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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 3.14, which is higher than the All-Women’s GPA of 3.05. Sixty-seven percent of women in this organization achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher last semester. Women in this group complete an average of 26 hours of community service each year and raise $149 per person for charity.

Pi Kappa Phi (PKF) is a national fraternity re-chartered at SUNY Plattsburgh in 2013. The men in this organization host events throughout the year to raise money through The Ability Experience to help people with disabilities. Their combined GPA is 3.19, which is above the All-Men’s Average of 2.84. Seventy-six percent of men in his fraternity achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher last semester. Members complete an average of 28 hours of community service each year and raise $145 per person for charity.

Sigma Tau Gamma (STG) is a national fraternity chartered at SUNY Plattsburgh in 2000. The men in this organization host events throughout the year to raise money through their national philanthropy, The Special Olympics, and their local philanthropy, Journey into Reading that provides books to local children. Their combined GPA is 2.62. Thirty-five percent of men in his fraternity achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher last semester. Members complete an average of 33 hours of community service each year and raised $143 per person for charity.

Theta Alpha Lambda (QAL) is a local sorority founded at SUNY Plattsburgh in 1966. The women in this organization work with Clinton County Stop Domestic Violence as their primary philanthropic partner. Their combined organizational GPA is 3.12, which is higher than the All-Women’s GPA of 3.05. Seventy-four percent of women in this organization achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher last semester. Women in this group complete an average of 25 hours of community service each year and raise $114 per person for charity.  

We would also like to provide you with information pertaining to a former fraternity that has lost college recognition: Alpha Chi Rho.

It has been determined by the College that this group interfered with the academic mission of the institution. We therefore took steps to discourage affiliation by students with this group. Students who choose to join may subject themselves to College disciplinary procedures, including suspension or dismissal since the group operates outside of College policy. This organizations is not affiliated with the College and therefore is not subject to college group regulations in regard to pledging, alcohol, drugs, etc.

Alpha Chi Rho (AXP), 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.

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
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