Austin College Greek organizations are local in nature, meaning they are unique to Austin College and have no national affiliations. Any student in good standing who has completed at least one semester at Austin College and meets the Recruitment Guidelines, may participate in recruitment. Formal recruitment takes place every year in February. Below is a paragraph about each of our unique organizations in their own words.
Iota Eta was founded in 2016. Members of the sorority promote the pillars of self-love, community, respect, academic integrity, and poise within the sorority and in every aspect of their lives. We believe in accepting and supporting each other’s differences and creating a strong sisterhood that values individuality and strong women. IH believes the best way to support strength and independence is through an appreciation of the arts. Our volunteer and philanthropy work focuses on promoting the arts and helping in the Texoma community. We have volunteered at the Dia de los Muertos festival with the AC art bus, have raised money for the homeless shelter, and turkeys for Grand Central Station’s Thanksgiving dinner. In the future IH plans to extend our service to the Sherman animal shelter, crisis center, and other organizations. Our motto is: “Here’s to strong women: May we know them, may we raise them, may we be them.”
Κappa Gamma Chi
Kappa Gamma Chi was founded in 1919 as a literary society and was the first women’s organization at Austin College. Kappa Gamma Chi became a social sorority in 1940. Both the literary society and social sorority have fostered strong, innovative, professional women who have a voice. Kappa Gamma Chi hosts annual events like Kappa Sweete Shoppe, 5K ‘Roo Run benefiting Grayson Grand Central Station Dining Car, and the Homecoming Mother-Daughter Cake and Tea. We are the only Greek organization that has an established alumnae network that fosters networking, and donations to the Kappa Gamma Chi scholarship for JanTerm study abroad experience. Our colors are purple and white, and our symbols are grapes and the iris. Our motto is: “Let the Good Times Roll”.
Omega Zeta was founded in 2000. The members of Omega Zeta promote and encourage each other to express their individuality and promote our five pillars: service, academics, identity, leadership, and sisterhood. As a sorority we feel that these aspects when equally emphasized, mirror the spirit of the Austin College liberal arts experience. One of our annual service projects is a Garage Sale, which all the proceeds go to the Ella Barker Memorial on campus. Our sorority has a dynamic and active role on campus. Our colors are sunshine yellow and light blue, with our symbols being a butterfly and daisy. Our motto is: “So much to do, so much to be”.
Theta Sigma Chi
Theta Sigma Chi was founded in 1985 as a diverse group of individuals. As a sorority, we enjoy good times, good fun, service, academics and lasting friendship. Theta Sigma Chi believes in unity through individuality, and we will always encourage our members to express themselves in their own unique way. Our annual all campus event is Mr. AC, a male talent show on campus, which the proceeds go to help with breast cancer research. This year the funds will go to Women Rock, a local breast cancer organization. Our colors are pink and blue, and our symbols are a star and Alstroemeria. Our motto is “Unity through Individuality”.
The Xi Eps are known for their unique flamingo lifestyle, and the unbreakable bond and respect for their sisters. They are a group of women brought together to have fun and assist the Sherman community since 1985. Beyond supporting each other academically and socially, the girls come together to celebrate each others achievements in their widely varied individual pursuits. This year, these classy ladies held several events including Floozapalooza, an on-campus event to bring awareness about victim blaming, and volunteering at the Denison Unitarian Church which accepts members of all peaceful faiths and ideologies. The sisters believe that each day should be celebrated and members can be heard shouting, “so happy it’s Tuesday!” to friends around campus. Our colors are pink and black. Our symbol is the pink rose with a black ribbon. Our sorority mascot is the flamingo.
Zeta Chi Omega
Zeta Chi Omega was originally founded in 1980 and rechartered in 2016. Zeta Chi Omega encourages scholastic achievement and enables its members to participate in various school and community activities to develop self-esteem, character and leadership skills. Zeta Chi Omega promotes support, unity, and sisterhood within the sorority. The sisters love hands-on service such as bake sales, making blankets for children, volunteering at the homeless shelter and many more. They pride themselves on their diversity and acceptance of one another. The Zeta Chi Omega symbols are the rose and dove which represent the constant stride for perfection and peach within the sorority. The colors of Zeta Chi Omega are Ivory and Wine.
Chi Delta Eta
Chi Delta Eta was founded in 1957. The men of Chi Delta Eta have strived to uphold their motto through high ideals of service, loyalty, scholarship, leadership, and fellowship. An on campus event that we co- host is the Chili Cook-off, along with an all campus FIFA tournament. Our colors are Black and Cold. Our motto is: “Character Through Brotherhood.”
Chi Tau Chi
Chi Tau Chi was founded in 1998. Chi Tau Chi serves as a fraternity formed to enable an ecumenical brotherhood of all men to love, serve, and bear one another in spirit and fellowship. We affirm that by being ourselves we may gain something greater than ourselves. We host several all campus events, Shine in the Fall, and Iguana and Paradise Lost in the Spring. Our colors are medium blue and gray. Our motto is To seek justice, love, kindness, and walk humbly with God. And Micah 6:8.
Since our founding in 1946, our members have always highly valued the many things that make us different from our brothers. We have a fancy name for that — diversity. Because of this, new members to the Drake Fraternity are not expected to fit some predetermined image or pursue the same activities as Actives. New members are not under pressure to give up anything — whether their defining personal views or existing loyal friends — in order to become a member. But they must wholeheartedly dedicate themselves at all times to the high ideals to which we all strive as Drakes! Our colors are Kelly Green and Gold. Our mission statement is “The DRAKE Fraternity promotes social brotherhood, academic excellence, athletic achievement, and the pursuit of gentlemanly ideals.”
Gamma Gamma Gamma
Gamma Gamma Gamma was founded in 1963. “Tri-gams” pride ourselves on three principles of perseverance, scholarship, and unity. We have a long history of traditions and morals which we bestow on all of our new members. We devote time to community service and helping out the Sherman community through the adopt-a-highway program. Our all campus events are The Fall Chili Cook-Off and the “Break in the Storm” benefit concert in the spring. Our colors are Burgundy and Silver with our symbol being the Gamma Gamma Gamma Crest. Our Motto is: “Perseverance Scholarship and Unity.”
Lambda Chi was founded in 1982 as a way to add diversity to the Austin College campus that was not present at that time. As a group we strive to this day to uphold the diversity that our founders originally intended. We are a group that combines fellowship and friendship with respect for the individual. We allow each member to be who they are and who they want to be, as long as they do it for the better of the group. Our all campus events are the Lambda Chi Dragshow for G.E.A.R and Weinerpalooza which raises money for the Steve Rae Memorial Scholarship fund. Our colors are Black and Red. Our colors are black and red. Our motto is: “Unity Without Uniformity.”
Phi Kappa Omega
Phi Kappa Omega was founded in 1989 and was built on the pillars of Individuality, Friendship, Loyalty, Values, Scholarship, Unity and Brotherhood. The fraternity has a rich history of diversity and encourages students of different backgrounds to come together for the betterment of the school as well as the local community. The gentlemen of Phi Kappa Omega believe that as students our primary job is getting our work done in the classroom, however we believe an enjoyable social life can also be achieved as well. Our colors are red, white and blue.
Pi Alpha Psi
Pi Alpha Psi was founded in 1995 and was the first multicultural based organization on campus. Our members celebrate the ability to maintain individual diversity within the organization while emphasizing the underlying value of equality. The group also stresses the balance between scholastic, social, and physical activities. This is the basis of the Pi Alpha Psi purpose statement: “Promoting diversity and equality with lifelong balance.” Pi Alpha Psi traditionally prides themselves on community service which is focused on youth of the community. Our colors are Charcoal, Crimson, and Forest Green.
Rho Lambda Theta
Rho Lambda Theta is a social fraternity which was founded in 1981. We were founded on the principles of high academic achievement, campus involvement, leadership, societal contributions, and emulating our creed: “True Gentlemen.” We host an annual all campus event that is called “Heaven and Hell.” Our colors are Royal Purple and Old Gold. Our symbol is the Fleur de lis. Our motto is: “The True Gentlemen”
Ζeta Chi Βeta
Zeta Chi Beta was founded in 2008. The Mission and Values of the Zeta Chi Beta Fraternity represent the physical manifestation of each member’s moral views and intellectual beliefs, both individually and collectively. The mission is: “To continually develop our lives through dedication to service, leadership, and accountability.” We are dedicated to the development and refinement of each individual member’s abilities and talents in order to better prepare them to succeed throughout their life, and to achieve a level of excellence through the support of brotherhood. We host two annual on campus events Global Groove, and Speed Dating. Our colors are blue and orange with our symbol being the bison.