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Benefits of Greek Life at Union

Brotherhood & Sisterhood

Greek Life would not be what it is today without the development and growth of close friendships among members. To cultivate lifelong friendships, organizations participate together in numerous events varying from weekend camping trips to sisterhood sleepovers. Road trips, work out nights, and whitewater rafting trips are also not out of the question! On a typical afternoon in the fall and spring, you can also see many sororities and fraternities gathered together cheering on their members in various intramural games. In addition to these events, each fraternity or sorority holds monthly social events, and one formal a semester.

Brotherhood as described by brothers

"Union's greek life fosters the only atmosphere in which true brother-hood can exist. There can be no brotherhood, no fellowship, among believers and non-believers. Therefore, the atmosphere that exists at Union, in which Christian living represents the highest ideal, brotherhood can more naturally flow. Though I would not be naiive enough to say every greek member at Union is a wholly converted Christ-follower, I do believe Union greek life allows for an open striving by those who are Christians to live out their faith apart from chastisement or scoffing. I have had example after example of men older than myself who truly modeled Christ for me. Now, as a senior, Union gives me the opportunity to do the same for those below me, without apology nor fear."

Sisterhood as described by sisters

"Union University Greek life offers much more than you would expect. The stigma of wild partying and crazy living do not apply to Union. Through the Greek system there are tons of opportunities to develop and grow by being challenged and supported by a group. The lessons that are learned and the relationships that are formed are truly life changing. I am able to apply all that I have learned on a daily basis and the relationships I have made are a blessing. Greek life at Union University is something that can only be known by experiencing it and does not fall in line with the typical fraternity or sorority."


Leadership

Students involved in Greek Life have numerous opportunities to increase their leadership skills. Each Greek organization allows students to participate on committees, be influential in decision making for the chapter, and serve in various elected leadership positions. Participation in a fraternity or sorority also allows members to mentor and be mentored by others involved in the organization. In addition to Union's leadership training opportunities, fraternities and sororities also allow members to seek additional leadership training through national conferences and workshops. Most importantly, participation in Greek Life at Union will expose you to many students from a variety of backgrounds that will encourage growth and maturity as you build relationships with those around you.

Here are some ways the fraternities are involved

  • Honor Society
  • Student Government (SGA)
  • Psi Chi
  • Life Group Leaders
  • GO Trip Leaders
  • Cardinal & Cream
  • SAACS
  • Sigma Delta
  • TISL
  • Business Club
  • Phi Beta Lambda
  • Focus Leaders
  • Kappa Mu Epsilon
  • Alpha Chi
  • Cardinal & Cream
  • SAACS
  • PRSSA
  • SIFE

Here are some ways the sororities are involved

  • Student Government (SGA)
  • Focus Leaders
  • Life Group Leaders
  • SAACS
  • Rounders
  • Gamma Rho Chi
  • Kappa Mu Epsilon
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • Pre-Law Society
  • Cardinal & Cream
  • Phi Beta Lambda
  • SNA(Student Nurses Association)
  • Psychology Club
  • Alpha Psi Omega
  • SLA
  • College Democrats
  • PRSSA

Scholarship

Academic success is extremely important to Greek organizations at Union. Each chapter requires a minimum grade point average in order to seek and maintain membership, as well as hold leadership positions. Typically, each chapter also requires new members to attend group study times in order to develop time management skills as you balance academic and Greek life. In addition, all chapters have a scholastics chair whose job is to encourage accountability in academic success. Each year, the university grants the Greek Scholarship award to both the sorority and fraternity on campus with the highest cumulative GPA. This award has been given out each year for the past 62 years! Each Greek organization at Union holds an average collective GPA of 3.0 or above.

Community Service

Also important to each chapter is dedication to community service and the national philanthropy in which the Greek organization is affiliated. Each year, all fraternities and sororities participate in various community service activities through the Jackson community, such as food drives or Union's annual Campus & Community Day. Equally important is fundraising for various philanthropies. While each organization has a different national philanthropy, all are dedicated to furthering their cause through fundraising and awareness.

Fraternities

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Young Life
  • North American Food Drive
  • Jackson Marathon
  • Relay For Life
  • Nursing Home Volunteers
  • Church Missions Involvement
  • Hippotherapy
  • GO Trips
  • Project Acts
  • Community Health Volunteers
  • D-NOW Counselors
  • Upwards Coaching/Reffing
  • Hartland Outreach
  • Church Service Projects
  • Hospital Volunteers

Sororities

  • World Changers
  • Prevent Child Abuse America
  • Make a Wish
  • Aseracare Hospice
  • Birth Choice
  • Nursing Home Volunteers
  • D-NOW Counselors
  • Noah's Ark
  • Church Missions
  • Birth Choice
  • Hospital Volunteers
  • Humane Society
  • GO Trips
  • RIFA
  • Jcrib
  • Church Service Projects

Upcoming SGA Events
  • Apr 23, 2014 - SGA: Dr. Dub at Student Senate Meeting - 9:30 p.m.

    All students are welcome and encouraged to come hear Dr. Dub speak at SGA Student Senate meeting. Regular legislation will also be presented. Please note the change of location.
  • Apr 24 - Apr 28, 2014 - SGA: Class Officer Elections - 8:00 a.m.

    Cast your vote, online through the portal, for your SGA Executive Officers!
  • Apr 24, 2014 - SGA: Glow Run Sponsored by Sophomore Council - 8:00 p.m.

    All students are welcome to participate in a Glow Run sponsored by Sophomore Council. Sign up in front of the Brewer Dining Hall during lunch or email Holly Johnson at holly.johnson97@my.uu.edu.
  • Apr 26, 2014 - SGA & SAC: Cardinal Ball - 8:00 p.m.

    SGA and SAC invite all students to a campus wide formal on April 26th, 2014. The Cardinal Ball will be held at The New Southern Building in downtown Jackson at 118 E Baltimore Street. Doors will open at 7:45 p.m. The event will run from 8:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. with music and entertainment on the first floor alongside refreshments and light snacks provided upstairs. Tickets will cost $15 per person or $25 for a couple. For more information, please contact Mason English at mason.english@my.uu.edu.
  • May 7, 2014 - SGA: Student Senate Meeting - 9:30 p.m.
Upcoming Leadership Program Events
Upcoming SAC Events
  • Apr 26, 2014 - SGA & SAC: Cardinal Ball - 8:00 p.m.

    SGA and SAC invite all students to a campus wide formal on April 26th, 2014. The Cardinal Ball will be held at The New Southern Building in downtown Jackson at 118 E Baltimore Street. Doors will open at 7:45 p.m. The event will run from 8:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m. with music and entertainment on the first floor alongside refreshments and light snacks provided upstairs. Tickets will cost $15 per person or $25 for a couple. For more information, please contact Mason English at mason.english@my.uu.edu.
  • May 3, 2014 - SAC: Variety Show - more info - 7:00 p.m.
  • May 9, 2014 - SAC: Movie on the Lawn - 8:00 p.m.
Office Contact Information
  • Office phone: 731.661.5094 or 731.661.5244
  • Office fax: 731.661.5017
  • Mailing address:
    Campus Box 1806
    1050 Union University Drive
    Jackson, TN 38305