Fraternity & Sorority Life
Director, Office of Student Life & Involvement
Fraternities and sororities have been a valued part of Baldwin Wallace University for more than 80 years. Fraternities and sororities at BW encourage the growth and development of students by providing opportunities for leadership development, scholarship, friendship, service and fun through membership and involvement in fraternal organizations.
BALDWIN WALLACE FRATERNITIES
Alpha Sigma Phi
Nickname: Alpha Sigs
Local founding: 2010
Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc.
Local founding: city-wide chapter
Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc.
Local founding: city-wide chapter
Lambda Chi Alpha
Local founding: 2012
Pi Lambda Phi
Nickname: Pi Lams
Local founding: 1948
Sigma Phi Epsilon
Local founding: 1948
Phi Kappa Tau
Nickname: Phi Taus
Local founding: 1942
BALDWIN WALLACE SORORITIES
Alpha Gamma Delta
Local founding: 1940
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Local founding: 1925 (city-wide chapter)
Local founding: 1964
Local founding: 1941
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Nickname: Deltas Local founding: city-wide chapter
Zeta Tau Alpha
Local founding: 1957
Nickname: Phi Mus
Local founding: 1942
Each fraternity and sorority has its own set of individual standards and principles. However, the fraternity and sorority community has five values that it believes in and strives to fulfill, the five pillars of fraternity and sorority life. The fraternity and sorority community at BW holds events each year that support the five pillars.
Brotherhood and Sisterhood
Joining a fraternity or sorority means becoming part of a family. Brothers and sisters provide a "home away from home" for BW students that offers support and guidance.
The fraternity and sorority community provides opportunities for both leadership and development. Each year, members of the fraternity and sorority community attend various regional and national leadership conferences. Workshops are open to all new members, and new chapter and council leaders attend a new officer leadership retreat. Numerous leadership opportunities are available to members through chapters and governing councils, including the Interfraternity Council, Collegiate Panhellenic Council, GAMMA, Order of Omega, Fraternal Leadership Society, Fraternity/Sorority Life Moving Company and Greek Leadership Institute.
Scholarship is an important aspect of the fraternity and sorority community at BW. Chapters provide academic resources, study sessions, scholarship awards and other incentives to help members achieve academically. National research has also demonstrated that fraternity and sorority members are more likely to complete a college degree.
Gamma Sigma Alpha National Academic Greek Honor Society (GSA) is the premier organization committed to the academic success of its members and alignment with the academic missions of its host institutions. Students are eligible for membership based on grade point average and membership in a Greek fraternity or sorority.
Order of Omega is a national Greek honor society made up of the top three percent of the campus Greek population. Members are selected on the basis of leadership skills and academic achievement as well as campus and fraternity and sorority involvement.
Service and Philanthropy
Service is a fundamental component of the fraternity and sorority community. Each fraternity and sorority chapter has a philanthropy project that it supports by giving both time and donations throughout the year. Fraternal organizations support a variety of philanthropic and service projects in Berea, in the greater Cleveland area and nationwide.
- Alpha Sigma Phi - Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN); Ronald McDonald House Charities; The Humane Society; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Homes for Our Troops
- Lambda Chi Alpha - Feeding America
- Pi Lambda Phi - Elimination of Prejudice
- Sigma Phi Epsilon - Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
- Phi Kappa Tau - Paul Newman Hole in the Wall Camps for terminally ill children
- Alpha Gamma Delta - The Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation supporting Juvenile Diabetes Research
- Alpha Phi - The Alpha Phi Foundation supporting Women's Heart Health
- Delta Zeta - Speech and Hearing, The Painted Turtle Camp, The Starkey Hearing Foundation
- Zeta Tau Alpha - Breast Cancer Education and Awareness
- Phi Mu - Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Chapters and members create lifelong friendships and memories at many social events. Organizations host brotherhood and sisterhood gatherings, retreats, mixers and formals. These opportunities allow chapter members to establish relationships and enhance their skills in communication and team building.
There are three ways you can become a member of a fraternity or sorority:
Sorority recruitment - Sorority formal recruitment is held during fall semester. This is an opportunity for interested women to meet and get to know the five National Panhellenic Conference sororities on campus.
Fraternity recruitment - Fraternity formal recruitment is held during fall semester. This is an opportunity for interested men to meet and get to know the five North-American Interfraternity Conference fraternities on campus. The fraternity community also sponsors a spring formal recruitment week.
Some fraternities and sororities sponsor informal recruitment events periodically during the academic year that provide an opportunity for interested students to meet members.
Alpha Phi Alpha (ΑΦΑ) Fraternity, Inc.; Kappa Alpha Psi (ΚΑΨ) Fraternity, Inc; Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Inc.; and Delta Sigma Theta (ΔΣΘ) Sorority, Inc. are members of the National Panhellenic Conference and do not participate in BW's recruitment periods. Rather, the historically African-American fraternities and sororities participate in a process known as membership intake.
Greek Council is comprised of the executive council members from the Interfraternity Council and Collegiate Panhellenic Council. Greek Council meets weekly to discuss issues in the fraternity and sorority community. It also sponsors events that involve the entire fraternity and sorority community including Greek Sing, Greek Week, Student Life and Leadership Awards, the All-Fraternity and Sorority Service Project, Pillar Days and much more.
Interfraternity Council (IFC) is the governing body of the national fraternities on campus. Officers are elected by the fraternities to lead the fraternity community. The council is responsible for hosting fraternity recruitment and sponsoring activities on campus, including social events and service projects as well as supporting the other councils in their activities.
Collegiate Panhellenic Council is the governing body of the sororities on campus. Officers are elected by the sororities to lead the sorority community. The council is primarily responsible for hosting sorority recruitment at the beginning of fall semester. The council also hosts International Badge Day celebrations, service projects and social events throughout the year.
Greeks Advocating Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA) is the peer education group of the fraternity and sorority community. The purpose of GAMMA is to educate fraternity and sorority chapters and individual members on how to live and lead healthy lifestyles through informative programming, risk management standards and other means. GAMMA is responsible for planning events such as nonalcoholic socials, workshops on responsible behavior and special events that address critical issues on campus. Members must be affiliated with one of the fraternal organizations on campus.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What impact will membership in a fraternity or sorority have on a student's grades?
Students often find managing their time difficult when moving from the structured high school environment to the freedoms of university life. Sororities and fraternities assist in that transition by offering academic programs, which may include study partners, study hours and time management workshops. A network of students knowledgeable about BW resources is easily accessed through members who are already familiar with the campus. While fraternities and sororities are concerned about the academic achievement of their members, each student is ultimately responsible for utilizing available resources. It should also be noted that the all-fraternity and sorority grade point average is higher than the all-student grade point average at Baldwin Wallace.
What are the costs involved in membership?
There are new member dues and an initiation fee in the first semester (which includes the cost of the badge or pin) and then manageable dues throughout active membership. Most groups have similar costs. All chapters offer payment plans to help pay for all costs.
The average costs for women are:
One-time new member fee of $195
One-time initiation fee of $85
$240 for dues each semester
The average costs for men are:
$280 for dues per semester for a new member
$295 for dues per semester for an active, initiated member
What about hazing?
Hazing is absolutely not tolerated, condoned or accepted in the Baldwin Wallace fraternity and sorority community. University policies are very specific in prohibiting activities that could lead to such events. The national policies of each group on campus are also very specific in prohibiting hazing and the University supports them by enforcing all pertinent policies and laws.
What is my role as a parent?
Be supportive and learn as much as you can by asking questions of your student as he or she meets people through the recruitment process. Fraternity and sorority members are more than happy to share information about their chapters with students and parents.