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Get your greek on

Retail and consumer sciences sophomore and Alpha Phi member Talia Wright rides a mechanical bull on the UA Mall last September.
By Jesse Lewis
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
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A guide to Greek fraternities and sororities at th UA

Nearly 2,700 students at the UA are members of the 44 lettered social fraternities and sororities on campus. With so many groups focusing on different areas of service, academics and cultural issues, it is hard to keep them straight.

Sorority recruitment begins Aug. 17 in various locations on campus. Orientation check-in is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Park Student Union, 615 N. Park Ave., and walk-ins are welcome. Chapters will extend their bids on Aug. 28.

Fraternity rush will begin with an orientation at 6 p.m. on Aug. 28 in Social Sciences building Room 100. Rush will continue for that week, and bid day is Sept. 2.

Chapters are also tentatively planning on having a table outside Social Sciences for men to receive more information on the individual organizations after orientation.

The African American fraternities' "Round Robin" is Sept. 30. Multicultural fraternities and sororities recruitment begins Sept. 19.

Anyone interested in participating or finding more information should visit or call Greek Life coordinators Gary Ballinger and Jennifer Leung in the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership at (520) 621-8046.

Happy Rushing!

Kappa Kappa Gamma psychology freshman Alli Wedlam slips and slides down the UA Mall last September.


Alpha Epsilon Pi

1510 N. Vine St.

Nickname: AEPi

Founded: 1913

Community Service: Relay for Life

President: Matt Van Horn

Alpha Gamma Rho

638 E. University Blvd.

Nickname: AGR

Founded: 1904

Motto: "Alpha Gamma Rho is a fraternity of sincere and dedicated men"

Community Service: Ronald McDonald House, Casa de los Ninos, Adopt-a-Highway

A little something extra: AGR is the only fraternity on campus classified as both social and professional. The chapter does not have a pledge program; once a bid is extended, the man is initiated within 72 hours and receives full voting rights and member privileges.

President: Garrett Culver

Alpha Phi Alpha

Student Union Memorial Center Room 404

Nickname: Alphas

Founded: 1906

Colors: Black and Old Gold

Flower: Yellow Rose

Motto: "First of all, service to all, we shall transcend all"

Community Service: A Voteless People is a Hopeless People, Go to High School, Go to College, Project Alpha

A little something extra: Alpha Phi Alpha is a member of the national NPHC and was founded in Ithaca, New York, by seven distinguished individuals known as "the Jewels" on the campus of Cornell University.

Contact: Jomar Jenkins

Beta Sigma Epsilon

1303 E. University Blvd., P.O. Box 20783

Nickname: Beta Sig

Founded: 2000

Community Service: Native American Youth Entrepreneur Camp

A little something extra: Beta Sigma Epsilon was founded to serve the Native American community through its members.

President: Julian Billy

Beta Theta Pi

645 E. University Blvd.

Nickname: Beta

Founded: 1839

Primary majors: business, biology, molecular and cellular biology, engineering

Community Service: Leukemia Lymphoma Society

A little something extra: Beta Theta Pi received awards for Best Social Program and Highest Average GPA at least year's Greek Awards.

President: Kevin Truitt

Chi Phi

1104 E. Seventh St.

Nickname : Chi Phi

Founded: 1824

Motto: "Since 1824, the Chi Phi Fraternity has existed for the purpose of promoting brotherhood and individual growth through truth, honor, friendship, personal integrity and academic excellence"

Community Service: American Heart Association, Boys and Girls Club

A little something extra: Chi Phi was recently recognized by its national organization as the most rapidly improving chapter of the Chi Phi Fraternity.

President: Daniel Gald

Delta Sigma Phi

Nickname : Delta Sig

Founded: 1899

Motto: "To Build a Better Man"

Community Service: March of Dimes, Habitat for Humanity

A little something extra: Last year Delta Sigma Phi won the Highest GPA Award from its national organization and maintains one of the highest GPAs on campus. The chapter also hosted a pool tournament with Sigma Kappa Sorority to support the OASIS Center; the tournament is to become an annual event.

President: Peter Pardi

Delta Tau Delta

1050 N. Cherry Ave.

Nickname: Delt, DTD

Founded: 1859

Community Service: Delt Games, Race for the Cure, Adopt-a-School

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More than 500 students attended the Mr. Greek pageant last semester in support of cardiac care organizations.

Kappa Alpha

906 N. First Ave.

Nickname: KA

Founded: 1865

Motto: "Dieu et les Dames" (God and the Ladies) and "Defining the Gentleman"

Community Service: Muscular Dystrophy Association

A little something extra: Last year, the chapter won the Samuel Z. Ammen Award, an award of excellence from its national organization.

President: Eli Cohen

Kappa Sigma

1423 E. First St.

Nickname: Kappa Sig

Founded: 1869

Community Service: March of Dimes, Race for the Cure

A little something extra: Kappa Sigma is the oldest fraternity in Arizona, is one of the largest national fraternities and is the largest fraternity at the UA.

President: William Lichvar

Lambda Theta Phi

The UA's newest fraternity - for further information, contact Patrick Bryan.

Omega Delta Phi

PO Box 43392, Tucson 85733

Nickname: ODPhi

Founded: 1987

Motto: "Crescit Eundo" (It Grows as it Goes) and "One Culture, Any Race"

Affiliations: Boys and Girls Club and Project YES

A little something extra: ODPhi has won several awards in the last year including Organization of the Year and Undergraduate Chapter of the Year from the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations and Chapter of the Year and the Community Service Award from its national organization.

President: David Jimenez

Omega Psi Phi

Student Union Memorial Center Room 404

Nickname: Ques

Founded: 1911

Colors: Royal Purple and Old Gold

Flower: Red Rose

Symbol: Diamond

Motto: "Friendship is essential to the soul"

Community Service: Achievement Week, Talent Hunt, College Endowment Fund, Voter Registration Education and Mobilization, NAACP

Contact: Darius Coles and Sam Stephenson

Phi Beta Sigma

Student Union Memorial Center Room 404

Nickname: Sigmas

Founded: 1914

Colors: Royal Blue and Pure White

Flower: White Carnation

Symbol: White Dove

Motto: "Culture for Service, Service for Humanity"

Community Service: Sigma Storytime, Ronald McDonald House

A little something extra: The members of Phi Beta Sigma carry the leading banner with their sisters, Zeta Phi Beta, in the Martin Luther King Jr. March every year.

Contact: Gerard Kimbuende

Phi Delta Theta

1745 E. Second St.

Nickname: Phi Delt

Founded: 1845

Community Service: Walk to D'feet ALS

A little something extra: Phi Delta Theta holds the highest GPA of all men's fraternities.

President: Kent Davis

Phi Kappa Psi

Student Union Memorial Center Room 404

Nickname: Phi Psi

Founded: 1852

Primary majors: business, communication, engineering

Community Service: Big Brothers and Big Sisters

A little something extra: Phi Kappa Psi has 83 chapters with over 100,000 members worldwide.

President: Matt Hesselbacher

Phi Kappa Tau

Nickname: Phi Tau

Founded: 1906

Community Service: The Hole-In-The-Wall Gang

Chapter President: Ted Burnhams

Phi Gamma Delta

1801 E. First St.

Nickname: FIJI

Founded: 1898

Motto: "A Gentleman Above All Else"

Primary Majors: business, regional development and political science

Community Service: YMCA Basketball

A little something extra: FIJI won the Chapter Choice Award last year, an award voted on by all of the campus sororities.

President: Andrew Prupas

Pi Kappa Phi

1449 N. Cherry St.

Nickname: Pi Kapp

Founded: 1904

Motto: "A Man of Class"

Community Service: PUSH America

A little something extra: Pi Kapp is among the top three in fraternity academic performance and over 25 percent of the chapter is involved in student government and organizations. Pi Kapp raised more money last year for philanthropic projects than any other chapter. The chapter was also the first fraternity ever to receive the Dean's Award for Best Greek Organization.

President: Jake Henderson

Sigma Alpha Epsilon

1509 E. Second St.

Nickname: SAE

Founded: 1856

Primary majors: business, communication, regional development, political science, biology, history and Spanish

Community Service: Jim Click's Roll n' Run

A little something extra: SAE is the second-largest fraternity on campus, with 115 men, but charges the highest dues, $1,850 per semester. That is $650 higher than the second highest and $1,730 higher than the lowest.

President: Jeremy Bates

Sigma Alpha Mu

317 N. Vine St. #2101

Nickname: Sammy

Founded: 1909

Community Service: Elizabeth Glazer Pediatrics AIDS foundation

A little something extra: Sammy is the largest fraternity on the east coast.

President: Michael Freidman

Sigma Lambda Beta

Student Union Memorial Center Room 404

Nickname: Lambda Betas

Founded: 1986

Motto: "Opportunity for Wisdom; Wisdom for Culture"

Community Service: Latino Vote USA, Boys and Girls Club South Tucson Chapter

A little something extra: Sigma Lambda Beta hosts the annual Latino and Latina of the Year Banquet honoring Latino faculty, staff and Tucson community members.

President: Alex Matus

Sigma Nu

1425 E. Ninth St.

Nickname: S Nus

Founded: 1869

Community Service: South Tucson Clean-Up, MDA Toast for Life

A little something extra: Sigma Nu is an honor fraternity.

Sigma Phi Epsilon

1420 N. Vine St.

Nickname: Sig Ep

Founded: 1901

Affiliation: Habitat for Humanity

President: Jeff Hair

Sigma Pi

1625 E. Drachman Blvd.

Nickname: Sig Pi/ Spies

Founded: 1897

Community Service: American Red Cross

A little something extra: The UA chapter of Sigma Pi was founded in November of 2003

President: Joe DiVita


Alpha Chi Omega

1775 E. First St.

Nickname: Alpha Chi, A Chi O

Founded: 1885

Colors: Scarlet Red and Olive Green

Flower: Red Carnation

Symbol: Lyre

Community Service: Tucson Center for Women & Children, Support of Victims of Domestic Violence

President: Kristi Branstrom

Alpha Epsilon Phi

1071 N. Mountain Ave.

Nickname: A E Phi

Founded: 1909

Motto: "Many Hearts, One Purpose"

Colors: Green and White

Flower: Lily of the Valley

Symbol: Giraffe

Community Service: Chaim Cheba Medical Center, Elizabeth Glazier Foundation

President: Michelle Weinberg

Alpha Kappa Alpha

PO Box 44202, Tucson 85733

Nickname: AKA

Founded: 1975

Colors: Salmon Pink and Apple Green

Flower: Pink Tea Rose

Symbol: Ivy

Motto: "Service to all mankind"

Community Service: Breast Cancer Walk, La Paloma Homeless Bag Distribution, High School Girls Awareness Seminar

Contact: Tracy Taylor

Alpha Phi

1339 E. First St.

Nickname: Alpha Phi

Founded: 1872

Colors: Silver and Bordeaux

Flower: Lily of the Valley and Forget Me Not

Symbol: Ivy Leaf

Community Service: Alpha Phi Foundation

President: Alice Armstrong

Alpha Phi Gamma

Student Union Memorial Center Room 404

Nickname: A Phi G

Founded: 1994

Colors: Burgundy and Crème

Flower: Tulip

Symbol: Baby Panda Bear

Community Service: Families with Children Adopted from China

A little something extra: Alpha Phi Gamma is the first Asian-American interest sorority on campus and in Arizona.

President: Yamuna Kanazawa

Chi Omega

1420 E. First St.

Nickname: Chi-O

Founded: 1895

Colors: Cardinal and Straw

Flower: White Carnation

Symbol: Owl

Community Service: Make A Wish Foundation

A little something extra: Nationally, Chi Omega has 173 chapters and more than 300,000 members, making it the largest sorority in the country. The chapter was also the recipient of the Chapter Choice Award and the Dean Svob Award for Best Overall Sorority at the 2004 Greek Awards

President: Heather Nystedt

Delta Chi Lambda

Martin Luther King building Room 320

Nickname: Delta Chi

Founded: 2000

Colors: Royal Blue and Pearl

Flower: Calla Lily

Symbol: Polar Bear

Motto: "We are interested in women wanting to keep their eyes, mind and heart open!"

Community Service: Boys and Girls Club, Hands Extended with Love to the Philippines (HELP)

A little something extra: This Asian interest sorority composed of ethnically diverse women was nationally founded at the UA.

President: AeRi Lee

Delta Delta Delta

1541 E. Second St.

Nickname: Tri Delt

Founded: 1888

Colors: Silver, Gold and Blue

Flower: Pansy

Symbol: Dolphin

Community Service: Children's Cancer Charities

A Little Something Extra: In 2004, Tri Delt received eight Greek Awards including first place in social programming and inter-sorority relations and was named Panhellenic Council Most Improved Chapter of the Year.

Chapter President: Joni Saquilayan

Delta Gamma

1448 E. First St.

Nickname: Dee-Gee

Founded: 1873

Colors: Bronze, Pink and Blue

Flower: Cream Colored Rose

Symbol: Anchor

Community Service: Service for Sight

President: Jami Savage

Gamma Alpha Omega

Student Union Memorial Center Room 404

Nickname: Gamma, GAO

Founded: 1993

Colors: Navy Blue, Forrest Green and a Touch of White

Symbol: Red Apple

Community Service: John Valenzuela Youth Center, Diabetes Walk

A little something extra: GAO was nationally founded at ASU.

President: Amy Rivera

Gamma Phi Beta

1535 E. First St.

Nickname: Gamma Phi, G Phi

Founded: 1874

Colors: Brown and Mode

Flower: Pink Carnation

Symbol: Crescent Moon

Community Service: Campfire USA

President: Andrea Bailey

Kappa Alpha Theta

1050 N. Mountain Ave.

Nickname: Theta

Founded: 1870

Colors: Black and Gold

Flower: Pansy

Symbol: Kite

Community Service: CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates

A little something extra: In 2001, UA's Theta chapter was awarded Most Outstanding Chapter by its national organization.

President: Janet Ramsey

Kappa Delta Chi

P.O. Box 41676, Tucson


Nickname: K D Chi

Founded: 1987

Colors: Pink and Maroon

Flower: Pink Rose

Symbol: Penguin

Community Service: Project YES

A little something extra: K D Chi is a community service-based sorority and the first Latina sorority established at the UA.

President: Rebecca Caovarrubias

Kappa Kappa Gamma

1435 E. Second St.

Nickname: Kappa

Founded: 1870

Colors: Light Blue and Dark Blue

Flower: Fleur-de-lis

Symbol: The Golden Key

Motto: "Kappa Kappa Gamma is an organization of women which seeks for every member throughout her life bonds of friendship, mutual support, opportunities for self growth, respect for intellectual development, and an understanding of and allegiance to positive ethical principles."

Community Service: Tucson Boys and Girls Club, Rose McGill Foundation

President: Lindsey Uth

Pi Beta Phi

1035 N. Mountain Ave.

Nickname: Pi Phi

Founded: 1867

Colors: Wine and Silver Blue

Flower: Wine Carnation

Symbol: Arrow

Community Service: National Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Links to Literacy

A little something extra: At its national conference in 2003, the UA's chapter of Pi Phi was named the best of the nation's 132 chapters. It also received first place in the Greek Awards for best scholarship programming and best new member programming.

President: Tiare Toulon

Sigma Kappa

1588 E. First St.

Nickname: Sigma Kappa

Founded: 1874

Colors: Lavender and Maroon

Flower: Violet

Symbols: Dove and Heart

Community Service: Alzheimer's Association, Gerontology and Maine Sea Coast Mission

President: Lauren Baldi

Sigma Lambda Gamma

Nickname: SLG, Gammas

Founded: 1990

Colors: Shocking Pink and Majestic Purple

Flower: Pink Rose

Symbol: Purple Panther

Community Service: Breast Cancer Awareness

A little something extra: SLG is the largest historically Latina sorority in the nation.

President: Anna Urias

Theta Nu Xi

ASUA University of Arizona Building 19, Room 325 W Box #B7, Tucson 85721

Nickname: Theta Nu

Founded: 1997

Colors: Carolina Blue, Lavender and Black

Flower: Sterling Silver Rose

Symbol: Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Motto: "Sisters of Diversity Together as One"

Community Service: National Conference for Community and Justice

A little something extra: Theta Nu Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. strives to unite women of various cultural backgrounds and promote awareness of multicultural issues on campus and in the community.

President: Priyanka Gupta

Zeta Phi Beta

Student Union Memorial Center Room 404

Nickname: Zeta

Founded: 1920

Colors: Royal Blue and Pure White

Flower: White Roses

Symbol: Kitten and Dove

Community Service: Adopt-A-Highway, Stork's Nest, Z-HOPE

A little something extra: Zeta is a historically African American sorority and was the first NPHC organization to be constitutionally bound to a brother organization, Phi Beta Sigma.

Contact: Courtney Joseph

- Information in this article was compiled from personal interviews, chapter Web sites and the Greek Life recruitment mailer.

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