At Valparaiso University fraternities and sororities enable men and women to establish strong friendships, often lasting beyond the collegiate years. Affiliation provides students with an opportunity to interact with members of all ages, and meet people within the fraternity/sorority community and other student organizations. Membership also offers students a network of support while making the transition to college life.
Fraternities and sororities are self-governing bodies in which the members take on the responsibilities and offices of the chapter. This hands-on experience teaches leadership skills, and allows them to interact and make connections with other organizations and departments on campus. This experience is valuable for the future in that the student learns the importance of working with others, and responsibility for their actions. The Order of Omega, a Greek Honor Society, recognizes a select number of fraternity/sorority members who excel in leadership, involvement, academics, and service to the community.
One of the most gratifying aspects of fraternity and sorority life is the sense of satisfaction and pride that comes from involvement in community service. Fraternities and sororities throughout the nation recognize local and national organizations in need of aid, and donate time and money through their special philanthropies and service projects. Fraternity men and sorority women at VU are heavily involved in Adopt-A-Highway, Adopt-A-School and Rebuilding Together. Whether raising money or donating time, service is an important part of the experience.