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 sponsor academic activities and recognition; the scholastic achievement of members is monitored by the organization. The Greek system at Pitt-Johnstown comprises five fraternities and four sororities that are governed respectively by the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council.
Interfraternity Council (I.F.C.)
The Interfraternity Council, the governing body for fraternities,promotes the development of the fraternities and fraternal life on campus and provides coordination for the activities and events of the social fraternities. Two representatives from each of the recognized Pitt-Johnstown fraternities compose the council. Officers (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer) are elected by the council during the spring term.
The Panhellenic Council, a self–governing body composed of three representatives from each sorority, 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 new member recruitment procedures.
Alpha Gamma Delta (ΑΓΔ)
Alpha Gamma Delta International Women’s Fraternity was founded at Syracuse University (NY) in 1904, and the Zeta Kappa Chapter at Pitt-Johnstown was established in 1982. The official colors of the women’s fraternity are red, buff, and green; the flower is red and buff rose; the jewel is the pearl; the mascot is Skiouros the squirrel, and the motto is “Love, Friendship and Loyalty.” AGD sponsors the annual Mr. Pitt-Johnstown Pageant, with proceeds benefiting diabetes research, their national philanthropic focus.
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), and the Epsilon Lambda Chapter at Pitt-Johnstown was established in March, 1987. 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 the aster. Alpha Sigma Alpha’s motto is “Aspire, Seek, Attain.” The sorority is dedicated to the support of the Special Olympics.
Phi Sigma Sigma (ΦΣΣ)
Phi Sigma Sigma International Sorority was founded at Hunter College (NY) in 1913, and was established at Pitt-Johnstown in September, 1991. 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.
Kappa Zeta (KZ)
Kappa Zeta, a local sorority, was established at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in September, 2009. The sorority’s official colors are lavender and silver; the jewels are amethyst and diamond; the sorority’s flower is the gerber daisy; and Kappa Zeta’s motto is “The Key to Sisterhood.” Kappa Zeta is dedicated to the support of Leukemia and Lymphoma.
Acacia, the only international fraternity to have a Greek word for a name, was founded in 1904 at the University of Michigan, and was established at Pitt-Johnstown chapter in 1973. 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.”
Delta Chi (ΔΧ)
Delta Chi Fraternity was founded in 1890 at Cornell University (NY). 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, which has raised funds for the Arthritis Foundation of Johnstown and has sponsored a child in Colombia, 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 annually work with the Special Olympics.
Kappa Delta Rho (ΚΔΡ)
Kappa Delta Rho National Fraternity was founded in 1905 at Middlebury College (VT), and 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 the red rose. The chapter’s major philanthropic project is the annual Wallyball Tournament which benefits 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, and the Delta Pi Chapter was founded at Pitt-Johnstown in 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; at a local level, Sigma Tau Gamma raises money for cancer research.