Greek life at Stevenson University is rapidly evolving. The Phi Sigma Sigma sorority was introduced to Stevenson University in 1992, and the Phi Mu Delta and Phi Beta Sigma fraternities have been established within the past school year.
Junior David Fleming describes Greek life’s advancements at the university.
“Stevenson has come a long way in such a short time regarding Greek life, and with the introduction of Phi Mu Delta and the continued success of Phi Sigma Sigma, Greek life is finally starting to evolve at SU. Now that Phi Mu Delta has created a colony here at Stevenson, men will be able to join in a fraternity, something that was impossible just a year ago,” he said.
As the fraternities at Stevenson settle in, students are adapting to this Greek life initiative. Junior Eddie Rivera said, “Greek life brings in a fun, positive group of people, who will accept anyone. For Stevenson in particular, it can help get more students involved in activities, community service, and leadership. The Phi Mu Delta Fraternity strives to enable and encourage others to step out and meet new people.”
Both fraternities have planned quite a few events throughout this semester. “Phi Mu Delta has big plans for Stevenson, and we are always looking for any outstanding gentleman interested in joining or learning more about the fraternity. In coming weeks and months, you can meet us on campus on March 2 for accepted students day, where we will be having a March Madness social in the Owings Mills gym,” said Fleming.
Greek life at Stevenson offers numerous benefits. Junior Abbey Ports said, “It [sorority membership] has allowed me to grow as an individual and within my relationships with people.” Phi Sigma Sigma is always seeking new members to join each semester, and Ports added, “We encourage students who seek a mentorship relationship with a diverse group of women.”
In the coming months, Phi Sigma Sigma will also be involved in numerous events that coincide with each of the fraternities’ events, including Relay for Life on March 30 and Greek Week during the week of April 8. Additionally, Phi Sigma Sigma plans to collaborate with W.O.R.T.H., (Women of Resilience, Tenacity, and Humility) and R.I.S.E. (Reach Out, Inspire, Strengthen, Empower) to host the Weekend of Women event, a workshop conference for women’s leadership and empowerment that is open to all Stevenson students. It will take place from March 8-10.
Both fraternities and the sorority provide many opportunities for students. Phil Gatling, assistant director of student activities, describes what students can expect to gain from joining Greek life at Stevenson University.
“Students who join the fraternity and sorority life community can expect to undergo ongoing training facilitated by faculty and staff as well as contracted professionals. Students can also anticipate joining a community where they will be bonding with other students who share the same mission and value, along with the goal of dedicating time and service to Stevenson University and surrounding communities,” he said.
Deven Roache, president of Phi Beta Sigma, will hold a Greek activity hour every other Friday from noon-2, featuring other “Divine 9” members from local universities.
Senior editor Tim Craig Jr. contributed to this article.