A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Regardless of whether you are a parent, incoming student, or current student on campus I would personally like to welcome you to the Lehigh Greek Community. My name is Matt Tracy and I am the Interfraternity Council president for the 2018-2019 academic year. Lehigh University is proud to have one of the strongest Greek Communities in the nation and the 13 IFC chapters here at Lehigh certainly live up to that expectation.
The students in our Greek community are passionate, driven, and motivated to succeed. In our society Greek life is often portrayed negatively through both the national and social media. Two of the greatest concerns regarding Greek life are interference with academics and the student’s time at school as well as separation from the outside world. The students within Lehigh’s Greek community however are driven to succeed and prove the traditional stereotypes wrong as a result of the abundant opportunities our great school has to offer. The current culture of Lehigh Greek life forces students to break outside of their traditional comfort zones and discover what they are passionate about, while creating an environment for students to thrive and develop as individuals. Members of Greek life here at Lehigh have the opportunity to meet new people in other chapters, work with other student organizations, but most importantly serve the Lehigh and neighboring Bethlehem communities with an overwhelming commitment of both service and philanthropy. Joining a Greek organization at Lehigh is a commitment to bettering oneself and the surrounding community.
A driven group of students without a purpose and without direction has over time proven to be ineffective. However here at Lehigh we are fortunate to have some of the most talented, impassioned, and involved faculty and staff members who have dedicated their lives to improving the Greek experience for first through senior year students. Our talented advisors come from very different backgrounds, each bringing his or her own unique experience to help shape and mold the community we have come to develop. These advisors showcase a wealth of knowledge and are a large part of why the Lehigh Greek community is one of the best, if not the best and most innovative Greek community in the nation. The programming that the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs (OFSA) develops for the Greek students is not only designed to educate, but also inspire and encourage every student involved. Throughout your time as a Lehigh Greek, you will encounter countless opportunities to lead and progress as an individual.
Greek Life at Lehigh is the perfect complement to the well known, world-class education that we are fortunate enough to receive. Going Greek at Lehigh allows you to grow academically, socially, and personally. You are provided the chance to flourish as a leader and mature as an adult. Furthermore, it is essential to understand that in order to thrive and make the most of your time as a Greek at Lehigh, you will need to work and actively engage in the community. In other words “you only get what you put in.” You will have the opportunity to craft your experience based on the chapter or organization that shares your similar values and that you ultimately will join. The brotherhood you will experience and the relationships you create are absolutely unparalleled. Your involvement in Greek life is rewarded with not a four year bond, but rather a life-long bond not only with your fraternity brothers at Lehigh, but also nationally with your respective organization.
Joining a Greek organization can be one of the biggest and most influential decisions you’ve made in your life up to this point. I encourage you to research, ask questions, and truly determine if going Greek is the best decision for you. It is also crucial that you find the right organization to join. On a comforting note, feel free to reach out to me personally (firstname.lastname@example.org), my executive board, or to anyone in the OFSA regarding any questions you may have. We’d be more than happy to answer them and we look forward to talking with you.
Welcome to Lehigh and welcome to our Greek community!
Lehigh University Interfraternity Council President