CMU Greeks Making The Grade

Fraternities, sororities score above campus GPA

The reputation of Greek organizations on many college and university campuses doesn't always include academic achievement as a hallmark, Central Methodist University sororities and fraternities are making the grade.

The cumulative grade point average (GPA) for all of CMU's Greek organizations this past fall was 3.06, according to CMU Director of Student Success Joy Flanders, who serves as Greek Council advisor. That is higher than the campus wide average GPA of 3.02.

Over 15 percent of the student body on the main CMU campus are members of a Greek social organization. Greek life at the university traces back to 1923, and exists to provide student members with a wide variety of social activities and opportunities. Each organization contributes to the campus and community through philanthropic and service work.

Four fraternities – two national and two local – along with three local sororities are currently active at CMU, Flanders noted. The sorority Alpha Gamma Psi registered the highest cumulative GPA, 3.40; Kate Kellner, a senior from Strafford, is the chapter president, and Jenny Martin Anspach serves as the group's advisor.

Another sorority, Sigma Pi Alpha, had the next highest GPA at 3.20; Hilary Wilson, a junior from Monroe City, is president, and Barbara Thurmon is advisor. The fraternity with the top GPA was Phi Delta Theta with a 3.06; Andrew Bare, a sophomore from Columbia, is president and Daryl Jefferies is sponsor.

Other active Greek groups at CMU include the sorority Delta Pi Omega, president Julia Dahlman (senior, Kirksville) and sponsor Dr. Elizabeth Gold; and fraternities Alpha Phi Gamma president Steve Claycomb (senior, Linn) and sponsor Collin Brink; Chi Delta, president Roger Weaver (junior, Overland park, Kan.) and sponsor Eric Robinette; and Tau Kappa Epsilon, president James Craighead (senior, Fulton) and sponsor Greg Thurmon.

"Greek life is thriving at Central, and that is a great thing," noted Ken Oliver, CMU vice president for institutional growth and student engagement. "Our Greeks perform in the classroom, they contribute to a positive campus environment, and they have a lot of fun along the way. I'm very proud of them, and excited about the future of Greek life at Central."



Posted February 21, 2014