Alpha Gamma Delta
On March 31, 1988, the Zeta Nu chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta was installed at Alma College. Alpha Gams devote a great deal of time to campus activities that cover a wide range of the options available. AGD stresses the bonds of friends both inside and outside of its membership through activities such as cookouts, sleep-overs, and movie nights. The object for which Alpha Gamma Delta was formed is “to perpetuate among a group of college women a spirit of mutual assistance and understanding, to strive for the attainment of high ideals in college, community and personal life and to train for leadership and a sense of responsibility for the welfare of others.” The group’s philanthropy is diabetes research and treatment. www.alphagammadelta.org
Alpha Xi Delta
Alpha Xi Delta was founded in 1893 at Lombard College in Galesburg, Ill. Alpha Xi Delta is a progressive organization dedicated to the personal growth of women and our vision is to inspire women to realize their potential. Our mission statement is to nurture unity and cooperation, to foster intellectual, professional, and personal growth, to exemplify the highest ethical conduct, to instill community responsibility, and to perpetuate fraternal growth. Starting off as Alpha Sigma Tau on Alma’s campus, we went local in 1971 and became Alpha Zeta Tau. On September 20, 1986, AZT received a national charter from Alpha Xi Delta. The group’s philanthropy is Autism Speaks. The sisters participate in and host many different philanthropy events throughout the year such as play days, AmaXing Challenge, and The Plaid Dash to raise money and awareness. www.alphaxidelta.org
Gamma Phi Beta
Although it started as Alpha Theta in 1890, Gamma Phi Beta was installed as the Epsilon Beta chapter on September 22, 1984. Gamma Phis support many organizations on campus and strive to serve the community and the campus through their activities. The sorority’s open motto is “Founded upon a rock,” and its four core values are Love, Labor, Learning and Loyalty. The group’s philanthropy is focused on building strong girls, which includes Girls on the Run, Campfire USA and Girl Guides of Canada. Their signature events include the Pancake Breakfast and Spagammi. The Alma chapter advisor is Kaleena Liedke and the chapter president is Meredith Rahrig. The national organization’s website is www.gammaphibeta.com.
The IFC serves to assist all of the fraternities in developing stronger chapters and providing educational opportunities for all of their members. We hold weekly meetings to discuss any issues or concerns that may be prevalent within the fraternity or Greek system as a whole. Any member of the Greek community may attend the weekly IFC meetings; however, voting on any business matters is limited to the elected representatives of each fraternity. IFC also serves the role of a chapter advising system in the areas of risk management and social host responsibilities through educational programs and discussion groups.
The Kappa Iota sorority was started on the Alma College campus on October 12, 1921, as a literary society. In 1950, the name was changed to the Kappa Iota Sorority. Although the name changed, Kappa Iotas strive to uphold the traditions and ideals created by their founding mothers. Kappa Iotas can be seen all over campus through their involvement in clubs, honor societies and academics. As the only local sorority on campus, KIs stress open-mindedness, honesty, loyalty, friendship and sisterhood. Also because of its local status, the sorority is allowed to have brother organizations and host campus parties. The group’s philanthropy is the Gratiot County Women’s Aid Shelter.
Phi Sigma Sigma
Phi Sigma Sigma was founded on November 26, 1913 at Hunter College in New York City. The 10 founders wanted a sorority that would promote open membership to all women of character regardless of background; a sorority committed to sisterhood, excellence in scholarship, and selfless giving. It was the first nonsectarian sorority; the only one that was open to diverse membership from inception and the only one with a ritual that was not based in any one religion. The twin ideals of the sorority are “The brotherhood of man and the alleviation of the world’s pain.” Phi Sigma Sigma has shaped the priorities of its sisters throughout the decades, from high scholastic standing, developed intense bonds, and each serving in philanthropic activities, donating to a variety of charities consistent with Phi Sigma Sigma’s twin ideals and nonsectarian trait. Our philanthropy is the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation, which supports the educational and philanthropic endeavors of all sisters, assists victims of natural disasters, and aids in school and college readiness, to prepare children for school, college, and beyond. Our sisterhood and love for Phi Sigma Sigma bind us together and encourage us to always work toward our twin ideals and to always “Aim High.”
Panhellenic Council is the governing body for the five sororities at Alma College. Panhellenic Council has an executive board that consists of ten officers. Panhellenic Council’s main responsibilities are facilitating recruitment, implementing special events, such as the All-Greek BBQ or Greek Week events and handling any issues that a sorority or a sorority member are facing. For more information about Panhellenic Council or recruitment information, please contact Panhellenic Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phi Mu Alpha
We were founded in 1898 at the Boston Conservatory of Music by Ossian Everett Mills. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is the oldest and largest national music fraternity in the nation. Our object is the development of the best and truest fraternal spirit; the mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students; the advancement of music in America and a loyalty to the Alma Mater. The first chapter was activated on Alma’s campus in 1972, but went inactive a few years later. The Iota Alpha Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha was reactivated in 1986, and has been on Alma’s campus ever since. Our local chapter events include Spaghetti for a Cure, where we host a spaghetti dinner and the brothers perform for our guests. All the money raised goes to our Relay for Life team; and the American Music Concert, a yearly concert held by the brothers of Phi Mu Alpha to honor American musicians, composers and lyricists. Our philanthropy was established by our founder, Ossian Everett Mills, as the Mills Music Mission. The brothers of Phi Mu Alpha sing to retirement homes, hospitals, and nursing homes and bring flowers to the residents. See our Facebook page or our national website. For more information, contact PMA Advisor Scott Messing or President Ryan Zavacky.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Sigma Alpha Epsilon was established in 1856 at the University of Alabama—Tuscaloosa. Our local chapter was founded in 1938 as Delta Gamma Tau; we became a colony of Sigma Alpha Epsilon in 1983 and a full chartered chapter in 1984. Sigma Alpha Epsilon is a group founded on the principle, “The True Gentlemen,” a national creed that its members do their best to uphold in all of their activities as individuals and as a group. A diverse chapter, members of SAE are active in many campus activities, too numerous to mention. Signature events include the Turkey Warrior Bowl (flag football tournament) and monthly Big Brothers Big Sisters events. The symbol of SAE is the lion, and the fraternity colors are Royal Purple and Old Gold. The group’s philanthropies include the Alma Presbyterian Church Community Kitchen, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Wounded Warriors Project. www.sae.net
The Theta Nu chapter of Sigma Chi was chartered on the campus on December 8, 1984. Sigma Chis “believe in friendship, justice and learning as we pursue true brotherhood.” Members of Sigma Chi wear the colors of Blue and Old Gold. Sigma Chis seek to fulfill their ideals by service to the Alma College campus and the community of Alma through involvement with athletics, clubs and residential life. The motto of Sigma Chi is “In Hoc Signo Vinces,” which means “Under the sign, you will conquer.” The group’s philanthropies are Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Gratiot County and the Children’s Miracle Network. thetanu.freehostia.com/index.htm
Tau Kappa Epsilon
Currently the largest fraternity in North America, Tau Kappa Epsilon became a part of Alma College’s campus in 1957 as the Zeta-Delta chapter of TKE. Tekes constantly strive toward their motto, “Better Men for a Better World,” by seeking to achieve excellence in scholarship, character, leadership, teamwork, service and brotherhood. Brothers of TKE believe “…that the three essential elements of true brotherhood are Love, Charity and Esteem.” Tekes believe in the bond of brotherhood while maintaining unique talents, beliefs and the ideals that each individual contributes to the whole. The group’s philanthropy is the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The colors of the “Fraternity for Life” are cherry red and battleship grey. Learn more about the Zeta-Delta chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon.
Founded on the Alma College campus on March 31, 1973, the Eta Nu chapter of Theta Chi values diversity and individually while strengthening the bonds of brotherhood. Theta Chi encourages the development of individual responsibility and service to fellow community members. Theta Chi’s motto is “The Helping Hand.” Theta Chis also cite the saying “Alma mater first, and Theta Chi for Alma mater.” Theta Chis can be seen in their Military Red and Surrender White in the local Presbyterian Soup Kitchen, helping the Salvation Army, walking in the CROP Walk and doing their annual National Forest Clean-up in Manistee, Michigan. The group’s philanthropy is Starlight Children’s Foundation. www.thetachi.org
Zeta Sigma, the only local fraternity, started its roots on the Alma College campus on November 15, 1887. Zeta Sigma’s past members’ influence can be seen all over campus on the buildings that are named for their past members and their generous contributions to Alma College. Their colors are green and gold, which they wear proudly while helping the Alma Middle School and Alma High School. The brothers also sponsor an annual canned food drive for the Salvation Army and support Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Zeta Sigma states “A person of high moral character is an asset to any organization. We look for members who illustrate strong moral fiber and a desire to grow in their area. We seek and attempt to develop such qualities as loyalty, honor, respect for others and high ideals for brotherhood.” The group’s philanthropy is The Salvation Army.