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Sorority members celebrate the addition of new members to their chapters during Northwest's annual Bid Day Sept. 12. Greek organizations added 292 members during recruitment activities this month. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

Sorority members celebrate the addition of new members to their chapters during Northwest's annual Bid Day Sept. 12. Greek organizations added 292 members during recruitment activities this month. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

    Sept. 22, 2016

    Greek chapters begin academic year with 292 new members

    Northwest Missouri State University’s Greek community welcomed 292 new members during its annual recruitment activities this month.

    Panhellenic Council hosted its annual formal sorority recruitment Sept. 9-12, culminating with its annual Bid Day and 199 women receiving bids to join one of Northwest’s five sororities.

    Interfraternity Council hosted its annual formal fraternity recruitment Sept. 12-16, concluding with 93 men accepting bids from Northwest’s seven fraternities.

    Panhellenic Council is the administrative and governing body of sorority women representing Northwest sorority chapters. Interfraternity Council is the administrative and facilitating board of fraternity men representing Northwest fraternities.

    Additionally, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the coordinating agent of historically black Greek letter fraternities and sororities, hosted a Black Greek Forum Aug. 30 to increase awareness of the intake process for three chapters at Northwest that belong to the council. The forum featured a panel of members belonging to the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. discussing their Greek experiences, reasons for joining chapters and the philanthropic work their chapters support.

    Greek organizations have had a presence on the Northwest campus since 1927, and the University’s chapters range in size from 25 members to 126 members under the leadership of students of all class standings.

    Currently, Northwest recognizes 15 nationally supported Greek organizations, which are annually honored for their academic, philanthropic and social programs. In addition to helping students develop long-lasting friendships and leadership skills, Northwest Greek chapters help students develop skills to become outstanding community and civic leaders.

    Greek members recently hosted its annual Greeks for the Greater Good event. Students collected 380 pounds of food and 45 containers of laundry detergent for the Maryville Ministry Center and 20 containers of laundry detergent and other items for the Nodaway Humane Society.
    Greek members recently hosted its annual Greeks for the Greater Good event.

    “Membership in Greek chapters provide students with opportunities to form connections with their peers, develop support systems, gain leadership skills and give back to the community,” Northwest Greek Life Coordinator Lauren Stehlik said. “We know these Greek students are learning how to run organizational meetings, think critically when challenges arise in the chapter, and develop conversation skills.”

    Last weekend, Greek Life hosted its annual Greeks for the Greater Good event. Students collected 380 pounds of food and 45 containers of laundry detergent for the Maryville Ministry Center and 20 containers of laundry detergent and other items for the Nodaway Humane Society.

    During the 2015-16 academic year, Northwest Greek chapters logged 10,420 service hours, and students belonging to those organizations earned a grade-point average of 3.14.

    Chapter highlights included:

    “When I ask my students why they joined Greek Life, the number one answer I hear is they wanted to build friendships,” Stehlik said. “They follow up by saying they stay in Greek Life because the unity of our community is so strong and this experience has developed them into better people and prepares them for their future.”

    For more information about Greek life and Greek chapters at Northwest, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/greek/ or contact the Office of Student Involvement at 660.562.1226.


    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468