For University of New Orleans students seeking involvement, leadership and service opportunities, Greek Life may be a good fit.
UNO recognizes 15 Greek organizations, seven sororities and eight fraternities. And student involvement in Greek Life has grown in recent years at UNO. Participation is up 63 percent since spring 2011 alone.
Dale O’Neill, director of the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership, said much of that popularity is due to the culture Greek leaders have created on campus.
“Fraternity and sorority life is unique at UNO,” she said. “Greeks at UNO have created a culture within their organizations that is focused on school spirit, academics, involvement, civic engagement and fun.”
UNO’ s Panhellenic Council of sororities launches its recruitment activities this week, Aug. 25-28, with the Interfraternity Council following, Aug. 29-Sept. 2. Anyone interested in participating can register at www.greeklife.uno.edu.
Information about intake for any of UNO’s seven National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations can be received by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. The NPHC is a group of nine historically black international Greek organizations often called “The Divine Nine.” Students interested in NPHC are invited to an informational session on Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. in Milneburg Hall, Room 179.
All full-time undergraduate students who have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale from high school or college are invited to participate in Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council recruitment activities.
Greek organizations require their members belong to at least one other organization. Their members are also expected to be involved in philanthropic efforts. Each sorority or fraternity commits to raising awareness and funds for an organization of their choice.
The results are notable. Last year, UNO’s fraternity and sorority members completed 1,868 community service hours and donated $52,100 to nonprofits.
Such charitable causes include supporting U.S. veterans to combatting homelessness and domestic abuse to raising money for research and awareness of multiple sclerosis, autism, leukemia, speech and hearing impairment and breast cancer.
Wondering what to expect as you head into recruitment? Here’s a quick overview:
Sorority: On Day 1, sororities host an open house to give potential members a chance to become acquainted with the organization and its values. On Day 2, rush educates new recruits on each group's chosen philanthropy and community service activities. On Day 3, known as the Preference Round, recruits have one-on-one conversations with a sister they connected with during the process. By then, participants typically receive cards from two sororities most likely to give them bids. And on Day 4, recruitment counselors from each sorority hand out bids at the University Center. New sorority members then join their respective sisters at the outdoor amphitheater on campus to celebrate.
Fraternity: Monday and Thursday evening events occur on campus in the University Center, where each fraternity chapter is given a private room to hold a 45-minute meet-and-greet session with potential members. Tuesday night involves outdoor activities such as football or kickball on campus, and Wednesday evening takes the fun off-campus, perhaps for miniature golf at New Orleans City Park. At the end of the week, potential new members visit the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, where university staff will inform them of any bids delivered by the fraternities.
For more information about Greek Life at UNO, including sorority and fraternity profiles, go to http://www.uno.edu/greek-life.