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Capital University's Fraternity and Sorority Community
The ideas behind Fraternity and Sorority Life at Capital University foster growth, development, and education among its members within a diverse community. Here at Capital, we focus on four main pillars: Academic Success, Community Engagement, Philanthropy, and Brotherhood & Sisterhood. Our community promotes unity among all organizations on campus and provides a sense of encouragement and belonging. Fraternity and Sorority Life at Capital is home to many strong leaders, and there is a large push from this community to transform Capital from a campus to a home. When we continue to better ourselves, we continue to grow and transform lives.
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Interfraternity Council (IFC)The Interfraternity Council (IFC) at Capital University is the coordinating body for four of the social fraternities on campus (Alpha Sigma Phi, Kappa Sigma, Phi Kappa Psi, and Sigma Alpha Beta). Consisting of five elected executive officers, two representatives from each fraternity, the council establishes and coordinates all recruitment activities, motivates and supervises academic achievement, governs the actions of its member chapters, and promotes community service projects throughout the year.
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National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) serves at the governing body for nine national historically African American fraternities and sororities. NPHC is designed to assure that member organizations cooperatively work together while maintaining their distinct identities. Scholarship and service are founding principles shared by each of these organizations and their national council. Currently, three NPHC organizations exists at Capital University as city-wide chapters that includes other local colleges and universities.
Panhellenic Association (PHA)The Panhellenic Association (PHA) at Capital University is the coordinating body for four of the social fraternities on campus (Alpha Sigma Alpha, Delta Phi Epsilon, Phi Sigma Sigma, and Pi Phi Epsilon). Consisting of four elected executive officers, one representative from each sorority, PHA is responsible for promoting positive relations between sororities, coordinating council-wide activities, formal recruitment, informal recruitment, and upholding academic achievement.
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The object of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., is to stimulate its African-American members; to prepare them for the greatest usefulness in the causes of humanity, freedom and dignity of the individual; and to encourage the highest and noblest form.
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Motto: To Better the Man, through the creation and perpetuation of brotherhood founded upon the values of character … Silence, Charity, Purity, Honor, Patriotism.
Alpha Sigma Phi, represented by the Phoenix, started at Capital in April 2009 and received its charter on September 11, 2010. The fraternity's colors are Cardinal and Stone and the group is often referred to as Alpha Sig. The organization has striven to enhance the Greek community from the onset. Alpha Sig has been a leader on campus taking ownership of the Organization of the Year award and the Most Creative Service Event award in 2011, while winning Greek Week two consecutive years.
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Motto: United by friendship, sustained by honor and led by truth, we live and we flourish.
Phi Kappa Psi, often called Phi Psi, was the first NIC (North-American Interfraternity Council) chapter at Capital and was chartered in the spring of 2010. The Ohio Xi chapter at Capital University routinely receives commendations from the national headquarters for exemplarty acedemic reports, community service contributions, and campus engagement. Most recently, this chapter was accredited with high marks for chapter operations and received a national award for maintaining the best GPA of chapters throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virigina. The fraternity, whose colors are cardinal red and hunter green, plays host to several annual events including "Mud Tug" and "The Final Stretch," as well as numerous formal/date functions. Phi Kappa Psi is proud to develop well-rounded leaders to better the Capital community.
Kappa Sigma is a fraternity built on the ideals of proper education, brotherhood, the growth of its members, ethical behavior, and giving service back to the community.
Motto: Doing Good Work Through Christ.
Colors: Royal Blue and Orange
Sigma Alpha Beta is a co-educational fraternity founded in 2007. More commonly known as SAB on Capital University’s campus, Sigma Alpha Beta was founded on the values of fraternal love, faith, service, compassion, character, leadership, and scholarship. Sigma Alpha Beta is known for its philanthropy projects including: charity: Water, The Girl Effect, Buzzkill, and The Shoeman Water Project. Sigma Alpha Beta is a different experience for all members and prides itself on a sense of family, community and inclusion of all.
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Motto: Aspire, Seek, Attain
Alpha Sigma Alpha National Sorority was founded on November 15, 1901 at Longwood University. Alpha Sigma Alpha’s mission is to promote high ideals and standards for its members throughout their lives by emphasizing balance among our four aims of intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development. Our purpose is to foster close friendships between members and to develop women of poise and purpose. Our colors are crimson and pearl white supplemented by our secondary colors of palm green and gold. The Theta Tau chapter at Capital University embraces the zebra and the crown as their symbols. The philanthropies of Alpha Sigma Alpha are the Special Olympics and the S. June Smith Center. Alpha Sigma Alpha inspires women to lead, to serve and most of all, to make a difference.
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Motto: Esse Quam Videri - "To be rather than to seem to be"
Delta Phi Epsilon (aka DPhiE or Deephers) was founded at New York University School of Law in 1917 on the principles of Justice, Sisterhood and Love. As a nonsectarian organization, DPhiE embraces diversity within its membership. The sorority encourages well-rounded women who possess leadership skills, social prowess and a philanthropic mindset to consider membership within Delta Phi Epsilon at Capital University.
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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. A sisterhood of more than 200,000 predominately Black college educated women, the Sorority currently has over 900 chapters located in the United States, England, Japan, Germany, the Virigin Islands, Bermude, the Bahamas, and the Republic of Korea. The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization's Five Point Programmatic Thrust. The Sorority was founded in 1913 by 22 students at Howard University.
Motto: Love and Service
Pi Phi Epsilon was founded as a general sorority in 1963. Their sorority mascot is the panda bear, their colors are green and white. Living by the motto of Love and Service, they focus on the uniqueness and individuality of each sorority member. The sorority goes by the nickname, Pi Phi.
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Motto: Aim High
Phi Sigma Sigma was founded in 1913 in New York City on the foundation that women of different faiths could come together and work toward common goals. Our mission is to inspire the personal development of each sister and perpetuate the advancement of womanhood. Philanthropy and service learning are held high in our eyes, as well as leadership, scholarship, and simply being a well rounded woman. - L.I.T.P. - Love In The Pyramid
Capital FSL recruitment activities give potential new members (PNMs) a chance to meet affiliated members and explore the individual chapter values. Fraternity and sorority recruitment is a continuous process, however it varies by each council.
Interfraternity Council (IFC)
To kick off IFC Formal Recruitment, the Interfraternity Council will host an IFC starts with an IFC fraternity info night during the first week of the Fall semester. Individual chapters will host events around campus for the following weeks. The fraternities on campus will use time during these events to get to know potential new members, share what they have done as a chapter, and showcase the meaning of brotherhood and how joining a Greek-letter organization can make you a better person. Bid Day for IFC fraternities takes place towards the end of September. Each year, the Interfraternity Council President and Vice President of Membership will release the Bid Day date to the public. On this date, PNMs can officially sign a bid to join a fraternity.
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
Our City-Wide chapters associated with the National Pan-Hellenic Council conduct individual membership intake processes potentially each semester. These chapters will have open forums and events for students interested in membership. Once you have decided which organization to join, notify the fraternity or sorority of your decision and they will let you know how to join. Each organization has its own processes.
Panhellenic Formal Recruitment is an intentional three-day process for all women who register to get to know and engage with our four Panhellenic sororities. Each round allows for potential new members (PNMs) to learn more about each sorority and find their home within the Fraternity and Sorority Life community. After each round, PNMs will preference the sororities they would like to visit for the next round; the sororities in turn will also preference which PNMs they would like to invite back.During the Formal Recruitment process, Recruitment Guides will assist PNMs from round to round. These are women were selected to provide guidance and support to PNMs.
Informal Recruitment During the Spring or after Fall Formal Recruitment, some PHA sororities and IFC fraternities hold informal recruitment. Chapters will host events to engage potential new members and introduce them to Fraternity and Sorority Life and specific chapters within the community. Different than formal recruitment, this process does not involve structured rounds or schedules, but offers a more laid back atmosphere in which members and interested students can interact and get to know one another. Chapters may extend bids to individuals at any time during this process. Individuals have up to one calendar year to accept or deny a bid.
Order of Omega
The Rho Omicron Chapter at Capital University was chartered in 1998. Order of Omega is an honorary organization for Greek members of various affiliations to come together as leaders of the Greek community and campus.
The purpose of The Order of Omega is:
As you learn more about fraternity and sorority life, you’ll want to get acquainted with these frequently used terms.
Active: A member who has been initiated into lifelong fraternity or sorority membership and participates in chapter activities at the collegiate level.Alumni/Alumnae: Initiated fraternity or sorority members who have graduated from college.Badge or Pin: The pin of an initiated member.Bid: A formal invitation to membership in a particular fraternity or sorority.Big Brother or Big Sister (Big): An active member of a fraternity or sorority who serves as a mentor to a new member, guiding him or her through the new member education program and initiation.Call/Chant: Audible sounds used by members in a NPHC or Multicultural organization to acknowledge or gain the attention of other members. Calls may vary regionally within organizations, and some organizations may use more than one call.Chapter: A local group of the larger (inter)national organization, designated by a special Greek name.City-wide Chapters: Similar to the definition of “Chapter”. Some NPHC organizations may have a city-wide chapters comprised of several local colleges and universities. Community Service or Public Service: Time and effort donated toward a charitable cause or community institution to benefit the public. (Please note the difference between community service and philanthropy).Crossed: the same as being initiated. The term means different things to different groups, but generally means crossing over from being non-affiliated to being an initiated member. Most groups record this time to the second. Term also refers to "Crossing the Burning Sands"DOP/DP: the membership educator in a NPHC or Multicultural organization. Short for Dean of Pledges an old term that the groups still use. ADOP/ADP would be the assistant dean.Drop: the term used to refer to someone who de-pledged, or stopped pledging.Financial: term used to refer to an active member. (ie. Someone paying dues.)Executive Office or Headquarters: The central organization of a particular fraternity or sorority. Often referred to as National Headquarters, International Headquarters, or just Nationals.Formal Recruitment: The membership selection period held in August/September.Fraternity: The name that applies to all Greek organizations characterized by a ritual, badge and strong ties to friendship and moral principles. Informally, women's fraternities are called sororities.Grad/Alumni Chapter: The graduate chapter of NPHC or Multicultural organization. Usually the local grad chapter oversees the operations of the undergraduate chapter.Hand sign: used to identify members of the same organization. Most have a deep meaning to that organization or ritualistic symbol.Informational or Rush: often a formal recruitment event for NPHC or Multicultural organizations.Informal Recruitment: The membership selection period for fraternities and sororities with openings throughout the fall and spring semesters.Initiation: The formal ceremony that marks the beginning of active membership. Each chapter has a different set of requirements in order to be initiated.Intake: The process several chapters perform to recruit, interview, choose, and educate new members. Term mainly used in NPHC or Multicultural organizations.Interest: title of a potential new member who the group knows is interested. Sometimes these students will band together and form an interest group.Interfraternity Council (IFC): The governing body of 5 fraternities at Capital. IFC operates under the affiliation requirements of the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC).Legacy: The brother or sister, son or daughter, or grandson or granddaughter of a fraternity or sorority member. Each (inter)national organization has its own policy regarding legacies.Line: The members of a NPHC or Multicultural organization’s new member class.Line Brother or Line Sister: The term used by members of NPHC or Multicultural organizations that refers to the other members that were in their new member class. Depending on the region, members may refer to their line brother or sister as their Sands since they crossed the “Burning Sands” (were initiated) together.Line Jacket: Worn by members in a NPHC or Multicultural organization, these lightweight windbreakers usually have the organization's name, letters, crest, crossing chapter, crossing date, line number, line name, and other graphics and information stitched onto them.Line Name: The name given to a NPHC or Multicultural organization’s new member class. Some groups do number their lines by Alpha, Beta, Gamma…. But also their line has a name to define them. Many times it is an acronym. Line Name(s) can also refer to the individual member’s line name which is often given by new members Big Brothers or Big Sisters.Little Brother or Little Sister (Little): A new member of a fraternity or sorority who will be matched with a Big (Brother or Sister) to begin a mentoring relationship as they go through the New Member Education program and beyond. Membership Recruitment: The mutual selection process that prospective members and chapter members go through during the recruitment period to get to know one another.National Association of Latin Fraternal Organizations (NALFO): The representative body governing historically Latino/Latina Greek Letter organizations. There are no affiliated NALFO organizations on Capital’s campus, but you may interact with members of a NALFO organization if you attend larger Greek conferences.Neophyte (aka "Neo"): A new member of a cultural Greek organization in a NPHC or Multicultural organization.New Member Presentation (aka Probate): a formal presentation of a new line to campus. Usually done in a public forum after members have been initiated into a NPHC or Multicultural organization.New Member Education (NME): A period of learning about fraternity and sorority life prior to initiation. This period varies for all groups.New Member: A member of a fraternity or sorority who has not been initiated.NIC (North American Interfraternity Conference): Governing body for 72 national member men's fraternities and alumni associations.NPC (National Panhellenic Conference): The umbrella organization for 26 women's fraternities. NPC supports its chapters by promoting values, education, leadership, friendship, cooperation, and citizenshipNPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council): A national organization composed of four sororities and five fraternities whose membership is historically African-American.Number or Club: the number you are assigned based on the chronological order you are in on your initiation line (often members in a NPHC or Multicultural organization identify or relate to one another by distinguishing that they are the "same" number).Order of Omega - National Greek Leadership Honor Society: Limited to top 3% of members in the Greek Community at Capital University. Must have a GPA at or greater then Greek GPA, junior or senior status, significant leadership and service to the campus and the Greek community.Para (aka "Nalia"): short for paraphernalia. The different items of Greek clothing or items someone is wearing.Panhellenic Association: The governing body of 4 sororities at Capital. PHA operates under the affiliation requirements of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC).Philanthropy: Fundraising activities or service projects for charitable institutions, or charitable aid/donations to these institutions. (Please note the difference between philanthropy and community service).Potential New Member (PNM): A college student who is interested in joining a Greek Organization and is taking part in the recruitment process.Preferencing: During the last part of Panhellenic sorority recruitment, a potential new member determines which particular sorority she is willing to join. The potential new member lists three sororities in her order of preference.Prophyte: term used to refer to an older brother/sister from your chapter in a NPHC or Multicultural organization.Quota: The specified number of potential new members to which each sorority may extend a bid.Rho Gamma or Rho Gam (aka Recruitment Guide): A Panhellenic sorority member who has disaffiliated herself from her chapter during formal membership recruitment. She is specially trained to help potential new members and answer any questions they may have about sorority membership.Sands: A member of your organization or another NPHC or Multicultural organization that was initiated during the same semester as you were. Depending on the region, members may refer to their line brother or sister as their Sands since they crossed the “Burning Sands” (were initiated) together.Social or Mixer: A get-together event with another Greek organization.Soror or Sawrah: term used to refer to a sister in a NPHC or Multicultural organization.Stepping: A historically black tradition characterized by synchronized hand foot movements, along with singing, dancing, chanting, and acting. Many Latino/Latina and Multicultural groups participate in stepping as well.Stroll (aka Party Walk, Party Hop): A line dance done by members in a NPHC or Multicultural organizations; usually done at a party or step show.TeeKee: the large necklace worn with large Greek letters on them by members of NPHC or Multicultural organizations. Similar to a lavaliere but much larger and often made out of wood.Total: Total is the allowable chapter size, including both new and initiated members, as determined by the Panhellenic Council.Yard: the term used to refer to the particular campus or university a chapter is at. This term is usually used by members of NPHC or Multicultural organizations.
The Greek Report is published at the end of each semester and includes news, updates, aggregate grade point averages, and membership information for each chapter and the fraternity/sorority community. We encourage you to take a moment and click on a semester report below to learn more about the progress of our fraternity and sorority community here at Capital University.