Centre College successfully completes formal Greek recruitment process

Posted by Student Worker in Greek Life, News 10 Mar 2015

sorority_biddayBuilding on a culture of service, community and scholarship, participation in Greek Life on the Centre College campus is on the rise—an increase evidenced over the last several years.

Two-hundred and eleven new members joined the College’s Greek community at the beginning of the spring semester, raising the average campus chapter size to 96 members for sororities and 60 for fraternities.

Director of Greek Life and New Student Orientation Alycia Tidrick is pleased with this growth, particularly since it indicates a deeply engaged community of students who take advantage of the many campus opportunities beyond the classroom to enhance their educational experience.

“We hold our Greek organizations to high standards,” Tidrick says, “In turn, they set high expectations for their members. This creates a culture where students are encouraged to overcome challenges and strive for excellence collectively and individually.”

Beyond scholarship, Centre Greeks also emphasize the importance of service. Fraternities and sororities organize various fundraising events throughout the year for groups such as the United Way, Salvation Army and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In fact, Greek members collectively recorded more than 9,000 service hours last year alone and raised more than $65,000 for their philanthropic organizations.

“Members of our community pride themselves on being well-rounded, which requires time management skills and the ability to prioritize commitments,” Tidrick explains.

Claire Phillips ’15, a member of Alpha Delta Pi, echoes that sentiment. “Making scholarship a priority and being involved in activities outside of Greek life will only enrich your overall Centre experience,” she says.

Phillips served as this year’s vice president of recruitment on the Panhellenic Council, where she was a “Recruitment Guide” for potential new members. One of her favorite aspects of serving in this role was getting to know more women from every chapter and seeing their relationships with potential new members develop throughout the school year.

“I believe that growing into your best self really is the greatest way to contribute to your sorority chapter in your years at Centre,” Phillips adds.

All chapters are required to complete their new member education programs and initiation by Friday, March 20.

by Anne Wilson ‘15