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August 10, 2012

Oklahoma State University Greeks rush toward fall semester

STILLWATER, Okla. — Approximately 850 women are visiting sorority houses this week as fall recruitment is under way at Oklahoma State University.

The week culminates Saturday with Bid Day, when potential new members receive invitations to join a sorority.

“That’s a big, festive day,” said Ival Gregory, director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at OSU.

Gregory said 544 students have submitted pledge cards to enter a fraternity, an increase of 14 percent from last year.

Fall recruitment is the first official activity for the Greek community of 3,200 students in the university’s 21 fraternities and 12 sororities.

“The Greek community at Oklahoma State is very sound,” Gregory said.

Construction continues on the 30,000 square foot FarmHouse fraternity house on Monroe Street.

“We will be 99.9 percent done with construction in 10 days,” construction superintendent Marvin Goedecke said.

The fraternity was issued a temporary certificate of occupancy by the city of Stillwater on Thursday afternoon that will allow for furniture to be moved into the house. The certificate does not allow people to live in the house.

City of Stillwater building official Mike Roberts said a final certificate of occupancy would not be issued until construction is completed on the building and the areas around the house, including parking lots and sidewalks.

“There are different levels of certificates of occupancy,” Roberts said. “This one just allows them to get the furniture moved in. There is still quite a bit of work to do to complete the project.”

Roberts said it is the fraternity’s goal to be approved for a high-level occupancy certificate by Aug. 17 so members can move in and begin living there. School begins Aug. 20.

“It’s our goal as well as theirs to meet that goal,” Roberts said.

Gregory said members of all the fraternities and sororities will begin moving into their chapter houses by the end of next week.

Gregory said each fraternity and sorority is committed to philanthropic causes and community outreach.

“Some will have a national charity or cause they support, and some will have a local charity or cause, and some will have both,” Gregory said. “A number of our organizations are strong supporters of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. In fact, Delta Delta Delta, one of our sororities, has made that a commitment.

“Another one of our sororities, Kappa Delta, each spring has the Shamrock Softball Tournament. They’ve raised over $30,000 for their philanthropic cause in the last two years. Kappa Alpha Theta is a strong proponent of Court Appointed Court Advocates and they raise money for that. On the fraternity side, Phi Kappa Tau is very involved with the Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang for underprivileged kids. Our FarmHouse chapter does Transylvania Station, which is a safe celebration for the kids on Halloween.”

The OSU Panhellenic Council, the governing body that oversees OSU’s 12 sororities, won the Sutherland Award last year from the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values, which recognized OSU’s council as the best in the Midwest region.

“That’s a really big feather to have in their cap,” Gregory said. “Our sorority community is very strong and very vibrant and very vital.”

Alpha Tau Omega recently received its 13th straight True Merit Award.

Alpha Omicron Pi is a new sorority, the first new sorority on campus in 30 years, Gregory said. Delta Kappa Epsilon is a new fraternity.

“I believe the biggest dividend for students being in the Greek community comes on the other end of the diploma,” said Gregory. “You may not get a job because you were a member of XYZ fraternity, but I would wager that you would be more apt to at least get an interview because you were. Those connections that are made here pay big dividends down the road.”

For more information on the Greek community at OSU, visit http://www.gogreek.okstate.edu/.

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