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Welcome to the homepage for the Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) Community at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse! We’re excited that you’re interested in learning more about what our community has to offer. We believe that when done right, there is no campus experience that can be as enriching as membership in a fraternal organization. Our organizations are designed to help our students become better scholars and critical thinkers, to become better leaders, to help our students give back through service and philanthropic activities, and to develop a network and build relationships on campus and across the country.
Each of our organizations was founded on a particular set of values. While each organization is united by our FLS Community Pillars of Friendship, Leadership, Service, and Intellectual Growth, they also have a unique mission and purpose. We ask each member of our community to live those values every day. Whether participating in Brotherhood/Sisterhood activities, participating in Operation River Watch or Rotary Lights, or participating in the many events happening at UWL, there are so many ways for you to get involved and experience those values firsthand.
We believe in the power of our organizations. We encourage you to meet with our members, get involved with what they do, ask questions, be curious about what a fraternal experience is truly about, and find the group that is the right fit for you. We are here to help you along your journey. If we can help answer any questions, please do not hesitate to let us know. Help be a part of the future of the fraternal movement!
Fraternity and Sorority Life Mission Statement
The University of Wisconsin- La Crosse Fraternity and Sorority Community is rooted in the values that unite all of our organizations. We will foster and develop friendships between members and organizations, support leadership development and involvement opportunities for all members of our community, commit to meaningful service to others, and to promote and achieve academic excellence. The Fraternity and Sorority Community will work to create an environment that encourages each student to reach their fullest potential, while living their values every day. Membership in our fraternal community will provide students with the opportunity to develop skills that will benefit individuals, their organizations, the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, and the local and global community.
Fraternity and Sorority Life Learning Outcomes
Our Fraternity and Sorority Community is guided by our learning outcomes, which are intended to positively impact the growth and development of our members, organizations, and community. These learning outcomes are designed to reflect the shared values of our organizations, University Centers, and the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. Our Fraternity and Sorority Community is built upon four main pillars:
As a result of participation in our fraternal community, members will develop the skills needed to build and maintain meaningful relationships with others, including strong communication skills, knowledge and appreciation of diversity, conflict resolution, social excellence, and respect for others. This will be evident through personal reflections and end of the year reporting
- Leadership development
As a result of participation in our fraternal community, members will engage in a variety of experiences designed to improve their leadership capabilities and individual self-efficacy. We will view leadership development as an ongoing process, and like our membership in our organizations, as a lifelong pursuit. This will be evidenced by participation in regional and national leadership programs, participation on campus, as well as end of the year reporting.
As a result of participation in our fraternal community, members will engage in a variety of service and philanthropic opportunities to give back to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, the greater La Crosse community, and various national programs. By actively engaging in service, we will work to prepare the next generation of global citizen, mindful of their ability to have a positive impact on their community. This will be evident through personal reflections and end of the year reporting.
- Academic excellence
As a result of participation in our fraternal community, members will strive to excel in their academic pursuits. As the history of our organizations ties back to the earliest literary societies, will must continue those original ideals, and challenge our members to exhibit the highest levels of reasoning, critical thinking, and lifelong learning. This will be evident through semester grade reports, personal reflections, and end of the year reporting.
Four Pillars of Fraternity and Sorority Life
The fraternity and sorority community understands that students attend UW-La Crosse for academics first. Each chapter at UW-La Crosse has a required grade point average for members to uphold in order to be in good standing with their organization. Each chapter provides various academic support services for their members. Each chapter has an elected officer or chair in charge of overseeing their brothers or sisters academic progress and to serve as a resource to connect members to services on campus.
Involvement in fraternity or sorority life provides members with numerous opportunities to get involved on campus and in the UWL community. Every chapter elects or appoints officers to their chapter in a variety of roles, providing opportunities for both experienced and emerging leaders. Additionally, members have the opportunity to serve on the fraternity (Interfraternity Council) and sorority (Panhellenic Council) governing boards. Fraternity and sorority members at UW-La Crosse are involved in a number of other student organizations, volunteer with several community agencies, and have individual jobs and internships.
Giving back to the campus and local community is an integral part of being a fraternity and sorority member. Each chapter at UW-La Crosse is very involved with different community agencies such as the Boys and Girls Club, highway clean-up, American Cross blood drive, and more! As well as service requirements, every chapter has a National philanthropy that they strive to raise awareness and funds for (check out the chapter's page for information on their philanthropies).
Joining a fraternity or sorority provides members opportunities to make great friendships and network with members across the community. Joining a chapter provides members with a built-in support system at UW-La Crosse. The trials and tribulations members face throughout their collegiate experience with their brothers and sisters will result in friendships that last far beyond the college years.
The Fraternity man never graduates. He receives his diploma and leaves his Alma Mater for the larger affairs of the world, but as long as his Chapter stands, he is as much a part and parcel of it as in his undergraduate days. His success is theirs, and their success is his. He belongs to the family for life."- Peter Schermerhorn Johnson
Membership in our Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) Community is about much more than the few years you experience as an undergraduate member. We join these organizations for the lifelong opportunity to experience rich and fulfilling relationships, to serve the communities and causes we belong to, and to live the values espoused in our Rituals.
We aim to share and highlight to our current students that we are called to much more than just four years. If we can help support a community of engaged undergraduate leaders, we can continue to build a network of supportive alumni that will continue to invest their time and talents into the members and organizations that hold a special place in their hearts. To do this, we need your help. We hope that you stay up to date with the happenings in our community, ask questions of us, and share your success. Join our LinkedIn group to help us highlight how far our network truly expands.
We hope to hear from you! Whether you have a job or internship opening that you'd like to share, you'd like more information about what's happening on campus, or would like to share a personal success, we want to know! If we can help in any way, please do not hesitate to let us know! Thanks so much for your continued involvement!
UW-La Crosse Fraternity & Sorority Life Advisers
The office of Fraternity & Sorority Life has created a “UWL Fraternity & Sorority Community” group on LinkedIn. LinkedIn.com is the world’s largest professional network where users can create and maintain personal profiles that highlight your education, professional experiences, achievements, and more. The site also provides an opportunity to connect with professionals in your field, different businesses, and professional associations or groups.
The “UWL Fraternity & Sorority Community” group is a space for past, current, and future community members to connect with one another. Our hope is that members will share job openings, internships, and/or promotions with fellow UWL Greeks. The group will also serve as a space for you to reconnect with your fellow peers from when you attended UW-La Crosse.