Fraternity & Sorority Affairs

Information for Parents



Welcome Letters from the Director & IFC, MGC & Panhellenic Presidents


Director

As the Director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs (OFSA), it is my distinct pleasure to thank you for your interest in learning more about the fraternity and sorority community at Lehigh University. Our Greek letter organizations have been part of the fabric of the university since 1874 and continue to weave the tradition of Lehigh with the innovations and pro-activity of the most modern fraternity and sorority communities. Currently, our chapters consist of more then 1500 of our undergraduate student population and are active in student organizations, governing councils, athletic teams and academic endeavors across the entire scope of the university. Each of our chapter embody the tenants of academic success, leadership development, good citizenship, and organizational and facility management. At the same time the customs and traditions that make each of our groups unique are fostered and cherished by active and alumni/ae members alike.

The fraternity and sorority community at Lehigh has become known within higher education has one of the “cutting edge” institutions across the county. Over 3/4ths of our chapters have received awards and recognition within the past few years from their various inter/national organizations. These various accolades have included six of our groups receiving their inter/national chapter of the year award. Each of our chapters works closely with an OFSA staff member on various educational, academic and community/philanthropic programs and initiatives. The work that the OFSA staff has put in with our chapters and governing bodies lead to Lehigh being named recipient of the 2006-07 Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors Cultural Change Initiative Award.

I hope that you will find this website a valuable tool in learning more about Greek life at Lehigh. OFSA works with chapters to ensure that all of our chapters are viewed as living/learning communities. Membership in a fraternity or sorority at Lehigh allows chapter members to learn valuable skills. From leadership development, programming, and money management to confrontation and communication skills, chapter members not only make friendships that last a lifetime, but also learn how to work with many diverse people towards one common purpose the growth and management of an organization based on brotherhood and sisterhood.

As you and your student discuss participation in a fraternity and sorority, please feel free to contact me at any time with questions or concerns. I can be reached at 610-758-4157 or at tsw205@lehigh.edu.

Thank You,

Timothy S. Wilkinson
Senior Assistant Dean of Students
Director, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs

 

IFC

As president of the Interfraternity Council (IFC) at Lehigh University, let me be the first to welcome your son into our nationally recognized community. At Lehigh University, IFC consists of student representatives from each of our 19 North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) chapters. Our executive council is a board of seven active Greek-affiliated students elected by their peers to ensure the proper guidance of each fraternity chapter on campus. It is the goal of this executive board to provide members of each organization the resources needed to harbor a constructive environment that allows its’ affiliates to grow in fellowship, character, and academics.

A Greek organization provides unique responsibilities and leadership roles to those who accept them. Fraternities provide an opportunity to develop leadership skills as an undergraduate and beyond the formal years of college. Each chapter operates through a leadership structure run entirely by its’ members. These experiences as president, scholastic chairman, or simply an intramural sports coordinator can provide an outlet for your son’s leadership skills to flourish.

While we focus on developing the character of good men, we recognize that a vital step in this process is serving others. Community service is a staple of the Greek community. Every chapter participates in and hosts several fundraising, service, and awareness events throughout the year. Members serve the American Cancer Society, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Breast Cancer Foundation. In the past, fraternity men have donated thousands of pounds of food for the North American Food Drive; participated in Relay for Life; and even played Santa Clause, a fraternity favorite. In partnership with the Lehigh University athletic teams, chapters “Adopt-a-Family” during the holiday season where members shop, purchase, wrap, and give presents to the children and parents of multiple Bethlehem families, offering a helping hand in making certain that all can enjoy the holiday season.
Greek Life is a choice within the Lehigh University experience that will prepare your son for outside-the-classroom life lessons unlike any other on-campus organization. In this Greek community, we all share the common goal of becoming better students, citizens, and friends. Joining a fraternity is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will change your son’s life in a myriad of ways, accelerating his journey to becoming the best man he can be.

It is important that you understand your son’s choices and what Greek Life will offer him. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the executive council. You can reach us via email at inIFC@lehigh.edu .
           
Thank You

IFC Executive Council

MGC

The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) at Lehigh University is charged with the collective purpose of cohesively uniting all culturally-based Greek organizations on campus.  Through the open discussion of ideas, the implementation of programs, and the dedication to providing service to others, the members of the council promote diversity across the university.  This year, the current culturally-based Greek-letter Organizations include Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc., Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  Through our determination with MGC, Lehigh University will help foster a stronger and more united multi-cultural Greek community.

Sincerely,

MGC Council Members

Panhellenic

Welcome to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at Lehigh University.  As the President of the Panhellenic Council, the governing body to our nine National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) affiliated organizations on campus, I would like to offer insight on your daughter’s decision to be a part of Greek Life at Lehigh.  Greek life at Lehigh is rooted in tradition dating back over 100 years, and sororities have proudly been on campus since 1975.  The benefits of being part of the Greek community are limitless and foster development in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service to others, sisterhood, and personal growth.

Academics come first while in college and the undergraduate sorority community is proud to constantly remain slightly above the entire student population with our cumulative averages. Each sorority has an academic assistance program to help chapter members maintain a minimum GPA and many chapters partner with the Center for Academic Success to educate members on study habits, resume building, and career goals.  The many academic resources available to sorority women continuously contribute to their success at Lehigh.

While chapters are rooted in tradition, concerns about hazing are constantly in mind.  Lehigh University has a zero-tolerance hazing policy and this policy is enforced by the Greek governing boards.  All chapters participate in Hazing Prevention and Awareness week each year which educates students on facts about hazing and proper ways of intervention and advocacy through events such as a well-known professional speaker.

Sororities participate in a multitude of activities throughout the year that define Greek Life at Lehigh.  Sorority women find it important to give back to their community through events including tutoring students at the local public schools, volunteering at day cares and partnering with the local Boys and Girls Club.  Sorority women are also constantly fostering their friendships by participating in sisterhood bonding activities such as rock climbing, apple picking, movie nights, and events to connect with chapter alumnae.

I deeply encourage your daughter to consider joining our Greek community, as it a great way to make life-long friendships and create meaningful experiences during her time at Lehigh and in the future as an alumna.  For more information please visit the Lehigh Panhellenic Council website at http://www.lehigh.edu/~inpanhel/.

Sincerely,

Kaitlin Slattery
Panhellenic Council President