Greek Terminology


GREEK LIFE - "Greek" is typically a commonly used term to describe the community of fraternities and sororities on a college campus. Greek does not, however, refer to the country of Greece or any specific nvolvement with students with a Greek origin.

COLONY - A newly organized group working to become a chartered chapter. 

CHAPTER - The word used to identify the specific fraternity or sorority at Missouri S&T. For instance, the Alpha chapter of Alpha Beta Kappa fraternity. On another campus, they would be identified as the Beta chapter of the fraternity, and so on. Fraternities and sororities have numerous chapters across the country, some as many as 280!

BIG BROTHER/ SISTER - An active member who serves as a mentor for youner members. 

CALLS - A unique vocal expression attributed to an organization.

SIGNS - A display of organization pride expressed by hand symbols.  

LEGACY - An individual whose grandparent(s), parent(s), sister(s)/ brother(s) is/are a member of a particular organization. 



RECRUITMENT/RUSH - An organized activity to meet potential members.

POTENTIAL NEW MEMBER (PNM) - A man or woman who is going through the rush/ recruitment process.

FORMAL RECRUITMENT - The period of time set aside for IFC and PHC sponsored activities seeking potential new members. 

BID - A formal invitation to join an organization. A bid can be received through getting to know a fraternity or sorority, which is typically done after the student and the organization have a mutual agreement. For women, bids are also extended at the conclusion of formal recruitment - the main way women join sororities at Missouri S&T.

ASSOCIATE/ NEW MEMBER/PLEDGE - A non-initiated member in a fraternity or sorority.  Pledging is, in short, the new member education period that all new members go through during their first months with the fraternity/sorority. This period of time allows both the members of the fraternity and the new member to evaluate each other to determine whether there is a good fit.

INITIATION - A formal ceremony during which a man or woman begins full membership in an organization. 

ACTIVE - An initiated man or woman who is a college student. This individual also pays dues and can participate in chapter events.  

ALUMNUS/ALUMNI - An alumnus is a male graduate, or former student. Alumni is the plural of alumnus. The feminine form is alumna (singular) and alumnae (plural). Great care and precision should be employed by fraternity men in using these terms appropriately.

DE-PLEDGE - The termination of an associate or plege member's relationship with a fraternity or sorority. 



CHAPTER TOTAL - The maximum number of members to which a sorority chapter can recruit. 

NATIONAL PANHELLENIC CONFERENCE (NPC) - The international organization composed of 26 women's fraternities.

PANHELLENIC COUNCIL - The local coordinating and governing organization for women's sororites at Missouri S&T. 



NORTH-AMERICAN INTERFRATERNITY CONFERENCE (NIC) - The international organization composed of over 50 men's fraternities. National equivalent to the Interfraternity Council.

INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL (IFC) - The local coordinating and governing organization for mens fraternities at Missouri S&T.



INTAKE - Term for the process by which NPHC members are selected to become new members of an organization. Also know as Membership Intake Process (MIP). Each group is assisted in this process by their Graduate Chapter and Chapter Advisor. In general, NPHC groups require sophomore status and a 2.5 cumulative GPA for someone to go through the intake process. 

CROSSING - An NPHC term for people that have finished the intake process and are now full members. 

DIVINE NINE - Term used to describe the NPHC affiliated organizations. 

NEW MEMBER PRESENTATION - An event referred to by the NPHC organzations, where new members are presented to the Missouri S&T community. Also refered as: Coming Out Show/ Presentation/ Probate/ Roll Out

STROLLING - NPHC organizational members move together in a line expressing pride for their organization. In this line, members may express their pride through use of their organization's call, sign, or ritual/ custom dances. All of this is done through movements that are unique to a particular organization. 

GREEK INDEPENDENT BOARD (GIB) - A local representative body of both fraternities and sororities who do not nationally align to another governing council. 

NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL (NPHC) - The national organization for all historically African-American organizations. Also referred to as the National Black Greek Letter Organizations (NBGLO). 



ORDER OF OMEGA - National honor society that recognizes and promotes Greek leadership and scholastics. 

GREEKS ADVOCATING MATURE MANAGEMENT (GAMMA)The purpose of GAMMA is to work together as an organization of Greeks who are peer educators promoting individual support and chapter education on health and safety issues at MS&T in accordance with the rules and regulations of Missouri University of Science and Technology, the laws of the state of Missouri and the laws of the United States of America.



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