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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.

For information about service and philanthropy efforts in 2013, read our Press Release.

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 spring 2016 semester, the fraternity and sorority community achieved the following:


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:

  • Olympus Leadership Series
  • 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

A summary of programming highlights can be found in our Annual Reports:

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 were founded to support the academic mission, vision, and values of the host institution where a chapter is recognized. 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. It is also the intention of the Office for Fraternity and Sorority Life to evaluate its impact on the co-curricular experience at WCU.

Chapter Excellence Assessment Program

The assessment is composed of six different categories in which each chapter is evaluated. 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 set by the Office for Fraternity and Sorority Life. The chapter that receives the highest point value in each of the categories below will get the Overall Excellence chapter award for that category. The Chapter Excellence Assessment program serves as the University’s annual assessment of our Fraternity and Sorority Community at WCU. Therefore, all WCU Fraternity & Sorority chapters must participate.

The core areas to be awarded for chapter standards of excellence are:

Chapter of the Year: A chapter that has achieved excellent scores in all six categories, a score of 90 or higher, exemplifies an ideal Fraternity or Sorority organization that supports the mission of West Chester University as well as fraternal standards. This overall recognition will be given to one fraternity and one sorority, regardless of governing council affiliation.

You can submit a nomination of a fraternity or sorority member for individual awards here.

CLICK HERE to download the 2015 Chapter Excellence Assessment Program Document

The 2015 Chapter Excellence Assessment Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, January 31st from 4pm-6pm in Sykes Ballrooms. All Chapter Excellence Awards will be distributed here and the accomplishments of chapters will also be highlighted.

**These three individual Awards for fraternity and sorority members will remain part of the University Leadership Awards process in the spring: Oustanding Faculty/Staff Advisor, Outstanding Fraternity Man of the Year and Outstanding Sorority Woman of the Year.  Those applications will be available on March 1, 2016 and presented at the Student Leadership & Involvement Awards Ceremony on April 24, 2016.

 


The award winners for the 2015-2016 academic year are:

Charles W. Warner
Fraternity of the Year

James J. Jackson
Sorority of the Year
Delta Phi Epsilon

Fraternity Man of the Year

Reginald Smith, Sigma Phi Epsilon

Sorority Woman of the Year

Olivia Miller, Alpha Xi Delta


Outstanding Chapter Presidents
Black & Latino Greek Council
Interfraternity Council
Panhellenic Council
Arianna Sanchez, Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, Inc.
Rich Schafer, Sigma Pi
Michaela Quigley, Alpha Delta Pi
Fraternity Emerging Leaders
Alex Breth, Phi Gamma Delta
Sorority Emerging Leaders
Kyliah Seward, Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc.
Chapter Advisor of the Year
Dan Webster, Phi Gamma Delta

Peter C. Galloway Faculty/Staff Advisor of the Year
Dr. Mary Houser, Alpha Xi Delta

5 Star Excellence Assessment - Overall Areas of Excellence
Overall Excellence in Scholarship Development
Delta Phi Epsilon and Sigma Phi Epsilon
Overall Excellence in Chapter Management
Delta Phi Epsilon
Overall Excellence in Leadership and Community Engagement
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and Delta Phi Epsilon
Overall Excellence in Member Development
Phi Sigma Sigma
Overall Excellence in Community Service
Alpha Delta Pi
Overall Excellence in Philanthropy
Delta 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.