Greek Life

National Pan Hellenic Council

The Delta State University National Pan Hellenic Council, Inc. (NPHC) is an umbrella organization for seven historically black, international Greek letter Fraternities and Sororities. The Council promotes interaction through forums, meetings and other mediums for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions.

The National Pan Hellenic Council, Inc. stated purpose and mission:

Unanimity of thought and action as far as possible in the conduct of Greek letter collegiate fraternities and sororities, and to consider problems of mutual interest to its member organizations.

Today, the primary purpose and focus of member organizations remains community awareness and action through educational, economic, and cultural service activities. The individual member is also expected to align with a graduate/alumni chapter, following graduation from college to perpetuate the purpose of the Council.


About the National Pan Hellenic Council

Being a New Member

This is the time between when a man/woman joins a fraternity/sorority and his/her initiation into that organizations. Each Chapter has a new member education experience that can last from about 6 to 8 weeks to a whole semester, depending on the individual chapter, the national organization, and other Greek organizations at Delta State. This is a time in a new member’s life when lifelong friends are made and when some of the most memorable moments of the college career take place. Being a new member gets you involved in campus activities quickly by participating in many events that the campus holds. New member classes usually meet one night each week to discuss the activities of the upcoming week and learn about the Chapter joined. Most establish special scholarship programs to assist members with their studies. Participation in service projects and social activities is also an important part of the semester’s activities.

Any regularly enrolled male/female at Delta State University, who is neither on social nor scholastic probation and is properly registered for membership recruitment, is eligible for participation. Each individual fraternity has its own minimum scholastic requirements to consider in the selection process.

Scholarship

DSU Greek members take great pride in our level of scholarship achievement. Both the new member and the NPHC’s grade point average typically exceed the university’s all-men/women’s average. Chapters place great emphasis on encouraging, developing  and monitoring academic progress.

Tutors, study programs, and other incentives provided by each chapter are indicative of this goal. Additionally, time management skills for members improve as they work to attain desired scholastic goals while meeting chapter responsibilities.

Leadership

Membership provides many opportunities for you to be involved in leadership roles. As a chapter officer or coordinator of a chapter event or community service project, you can further your leadership skills. Each chapter has committee structures that allow you to be involved in all operational aspects of the organization. Additionally, chapters provide educational programming in such areas as time management, leadership, diversity, communication, and overall health and well-being. Greeks also participate in university-wide leadership activities  National Pan Hellenic Council Chapter members can be found in the Student Government Association, Union Program Council, and many leadership and academic honor societies. Many other organizations have fraternity men and sorority women as members and many of the organizations are lead by these individuals. Involvement and active participation in activities enable fraternity men to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the fast-paced job market of today.

Social

The Delta State University Greek system provides a diverse selection of events to expose members to a wide variety of social programs and events. Formal, homecoming, Greek Week, and chapter retreats all support the goal of bringing men and women together to develop the bonds of brother- and sisterhood. Development of values, traditions, and honor contribute to the interfraternal commitment of social programs enabling personal development as well as development for each chapter as a whole. All fraternities maintain a responsible social policy promoting interfraternal standards for careful planning of safe social activities.

Philanthropy

National Pan Hellenic Council chapters support a strong tradition of service to our campus, community, state, and nation. Each year Greek men  and women donate thousands of dollars and, more importantly, thousands of hours to various charities. Each Chapter focuses on national philanthropies, but all donate services to local agencies. Because of strength in numbers and organizational qualities found in fraternities and sororities, their members achieve great success in efforts to aid in the community.

Alpha Phi Alpha
Founded: December 4, 1906  – Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Principles: Manly Deeds, Scholarship, and Love for all Mankind
Chapter Name: Omicron Psi – 1983 at Delta State University
Annual Events: Project Alpha; Go to High School, Go to College; A Voteless People is a Hopeless People


Alpha Kappa Alpha
Founded: January 15, 1908 – Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Principles: Sisterhood, Scholarship, and Service
Chapter Name: Mu Gamma – 1978 at Delta State University
Annual Events: Breast Cancer Awareness; Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive; STD Forum

Colors: Salmon Pink and Apple Green
Flower: Tea Rose
Symbol: Ivy Leaf
Motto: By Culture and By Merit


Kappa Alpha Psi
Founded:
January 5, 1911 – Indiana State University, Bloomington, Indiana
Principles: Unite men of different backgrounds, encourage honorable achievement, promote the spiritual, social, and moral welfare of members, assist aims/purposes of the university, and inspire service in the public interest.
Chapter Name: Nu Eta – 1988 at Delta State University


Omega Psi Phi
Founded: November 17, 1911 – Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Principles: Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift
Chapter Name: Upsilon Delta Delta – 1996 at Delta State University


Delta Sigma Theta
Founded: January 13, 1913 – Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Principles: Scholarship, Service, and Sisterhood
Chapter Name: Kappa Pi – 1973 at Delta State University
Annual Events: Breast Cancer Awareness; HIV/AIDS Awareness and Testing; Adopt-A-Grandparent

Colors: Crimson and Cream
Flower: African Violet
Symbol: Fortitude
Motto: Intelligence is the Torch of Wisdom


Phi Beta Sigma
Founded: January 9, 1914 – Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Principles: Brotherhood, Scholarship, and Service
Chapter Name: Xi Beta – 1982 at Delta State University
Annual Events: Culture for Service Week; Sigma Reads; Community Image Awards Banquet


Zeta Phi Beta
Founded: January 16, 1920 – Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Principles: Sisterly Love, Scholarship, Service, and Finer Womanhood
Chapter Name: Psi Kappa – 1995 at Delta State University
Annual Events: March of Dimes/Stork’s Nest Program; HIV/AIDS Seminar; Z-Hope Program

Colors: Royal Blue and White
Flower: White Rose
Symbol: Dove
Motto: Scholarship, Sisterhood, Service, Finer Womanhood

Membership Intake

The National Pan Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations at Delta State University select members through a process called Membership Intake. Membership Intake is the process of selecting, educating and initiating new members into an NPHC chapter. This process is prescribed by the national organization. Students interested in any of the NPHC chapters must have completed at least 12 DSU credit hours, be enrolled full-time at Delta State with a 2.5 or higher cumulative grade point average.

Student enrolled at other colleges or universities are not eligible for membership. NPHC groups will individually announce their membership selection/intake process during the semester and they will explain their membership process at the initial informational meeting. Interested students are encouraged to check out the national web sites for the various NPHC organizations and to attend events sponsored by the local chapters. By doing this, you will have a better perspective of the organization and its members so that you can make the best decision for you.

NPHC Chapters will individually announce their membership selection/intake process during the semester. Interested students are encouraged to visit the national web sites for the various NPHC organizations and to attend events sponsored by the local chapters.

For more information, contact the NPHC Advisor by email at mlipford@deltastate.edu or by phone at 662-846-4151.