National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. (NPHC) is the umbrella organization for the nine (9) historically African-African American fraternities and sororities. It was organized in May 1930 at Howard University, Washington D.C. The stated purpose of the organization as written in 1930 is, "Unanimity of thought and action, as far as possible, in the conduct of Greek letter collegiate fraternities and sororities, and to consider problems of mutual interest to its member organizations.
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National Pan-Hellenic Council Intake
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations at Mercer University select members through a process called Membership Intake. Students interested in any of the NPHC chapters must be at least a second semester-freshman enrolled at the Mercer Macon campus with a 2.5 or higher cumulative grade point average. NPHC groups will individually announce their membership selection/intake process during the semester and they will explain their membership process at the initial informational meeting.
Interested students are encouraged to check out the websites for the various NPHC organizations and to attend events sponsored by the local chapters at Mercer. By doing this you will have a better perspective of the organization and its members so that you can make the best decision.
All Mercer students are eligible to join both Greek organizations and student organizations regardless of what campus they attend. While membership in Greek organizations is at the discretion of the chapter, you may contact the chapter presidents and advisors to receive information regarding recruitment and membership intake. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be connected to the chapter of interest. There are two women’s NPHC chapters on the Atlanta campus also open to students. Please visit the Atlanta Greek Life Page to get more information about those chapters.
Macon NPHC Chapters
Alpha Kappa Alpha Iota Eta
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women.
On January 11th, 1975 the Illustrious Iota Eta chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was chartered on the campus of Mercer University. An active participant in campus life, community activities, and service opportunities, the Iota Eta chapter "strives and does." The Iota Eta chapter holds biweekly programs on Tuesday centered on AKA's National Program Initiatives. These initiatives seek to bring about awareness, advocacy, and action in the realms of education, health, poverty, economic security, social justice, leadership, and service. The chapter's service opportunities include the Ronald McDonald House, American Cancer Society, and the Middle Georgia Food Bank among others. The Iota Eta chapter also hosts SkeeWeek during the spring semester which encompasses a week of events showcasing the sorority, its initiatives, and service opportunities, culminating with the chapter's annual fashion show.
Colors: Salmon Pink and Apple Green
Motto: By culture, by merit
Chapter Web Address: www.mercer.edu/aka (viewable in Mozilla Firefox)
National Web Address: www.aka1908.com
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Iota Sigma
The Iota Sigma Chapter was chartered on the campus of Mercer University on January 6, 1973 by 10 undergraduate women. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was the first Black Greek organization established on Mercer's campus. The sorority was instrumental in assisting other black Greek organizations to be recognized on campus.
The Iota Sigma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta holds weekly programs centered around the sorority's Five Point Thrust Program. These programs are to inform the student body about economic, educational, international, physical and mental health, and political issues. They also hold an Annual Philanthropy Week in the fall semester where they plan activities to raise money for a worthy organization. They also celebrate May Week in the month of April, which involves activities such as fashion shows, health fairs, and the Mr. Iota Sigma Pageant. During this pageant, male contestants who attend Mercer compete for the title of Mr. Iota Sigma for one school term. The winner not only receives a scholarship for his upcoming school semester, but assists with fundraising and lends a helping hand to the chapter.
Colors: Crimson and Cream
Philanthropy: American Cancer Society, AIDS Awareness
National Web Address: http://www.deltasigmatheta.org/
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Omega Mu
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded on January 16, 1920, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. As a private non-profit organization, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. strives to encourage the highest standards of scholarship through scientific, literary, cultural and educational programs. It strives to promote service projects on college campuses and in the community, foster sisterhood, and exemplify the ideal of Finer Womanhood. The ideals of Zeta Phi Beta are reflected in the sorority's national program for which its members and auxiliary groups provide many hours of voluntary service to staff community outreach programs, fund scholarships, support organized charities, and promote legislation for social and civic change. There are several benefits to becoming a member of our organization. Our members are close friends and we have a great time when we get together. However, members must be able to dedicate enough time to participate and make a difference in the organization.
Colors: Royal Blue and Pure White
Philanthropy: National Education Foundation
National Web Address: http://organizations.mercer.edu/zphib/
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Theta Pi
Kappa Alpha Psi was founded on the campus of Indiana University on January 5, 1911. The Fraternity's fundamental purpose is achievement. Early in this century, African-American students were actively dissuaded from attending college. Formidable obstacles were erected to prevent the few who were enrolled from assimilating into co-curricular campus life. This ostracism characterized Indiana University in 1911, thus causing Elder W. Diggs, Byron K. Armstrong, and eight other black students to form Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, which remains the only Greek letter organization with its 1st Chapter on the University's campus. The founders sought a formula that would immediately raise the sights of black collegians and stimulate them to accomplishments higher than they might have imagined. Fashioning achievement as its purpose, Kappa Alpha Psi began uniting college men of culture, patriotism and honor in a bond of fraternity.
Colors: Crimson and Cream
Philanthropy: Guide Right
National Web Address: http://www.kappaalphapsi1911.com/
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Gamma Zeta
Omega Psi Phi is an international fraternity and was the first African-American national fraternal organization to be founded at a historically black college. Omega Psi Phi was founded on November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. by three undergraduate students and one faculty advisor. From its inception, the fraternity has worked to build a strong and effective force of men dedicated to its Cardinal Principles of manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift. Today, Omega Psi Phi has over 700 chapters throughout the United States and around the world. There are many notable Omega Men recognized as leaders in the arts,the sciences, academics, athletics, business, civil rights, education, government, and science sectors at the local, national and international level.
Colors: Old Gold and Royal Purple
Philanthropy:Social Actions Programs such as voter registration, illiteracy programs,and charitable organizations such as American Diabetes Association, and the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation.
National Web Address:http://www.oppf.org
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was founded on January 9, 1914 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. The fraternity's founders, A. Langston Taylor, Charles I. Brown, and Leonard F. Morse, aspired to create a fraternity that would strive to uphold the principles of Brotherhood, Scholarship, and Service while taking an inclusive perspective on serving the community. Phi Beta Sigma is the first and only fraternity to establish a constitutional bond with a sorority—Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. The organization is also the first to establish a youth auxiliary organization--The Sigma Beta Club—which has mentored thousands of young men across the nation since it was established in 1950. Four outstanding undergraduate men established the Mercer University chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. on April 13, 2014 during the fraternity's centennial year. Since the chapter's inception, members of the organization have made an impact on campus by serving in leadership roles, volunteering on campus and in the community, receiving numerous academic accolades, and partnering with the Omega Mu chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. to bring lasting change to the greater Macon community. Our brotherhood is one that lasts a lifetime, and members of our organization must dedicate enough time to assist the organization and make an impact within the community. We are a strictly non-hazing organization as expressed by the organization's national headquarters and the regulations of Mercer University. We look forward to meeting our fellow Mercerians as we make a difference on campus this year.
Colors: Royal Blue and Pure White
Philanthropy: The March of Dimes and The Sigma Beta Club