Fraternities Receive National Charters

Two national fraternities made history at William Woods University recently when they obtained their national charters. Phi Gamma Delta and Pi Kappa Alpha are the first to establish Greek organizations for men on the WWU campus. Both received their charters last month.

William Woods, which went coeducational in 1997, now has the two fraternities and four sororities. Nearly half of the campus is Greek.

Phi Gamma Delta, also known as “Fiji,” and Pi Kappa Alpha, also called “Pike,” were colonized in March 2000. The colonies were successfully formed with the help of the international headquarters staff, alumni from the mid-Missouri area and undergraduates from nearby chapters.

“The biggest change I’ve seen on campus is there’s more of a community at William Woods,” said Nick Coleman, newly elected president of the Fijis.

Being part of Greek life is fun, but it’s not all games. Both fraternities encourage scholarship, leadership and philanthropy.

All Pike members must maintain a 2.6 Grade Point Average to stay active, while Fijis have to maintain a 2.5. A number of hours of campus leadership and community service are required each semester, as well.

“I think [fraternities] give the guys a chance to give back to the community,” said Adam Patchett, Pike president. “It also helps them get to know the faculty and build their communication skills.”

Last year the Pikes supported a number of causes, including the Shriners Hospital. This year they chose the American Red Cross, due to the Sept. 11 tragedy. The Fijis raised money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation and other projects.

Both have been involved in assisting local people in need by doing such things as building a fence for a disabled father and collecting supplies for a women’s shelter.

“Greek life provides opportunity for leadership development, establishment of community, service to the community, camaraderie and all aspects of social life,” said Becky Stinson, director of alumni activities and former director of student involvement and Greek advisor.

With 50 percent of the male population on the WWU campus involved in Greek organizations, the addition of more fraternities in the future is possible, according to Stinson.