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Pillars of Excellence Program

Fraternity/Sorority Life, the Interfraternity Council and Inter-Sorority Association are looking for extraordinary examples of fraternities, sororities and their members exemplifying the four pillars of friendship, scholarship, leadership and service.  Groups and individuals can be nominated by anyone: a member, an organization, a faculty/staff member, an advisor, a neighbor, a community agency, etc. To nominate a group, please send an email briefly explaining how the behavior went above and beyond expectations and who specifically was involved to greeklife@plattsburgh.edu.

Letter to the Families about Chapters of Excellence and Unrecognized Groups 

Fraternity/Sorority Life and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs are pleased to partner in sending information to the families of new students about involvement opportunities in SUNY Plattsburgh’s fraternal organizations. 

Fraternity/Sorority Life began on our campus more than 100 years ago and has grown to include 20 organizations, 650+ students, and thousands of alumni. Fraternities and sororities promote Friendship, Scholarship, Leadership, and Service - the principles upon which these values-based groups were founded. We are proud of those groups that adhere to these high standards of behavior and support your student if he or she chooses to join a fraternal organization in good standing.

Information about fraternity/sorority life, including specific data about each of our organizations and the policies about joining, can be found online at http://www.plattsburgh.edu/studentlife/greeklife/.  Please note that first semester freshmen are not permitted to join a fraternity or sorority; however, they are strongly encouraged to attend their events and make the acquaintances of these groups. In addition, students are only permitted to join the groups listed on our website. If you believe your son or daughter is involved with a fraternity or sorority not listed, please contact us immediately.

Of additional interest to you may be our Fraternal Excellence Initiative, a method of annually evaluating the performance of each fraternity and sorority. We are proud to announce that two of our organizations achieved the highest ranking of “Chapters of Excellence” during 2013-14. Exceptions may be made for first semester freshmen to join these two organizations. These organizations are:

Alpha Phi (AF), is an international sorority founded at SUNY Plattsburgh in the mid-1990s. The women in this organization work with the Alpha Phi Foundation to support women’s cardiac care. Their combined organizational GPA is 3.17, which is higher than the All-Women’s GPA of 3.01. Just shy of 70% of women in this organization achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher last semester. Women in this group complete an average of 15 hours of community service each year and raise $63 per person for charity

Phi Iota Alpha (FIA), is a national Latino-based fraternity chartered at SUNY Plattsburgh in 2012. The men in this organization host events throughout the year to raise money for UNICEF. Their combined GPA is 2.84, which is on par with the All-Men’s Average of 2.83. Sixty percent of men in his fraternity achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher last semester. Members complete an average of 40 hours of community service each year and raised $109 per person for charity.

We would also like to provide you with information pertaining to two former fraternities that have lost college recognition: Alpha Chi Rho and Theta Kappa Beta.

It has been determined by the College that these groups interfere with the academic mission of the institution. We are therefore taking steps to discourage affiliation by students with these groups. Students who choose to join may subject themselves to College disciplinary procedures, including suspension or dismissal since the groups operate outside of College policy. These organizations are not affiliated with the College and therefore are not subject to college group regulations in regard to pledging, alcohol, drugs, etc.

Alpha Chi Rho (ACR), also known as AXP or the Crows, was closed by both the College and National Fraternity in Spring 2014 after multiple violations of college policy including disorderly conduct, and violation of previous sanctions related to obstruction of college activities. This group can be identified by the colors garnet and white and may use a crow as a mascot. Their last known place of residence was 147 Brinkerhoff Street.

Theta Kappa Beta (QKB), also known as BETA, was closed by SUNY Plattsburgh after multiple violations of college policy including disorderly conduct, violent behavior, and alcohol policy violations. This group can be identified by the colors silver and black and may use an eagle or a brick as a mascot.

We encourage you to discuss fraternity/sorority life with your son or daughter in order to help them clarify their intentions to join. Please note that the majority of current fraternity/sorority members report that they had no intention of joining one of these groups when they began their freshman year. Therefore, even if your student does not indicate interest at this point, he or she may change their mind. Resources to assist you with this conversation can be found online.

Finally, we want to take this opportunity to invite you and your student to a pancake breakfast coordinated by the Inter-Sorority Association and Interfraternity Council during Family Weekend. This is an ideal way to see our fraternal organizations in action, meet many of the members and ask lots of questions. The breakfast will be held from 9 a.m. – noon on Saturday, September 20 at Algonquin Dining Hall. Although the event is free, any monetary donations will be contributed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a cause adopted by the entire SUNY Plattsburgh Fraternity/Sorority Community.

We both stand ready to assist your student in ensuring a successful collegiate experience and believe that fraternity/sorority life can be a positive part of your student’s development. If you have any questions or concerns about any of this information, please feel free to contact us at 518-564-2280 or 518-564-4825.

Sincerely,
Bryan Hartman
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

Allison Swick-Duttine
Director of Fraternity/Sorority Life

 

 

 

Contact Information

For more information about Fraternity/Sorority Life at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Allison Swick-Duttine
Director of Fraternity/Sorority Life 
Angell College Center 106
Phone: (518) 564-4825
E-mail: allison.swick@plattsburgh.edu