Values of Our Fraternity and Sorority Community
Fraternity and Sorority Life is one of the many opportunities for involvement and growth available for students at Bradley University. Fraternities and sororities enhance the education of the whole person – intellectually, socially, and spiritually. Bradley fraternities and sororities strive to achieve the greatest potential from each member and reach common goals together. Fraternity and Sorority Life offers opportunities for community service, philanthropy, academic success, leadership, campus involvement, personal growth, social interaction, and the development of lifelong friendships.
During the first semester of your association, fraternity and sorority activities are designed to orient you with your chapter’s history and traditions. Activities including retreats, service projects, meetings, and study programs will help you to build a strong foundation for your lifelong involvement and membership in Fraternity and Sorority Life.
One of the most enjoyable parts of joining a sorority or fraternity involves making new friends and forming bonds that will last long after college. You will not only learn to live with others, but, through sharing the same experiences, environment, and interests, you will develop a special closeness to those around you. As friends, they will share your successes, happiness, and occasional evenings just relaxing at the chapter house. Brotherhood and sisterhood mean more than wearing Greek letters, attending meetings, and going to social events. It is a feeling and sense of belonging. It is the feeling of being yourself and being respected for your individuality. Brotherhood and sisterhood are the making of friendships that will last a lifetime. It is the feeling of knowing you can count on your brothers or sisters in good times and in challenging times.
Scholarship and Academic Success
Fraternities and sororities foster academic success through a variety of support and incentive programs. Each fraternity and sorority maintains its own scholarship standards and programs, and sets minimum standards for membership that are consistently above the standard that Bradley University sets for all students. Simply put, it takes a higher level of academic achievement to be a fraternity or sorority member.
Chapters ensure high levels of success by providing resources such as:
- Scholarships: awarded by individual chapters to their members for scholastic success
- Mentoring Programs: to engage older and newer members in academic mentoring
- Academic Advising: including help with choosing classes and professors
- Chapter Study Files: to aid members in sharing class notes and reviewing for exams
Service and Philanthropy
The fraternity and sorority community’s interests and concerns go beyond the confines of campus life. Sororities and fraternities sponsor a multitude of activities each year to impact the local community and to earn money for their philanthropies or identified causes. Chapters also donate their time to national and local community service projects.
The opportunities you will encounter in fraternity and sorority life to help benefit the community are endless. The desire and ability to give of yourself is one of the most important qualities you will develop while being part of a fraternity or sorority.
Membership in a fraternity or sorority provides numerous opportunities for leadership development. As a chapter officer or coordinator of a chapter event, you can further develop your leadership skills. Each chapter has committee structures that allow you to be involved in many operational aspects of the sorority or fraternity. You will also be encouraged by your chapter to become involved in campus-wide activities. Fraternity and Sorority Life is a great springboard to campus involvement, including Student Senate, special-interest clubs and organizations, pre-professional organizations, Activities Council at Bradley University, intramural sports, and many others. Striking a balance between academics and social activities is an important part of college life. Involvement in both areas provides a well-rounded college experience, which is an appealing asset to potential employers.
Being a fraternity or sorority member also provides a resource network when seeking employment. Fraternity and sorority alumni understand the experience of being both a team player and an individual; the desire to excel, both in and out of the classroom; and the commitment to give something back to the community. Our alumni often hire graduating fraternity and sorority members, and in this changing world, it is important to establish relationship with others beyond the boundaries of the university. Through interaction with Alumni, you can begin building bridges to your future.