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.
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.
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.
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.
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.