Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Greek Life Office Records, 1960-2014

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes brochures, correspondence, newsletters, officer rosters, policy/procedure statements and a progress report. Among the topics addressed in these files include: house renovations, annual chapter reviews, expansion and recolonization guidelines, chapter closure and reorganization and evaluation survey results. Additional topics covered include: chapter closure, alcohol policies, and guidelines for activity during spring break at Lake Shasta.

The four chapters represented in these files are: Alpha Sigma Phi, Pi Beta Phi, Alpha Xi Delta and Delta Tau Delta. Documenting the administration and oversight of OSU's Greek community, these records address a variety of subjects, including: the impact of Title IX, pledge education efforts, a leadership class for living groups' presidents, national Panhellenic conference participation, minority involvement in the Greek system and accounting of sorority expenses. Records of the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils and their interaction with the Greek Life Office can also be found here.

An addition to the Greek Life Office Records (Accession 2012:085) consists of a banner, correspondence, flyers, handbooks, a map, newspaper clippings, plaques, a poster, publications, reports, resource lists, a speech, and survey data. Reflecting the "mentor/mentee" campus street banner campaign, the banner depicts Greek Life director Bob Kerr and Miles Dodge, a student who selected Kerr as a mentor figure. The map (a photocopy from an unidentified source) shows the street locations of all the greek chapters that resided at OSU. The two plaques honor chapters that have achieved the highest freshman grade point average (for years 1975/76 - 1984/85) and the most improved fraternity grade point average (1974/75 - 1984/85).

A second addition to the Greek Life Office Records (Accession 2013:065) is made up of bylaws, cds, a DVD, correspondence, course materials, flyers, handbooks/manuals, meeting minutes, membership statistics, newspaper clippings, notes, photographs, policy statements, publications, reports, scripts for presentations, survey records, and an identification badge. In addition to enrollment and academic standing information about OSU fraternities and sororities, these records also reflect various aspects of the university's management of campus Greek life such as leadership training retreats, coursework designed for the Greek community, safety regulation coordination, judicial sanctioning, and the organization of matriculation ceremonies. About one-third of these files contain publications, bylaws, and other information from individual chapters and are organized by house name. About half of the photographs (50 prints in all) were prepared for an exhibit on Greek life at OSU while the others depict a benefit bike event by members of Pi Kappa Phi and the wedding of alumna Erin Hulce. The five cds contain a combination of matriculation scripts, Panhellenic Council documents, and Greek life at USC. The DVD, "Girls Fight Back," is a non-OSU production about women's self-defense.

A third addition to the Greek Life Office Records (Accession 2014:022) consists of 14 composite group shots depicting OSU sorority and fraternity members. The following houses are represented: Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Phi, Alpha Chi Omega, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Kappa Delta, Kappa Sigma, Beaver Lodge, Alpha Gamma Rho, and the Triangle Fraternity. Other materials found in this transfer include: newspaper clippings featuring stories about OSU fraternities/sororities, 2 copies from a campus street banner depicting Greek Life director Bob Kerr and Miles Dodge, and an event brochure for a ceremony re-activating the OSU chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi.

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