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News & Announcements

Greek Week Committee April 14, 2014 7:30pm CUB 240

IFC Meeting April 15, 2014 4pm CUB 239

WPC Meeting April 17, 2014 4pm CUB 240

New Initiate Confirmation List Due April 21, 2014 4pm 

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Contact Information

Emilee Danielson-Burke
Assistant Dean of Students
Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life
EADanielson@ship.edu

Danielle Dabrowski
Fraternity & Sorority Life Secretary
DLDabr@ship.edu

Stephanie Diaz
Graduate Assistant
Greek@ship.edu

Dylan Simpson 
Student Worker
DS6059@ship.edu

CUB 236
Phone: 717-477-1848
Fax: 717-477-4098 

 

 

 

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Faculty member of the Month

WPC: Professor Schwilk 

IFC: Emilee Danielson 

Scholar of the Month

WPC: Tabitha Poore, Alpha Sigma Tau

IFC: Eric Wichens, Phi Delta Theta

Congratulations

Alpha Phi was named as a qualifier for the Order of the Lamp award at their Leadership Conference!

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Greek Terminology

Greeks often use specific terminology related to their activities and membership. Here are some terms frequently used in Greek life.

Active: A fully initiated member of a sorority or fraternity.

Alumnae: A graduated member of a sorority (singular is alumna).

Alumni: A graduated member of a fraternity (singular is alum).

Badge: Also known as a pin, a piece of jewelry given to initiation members worn to identify their membership in the organization. Typically worn to official events, it is only worn while in business like attire, and usually worn over the heart and above all other pins.

Bid: A formal invitation to join a Greek organization.

Brother: An active member of a fraternity.

Chapter: A local group of a national organization.

Colony: A Greek organization that is just starting & has not yet completed all of the requirements necessary to be a fully chartered chapter.

Continuous Open Bidding (COB): A time after formal NPC sorority recruitment when bids may still be extended and accepted. Not all NPC Chapters participate in COB. This is also sometimes referred to as COR(continuous open recruitment) or CR (continuous recruitment)

Crossing
: Ceremony during which new members of multicultural Greek organizations become active, life-long members of their organization.

Fraternity
: A Greek organization for men. Many of the older women's organizations are officially known as fraternities rather than sororities. Also refers to co-ed Greek organizations.

Greek: A sorority or fraternity member.

Inter-fraternity Council (IFC)
: The governing body of fraternities.

Initiation: Ceremony during which new members of NPC and IFC organizations become active, life-long members of their organization.

Intake: Period where students interested in MGC or NPHC organizations can receive a bid to join.

Legacy: A person whose parent, grandparent, or sibling was an active member of a sorority or fraternity.

MRABA: membership recruitment acceptance binding agreement

National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO): National umbrella council for Latino Greek letter organization. There are 24 member organizations.

North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC): International organization that governs 66 inter/national fraternities.

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
: The governing body of the nine traditionally African American fraternities and sororities, also known as the "Divine Nine."

National Panhellenic Conference (NPC)
: An umbrella organization for 26 inter/national women's fraternities and sororities.

New Member
: A person who has accepted a bid to an NPC or IFC organization but has not been initiated yet.

Panhellenic Council (Panhel)
: A group of sorority women who govern, as a unit, the Panhellenic chapters on a campus.

Potential Member: A student who is not yet part of a Greek lettered organization but is interested in Fraternity & Sorority Life.

Quota: A specific number of women that each NPC sorority may extend membership to.

Recruitment: Formal process where interested women can learn more about NPC organizations and be asked to join.

Ritual: Private ceremony of a Greek lettered organization. The formal document that contains the secret principles and ideals upon which the organization was founded. Only initiated members are privy to the ritual; learning the ritual is usually a part of the initiation ceremony. Ritual is sacred and unique to each inter/national organization and is the common bond between all members of an sorority or fraternity, regardless of when or where they were initiated.

Rush: Period where interested men can learn more about IFC organizations and be asked to join.

Sister: An active member of a sorority.

Soror: A member of an NPHC sorority. This term is usually not used by NPC sororities.

Sorority: A Greek letter organization for women. Many sororities are officially fraternities; however, most refer to themselves as sororities.

Greek Alphabet 

A 

Alpha 

(al-fuh) 

B 

Beta 

(bay-tuh) 

G 

Gamma 

(gam-ah) 

D 

Delta 

(del-tuh) 

E 

Epsilon 

(ep-si-lon) 

Z 

Zeta 

(zay-tuh) 

H 

Eta 

(ay-tah) 

Q 

Theta 

(thay-tah) 

I 

Iota 

(eye-o-tah) 

K 

Kappa 

(kap-ah) 

L 

Lambda 

(lamb-duh) 

M 

Mu  

(mew) 

N 

Nu 

(new) 

X 

Xi 

(zie) 

O 

Omicron 

(om-i-cron) 

P 

Pi 

(pie) 

R 

Rho 

(row) 

S 

Sigma 

(sig-mag) 

T 

Tau 

(taw) 

U 

Upsilon 

(oop-sil-on) 

F 

Phi 

(fie) 

C 

Chi 

(kie) 

Y 

Psi 

(sie) 

W 

Omega 

(o-may-gah)