Pillars of Fraternity & Sorority Life
Fraternities and sororities are values-based organizations. By that, we mean that
each fraternity and sorority has a shared set of values commonly referred to as a
mission statement, creed or motto. These values are based on the rituals of our organizations
and help our members strive to live to a higher standard than their peers. It is the
values of a fraternity or sorority that set them apart from each other and any other
club or organization on campus. The fraternity and sorority community at IWU focuses
on the following core standards: Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship, and Service
The bonds forged within fraternities and sororities are extraordinarily unique and
cherished for a lifetime. Through the sharing of ideals, teamwork and ritual, members
of fraternities and sororities grow incredibly close with one another. Members continue
to strengthen their bonds beyond their college years through participating in alumni
events as well as meeting brothers and sisters from other chapters across the country.
Joining a fraternity or sorority will transcend your college experience, immediately
connecting you through a shared tradition with thousands of past, current, and future
members of your organization locally and globally.
Fraternities and sororities also assist students in developing socially which is an
important part of college. By developing socially, we don't mean becoming a better
partier. Joining a fraternity or sorority is a great way to cultivate social skills,
meet new people and to get the most out of the college experience. While there are
many fantastic social events hosted by chapters every year, including formal dinners
and dances, themed parties, barn dances, and brotherhood/sisterhood events, there
are many more opportunities to develop the social skills that will help prepare you
for life after college such as meeting people, learning how to have better conversations
and how to develop deeper friendships.
Joining a fraternity or sorority can provide a student with a multitude of leadership
opportunities. Each chapter functions as a self-governing organization as well as
a member of a governing council, meaning there are numerous elected offices to be
filled, such as President, Vice President, Scholarship Chair, and Treasurer, to name
a few. There are also committees and cabinet positions for members to be a part of,
in areas such as Social, Recruitment, and Philanthropy.
In addition to being active within their own chapters, fraternity and sorority members
are also heavily involved with other campus activities. Nearly all of the NCAA sports
at IWU have members of the fraternity / sorority community on their rosters. Many
positions in Student Senate, including some of the highest offices, are routinely
held by fraternity and sorority members. You will also find fraternity and sorority
members participating in the various music ensembles, intramural sports, clubs, and
special interest groups on campus.
Fraternities and sororities provide an academic support system for their members through
conducting study sessions and peer mentoring. Each organization elects a scholarship
chairperson to support the academics of the organization. Fraternities and sororities
hope for their members to succeed in life, and that begins with academics.
SERVICE & PHILANTHROPY
Helping others is a core value of all fraternities and sororities. Members of each
fraternity and sorority on campus spend countless hours doing community service and
raise thousands of dollars for charity each year. In addition to being an opportunity
to benefit the community, service work supports personal growth and development, becoming
active citizens, and strengthening friendships among members.
The Office of Student Involvement is more than willing to answer any questions you
may have about membership in the fraternity and sorority community. Please feel free
to contact our office and we will get back with you as soon as possible.