December 19, 2014

Student Life grows with addition of three Greek organizations at UAB

Written by: Tiffany Westry

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Student Life at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will welcome two Greek organizations next year and a third in 2017.

Phi Gamma Delta fraternity will begin recruitment for a new chapter on campus in spring 2015.

“UAB’s enrollment has continued to increase, and our fraternity community’s growth should mirror that growth,” said UAB Interfraternity Council President Grant Miller. “Alpha Tau Omega re-colonized and achieved chapter status in less than a year, so we know men at UAB are very interested in fraternities. We want to be sure that we continue to invite values-based organizations that provide strong and consistent membership experiences.”

Sigma Kappa sorority will join UAB’s Panhellenic Council in fall 2015, becoming the fifth organization to become a member of the council. “Sigma Kappa’s values show clear alignment to the values of our Greek and overall UAB community,” said Panhellenic Council President Suzie Coco. “With more than 400 women in the community currently, we know this is the perfect time to grow, and we feel that Sigma Kappa will be the perfect fit. They went out of their way to learn as much as they could about UAB students and campus culture and are prepared to be very successful. We were won over by the values-based membership experience that Sigma Kappa provides.”

According to the Office of Student Involvement, UAB’s fraternity and sorority community continues to grow at a rapid rate, with the number of members increasing by 21 percent in the 2013-14 academic year.

Kappa Delta sorority will join the council in fall 2017. Incoming Panhellenic Council President Weslie Shannon says the group was drawn to the organization’s work to reinforce confidence among young women and its commitment to member education and development.

According to the Office of Student Involvement, UAB’s fraternity and sorority community continues to grow at a rapid rate, with the number of members increasing by 21 percent in the 2013-14 academic year. Between 2011 and 2014, UAB added three fraternities and one sorority, which will raise the number of organizations to 26 fraternities and sororities by fall 2017 from 19 in 2011.

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