There are five (inter)national fraternities at the University of Nebraska – Kearney that seek to enhance the collegiate experience. These active chapters pride themselves on providing leadership development, academic support, community service, brotherhood bonding, and alumni networking opportunities.
Why fraternity life?
For those of you who may be debating on whether or not to join a fraternity, all you really need to do is to review our record of excellence at the University of Nebraska – Kearney and the decision should be easy...
The UNK Greek community offers a four-year, comprehensive learning community that stresses academic success and personal development. Your fraternity brothers offer something that is unavailable in any other university housing option - ACCOUNTABILITY and EXPERIENCE. The brothers you live with can help you with every aspect of your academic career, from choosing classes and professors to helping you understand what you might expect on an upcoming exam. Chapters with living units on campus have comfortable areas of study, computer labs with high speed Internet, and designated quiet hours. The proof is in the results... Greeks exceed the grade point averages of their peers on this campus and nationally. Chapters also provide scholarship funding based on GPA and chapter involvement.
Fraternities at the University of Nebraska – Kearney
have a rich tradition and proven track record for cultivating and
developing leaders. You will find fraternity members as student
government and student organization leaders, athletes, and peer
mentors/tutors. Opportunities abound to develop your leadership skills.
Furthermore, within each fraternity chapter there are elected positions
that provide you with an opportunity to develop skills in interpersonal
communication, planning, budgeting/accounting, risk management,
programming, and much more. Every chapter strives to help their members
become exemplary student leaders and invaluable assets to our local
Philanthropic and Community Service Opportunities
The Greek fraternities at UNK prides themselves on the selfless service it provides to the community. Each fraternity on campus has a signature fundraiser or event they host every year. Chapters sell tickets and raise money for causes and organizations such as the Nebraska Kidney Association, the American Red Cross, the Kearney Community Food Bank, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and much more.
The University of Nebraska – Kearney is a large campus with a diverse student body. Fraternities at UNK empower their members to become comfortable living on a large campus and to become an important part of campus life and activities. In addition, fraternities give you an opportunity to create lifelong bonds with your college friends and enriches your individual social development. Some social events include mixers and bar-b-ques, formal dances, and great themed-functions on-and-off campus. The ultimate goal of the Greek fraternity community is to develop friendships. You will cherish the bonds of your fraternity brothers throughout your tenure at the University of Nebraska – Kearney and they will endure well beyond your college career!
Finally, a valuable asset that fraternities provide to their brothers are having many different friends to hang out with - a togetherness that cannot be described, a brotherhood that truly lasts a lifetime! Always something to do. Road trips across the country and having places to stay. Mixers with sororities. Playing video games with your brothers until the early morning. Belonging to something bigger than yourself. Attending National conferences. Homecoming week competitions and trophies. Social networking. Being the example and a big brother. Playing bocce or frisbee on the front lawn. Endless opportunities to make a difference in your community. Leadership development opportunities within the fraternity, campus, and the community. Never a dull moment. Late night trips to Amigo's, Wal-Mart runs, intramurals, and so much more. Forge your future with fraternities at the University of Nebraska – Kearney. The possibilities are endless.
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The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at the University of Nebraska – Kearney is also recognized by their national organization as the Zeta Upsilon chapter. Alpha Tau Omega's national founding is September 11, 1865; the chapter's UNK founding is April 18, 1966. Nicknamed the "ATOs," Alpha Tau Omega received a 2.687 fall 2013 GPA. Their active chapter membership is 14 and their colors are azure and old gold. Finally, Alpha Tau Omega's mission statement is: "to bind men together in brotherhood."
Despite only having ten members, the ATOs have achieved several significant feats at the University of Nebraska – Kearney. Most recently, they were the 2013 Greek Week Champions – along with their partners Gamma Phi Beta, Phi Gamma Delta, and Phi Delta Theta and were recipients of the Order of Omega “Most Improved Chapter Award” and the Office of Student Life’s “Organization of the Year Award,” both in 2013.
Zac R. Ross
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The Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at the University of Nebraska – Kearney is also recognized by their national organization as the Nu Kappa chapter. Phi Delta Theta's national founding occurred on May 1, 1848; the chapter's UNK founding was in 2009. Nicknamed the "Fijis," Phi Gamma Delta received a 3.369 fall 2013 GPA. Their active chapter membership is 49 and their colors are royal purple. Phi Gamma Delta's mission statement is: "friendship, the sweetest influence."
In the spring of 2014, the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the governing body for fraternities, presented Phi Gamma Delta with the "Dr. William R. Nester Academic Excellence Cup" for achieving the highest grade-point-average amongst all IFC organizations. Fiji's “Cub Scout Games” is a fall community service project developed by members of Nu Kappa. Every year, around fifty to one hundred Cub Scouts attend the event; games consist of Olympic-themed events made specifically for the physical development of the Cub Scouts.
Joel D. Ratzlaff
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Jonathan Y. Hess
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Scott Benson, M.B.A.
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The Phi Delta Theta fraternity at the University of Nebraska – Kearney is also recognized by their national organization as the Nebraska Beta chapter. Phi Delta Theta's national founding occurred on December 26, 1848; the chapter's UNK founding was in 1966 and later refounded in 2012. Nicknamed the "Phi Delts," Phi Delta Theta received a 2.948 fall 2013 GPA. Their active chapter membership is 23 and their colors are azure and argent. Phi Delta Theta's mission statement is: "become the greatest version of yourself."
In the fall of 2013, the Phi Delts won the UNK Homecoming Week competition among competing Greek organizations and residence halls. The Nebraska Beta chapter also hosts a fall kickball tournament and spring softball tournament to raise and donate funds to the ALS Association. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
Dru H. Sauer
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Daniel Chacon & John M. Gibbs
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The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at the University of Nebraska – Kearney is also recognized by their international organization as the Iota Gamma chapter. Pi Kappa Alpha's national founding is March 1, 1868; the chapter's UNK founding is May 3, 1986. Nicknamed the "Pikes," Pi Kappa Alpha received a 2.960 fall 2013 GPA. Their active chapter membership is 69 and their colors are garnet and old gold. Pi Kappa Alpha's mission statement is: "SLAG: scholars, leaders, athletes, gentleman."
The Pikes won the Raymond L. Orians Excellence Award at PIKE University, the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity’s annual Academy and Awards Ceremony in Memphis, Tennessee, hosted on August 2-10, 2013. The fraternity also received the PIKE International Programming Award for finishing first of all Division III schools as defined by International Fraternity Participation and Athletics. Finally at the conference, Pi Kappa Alpha received a scholarship plate in recognition of exemplary academic achievements, the International Work Day Award, and the Level III Recruitment recognition for increasing their initiates by 20 percent.
Brock A. Shuler
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Taylor J. Jurgens
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The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at the University of Nebraska – Kearney is also recognized by their national organization as the Nebraska Gamma, RLC chapter. Sigma Phi Epsilon's national founding is November 1, 1901; the chapter's UNK founding is October 1, 1965. Nicknamed the "SigEps," Sigma Phi Epsilon received a 3.319 fall 2013 GPA. Their active chapter membership is 72 and their colors are purple, red, and gold. Sigma Phi Epsilon's mission statement is: "virtue, diligence, and brotherly love."
In the spring of 2013, SigEp won the UNK Intramurals team competition among all other competing Greek organizations and residence halls. The Nebraska Gamma chapter has two signature philanthropic events. The “SigEp Muscle Walk” is held during the fall and the “August G. Nelson Memorial Golf Classic” occurs every spring. Proceeds from these events are donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Nebraska Kidney Association, respectively. In addition, the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the governing body for fraternities, presented Sigma Phi Epsilon with the "Chapter of Academic Distinction Award" during the fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters.
SigEp’s Residential Learning Community (RLC) program was established in 2012 to create a more powerful living-learning environment. The RLC concept expands upon traditional residential college models from Oxford and Cambridge, and recent research within higher education.
Students in living-learning communities have higher overall grades, are more engaged in on-campus activities, and are more likely to spend their time outside of the classroom developing the life skills they need to succeed after graduation. The RLC program enables an undergraduate’s fraternal experience to complement his academic studies. Stereotypes suggest that fraternities are a detriment to the academic experience of their brothers. For SigEp, the RLC increases collaboration between undergraduates and university faculty to enhance the academic experience.
Lanny R. Fuller
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Scott A. Bauer
Vice President of Recruitment
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Charles McGraw, M.Ed.
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The Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity at the University of Nebraska – Kearney was founded on April 4, 2004; Sigma Lambda Beta's national founding is April 4, 1986. Sigma Lambda Beta received a 2.967 fall 2013 GPA. Their active chapter membership is 15 and their colors are royal purple and pure white. Known by their national organization as the Zeta Gamma chapter, ΣΛΒ conducts volunteer service at the local Salvation Army thrift store, Adopt-A-Highway program, hosts the BETA Man Conference: a conference for at-risk youth with workshops which focus on bullying, values, sports, culture, and reaching higher education.
Sigma Lambda Beta is a member of the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC). The member organizations of the Multicultural Greek Council conduct recruitment events specific to each chapter. They typically begin with informational sessions where potential members can get an overview of each chapter and request a membership application. Once a student has been approved to move forward with the process, he or she will continue their Greek education from the chapter. Once the student has completed their specific educational process, the student will be able to "reveal" themselves as the newest member(s) of that organization. For additional information regarding Sigma Lambda Beta's recruitment activities, please contact their recruitment chairman.
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