Welcome! So, what is “Greek life” anyway? What is the point? What do members even do?
Are you looking to join an organization that provides ample opportunities for personal growth and leadership development while furthering your education? What about an organization that encourages you to think beyond yourself through community service and philanthropic activities? And if these organizations offered friendships guaranteed to last a lifetime, what would you say? This type of organization is what people look for when coming to college. These are just a few of the many various rewards and opportunities that come from joining an organization such as a sorority or fraternity.
Here at Witt, sorority and fraternity members work hard to break the negative stigma of what it’s like to be a member of a Greek organization that is portrayed in the media. Members are involved in the majority of the university's events, programs, and student organizations; many even hold executive positions within those organizations. The Greek community is highly involved, and loves to make Wittenberg and the city of Springfield around it a better place. For nearly 150 years, fraternities and sororities on Wittenberg’s campus have forged a strong tradition of leadership, success, and pride. This heritage benefits both our fraternity and sorority members and the broader university community.
Fraternity & Sorority Life at Wittenberg University is dedicated to creating a co-curricular living and learning experience that enhances the educational mission of the university. Through active participation in sorority and fraternity chapters, students will develop leadership skills, compassion, and wholeness of person.
- A growing, cooperative community of fraternities and sororities that strive to achieve high standards of scholarship and conduct as individuals and chapters setting positive examples in the community.
- Greek organizations are truly learning (and sometimes living) environments and are self-governing, so that they hold their members accountable for their behavior and set positive examples for all students. Places where respect and support for individual differences, choices, talents, and intellectual pursuits is expected and inclusiveness is achieved; where hazing has absolutely no place.
- A community where non-Greek students, faculty, administrators, staff, and the local community value the contributions of fraternity and sorority members and visibly and audibly support their activities and endeavors.
- A community that values its past and plans for its future by maintaining and including alumnae/i members to stay involved.
- With our mission and vision in mind, fraternity/sorority membership is open to all students regardless of age, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation or disability. However, the single sex status of each organization is protected under law.
What the Research Says
New research from Gallup tells us that members of sororities and fraternities, after graduation:
- are more likely to be engaged in their jobs
- are overall experiencing a higher level of well being
- are more emotionally attached to their institution
- are more likely to have started their own business
- report that college prepared them for a successful life
We invite you to explore our website. We have designed our site to provide an introduction to the many different aspects of our fraternity and sorority community. This site will provide you with access to information about the services, programs, and events sponsored by our office and our fraternal organizations. You can also submit a Fraternity/Sorority Interest Form to let chapters know you are interested in learning more about their organization.
Fraternity & Sorority Life at Wittenberg University is part of the Office of Student Involvement and all functions are overseen by Carol Nickoson, Director of Student Involvement & the Benham-Pence Student Center. Carol is originally from California and received her BA in Liberal Studies: Political Science and Education from the University of California, Riverside (UCR), and her MA in Higher Education Administration from the University of Redlands. She has worked as a fraternity/sorority advising professional for more than 12 years and is actively involved in various professional organizations and volunteer activities. While Carol is the primary staff liaison to Wittenberg's Greek community, several other administrators in the Division of Student Development work closely with the sorority/fraternity community.
We welcome your questions and feedback. You can reach Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 937-327-7820. If you would like to write to us, our address is P.O. Box 720, Springfield, Ohio, 45501. You can also follow us on (@WittGreekLife), like us on (facebook.com/WittGreekLife), and follow us on Instagram (instagram.com/WittGreekLife)!