The College supports fraternities and sororities because Greek Life has historically played a critical role in strong student life programs and has been noted for offering students opportunities to:
- Gain leadership skills and experience outside the classroom;
- Be active in college/community service and philanthropy activities;
- Develop institutional pride and build connections between friends, faculty, and the College or University; and
- Find their niche on a college campus, making the institution feel smaller and more like home.
At Penn College, the Greek community works in conjunction with the College in the mission to educate the "whole" student. Founded under the principles of scholarship, leadership, community service and the development of life-long friendships, Penn College Greeks strive to achieve these principles.
Benefits of Greek Life
Students often find managing their time difficult when moving from the highly structured high school environment to the freedom of college life. Academic success is a central focus of all Greek Life activity, and are emphasized from first joining through graduation. Greek membership offers scholarship programs that may include mandatory study hours, time management workshops, GPA requirements, and incentives such as scholarships to challenge members academically. Studies show that fraternity and sorority members usually maintain a higher grade point and are more likely to obtain a degree than non-affiliated students.
Greek Life at Penn College offers a multitude of leadership opportunities. Each member is encouraged to actively participate in their chapter, as well as in the Greek governance system and other campus-wide leadership activities. Fraternal involvement will not only provide basic leadership skills, but will also cultivate civic-minded leaders who are willing to challenge negative behaviors exhibited by their peers, and engage in activities to positively impact Penn College and the surrounding community. Fraternities and sororities provide a solid foundation in leadership training to prepare members for the future.
Community service and philanthropic activities is one of the keystones of Greek Life. Members are empowered to make a positive impact on the community, and develop an understanding of civic responsibility through the process of serving others. Most importantly, chapter members learn they can make a difference. Community service promotes unity among members and and cultivates responsibility, appreciation for differences, empathy, and other critical skills students will need for future success.
For many students, an active social life helps make college a fulfilling and holistic experience. Greek Life at Penn College provides a wealth of social activities including formals, philanthropy events, and intramural sports. Joining a fraternity or sorority can help broaden a student’s social network and make the college experience enjoyable. Sorority and fraternity involvement can offer a family atmosphere and friendships that often last a lifetime.
A member’s involvement in Greek Life does not end at graduation. Membership in Greek Life is for a lifetime and provides lasting connections to the College and to their brotherhood or sisterhood. Alumni often serve as advisors, officials on a house corporation, or as a regional or national officer and consultant. Lifetime friendships expand beyond individual chapters to include all members of the Greek community, both nationally and internationally. Additionally, alumni organizations help students network with fellow alumni and keep in touch through newsletters, meetings, and special alumni events, resulting in potential employment connections after graduation.
Penn College currently recognizes three fraternities.
Phi Mu Delta
Mission of Phi Mu Delta Fraternity
Founded nationally in 1918 as the first national fraternity to accept men regardless of their race or religious affiliation, Phi Mu Delta has as its mission, to provide a positive fraternity experience for today's college man, encouraging high personal standards, morally, mentally, and spiritually, and, to help its members live the ideals of our founders: democracy, brotherhood and service
Values: Democracy, Service, and Brotherhood
Mission of Sigma Pi Fraternity
The mission of Sigma Pi Fraternity, International is to build and support chapters and alumni organizations for the purpose of maintaining a Fellowship of kindred minds united in Brotherhood.
- To advance Truth and Justice
- To Promote Scholarship
- To Encourage Chivalry
- To Diffuse Culture
- And To Develop Character
Vision of Sigma Pi Fraternity
Sigma Pi is the leading, international men’s collegiate fraternal organization which provides training, guidance and innovative opportunities for:
- Leadership Development
- Social and Personal Development
- Academic Achievement
- Community Service
- Heightened Moral Awareness
National Founding: 1897
Colors: Lavender and White with Gold as an auxiliary
Philanthropy: Sam Spady Foundation and the ACE Project
Flower: Lavender Orchid
National Website: www.sigmapi.org
Local Website: facebook.com/SigmaPiAtPCT
Omega Delta Sigma National Veterans Fraternity, Inc.
Fraternal Pledge of Omega Delta Sigma
Gallantry and camaraderie during military service is the foundation for this collegiate brotherhood. Honor, integrity, and respect are words that not only reside in our hearts but also were, and still are, a way of life for us. Through immeasurable sacrifices we have helped keep this great nation free of tyranny and persecution. We hold our name in the highest regards along with those that have fallen before us protecting our way of life. But to maintain our name we must conduct ourselves at all times in a manner befitting one who is part of such a tradition. The maintenance of tradition, discipline, gallantry, and love for this country and this brotherhood is our duty. We must see that the same high standard of respect and prestige be not only maintained, but rather strengthen. We are the brothers of Omega Delta Sigma.
National Founding: 1999
National Website: www.omegadeltasigma.com
Information about Hazing
Pennsylvania State Law defines hazing as “Any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student or which willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, any organization operating under the sanction of or recognized as an organization by an institution of higher education … the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding.”
Both Penn College and the Inter/National Greek Life community have a strict stance on hazing. Hazing is not only against the law, but it is also against the values of Penn College and the fraternities and sororities. All members of the Penn College Greek community will be held to the Pennsylvania Hazing Law and the Penn College Student Code of Conduct. All chapter members and those students involved in the recruitment process are required to sign a no-hazing agreement statement.
If you sense you or someone you know may be participating in inappropriate activities as a result of membership in a fraternity or sorority, please contact the Student Activities Office at 570-327-4763 or file a confidential Silent Witness Form.
For more information check out hazingprevention.org