From the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs
Fraternities and sororities have a long and exiting history at Colgate, dating back more than 160 years. Each of these organizations offers their members a lifetime of opportunities for friendship, leadership, service and scholarship – all of which can enhance the collegiate experience!
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs helps Greek-letter members achieve success under goals outlined in the Revised 2014 Student Organization Relationship Statement. These goals serve to enhance campus life, create opportunities for social interaction, and foster personal growth.
In order to achieve a healthy and prosperous Greek community, there must be a strong partnership between the undergraduate members, the alumni boards, and the institution. For the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs, these partnerships are seen as the foundation for success in supporting our student leaders to achieve their goals and develop as individuals!
Please take a look at our website, which highlights some of the many successes of Colgate’s fraternity and sorority community during the past year. We are very proud of these achievements and are happy to see our student living up to their fraternal values!
Bilal Badruddin, Interim Director for Fraternity and Sorority Affairs
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Scholarship: Scholarship is a value that the Fraternity and Sorority community here at Colgate work uphold. Organizations have an officer designated to scholarship, who works with the OFSA and their alumni foundation, as well as the Colgate community, to gather application data, letters of reference and GPAs as they successfully engaged in their annual scholarship award recognition events and initiatives.
We’ve launched a Faculty Advisor program for the chapter to select, and work closely with, a member of the faculty. These individuals have been participating in chapter meetings, attending events, and hosting dinner series with members to discuss a wide range of intellectual-based topics. We’re excited to have these phenomenal resources for our chapters, and for these faculty members to learn more about our organizations! Below is a current listing of all Faculty Advisors for the chapters:
Colgate's fraternity and sorority organizations demonstrated their hard work with direct/indirect and charitable fundraising this year, along with special events and involvement in local charities and collaborating with other organizations.
Beta Theta Pi
The Colgate chapter of Beta Theta Pi built upon their philanthropy for this academic year. The Alzheimer’s Awareness Basketball Game, formerly known as Slam Dunk Alzheimer’s, was a co-managed and co-coordinated philanthropy event between the marketing division of the Athletic Department and the brothers of the Beta fraternity. The event was based around a Colgate Men’s Basketball game, and the brothers gathered donated gift cards, T-shirts and other gifts for a raffle and a bake sale that ran during intermissions. Beta also planned to instate yearlong philanthropy chairs to ensure continuity in their service goals. Additionally, they are hoping to raise more money for the charities of choice while putting more focus on community service work around the Hamilton area.
Delta Delta Delta
Our Delta Delta Delta (Tri Delta) Philanthropy chairs have continued to sponsor annual events and have added philanthropy events and have high hopes to see these carried on in the future. Continued annual philanthropy included its Sincerely Yours letter campaign to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Tri-Delta’s national philanthropy. To expand upon this annual event, the sisters collaborated with the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. The Charity Bowl silent auction in the fall was also successful (135 indirect hours), and raising $48,894 in donations. With both of these events, there were over 500 total participants. For the spring semester, Tri Delta hosted the first annual Delta Desserts in April where the sisters baked delicious goods, and sold tickets to raise money. In addition to these exceptional fundraising efforts, two philanthropy chairs attended a leadership conference in Memphis, TN at St. Jude to learn more about their national philanthropy and the causes they continue to support.
Delta Upsilon (DU) participated in Uplifting Athletes for Ependymoma patients in the fall. They also collaborated with other organizations for Relay for Life. Many of the brothers volunteered to pledge their support to the American Cancer Society in support of cancer research by participating in this annual event at Huntington Gym. Every year DU has a strong outing of support for the ACS and this year was not any different with their continued support. Some of the DU Brothers went to a local senior citizens home to do snow removal. Keeping along those same lines of community outreach, the brothers also participated in the hosting Hamilton Movie Theater Matinees series. This year, they hosted a movie night that allowed townspeople as well as the Colgate Community to view the film classic “Singing in the Rain.”
Gamma Phi Beta
Gamma Phi Beta kicked off 2015 sponsoring an event with the COVE for the Martin Luther King Day of Service Participation by volunteering for 30 direct hours of service. The sisters also hosted a Valentine’s Day party with the Sidekicks Club and had events such as cookie decorating, card making, and fun Valentine’s Day themed events for the younger children. This successful effort was 10 hours of indirect service along with 92 direct hours of volunteerism. The sisters also cheered on the Women’s Ice Hockey Team at the Autism Awareness game and helped raise awareness about autism within the Colgate community. They also hosted a fundraiser at Steph Boutique in downtown Hamilton where members were rewarded with 10% off of purchases and the other 10% of sales was donated to Girls on the Run in Sherburne – a local part of their national philanthropy.
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Kappa Kappa Gamma held their annual Kappa Kisses event, raising money for their “Birthday Klub,” which is a birthday party for foster children living in the Madison and Hamilton areas. The chapter members also raised money by holding the Kappa Klothing Sale at a local clothing store, Steph Boutique in which sisters received ten percent off clothes and for all the clothes sold another ten percent was donated to “Reading is Fundamental.” Through this effort, they raised $225.00. Other chapter, campus and local community projects also took place during the year. The sisters collaborated with Beta Theta Pi and Make a Wish Foundation. They also held their annual Kappa Kickball tournament to raise money for BCAC. The chapter also donated money to Head-Start, and raised $250 to Rose McGill Holiday Sharing.
Phi Delta Theta
The brothers of Phi Delta Theta have continued to bring the American Red Cross blood drives to Colgate’s campus all year. By working with Red Cross management, they manage to keep the blood drives open an extra hour to accommodate the busy schedules of Colgate students. This shift led to a significant increase in donors, especially for areas in great need of donations. Additionally, brothers were able to convince many students to donate for the first-time and encourage regular donors to donate as consistently as possible. They also participated in “Sincerely Yours” Letter Writing Campaign with Tri Delta to raise money for St. Jude’s and also participated in the Sidekicks event with Gamma Phi Beta. This past fall, the brothers also held their annual Great Pumpkin Carving where children from Hamilton not only carved pumpkins but also got to play some sports at the house.
Phi Kappa Tau
Colgate's Phi Kappa Tau brothers hosted several Philanthropic events during the fiscal year. They assisted in cleaning recycled bicycles going to impoverished communities who lack transportation. They also held a holiday party in which attendants were encouraged to bring toys for the Morrisville chapter of the Community Action partnership (CAP). The attendants donated toys for children in need and they were able to collect nearly 200 toys. The whole membership of the fraternity contributed to a winter Food Drive with also benefitted CAP and over $650 was raised, with support from the entire Colgate community, in order to help the CAP food pantry. They also hosted their annual Alumni event “Rubik Cube” during the Spring, and part of the event raised funds for the International Thyroid Oncology Group. They also participated in a basketball tournament in which registered team’s donated over $550 dollars to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.
Theta Chi hosted an annual event, called Party for the Brave, where they had fundraising efforts that generated over $5,675.00. The brothers not only advertised the event to the Colgate community and village of Hamilton, but also worked closely with parents and alumni to help support their efforts. All of the money raised was donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, which raises awareness, and enlists the public’s aid, for the needs of injured service members. The Wounded Warrior Project also provides unique, direct programs and services to support veterans with their transition back to civilian life. All members of the chapter supported the event, and there were over 300 people in attendance.
Chapters also volunteered for local philanthropies, such as Madison Lane Apartments, Madison County Camp for Girls, Camp Fiver, Break Cancer Awareness, Hamilton Theatre Children's Series, Children's Bookstore Program, and Broad Street Clean-Up.
The national philanthropies with which each organization works are as follows: Kappa Kappa Gamma and Reading is Fundamental; Delta Upsilon and Uplifting Athletes, Global Service Initiatives (GSI) with National HQ, and the Boys and Girls Club; Gamma Phi Beta and Girls on the Run; Phi Kappa Tau and the Hole in the Wall Gang; Phi Delta Theta and the American Red Cross; Delta Delta Delta and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
Partnering to Improve Accountability
Participating in a fraternity or sorority can offer a number of lifelong benefits including friendship, networking, and personal development. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs works chapters to constantly improve accountability for chapter members, and contribute to both chapter and personal values. This past year, the OFSA in collaboration with the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils, sought to continue a number of initiatives to assist chapters in their overall success.
Fraternity and sorority leaders and members have made a commitment to eradicate hazing from their new-member processes. To that end they have participated in anti-hazing summits over the last two years, submitted transparent new-member education plans, and educated new members on the university’s anti-hazing policy. This past spring, Timothy C. Marchell, PhD, MPH, Director of Mental Health Initiatives and Associate Director of Health Services for Health Promotion at Cornell University, spoke to chapter members at the Constructive New Member Education Summit about the effects of hazing. Chapter members then gathered into breakout discussions with their respective Alumni advisors to review new member plans and create a joint initiative in eliminating hazing practices.
Additionally, the OFSA will require all organization New Member Educators to go through an orientation on university requirements and how to identify and eliminate hazing practices. As recruitment begins, the OFSA will also conduct an orientation session for all new members to ensure they are aware of their rights as new members and continue outreach to parents so that they can also speak with their student about expectations for joining a fraternity or sorority.
Another large issue that rose to the surface this year within the Greek community was the desire to address sexual assault on campus. Students and administrators worked together to raise awareness of the issue by establishing fraternity and sorority support in ending sexual assault on campus, and initiating training for students on bystander intervention. The Interfraternity Council hosted a discussion at the end of the fall semester with sorority members to look at how chapter can collaborate on a joint initiative to ensure social spaces are safe and inclusive. These discussions continued into the spring semester as chapters collaborated on addressing both the sexual and social climates on campus to emphasize their support on these pressing issues. The cornerstone event at Greek Week this year, with more than 200 participants, was the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event that raised awareness of sexual-assault issues and raised money to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence.
Annual Greek Life Awards
The Greek life awards have been an annual tradition at Colgate for years. The event is student-produced and student-run, and serves to highlight the major successes of the fraternity and sorority community at Colgate!
The major group highlights for the past year include combined philanthropic donations of close to $60,000, and the second annual Greek Week which was a huge success. Each organization recognized their "Scholars of the Year" (most of whom had a 4.0 GPA) and their "New Members of the Year," highlighting the future leaders of their chapters.
There were also several major organization and individual designations awarded by the the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council, which are listed below.
- Chapter of Year - Delta Delta Delta
- Greek Woman of the Year - Lila Sullivan(Gamma Phi Beta)
- Greek Man of the Year - Nicholas Cooney(Phi Kappa Tau)
- Sorority President of the Year - Isabelle James (Kappa Kappa Gamma)
- Fraternity President of the Year - Jack Crowe (Phi Kappa Tau)
- Outstanding Chapter of the Year - Phi Kappa Tau
- Outstanding Chapter Initiative - Delta Desserts (Delta Delta Delta)
- Advisor of the Year - Gretchen Oostenink (Gamma Phi Beta)