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Greek Life

Going Greek is not just joining a club. A fraternity and sorority is an organization that and gives you the opportunity to do great things during and after your college experience. You will build relationships that are unlike your other friendships due to the common goals and values you may have. There will be many opportunities such as community service, leadership, academic, and professional. Not to mention educating those around you that Greek Life is greater and more positive than what you see on television. You have the opportunity to break the stereotypes and do great things for you community and beyond! If changing the world is something you are interested in then Greek life is for you! Just remember is not Four years it’s for life.

ΠΒΦ | Sorority

Mission

The mission of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women is to promote friendship, develop women of intellect and integrity, cultivate leadership potential and enrich lives through community service.

Vision

The vision of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women is to be recognized as a premier organization for women by providing lifelong enrichment to its members and contributing to the betterment of society.

Core Values

  • Integrity
  • Lifelong Commitment
  • Honor and Respect
  • Personal and Intellectual Growth
  • Philanthropic Service to Others
  • Sincere Friendship

Contact: coepsilon@gmail.com

Panhellenic

Panhellenic is the governing association for all sororities at UCCS.
Contact: uccspanhellenic@gmail.com

Recruitment

Sorority formal recruitment is held each fall semester. 2015 Formal Recruitment will occur on September 14 - 18. Recruitment is a mutual selection process: both a chapter's membership requirements and preferences and a PNM's personal choices are taken into account to find the best match between PNM and chapter.
Attendance policy
Potential new members (PNMs) are required to attend all parties to which they receive an invitation. PNMs are NOT allowed to skip a party if they are simply not interested in joining that chapter. Only class, illness, and family emergencies are approved excuses. All PNMs who have class during a scheduled party will be accommodated.
Recruitment orientation
Any potential new member planning to go through formal recruitment should attend the orientation to learn about the suggested dress code, the party times, and other pertinent information. If you pre-registered for recruitment online, you will meet your Rho Gamma (recruitment guide) and group!
Open house
This is the first night of formal recruitment parties. Each PNM will visit three total parties: Panhellenic, Phi Sigma Sigma, and Pi Beta Phi. She will learn about Greek life, the benefits and reasons to join a sorority, and will meet women from each chapter. These parties will last 30 minutes.
Philanthropy round
On our second night of recruitment, our PNMs will visit Phi Sigma Sigma and Pi Beta Phi to learn about their national philanthropic focuses and the chapters' local projects. These parties will last 30 minutes.
Preference round
Our final night of formal recruitment is by invitation only. PNMs will visit all of the chapter parties they are invited to attend (a maximum of two). After this round, the PNMs will rank the chapters in the order in which they would like to receive a bid. These parties will last one hour.
Bid Day!
PNMs will receive an invitation to join a sorority if they matched. After Rho Gamma Reveal, the now new members will join their new sisters for a chapter celebration!

Tips

Be yourself!
Our sororities want to meet you, not who you think they want to meet. Don't change your personality just to "fit in." We want to join the chapter that is the best fit for you!
Ask questions
Don't be afraid to ask! Ask your party hostess any questions about the specific chapters, and our Rho Gammas can answer questions about the recruitment process in between parties.
Trust the process
Recruitment can be intimidating and overwhelming. You will meet a lot of new people and will learn a lot about life in a sorority at UCCS in just three days. At the end of the week, you may or may not know if you want to join a sorority or which chapter is right for you. Our Rho Gammas can help you make the decision that is best for you.
Unplug
Please be respectful of our sorority members. They have spent months preparing for recruitment, and they deserve your undivided attention. You will not be allowed to keep your cell phone on you during parties.
Maximimze your options
Make sure you enter each party with an open mind. After Preference Round, you will rank the chapters in the order in which you want to receive a bid. Ranking all the parties you attend will give you the best chance to match with one of our chapters.
Make new friends!
The whole recruitment process is to meet new people and make new friends. Definitely talk to the other ladies in your Rho Gamma group. Some of them may be your future pledge sisters!

ΦΣΣ | Sorority

We Are Phi Sigma Sigma

We are a dynamic, principled, passionately committed group of women from around the world who define ourselves not by our distinct differences, but by what we have in common. And that common bond is a firm belief that women of different religions, cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints working together can and do make a difference in our communities, and in the world, every day.

Our Mission

To inspire the personal development of each sister and perpetuate the advancement of womanhood.

Our Vision

To be a dynamic sisterhood of powerful women fostering uncompromising principes, igniting positive change, and embracing individuality

Core Values

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Inclusiveness
  • Leadership through Service
Audrianna Gilmore
President agilmore@
uccs.edu
Bernadette Larson
Treasurer blarson2@
uccs.edu
Ashleigh Vanni
Sisterhood Development Chair avanni@
uccs.edu
Taylor Gross
Member at Large tgross@
uccs.edu
Nikki Wentworth
Membership Recruitment Chair awentwor@
uccs,edu
Jordan Watkins
Panhellenic Delegate jwatkin4@
uccs.edu
Maddie Bowker
Tribune maddie.bowker@
gmail.com
Kayti Lewis
Scribe klewis8@
uccs.edu

Panhellenic

Panhellenic is the governing association for all sororities at UCCS.
Contact: uccspanhellenic@gmail.com

Recruitment

Sorority formal recruitment is held each fall semester. 2015 Formal Recruitment will occur on September 14 - 18. Recruitment is a mutual selection process: both a chapter's membership requirements and preferences and a PNM's personal choices are taken into account to find the best match between PNM and chapter.
Attendance policy
Potential new members (PNMs) are required to attend all parties to which they receive an invitation. PNMs are NOT allowed to skip a party if they are simply not interested in joining that chapter. Only class, illness, and family emergencies are approved excuses. All PNMs who have class during a scheduled party will be accommodated.
Recruitment orientation
Any potential new member planning to go through formal recruitment should attend the orientation to learn about the suggested dress code, the party times, and other pertinent information. If you pre-registered for recruitment online, you will meet your Rho Gamma (recruitment guide) and group!
Open house
This is the first night of formal recruitment parties. Each PNM will visit three total parties: Panhellenic, Phi Sigma Sigma, and Pi Beta Phi. She will learn about Greek life, the benefits and reasons to join a sorority, and will meet women from each chapter. These parties will last 30 minutes.
Philanthropy round
On our second night of recruitment, our PNMs will visit Phi Sigma Sigma and Pi Beta Phi to learn about their national philanthropic focuses and the chapters' local projects. These parties will last 30 minutes.
Preference round
Our final night of formal recruitment is by invitation only. PNMs will visit all of the chapter parties they are invited to attend (a maximum of two). After this round, the PNMs will rank the chapters in the order in which they would like to receive a bid. These parties will last one hour.
Bid Day!
PNMs will receive an invitation to join a sorority if they matched. After Rho Gamma Reveal, the now new members will join their new sisters for a chapter celebration!

Tips

Be yourself!
Our sororities want to meet you, not who you think they want to meet. Don't change your personality just to "fit in." We want to join the chapter that is the best fit for you!
Ask questions
Don't be afraid to ask! Ask your party hostess any questions about the specific chapters, and our Rho Gammas can answer questions about the recruitment process in between parties.
Trust the process
Recruitment can be intimidating and overwhelming. You will meet a lot of new people and will learn a lot about life in a sorority at UCCS in just three days. At the end of the week, you may or may not know if you want to join a sorority or which chapter is right for you. Our Rho Gammas can help you make the decision that is best for you.
Unplug
Please be respectful of our sorority members. They have spent months preparing for recruitment, and they deserve your undivided attention. You will not be allowed to keep your cell phone on you during parties.
Maximimze your options
Make sure you enter each party with an open mind. After Preference Round, you will rank the chapters in the order in which you want to receive a bid. Ranking all the parties you attend will give you the best chance to match with one of our chapters.
Make new friends!
The whole recruitment process is to meet new people and make new friends. Definitely talk to the other ladies in your Rho Gamma group. Some of them may be your future pledge sisters!

ΣΑΕ | Fraternity

Our Mission

The mission of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is to promote the highest standards of friendship, scholarship, and service for our members based upon the ideals set forth by our Founders and as specifically enunciated in our creed, "The True Gentleman."

Brotherhood

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity has more than 240 chapters on college campuses throughout the United States, with nearly 15,000 collegiate members and 190,000 living alumni. We are the first national fraternity to establish a Leadership School to educate our undergraduates and the first national fraternity to build a central headquarters building. Sigma Alpha Epsilon has initiated more than 325,000 men since badge sequences were first recorded. We are the largest and strongest fraternity on UCCS campus with more than 45 active brothers.

Our Creed

The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.  - John Walter Wayland
Website:www.saeuccs.com
Recruitment Email:recruitment@saeuccs.com

ΑΣϕ | Fraternity

About

Alpha Sigma Phi at UCCS, AlphaSig or ASP, We are a social fraternity on campus here to Better the Man, enrich brotherhood, and promote character and leadership through charitable and school events.
Apha Sigma Phi's purpose is to Better the Man through the creation and perpetuation of brotherhood founded upo r on the values of character: Silence, Charity, Purity, Honor, and Patriotism.

Contact: ASP.etaxi.president@gmail.com

Hazing

Fraternity and Sorority Life, as a subset of the Office of Student Activities, complies with the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Student Code of Conduct. Hazing will not be tolerated, and any and all allegations of hazing will result in a thorough investigation and a review of a chapter’s recognized status on campus.

Colorado state law definition of hazing Senate Bill 99‐106 creates the class 3 misdemeanor of hazing. Hazing is defined in the Colorado Revised Statues ((TITLE 18. CRIMINAL CODE ARTICLE 9. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC PEACE, ORDER, AND DECENCY PART 1. PUBLIC PEACE AND ORDER C.R.S. 18-9-124 (2012)) and was last revised in 2012.
  1. The general assembly finds that, while some forms of initiation constitute acceptable behavior, hazing sometimes degenerates into a dangerous form of intimidation and degradation. The general assembly also recognizes that although certain criminal statutes cover the more egregious hazing activities, other activities that may not be covered by existing criminal statutes may threaten the health of students or, if not stopped early enough, may escalate into serious injury.
  2. In enacting this section, it is not the intent of the general assembly to change the penalty for any activity that is covered by any other criminal statute. It is rather the intent of the general assembly to define hazing activities not covered by any other criminal statute.

As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:
  1. Hazing" means any activity by which a person recklessly endangers the health or safety of or causes a risk of bodily injury to an individual for purposes of initiation or admission into or affiliation with any student organization; except that "hazing" does not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions, or authorized training activities conducted by members of the armed forces of the state of Colorado or the United States.
  2. "Hazing" includes but is not limited to:
    1. Forced and prolonged physical activity;
    2. Forced consumption of any food, beverage, medication or controlled substance, whether or not prescribed, in excess of the usual amounts for human consumption or forced consumption of any substance not generally intended for human consumption;
    3. Prolonged deprivation of sleep, food, or drink.

It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in hazing.

Any person who violates subsection (3) of this section commits a class 3 misdemeanor.

University of Colorado Colorado Springs definition of hazing Found in the Prohibited Conduct Glossary in Article VII of the Student Code of Conduct

Hazing - Any activity by which a person recklessly endangers the health or safety of or causes a risk of bodily injury to an individual for purposes of initiation or admission into or affiliation with any student organization. Hazing includes but is not limited to:
  1. Forced and prolonged physical activity;
  2. Forced consumption of any food, beverage, medication or controlled substance, whether or not prescribed, in excess of the usual amounts for human consumption or forced consumption of any substance not generally intended for human consumption; and
  3. Prolonged deprivation of sleep, food, or drink.

Any chapter found in violation of the hazing policy will lose their recognized status and will no longer function as a club / organization at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. All members of UCCS fraternities and sororities will sign an anti-hazing contract.

Why Greek Life?

Going Greek is more than just joining a club. Fraternities and sororities are organizations that give you the opportunity to do great things during and after your college experience. You will build relationships that are built common goals and values. Greek Life offers you many opportunities in community service, leadership roles, academic success, and professional development. You will have the opportunity to break the stereotypes about Greek Life and do great things for you community and beyond. If changing the world is something you are interested in, Greek life is for you! Membership is not just four years: it’s for life.

History

UCCS was founded in 1965. Enrollment increased steadily through the 1990s. In response to this, UCCS' first Greek letter organization was founded in 2002. Pi Beta Phi filled the desire for a recognized, social organization. A spike in enrollment saw the addition of six further chapters (three of those are still active). Kappa Sigma, a fraternity, was founded in 2006. A second sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, colonized in 2007. Two additional fraternities, Sigma Alpha Epsilon in 2010 and Alpha Sigma Phi in 2014, added more options to the Greek experience. We also have two multi-cultural organizations, Kappa Alpha Psi and Delta Sigma Theta, though both are inactive.

FAQ

Q: What benefits does Greek membership offer?
A: Lifelong membership in a national organization, instant connections to other undergrads on campus, opportunity to get involved right away, potential for leadership positions,

Q: Will I be hazed?
A: No! Hazing is against the law in Colorado and violates the UCCS Student Code of Conduct. Any suspected hazing should be reported immediately to the Greek Life office.

Q: Will my grades suffer by joining a fraternity or sorority?
A: You are in college to get an education, and that is our first priority. Each of our chapters has a GPA requirement to remain an active member. They also have several scholarship programs in place. All new members must attend a "Study Smarter, Not Harder" workshop through First Year Experience during their first semester. Overall, Greek college students enjoy higher GPAs than non-Greeks.

Q: Is joining Greek life expensive?
A: No. You do pay dues to your chapter and to your national organization. These dues cover everything from t-shirts to programming to xxxx. Each chapter offers payment plans.

Q: Does UCCS have Greek housing?
A: Not at this time.

Q: I have a specific question. Whom should I contact?
A: Lisa Cohe, our graduate assistant for Fraternity and Sorority Life. You can email her at greeks@uccs.edu.

Glossary

Active – a collegiate man or woman who has been initiated into lifelong membership.

Alumnus / alumna – an affiliated member who has graduated from college.

Bid – a formal invitation to join a Greek letter organization.

Bid Day – the day on which Greek letter organizations are first allowed to extend invitations for membership to potential new members.

COB – Continuous Open Bidding. The membership process that allows certain chapters to add members after Formal Recruitment has ended.

Formal recruitment – A week of parties designed to introduce each sorority chapter to Potential New Members (PNMs).

Fraternity – A Greek letter organization for men or women.

Initiation – the formal ceremony or process that welcomes new members to the full rights and privileges of Greek membership.

Legacy – a sibling, child, or grandchild of an initiated member of a fraternity or sorority.

Letter of recommendation – a form completed by an initiated member of a fraternity or sorority, recommending a potential new member for membership in that organization.

MRABA – Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement. A binding agreement signed by a potential new member at the end of formal recruitment stating her willingness to accept a bid from any chapter listed on it.

New member – a member who has accepted a bid from an organization but has not yet the requirements for initiation.

PNM – Potential New Member. An unaffiliated student interested in joining a Greek letter organization.

Quota – the total number of potential new members that can be offered bids during the formal recruitment process

Rho Gamma – A recruitment guide. A woman who temporarily disaffiliates from her chapter to act as a guide and to provide an unbiased opinion to her assigned PNMs.

Rush – the membership process where fraternities meet and offer membership to unaffiliated men. This is more informal than sorority recruitment.

Single Intentional Preference – Occurs when a Potential New Member (PNM) does not rank all of the Preference Round parties she attends on her MRABA.

Sorority – A Greek letter organization specifically for women.