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  • Capital University's Fraternity and Sorority Community  

    The ideas behind Fraternity and Sorority Life at Capital University foster growth, development, and education among its members within a diverse community. Here at Capital, we focus on four main pillars: Academic Success, Community Engagement, Philanthropy, and Brotherhood & Sisterhood. Our community promotes unity among all organizations on campus and provides a sense of encouragement and belonging. Fraternity and Sorority Life at Capital is home to many strong leaders, and there is a large push from this community to transform Capital from a campus to a home. When we continue to better ourselves, we continue to grow and transform lives.

    Students involved in fraternity and sorority life:

    • Live their fraternal and personal values every day for the betterment of themselves, others, and the community
    • Raise thousands of dollars for the local and national philanthropies, as well as service thousands of hours within their local and global community. During Spring 2015, Capital's Greek-affiliated organizations raised over $12,500 and served over 8,000 hours of community service
    • Are generally more involved with other student organizations and the community;
    • Have a higher graduation rate (92.7%) compared to that of non-affiliated student, as well as obtain higher GPAs compared to non-affiliated students

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    To learn about Capital University's Fraternity and Sorority Life community, find us on Twitter @CapitalFSL and on Facebook


  • In this section..

    • Meet Our Governing Councils

      Interfraternity Council (IFC)
      The Interfraternity Council (IFC) at Capital University is the coordinating and governing body for all of the social fraternities on campus. Consisting of five elected executive officers, two representatives from each fraternity, the council establishes and coordinates all recruitment activities, motivates and supervises academic achievement, governs the actions of its member chapters, and promotes community service projects throughout the year.

      2016 IFC Executive Board

      • DJ Heard, President
      • Xander Riegel, Vice President of Justice
      • Matt Bogan, Vice President of Operations
      • Chris (CJ) Martin, Vice President of Membership
      • Austin Reid, Vice President of Programming

      Panhellenic Association (PHA)
      The Panhellenic Association (PHA) at Capital University is the coordinating and governing body for all of the social sororities on campus. Consisting of six elected executive officers, one representative from each sorority, PHA is responsible for promoting positive relations between sororities, coordinating council-wide activities, formal recruitment, informal recruitment, and upholding academic achievement.

      2016 PHA Executive Board

      • Shelby Vincken, President
      • Grace Ishikawa, Vice President
      • Nikki Dolfuss, Treasurer
      • Victoria Musilek, Secretary
      • Emily Carlier, Director of Recruitment
      • Jessi Oppy, Director of Programming

      National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
      The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) serves at the governing body for nine national historically African American fraternities and sororities. NPHC is designed to assure that member organizations cooperatively work together while maintaining their distinct identities. Scholarship and service are founding principles shared by each of these organizations and their national council. Currently, three NPHC organizations exists at Capital University as city-wide chapters that includes other local colleges and universities.

    • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 

      A member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (City-Wide)

      Camren Harris, Capital University Chapter Member

      charris@capital.edu 

      The object of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., is to stimulate its African-American members; to prepare them for the greatest usefulness in the causes of humanity, freedom and dignity of the individual; and to encourage the highest and noblest form.


      Alpha Sigma Phi

      A member of the Interfraternity Council

      Epsilon Chi Chapter Website 

      Caleb Ray, President
      cray@capital.edu

      Adam Hirschfeld, Campus advisor

      Michael Schwaiger, Chapter advisor


      Visit Alpha Sigma Phi on Twitter  

      Motto: To Better the Man, through the creation and perpetuation of brotherhood founded upon the values of character … Silence, Charity, Purity, Honor, Patriotism.

      Alpha Sigma Phi, represented by the Phoenix, started at Capital in April 2009 and received its charter on September 11, 2010. The fraternity's colors are Cardinal and Stone and the group is often referred to as Alpha Sig. The organization has striven to enhance the Greek community from the onset. Alpha Sig has been a leader on campus taking ownership of the Organization of the Year award and the Most Creative Service Event award in 2011, while winning Greek Week two consecutive years.


      Phi Kappa Psi

      A member of the Interfraternity Council

      Phi Kappa Psi Website

      William Freimark, President 

      pdonahue@capital.edu

      Bruce Epps, Campus Advisor

      Shane Yates, Chapter Advisor

      Visit Phi Kappa Psi on Facebook

      Visit Phi Kappa Psi on Twitter 

      Motto: United by friendship, sustained by honor and led by truth, we live and we flourish.

      Phi Kappa Psi, often called Phi Psi, was the first NIC (North-American Interfraternity Council) chapter at Capital and was chartered in the spring of 2010. The Ohio Xi chapter at Capital University routinely receives commendations from the national headquarters for exemplarty acedemic reports, community service contributions, and campus engagement. Most recently, this chapter was accredited with high marks for chapter operations and received a national award for maintaining the best GPA of chapters throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virigina. The fraternity, whose colors are cardinal red and hunter green, plays host to several annual events including "Mud Tug" and "The Final Stretch," as well as numerous formal/date functions. Phi Kappa Psi is proud to develop well-rounded leaders to better the Capital community.


      Kappa Sigma

      A member of the Interfraternity Council

      Aaron Edeus, President

      aedeus@capital.edu 

      Kappa Sigma Upsilon (currently Kappa Sigma) was founded by Harold Yochum on January 12th when he and 60 men gathered at Divinity Hall.  Yochum went on to be president of the university and the administration building bears his name, Yochum Hall.  KSU is the oldest greek organization at Capital. 

      Visit Kappa Sigma on Twitter

      Sigma Alpha Beta

      A member of the Interfraternity Council

      Megan Creasap, President 

      mcreasap@capital.edu

      Visit Sigma Alpha Beta on Facebook 

      Visit Sigma Alpha Beta on Twitter

      Motto: Doing Good Work Through Christ.

      Colors: Royal Blue and Orange

      Mascot: Owl

      Sigma Alpha Beta is a co-educational fraternity founded in 2007. More commonly known as SAB on Capital University’s campus, Sigma Alpha Beta was founded on the values of fraternal love, faith, service, compassion, character, leadership, and scholarship. Sigma Alpha Beta is known for its philanthropy projects including: charity: Water, The Girl Effect, Buzzkill, and The Shoeman Water Project. Sigma Alpha Beta is a different experience for all members and prides itself on a sense of family, community and inclusion of all.


      Phi Mu Alpha


      Jason Crouse, President
      jcrouse@capital.edu

      Mark Lochstrampfor, Campus advisor

      Wray Bryant, Campus advisor

      Visit Phi Mu Alpha on Twitter

      Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is a social Fraternity founded on October 6th, 1898. It is the oldest and largest fraternal society in music founded by Ossian Everett Mills at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. From there Sinfonia became a national fraternity in 1900 with the admission of a group of men at Broad Street Conservatory in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. 

      Phi Mu Alpha exemplifies fraternity. With our Philanthropy, The Mills Music Mission, we strive to help others through music. A popular phrase among Sinfonians is: Once a Sinfonian, always a Sinfonian.
       
    • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

      A member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (City-Wide)

      Korina Depenhart, President
      kdepenhart@capital.edu 

      Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated established the Pi Gamma Chapter with Capital as a part of its members. The purpose is to cultivate and encourage high scholastics and ethical standards; to promote unity and friendship among college-educated women; to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve social stature on the local, regional and national levels; to maintain a progressive interest in college life; and to be of service to all mankind through the implementation of the international programs of the sorority. 

      Alpha Sigma Alpha

      A member of the Panhellenic Council

      Grace Day, President
      gday@capital.edu

      Katie Sasser, Faculty advisor
       
      Marty McClain, Chapter advisor 

      Visit Alpha Sigma Alpha on Facebook 

      National Website

      Twitter: @ASAatCap

      Motto: Aspire, Seek, Attain

      Alpha Sigma Alpha National Sorority was founded on November 15, 1901 at Longwood University. Alpha Sigma Alpha’s mission is to promote high ideals and standards for its members throughout their lives by emphasizing balance among our four aims of intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development. Our purpose is to foster close friendships between members and to develop women of poise and purpose. Our colors are crimson and pearl white supplemented by our secondary colors of palm green and gold. The Theta Tau chapter at Capital University embraces the zebra and the crown as their symbols. The philanthropies of Alpha Sigma Alpha are the Special Olympics and the S. June Smith Center. Alpha Sigma Alpha inspires women to lead, to serve and most of all, to make a difference.


      Delta Phi Epsilon

      A member of the Panhellenic Council

      Emily Schaub, President
      eschaub@capital.edu

      Melissa Keesing, Chapter advisor

      Katie Kranz, Chapter advisor

      Delta Phi Epsilon International Website  

      Visit Delta Phi Epsilon on Facebook  

      Visit the Gamma Kappa Chapter on Facebook

      Gamma Kappa Chapter Website 

      Motto: Esse Quam Videri - "To be rather than to seem to be" 

      Delta Phi Epsilon (aka DPhiE or Deephers) was founded at New York University School of Law in 1917 on the principles of Justice, Sisterhood and Love. As a nonsectarian organization, DPhiE embraces diversity within its membership. The sorority encourages well-rounded women who possess leadership skills, social prowess and a philanthropic mindset to consider membership within Delta Phi Epsilon at Capital University.


      Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

      A member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (City-Wide)

      Alethea E. Gaddis, Primarity Advisor

      agaddis@gaddis4kids.org

      Visit the Delta Sigma Theta National Website

       Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. A sisterhood of more than 200,000 predominately Black college educated women, the Sorority currently has over 900 chapters located in the United States, England, Japan, Germany, the Virigin Islands, Bermude, the Bahamas, and the Republic of Korea. The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization's Five Point Programmatic Thrust. The Sorority was founded in 1913 by 22 students at Howard University.


      Pi Phi Epsilon

      A member of the Panhellenic Council

      Morgan White, President 
      mwhite1244@capital.edu

      Stephanie Wilson, Chapter advisor

      Visit Pi Phi Epsilon’s Website 

      Visit Pi Phi Epsilon on Facebook

      Visit Pi Phi Epsilon on Twitter

      Motto: Love and Service

      Pi Phi Epsilon was founded as a general sorority in 1963. Their sorority mascot is the panda bear, their colors are green and white. Living by the motto of Love and Service, they focus on the uniqueness and individuality of each sorority member. The sorority goes by the nickname, Pi Phi. 


      Phi Sigma Sigma 

      A member of the Panhellenic Council

      Samantha Fair, President
      sfair@capital.edu

      Holly Porter, Campus advisor

      Erica Backhurst, Chapter advisor

      Visit the Phi Sigma Sigma International Website 

      Visit Phi Sigma Sigma on Facebook

      Motto: Aim High

      Phi Sigma Sigma was founded in 1913 in New York City on the foundation that women of different faiths could come together and work toward common goals. Our mission is to inspire the personal development of each sister and perpetuate the advancement of womanhood. Philanthropy and service learning are held high in our eyes, as well as leadership, scholarship, and simply being a well rounded woman. - L.I.T.P. - Love In The Pyramid

    • How to Join Capital's Fraternity and Sorority Life Community 

      If you are interested in joining Greek Life here at Capital, Formal Sorority Recruitment is Labor Day Weekend! September 2-4, more details will come about recruitment. 

      Registration will be open on May 1st on https://capital.mycampusdirector.com/   

      Capital University holds its Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic Council Formal Recruitment (NPC) in the fall semester and informal recruitment in the spring. The National Pan-Hellenic Council or city-wide chapters (NPHC) participate in intake processes. Be sure to follow @CapitalFSL on Twitter and "Like" Fraternity and Sorority Life at Capital University on Facebook for up-to-date information!

      Interfraternity Council (IFC)

      IFC Fraternities on campus will hold events at specific locations. The fraternities on campus will use time during these events to get to know potential new members (PNMs), share what they have done as a chapter, and showcase the meaning of brotherhood and how joining a Greek-letter organization can make you a better person. Bid Day for IFC fraternities takes place in the middle of September. Each year, the Interfraternity Council President and Vice President of Membership will release the Bid Day date to the public. On this date, PNMs can officially sign a bid to join a fraternity.


      National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

      Our City-Wide chapters associated with the National Pan-Hellenic Council conduct individual membership intake processes potentially each semester. These chapters will have open forums and events for students interested in membership. Once you have decided which organization to join, notify the fraternity or sorority of your decision and they will let you know how to join. Each organization has its own processes. If you have questions, contact sce@capital.edu or call 614-236-6901.


      Panhellenic Association (PHA)  

      Panhellenic Formal Recruitment is an intentional four-day process for all women who register to get to know and engage with our four sororities. Each round allows for potential new members (PNMs) to learn more about each sorority and find their home within the Fraternity and Sorority Life community. After each round, PNMs will preference the sororities they would like to visit for the next round; the sororities in turn will also preference which PNMs they would like to invite back. Formal Recruitment will take place throughout Labor Day Weekend, with Round Three and Bid Day happening on the same Sunday.

      During the Formal Recruitment process, Recruitment Guides, or Rho Gammas will guide PNMs from round to round. These are women who have temporarily disassociated from their chapters to provide guidance and support to PNMs. Below is a breakdown of each round/day of recruitment.

      • Round One: Each PNM will meet Panhellenic women from each sorority on campus for 45 minutes. The PNMs will be able to get an overall “feel” for each organization and its members. After this round, PNMs will preference their top three sororities for mutual selection.
      • Round Two: PNMs visit up to three sororities for three 60 minute sessions. During round two, each sorority will focus their efforts on educating the PNMs on their chapter’s philanthropy and how service affects their sisterhood. After this round of recruitment, PNMs will preference their top two sororities for mutual selection.
      • Round Three: During this round, each PNM will visit up to two sororities for two 75 minute rounds. During this round, PNMs will get an in-depth look at the sorority’s sisterhood and hear different testimonials from the women within the sorority. After this round of recruitment, each PNM will make their final preference for mutual selection, up to two sororities.
      • Bid Day: PNMs will find out which sorority they will get to call their home away from home! During this exciting time, each PNM will receive a shirt from the organization they are now a part of. We will host a reveal ceremony on Schaaf Lawn, where each PNM will be welcomed with open arms by their new sisterhood!

      Click here to register for Panhellenic Formal Recruitment and be sure to check out the registration page (Campus Director) for updates! Registration is $10 and can be paid at formal FSL events or in the Office of Student and Community Engagement located in the Harry C. Moores Student Union. If you have any questions, email greeklife@capital.edu or call 614-236-6901. 


      Informal Recruitment 
      During the Spring or after Fall Formal Recruitment, some PHA sororities and IFC fraternities hold informal recruitment. Chapters will host events to engage potential new members and introduce them to Fraternity and Sorority Life and specific chapters within the community. Different than formal recruitment, this process does not involve structured rounds or schedules, but offers a more laid back atmosphere in which members and interested students can interact and get to know one another. Chapters may extend bids to individuals at any time during this process. Individuals have up to one calendar year to accept or deny a bid.

    • The Rho Omicron Chapter at Capital University was chartered in 1998. Order of Omega is an honorary organization for Greek members of various affiliations to come together as leaders of the Greek community and campus.

      The purpose of The Order of Omega is:

      • To RECOGNIZE those fraternity men and women who have attained a high standard of leadership in interfraternity activities.
      • To ENCOURAGE them to continue along this high standard line, and to INSPIRE others to strive for similar conspicuous attainment.
      • To UNITE outstanding fraternity men and sorority women to create an organization which will help to mold the sentiment of the institution on questions of local and intercollegiate fraternal affairs.
      • To BRING TOGETHER members of the faculty, alumni, and student members of the institution’s fraternities and sororities on a basis of mutual interest, understanding and helpfulness.
      • To help CREATE an atmosphere where ideas and issues can be discussed openly across Greek lines and to help work out solutions.

      Order of Omega Executive Board Officers

      • Shideh Javan, President
      • Shelby Vincken, Vice President
      • Erika Kysenceder, Secretary
      • Tori Negrau, Treasurer
      • Emily Sweet, Ritual Chair
      • Evan Winters, Service Chair
      • Alanna Stosic, Social Chair

      If you would like to learn more about Order of Omega, email greeklife@capital.edu.

    • What is the Standards of Excellence Program? 

      The Standards of Excellence (SOE) Program at Capital University serves as an accreditation program that holds our fraternities and sororities accountable as values-based organizations and leaders within the community. The program also recognizes chapters' high achievements and overall commitment to what it means to be a fraternity or sorority. The program consists of different areas of criteria, scoring and rubric, and is based on four categories which are Civic Engagement, Policy Compliance, Chapter Operations, and Membership. Organizations are asked to complete areas of the program each semester and throughout the year. Portions of the Greek Report will be considered when evaluating the chapters’ completion or the Standards of Excellence Program.  

      Greek Report
      The Greek Report is published at the end of each semester and includes news, updates, aggregate grade point averages, and membership information for each chapter and the fraternity/sorority community. We encourage you to take a moment and click on a semester report below to learn more about the progress of our fraternity and sorority community here at Capital University.

      Greek & Leadership Awards

      • Greek Man of the Year
      • Greek Woman of the Year
      • Greek New Member of the Year
    • GREEK TERMINOLOGY

      As you learn more about fraternity and sorority life, you’ll want to get acquainted with these frequently used terms.


      Active: A member who has been initiated into lifelong fraternity or sorority membership and participates in chapter activities at the collegiate level.

      Alumni/Alumnae: Initiated fraternity or sorority members who have graduated from college.

      Badge or Pin: The pin of an initiated member.

      Bid: A formal invitation to membership in a particular fraternity or sorority.

      Big Brother or Big Sister (Big): An active member of a fraternity or sorority who serves as a mentor to a new member, guiding him or her through the new member education program and initiation.

      Call/Chant: Audible sounds used by members in a NPHC or Multicultural organization to acknowledge or gain the attention of other members. Calls may vary regionally within organizations, and some organizations may use more than one call.

      Chapter: A local group of the larger (inter)national organization, designated by a special Greek name.

      City-wide Chapters: Similar to the definition of “Chapter”. Some NPHC organizations may have a city-wide chapters comprised of several local colleges and universities.

      Community Service or Public Service: Time and effort donated toward a charitable cause or community institution to benefit the public. (Please note the difference between community service and philanthropy).

      Crossed: the same as being initiated. The term means different things to different groups, but generally means crossing over from being non-affiliated to being an initiated member. Most groups record this time to the second. Term also refers to "Crossing the Burning Sands"

      DOP/DP: the membership educator in a NPHC or Multicultural organization. Short for Dean of Pledges an old term that the groups still use. ADOP/ADP would be the assistant dean.

      Drop: the term used to refer to someone who de-pledged, or stopped pledging.

      Financial: term used to refer to an active member. (ie. Someone paying dues.)

      Executive Office or Headquarters: The central organization of a particular fraternity or sorority. Often referred to as National Headquarters, International Headquarters, or just Nationals.Formal Recruitment: The membership selection period held in August/September.

      Fraternity: The name that applies to all Greek organizations characterized by a ritual, badge and strong ties to friendship and moral principles. Informally, women's fraternities are called sororities.

      Grad/Alumni Chapter: The graduate chapter of NPHC or Multicultural organization. Usually the local grad chapter oversees the operations of the undergraduate chapter.

      FSL 101: The mandatory program held each fall and spring to educate our new Greek-affiliated members about the responsibilities and expectations of being Greek at Capital University.

      Hand sign: used to identify members of the same organization. Most have a deep meaning to that organization or ritualistic symbol.

      Informational or Rush: often a formal recruitment event for NPHC or Multicultural organizations.

      Informal Recruitment: The membership selection period for fraternities and sororities with openings throughout the fall and spring semesters.

      Initiation: The formal ceremony that marks the beginning of active membership. Each chapter has a different set of requirements in order to be initiated.

      Intake: The process several chapters perform to recruit, interview, choose, and educate new members. Term mainly used in NPHC or Multicultural organizations.

      Interest: title of a potential new member who the group knows is interested. Sometimes these students will band together and form an interest group.

      Interfraternity Council (IFC): The governing body of 5 fraternities at Capital. IFC operates under the affiliation requirements of the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC).

      Legacy: The brother or sister, son or daughter, or grandson or granddaughter of a fraternity or sorority member. Each (inter)national organization has its own policy regarding legacies.

      Line: The members of a NPHC or Multicultural organization’s new member class.

      Line Brother or Line Sister: The term used by members of NPHC or Multicultural organizations that refers to the other members that were in their new member class. Depending on the region, members may refer to their line brother or sister as their Sands since they crossed the “Burning Sands” (were initiated) together.

      Line Jacket: Worn by members in a NPHC or Multicultural organization, these lightweight windbreakers usually have the organization's name, letters, crest, crossing chapter, crossing date, line number, line name, and other graphics and information stitched onto them.

      Line Name: The name given to a NPHC or Multicultural organization’s new member class. Some groups do number their lines by Alpha, Beta, Gamma…. But also their line has a name to define them. Many times it is an acronym. Line Name(s) can also refer to the individual member’s line name which is often given by new members Big Brothers or Big Sisters.

      Little Brother or Little Sister (Little): A new member of a fraternity or sorority who will be matched with a Big (Brother or Sister) to begin a mentoring relationship as they go through the New Member Education program and beyond.

      Membership Recruitment: The mutual selection process that prospective members and chapter members go through during the recruitment period to get to know one another.

      National Association of Latin Fraternal Organizations (NALFO): The representative body governing historically Latino/Latina Greek Letter organizations. There are no affiliated NALFO organizations on Capital’s campus, but you may interact with members of a NALFO organization if you attend larger Greek conferences.

      Neophyte (aka "Neo"): A new member of a cultural Greek organization in a NPHC or Multicultural organization.

      New Member Presentation (aka Probate): a formal presentation of a new line to campus. Usually done in a public forum after members have been initiated into a NPHC or Multicultural organization.

      New Member Education (NME): A period of learning about fraternity and sorority life prior to initiation. This period varies for all groups.

      New Member: A member of a fraternity or sorority who has not been initiated.

      NIC (North American Interfraternity Conference): Governing body for 72 national member men's fraternities and alumni associations.

      NPC (National Panhellenic Conference): The umbrella organization for 26 women's fraternities. NPC supports its chapters by promoting values, education, leadership, friendship, cooperation, and citizenship

      NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council): A national organization composed of four sororities and five fraternities whose membership is historically African-American.

      Number or Club: the number you are assigned based on the chronological order you are in on your initiation line (often members in a NPHC or Multicultural organization identify or relate to one another by distinguishing that they are the "same" number).

      Order of Omega - National Greek Leadership Honor Society: Limited to top 3% of members in the Greek Community at Capital University. Must have a GPA at or greater then Greek GPA, junior or senior status, significant leadership and service to the campus and the Greek community.

      Para (aka "Nalia"): short for paraphernalia. The different items of Greek clothing or items someone is wearing.

      Panhellenic Association: The governing body of 4 sororities at Capital. PHA operates under the affiliation requirements of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC).

      Philanthropy: Fundraising activities or service projects for charitable institutions, or charitable aid/donations to these institutions. (Please note the difference between philanthropy and community service).

      Potential New Member (PNM): A college student who is interested in joining a Greek Organization and is taking part in the recruitment process.

      Preferencing: During the last part of Panhellenic sorority recruitment, a potential new member determines which particular sorority she is willing to join. The potential new member lists three sororities in her order of preference.

      Prophyte: term used to refer to an older brother/sister from your chapter in a NPHC or Multicultural organization.

      Quota: The specified number of potential new members to which each sorority may extend a bid.

      Rho Gamma or Rho Gam (aka Recruitment Guide): A Panhellenic sorority member who has disaffiliated herself from her chapter during formal membership recruitment. She is specially trained to help potential new members and answer any questions they may have about sorority membership.

      Sands: A member of your organization or another NPHC or Multicultural organization that was initiated during the same semester as you were. Depending on the region, members may refer to their line brother or sister as their Sands since they crossed the “Burning Sands” (were initiated) together.

      Social or Mixer: A get-together event with another Greek organization.

      Soror or Sawrah: term used to refer to a sister in a NPHC or Multicultural organization.

      Stepping: A historically black tradition characterized by synchronized hand foot movements, along with singing, dancing, chanting, and acting. Many Latino/Latina and Multicultural groups participate in stepping as well.

      Stroll (aka Party Walk, Party Hop): A line dance done by members in a NPHC or Multicultural organizations; usually done at a party or step show.

      TeeKee: the large necklace worn with large Greek letters on them by members of NPHC or Multicultural organizations. Similar to a lavaliere but much larger and often made out of wood.

      Total: Total is the allowable chapter size, including both new and initiated members, as determined by the Panhellenic Council.

      Yard: the term used to refer to the particular campus or university a chapter is at. This term is usually used by members of NPHC or Multicultural organizations.

    • Who is in charge of the fraternity or sorority?
      Each Greek organization has a set of elected officers. These are students just like anyone else. These students manage the organization and oversee the day-to-day functions of their organization. They ensure the safety of all members. Above that, each organization has advisors, both on campus and off-campus that assist in all chapter functions. Additionally, there are staff members within the Office of Student and Community Engagement to assist you, your student, and the organization.

      Are Capital’s fraternities and sororities like the ones in the movie “Animal House” or “Neighbors”?
      The best way to understand how a fraternity or sorority works is to meet the members. Capital’s Greek organizations are compiled of diverse students, spanning from all areas of the state, the country, and the world. Our Greek students break stereotypes each and every day by participating in different service projects, raising awareness towards different philanthropies, and getting higher grades than the all-campus average.

      What is alcohol use really like in Greek Life?

      Any Greek organization at Capital University is expected to uphold city, state, and national law regarding consumption of alcohol. Additionally, all fraternities and sororities are to uphold all policies and guidelines set forth by the university and governing councils. Students who choose not to drink alcohol in college will know immediately that they will feel comfortable and accepted because of their decision.

      Will Greek Life be too expensive for my student?
      Each Greek student pays “dues” towards their organization – nationally and/or locally. Once dues are collected, the Treasurer of that organization will project a budget that all of the brothers or sisters will get to see and vote upon. These budget items cover anything from Greek apparel, recruitment, brotherhood or sisterhood activities, etc. Payment plans are available within each organization to make sure that each student has the ability to pay on time, every time.

      Will being “Greek” hinder my student’s academics?
      Before your student goes through the recruitment process, he or she will undergo a GPA check conducted through our Office of Student and Community Engagement, which will stay 100% confidential. Eligibility to participate in the recruitment process is dependent on your student’s high school/college GPA. Requirements for GPA for potential new members is determined by each governing council and chapter. Once an active brother or sister in that organization, they will have certain GPA requirements and required study hours that have to be completed in Capital’s Blackmore Library. Our Greek students have a proud tradition of having a higher average GPA than the all-campus average.

      Does being a member of a Greek organization take up a lot of time?

      It does take time and dedication to be a part of not just a Greek organization, but any organization on campus. It has been backed up by research that more involved students graduate on time, find jobs, and get accepted into graduate schools more often than students who choose to not get involved. Our Greek organizations have a heavy focus on professional development, where your student will learn how to balance academics, social commitment, working, and campus involvement.

      What is the point of joining a fraternity or sorority?
      Our Greek organizations on campus prepare their members for the future. Our governing councils host events and speakers to promote positive growth, professional and leadership development, and campus engagement. Our Greek students are often well known students on campus – being involved in many different other organizations both on and off campus.

      What is the difference between local Greek Life and national Greek Life?

      Local Greek organizations typically only exist at the host institution, where they are the only chapter, and are self-governed. National Greek organizations have co-existing chapters at different universities across the country. National organizations have a headquarters where hired and elected officials govern the organization, having a unified constitution and set of bylaws.

      Are academic honor societies the same as fraternities and sororities?
      No, they are not. The Office of Student and Community Engagement recognizes our twelve social Greek organizations. Our Panhellenic Association governs our four sororities, and our Interfraternity Council governs our five fraternities. There are also three historically Black Greek letter organizations that are a part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. These organizations work directly with Capital University’s Assistant Director of Student and Community Engagement.

      Do all Greek organizations haze?
      No! Capital University has a zero tolerance policy for any form of hazing. Upon signing a bid to a fraternity or sorority, your student will undergo New Member Education (NME). In this time, your student will be acclimated to the history and culture of the organization they choose to join. During this time, your student will participate in leadership activities, service projects, and brotherhood or sisterhood bonding activities.