FRATERNITY & SORORITY LIFE | A Lifelong Adventure
Joining a chapter affords students a multitude of opportunities to get ahead. In the classroom, our fraternity and sorority members consistently outperform other student groups because of their in-chapter tutoring and designated study hours.
Of all our alumni groups, fraternity and sorority members are consistently engaged in the Baker community and benefit from close relationships with thousands of alumni across the United States—individuals who serve as mentors and provide valuable networking opportunities for their younger brothers and sisters.
While they’re on campus, our fraternity and sorority members strive to make the world a better place. Each chapter dedicates time and funds throughout the school year to a philanthropy of its choice.
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A Home for Everyone
During the recruitment process, students learn about each chapter and their philanthropies and meet the members that make it what it is today. From there, recruits are able to find their perfect home—a home that will last a lifetime.
Joining a chapter is just the first step in becoming involved at Baker. Most of our members are involved in various activities on campus, from introducing students to the university as an orientation leader to organizing social events as the president of the Student Activities Council.
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Founded: Bethany College, 1858
Colony at Baker: Gamma Theta chapter, November 24, 1903
Colors: Purple, white, and gold
Flower: Purple iris
Symbol: Half crescent moon and all-seeing eye
Founded: University of Virginia, 1869
Colony at Baker: Beta Tau chapter, February 2, 1903
Colors: Scarlet, emerald, and white
Flower: Lily of the valley
Symbol: Star and crescent
Philanthropy: Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Founded: Richmond College, November 1, 1901
Kansas Alpha Founded: Kansas Alpha chapter, April 2, 1910
Colors: Crimson and purple
Philanthropy: Youth AIDS
Founded: Baker University, May 23, 1905
Colors: Crimson and gold
Philanthropy: Associated with the Special Olympics
Social event: Ramble
Address: 903 Eighth St.
Founded: Howard University, 1920
Installed at Baker: Pi Sigma chapter, Dec. 3, 2006
Colors: Royal blue and pure white
Flower: White rose
Symbol: White dove
Philanthropies: March of Dimes and Stork’s Nest
Social event: Royal Carpet Formal
Programs & Activities
A variety of programs and activities bring together all members of Baker’s sorority and fraternity system in pursuit of their common goals of scholarship and service.
Fraternity & Sorority Awards
Outstanding fraternity and sorority members are recognized each spring during Greek Week.
April’s Greek Week is a celebration of fraternity and sorority life. The event is coordinated by the Greek Week Executive Council.
National Hazing Prevention Week
September’s National Hazing Prevention Week brings awareness of the dangers of hazing on college campuses.
The Panhellenic Council is the governing board of Baker’s three National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities. The council serves as the link between Baker sorority members and the University’s administration. Members are elected or appointed by their sororities to serve as delegates.
The Council is responsible for creating and upholding national policy, programming and organizing recruitment activities. Members work to promote academic achievement and social service within the Greek community.
National Pan-Hellenic Council
National Pan-Hellenic Council
The National Pan-Hellenic Council is the governing board of the historically African American fraternity and sorority at Baker University. Members are elected or appointed by their chapters to serve as delegates. Council members meet weekly to plan activities and promote the values and ideals of their chapters. They work to create leadership opportunities for their members and to serve the Baker campus and the Baldwin City community.
The Interfraternity Council is the governing board of three national fraternities and one local fraternity at Baker University. Members are elected or appointed by their fraternities to serve as delegates. They work on behalf of all fraternity members to ensure that Baker’s Greek system is a vital and active part of the University and community. Council members also work to promote academic achievement and create leadership opportunities for their fellow fraternity members.
IFC Nine Basic Expectations
These nine basic expectations of fraternity membership are approved and agreed upon by all the national fraternities associated with the North-American Interfraternity Conference.
- I will know and understand the ideals expressed in my fraternity ritual and will strive to incorporate them in my daily life.
- I will strive for academic achievement and practice academic integrity.
- I will respect the dignity of all persons; therefore, I will not physically, mentally, psychologically or sexually abuse or harm any human being.
- I will protect the health and safety of all human beings.
- I will respect my property and the property of others; therefore, I will neither abuse nor tolerate the abuse of property.
- I will meet my financial obligations in a timely manner.
- I will neither use nor support the use of illegal drugs; I will neither misuse nor support the misuse of alcohol.
- I acknowledge that a clean and attractive environment is essential to both physical and mental health; therefore, I will do all in my power to see that the chapter property is properly cleaned and maintained.
- I will challenge all my fraternity members to abide by these fraternal expectations and will confront those who violate them.
Order of Omega
Order of Omega is the national honor society that recognizes outstanding leadership among fraternity and sorority members. Just 10 percent of Greeks are eligible for membership. Order of Omega members are a fixture in the community, initiating the Greek Week Hunger Hunt to replenish the Baldwin City Food Pantry and participating in other philanthropic activities.
Gamma Sigma Alpha National Academic Greek Honor Society is the premier organization committed to the academic success of members and alignment with the academic missions of institutions. Students are eligible for membership based on grade point average and membership in a fraternity or sorority. The society strives to uphold the high ideal of scholastic achievement. Junior and senior students with a GPA of at least 3.5 are eligible for membership. The Alpha Kappa chapter at Baker University was reactivated in 2009.