Fraternity + Sorority Life

At Quinnipiac, Fraternity and Sorority Life provides more than just social opportunties -- it is a great way to grow as an individual by giving back to the community.

There are several ways that fraternities and sororities give back to the Hamden and national community, including raising funds for non-profit services or volunteering their time. Their efforts also give the wider Quinnipiac community the opportunity to get involved in the causes.

Sororities at Quinnipiac support several initiatives. Phi Sigma Sigma hosts an annual 24-hour Rock-a-Thon to raise funds for the organization's national philanthropy, the National Kidney Foundation. Members of the sorority and other student organizations work in teams to keep their chair rocking for the full 24-hour event. The rocking mimics what kidney patients under dialysis do to keep their blood circulating during treatment. More than 20 teams participate, raising more than $13,000 in 2012 for the National Kidney Foundation.

To raise funds for AIDS Project New Haven, the Sigma Phi fraternity hosts the annual Hall Wars event, which pits freshmen living in different residence halls against each other in Olympic-style competitions. The event features sporting matches such as kickball and soccer, as well as a barbecue and raffles. Hall Wars is one of the biggest events on campus and in 2012 raised $11,000 for APNH.

For the last 15 years, the sorority Alpha Chi Omega has hosted its annual Frisbee Fest that raises funds for domestic violence services. The successful event raised more than $30,000 in 2012. The event has a carnival-like atmosphere, with a photo booth, live music, games, and pie throwing.

Other Greek chapters volunteer their time directly. Members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity volunteered with "Abraham's Tent" during a cold week in January 2013. The project, organized by several faith groups in the community, provides warm shelter to those in need during the winter months. The students provided overnight supervision for about one dozen homeless men at Grace & St. Peter's Church. In addition, several members volunteer their time at the church every Friday night to help serve meals to those in need through their "Dinner for a Dollar" program.

"Through our participation with Abraham's Tent and our involvement in the Hamden community, Pi Kappa Phi is trying to display the positive aspects of fraternities and to show... that service is a large part of why our organization has come together," said Luigi Tancredi, who serves as archon (president) of the Greek chapter.

August 2013

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