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Why go Greek? Did you know that all but two U.S. Presidents since 1825; 85% of all Supreme Court Justices since 1800; 71% of the men and women in Who Who’s in American; 85% of all Fortune 500 Executives; and 63% of U.S. President Cabinet members since 1900 have all been Greek? For more information, please read the Greek Life F.A.Q.

For more information please contact the Office of Student Life at 580.745.2266 

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Email Mitchell Emberson, Director of Student Activities, at memberson@se.edu

 

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Sorority Recruitment

The primary recruitment period for joining a sorority at Southeastern is during the fall semester. The membership recruitment period is generally held within the first 2-3 weeks after classes begin in the fall. The Southeastern Panhellenic Council hosts sorority recruitment and typically sets up a booth in the Union Atrium during the week prior to register recruitment participants. There is a small fee to cover recruitment costs which usually costs $15 or less. There are also typically a few membership openings for sororities in the spring. Check for information on spring recruitment in the Office of Student Life.

Who is Eligible for Sorority Recruitment?

To be eligible for sorority recruitment you must be enrolled as a full time student (at least 12 hours) at Southeastern. The Panhellenic Council also has a minimum grade point average of 2.50 to be eligible for membership in a sorority. Each sorority has a minimum grade point average for membership which may or may not be higher than the Panhellenic minimum grade point average of 2.50.

Fraternity Recruitment

Fraternity recruitment is typically held 2-3 weeks after classes begin in the fall. Each fraternity chapter holds its own membership recruitment events during the designated recruitment period. Check with the Office of Student Life for information on specific events, dates, and times. It is not required that men interested in fraternity membership attend all chapters’ events, but it is highly encouraged that you get to know members from each fraternity before making a commitment to membership.

Who is Eligible for Fraternity Recruitment?

To be eligible for fraternity recruitment you must be enrolled as a full time student (at least 12 hours) at Southeastern and have a minimum grade point average of 2.5. Each fraternity has a minimum grade point average for membership which may or may not be higher than the University minimum grade point average of 2.5.

 

 

National Sororities

Alpha Sigma Tau

Founded at the Michigan State Normal College, Ypsilanti, Michigan on November 4, 1899. The badge of Alpha Sigma Tau is a six-pointed shield of black enamel and gold, bordered with pearls and displaying the sorority letters in the center. The new member pin is a monogram of gold. Flower: Yellow Rose Jewel: The Pearl Colors: Emerald and Gold Symbol: The Anchor Open motto: Active, Self-Reliant, Trustworthy

Sigma Sigma Sigma

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Founded in Farmville Virginia at Longwood College on April 20, 1898. The badge of Sigma Sigma Sigma is an indented equilateral triangle upon the raised inner black enamel portion of which appear a skull and crossed bones in the center of Sigma in each angle; the new member pin is a silver triangle with a Sigma in each angle superimposed upon three arcs. Flower: Purple Violet Jewel: The Pearl Colors: Royal Purple and White Symbol: Sailboat Open motto: Faithful unto Death

 

National Fraternities

 

Sigma Tau Gamma

Founded during the “month of roses” at Central Missouri State University in 1920. June 28 is commemorated at the date of establishment. The badge is a four-pointed shield with a sword thrust diagonally through it from upper left to lower right, with a gold chain connecting the hilt of the sword with the point. The face of the badge is of blue enamel with a chevron of black, faced with gold and displaying the letters STG. Flower: White Rose Colors: Azure (blue) and white.

Tau Kappa Epsilon 

Tau Kappa Epsilon was established on January 10, 1899 on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL. Originally under the Fraternity of Phi Delta Theta, the Tau Kappa Epsilon decided to branch out and form a new fraternity. On February 17, 1909, Tau Kappa Epsilon became its own fraternity.  The official badge is made of white or Roman gold and adorned with three white pearls. The official flower is the red carnation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hazing Prevention

Fraternities and sororities, as well as other student organizations or athletic teams, are prohibited from hazing. Many are surprised that it is not only a violation of University policy, but hazing is also prohibited in the state of Oklahoma and a violation of state law. There are many hazing “myths” or mistaken beliefs. These are some of the most common myths:

Myth #1: Hazing is primarily a problem for fraternities and sororities.
Fact: Hazing is a societal problem. Hazing incidents have been documented frequently in the military, athletic teams, marching bands, religious cults, professional schools and other types of clubs and/or organizations.

Myth #2: Hazing is no more than foolish pranks that sometimes go awry.
Fact: Hazing is an act of power and control over others – it is victimization. Hazing is premeditated and not accidental. Hazing is abusive and degrading, and may be life-threatening.

Myth #3: As long as there’s no malicious intent, a little hazing is okay.
Fact: Safety may be compromised by traditional hazing activities, even those considered to be “in good fun,” and even in the absence of malicious intent. For example, serious accidents have occurred during scavenger hunts and kidnapping trips. The risks of hazing far outweigh any potential “benefits” of such activities.

Myth #4: Hazing is an effective way to teach respect and develop discipline.
Fact: Respect must be earned – it cannot be taught. Victims of hazing rarely report having respect for those who have hazed them. For example, would you respect the person that yells at you or the person that helps you wax the floors for parents weekend? As with other forms of victimization, hazing breeds mistrust, apathy, and alienation in an organization/group. It does nothing to bring the group together as one.

Myth #5: If someone agrees to participate in an activity, it cannot be considered hazing.
Fact: In states that have laws against hazing, consent of the victim cannot be used as a defense in a civil suit. This is because even if someone agrees to participate in a potentially hazardous action, it may not be true consent when considering peer pressure and the victim’s desire to belong to the group.

Myth #6: It’s difficult to determine whether or not a certain activity is hazing – it’s such a gray area sometimes.
Fact: It’s not difficult to decide if an activity is hazing if you use common sense and ask yourself the following questions:

• Will active/current members of the organization refuse to participate with the new members and do exactly what they’re being asked to do?

• Is there risk of injury or a question of safety?

• Would you object if the activity were featured in the school newspaper or on a local TV news program?

• Would you have any reservation about describing and justifying the activity to your parents, to a professor, or to the University President?

• Would you invite the Director of Student Activities?

 

What can I do to combat hazing in my organization?

As a member – new or initiated – of a fraternity or sorority at SE, you have an obligation to ensure that your organization upholds the principles of your chapter, University policy, as well as protect your own dignity. SE and your chapter headquarters are readily available to help combat this problem. If you have witnessed or know about inappropriate activities taking place in your organization, it is important for you to notify the Office of Student life, Dean of Students, International Headquarters, or your organization advisor. 

 

How to report Hazing

If you feel you have been a witness and/or victim of hazing, please contact the Office of Student Life at 580-745-2266