Adopt a School
Adopt-A-School is a program where students from the greek community go to local elementary and middle schools to assist teachers in their classrooms. Greek students volunteer at the schools as many hours per week as they would like to. Adopt-A-School currently works with several different schools in Lawrence.
Every semester the KU living organizations (PHA, IFC, Residence Halls, and Scholarship Halls) collaborate with the American Red Cross and Community Blood Center and put on a campus wide, week long, University blood drive.
Fraternity & Sorority Foundation
Each year, the Fraternity & Sorority Foundation collects money from each KU chapter. Every chapter donates either 10% of their local philanthropy’s earnings, or $100, whichever is greater, to the Fraternity & Sorority Foundation Fund. The Fraternity & Sorority Foundation co-chairs elect a specific group from the Douglas County community to benefit. In the past, the elderly, children, and mental health have been particular areas. Agencies from the selected area submit applications for the grand, and the Fraternity & Sorority Foundation committee chooses an organization to be the recipient.
Greek Advance is an annual retreat for incoming chapter presidents and IFC, NPHC, and Panhellenic council officers, that is held on the first weekend back to school in January. The retreat focuses on leadership skill development, community building, relationship building, and providing new presidents and officers with resources they will need to be successful in their positions. Greek Advance curriculum is developed by the Fraternity & Sorority Life staff and is evaluated each year.
Greek Ambassadors is an organization which recruits and informs potential KU students about sorority and fraternity life. Greek Ambassadors are extensively trained to take prospective students and their parents on tours of campus and Greek chapter houses.
Tours are every Monday and Friday at 4:00. Tours leave from the 4th floor of the Kansas Union at 4:15. The Greek Ambassadors are trained to answer questions about campus life, Greek life, and the KU community. Informational presentations during Senior Days are from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays in the Kansas Union.
The Greek Ambassador program works in conjunction with the KU Visitor Center to accommodate students participating in Senior and Junior Days.
Greek Marketing Team
Greek Marketing Team is a group of 20 students within the Greek community who help promote events such as the blood drive, philanthropies, and campus-wide speakers. Members write news releases, sidewalk chalk on campus, and help distribute flyers and posters to increase awareness. To become a member of the Greek Marketing Team, contact the VP Public Relations for either IFC or Panhellenic.
Greek Tutoring Program
The Greek Tutoring Program is a network of Greeks who are academically proficient in many different areas. After being selected as a part of the program, Greek tutors’ names are released to every Greek chapter so that any Greek member can contact a Greek tutor for academic assistance. It is a great way for Greeks to get to know people outside of their chapter and to give members a community service opportunity. This program also helps ensure that Greeks continue to maintain a higher average GPA than the all-university average.
House that Greeks Built
The House That Greeks Built is a philanthropic project to benefit the Lawrence chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The average cost of building a house is $50,000 which includes everything from purchasing the lot to applying the last coat of paint. Students work together to raise money and provide the labor to build the house. In October 2003, the greek community completed its third House that Greeks Build home and is currently fundraising for their fourth house.
Panhellenic and IFC and working to fundraise in several ways for the House That Greeks Built. In the fall semester, an auction was held on Homecoming with all of the proceeds going to the philanthropy. In the spring, t-shirts are sold in the Kansas Union Bookstore. Currently we are working on getting corporate sponsors to help build our house.
Intramurals is a great way for students to continue their involvement with athletics on a fun and casual level. The intramurals offered are in a wide variety from flag football to soccer, to basketball and so on. Each chapter competes to acquire the most points from their respective wins to obtain the hill top rankings. Every chapter is encouraged to form teams regardless of experience. Intramural games are another way Greek students can have fun and stay active!
Junior Greek Council
Junior Greek Council serves as a transitional program to help Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council new members become familiar with the greater KU Greek community and to develop skills necessary to be effective leaders. The council focuses on the four pillars of Kansas Greek Life: scholarship, service, leadership, and brotherhood/sisterhood. Each chapter elects two to three new members to be delegates at the council's weekly meetings that include guest speakers, presentations, and interactive activities.
Order of Omega
Order of Omega is a national Greek honor society that recognizes the top 3% of Greek members across the nation in regard to academic excellence, community service and chapter and Greek community leadership.
Eta Epsilon chapter at the University of Kansas was founded in 1986. Since the chapter’s founding, more than 700 members have been initiated. Each year the chapter participates in a community service project and honors outstanding faculty and staff as honorary initiates.
Applications for membership are available in the fall semester. Applicants must have at least 60 credit hours and a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Dues are $70 and include national fees, pin, certificate, t-shirt and initiation fees. Selected members are recognized at the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council Awards Night in the spring.
Rock Chalk Revue
Rock Chalk Revue is a university-wide philanthropy that raises approximately $50,000 each year for the Douglas County United way. Fraternities, sororities, along with other living organizations, team up to write, produce, and perform 20-minute original musicals, complete with costumes and scenery. The five best shows are chosen to be presented in the Rock Chalk Revue. Awards are presented on the final evening of Rock Chalk to the chapters or organizations that have contributed the most community service hours. For more information, visit http://groups.ku.edu/~rcr/