Green, Gold & Greek
Participating in Fraternity and Sorority Life can be a wonderful college activity that turns into a lifetime experience. Recruitment registration for our fraternity and sorority organizations is now open! Southeastern features 21 national and international social Greek letter organizations governed by three councils.
What’s it really like to go greek at Southeastern? Fraternity and Sorority Life at Southeastern is all about four things: Leadership, Service, Scholarship and Friendship. Learn more from current students below and then come "Meet the Greeks" on Sunday, July 30 at 4 pm in the Student Union.
Letters Today, Leaders Tomorrow.
Participating in Fraternity and Sorority Life means you have opportunities to develop your leadership skills. Members can be seen all over Southeastern's campus participating in campus life, such as Student Government Association, athletics, religious organizations, honor societies, cultural programs, social events and more. As a member, not only will you graduate with experiences to fill your resume', you'll have leadership skills that can be used throughout your life and career. In fact, communication junior Madison Chauvin says Fraternity and Sorority Life is “an environment to not only acquire leadership skills, but to put them to the test.”
Nick Falcon, a social studies education freshman and member of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity explains, “As part of the management team at local restaurant, having good leadership skills, or lack thereof, can sink or save a business. Ever since I joined, my leadership skills have improved and flourished. Fraternity and Sorority Life has helped mold me into a better leader by surrounding me with role models and amazing friends and leaders to look up to.”
Kinesiology senior Adele Arnoult of Theta Phi Alpha knows that participating in Fraternity and Sorority Life opens a door of possibilities. “You can become what you envisioned yourself to be,” she says.
Marketing sophomore and Delta Tau Delta member Cameron Duhon agrees. “It has helped me excel in areas that are crucial in the real world, such as public speaking and self confidence,” he says. “It has taught me how to be a proper leader by illustrating what a leader is.”
Management and marketing senior Austin Rogers (pictured below, left) adds that Fraternity and Sorority Life has given him the opportunity to grow and develop communication and listening skills. He has experienced leadership training not only at a local level with Southeastern, but across the country with his fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha.
A primary focus for all fraternities and sororities is serving the community and helping others. Fraternity and Sorority Life members participate in numerous hours of local community service and local charitable projects, plus national philanthropic causes. During the 2015 - 2016 academic year, Southeastern’s fraternities and sororities participated in more than 10,000 service hours and donated over $72,000 to local and national philanthropies.
Madison explains, “Phi Mu raises money and volunteers year-round for our national philanthropy, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. We also support local nonprofits and charities, as well as participating in other Greek organizations philanthropy events and campus service projects.”
Organizations have minimum service requirements and provide ample opportunities for members to get involved on campus and in the community. Students usually go above and beyond the minimum requirements. “Service is very important in my organization,” says Cameron. “Even though the requirement is 25 hours, plenty of members go above the minimum and strive to get as many hours as they can.”
The benefits of service can be seen all around our campus, and the effects flow into
the local community as a whole. As psychology senior Isabella Rogers of Zeta Phi Beta
Sorority Incorporated describes it, “Giving back to our organization means to see
a community flourish from the inside out.”
Our Scholars Succeed.
The primary reason a student enrolls at Southeastern is to obtain a solid and diverse education. Fraternity and Sorority Life’s resources and facilities support high academic achievement and hold members accountable to scholastic success. Fraternities and sororities continually perform with above-average GPAs.
How does involvement in a fraternity or sorority actually help you in your studies? “It pushes me to do better,” says Austin. “My grades no longer just affect me, but the chapter as a whole. I now have a larger support system as well as help when I am struggling in a class.”
Isabella has a similar experience. “With so many bright and focused young women around me, they push me to be the best student that I can be. Being a part of this organization connects me to people in my same major, study groups and great mentors who have already graduated.”
Fraternity and Sorority Life builds connections that can help you succeed in life and the classroom. “It is tremendous help because I have sisters that have taken the same classes that I am in, or may know someone who has taken that class and I can ask them for help with no problem,” says business management and marketing junior Sh-Kaia Mosely of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc (pictured below). “Also, maintaining your GPA is important within the organization, therefore someone is always pushing you to focus.”
Students involved in fraternities and sororities make friends that will last a lifetime. These bonds are often referred to as brotherhood or sisterhood. In order to promote unity and friendship among Greeks all over campus, the Office for Student Engagement and the three governing councils host events in the Greek Village and the annual Greek Week.
“In the past year since I have become involved, I have made so many friends that I know I will continue to be friends with for the rest of my life,” says Brittany Calecas, a criminal justice junior and member of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority. “My sister are always there for me, and I honestly could not ask for better friends.”
As Madison states, “We always say Phi Mu isn't for four years, it's for life. I'd say that to be true for all Greek organizations too. The women I've met and become friends with through Phi Mu are all similar in deep-rooted values which drive our relationships. This really is where you 'find your bridesmaids' and the bond you share in a sorority is on another level.”
“I have made friendships that will last a lifetime. It is easy to say that I can tell
you at least one thing about each member in my fraternity,” says Cameron. “The members
that are in my fraternity hold a special place in my heart, and I would go out of
my way to help any of them because I know that they would do the same for me.”
Ready to Go Greek?
Interested in one of our National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc fraternities or sororities? Member organizations of the NPHC conduct recruitment drives individually throughout the academic year. Learn more about membership requirements and how to join.
Students interested in participating in recruitment must be enrolled full-time at Southeastern Louisiana University and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5. Each chapter may have higher GPA or collegiate hours earned requirements for membership.
Friday, July 21, 2017
by: Ashley Richardson