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Greek Life

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Social fraternities and sororities provide interested students the opportunity to become part of a group which shares common ideals and promotes community service, scholastic excellence, and philanthropic endeavors, as well as opportunities for social activities and leadership development.

Fraternities and sororities regularly sponsor service activities, intramural teams, social events, and educational programs. The groups also sponsor academic activities and recognition, and the scholastic achievement of members is monitored by the organization.  The Greek system at Pitt-Johnstown is composed of five fraternities and three sororities that are governed by the Interfraternity Council (men’s groups) and the Panhellenic Council (women’s groups).

Interfraternity Council (I.F.C.)
140 Student Union—Ext.1981

The Interfraternity Council is the governing body for fraternities and exists to promote the development of the fraternities and fraternal life on campus and to provide coordination for the activities and events of the social fraternities.  Two representatives from each of the recognized Pitt-Johnstown fraternities comprise the council.  Officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer) are elected by the council during the Spring Term.


Panhellenic Council
140 Student Union—Ext.1981
The Panhellenic Council is a self–governing body composed of three representatives from each sorority and is the representative and legislative body of the social sororities at Pitt-Johnstown. The purpose of the Council is to encourage intersorority relations, maintain high social, service, and educational standards within the female Greek system, and to regulate rushing and pledging procedures.


Sororities


Alpha Gamma Delta (ΑΓΔ)
Alpha Gamma Delta International Women’s Fraternity was founded at Syracuse University (N.Y.) in 1904.  The official colors of the women’s fraternity are red, buff and green; the flower is red and buff roses; the jewel is the pearl; the mascot is Skiouros the squirrel and their motto is “Love, Friendship and Loyalty.” AGD sponsors the annual Mr. Pitt-Johnstown Pageant, with proceeds benefiting their national philanthropy, diabetes research of all kinds.  The Zeta Kappa Chapter at Pitt-Johnstown was established in 1982.

Alpha Sigma Alpha (ΑΣΑ)
Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority, the first national sorority to be established in the twentieth century, was founded in 1901 at Longwood College (VA).  The sorority’s official colors are pearl white and crimson; the jewels are the pearl and the ruby and the flowers are the narcissus and aster. Alpha Sigma Alpha’s motto is “Aspire, Seek, Attain.”  The sorority is dedicated to the support of the Special Olympics.  The Epsilon Lambda Chapter at Pitt-Johnstown was established in March 1987.

Phi Sigma Sigma (ΦΣΣ)

Phi Sigma Sigma International Sorority was founded at Hunter College (NY) in 1913.  The colors are king blue and gold; the flower is the American Beauty rose; the jewel is the sapphire; and the symbol is the Sphinx.  “Aim High” is the sorority motto.  Phi Sigma Sigma supports the National Kidney Foundation as their philanthropy. The sorority was established at Pitt-Johnstown in September 1991.

Kappa Zeta (KZ) 

Kappa Zeta, a local sorority was established at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in September of 2009.  The sorority’s official colors are lavender and silver. The jewels are amethyst and diamond. The sorority’s flower is the gerber daisy. Kappa Zeta’s motto is “The Key to Sisterhood.” Kappa Zeta is dedicated to the support of Leukemia and Lymphoma.



Fraternities


Acacia (ΑKAK)
Acacia, the only international fraternity to have a Greek word for a name, was founded in 1904 at the University of Michigan.  The fraternity’s colors are black and old gold and the motto is “Human Service.”  Acacia regularly sponsors blood drives at Pitt-Johnstown for the American Red Cross and participates in the annual March of Dimes “Jog-a-Thon.”  The Pitt-Johnstown chapter was established in 1973.

Delta Chi (ΔΧ)
Delta Chi Fraternity was founded in 1890 at Cornell University (N.Y.).  The fraternity’s colors are red and buff and the official flower is the white carnation.  Established in October 1972, Delta Chi was the first national fraternity at Pitt-Johnstown.  The Pitt-Johnstown chapter has raised funds for the Arthritis Foundation of Johnstown and has sponsored a child in Columbia, South America.

Delta Sigma Chi (ΔΣΧ)
Established in February 1963, Delta Sigma Chi is the oldest fraternity on the Pitt-Johnstown campus and the third oldest local fraternity in the United States.  The fraternity’s official colors are orange and black.  The brothers have made a yearly project of working with the Special Olympics.

Kappa Delta Rho (ΚΔΡ)
Kappa Delta Rho National Fraternity was founded in 1905 at Middlebury College (VT).  The Iota Alpha Chapter was established at Pitt-Johnstown in 1982.  The fraternity’s motto is “Honor Above All Things,” its colors are Middlebury blue and Princeton orange and the flower is a red rose.  The chapter’s major philanthropic project is the annual Wallyball Tournament with proceeds benefiting the Cambria County Chapter of the Easter Seals.

Sigma Tau Gamma
Sigma Tau Gamma National Fraternity was founded on June 28, 1920 at the University of Central Missouri.  The Delta Pi Chapter was founded at Pitt-Johnstown on February 3, 2007, and became an officially recognized organization in March of 2007.  The fraternity colors are Azure blue and white. The members of Sigma Tau Gamma uphold the six principles of value, learning, leadership, excellence, benefit and integrity in their everyday lives.  The national philanthropy of Sigma Tau Gamma is Books for Kids, while at a local level, Sigma Tau Gamma participates in raising money for cancer research.

Last Reviewed: May 6, 2008