Being a member of the Greek community at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is not only about fun and friends. It is also about becoming a well-rounded human being, with academics ranking at the top of the agenda.
“Coming to college, I had no idea just how much studying to expect,” said Catherine Bowman. “I didn’t try very hard in high school, and thought I would be able to get by with the same study habits. Joining Alpha Xi Delta, I learned great study habits through the use of study and library hours. Requiring me to be in the library a few hours a week helped my grades immensely. I get so much done during my library hours! I’ve done way better academically in college than I ever had in high school, and in December I will be graduating with honors. I’m so thankful for the academic skills Alpha Xi Delta has taught me throughout my four years.”
“Being involved in Greek life, with how busy it is, has taught me a lot about time management and how to prioritize,” explains Sarah Buchner of Sigma Sigma Sigma. “School never gets pushed aside. If anything I am more motivated to get my work done right away so I have more time to engage in those fun Greek activities.”
All three sororities — Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Zeta and Sigma Sigma Sigma — pride themselves on scholastic achievement. Each chapter, comprising approximately 40 women, has a cumulative grade-point average above the all-women’s average of 3.0.
“I knew that I wasn’t just trying to get good grades to stay in my sorority, but to help my sorority be the best, not just in the Greek community but on a national level,” says Jenna Wiedmeyer of Delta Zeta.
All three chapters have women who monitor their sisters’ study habits and grades, and help members who may be struggling with particular classes by finding them a mentor or study partner. The Panhellenic Council, an organization in which all three chapters are represented, rewards women for their accomplishments and oversees the scholastic aspect of Greek life by providing guidance and educational programming.
For her two consecutive 4.0 GPA semesters in 2011–2012, Whitney Hedge of Sigma Sigma Sigma received the National Scholarship Ring.
“I have been working my entire collegiate career to earn the National Scholarship Ring and I would not have pushed myself so hard in school if it wasn’t for Tri Sigma,” Hedge said.
“We have more than just high expectations,” says Cara Shimon of Alpha Xi Delta, who was named the 2012 College of Business Outstanding Undergraduate Student. “We have a support system to help our women succeed in the classroom and beyond. I’m motivated to study and do well in my courses because of the encouragement I receive from my fellow sorority sisters.”
Greek members are also welcomed into an all-Greek honor society, Order of Omega. Members must be a junior or higher standing with a GPA of 3.0 or above. The honors organization recognizes fraternity men and women who have attained a high standard of leadership in interfraternity activities, to encourage them and inspire others.