Go Lead. Go Excel. Go Give. Go GREEK.
Academics and scholarship are the ideals on which Greek Life is based, and students’ academic responsibilities should be their highest priority. Our fraternities and sororities provide support to the academic mission of the university by encouraging their members to attend study halls and participate in other academic success programs. Most importantly, sororities and fraternities encourage their members to maintain high academics. The importance of balancing academics with extracurricular activities is instilled in each member. Research has shown that students involved in co-curricular activities, such as social fraternities, gain additional experience from increased peer support and leadership opportunities. They also increase their chances of successfully completing their university studies.
Leadership and Involvement
Greek Life offers outstanding leadership opportunities and helps to develop the leadership skills needed to be competitive in the job market. Greek students obtain valuable experience through chapter management, day-to-day operations, self-governing and community involvement. Many leadership opportunities are also available to the members within the chapter and/or the Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils. Greek student leaders gain skills in areas of responsibility, decision-making, communication, accountability and money management.
ASU sororities and fraternities also provide leadership opportunities at the regional and national levels through their participation in conferences, leadership institutes and student advisory boards.
Involvement outside of the chapter is also encouraged. More than 50 percent of our Greek community members belong to other student organizations or honors programs, or volunteer with community service agencies.
Community service is one of the basic fundamental principles of all Greek organizations. Each year, sororities and fraternities volunteer thousands of hours for philanthropic and community service endeavors. Each chapter has its own philanthropy that is supported on an on-going basis. In addition, chapters sponsor local philanthropic projects, such as the Multiple Sclerosis Walk, Rebuilding Together in San Angelo and Meals for the Elderly. This year, the Greek community united during Greek Week to raise $1,400 for the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of the Concho Valley. These activities not only give Greek men and women the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of other people, but to better themselves as well.
The Greek community provides a unique social life which blends events such as formal dances, sports, Greek Week, Homecoming, themed gatherings, and brotherhood/sisterhood functions to encourage the personal development of members through social contact. Each chapter develops its own social calendar and is encouraged to responsibly plan events, which promote a full spectrum of social activities for its members.
One of the most exciting aspects of Greek Life is the social experience it offers. Formals, Greek Week, theme mixers, retreats and intramurals are only some of the examples of the wonderful social opportunities fraternity and sorority members share. These activities are not only fun for the students, but also help bond fraternity brothers and sorority sisters together as a family and build unity among the entire Greek system.
As a member of a Greek organization, you will form friendships unlike those found in many other organizations. Greek membership is not about conformity. It is about finding a place where you can celebrate your individuality while sharing common bonds with your brothers or sisters. These bonds are not only among members of each individual chapter here at ASU, but also among chapters around the nation. The common bonds of chapter history, rituals and ideals extend past the boundaries of ASU.