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Divine Nine hosts convocation, interest meeting

Interested students filed into the Morgan University Center ballroom on Jan. 26, to learn more about the National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) at APSU is the governing body for the historically African American fraternities and sororities.

The NPHC has three main purposes. They serve as a forum for the consideration of the mutual interest; they assist the university administration in attaining educational, cultural and social objectives and they maintain high standards of sorority and fraternity life on campus.

There are nine active NPHC sororities and fraternities on APSU’s campus. They include Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

These organizations are sometimes referred to as the Divine Nine.

During the informational convocation, representatives of each organization were given the opportunity to present to an audience of 85 registered students on their organization’s history, what they stand for and what they are looking for in potential members.

Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Stephen Dominy said that NPHC engagement is currently at a peak and encouraged others to get involved.

“I am committed to this experience … our NPHC community is thriving, the largest that we have ever been is now,” Dominy said. “I say all of this because I don’t want you to hesitate in being involved and engaged.”

Afterward, members of the audience were able to meet with each organization’s representatives to ask questions or simply introduce themselves.

Senior corporate communication major Tyler Ragland of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. said one’s experience in NPHC depends on the work they start in their organization.

“Personally, what you put into it is what you get out of it,” Ragland said.

Many of the sororities and fraternities are having meetings this week and early next week to provide more detailed information.

If you are interested to learn more about the NPHC fraternities or sororities visit apsu.edu/greek-life.

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