GREEK ALPHABET

Α

Β

Γ

Δ

Alpha/al-fah Beta/bay-tah Gamma/gam-ah Delta/del-tah

Ε

Ζ

Η

Θ

Epsilon/ep-si-lon Zeta/zay-tah Eta/ay-tah Theta/thay-tah

Ι

Κ

Λ

Μ

Iota/eye-o-tah Kappa/cap-ah Lambda/lamb-dah Mu/mew

Ν

Ξ

Ο

Π

Nu/new Xi/zzeye Omicron/om-ah-cron Pi/pie

Ρ

Σ

Τ

Υ

Rho/row Sigma/sig-ma Tau/tawh Upsilon/oop-si-lon

Φ

Χ

Ψ

Ω

Phi/figh Chi/kigh Psi/sigh Omega/o-may-gah

 

FRATERNITY & SORORITY LIFE TERMINOLOGY GUIDE

Active A fully initiated member is a currently enrolled in college.
Alumni / Alumnae An initiated member who is a college graduate.
Bid A formal invitation to join a chapter.
Big Brother/ Sister An active member of a fraternity / sorority who serves as a sponsor, advisor, and undergraduate mentor to a new member, guiding them through their new member program and initiation.
Chapter The local group of a national fraternity / sorority.
Formal Recruitment The period set aside for structured / formal recruitment of new members. Sororities at IWU participate in formal recruitment.
Open Recruitment The recruitment process for the 5 IFC fraternities at IWU. Chapters are encouraged and able to extend bids once a student has registered for classes at IWU as well as at any time they would like to invite a perspective member to join.
Fraternity / /Sorority A values-based organization characterized by a ritual,  pin, and a strong tie to friendship and moral principles. Many have Greek letters as their names.
Hazing Forcing someone to something against their will, causing mental or physical abuse; is strictly forbidden by Illinois law and University policies. Please see University handbook for complete definition.
Initiation The traditional ritual that brings men / women into full membership.
Intake The process NPHC sorority chapters perform to recruit, interview, and choose new members.
IFC Interfraternity Council; the governing body of all fraternities.
Lavaliere A pendant with a fraternity’s / sorority’s Greek letters on it.
Legacy A potential new member whose grandparent, parent, and/or sibling is an alumnus or active member of a fraternity / sorority.
Inter/national Headquarter The central organization of a particular fraternity / sorority. Commonly abbreviated as I/NHQ.
NIC North-American Interfraternity Council; Governing body for 66 national men’s fraternities.
NPC National Panhellenic Conference; A national organization composed of 26 member sororities, each of which is autonomous as a social, Greek-letter society of women, undergraduate and alumnae.
NPHC National Pan-Hellenic Council; A National organization composed of 4 sororities and 5 fraternities whose membership is historically African-American and the local governing board for member chapters. There are currently now NPHC fraternities or sororities chartered at IWU, however students are able to join city-wide chapters established at Illinois State University.
NALFO National Association of Latino/a Fraternal Organizations; A National organization composed of fraternities and sororities whose membership is historically Latino/a. IWU does not currently have any NALFO member organizations on our campus.
New Member A person who has accepted an invitation to join a chapter and has not yet been initiated.
College Panhellenic Council The local governing body of all NPC sororities on campus. Commonly referred to as Panhel or Panhellenic.
Community Service An activity that involves hands-on volunteering for a charitable organization.
Philanthropy A charitable fundraiser where funds are raised for a charitable organization. These are commonly sponsored by many fraternities and sororities.
Potential New Member A student interested in joining a fraternity / sorority.
Preference During the last part of sorority recruitment, a potential new member determines which sorority she is interested in joining.

Recruitment

The process used by fraternities / sororities to select new members.
Gamma Chi Recruitment Counselor; A sorority member who has disaffiliated from her chapter during formal recruitment. She is especially trained to help potential new members and answer any questions they may have about sorority membership.
Ritual The traditional secret ceremony of a fraternity / sorority.
Sister A term used by sorority members to refer to one another.
Soror The term used by members of historically African-American sororities to refer to one another.