Parents

Dear Parents,

We understand sending a child to any university/college can be a challenging and stressful time in a parent’s life.  While at Coe College, your son or daughter will encounter many opportunities to become involved outside of their classroom experience.  It is important that you, the parent, be educated about the enriching experience that your son or daughter can find by being involved in a fraternity or sorority at Coe College.

What is being involved in a fraternity or sorority all about?
Knowing what you have seen on television and read in the local newspaper, the reality is that those are extreme cases of fraternity and sorority life. What the media does not tell you is that there are many life-long benefits to membership in fraternities and sororities. At Coe College, membership in one of our nine nationally recognized fraternities and sororities offers an instant connection to campus life and a community of friends away from home. Additionally, national research indicates that involvement in fraternities and sororities increases the chances of graduation and college grade point averages. As a life long member of a fraternity or sorority, students are offered the opportunity to develop as leaders, serve the local community, and focus on academics by connecting with local and national alumni members of Greek organizations.

What is your role as a parent?
Your role as a parent is important as your child decides whether to join a fraternity or sorority. Encourage your child to find out more information about Greek Life at Coe by searching the internet, talking with members, and going through recruitment. Ask questions about the groups your child is considering, but trust that they will make the best decision for themselves. Most importantly, be as supportive as you can. The decision to join a fraternity or sorority is a lifelong commitment with benefits extending beyond one’s college years.

Here are ways to ensure that you are being an active and informed supporter of your Greek student:

  • Learn about the fraternity or sorority by visiting the organization’s inter/national headquarters website.
  • Review the fraternity or sorority mission, values, and tenants of membership.
  • Encourage your child to take advantage of chapter services, leadership development opportunities, and scholarships.
  • Encourage your child to attend educational programs offered by the organization and on campus.
  • Find out information regarding the financial obligations of the organization.
  • Encourage your child to take a leadership role in his or her fraternity or sorority.
  • Stay involved with them by attending Parents’ Day functions, mother/daughter and/or father/son events, or attending community service projects with the organization.
  • Encourage your child to get involved in other campus organizations.
  • Learn about the grade point average requirements for new and active members.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Crawford, Assistant Director of Campus Life, at scrawford@coe.edu, or 319-399-8609.