Friday, October 09, 2009

Northwestern Celebrates 150 Years of Greeks

Fraternities and Sororities Celebrate 150 Years at Northwestern University

Fraternity and Sorority Life at Northwestern University celebrates 150 years on campus in 2009. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, in conjunction with the Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Panhellenic Association are hosting a celebratory event during the Northwestern University’s Homecoming Week. Students, staff, and alumni are invited to join the community on October 24, 2009 at 3:00pm in the Panhellenic Sorority Quad for the event, which includes a short presentation and light refreshments.

Throughout its 150 years on campus, fraternities and sororities have been a vital part of the campus community. In the 2008-2009 academic year, nearly 40% of undergraduate students affiliated with 39 chapters on campus. In addition, students completed 28,132 hours of community service, donated more than $350,000 to philanthropic causes, and had a higher cumulative GPA than students who are not affiliated with a Greek organization.

“Greek Life is the premiere collegiate experience. Students who join our organizations are deeply committed to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, and community. While there are many opportunities to be involved on campus, a fraternity or sorority provides students with a holistic leadership experience that continues into lifetime membership,” said Dominic Greene, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life. “I look forward to continued success and to celebrate many more milestones.”