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Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life

Values

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Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life

Address:
238 Sykes Student Union
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2117
Email: cjenkins@wcupa.edu

Values

Community Values

Fraternities and sororities are the largest, most visible and most active values-based organizations on college campuses. We all share a common code of friendship, service, academic success, and leadership development. Every fraternity and sorority is guided by founding principles and values that serve as a moral beacon for its members.

Friendship

Brotherhood and sisterhood are among the founding principles of all fraternities and sororities. The bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood are life-long. Joining a Greek-letter organization results in an extended family, both on-campus and across the nation.

Service & Philanthropy:

The entire fraternity and sorority community collectively donates time, money, and effort to service projects. Each individual chapter also raises awareness and money for their own philanthropies throughout the year. On a national level, we are the largest network of young volunteers in the United States. We provide 10 million hours of volunteer service a year. We mentor at-risk students, raise funds for medical research, offer aid at senior citizen facilities, build homes for the poor and collect food for the homeless. Our emphasis on service learning prepares members for a lifetime of community involvement.

Click here to find out more about CampDreamcatcher, the fraternity and sorority community joint-philanthropy program.

Academic Success:

Our community promotes academic success through chapter-based scholarship programs. There is a minimum GPA for membership, and incentives encourage chapters to maintain a cumulative average higher than the all-university GPA. Fraternity men and sorority women consistently do better academically than the average WCU student.

  • WCU Strategic Plan Initiative

For the fall 2013 semester, the fraternity and sorority community achieved the following:

67%% earned a 3.00 GPA or higher

24% earned a 3.67 (Dean's List status)

5% earned a 4.00

65% currently have a 3.00 or higher cumulative average at WCU

The average fraternity/sorority member at WCU earned a 3.21 GPA

Fall 2013 Community Grade report



Leadership Development:

Fraternities and sororities are the most successful leadership development program for college students. Financial management, conflict resolution, public relations, effective goal setting and basic democratic principles are everyday lessons for our members. Comprehensive leadership programs teach values-based management skills and members graduate with the management and interpersonal skills needed to excel in today's society.

Mission & Learning Outcomes

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life is committed to enhancing student development and learning. Educational programs and leadership opportunities that focus on Scholarship Development, Service to Campus, Character Development, Risk Management, and New Member Development are the cornerstones of our work. The office serves as the liaison between chapter members, inter/national organizations, advisors, regional representatives, and alumnae/alumni and provides advisory support to the governing/programming bodies. The goal of the fraternity and sorority experience is to provide a lifelong learning experience that supports the values of fraternity and West Chester University.

History

Fraternities and sororities have existed at WCU since 1967. PDF View the history of fraternity and sorority life.

Programming

Members of the WCU fraternity and sorority community participate in a wide variety of educational programming on such topics as leadership development, diversity initiatives, alcohol and other drug education, personal health, and career networking. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life provides direction in programming such as:

  • Presidential Roundtable meetings (monthly)
  • New Officer Training programs
  • Council Officer attendance at the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values & National Black Greek Leadership Conference
  • Fraternity and Sorority Awards and Assessment
  • Departmental Partnerships - Women's Center, Career Center

The InterGreek Council is responsible for providing community-wide programming that brings the different chapters together, creating a sense of community and shared purpose such as: community service block cleanups, Camp Dreamcatcher community wide philanthropy (raising $10,000 - $20,000 per year), Greek Week and Homecoming events. More information on InterGreek Council programming and traditions can be found by visiting their website.

Awards and Recognition

Fraternities and sororities exist to support the academic mission, vision, and values of the University. The Office for Fraternity and Sorority Life conducts a yearly assessment of its chapters in order to determine how the core values of individual fraternities and sororities support West Chester University and how a chapter impacts on the co-curricular experience at WCU.

There are five essential areas that make up an outstanding chapter. These areas are: Scholarship Development, Chapter Development, Risk Management, New Member Development, and Service to the Campus. Each organization is asked to submit documentation for a set criterion in each of the areas previously mentioned. Each category has different criteria that are assigned point values. A score of 90 or higher in a specific category means the chapter is achieving the minimum standards and therefore, that chapter earns a star.

2013 Awards Information Packet

2013 Fraternity/Sorority Awards: Five Star Chapter Excellence - Supplemental Chapter Submissions

2013 Fraternity/Sorority Awards: Individual Award Submissions

All award submissions are due no later than Monday, March 17, 2013 by 5:00P.M.

*Award Packets turned in after this time will not be considered*

Fraternity & Sorority Awards will be held in conjunction with the WCU Leadership Awards on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 1:00pm in Sykes Ballrooms. A reception for Fraternity and Sorority members will follow this ceremony in Sykes 115.


The award winners for the 2012-2013 academic year are:

Charles W. Warner
Fraternity of the Year
Sigma Phi Epsilon
James J. Jackson
Sorority of the Year
Zeta Tau Alpha

Fraternity Man of the Year
Malik Muhammad, Sigma Phi Epsilon
Sorority Woman of the Year
Jessie McNevin, Delta Phi Epsilon

Outstanding Chapter Presidents
Black & Latino Greek Council
Interfraternity Council
Panhellenic Council
Aisha Hynson, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Mike Slavin, Sigma Phi Epsilon
Angelina Reiher, Phi Mu
Fraternity Emerging Leader
John Matz, Delta Chi
Sorority Emerging Leader
Ashley Stone, Alpha Xi Delta
Chapter Advisor of the Year
Ebony Carter, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Faculty Advisor of the Year
Dr. Simon Ruchti
James Weese Award for New Member Academic Achievement
Devon Becker, Phi Mu
Anthony LaFratte, Delta Chi
Fraternal Values Society Awards
Richard Gonzalez, Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity, Inc.
Shannon O’Connell, Phi Sigma Sigma
John Scheck, Sigma Phi Epsilon
5 Star Excellence Assessment - Overall Areas of Excellence
Overall Excellence in Scholarship Development
Alpha Phi and Sigma Phi Epsilon
Overall Excellence in Chapter Development
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and Pi Kappa Phi
Overall Excellence in Risk Management
Phi Mu
Overall Excellence in New Member Development
Alpha Xi Delta and Delta Chi
Overall Excellence in Service to Campus
Zeta Tau Alpha and Sigma Phi Epsilon
Overall Excellence in Interfraternalism
Sigma Phi Epsilon and Phi Sigma Sigma

Fraternal Values Society

The Fraternal Values Society exists to provide a home for the values based fraternity/sorority experience on our campus, to provide voice to the values movement. It creates a sustainable network for those who want their experience to be representative of the founding fraternal/ethical values of our organizations. Its mission is to illuminate the central values that guided the historical founding of general fraternities and sororities, and to incorporate these values into the contemporary fraternity and sorority experience.

The Society asks members to personalize these fraternal ideals in their daily lifelong membership experience. We address this mission through:

  • Creating opportunities for ongoing values based dialogue and discourse;
  • Increasing awareness and personal reflection about fraternal values through program, resources and support
  • Empowering individuals to live their lives according to the fraternal rituals, assisting individuals and organizations who struggle to reach these standards, and confronting individuals and organizations who fail to uphold these values; and
  • Publicly recognizing individuals and organizations that exemplify their organizational values.