Fraternities kick off fall recruitment

Taylor McStoots/The News Greek Life Coordinator Jason Hinson-Nolen and member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Robert Spalding, check in students at Monday night’s fraternity recruitment kickoff.

The fraternities on campus kicked off their seasonal recruitment Monday on Old Clark lawn and have reported numbers surpassing last year’s totals.

So far, more than 252 men have signed up for recruitment, which is a 24 percent increase from last year’s total of 204.

Jason Hinson-Nolen, Greek Life coordinator, said he is excited to see such a high increase in numbers of men signed up to experience all Greek Life has to offer students.

“These organizations impact every aspect of their members’ undergraduate career,” Hinson-Nolen said. “Through these organizations, you meet like-minded individuals and have opportunities to work on philanthropy and community service projects to really be able to make a difference.”

Throughout the week, each of the nine chapters hosted a variety of different events to get to know all interested members and express the essence of their organizations.

Recruitment, which ends on Sept. 3 includes events such as bowling, flag football, grill-outs and other individual events were held for those interested, giving people the chance to meet and interact in a relaxed setting.

Nathan Workman, freshman from Hopkinsville, Ky., said he decided to become a part of recruitment in hopes to find his place on campus, get involved with the community and to take advantage of all the opportunities that come with being in a Greek organization.

“I feel like it really helps you get connected with a great group of guys,” Workman said. “I’m excited to see what is in store for my future by deciding to become a part of the Greek Life here on campus.”

The fraternities will host their bid day Sept. 3 inside Lovett Auditorium to welcome the new members of their individual chapters.

For the first time, the new members of each sorority on campus will be invited to the event so all new members of the Greek community can be recognized. There will be a band providing live music and a panoramic picture taken of the entire group.

Ethan Koehler, director of fraternity recruitment, said becoming a part of the Greek community has impacted his life more than he could have imagined.

“Being a part of my fraternity and Greek Life at Murray State has given me so many more opportunities in life,” Koehler said. “Without the Greek community, I know for a fact I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Koehler said by becoming a part of a Greek organization at Murray State, members are not only making a difference in the community and at the University, but also building tight-knit friendships which will majorly impact their lives.

Said Koehler: “You build life-long friendships through these organizations, and it’s more than just a friendship; it’s a brotherhood.”

 

Story by Rebecca Walter, Staff Writer