Greek Week results in 99 new members

Flags of Doane's Greek organizations

Doane’s annual Greek Week, which ran from February 24-March 3, wrapped up Saturday night with 99 new pledges joining Greek organizations.

Greek Week, which can also be recognized as new member education week, starts with Bid Day and ends with Initiation, where new members cross the bridge from Art & Ed to the Quads on the Crete campus. This signifies the end of their new member education and the beginning of their tenure as an active member.

“I think Greek Week went really well,” said Mary Olk, director of Greek Life and Campus Engagement at Doane. “The prep time is the hardest part for the organizations because they’re trying to coordinate 40-plus hours of activities for their new members.”

During Greek Week, fraternities and sororities on campus will take new members through educational sessions and team-building activities. In addition, new members will learn about the standards of each organization, what their expectations are, and a history of the organization.

Christian Rogers ’21, a secondary education in social sciences major, participated in his first Greek Week and joined Sigma Phi.

“The way Doane structures rush week is great because we got to meet all of the alumni and actives one-by-one and really learned why they rushed too,” Rogers said. “Having a rush week like this allows you to get more connected with the group.”

This marked the last Greek Week for Erin Lukin ’18, a member of Chi Delta, who says the intimacy of Doane’s Greek Life is something she really enjoys.

“I really love the way Doane does rushing,” Lukin said. “I think you get to really understand what a group stands for in smaller settings and feel like the group is your family because you know each member so well. It was great to see the organizations support each other throughout the week and see how the Greek community comes together.”

Doane has five fraternities and five sororities - all of which were founded at Doane and retain its local affiliation. According to Olk, the first fraternity was founded in 1883 and the most recent Greek organization to charter and form on campus was in 2014.

Roughly 35% of Doane’s undergraduate student body on the Crete campus are in a Greek organization, with the largest group on campus having around 60 members.

“It’s a great co-curricular experience for our students,” Olk said. “Because there are GPA requirements, it pushes students academically, they get personal/professional development opportunities that might be special to their organization, they have great networking opportunities with alumni, and they also participate in community service, giving back to the community. Combine all of those things and I think that’s what makes our Greek system continue to thrive.”

Rogers is a good example of the positive impact going Greek can have on Doane students. Although he is a brand new member, he says, “I would do anything for these guys. It’s a brotherhood like no other. Sigma Phi Theta is a group of smart, talented guys that would do anything for the other members and it’s something I wanted to join.”

Doane’s fraternities are:

  • Alpha Omega
  • Alpha Pi Epsilon
  • Delta Kappa Pi
  • Sigma Phi Theta
  • Tau Sigma Zeta

… and the sororities are:

  • Chi Delta
  • Gamma Phi Iota
  • Kappa Phi Zeta
  • Omega Psi Theta
  • Phi Sigma Tau

For more information on Doane’s Greek life, visit https://www.doane.edu/greek-life.

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