During homecoming weekend, Fraternity and Sorority Alumni from all chapters and years were invited to attend a summit to mingle and listen to speakers talk about their experiences and the progress and importance of Fraternity & Sorority life at MSU today. Alumni reminisced about their fraternal experiences here at Montana State and had the opportunity to reconnect with their brothers and sisters. It was a fun and memorable evening for Fraternity and Sorority members, and a great way to re-engage!
Alpha Gamma Delta and Chi Omega both spent Halloween night giving back.
Alpha Gamma Delta participated in their annual “Trick or Treat for Change” where they and other Fraternity and Sorority members who wanted to help went door to door collecting change. They raised over $1,600 for Juvenile Diabetes Research and the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation. That’s amazing!
Chi Omega had an “Owl-O-Ween” event at their home from 5-7, where treats and activities for the whole family were provided. Such a fun and kind thing to do for the community!
What amazing women our sorority women are, to spend their Halloween night giving back!
Sigma Phi Epsilon had their annual “Rose Bowl” this past weekend, a sorority powder-puff game held in the Bobcat Stadium. All ticket sales were donated to their national philanthropy, Big Brother Big Sisters. The sororities love participating in the Rose Bowl, not only because it’s a great cause but also because it’s so much fun!
Last year Chi Omega held the winning title, this year Pi Phi managed to take it. We are excited to find out who it will be next fall!
Homecoming was a great weekend for Fraternity & Sorority life as always! We showed our bobcat pride on our floats during the “show your vim” homecoming parade, cheered our team on loud and proud from the front rows of the stadium, and supported our members who were running for homecoming king or queen.
Candidates for Homecoming King & Queen are carefully chosen in a long process that started in the spring and that entails many campus groups submitting a candidate, and then those
candidates doing things such as submitting their activities and being interviewed. Out of the total eight candidates who remained in the running for students to vote on, SIX were from fraternities and sororities. That’s awesome! It shows how dedicated our members are to being active on campus and in the community.
The candidates from FS Life were:
- Aaron Blaser, president of Kappa Sigma
- Ashyln Alsberg, Panhellenic president and from Alpha Omicron Pi
- Jen Marshall, member of Alpha Gamma Delta
- Lane Nordlund, member of Alpha Gamma Rho
- Rachel Bradford, member of Chi Omega
- Sydney Sherick, member of Alpha Omicron Pi
They all made a good run for it, but the winner was….
JEN MARSHALL FOR QUEEN AND LANE NORDLUND FOR KING!
Congratulations to Jen and Lane! We look forward to another great homecoming next year!
Being a new member is truly an amazing experience. As you learn about what makes the chapter you joined so important and why the members feel so passionate about Sorority & Fraternity life, you gain a community that will support you and become your MSU family in so many ways.
Later in the semester, you can check back for a post where new members talk about what the experience has been like for them. For now, check out these pictures to get a glimpse!
One of the things we in Fraternity & Sorority Life love the most is how strong the sense of community is.
You have your own small community in the chapter you join, where your brothers or sisters will support you in all that you do and push you to be the best you can. Every Fraternity & Sorority sets aside times during the semester where the whole chapter can spend time together. It doesn’t matter if it’s a lip sync battle, community service, a dinner, or anything else- the point is, you get to spend time all together showing what Sororities & Fraternities feel so strongly about: Sisterhood & Brotherhood.
Outside of your chapter community, there is the greater Fraternity & Sorority Community. Each house is founded off of similar values and the members join for similar reasons, so it makes sense that we would naturally want to spend time with each other. To do this, all of the houses coordinate events throughout the year where they can get to know each other and continue to strengthen their relationships. Having a Fraternity & Sorority community to rely on and who understand what it means to be a part of an organization bigger than yourself is truly an amazing experience.
Alpha Omicron Pi learned some “pretty fierce moves” (in their words) in self defense. Two instructors, Troy and Chris, from Mountain Self Defense came over to AOII and taught them how they can defend themselves if ever needed. The women had a lot of fun and gained a lot of knowledge! How awesome that they took that extra step to make sure their women can protect themselves if ever necessary!
On the anniversary of one of the greatest tragedies in American history, the members of Pi Kappa Alpha at Montana State University felt that it was important to honor the lives of the nearly 3,000 Americans who were lost thirteen years ago.
So, last Thursday, September 11, the men of Pi Kappa Alpha traveled to two of the Bozeman fire stations to barbecue for the firefighters. The men chose to do this so that they could thank the Bozeman firefighters for their service to the community and pay tribute to the fallen heroes that have served this country.
The firefighters were incredibly appreciative, and the men of Pike felt that this event was so important that they want to continue the tribute for years to come.
What an awesome thing for the men of Pi Kappa Alpha to do; we are lucky to have them as a part of our Fraternity & Sorority Community here at MSU.
Recruitment week was the first week of school, starting on August 25th with an information session and ending on the 29th with a fun Bid Day! Want to know what went on during and in between those times? Look no further, we will break it down for you!
Monday, August 25th, 4-6pm: Orientation
- The prospective sorority women met with the panhellenic officers and recruitment counselors to get all the info on what could be expected for the week. They got information on each of the houses, the costs, and the schedule, and had the chance to ask any questions they may have. At 6, they headed over to convocation to listen to the amazing Shiza Shahid talk (which all the fraternities and sororities attended as well)
Tuesday, August 26th, 5-8:50: House Tours
- The prospective sorority women broke up into four groups and spent time at all four houses, getting to know the women as they were given tours of each house and information about what it is really like to live in a sorority. At the end of the night, they headed back to the SUB and ranked which houses they felt most eager to return to.
Wednesday, August 27th, 5-7:50: Philanthropy and Sisterhood Night
- The prospective sorority women broke into groups and each woman went back to a maximum of three houses (based off of their rankings from the previous night). At the houses they returned to, they were introduced to more women in the chapter and learned about two things we hold near to our hearts: our philanthropies and our sisterhoods. At the end of the night, they returned to the SUB to again rank which houses they felt most “at home” with
Thursday, August 28th, 5-7:40: Preference night
- Each prospective woman returned to a maximum of two houses for the final night of recruitment week. At each house, the settings were much more intimate as it is the last chance for the prospective women and sorority women to get to know each other and make a decision about whether the chapter was the right place for them. After leaving, the prospective women did their final ranking and went to bed waiting excitedly for the next day…
Friday, August 29th, 5:30pm: BID DAY!!
- Throughout the day, the prospective sorority women went to the SUB to pick up their “bids”, or invitation join a chapter house. If they accepted their invitation, they received a special bid day t-shirt from the house they chose, which they had to hide until the actual event at 5:30. When the event time came, the sorority women met up on campus, singing songs and cheering as they waited to discover who their new members would be (it’s a suprise!). The new members were called one by one to com to the middle of the area and reveal the t-shirt they were wearing under their jacket. This is by far the most fun day of recruitment week and everyone’s favorite! So much excitement and happiness in the air as each chapter welcomes all their new members!
We Fraternity & Sorority Members here at MSU just LOVE Catapalooza, because it gives us a chance to tell everyone why we also love being a member of Fraternity & Sorority Life!
Didn’t get the chance to walk up and down Catapalooza or see all of our booths? Don’t worry, you can see them here!