Wow… what a few couple weeks and Greek Life at Southeast is off and running. I am in the group that which argues that nothing is more important to the future of a fraternity or sorority than its new membership recruitment/rush/intake process. The way you recruit members, the reasons you provide for joining your brotherhood or sisterhood, the expectations these new members have as they begin to learn about their chapter set the foundation for what the chapter will be in the near future.
In some cases these new members make their impact felt right away, in other cases, it takes a year or two, but within the new members of our organizations are the future leaders who will take over responsibility for chapters that have been on the Southeast campus for decades, in some cases longer than half a century. I would ask that the weight of that be considered, some students who are 18 years today, will in two years take over responsibility for a chapter that has thousands of alumni and has been on the campus since before the student’s parents were born.
It is this transformational leadership experience that I think still showcases one of the most direct and lasting benefits of Greek Life. It does not matter if you are the President, social chair, treasurer, or the member responsible for intramurals, Greek Life requires you learn to manage processes, develop skills to manage people, and work within large groups to try and accomplish specific goals.
It is with this proud tradition of Greek Life at Southeast Missouri State University in mind that I want to add my welcome and congratulations to the newest members of the Southeast Greek Community. Based upon numbers reported by individual chapters and the Office of Greek Life there more than 420 new members of our Greek community.
Listed below are the individual chapter new member numbers, as reported by chapters.
National Panhellenic Conference (252 reported new members)
Alpha Chi Omega – 41
Alpha Delta Pi- 45
Alpha Xi Delta- 35
Delta Delta Delta- 44
Gamma Phi Beta- 44
Sigma Sigma Sigma- 43
This is one of the best years in recent memory for NPC and with approximately 50 more women having accepted bids to join the Greek community than last year.
Interfraternity Council (172 reported new members)
Delta Chi - 24
Lambda Chi Alpha – 18
Phi Delta Theta - 13
Pi Kappa Alpha - 24
Sigma Chi - 32
Sigma Nu - 13
Sigma Phi Epsilon - 31
Sigma Tau Gamma – No numbers reported as of 9/15/14
Theta Xi – 17
Tau Kappa Epsilon – Interest group for current year; No numbers reported as of 9/15/14
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
Intake process has not begun at this point in the semester.