Why Go Greek?
The Greek Community
- The Ohio Northern University Greek Community has a long tradition of being a valued part of ONU. Of the chapters on campus today, the earliest fraternity and sorority date back to 1905 and 1959, respectively.
- Currently, there are five social fraternities and four social sororities.
- There are also two governing councils for the Greek organizations on campus. The Interfraternity Council is the governing organization of the fraternities; the Panhellenic Council is the governing body for the sororities.
- More than 540 students, roughly 17 percent of the campus population, are involved in Greek life on Northern's campus.
- The Greek organizations on campus all share common values and bonds including scholarship, service, philanthropy, leadership and brotherhood/sisterhood, which can be seen through a variety of activities.
- As a Greek community, the members of each chapter are continually striving for higher achievements academically.
- Each chapter also has an academics chair, who is responsible for helping fellow members stay committed to their studies while at Northern.
- Opportunities for additional scholarships are also available through each of the organization's national and international offices.
- During the fall of 2006, the new members had a higher GPA than their first-year counterparts.
Service and Philanthropy
- Greek members spend countless hours providing services and raising money for the campus and the greater community.
- The main philanthropies of the groups on campus include the following: Speech and Hearing Impaired, Breast Cancer Education and Awareness, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Choose Children, March of Dimes, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, American Lung Association, Ada Food Pantry, Red Cross, Ada Community Health Screenings, golf tournaments and highway clean-ups.
- As a community, the Greeks come together for many different occasions, including Relay for Life and community projects in Ada.
- Within each chapter, dozens of leadership roles exist where members can gain hands-on leadership experience and refine their skills.
- Beyond the chapters, numerous leadership opportunities exist within the governing councils and the many other student organizations on campus.
- Greek members are involved in a multitude of organizations including but not limited to the following: Student Senate, Residence Life, Habitat for Humanity, Northern Christian Fellowship, varsity and club sports, band and numerous honoraries.
DELTA SIGMA PHI
NICKNAME: Delta Sigs
COLORS: Nile green and carnation white
FOUNDED: Dec. 10, 1899
LOCAL FOUNDING: Feb. 14, 1920
PRESIDENT: Anthony Ginella
DESCRIPTION: The Alpha Eta Chapter of Delta Sigma Phi was started in 1920 at ONU. The basic foundations of Delta Sigma Phi are brotherhood, leadership and scholarship.
BELIEF/MOTTO: Better Men, Better Lives
PHI GAMMA DELTA
NICKNAME: Fiji/Phi Gam
COLORS: Royal Purple and White
FOUNDED: May 1, 1848
PRESIDENT: Brendan Graziano
DESCRIPTION: Phi Gamma Delta was founded in fall 2012. Phi Gamma Delta's key values are friendship, knowledge, service, morality and excellence (in no particular order). Phi Gamma Delta exists to promote lifelong friendships, reaffirm high ethical standards and values, and to foster personal development in the pursuit of excellence. Phi Gamma Delta is committed to providing opportunities for each brother to develop responsibility, leadership, scholarship and social skills in order to become a fully contributing member of society.
BELIEF/MOTTO: Friendship, the sweetest influence.
PHI MU DELTA
COLORS: Princeton orange, black and white
FOUNDED: March 1, 1918
LOCAL FOUNDING: April 10, 1926, Feb. 20, 2014 (re-colonization)
PRESIDENT: Andrew Ziegler
DESCRIPTION: The Mu Beta Colony of Phi Mu Delta is a social fraternity whose purpose at Ohio Northern University is to enhance the educational process by providing individuals with a commitment to democracy, brotherhood and service. This is accomplished through service to the college, the brotherhood, the individual, and the development of the human spirit by creating life-long friendships. Phi Mu Delta reaches out beyond the Brotherhood, and welcomes every man as their brother. The brothers of Phi Mu delta at Ohio Northern are proud to be part of a great fraternity that has more than 13,000 initiates and 10,000 living alumni from across the nation and around the world.
BELIEF/MOTTO: Democrary. Service. Brotherhood.
SIGMA PHI EPSILON
NICKNAME: Sig Ep
COLORS: Purple and red
LOCAL FOUNDING: Feb. 21, 1905
PRESIDENT: Josh Purtee
DESCRIPTION: Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Alpha Chapter was installed at ONU in 1905. They have the distinction of being the first to build a house in Ohio exclusively for fraternity use. Some basic principles of Sigma Phi Epsilon include sportsmanship, brotherhood and scholarship.
COLORS: Military red and white
FOUNDED: April 10, 1856
LOCAL FOUNDING: May 14, 1966
PRESIDENT: Jacob Byczynski
DESCRIPTION: The Theta Chi fraternity was founded in Norwich, Vt., in 1856. The chapter at ONU was formed in 1966. The brothers take part in many extracurricular activities outside of their studies.
BELIEF/MOTTO: The Helping Hand
ALPHA XI DELTA
NICKNAME: Alpha Xi
COLORS: Double blue and gold
FOUNDED: April 17, 1893
LOCAL FOUNDING: May 16, 1959
PRESIDENT: Breanna Hester
DESCRIPTION: Alpha Xi Delta is a social sorority whose purpose is to create lasting friendships. The sisterhood is active in many campus activities and stresses scholarship and philanthropy.
BELIEF/MOTTO: Realize Your Potential
NICKNAME: Dee Zee
COLORS: Old rose and vieux green
FOUNDED: Oct. 24, 1902
LOCAL FOUNDING: May 16, 1959
PRESIDENT: Sydney Vance
DESCRIPTION: Delta Zeta is a social sorority whose purpose is to unite its members in bonds of sincere and lasting friendships. It also includes stimulating one another in the pursuit of knowledge.
KAPPA ALPHA THETA
COLORS: Black and gold
FOUNDED: Jan. 27, 1870
LOCAL FOUNDING: April 23, 1994
PRESIDENT: Natalie Samijlenko
DESCRIPTION: As members of the newest sorority on campus, the women of Kappa Alpha Theta are enthusiastic and involved all over the ONU campus. Thetas are involved in several philanthropic events including Theta Twister for court-appointed special advocates and an Easter egg hunt for faculty and staff children. Long-lasting friendships, fun social activities, leadership opportunities and high scholastic achievement are some of the benefits of Kappa Alpha Theta membership.
BELIEF/MOTTO: Yesterday, today and tomorrow, Kappa Alpha Theta
ZETA TAU ALPHA
COLORS: Steel grey and turquoise blue
FOUNDED: Oct. 15, 1898
LOCAL FOUNDING: 1959
PRESIDENT: Taryn Stromback
DESCRIPTION: Zeta Tau Alpha is a sorority that promotes friendship. It gives each member an opportunity to develop leadership abilities, make lifelong friends and learn cooperation within a large group. Zeta Tau Alpha is involved in many campus activities and philanthropy projects.
BELIEF/MOTTO: Seek the Noblest