As Fall 2019 Fraternity and Sorority Life recruitment has come and gone, some students may have found that FSL-affiliated groups were not a perfect fit.
If that is the case and one still craves a feeling of brotherhood or sisterhood, there are many local or specialized (major-related or personal interest) fraternities and sororities on campus.
Missouri State University boasts many sororities and fraternities not associated with FSL.
Many of them still have a formal induction process where current and potential members can get to know each other, but they are typically specialized and unique to each fraternity and sorority.
The recruitment week activities and pledging period vary from that of sororities and fraternities in FSL.
Sigma Alpha is a professional agricultural sorority that promotes women pursuing careers in agriculture and strengthen the bonds of friendship among them. It focuses on “achievement in scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship,” according to their mission statement on Sigma Alpha’s website.
Abigail Wilson, Sigma Alpha president and junior agricultural business and marketing sales major, feels her involvement in Sigma Alpha will help her in her future career.
“I feel like I have an advantage in this sorority because it is affiliated with my career of choice,” Wilson said. “All the conferences we go to, I get to meet with potential future employers in the career field.”
Gamma Alpha Lambda is a Chrisitian sorority that promotes “serving with a heart like His and spreading love and sharing our faith with others,” according to the mission statement on Campus Link. Gamma Alpha Lambda members focus on growing in their faith and submitting their lives to God.
Ericka Youngquist, 2018-2019 vice president of recruitment/rush and junior religious studies major, was drawn to GAL because she felt it was a better fit for her than an FSL sorority.
“I was drawn mainly because of the sisterhood aspect and also being able to be comfortable with my beliefs,” Youngquist said. “It offered just the same love a ‘real’ sorority has.”
Kappa Kappa Psi is a co-ed honorary service fraternity which promotes musicianship, leadership and service. Its purpose is to serve the college university or band program through service projects, fundraisers and social events.
Candi McElveen, brother chair and undergraduate non-degree seeking freshman, said she was drawn to KKPsi because she felt that it was her chance to give back.
“I have a love for band and music, and I wanted to give back because band and music have given me so much.” McElveen said. “By being in KKPsi, one gets to see how we are helping better promote and support the band program at Missouri State!”
Phi Sigma Pi is a gender-inclusive honor fraternity that promotes “scholarship, leadership and fellowship,” according to its mission statement on Campus Link. Their focus is to better themselves academically and offer community service on and off the campus, while bettering their brotherhood.
Katlyn Smith, past recruitment advisor and senior psychology major, was drawn to the fraternity because of the environment it created to push her further towards academic excellence.
“Though I’ve met some of my life-long friends in PSP, that wasn’t the goal,” Smith said. “The goal was to achieve higher in academic areas.”
To note a few other sororities, Gamma Sigma Sigma is one dedicated to service and Sigma Lambda Gamma is MSU’s first, newly founded multicultural sorority.
More information on these groups can be found on Campus Link. Many will have recruitment during the spring semester.