On November 17, 1911, three Howard University under-graduate students, with the assistance of their faculty adviser, gave birth to the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. From the initials of the Greek phrase that translates to "friendship is essential to the soul," the name Omega Psi Phi was derived.
The purpose of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. A sisterhood of more than 200,000 predominantly black, college-educated women, the sorority currently has over 900 chapters. It was founded in 1913 by 22 students at Howard University.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was founded at Howard University on January 9, 1914 by three young African-American men. The founders wanted to organize a fraternity thatwould truly exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service, and that viewed itself as part of the general community rather than apart from it.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was founded on the simple belief that sorority elitism and socializing should not overshadow the real mission for progressive organizations: to address societal mores, ills, prejudeices, poverty and current health concerns. Founded on January 16, 1920, Zeta began as an idea conceived by five co-eds at Howard University.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., organized on November 12, 1922, in Indianapolis, Indiana by seven young educators, aims to enhance the quality of life within the community through public service, leadership development, and the education of youth.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council here at Virginia Tech is trying to raise money for the greek plots that will be built on the D2 field. These plots are estimated to cost up to $90,000. More information on this project will be posted soon.
The Virginia Tech National Pan-Hellenic Council sponsors an opportunity for non-affiliated students to learn about and ask questions of the different fraternities and sororities at the beginning of each semester. Those aspiring to become members of one of the nine organizations are encouraged to research all of them. Requirements vary, so be sure to visit the organizations websites, both local and national for specific information.
Each fraternity and sorority will conduct information sessions each semester for those wanting a more in-depth look at the organizations.
Information on how to obtain and complete a membership application is available at these sessions. Those seeking membership with a specific organization should only express their interest to a member of that organization; discretion will be expected from the current members. Each fraternity and sorority will require proof of achievement of the organizations minimum standards for academics, community service, and leadership. Approval processes vary from organization to organization, but all include graduate chapters and advisor in the review and evaluation process. After applications have been approved, membership education begins. There are three important components: a pre-induction/orientation period, the final induction ceremony, and an in-depth education program. Candidates also take a final oath of allegiance a lifetime commitment from which they cannot withdraw.
NPHC organizations do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, physical challenge, or sexual orientation. Hazing in any form, including physical and mental abuse, is prohibited and will not be tolerated.