Earlier this year, Jerry the Bulldog did something rather unusual for a canine–he joined a fraternity.
Greek life on the whole has an iffy reputation, but participation in Greek Life at Tech is one of the best things an undergraduate could do to guarantee a great college experience. It doesn’t shock me in the least that Jerry saw the wonderful opportunities available to him through Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter and decided to pledge.
At least a part of the success of Greek life on the Tech campus is due to the work of the Department of Campus Life, headed up by Kevin Solomon.
Jennifer Duncan, former coordinator of Greek Life, recently left her position to pursue another opportunity at Carnegie Mellon University.
Duncan headed up university relations with Greek organizations, but she did more than the bullets on her job description. Duncan was involved in Greek Life on a personal basis. She invested a lot of time and energy into establishing personal relationships with sorority and fraternity leadership.
Duncan was a member of Chi Omega at UALR before beginning her professional career. Having an inside perspective of Greek Life is invaluable to future student affairs staff members–it allows one look beyond the surface deep view to see the potential of what a Greek system can be: a catalyst for personal growth and community change.
Our student leadership on campus is disproportionately Greek. The current SGA president is in a sorority, the last SGA president was in a fraternity. Three of seven student activity executive board members are in a fraternity or sorority. According to reports available via the Institutional Research Office, only around 7% of the general student body is in Greek Life.
This isn’t due to a rigged system, it’s due to a general attitude of commitment to the campus community shared by all chapters of the Greek system. It is a result of great leadership, present and former, that challenge the Greek community to improve themselves, this campus and beyond.