phi Kappa Sigma
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1850 USC FOUNDING: 1929, Re-chartered in 2008 COLORS: Black and Old Gold CHAPTER WEBSITE: southcarolina.chapterspot.com NATIONAL WEBSITE: pks.org SYMBOLS: Skull and Crossbones AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Skip Bayless of ESPN is one of our alumni, recognized as one of Phi Kap’s top three southern chapters, one of the first fraternities to accept men of color (our motto is “Brotherhood is more than skin deep”) Phi Kappa Sigma’s Alpha Eta chapter is devoted to creating men of honor with close relationships that cannot be found in many other organizations at South Carolina. As a fraternity, we promote philanthropy, academic achievements and involvement in other student organizations on campus. We have amazing alumni that provide numerous networking opportunities for after graduation. Whether we are raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, competing in intramural sports or just hanging out as a group of best friends, we are always having a good time and are proud to say that we are Phi Kaps!
ΦΣK Phi Sigma Kappa
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1873 USC FOUNDING: 2004 COLORS: Red and Silver CHAPTER WEBSITE: scphisigs.com NATIONAL WEBSITE: phisigmakappa.org SYMBOLS: Triple T’s AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: National Diversity Award, National Service in Community Award, chapter GPA above USC’s all male GPA From our Phi Sig Slam Kickball Tournament benefiting the Special Olympics to tailgating for Gamecock sports together and from mixers with sororities around Greek Village to our Beach Weekend, Phi Sig values are found in the lives of our brothers. Our chapter at USC also is extremely involved in intramural sports.
ΠKA Pi Kappa Alpha
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1868 USC FOUNDING: 1891 COLORS: Garnet and Old Gold CHAPTER WEBSITE: xipikes.com NATIONAL WEBSITE: pikes.org SYMBOLS: Shield and Diamond AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Smythe Award Winner, Ordinance of Excellence Award, top 10 nationally in recruitment Pi Kappa Alpha is dedicated to developing men of integrity, intellect and high moral character and to fostering a truly lifelong fraternal experience. Pi Kappa Alpha’s members at USC strive to be scholars, leaders, athletes and gentlemen and seek excellence in everything we do. Our founders created Pi Kappa Alpha to attract men committed to the full development of their intellect and personal potential. Integrity is demanded in all relationships and pursuits, both personal and academic.
ΠKΦ Pi Kappa Phi
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1904 USC FOUNDING: 1910 COLORS: Gold and Blue NATIONAL WEBSITE: pikapp.org SYMBOLS: Star Shield, Rose, Lamp and Bell AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Second largest chapter in the southeast, four time consecutive winner of the Chi Omega Cook Off, one of the largest fraternities on campus Character, leadership, academics, sportsmanship and service: these are the qualities that make up the men Pi Kappa Phi. Pi Kappa Phi takes pride in being the only fraternity started in the state of South Carolina and is the only fraternity to start and run a national philanthropy, Push America.
ÎŁAE Sigma Alpha Epsilon
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1856 USC FOUNDING: 1882 COLORS: Royal Purple and Old Gold CHAPTER WEBSITE: saeusc.com NATIONAL WEBSITE: sae.net SYMBOLS: Lion, Phoenix and Minerva AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Pete Carroll is an alum We work with the Wounded Warrior Project to raise money for disabled veterans. We are a part of the South Carolina Adopt-a-Highway program, helping to clean up a stretch of Bluff Road beside Williams-Brice Stadium. Our chapter also hosted the David Simone Softball Classic to help a brother suffering from cancer.
ΣX Sigma Chi
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1855 USC FOUNDING: 1929 COLORS: Blue and Old Gold CHAPTER WEBSITE: sigmachi.org/chapters/ undergraduate/gamma-nu NATIONAL WEBSITE: sigmachi.org SYMBOLS: White Cross AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: 2014 Bell Chapter Recognition, raised $30,000 in 2013 for the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital through our Derby Days philanthropy, motto is “In Hoc Signo Vinces” which is Latin for “in this sign you will conquer” The fundamental purpose of the Sigma Chi Fraternity is the cultivation, maintenance and accomplishment of the ideals of friendship, justice and learning within our membership.
ÎŁN Sigma Nu
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1869 USC FOUNDING: 1874 COLORS: Black, White and Gold CHAPTER WEBSITE: sigmanudeltachapter.com NATIONAL WEBSITE: sigmanu.org SYMBOLS: Serpent, Shield, Star, Sword and White Rose AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Second largest and fifth oldest Sigma Nu chapter in the nation, One of the few chapters in the nation to have received the Rock Chapter award The Sigma Nu creed says that every member is to believe in the life of love, walk in the way of honor and serve in the light of truth. Our mission is to create a cohesive and adaptive environment where brothers may develop into honorable men of integrity through the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of life.
ΣΦE Sigma Phi Epsilon
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1901 USC FOUNDING: 1904 COLORS: Purple and Red NATIONAL WEBSITE: www.sigep.org SYMBOLS: Skull and Crossbones within a Black Heart AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Largest fraternity nationwide, chapter-wide GPA is above 3.00, tremendous support group of alumni and mentors Sigma Phi Epsilon is all about building balanced men. That, along with our core values of virtue, diligence, and brotherly love, is a recipe for great success. Our rigorous 3.0 minimum GPA standards and our practice of “Sound Mind Sound Body” ensures that our brothers are the best and brightest of what the University of South Carolina has to offer.
ΘΔX Theta Delta Chi
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1847 USC FOUNDING: 2008 COLORS: Black, Blue, and White CHAPTER WEBSITE: tdx-gamecocks.com NATIONAL WEBSITE: thetadeltachi.net SYMBOLS: Minerva, Owl and Ruby AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: 2012 TDX Travelers Cup, 2010 TDX Improvement Cup The Rho Charge of Theta Delta Chi, originally founded in 1859, was officially rechartered at the University of South Carolina in 2008. The original records are assumed to have perished during the War Between the States. In 2008, the Charge was rechartered as Rho Proteron with 11 men constituting its first recorded initiates.
Membership Intake Undergraduate students who wish to join a National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) or Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) organization must meet specific membership qualifications. These standards include, but are not limited to, academic achievement (2.5-3.0 GPA depending on the organization), community service, and good character. Any interested student is required to have a minimum of 12 credit hours before participating in the intake process, and students who are on disciplinary probation may not participate. Such requirements are designed to promote the advancement of strong and effective chapters. Each organization implements its own unique membership intake process. To learn more about NPHC and MGC organizations, students are highly encouraged to attend the Membership Intake Orientation meeting co-hosted by NPHC and MGC. Membership Intake Orientation is generally held in the beginning of both fall and spring semesters. Additionally, interested candidates are expected to research each individual organization and chapter, as well as attend various events hosted by NPHC and MGC organizations on campus. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (NPHC) Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (NPHC) Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. (NPHC)
Organizations participating in the membership intake process are:
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (NPHC) Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (NPHC) Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (NPHC) Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (MGC) Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, Inc. (MGC) Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (NPHC) Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Incorporada (MGC) Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity, Inc. (NIC) Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (NPHC) Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. (MGC)
AKA Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1908 USC FOUNDING: 1973 COLORS: Salmon Pink and Apple Green CHAPTER WEBSITE: thetagamma1908.org NATIONAL WEBSITE: aka1908.com SYMBOLS: Ivy leaf AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Most library log hours at USC in 2013, highest GPA in NPHC, 2013 Homecoming Step Show winners Our chapter is notorious for excelling both inside and outside the classroom. Having the highest GPA in NPHC for the past consecutive semesters is our most cherished accomplishment as our mission calls for high scholastic standards. Off-campus, we dedicate service to various organizations such as W.A. Perry Elementary School, Alcorn Middle School, SisterCare, Oliver Gospel Mission, Harvest Hope, Columbia Housing Authority and several university agencies through Service Saturday and MLK Days of Service in addition to many others. The Theta Gamma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is committed to uplifting others-always living by merit and culture.
ΔΣΘ Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1913 USC FOUNDING: 1973 COLORS: Crimson and Cream CHAPTER WEBSITE: web.sa.sc.edu/iotachi1913 NATIONAL WEBSITE: deltasigmatheta.org SYMBOLS: African Violet AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Largest chapter attendance at Project H.E.R.S. 2013 (Collegiate Retreat for the South Atlantic Region), Greek Life Bronze Award 2012, three women in state/regional positions were initiated through our chapter - South Atlantic regional director, South Carolina state coordinator, North Carolina state coordinator. We are an organization of college-educated women committed to public service with an emphasis on the African-American community. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded on January 13, 1913, by 22 collegiate women at Howard University. These students wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and provide assistance to people in need. The first public act performed by the Delta founders involved their participation in the Women’s Suffrage March in Washington D.C. in March 1913.
IΦΘ Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1963 USC FOUNDING: 2006 COLORS: Brown and Gold CHAPTER WEBSITE: etabeta-ipt.wix.com/home#! NATIONAL WEBSITE: iotaphitheta.org SYMBOLS: Centaur AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Second place in 2013 Homecoming Step Show. The Eta Beta chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Incorporated is determined to serve Columbia, SC through service. As men of Iota, we must uphold our five principles of scholarship, leadership, citizenship, fidelity and brotherhood among men. As we continue to grow and strengthen, so will our commitment to make meaningful contributions to both our home and campus communities. Our fraternity is, and shall forever remain dedicated to the vision of our 12 founders “Building a tradition, not resting upon one!”
KAÎ¨ Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1911 USC FOUNDING: 1970 COLORS: Crimson and Cream CHAPTER WEBSITE: thezenupes.com NATIONAL WEBSITE: kappaalphapsi1911.com SYMBOLS: Shield AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: First black Greek letter organization founded at a predominantly white institution in the South; founded September 25, 1970, at Rutledge Chapel; 2011 and 2012 Homecoming Step Show Winners; 2011 intramural football winners; first black student body president (Harry Walker); first African-American mayor of Columbia (Steve Benjamin). The Zeta Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is a chapter robust with achievement. Zeta Epsilon is an achievement-oriented chapter of men who have a keen vision of commitment to the fraternity, campus, community, and society collectively. With philanthropies such as Harvest Hope Food Bank, Soles for Souls, Miss Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship Pageant, and Kappa League, it is easy to see that Zeta Epsilon is much more than a social fraternity.
ΩΨΦ Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1911 USC FOUNDING: 1973 COLORS: Royal Purple and Old Gold CHAPTER WEBSITE: zz1911.com NATIONAL WEBSITE: oppf.org SYMBOLS: Omega Psi Shield AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: 2011 Chapter of the Year for the 6th District of Omega Psi Phi. The Zeta Zeta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is constantly striving to uphold the Cardinal Principles of manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift. Brothers are actively involved on campus and are leaders in many different areas. From feeding the homeless every month to collecting school supplies for needy kids, we are actively involved in community service. The bond that brothers have with each other is unlike any other, and we are dedicated to pushing ourselves to be the best men we can be.
ΦBΣ Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1914 USC FOUNDING: 1978 COLORS: Pure White and Royal Blue CHAPTER WEBSITE: web.sa.sc.edu/kappaiota NATIONAL WEBSITE: phibetasigma1914.org SYMBOLS: Dove AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: 2013 Homecoming Step Show winners, highest amount of community service Hours for NPHC fraternities at USC, 2013 Regional Step Show winners The Kappa Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma is one of the most prestigious chapters within the state of South Carolina and the Southeast region. As the “people’s frat,” we believe in getting to know students and hosting events that provide a quality experience. From having first-class social functions such as “A Night of Blue & White,” to being the 2013 Homecoming Step Show winners, Kappa Iota is a real brotherhood filled with quality and distinguished members.
ÎŚIA Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1931 USC FOUNDING: 2011 COLORS: Gold, Blue, Red and White CHAPTER WEBSITE: facebook.com/USCsPhiotas NATIONAL WEBSITE: phiota.org SYMBOLS: Lion AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Highest GPA among all Latino fraternities, oldest Latino fraternity In existence, first Latino fraternity in South Carolina Phi Iota Alphaâ€™s mission is to develop leaders. Our goal at the University of South Carolina is to empower and unite the Latino community. We do this by providing social and cultural programs and activities geared toward the appreciation, promotion and preservation of the Latin American culture. Our brotherhood prides itself in fundraising for UNICEF, striving for academic excellence, performing community service aimed at the Latino community and always living by our creed of Fuerza (Strength), Integridad (Integrity) and Amistad (Friendship).
ÎŁBP Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, Inc.
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1996 USC FOUNDING: 2010 COLORS: Red, Black and Green CHAPTER WEBSITE: scsigrho.com NATIONAL WEBSITE: sigrho.com SYMBOLS: King Cobra AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Fastest colony to gain associate chapter status, Fastest growing multicultural organization, extensive alumni network Sigma Beta Rho was founded because a need was seen for a different kind of fraternity. We are more than just a fraternity but a brotherhood beyond all barriers. We welcome every race, creed, faith and culture, all united under the pillars of society, brotherhood and remembrance. Brothers of Sigma Beta Rho are active in the community and feature a bond among brothers like no other organization can provide.
ΣΓP Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1922 USC FOUNDING: 1974 COLORS: Royal Blue and Gold CHAPTER WEBSITE: zetatheta1922.wix.com/sgrho NATIONAL WEBSITE: sgrho1922.org SYMBOLS: French Toy Poodle AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Founded on a predominantly white campus, 2013 Challenge the Process Award, Spring 2013 highest community service hours Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority’s aim is to enhance the quality of life within the community. Public service, leadership development and education of youth are the hallmark of the organization’s programs and activities. Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically and economically.
Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Incorporada NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1990 USC FOUNDING: 2012 COLORS: Red, Gold and Royal Blue NATIONAL WEBSITE: hermandad-sia.org SYMBOLS: Unicorn and Pegasus AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Currently the only Latina based, although not Latina exclusive, sorority on campus; only chapter of SIA in South Carolina; motto is Semper Unum et Inseparabilis (Always One and Inseparable) It is simple to create a group of many parts, but it is difficult to have many parts come together to form one group, one sisterhood. While shared ideas of responsiblities, interests and feelings are common in many organizations, Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. places solidaridad (solidarity), inspiraci贸n (inspiration) and amistad (friendship) at the forefront. So precious and rare, SIA remains an organization that will never falter in its unity. Our strength lies in the friendships built between sisters near and far.
ÎŁÎ›B Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity, Inc.
NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1986 USC FOUNDING: 2013 COLORS: Royal Purple and Pure White NATIONAL WEBSITE: sigmalambdabeta.com SYMBOLS: White Stallion AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: First colony of SLB in the Carolinas, first Greek organization to have all of its members become Safe Zone allies, seven different ethnic backgrounds currently represented within our colony The USC Colony of Sigma Lambda Beta strives to further and uplift the community by promoting our four principles: brotherhood, scholarship, community service and cultural awareness. With events like weekly study hours and service work, our goal is to foster standards of excellence in morality, ethics and education. As a Latino-based organization with multicultural membership, these diverse cultures enrich our brotherhood experience. We are a nondiscriminatory organization that is open to any and all men.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1920 USC FOUNDING: 1977 COLORS: Royal Blue and Pure White NATIONAL WEBSITE: zphib1920.org SYMBOLS: White Dove AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: Chapter alumna have served as regional and state officers, 2012 highest GPA in the Southeastern Region, signature “Kisses and Condoms” annual forum Since its inception, the Psi Eta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. continues to impact the Carolina and local community under the leadership of its graduate chapter, Beta Beta Zeta. Our annual service endeavors include but are not limited to MLK Days of Service, Relay for Life, March of Dimes, Z-HOPE (Zetas Helping Other People Excel) and Stork’s Nest. Psi Eta prides itself on maintaining a minimum chapter GPA of 3.0.
Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. NATIONAL FOUNDING: 1991 USC FOUNDING: 2010 COLORS: Black and Peach CHAPTER WEBSITE: zetasigmachiusc.wix.com/usc NATIONAL WEBSITE: zetasigmachi.com SYMBOLS: Unicorn and Peach Rose AWARDS AND FUN FACTS: First and only multicultural sorority in the state of South Carolina; Greek Unity Award from Fraternity and Sorority Life; 79 ethnicities, 34 nationalities, 12 religions, one SISTERHOOD growing more diverse every day. Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. continues to be a catalyst for change and unity. Our sisterhood crosses the lines of race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and beyond as we celebrate unity through diversity. We embrace all women that share our ideals of bettering ourselves so that we may better our communities. From volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, becoming Fulbright Scholars or simply bonding around a campfire, all Z-Chis exemplify our principles through our daily actions.
Fraternity & Sorority Housing The University of South Carolina is fortunate to have some of the premier fraternity and sorority houses in the country. The Greek Village features 20 facilities and houses approximately 700 students. The Greek Village is managed by the USC Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the various fraternity and sorority house corporations. Each house has a live-in house director who is trained to manage the facility, develop mentoring relationships with residents, and make sure rules and policies are upheld. All first-year students at the University of South Carolina are expected to reside in residence halls throughout the duration of their contract they will sign this summer for both fall and spring semesters. This means that students will be responsible for the full cost of their University Housing contracts for the fall and spring semesters. No exceptions will be made for students who wish to move from a residence hall to the Greek Village.
Hazing Policy The University of South Carolina strongly believes in a vibrant learning environment where all students learn, grow, and develop to their fullest potential in a safe atmosphere. As such, Carolina strongly prohibits any actions, including hazing, that detract from such an environment. Below is USCâ€™s hazing policy and how you can report hazing anonymously. No organization may participate in the activity of hazing. Hazing is any activity undertaken by a group or organization or a member of that group or organization in which members or prospective members are subjected to activities that harass, intimidate, physically exhaust, impart pain, cause undue mental fatigue or mental distress, or which cause mutilation or alteration of the body or parts of the body. Such activities include but are not limited to, tests of endurance, submission of members or prospective members to potentially dangerous or hazardous circumstances, activities which have a foreseeable potential for resulting in personal injury, or any activity which by its nature is so profound that it would have a potential to cause severe mental anxiety, mental distress, panic, degradation, or public embarrassment. Registered organizations and groups shall be permitted certain initiation ceremonies and activities, which when examined by the ordinary university student, would seem reasonable under the circumstances and justified in view of the purpose for which they are conducted. It shall not constitute a defense to the charge of hazing that the participants took part voluntarily, that they voluntarily assumed the risks or hardship of the activity, or that no injury in fact was suffered.
Want to report hazing anonymously? Call the Fraternity and Sorority Life Hazing Hotline at 803-777-5800. All new members should be initiated by November 15, 2014.
Fraternity Cost to Join Double Room Cost
In-House Meal Plan
Out-of-House Meal Plan
1st Semester Dues/Cost
Beta Theta Pi
Delta Tau Delta
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
Lambda Chi Alpha
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Phi Kappa Sigma
Phi Sigma Kappa
Sigma Phi Epsilon
Theta Delta Chi
Alpha Epsilon Pi
Kappa Alpha Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Kappa Sigma
Pi Kappa Alpha Pi Kappa Phi Sigma Alpha Epsilon Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, Inc. Sigma Chi Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity, Inc. Sigma Nu
Sorority Cost to Join Double Room Cost
In-House Meal Plan
Out-of-House Meal Plan
1st Semester Dues/Cost
Alpha Chi Omega
Alpha Delta Pi
Alpha Gamma Delta
Delta Delta Delta Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Gamma Phi Beta
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Incorporada
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Zeta Sigma Chi
Zeta Tau Alpha
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
**Information is provided by the individual fraternity or sorority in spring 2014. Costs are approximate and subject to change. For most accurate information, consult the individual chapter.
Please note that there is a financial commitment associated with joining a fraternity or sorority. In order to operate, chapters charge membership dues once a semester. Fraternity members with houses in the Greek Village are typically required to live in the fraternity house at least one year, while sorority members with houses in the Greek Village have the opportunity to live in the house. Additionally, all chapters with houses have a meal plan for members starting the semester after a student joins the organization and lasting the duration of a studentâ€™s college career.
For Parents Parents play a large role in a studentâ€™s college career and in their decision to join a fraternity or sorority. Whether or not your family has a long history of fraternity and sorority involvement, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life is here to help you along the way. We greatly value the role that parents play in the lives of their children and look to you as an ally in making every studentâ€™s fraternity and sorority experience the best that it can be.
Questions Frequently Asked by Parents What is the financial obligation of joining? Costs to be a member of a fraternity or sorority can vary greatly by chapter, but it is important to know ahead of time that there will be some cost associated. The dues go toward (inter)national fees, chapter operating costs, and social functions. New members should expect to pay higher dues their first semester due to initiation fees. Housed chapters also have a mandatory meal plan that members join after their first semester and stay on for their college career.
What is the time commitment like? Time commitment generally varies from chapter to chapter and from member to member, but you can expect your student to invest more time in their fraternity or sorority during the first semester as they go through the new member education program. New member education focuses on learning the history and facts about the organization, developing leadership and time management skills, and spending time getting to know their brothers or sisters. Although it can be time intensive, it should not interfere with academic commitments. If you have concerns about the time your student is putting into their new member program, do not hesitate to contact our office.
Who runs the fraternities and sororities? Students elect their own officers to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization. These officers are assisted by chapter members serving on committees and alumni who serve as advisors to the officers and general chapter members. Housed chapters are owned by a house corporation that oversees the chapter facility. Each chapter is governed by its (inter)national headquarters and governing council on campus. Additionally, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life staff supports and advises the governing councils, chapter officers, and advisors.
It’s All Greek to Me
Frequently Used Greek Terms Advisor: An alumnus member who serves as a resource for the active chapter and liaison between the alums and collegians. Alumni:
Members of a fraternity who have graduated. (Singular is alumnus.)
Alumnae: Members of a sorority who have graduated. (Singular is alumna.) Badge:
Also known as a pin, it is an item of jewelry given to members upon initiation. The badge is to be worn at all official functions, and upon a member’s death, it should be returned to the sorority or fraternity headquarters. The badge must be worn with business-like attire, usually over the heart and above all other pins.
Bid: An invitation to join a fraternity or sorority. They are given out on Bid Day during formal recruitment
Initiation: A ceremony where a new member becomes a full member of the organization. Initiation ceremonies are private and different for all organizations. Intake: Term for the process by which NPHC members are selected to become pledges of an organization. Much more secretive than recruitment or rush. Legacy: The son, daughter, brother, or sister of an initiated
or alumnus/alumna member. Some organizations also include grandchildren or step-children.
Line: An NPHC term somewhat equal to a pledge class. They are the potential new members of the organization. Lines are often given names. Neophyte: New member of an NPHC organization. Also called a Neo.
Bid Day: The last day of recruitment in which potential new members receive formal invitations to join a fraternity or sorority.
New Member: After receiving and accepting a bid, the person becomes a new member.
Call: A yell used mostly by NPHC. Used to identify and greet
NIC: Stands for North American Interfraternity Conference and is the national governing body of the men’s fraternities.
NPC: The National Panhellenic Conference is the organization that governs the 26 national women’s sororities.
brothers and sisters. Non-members are not permitted to use the call.
A branch of a national sorority, established at a campus. Each will have its own name, usually designated by Greek letters.
Conduct Board: Board led by the VPs of conduct for Sorority and Fraternity Council. The board has some organizational sanctioning responsibilities and does risk management programming for the Greek community.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council, the governing body of the nine traditionally African-American fraternities and sororities, also known as the Divine Nine.
Collegian/Collegiate: An initiated member of a fraternity or sorority currently in college. Formerly known as active.
Order of Omega:
Expansion: When an organization is looking to expand and
Programming Board: Board led by the VPs of programming for Sorority and Fraternity Council. Plans all Greek-wide programming in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and friendship. Also in charge of the Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive.
Founders Day: An event celebrated by fraternities and sororities to highlight the founding of their organization and celebrate its history. It’s not necessarily held on the day the organization was founded.
Recruitment: The process where NPC and NIC sororities and fraternities get new members. Potential new members tour each house, are invited to parties, and choose the new members of their organization.
Fraternity Council: Governing council of the fraternity community at the University of South Carolina.
A new organization that is awaiting official recognition from their national office to have a chapter at a campus.
open a chapter at a new school.
Initiate: A person who has recently learned the ritual of a fraternity or sorority and is a full member.
An honor society for Greek members who demonstrate outstanding leadership and academic achievement.
The governing body of the sororities at the University of South Carolina.
Published on May 6, 2014
Annual publication from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of South Carolina