We invite you to get to know more about Greek life at WCU by participating in our
programs and events. Our community of leaders and scholars has been a cornerstone
of the Catamount campus experience for over half a century. In addition to providing
oversight and advisement of the Greek Community, our department sponsors and organizes
multiple programs and events throughout the year.
Annual Programs + Events
Greek 101 is designed to assist interested and new members transition into fraternity
and sorority life at WCU. The program introduces students to the history of the American
Fraternity Movement, basic expectations of membership, our shared values and standards,
current Risk Management policies, and general information regarding the current chapters
and councils that comprise the Catamount Greek community. All new members are required
to attend one Greek 101 program during their new member education process or prior
New Member Education Day
New Member Education Day is a required program for new members of the Greek Community.
The program is designed to complement chapter new member education programs by engaging
members in various topics each semester including current risk management standards,
positive public relations, alcohol/substance abuse issues, sexual assault awareness,
hazing, and other important subjects. The goal of the program is for students to
gain a better understanding of their new role in the community and how to make positive
choices that will elevate the greater Catamount community.
Greek Leadership Retreats
The Greek Leadership Retreat programs, held every August & January, are designed to
provide chapter presidents and council officers an opportunity to focus on leadership
development, community-building, and risk management. Both retreats are designed
to bring leaders in the Greek community together and work to help the community at
large and strengthen chapters and councils.
National Hazing Prevention Week
Held the last full week of September each year, National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW)
raises awareness about the problem of hazing, educate others about hazing, and promote
the prevention of hazing. All programs throughout the week are intended for all members
of the WCU community. 2018 NHPW Program
National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week
National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week aims to bring attention to the serious
public health issues posed by excessive drinking among college students. Held each
year during the third week of October, the week focuses on raising awareness of alcohol
issues on today's college campuses. 2018 Program of Events
Stomp Fest is Western’s annual step competition featuring high energy stepping performances
by members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council to cultivate African-American culture
at Western Carolina University. The event also educates the community on the art
and history of stepping and part of the proceeds go to support student scholarships.
Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol
Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA) Peer Education Group was
established at WCU in 2007 by the leaders of the fraternity and sorority community.
GAMMA works to address issues pertaining to alcohol abuse prevention and student health
and safety issues related to alcohol use. The peer educators believe that fraternity
and sorority members can play a uniquely effective role in encouraging their peers
to consider, talk honestly about and develop responsible habits and attitudes toward
alcohol and other drugs. For more information, visit BACCHUS GAMMA.
Greek Week is a long-standing tradition at WCU that sparks friendly competition among the chapters
and fosters friendships through a week long series of events. Members dance and compete
in lip sync, perform traditional songs in Greek Sing, compete in the Greek Olympics,
race in the Chariot race competition, and participate in multiple other events with
the goal of being crowned Greek Week Champions.
Greek Awards Program
The Annual Greek Awards Program recognizes in April of each year excellence in both chapter and individual fraternity
and sorority member achievements. Multiple Awards including the Chapter of Excellence
& Chapter of the Year Awards are annually presented at this celebration of the American
Fraternity and Sorority Movement at Western Carolina University.