Zeta Phi Sorority Becomes First Independently Recognized Greek Organization at FSU
The Zeta Phi Sorority has become the first Independently Recognized Greek organization at Frostburg State University.
Founded six years ago by 16 FSU students, Zeta Phi was approved for independent recognition on Oct. 16 after meeting an extensive set of requirements established by the 2002 Greek Life Task Force and implemented by the Independent Review Board. The sorority will be granted full status after one year, providing minimum expectations have been met.
"We are so enthusiastic," says Lori Glatt, Zeta Phi's president. "This is something we've wanted to do since day one. Our alums are really excited."
Greek life at FSU seeks to promote the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service in support of the University's mission as an educational institution.
The group's community service activities currently include volunteering at the Frostburg Village Nursing Home, participating in Bowl for Kids Sake, collecting canned foods for Tri-State Operation LovePak and running a 5K race to support the YMCA's at-risk youth programs.
On campus, Zeta Phi members attend leadership conferences, work with campus clubs and organizations and participate in intramural sports.
"We've already had a good response on campus and in the community," Glatt says, adding that eventually Zeta Phi hopes to attain national recognition status. "We want to help the Frostburg community and the university grow to their fullest potential."
Shelley Ducatt, FSU's director of Greek Life, sees a new collaboration opportunity arising as more groups attain independent recognition. "They bring to the table community service, leadership and scholarship. Their views as Independently Recognized groups offer the Greek system a different perspective than our National groups," she says, noting the addition of Alpha Gamma and possibly two other unrecognized groups to the independently recognized category at Frostburg.
"They can become a part of a unified Greek life system, " Ducatt says. As part of that system, recognized organizations can receive numerous benefits from the University, including use of its facilities, equipment and services, advising and support from Ducatt's office, recognition in University publications, eligibility for funding from the Student Government Association, awards, honors and educational programs, among others.
For information about Greek life at FSU, contact Ducatt at (301) 687-4151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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