The first Greek-letter collegiate fraternal organization was organized on December
5, 1776 at the college of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
The fraternity and sorority movement took hold in Cullowhee in the 20th Century with
the establishment of several fine national organizations during the Presidency of
Paul A. Reid. The Interfraternity & Panhellenic Councils were organized and chartered
in the fall of 1966 under the leadership of the Dean of Men, Dr. Doug Davis ’49 &
Dean of Women, Mrs. Peggy Ziegler.
Significant growth in chapters and membership occurred throughout the 1970’s & 1980’s.
The first NPHC Chapter was chartered in 1975 and the Theta Pi Chapter of the Order
of Omega National Greek Leadership Honor Society was founded on February 10, 1988.
In 1990, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, representing the traditional African-American
fraternities and sororities, was organized and recognized by the university.
The Department of Greek Student Engagement & Development was established in 2016 as
the first stand-alone unit within the Division of Student Affairs to provide oversight
and management of the fraternity and sorority community. Today, Western Carolina
University is proud to recognize and support one of the premiere Greek Life communities
in the South.
The Department of Greek Student Engagement & Development is committed to the achievement
of continuous improvement of the WCU fraternity & sorority community. The annual
Registration & Recognition Assessment Program (R&R) servies as the initial recognition process for all fraternity and sorority
chapters on campus, as well as the community's annual assessment program of achievements
and analysis of needed areas of improvement
The core areas of evaluation each year are:
- University/Community/Alumni Relations & Service
- Membership Recruitment/Intake & Membership Education
- Values Based & Leadership Programming
- Financial Management
- Campus Involvement
- Risk Management
Academic excellence is a vital aspect of the fraternity and sorority membership experience
at Western Carolina University. Scholastic standards are important for each chapter
as well as the entire Greek community. Programming, incentives, and ongoing support
assist chapter members in pursuing academic excellence in the classroom. Academic
achievement is the primary reason students are enrolled at WCU. All fraternity and
sorority chapters at WCU work to help their members achieve academic excellence.
Students participate in a plethora of programs and activities that provide leadership
development. There are multiple ways to be a leader in Catamount country, including
chapter or council officer positions, national or regional leadership conferences,
campus-based leadership opportunities, and chapter committee positions.
Serving others is a historical value of fraternity men and sorority women across the
country. This is especially true at WCU. Members are provided with opportunities
to participate in hands-on volunteer work and philanthropic events to raise money
for charitable organizations. These opportunities ensure that members of fraternities
and sororities have an impact on the community and develop lifelong habits of giving
back to those in need.
brotherhood & sisterhood
Becoming a lifetime member of a fraternity and sorority is about developing lifelong
relationships that extend beyond ordinary friendships. The bonds of brotherhood and
sisterhood are formed within an organization and provide our Catamount Greeks with
a home away from home, mentorship, career networking with Greek alumni, and being
a part of an important community within the larger university experience. Fraternity
men and sorority women enjoy lifelong connections that provide support and celebration
in life’s journey here on campus and long after graduation.