Fraternity and Sorority Life

 

2016 Sorority Presidents
2016 Sorority Presidents

2016 Fraternity Presidents
2016 Fraternity Presidents

Millsaps fraternity and sorority life is a thriving mix of social, academic, and service-oriented activities. There are five sorority and six fraternity chapters at Millsaps. The chapters are all members of well-established international Greek-letter organizations. Policies governing fraternity and sorority life are formulated through the Panhellenic and Interfraternity councils. Fraternity and sorority membership is available only to Millsaps College students.

Questions regarding fraternities or sororities? Contact Millsaps College Director of Campus Life Will Takewell at 601.974.1204 or at takewwc@millsaps.edu. Or contact one of our two Campus Life Interns: Gracey Belote at belotgc@millsaps.edu or Faith Chamness at chamnfm@millsaps.edu.

2016-2017 Campus Life Interns
2016-2017 Campus Life Interns

Fraternities and Sororities at Millsaps College
For full descriptions of the fraternities and sororities, see the Millsaps Chapter Overview.

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Panhellenic Recruitment

Panhellenic Recruitment Application - Online registration will be available May 15!

Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Delta, and Phi Mu

2016 Panhellenic Council
2016 Panhellenic Council

Excellence in Scholarship . . . Leadership Opportunities . . . Service to Millsaps College and the local community . . . all of these are benefits of sorority membership. We are excited about your interest in sorority life at Millsaps College. 

2016 Panhellenic Recruitment Dates

Fraternity and Sorority Informational Sessions: August 21 at Orientation and the BBQ&A on Monday, August 29

Panhellenic Open House: Sunday, August 28, 2–4 p.m.

*Registration deadline: Monday, August 29, 11:59 p.m.

*Recruitment Kickoff: Monday, August 29

*Philanthropy Round: Tuesday, August 30, 7–10 p.m.

*Sisterhood Round: Wednesday, August 31, 7–10 p.m.

*Preference Round: Friday, September 2, 6–10 p.m.

*Bid Day: September 3, 11 a.m.

*Mandatory Events: Special accommodations will be made for students who have academic or athletic obligations. Please contact Panhellenic Advisor Will Takewell with questions.

The Panhellenic Creed

We, as Undergraduate Members of women's fraternities, stand for good scholarship, for guarding of good health, for maintenance of fine standards, and for serving, to the best of our ability, our college community. Cooperation for furthering fraternity life, in harmony with its best possibilities, is the ideal that shall guide our fraternity activities.

We, as Fraternity Women, stand for service through the development of character inspired by the close contact and deep friendship of individual fraternity and Panhellenic life. The opportunity for wide and human service, through mutual respect and helpfulness, is the tenant by which we strive to live.

Panhellenic Council Recruitment Team

A team of well-trained Recruitment Counselors assist potential new members throughout the membership recruitment process. Recruitment Counselors will contact all potential new members before formal recruitment begins. Feel free to contact the following members of the Recruitment Team with any questions or concerns:

Financial Information

Financial obligations are an important factor in your decision to join a sorority. Each sorority varies in expenses and in the manner in which they are charged. A range of typical expenses is provided below:

Recruitment Fee: $60 - Make checks payable to Millsaps College Panhellenic Council.

New Member Fees (first semester): $645–$900

*includes one time fees such as initiation and badge fees

Full Member Fees (per semester): $300–$375

Average Cost: $70 per month

Academic Requirements

Each chapter sets their own academic requirements for membership and initiation. The minimum GPAs set by each chapter range from a 2.0 to a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Letters of Recommendation

Recommendation letters may be sent to each chapter's campus mailbox.

The mailing address for the College is:

Millsaps College
1701 North State Street
Box _________ (see below for chapter Box #s)
Jackson, MS 39210-0001

Chi Omega: Box 151095
Delta Delta Delta: Box 151099
Kappa Delta: Box 151103
Phi Mu: Box 151133

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Interfraternity Recruitment

IFC Recruitment Application - Available June 1

Kappa Alpha Order, Lambda Chi Alpha, Pi Kappa Alpha, Kappa Sigma, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon

2016 Interfraternity Council
2016 Interfraternity Council

Welcome to Millsaps College! Thanks for showing an interest in joining our Greek Community. We are excited to have you here and want to make joining our community as smooth a process as possible. Registering for men's recruitment costs you nothing and is your first step toward joining one our five outstanding IFC fraternities.

IFC Recruitment Dates

IFC Informal Recruitment: August 23–September 10

IFC Open House: Tuesday, August 23, 8 p.m.

All Greek BBQ&A: Monday, August 29, 7 p.m.

Formal Recruitment Registration Deadline: Saturday, September 10

First Round of Recruitment: Sunday, September 11

Second Round of Recruitment: Tuesday, September 13

Third Round of Recruitment: Wednesday, September 14

Bid Day: Thursday, September 15

Financial Information

Financial obligations are an important factor in your decision to join a fraternity. Each fraternity varies in expenses and in the manner in which they are charged. A range of typical expenses is provided below.

New Member Fees (first semester): $375-$750*
Average cost (first semester): $545
*includes one-time fees such as initiation and badge fees

Active Member Fees (per semester): $225-$515
Average Cost: $80 per month
Parlor Fee (House Operations): $50 per semester

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Interfraternity Council (IFC)?
IFC is a student organization at Millsaps which assumes the responsibilities of governing  the five (5) IFC fraternities and consists of approximately 230 men. The IFC Executive, which governs over men’s Greek Life, consists of the President and five Vice Presidents, which include an Executive Vice President, and Vice Presidents for Recruitment, Administrative Affairs, Public Relations, and Conduct Board.

What is fraternity recruitment?
Fraternity recruitment is a process in which fraternities search for potential new members toward which they can most relate. During this time, prospective members can visit different fraternities and decide which fraternity matches his interests and compatibility the best.

Am I required to register for IFC Recruitment?
Yes. In order to participate in formal IFC recruitment, you must register for the recruitment database. Each semester, an ongoing list is compiled and constantly updated with new potential members interested in IFC recruitment. This list is then released to all IFC fraternities in order to aid each organization in acquiring interested new member names.

What are the social benefits that stem from membership of a fraternity?
IFC fraternities provide a plethora of opportunities to develop socialization at Millsaps. Most IFC fraternities are actively involved in social events, philanthropies, intramural sports, and scholarly seminars, which all provide each member with an experience to become acquainted with new students who share similar interests. As well as the planned events, the networking capabilities gained from joining a fraternity are far beyond most organizations on campus. After developing solid relationships with senior students, first and second year students learn to utilize those more knowledgeable students as mentors to provide guidance and advice. Finally, a fraternity can provide a stable group of students with similar interests, which is especially helpful during the earlier semesters of a student’s college career.

Is IFC fraternity membership time-consuming?
Membership in an IFC fraternity can use as much or as little time as each individual member wants to allot. Typically, a member of a fraternity will gain more from the experience with increased involvement, but there is no required hours that must be put into fraternity involvement. IFC fraternities do not hinder students from becoming actively involved within other organizations or pull them away from their studies either.

Will my grades suffer if I choose to join an IFC fraternity?
While IFC fraternities are constantly active in several events during the school year, all fraternities still share the same common goal, scholarship. Students are highly encouraged to take part in fraternal functions after they feel they have spent adequate time in the classroom and study hall.

What if I'm not ready to join a fraternity during the fall semester?
While most students decide to participate in recruitment during their first semester at school, many students, especially incoming freshman, decide to become more adjusted and acclimated to the new campus before committing their time to an organization. For this reason, students can join fraternities during the spring semester as well. While not all fraternities are active in spring recruitment, most fraternities do and the IFC will sponsor events similar to the fall rush schedule as well.

Are IFC fraternities involved in any forms of community service? Do fraternities have any philanthropy?
Community service and philanthropy are both very important and strongly emphasized by the IFC. As well as the organization of philanthropic events by the IFC, most fraternities have their own philanthropy which they hold annually. Overall, the IFC and each individual fraternity are committed to improving the Jackson area through several different projects.

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NPHC Membership Intake

National Pan-Hellenic organizations, a collaborative organization of nine historically African American, international Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities, hold their membership intake processes in accordance with national policies. Membership intake within these organizations varies by chapter and can occur in either the fall or spring semesters. Each organization with advertise the beginning of the membership intake process. Fraternity and sorority membership is available only to Millsaps College students.

Active NPHC Chapters:

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Lambda Iota Chapter - Prospective Members

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Omicron Gamma Chapter - Membership Requirements

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Millsaps Chapter Overview

National Pan-Hellenic Council

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Lambda Iota Chapter
National Founding Date: 1908
National Incorporating Date: 1913
Millsaps College Founding Date: 1977
Colors: Salmon Pink and Apple Green
Symbol: Ivy Leaf
Flower: Pink Tea Rose
Programs: Launching New Dimensions of Service
National Website: http://aka1908.com
Membership requirements: http://aka1908.com/membership 

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Omicron Gamma Chapter
National Founding Date: December 4, 1906
Millsaps College Founding Date: November 21, 1981
Colors: Black and Old Gold
Philanthropy: Go to High School, Go to College
National Website: http://www.alpha-phi-alpha.com

 

Panhellenic Chapters

Chi Omega
National Founding Date: 1895
Millsaps College Founding Date: 1932
Colors: Cardinal and Straw
Philanthropy: Make a Wish Foundation
Flower: White Carnation
Major Social Events: Fall Party and Eleusinian Ball
Chapter Website: Chi Delta Chapter, http://millsapschiomega.wix.com/chi-o-at-millsaps 
National Website: http://www.chiomega.com/ 

Delta Delta Delta
National Founding Date: 1888
Millsaps College Founding Date: 1986
Colors: Silver, Gold, and Blue
Philanthropy: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Flower: Pansy
Major Social Events: Crush Party, Fall Party, Stars and Crescent Formal
Chapter Website: Gamma Zeta Chapter, http://millsaps.tridelta.org
National Website: http://www.tridelta.org/ 

Kappa Delta
National Founding Date: 1897
Millsaps College Founding Date: 1914
Colors: Olive Green and Pearl White
Philanthropy: Prevent Child Abuse America and the Children's Justice Center
Flower: White Rose
Major Social Events: Fall Party and White Rose Formal
Chapter Website: Mu Chapter, http://millsaps.kappadelta.org/
National Website: http://www.kappadelta.org/ 

Phi Mu
National Founding Date: 1852
Millsaps College Founding Date: 1914
Colors: Rose and White
Philanthropy: Children's Miracle Network
Flower: Rose Carnation
Major Social Events: Fall Party and Enchantress Ball
Chapter Website: Epsilon Chapter, http://millsaps.phimu.org/
National Website: http://www.phimu.org/

 

Interfraternity Chapters

Kappa Alpha Order, Alpha Mu Chapter
National Founding Date: 1865
Millsaps College Founding Date: 1892
Colors: Crimson and Old Gold
Philanthropy: Muscular Dystrophy Association
Major Social Events: Old South and Luau
National Website: http://www.kappaalphaorder.org/ 

Kappa Sigma, Alpha Upsilon Chapter
National Founding Date: December 10, 1869
Millsaps College Founding Date: November 11, 1895
Colors: Red, White, Emerald green
Philanthropy: Military Heroes Campaign
National Website: http://www.kappasigma.org/ 

Lambda Chi Alpha, Theta Eta Chapter
National Founding Date: November 9, 1909
Millsaps College Founding Date: founded in 1921 as Alpha Theta Chi (local), merged with Theta Kappa Nu (national) in 1924, merged with Lambda Chi Alpha in 1939
Colors: Purple, Green, and Gold
Philanthropy: The North American Food Drive and Stewpot Ministries
Major Social Events: Bubble Party and Spring Party
National Website: http://www.lambdachi.org/ 

Pi Kappa Alpha, Alpha Iota Chapter
National Founding Date: March 1, 1868
Millsaps College Founding Date: March 23, 1905
Colors: Garnet and Old Gold
Philanthropy: The Don Fortenberry Scholarship fund
Major Social Events: Cotton Ball and Pikes Peak
National Website: http://www.pikes.org/ 

Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Mississippi Delta Chapter
National Founding Date: March 9, 1856
Millsaps College Founding Date: March 15, 1991
Colors: Royal Purple and Old Gold
Philanthropy: Chili Bowl benefitting Lifeshare Foundation
Major Social Events: Paddy Murphy, Blazing Saddles, Initiation Formal
National Website: http://www.sae.net/ 

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Omicron Gamma Chapter
National Founding Date: December 4, 1906
Millsaps College Founding Date: November 21, 1981
Colors: Black and Old Gold
Philanthropy: Go to High School, Go to College
National Website: http://www.alpha-phi-alpha.com 

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FAQ

Will joining a fraternity or sorority compromise my academics?
On the contrary, a central mission of all Greek organizations is academic excellence. Fraternities and sororities understand that their members are students first and foremost. All chapters have scholarship programs that include required study hours, tutoring, recognition for academic success, etc.

Is hazing considered a tradition among fraternities and sororities?
Hazing has no place in any organization. Millsaps College will not tolerate hazing in any student organization. In addition, hazing is against the law in the State of Mississippi. All fraternity and sorority members know that hazing is against their national policies, college policy, and the law. If you feel your student is participating in inappropriate activities, you should contact the Office of Campus Life immediately at 601.974.1200 or email Will Takewell, Director of Campus Life: takewwc@millsaps.edu.

What is the financial commitment associated with fraternities and sororities?
Joining a fraternity or sorority does carry a financial commitment. Each chapter is self-supporting with revenue coming from members who pay dues. When students join a Greek organization, they agree to pay dues and fees while enrolled at Millsaps College in order to maintain membership. While membership is affordable, some chapters are able to make accommodations for special circumstances, but students should discuss the financial obligations with you before they join.

Does being a member of a Greek-letter organization have benefits after graduation?
Absolutely. Greek membership is a lifelong commitment. Once you are an initiated member, you remain a member for life. As such, each organization has an extensive alumni network. Being a fraternity or sorority member means having an immediate connection with thousands of other members. There are many successful alumni all over the country who are always looking to hire the best and the brightest that our community has to offer. In addition, there are alumni groups or graduate chapters that operate in most cities and metropolitan areas across the country. If you find yourself in a new city, you can start your networking with your brothers or sisters in the local alumni group.

Parent Information:
College is an exciting time in a one’s life; participation in Fraternity and Sorority Life can be a great way to enrich the student experience. The establishment of Greek-letter organizations on campus began in 1892 and have remained a constant at Millsaps College. Today we have five national fraternities and five national sororities representing about sixty percent of the college community. You will find our fraternity men and sorority women dedicated to bettering themselves through service, scholarship, and leadership opportunities. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Office of Campus Life at 601.974.1200 or email Will Takewell, Director of Campus Life: takewwc@millsaps.edu.

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