Published on January 9, 2008
Improving your Greek IQ: Improving your Greek IQ Orientation Training 2007 Why do we exist?: Why do we exist? To foster life-long friendships To provide a “home” away from home To promote and act upon values, principles, and ideas To give back to our campus and the community Why go Greek?: Why go Greek? Leadership Is Emphasized! Many of the greatest leaders of our nation and on our campus are members of Greek organizations. The skills learned in Greek life are applicable to real life experiences Why go Greek?: Social Interaction Is Fostered! Greek life promotes social events, communication, and personal interaction. Between meeting new members at mixers, to team-building experiences, relationships are formed every day. Why go Greek? Why go Greek?: Connections Are Made! Greek organizations offer unmatched networking opportunities. Life-long friendships are developed with peers and alumni members. Why go Greek? Why go Greek?: Lives Are Changed! Personal growth is expected with the experience Greek life can offer. Each member is encouraged to reach the potential from the support and guidance of brotherhood or sisterhood. Why go Greek? Why go Greek?: College Is More Fun! It is great to come to such a large school and instantly become a part of a community such as Greek life. There is always something to do whether it is an educational program or a socials. Greeks are never bored! Why go Greek? Look at the Stats: Look at the Stats Since 1910, 85% of Supreme Court Justices are Greek 85% of Fortune 500 Executives are Greek Generally, 70% of Greeks graduate, while only 50% of non- Greeks graduate. The Greek GPA is also higher that the UCF average GPA 76% of US Senators are Greek All but two Presidents and two Vice Presidents born after 1825 have been Greek 43 of the 50 largest North American Corporations are headed by Greek men and women Greeks raise more than $7 million each year for many different charities We’re kind of a big deal…: We’re kind of a big deal… Presidents Leadership Council Order of Pegasus Student Government Vice-President Council Executive Boards Resident Assistants O-Team LEAD Scholars Forever Knights Student Ambassadors SGA agency leaders (I.e. Homecoming, CAB, KoRT) And more. Philanthropies: Philanthropies UCF Greeks raise money and donations for over 40 non-profit organizations through service and philanthropic events. UCF Greeks raise thousands of dollars. Some philanthropy events include, dance competitions, sporting events, concerts, and showcases, to name a few. F&SL Mission Statement: F&SL Mission Statement Fraternity and Sorority Life will be a premier Greek community that fosters an inclusive environment committed to academic excellence, community engagement, personal and leadership development in a safe and supportive environment; while utilizing university and local community partnerships. Structure of our Greek Community: Structure of our Greek Community Diversified Greek Council (DGC): Diversified Greek Council (DGC) Supports five (5) sororities and one (1) fraternity Founded in Spring ’99 The Diversified Greek Council shall be a place for all fraternal organizations focused on diversity with the common goals of community involvement, academic excellence and leadership, to expand and understand each others’ cultures to further the Greek experience through respect and unity DGC Chapters: DGC Chapters Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. (LTA) Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.(Gamma’s) Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority ,Inc. (Mu’s) Delta Phi Lambda Asian-Intrest Sorority, Inc.(DPhiL) Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc. (Cussies) Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. (Beta’s) DGC Questions & Answers: DGC Questions & Answers Why don’t we RUSH? DGC prides itself in having a different type of orientation. We believe that this is a lifetime commitment and need the proper amount of time to choose an organization that best suits you. We strongly believe that we need to get to know our future members inside and out as well as them to know us on a personal level. Why do we have less members? Due to our young age, our recruitment is hindered by the lack of recognition on a national level. We are also very selective on choosing our potential members since it is a life time commitment. Do you have to be multicultural or Latin to join? No, we believe that if you respect and are open to learning more about different cultures you are welcomed. Interfraternity Council (IFC): Interfraternity Council (IFC) Supports 16 organizations The mission of the Interfraternity Council at the University of Central Florida is to provide a governing body to the undergraduate fraternity chapters and their members. We are there to provide service opportunities and leadership and development programming to all undergraduate fraternity men. We are focused on communicating all prevalent information and ideas to our chapter while making qualified suggestions for the better of fraternities at our institution. We inspire positive change to promote the betterment of our Greek community and of Greek life as a whole. The average length of new member education is eight weeks and hazing is strictly prohibited. IFC Chapters: IFC Chapters Alpha Tau Omega Alpha Epsilon Phi Beta Theta Pi Delta Tau Delta Delta Upsilon Kappa Sigma Lambda Chi Alpha Sigma Chi Sigma Nu Lambda Sigma Upsilon, Latin Fraternity Inc. Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. Phi Delta Theta Phi Gamma Delta Pi Kappa Phi Tau Kappa Epsilon Theta Chi National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC): National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Supports nine (9) organizations The purpose of the UCF NPHC is to promote unity and purposeful action by effectively coordinating, monitoring, and governing member organizations on the UCF campus and to facilitate the personal and leadership development of its members on and off campus, and to provide programming and service to the minority students on campus and to the surrounding communities. The NPHC promotes interaction through forums, meetings, and other mediums for the exchange of information; and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions.The stated purpose and mission of the organization in 1930 was “Unamity of thought and action as far as possible in the conduct of Greek letter collegiate fraternities and sororities, and to consider problems of mutual to its member organizations.” NPHC Chapters: NPHC Chapters Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Alpha’s) Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (Kappa’s) Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Omega’s) Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (Sigma’s) Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Delta’s) Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (Zeta’s) Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (SGRho) Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. (Iota’s) Panhellenic Council (PAN): Panhellenic Council (PAN) Ten (10) of UCF’s sororities are under the Panhellenic Council, which is nationally affiliated with the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC). The Panhellenic council is run by an executive board of nine (9) members from various organizations that meets weekly to discuss new business and upcoming council-wide events. A delegate from each of the ten (10) sororities is present at all Panhellenic Council meetings. PAN Chapters: PAN Chapters Alpha Delta Pi Alpha Epsilon Phi Alpha Xi Delta Chi Omega Delta Delta Delta Kappa Alpha Theta Kappa Delta Kappa Kappa Gamma Pi Beta Phi Zeta Tau Alpha Greek Glossary: Greek Glossary Glossary in packet… Know all terms Myths about Greek Life: Myths about Greek Life DGC and NPHC only takes Minorities and Latin people All organizations haze You have to have a lot of money to be part of Greek life For IFC, bids can only be given and accepted during formal recruitment Recruitment / Intake: Recruitment / Intake DGC- Although there is no formal process, contact the organizations directly and attend “Meet the Greeks” in both fall and spring semesters IFC- Although a few chose to only participate annually, participants must register for formal recruitment, which is the second week of the semester in both fall and spring semesters. There is not cost but you must have at least a 2.5 GPA NPHC- Due to the variation in membership intake processes, the NPHC hosts Greek Expo, where you can receive information about the organization of your choice PAN- Formal recruitment occurs the week before classes only in the fall. All participants must register and there is a fee involved. All PAN sororities participate in formal recruitment So, do all organizations haze?: So, do all organizations haze? Unfortunately, some organizations have engaged in hazing activities, however, they are no longer a part of our Greek community. Physical and mental hazing is prohibited by UCF, Greek Organizations, and the laws of the state of Florida. Fortunately, most Greeks recognize that hazing has no place in their organizations. UCF has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy program toward all hazing. How much should I expect to pay?: How much should I expect to pay? Students and alumni set the dues for each Greek organization, while incorporating national fees, and liability insurance. Dues vary by chapter and council, but range from, $100 to $1500 per semester. What the dues payment includes all varies by chapter, but may cover: social activities, intramural sports, philanthropic endeavors, operational expenses, and more. So, all Greeks do is Party, right?: So, all Greeks do is Party, right? While fraternities and sororities do party, we spend most of our time building friendships, improving our academics, giving back through service, and leading our campus community. By joining a Greek organization, I’m just buying my friends… : By joining a Greek organization, I’m just buying my friends… Friendship can never be bought. Belonging to any organization generally requires fees for operation. Questions?: Questions?