The University of West Alabama houses 12 Greek organizations composed of six sororities and six fraternities. Greek life is rapidly growing at UWA. Combined, the organizations’ members are among the top achievers on UWA’s campus. The majority of the organizations volunteer in the Sumter County community, host and organize social events around campus and form friendships that last a lifetime. Greeks are widely known on campus. Their array of colored t-shirts and car tags make it easy for anyone to recognize just who they are.
The Pan-Hellenic Council and the Interfraternity Council help to oversee the sororities and fraternities on campus. The two combined councils set the expected standards and implement policies and programs that are considered by various departments within the university. They also create guidelines for the organizations so that they will function correctly.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated was founded in 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Alpha Phi Alpha was the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-American men. The Pi Delta Chapter paints UWA’s campus black and gold with their paraphernalia and campus involvement activities. They often participate in assisting the students of Sumter County High School with school work and extracurricular activities. They also volunteer at the local nursing home and serve in many leadership positions around campus. Alpha Phi Alpha’s mission is to develop leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities. Alpha Phi Alpha was one of this year’s recipients of the Homer Award at the 2014 Greek Banquet.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated was founded in 1908 on the campus of Howard University. Along with the Mu Eta Chapter, the sorority contains a membership of more than 250,000 women in over 900 chapters in the United States and other countries. Often dressed in pink and green, the ladies of Mu Eta are frequently participating in community service programs to improve socials issues in the community and around campus. They also host many events around campus including bake sales and Open Mic Night, where student showcase their talents through music along with poetry.
Alpha Sigma Alpha was founded at The State Female Normal School, now Longwood University, in Farmville, Virginia. These ladybugs have one open motto, and it is to “aspire, seek and attain”. Alpha Sigma Alpha members are often dressed in crimson and pearl white. Their vision is to cultivate values and ideals in women who are known for their character and concern for others. Alpha Sigma Alpha inspires women to do their best in efforts to make a difference. They promote positivity around campus with their desire for academic excellence.
Delta Chi was founded on October 13, 1890 at Cornell University. Including UWA’s Delta Chi chapter, there are 125 chapters functioning throughout the United States and Canada. Delta Chi strives for academic achievement and integrity. This group of elite men often show pride for their fraternity with their red and buff wardrobe. Delta Chi also contains a variety of men who are motivated and dedicated to its university. They received the highest GPA award at this year’s 2014 Greek Banquet.
Alpha Sigma Tau was founded in 1899 at Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University). This sorority promotes cultural and social development while maintaining high standards of scholarship. Alpha Sigma Tau is anchored in grace. They encourage generosity of spirit, charm, tact and courtesy. These ladies shine light on UWA’s campus with their emerald green and gold paraphernalia. Alpha Sigma Tau received the highest GPA award and was also one of this year’s recipients of the Homer Award at the 2014 Greek Banquet.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated was founded on January 13, 1913 at Howard University. Including Xi Delta, the sorority currently has 1,000 collegiate and alumnae chapters located in the United States and other countries. Their colors are crimson and crème. Xi Delta is a group of women who thrust their attention to the needs of the community and campus. This organization maintains academic excellence while achieving organizational goals. Xi Delta hosts community clean-ups and volunteer at local schools and nursing homes. They are known for transforming communities through sisterhood and service. Delta Sigma Theta was this year’s winner at Greek Games 2014.
Phi Beta Sigma was founded in 1914 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The Mu Kappa chapter effectively embodies their mission to ensure culture for service and service for humanity. The ultimate goal of this organization is to promote brotherhood, scholarship and service. Phi Beta Sigma’s colors are royal blue and pure white. This group of young men participate in both campus and community activities.
Phi Mu was founded in 1852 at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. This organization is the second oldest sorority in the nation. Phi Mu promotes love, honor, and truth. Often seen wearing rose and white, their bond is no secret to the UWA campus. The ladies of Phi Mu also hosts bake sales and galas. These women encourage students to do their personal best. They also promote academic excellence and community involvement.
Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity was founded on January 10, 1899 at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. There are more than 260,000 men in over 270 active chapters located throughout the United States and Canada. Tau Kappa Epsilon’s main goal is to build better men who, in turn, will build a better world. Their colors are cherry red and battleship gray. They continue to strive to make UWA better by volunteering around campus.
Sigma Pi was assumed the name of Sigma Pi Fraternity of the United States in 1907. They became an international fraternity in 1984. This organization is currently comprised of 123 active chapters and over 95,000 alumni. Their mission is to strive for excellence by living by their core values. Sigma Pi promotes fellowship and inspires service around UWA. Their colors are lavender, white and gold. These men promote academic integrity with high standards. Sigma Pi also won 1st place in Greek Games 2014.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated was founded in 1920 at Howard University. This organization promotes sisterhood along with academic excellence. Their colors are royal blue and pure white. A white dove is symbolic to this sorority. Nicknamed Zetas, the sorority has been serving UWA for years with campus and community involvement.
Omega Psi Phi was founded November 17, 1911 at Howard University. The fraternity colors are royal purple and old gold. A lamp is symbolic to the fraternity. This organization promotes friendship through leadership. The Omegas at UWA participate in Greek games and many other on-campus activities. They also promote manhood and scholarship by volunteering around Sumter County community. Along with ADI, Omega Psi Phi has over 700 chapters throughout the United States and other countries around the world.
Joining a fraternity and sorority is a positive way to overcome the frights of college. Many freshman and transfer students are afraid of entering college because of the taunting thought of being a loner, but Greek life provides new friends and a full social agenda. Becoming a part of a sorority can help students to meet new people and build friendships with individuals that they never considered getting to know. It also can serve as a liaison between students and administrators. Being in a sorority or fraternity provides a guaranteed invitation to certain campus events and modest mixers.
Members of sororities and fraternities also make great study buddies. They are often considered to be in the top ranks of their class. Organizations set high standards for its members, so its members set high expectations for their peers. Many Greek organizations offer networking opportunities to their members after graduation. This opportunity can help jump start a career. Professional connections can be made if individuals share a common relationship in the same sorority or fraternity.
Many Greek organizations are also profoundly involved in servicing the community. Some organizations require a certain amount of volunteer hours each semester. If you’re interested in getting involved and giving back at your home away from home, a fraternity or sorority can help meet those goals.