Union RM 045
Laramie, WY 82071
Fraternity/Sorority Communities around the country have felt the recent effect of tragedy. Students killed from illicit use of alcohol in chapter Houses. Fires killing more in North Carolina. Because of these incidents, and more like them, the "Animal House" perception of Fraternity and Sorority life as a whole has been extended. Though these events are troubling to individuals who rest outside our midst, you must consider how they have made us feel.
Though tragedy should never happen, and it is difficult to justify, these events have brought new interest on Community wide responsibility and practices/policies that will prevent any events like them at the University of Wyoming. In 2003, the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils joined in support of a new Fire Safety Policy, which implemented successfully, has drastically reduced any chance of fire within our chapter's houses. Further, we have strengthened our Social Responsibility Guidelines and enforce infractions through the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils Judicial Boards, Additionally, stronger requirements regarding mentors in chapter houses was adopted as a part of the new House Mentor System in 2003. Most recently, the community formed an Advancement Committee to develop the Fraternity/Sorority Advancement Action Plan, to encourage growth and advancement of our chapters.
Since its inception over 100 years ago, the UW Fraternity/Sorority Community, has built traditions of honor and excellence. These actions of the system as a whole should indicate our dynamic, proactive stance to maintain that dignity.
Though the decision to allow your child to enter a potentially dangerous environment is no doubt difficult, we want your full support should your son or daughter choose to become a member of a Greek letter organization on this campus. Therefore, we choose to invite you to review any and all of the documents fore mentioned here, and to contact the UW Office of Student Life, Fraternity/Sorority Chapter Advisers, and Greek chapters directly. The point is, we feel strongly enough about our system at UW to maintain a completely open door policy for you - fully aware that the product of your interest will only be positive for us.
As you will find, our policies attempt to maintain the strictest adherence to responsibility for our members, and the system as a whole is the better for it. We have no doubt in our belief that should your son / daughter find membership in a Greek organization while at UW, their experience will be safe, supportive, and growth oriented. Your child will be better having been a Greek on this campus.
Home to some of the best chapters of individual Greek organizations nationwide, the University of Wyoming's community has existed since 1903, when the first Greek letter organization was formed on campus. Therefore, the combined 100+ year tradition of the community makes it one of the longest standing organizational bodies on the UW campus. In fact, it is older than the UW Basketball Program, the Associated Students of the University of Wyoming (ASUW) Senate, and even the Summer Semester program of study.
Producing some of the best known leaders in Wyoming and America today, the system has been the home to thousands of individuals through time: political figures, athletes, business men and women, writers, philanthropists, and war heroes. Some of our most respected alums from the Wyoming Greek Community include Sen. Alan K. Simpson, Pete Simpson, Senator and Governor Milward Simpson, Governor Mike Sullivan, UW Athletics Director Red Jacoby, scholarship donor Margaret Tobin, Wyoming radio personality Curt Gowdy, and recent Speaker of the Wyoming State House of Representatives Rick Tempest.
Due to its relatively small size, the community has the opportunity to maintain a strong knit within itself, promoting members to further levels of distinction and excellence during their time at UW. One thing is certain, as a part of the UW Fraternity/Sorority Community, your son or daughter's time at the University of Wyoming will not only be bettered, but it will be optimized. Potential for excellence will only be improved with membership with a Greek letter organization at the University of Wyoming!
Of the current students that find the Fraternity/Sorority Community home, nearly half of the ASUW Senate, and countless other campus leaders are Greek. Further, new scholastic benchmarks, part of the Greek Relationship Statement, have improved the systems overall academic performance, and are expected to continue to improve it over the next twelve months. Varsity athletes, and members of other organizations on campus, namely, the UW Western Thunder Marching Band, the International Students Association, and campus ROTC groups (Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC) have increased in number recently. Why? Because being Greek at UW is increasingly being associated with excellence and opportunity for students now, and in their futures.
It is no surprise that even though Fraternity/Sorority members have come to represent just over 2% of the total American population, they have produced individuals who, among other things, have become Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States. In fact, since 1825 when the first Greek chapter was created in America, all but two of the individuals who have filled those positions have been Greek. You might be interested in seeing our Why Greek page.
To summarize roughly however, studies have shown that Fraternity/Sorority students are more successful in completion of their degrees, in pursuit of their careers following graduation, and in life as a whole. The community at the University of Wyoming is increasingly becoming a model for other communities, offering tomorrows leaders of business, politics, philanthropy, and life opportunities that will make this summary's ideas stronger in Wyoming.
The best way to encourage proper investigation of the University of Wyoming Fraternity/Sorority Community, is to have your student participate in Formal Sorority or Fraternity Recruitment activities at the beginning of each school year. The opportunity allows students to investigate chapters first hand, hear what they each are about, meet their members, and potentially choose a home. At the very least, these activities will allow your student to meet and interact with the campus' best students, make friends, and create relationships for the future.