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The Four Pillars that our community upholds are:
Academic success is your most imortant endeavor during your time at UT Dallas. One primary purpose of the Greek Community is to encourage and develop high scholastic performance among its members.
Greek-letter organizations were founded on principles of successful scholarship. With academics as a priority, the Greek community recognizes the importance of directing students to appropriate areas such as the GEMS Center to aid in successful scholarship.
Fraternities and sororities emphasize scholarship and help keep students focused by offering study tables, tutoring, incentives and honor societies.
They also host scholarship banquets such as the Crimson and Cream Banquet and Pink D.R.E.A.M. to award scholarship money for both high school and college students.
Because academics are so heavily stressed within the Greek community, most organizations on campus maintain grade requirements for selecting new members. To remain as an active member and in good standing with a Greek organization, you must achieve and maintain a certain grade point average throughout your academic career.
Order of Omega
History and Purpose
The UT Dallas Pi Xi Chapter of Order of Omega was chartered on April 12, 1997. The National Order of Omega was founded at the University of Miami in the fall of 1959 by a group of outstanding fraternity men, who felt that individuals in the Greek community should be recognized for their service to the fraternity system and the University.
The Chapter of Miami had long desired for their organization to expand to other colleges and universities. The Chapter gave its sanction to Dean Patrick W. Halloran to make initial inquiries and to further grant charters to universities that were accredited and interested in the purpose of The Order of Omega. On February 9, 1967, a Chapter was chartered at the University of Southern Mississippi. There are now over three hundred chapters in the United States with approximately ten additional campuses that are petitioning the national.
Benefits of Going Greek
The academic portion of your university career is one significant determinant in your future success. A primary purpose of the fraternity/sorority community is to encourage and develop high eescholastic achievement among its members. Several factors contribute to this academic atmosphere, including peer tutoring, upperclassman counseling, and chapter study hours which introduce new students to the longer and more intense studying that college requires.
Within each fraternity/sorority there are members involved in a wide variety of colleges and departments. This is quite an advantage in two ways: first, you will be able to seek help from others who may be taking or have already taken the same classes; second, there will be upperclassmen who can advise you on which classes and instructors are the best within each field of study.
Nationally speaking, just over 50% of students in colleges and universities go on to graduate. However, U.S. Department of Education data shows that members of fraternities and sororities graduate at a rate in excess of 70%! Greek-lettered organizations help you meet the challenge of balancing academics while gaining the most from your collegiate experience.
The combination of friendships and brotherhood/sisterhood, intermingling with solid goals of academic excellence help you to become a well-rounded, intelligent member of the university community, and of the work force after you graduate.
Friendship and Brotherhood/Sisterhood
As a member of the fraternity/sorority community, you will have the opportunity to meet students of various backgrounds with both similar and different interests. Within each chapter, there is a close bond of friendship and brotherhood/sisterhood which only the fraternity/sorority atmosphere can foster. The ideal of brotherhood/sisterhood is the principal foundation upon which each fraternity/sorority is built and from which you will receive the greatest benefit. Every member contributes to this aspect. Brotherhood/sisterhood combines the concept of individualism within the framework of mutual cooperation.
As a fraternity/sorority member you will form friendships unlike any found in other organizations. brotherhood/sisterhood is not conformity. No fraternity/sorority is made up of members who are exactly alike. By choosing to become a member of a fraternity/sorority, you will meet brothers/sisters who grow to become your closest friends, those who will cheer you on when you're successful and who will support you when the going gets tough. From this unbreakable support system you can easily branch off into other areas of college life, knowing all the while that your brothers/sisters will be behind you no matter what.
In the fraternity/sorority, you will be in "charge" of an event or a duty. Everyone in the fraternity/sorority is a leader, whether you're an officer, on a committee, or just a participant. You will learn by doing. You'll learn how to manage a budget, run effective meetings, speak in public, motivate others ... skills that will help you in the university and throughout your life. These days it takes more than just a degree to get a good job- it takes leadership experience.
85% of the Fortune 500 Executives, 80% of U.S. Presidents since 1900, and 100% of Apollo 11 Astronauts.....All joined a fraternity!!!
Offering a break from the demands of the classroom is one of the benefits of the Greek community. Throughout the year a fraternity/sorority will participate in many social events such as Homecoming, Sounds of Class, Cometville Carnival, dinner dances, mixers, barbecues, Greek Week, and special formals. These events offer you a good time and a great opportunity to meet and interact with other students. Fraternity/sorority social activities allow members to bring dates or are often held with another fraternity or sorority where you can meet many new faces.
The Greek community at UT Dallas provides services to more than just members of fraternities and sororities. One of the many advantages of being a part of the Greek community is the time spent helping others in need. One exciting program is Alternative Spring Break.
The campus and surrounding DFW Metroplex community are constantly reaping the benefits of our Greek community. The commitment found in the members of fraternities and sororities can be seen in the enthusiasm they have in giving back to the community in the form of Community Service, known as Philanthropies.
Philanthropies are projects and events organized by groups or individuals to benefit the surrounding community. They can involve members from one fraternity/sorority or from all members of the Greek community. What is most important is that fraternities and sororities work side by side to help local or national charitable organizations
Each fraternity/sorority participates in the numerous competitive sports through intramurals and Greek tournaments. It can be difficult to get a group of people on your own to play team intramural sports, but Fraternities/Sororities offer all of this along with the pride of sportsmanship, team spirit, and competition!
Say you've graduated or are just looking for a summer job. Now what? In today's economy and job market, it's going to take more than looking at want-ads and job postings. You need to network with people. The fraternity/sorority is one of the best ways to do just that. Using the resources of fraternity/sorority members like alumni, you may find that job you're looking for - that head start in life, all because you joined a fraternity/sorority. Joining a fraternity/sorority can be an investment in your future!