Everything you need to know about Greek life can almost be found here from a list of Greek letters to common Greek terms and Greek Facts.



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Greek Alphabet 

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)!


Name Pronunciation
A a Alpha (AL-fuh)
B b Beta (BAY-tuh)
G g Gamma (GAM-uh)
D d Delta (DEL-tuh)
E e Epsilon (EP-sil-on)
Z z Zeta (ZAY-tuh)
H h Eta (AY-tuh)
Q q Theta (THAY-tuh)
I i Iota (eye-OH-tuh)
K k Kappa (KAP-uh)
L l Lambda (LAM-duh)
M m Mu (MYOO)
N n Nu (New)
X x Xi (Z-EYE) or (ZEE)
O o Omicron (OM-i-KRON)
P p Pi (PIE)
R r Rho (ROW)
S s Sigma (SIG-muh)
T t Tau (TAW)
U u Upsilon (OOP-si-LON)
F f Phi (FEE) or (F-EYE)
C c Chi (K-EYE)
Y y Psi (SIGH)
W w Omega (oh-MAY-guh)

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Greek Dictionary 

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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"

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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

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Deactivate - the formal process by which an initiated member disaffiliates herself from the sorority

Dry - term used to describe events where alcohol is forbidden

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Extension - the process of establishing new chapters

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Formal Recruitment - the official recruitment period of the school year

Founders' Day - the date celebrating the founding of a sorority

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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

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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

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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 

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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"

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Mascot - an animal chosen to represent a Greek letter organization

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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

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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

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Quota - the maximum number of people allowed to belong to a chapter of a Greek letter organization

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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

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Sister - an initiated member of a sorority

Sorority - an individual women's Greek-letter organization

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Greek Facts


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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