Dr. Walter May

Greek life presentations continue in preparation for Fall 2017


Introducing Greek life to Reinhardt’s campus has been a rumor for quite some time; however, starting in the Fall 2017 semester, it will become a reality.

Sororities and fraternities have been visiting campus to see if their organization would be an appropriate fit for them and for Reinhardt. Four sororities have shown interest including:

  • Zeta Tau Alpha (Panhellenic)
  • Alpha Gamma Delta (Panhellenic)
  • Gamma Eta (Multicultural)
  • Mu Sigma Upsilon (Multicultural)

The three fraternities visiting include:

  • Kappa Sigma (Interfraternity Council, or IFC)
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon (IFC)
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon (IFC)

The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) is one of the biggest women’s advocacy organizations, consisting of 26 national and international sororities. The North-American Interfraternity Conference, Inc. (IFC) is considered a trade association and consists of 70 national and international men’s fraternities. For more information, visit npcwomen.org and nicindy.org respectively.

Junior and Business Management major Bill Hess is currently a member of Kappa Sigma and is looking forward to the potential of his fraternity having a presence on campus. He said becoming a chapter prior to having Reinhardt’s approval was far from easy but opened the opportunity for the school to bring Greek life to campus.

“[I learned] Greek life isn’t for everyone, but it is beneficial. Outside of the typical chapter and various events, the conferences I have attended have been very helpful in developing me as more than just a brother of the fraternity but also as a person,” said Hess. “It will help bring the campus together as a whole because of the current divide between the Falany and the rest of campus. Also, it will help with the retention rate of the students because it gives students an attachment outside of classes and the sports they are here to play.”

Junior communication major Abby Snelson is hesitant to bring Greek life to campus for the opposite reason, feeling the change may alter the school negatively.

“I think it will totally change the way our campus runs because I feel like we’re all one family, but if we bring in Greek life, it might divide us,” Snelson said.

Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities Dr. Walter May said research shows Greek life will create a sense of belonging and engagement on campus, leading to better recruitment and retention.

“Assessment data tells us that those who are involved in athletics and arts perform better academically and stay at institutions where they are connected,” said Dr. May.

He said Reinhardt is pushing to incorporate service, service learning and volunteering, and Greek life will contribute to those plans. He also included that they want to create a system to engage students, and that system will be successful when it is inclusive.

Visit the following sororities’ and fraternities’ presentations to learn more about the potential organizations coming to Reinhardt for the 2017-2018 school year:

  • Tau Kappa Epsilon will be visiting Wednesday, April 19 from 2-4 p.m. in the Bannister Glasshouse
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon is coming Thursday, April 20 from 2-4 p.m. in the Bannister Glasshouse

Written by: Jordan Beach; Photo by: Jordan Beach

Getting involved in campus activities has benefits


By Kelly Kipfer

Getting involved on campus has been a proven method for students to make new friends, learn new skills and become a part of the university they will call home for four years.

Involvement in campus activities can help students develop certain characteristics that will be useful for them in their future career and in life. According to the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities, Dr. Walter May, student benefits include the development of “interpersonal skills, communication skills, and learning how to become dedicated and accountable.”

“There are learning outcomes associated with being involved in an organization,” he said.

Students who are involved in an organization or club tend to perform better in the classroom, resulting in having a higher GPA and being more satisfied with their college experience. Involved students can develop friendships and create new memories to keep with them for life, even after college.

Students also have the opportunity to take on leadership roles. Dr. May explained that leadership is a life skill that students can develop through involvement.

“There are two sets of skills,” he said. “There is what we call resumé skills and eulogy skills. Resumé skills are those that you learn from project management and people management. Eulogy skills are the ethics and the courage to make the right decisions.”

Student Body President Katie Purcell said involvement opened doors for experiences she otherwise would not have had.

“I have gained lifelong friends, real world experiences and had opportunities most people would never experience in their life. Being the representative of the student body is an honor and has taught me a lot about responsibility and trust. My goal is to lead other people into wanting leadership positions on campus to be able to have the same experiences as I have,” said Purcell.

Reinhardt University has more than 50 organizations and clubs, including 14 national honor societies, four club sports, leadership clubs and academic organizations. There is something for everyone.

Reinhardt students can join an existing club by simply attending the club’s meetings. Students can find a list of existing clubs and their advisors by going to the Reinhardt website, looking at the left side of the page and clicking on the club or organization that they are interested in. Club pages include contact information for the advisor(s). Students can email the advisor to find out about meeting dates.

If a student has an interest that isn’t represented by an existing club, that individual can start their own club. To propose a new club or organization, students need to work with the Office of Student Affairs. Information on the process is available on the Reinhardt website. The process begins with the completion of a Club and Organization Recognition Form, that is reviewed by the Student Activities Council once submitted. To be recognized at Reinhardt, the following is required:

  • A club must have an advisor/sponsor
  • A club must have at least 10 members
  • A club needs to have some type of mission statement that can fit into Reinhardt University’s mission statement and purpose.

Once a club is approved by the Student Activities Council, students can request funding from the Student Government Association.

Many universities list social fraternities and sororities as clubs and organizations but Reinhardt does not currently have either. However, Dr. May said Greek life is expected  to come to Reinhardt  in 2018.

“The larger the university grows, the more opportunity there will be for students to get involved,” he said.

The Eagle Eye will report on any further developments regarding the future of Greek life on campus.


Photo Credit: Kelly Kipfer