CSU Greek Life Recruitment Approaching

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University’s Greek life is gearing up for the 2013-2014 school year starting with preparation for upcoming recruitment for all three councils: IFC (Inter Fraternity Council), NPC (National Panhellenic Council), and NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council also known as the Divine 9).

Britney Kelley, Greek Life Coordinator, looks forward to Greek life’s continued growth at Columbus State. At present, Greek life represents almost 5 percent of Columbus State’s student body, which represents a 2 percent increase from 2011.

“We had, I think, 55 more members (during Spring 2013 semester),” said Kelley. “Which is a small growth, but a growth.” 

To help spur more Greek life participation, Kelley implemented additional measures to ensure growth for Greek life. This summer, for the first time, she introduced Summer Bidding. Each IFC fraternity gained at least one member as a result of her initiative.

“We had 11 men sign bids before the school year started, so that was a huge thing for us,” Kelley said.

Summer Bidding ended August 1, and with the school year underway, the focus shifts to formal recruitment.

Fraternities in the IFC will start their recruitment Saturday, August 25 and ending Friday, August 30. The NPC sororities will start Rush the following week from Thursday, September 5to Monday, September 9. Xi Theta, Columbus State’s local sorority, will Rush the week after from Monday, September 16 through Friday, September 20.

Students interested in joining any of the IFC Fraternities including — Kappa Sigma, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Nu, and Tau Kappa Epsilon should fill out an interest form at the Greek center.

Xi Theta and the three NPC sororities including — Alpha Omicron Pi, Delta Zeta, and Phi Mu have their registration forms available online.

Those interested in joining any NPHC Greek organization are welcome to attend 9 Torches of Wisdom, which takes place September 26. The recruitment process will be discussed at that time.

Currently, students have the option of joining any of the NPHC four sororities — Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Ghamma Rho, or Zeta Phi Beta or any of the four NPHC fraternities— Omega Psi Phi, Kappa Alpha Psi, Phi Beta Sigma, or Iota Phi Theta. 

To become a member of any of the Greek organizations at Columbus State, students must be full-time students and have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. Students enrolled in learning support are not eligible.

Being Greek, Kelley said, “will teach you how to be a leader, how to work with diverse populations, how to speak in public, how to conduct yourself in a meeting, and really makes you more marketable after you graduate.”

For more information about Greek life, call 706-507-8012 or email Britney Kelley at Kelley_britney@columbusstate.edu.

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