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Oct. 23, 2013
By Kari Sierks, media relations assistant
Research shows that students involved in Greek-letter organizations are more successful in college than students who are not involved in Greek organizations. With that in mind, Northwest Missouri State University’s Greek life organizations are putting a greater emphasis on recruiting members and educating them about the value of getting involved.
A total of 299 women signed up for sorority recruitment at Northwest this fall, compared to 260 last year. Additionally, the quota – the membership number each chapter must reach during recruitment – increased from 29 last fall to 41 this year. All Northwest sorority chapters met the quota.
Northwest fraternities, meanwhile, registered 185 men, and 99 of them were placed.
In all, more than 1,000 students at Northwest belong to Greek organizations. According to a recent USA Today story, 9 million college students are members of a Greek organization and college graduation rates are 20 percent higher among Greeks than non-Greeks.
Brooke McBride, assistant director of Campus Activities, said the increased membership is partly connected to a concentrated effort on raising awareness about recruitment and sharing information with prospective Greek members as well as their parents.
During SOAR, McBride offers a presentation about Greek life at Northwest. In it, she shares sorority and fraternity grade-point averages and how they compare to undergraduate GPAs. McBride discusses with parents the values and benefits of Greek life as well as the expectations each chapter may have for their son or daughter. Attendance by parents at these sessions also was higher than in previous years.
“We know that the student’s relationships with their parents are important, and we want the parents to be informed with the correct information of what being Greek entails,” McBride said.
Last spring, the GPA for Northwest sororities was a 3.19, compared to the undergraduate female GPA of 3.01, illustrating that students involved in Greek-letter organizations perform at higher levels in the classroom.
Greek-letter organizations at Northwest are deep in ritual and traditions and each works toward living up to the values that founders established more than 100 years ago. The organizations were founded on values of scholarship, leadership, service, brotherhood and sisterhood.
Each chapter is self-governing, which offers opportunities for leadership experiences. All chapters support a national philanthropy through fundraising activities and participating in volunteer service projects. Greek-letter organizations help students make connections and build a home that helps them with the transition to college.
Last year, Northwest Greek organizations raised $80,000 for a variety of causes. More recently, Northwest Greek chapters sponsored Greeks Against Hunger and Homelessness and collected 1,480 pounds of food and household items for the local Ministry Center. Additionally, the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority hosted a lip-syncing contest to benefit the Robbie Page Memorial Fund.
Emma Hulsey, a junior business management and marketing major from Gretna, Neb., is a member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority chapter. She decided to participate in Greek recruitment her freshman year to meet more people and get involved. Hulsey says she has benefited in many ways because of her decision.
“The biggest benefits of Greek Life are the endless opportunities and the feeling of having a home away from home,” Hulsey said. “Greek Life really turns you into a well-rounded woman during college. I know that by graduation I will not only have a degree from a great school, but I will have a set of skills that will be incredibly valuable in my future.”For more information about Greek Life at Northwest, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/greek/.
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