Greek life finding its place on AU campus

Gamma Phi Omega Int'l Sorority Inc.

Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc. hosts a booth at AU's 2013 Spring Involvement Fair.

Aurora University recently hosted five days of events, aimed at reaching out to the campus community and familiarizing students with AU’s Greek life. Greek Week was hosted by AU’s Greek Council, and each fraternity and sorority on-campus were involved in the week-long festivities.

“The Greek organizations provide numerous events throughout the year,” said Greek Advisor and Residence Hall Director Bridget McDermott. “They are constantly providing fun, inspiring and educational opportunities for the Aurora University campus and beyond.”

Aurora University currently is home to five Greek organizations, including the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Incorporated, Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Sigma Delta Gamma Sorority and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated.

Academic excellence, community service, brotherhood and sisterhood, and unity in diversity are the key motivators that drive each organization.

“Those involved in Greek life aim to enrich the lives of students at AU with life-long bonds focusing on creating an inclusive community,” said McDermott. “The Greek organizations promote unity and solidarity on campus amongst not only the Greeks, but the student body as a whole. Although each AU Greek organization has their own mission statement, each organization highlights the importance of community service and personal growth.”

AU Greeks are dedicated to their academics, and committed to serving others through volunteer work and fundraising. Activities such as breast cancer awareness fundraisers and trips to Aurora’s Feed My Starving Children are a main focus for AU’s fraternities and sororities.

Throughout the spring semester, AU’s Greek organizations are hoping to remain strongly involved with the AU and surrounding community.

“We are looking to continue our excellent standing in the community through our events and contributions to other organizations,” says Liz Cambron, President of Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Incorporated.

Cambron, feels that Greek life is a chance for a person to evolve as an individual, student and professional. “As a Greek, I have become a stronger women and a more dedicated student,” Cambron says. “I have also gained a wonderful support system with my sisters and other Greeks.”

One of the largest benefits of the Greek organizations is the lifelong friendships that develop amongst fraternity and sorority members. This new found collaborative group is considered by many Greeks a new family, one that provides support and encouragement during college and after graduation.

For more information about Greek life at AU, visit aurora.edu/student-life.