Friday, September 27, 2013

Answering the question about competitiveness

We'll be the first to admit during Intramurals, or Stepsing and yes, even recruitment, that the blood pressure goes up just a bit and the need to "win" becomes just a step more intense than it usually does during the course of the regular year.

One of the things that we share regularly with people though is that our students build friendships and camaraderie across chapter lines..

That's why when we saw this scene play out during the recent recruitment season (as we almost ran them down in a golf cart) we thought it was worth saving to illustrate that even during one of the most competitive times, friends across chapter lines matter.. Left to right, ADPi, Chi Omega and ZTA buttons on those backpacks!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Opening of school 13-14

Good morning everyone,
As we start a new academic year we are poised for some very big things. the Interfraternity Council fraternities and the Panhellenic sororities are currently on a record registration pace, the community is a buzz with the talk of Alpha Tau Omega coming to campus later this fall and in the spring, the NPHC community is as active as it has been in it's brief 3 year history, and the list goes on.

With that in mind, we want to use the blog to call your attention more to what is going on, and the good things are chapters are doing to support the community. Our first "highlight" of the year goes to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and their work with Jessie's Place, read below and the pictures also highlight some of what they did.


The Sigma Eta chapter participated in statewide community service projected sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.   The state leadership team challenged all chapters in Alabama to develop a service project to participate in on August 31, 2013.

Under the direction of President Veronica Duarte, the chapter created toiletry bags for residence of Jessie's Place. Jessie's Place is a 24 hour residential haven providing safe and supportive shelter for homeless hurting women and children seeking shelter while preparing to reach self sufficiency.

Along with the chapter president, members of the chapter Kyndall Moorman-Key, Melanie Pippen, Melody Martinez and chapter advisor Dr. Denise J. Gregory purchased personal items for 30 residents at the facility. Individual bags for the residents were prepared and  included towels, combs, soap, wipes, water, snacks, and razors.

With school just beginning this week, the Sigma Eta chapter has hit the ground running with providing service to others as their first event for the semester.

Monday, February 18, 2013

NPHC History Author Lawrence Ross to speak on campus

The Samford National Pan-Hellenic Council is pleased to host Author Lawrence Ross on campus. Ross is the author of "The Divine Nine" the first comprehensive history of the nine historically African American fraternities and sororities. The program will begin at 7 pm on Wednesday, February 27th in Reid Chapel.

The program is open to the public. If you are interested in learning more about the NPHC community on a national level, this is a great program for you! For more information contact

Thursday, November 8, 2012

New edition to Greek Life; Greek Life and Leadership

We are pleased to share that Greek Life will now be home to a new Foundations Class (FOUN 102-04) meeting from 1-2:15 pm on Wednesdays. The class will be limited to 20 people.

The class will be discussing leadership in the context of Greek Life on a national, regional, and local level. You can expect papers, debates, discussion groups and more should you decide to take this class! It will be ideal for anyone who is a new chapter/community leader or someone who is aspiring to a role along that line.

If you have any questions, please contact

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Where we have been, and where we are going

Good morning,
In Fall of 2010 the student population at the time indicated an increased need for transparency and to tell "our story".  We have made progress in the transparency aspect, telling our story, and also goal setting/accomplishment which we need to share.

In January of 2011 our first Joint Council Leadership Retreat was held. At the retreat, there was some teambuilding, education as a lot of people were not familiar with histories of peer organizations, but with each other. At that retreat, we established a number of goals to aim for and that we, in fairness, are still continuing to aim for. However, a person would be hard pressed to say that progress is not being made.

Those goals are now available for you to see on the greeklife website at under "Resources and Links" and for our National friends it is under that section of our site as well. Again, as you read remember, great progress, but still a way to go.

The second piece I need to call your attention to is the 2011 Greek Life End of Year Report. This is a compilation made in large part, by the Greek students themselves. The final numbers are taken primarily from the Greek Awards packets as submitted by the chapters themselves. This piece is available in several spots throughout the website.

The third aspect is our social media campaign. Through a number of websites and efforts, particularly with Facebook and Twitter, we are reaching exceptionally high numbers that are equitable to large scale state institutions and well in comparison with our peers (specific institutions can be shared through the office).

All of these are efforts to tell our story and to progress in a manner that is congruent with our values as an institution and organizations and to have some fun in the process.

If you have any questions, by all means, please contact the Office of Greek Life at

Friday, September 14, 2012

Some details about IFC recruitment...

Written by IFC Vice President-Recruitment Casey Ryan, some details for you about attire and what to expect for the remaining recruitment experience for IFC fraternities this weekend (9/15-9/18).

Important Things to Know About Fall Recruitment 2012

Alumni night will begin at 7, and recruits will meet at 6:30 at Seibert Gym. Everyone will be attending the same house altogether. Wear a collared shirt and khakis for this night (business casual). You will be hearing for Chapter Alumni about their experience with their Fraternity.

After Alumni Night, you will return to Seibert where everyone will go to a computer lab and fill out a ranking sheet.

Starting at noon, invitations for the houses are available for pickup at the Office of Greek Life. Open House night on Sunday will begin at 7pm. You will be able to attend any house’s event during that time as long as you were invited back. It is up to you how long you stay at each one. This night is also more casual, but wear something presentable. At 10:15, recruits will meet back in the same lab to do the same ranking process. This night’s events will depend on which chapter you attend.

Between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. on Monday, recruits can pick up their invitation/schedules in the Office of Greek Life for the last time. Brother’s Night In will begin at 7p.m. This is the last night of Formal Recruitment. Wear whatever you deem suitable. At 10:15, recruits will meet in the lab for the last time to do a final ranking. This night’s events will also depend on which chapter you attend.

You may pick up Bids from 7:30-9:00a.m. in UC 116. This is right next to the SGA Office. At 9:45 recruits who accepted a bid will meet in Harry’s for the Formal Bid Day and Walk Out Ceremonies

Monday, April 23, 2012

A history of what it means to "step"

Recently, the Samford University Greek community conducted a "first" if you will. Taking a cue from some of our area peers, it was the first time that NPHC, Panhellenic and IFC greeks "stepped" together. A wildly successful event for our campus, it is important though that everyone understand the history of "stepping" in addition to having fun and getting a full workout in the process :)

If you haven't seen the Samford Step Video, check this link:

Unified Step Routine

Jason Malone, member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc (Tau Iota) and one of the folks who pushed forward the idea of Samford doing this, took the time to write up a few paragraphs around the history of stepping and its significance, his words are shared below:


Stepping has its beginnings in the early African American slave community as a means of
communication and keeping hold of traditional aspects of the denied culture. It served mainly
as a link back to African tribal dance, which in many areas was prohibited. Call-and-response
folk songs helped the slaves to survive culturally and to spread word about important matters,
such as the Underground Railroad. Several generations later, Black World War II veterans added
in a military march theme to the sounds, while Motown grooves and Hip-Hop energy added
more entertainment and increased the appeal of the art form. 

In the late 1960s, historically Black fraternities and sororities began embracing stepping at
college campuses. Most historians agree that Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, and then
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, were the first to start the stepping phenomenon which
has become wildly popular today. The contributions of Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, a member
of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, made stepping moves sourced directly from African
culture more common. It is the tribal, African feel of stepping that makes it powerful.


Thanks Jason for sharing a bit of the history surrounding stepping and for allowing Samford Greeks to share in the tradition.