BROTHERHOOD AND FRIENDSHIP
a sorority or a fraternity is the start of a new life. You
will be welcomed into a family of men or women who will
stand beside you, support you, encourage you and respect
you. These men and women will become your brothers and sisters,
friends and mentors for the rest of your life. All sororities
and fraternities are different, yet they are built on the
inherent principles set forth to further develop you both
as an individual and a college student.
your first semester of affiliation, sororities and fraternities
plan activities to develop your knowledge of the chapter
which you have joined, better acquainting you with its members
while informing you of the goals of that particular chapter.
All sororities and fraternities plan different activities
such as study groups, mixers, formal dinners and service
projects, all designed to give you the opportunity to learn
more about the other members of your chapter.
a sorority or fraternity leads to lifelong relationships
and unending support from your new sisters and brothers.
These women and men will embody the true sense of the word
sisterhood and brotherhood. They will be the ones who stay
up late to study with you, sit and talk to you when you
need advice, help you deal with tough times and laugh with
you when life smiles down on you. The meaning of sisterhood
not only encompasses what these individuals will do for
you, but what you will be able to contribute to the chapter
as a unique individual.
is a key component to Greek Life and all sororities and
fraternities realize the importance of emphasizing this
area each and every semester. The focus on scholarship begins
before a YSU student even becomes a member of the Greek
community, simply because a minimum 2.5 grade point average
is required in order to participate in formal sorority recruitment.
Any woman with a GPA lower than this will not be permitted
to go through the formal sorority recruitment process. Though
many women easily surpass this GPA hurdle, each sorority
also has its own minimum GPA requirement that a woman must
meet in order to join. Fraternities and Sororities offer
many scholarship programs and have designated study hours.
Many scholarships are also awarded through individual and
national chapters. Greek letter organizations were founded
on the principle of successful scholarship and Youngstown
State does not neglect this important factor.
interests and concerns of the Greek men and women go beyond
the confines of campus life. Sororities and fraternities
sponsor a multitude of activities and events each year to
impact the community, earning money for their special philanthropies
or identified causes. Each chapter takes time to organize
an all-campus event to benefit its designated philanthropy,
donating countless hours of community service during each
Many individual Greeks also volunteer for local
programs such as “Ohio Reads” and “Relay
for Life”. These events are not only beneficial to
the charities that each chapter supports, but they also
help to project a more positive Greek image to the public.
Annually, the Panhellenic Council meets campus and community
needs by sponsoring various events that benefit such organizations
as the Beatitude House; Easter Seals; Breast Cancer Research,
Education, and Awareness; Choose Children and the Youngstown
Hearing and Speech Center.
opportunity to donate your time, heart and energy to such
worthwhile causes helps you develop a sense of individual
pride, all the while cultivating camaraderie with your brothers
and sisters in the process.
and fraternity membership provides countless opportunities
for you to be involved in leadership roles. As a chapter
officer or director of an event or community service project,
you can further develop your personal leadership skills.
Each chapter has committee structures which allow you to
become involved in all operational aspects of that specific
Greek organization. Additionally, chapters provide educational
programming in such areas as time management, leadership,
communication, future planning and other interested topics.
Greek men and women also participate in campus-wide activities.
Greek also provides a resource network when looking for
employment. Greek alumni understand the Greek experience
of being a team player, as well as being an individual;
the desire to achieve high goals, both inside and outside
of the educational setting and the high commitment of its
members to give something back to the community. Greeks
often hire Greeks and in this constantly changing world,
it is important to establish relationships beyond the boundaries
of Youngstown. Interaction with alumni or chapter advisors
can begin building bridges for the future.