Social Greek Groups
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 started on the Alma College campus originally as Alpha Zeta Tau, but went national on September 20, 1986, and became the Zeta Upsilon Chapter of AXiD. Alpha Xis stress scholastic achievement but are also involved in many other aspects of the Alma College campus. “Alpha Xi Delta values the individual, her goals and her endeavors. Alpha Xis place importance on scholarship, friendship, leadership, and service to the campus and Alma community. Each AXiD is different, yet linked by an unbreakable bond, sisterhood.” The group’s philanthropy is autism. 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 partners are Girls on the Run, Campfire USA and Girl Guides of Canada. The Alma chapter advisor is Kaleena Liedke and the chapter president is Julee Campbell. The national organization’s website is www.gammaphibeta.org.
The IFC serves to assist all of the fraternities in developing stronger chapters and providing educational opportunities for all of their members. Weekly meetings are held 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, discussion groups and party patrols. In addition, IFC operates its own judicial board to handle situations in which a chapter has violated any college or IFC policy, except those violations which could lead to suspension.
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
The newest member of the Greek community at Alma College, Phi Sigma Sigma was colonized in the fall of 1997. The national organization was founded on November 26, 1913. “Aim High” is the motto for the Phi Sigs and the organization supports its founding members’ emphasis on diversity in its membership. The group’s philanthropy is the National Kidney Foundation.
The Panhellenic Council (Panhel) is the governing body for the five Greek women’s groups on campus. Panhel has an executive board that consists of nine officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, Special Events Coordinator, Treasurer/Intersorority Coordinator, Rush Coordinator, Assistant Rush Coordinator, Public Relations, and Education Coordinator.
Phi Mu Alpha
Phi Mu Alpha is the nation’s largest and oldest fraternity in music. The Iota Alpha Chapter, founded at Alma in 1972 and rechartered in 1986, is very active on campus and in the community. Some of the events it sponsors throughout the year are the Halloween Concert, Singing Valentines, The Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival, Relay for Life Spaghetti Dinner and an American Music Concert. Phi Mus believe strongly in the development of brotherhood through the appreciation for and love of music. Not all of its brothers are involved in musical ensembles on campus, but Phi Mu Alpha is a way for men to get together and enjoy music. The brothers represent 23 different majors and are involved in more than 25 other campus organizations—it is a very diverse group of gentlemen. The chapter is also known to hold movie nights at its new house, plan sporting events like floor hockey or ultimate Frisbee and host game nights! www.sinfonia.org
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
The Delta Tau Chapter of SAE was founded on the Alma College campus on April 7, 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. The symbol of SAE is the lion, and the fraternity colors are Royal Purple and Old Gold. The group’s philanthropy is Community Cafe and the Alma Middle School.
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. http://thetanu.freehostia.com/index.htm
Tau Kappa Epsilon
Tau Kappa Epsilon became a part of the Alma College campus in 1957 as the Zeta Delta chapter of TKE. TKE’s motto is “The chance to belong, the challenge to become.” TKEs believe in the bond of brotherhood while maintaining unique talents, beliefs and the ideals that each individual contributes to the whole. Started by five men in 1899 who were tired of fitting the mold, TKEs uphold the motto of “Not for wealth, rank or honor, but for personal worth and character.” The group’s philanthropies are Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Gratiot County and the American Cancer Society. http://www.alma-tke.com/
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.