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Northwestern Oklahoma State University has many student organizations that are identified by Greek Letters. Here is a guide to Greek alphabet and the pronunciation of the name of each letter -- so now you can sound like you know what you're talking about (even if you don't)!
|X x||Xi||(Z-EYE) or (ZEE)|
|F f||Phi||(FEE) or (F-EYE)|
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Active - a person who has been initiated into a lifelong membership of a sorority and is in good standing with this sorority
Alumna - a sorority member who is no longer a student
Alumnae - more than one sorority member who are no longer students
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Badge - the symbol worn by initiated members of a Greek-letter organization
Bid - a formal invitation to join a Greek-letter organization
Big - short for "Big Sister"
Candle lighting/Candlepass - a ceremony where a member reveals an engagement ring
Chapter - the campus group of a national Greek-letter organization
College Chapter Director - an alumna who establishes and maintains a close advisory relationship with a chapter and serves as a teacher, counselor, and friend
Colony - a student organization in the final stage before being installed as a chartered chapter of a Greek-letter organization
Colors - the official pair or triad of colors that represent a specific Greek organization
Continuous Open Recruiting (COR) - a process that allows chapters below their quota to continuously rush and bid new members outside of the official rush period
Deactivate - the formal process by which an initiated member disaffiliates herself from the sorority
Dry - term used to describe events where alcohol is forbidden
Extension - the process of establishing new chapters
Formal Recruitment - the official recruitment period of the school year
Founders' Day - the date celebrating the founding of a sorority
Good Standing - a status reached upon the fulfillment of all financial and scholastic obligations to a chapter
Greeks - students affiliated with Greek-letter organizations
Greek Week - an annual five day period in spring quarter that celebrates the positive aspects of belonging to a Greek letter organization
Hazing - any willful act or practice by a member directed against a member or associate member, which is likely to: cause bodily harm or danger, offensive punishment, or disturbing pain; compromise her dignity; cause embarrassment or public shame; cause her to be the object of malicious amusement or ridicule; cause psychological harm or substantial emotional strain; impair academic efforts
Inactive - a member attending the same institution in which her undergraduate chapter is located who has no material participation in undergraduate chapter activities
Informal Recruitment - a continuous, open recruitment period with no specific activities of rushing and pledging
Initiate - a member who is undergoing or has undergone the initiation ceremony
Initiation/Initiation Ceremony - a formal ceremony by which new members become active members
Installation - the establishment of a new chapter
Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) - the governing body of the fraternities
Lavalier - a piece of jewelry with the letters of one’s sorority
Lamplighting - a time before initiation where new members can reflect initiation and past experiences as a new member
Lavaliering - the practice of a fraternity member giving his lavalier to a woman, signifying their committed relationship
Legacy - a member whose mother, sister, or grandmother was a member of the same sorority
Letters - a specific group of Greek letters chosen to represent a certain Greek organization
Little - short for "Little Sister"
Mascot - an animal chosen to represent a Greek letter organization
New Member - a woman who has accepted a bid to join a sorority, but has not yet been initiated
New Member Period - the time between the acceptance of a bid and initiation
New Member Pinning - the ceremony after signing a bid where the new member receives the new member pin
Panhellenic Council - the governing body of the sororities at NWOSU
Pan Hell - short for Panhellenic council
Philanthropy - a designated non-profit organization for whom
Pin - the symbol worn by initiated members of a Greek-letter organization; also another name for a badge
Pinning - the practice of a fraternity member giving his badge to a woman
Quota - the maximum number of people allowed to belong to a chapter of a Greek letter organization
Ritual - the sacred ceremonies practiced by every chapter of a Greek letter organization
Recruitment - a series of events offering members and potential members the opportunity to get to know each other
Sister - an initiated member of a sorority
Sorority - an individual women's Greek-letter organization
Since 1825, the founding of Greek-letter organizations, all but two U.S. Presidents were Greek.
All but two U.S. Vice-Presidents were Greek. (since 1825).
7 out of 10 people listed in Who's Who are Greek.
Both females elected to the U.S. Supreme Court were sorority members.
85% of the Fortune 500 executives are Greek.
Of the nation's 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by Greeks.
63% of the U.S. President's Cabinet members since 1900 have been Greek.
Nationally, over 70% of Greeks graduate, while only 50% of non-Greeks graduate.
76% of U.S. Congressmen and Senators are Greek.
Less than 2% of an average college student's expenses go toward Greek membership dues.
Over 85% of the student leaders on some 730 campuses are members of a Greek-letter organization.
Since 1910, 40 of 47 Supreme Court Justices have been Greek. Three Canadian Prime Ministers have been Greek.
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