Greeks invite students to join the community
Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 16:08
Student leaders and advisors of the Greek organizations at Indiana State say becoming part of a fraternity or sorority is a positive and life changing experience.
Each year, about 12 percent of the student body at ISU is involved in fraternity and sorority life said Bo Mantooth, director of ISU Fraternity and Sorority Life. Involvement gives students the opportunity to build lasting friendships while serving the community in which they live.
Andrew Finley, a junior communication major and a member of the Kappa Alpha Order, looks forward to the beginning of the school year when he and his Greek brothers lend a hand to assist incoming students.
“It’s an opportunity to be a role model and a friend to a new student who may not know anyone on campus,” Finley said.
And really, that’s what Greek involvement is all about, says Associate Dean of Students Brooks Moore. Students who are involved in fraternities and sororities are able to connect to their peers one-on-one, he said. Those personal interactions begin with recruitment and carry forward throughout the year with small group gatherings, social and service events and information sessions.
Josh Voelker, a Pi Kappa Phi member and junior aviation major who serves as president of the Interfraternity Council, has been involved with Greek life for three years and loves the opportunities it gives him.
“With over a dozen fraternities at Indiana State, our Greek system can offer many great aspects to students, such as, leadership, community service and most importantly academic success,” Voelker said.
Students who gain leadership skills through their Greek affiliations often end up leading other student organizations, Mantooth said.
“Ideal candidates for Greek life are people who have their priorities in line,” he said. “We look for our Greek life students to excel academically with a minimum 2.5 grade point average and to be socially responsible.”
Greeks at ISU also have a major impact on the community of Terre Haute.
“Last year, 22,079 hours of community service was recorded between our fraternities and sororities,” Mantooth said.
Fraternities and sororities work hard to raise money for national and local charities, said senior sport management and marketing major Joe Zeedyk, a Sigma Phi Epsilon member who serves as vice president of judicial affairs on the Interfraternity Council.
Charities that have benefitted from the work of ISU Greeks include Terre Haute Children’s Museum, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Catholic Charities, he said.
Students who want to explore the possibility of becoming a member of a Greek organization will have the opportunity to do so during the next few weeks as the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association are working now to coordinate this year’s fall recruitment, Moore said.
“They facilitate a program and structure which allows potential members to be exposed to the diverse chapters ISU has,” Moore said.
While Greek visibility is high during the first few weeks of the academic year, Voelker said it’s the goal of the Greek organizations to continue that push year-round.
The recruitment process, which is sometimes labeled with an unfair reputation, isn’t one that should scare away students, Zeedyk said.
“I like to continually push my brothers towards principles of virtue, diligence, and overall brotherly love when it comes to recruitment,” he said.