Story by Reagan Scott
LINCOLN (SNR) — On Saturday Aug. 25 Pi Alpha Chi, the Catholic sorority at UNL, celebrated Genesis Day (known as Bid Day in the Greek community) for its 20 new members. These young women will have the opportunity to be initiated into the sorority and become active members in January.
The same day Phi Kappa Theta, the Catholic fraternity on campus, initiated five men and made Luke Miller, a FOCUS missionary at the Newman Center, an honorary member. Now, the organization has 52 active members and 28 Associate Members, who were recruited to the fraternity this summer.
Members of Phi Kappa Theta and Pi Alpha Chi are active participants in the UNL Newman Center and strive to help their members to grow in the faith, although interested students don’t have to be Catholic to join.
In fact, Pi Alpha Chi was founded at UNL in response to a desire for women to be part of a sorority that is rooted in the Catholic faith. The Alpha Chapter of the sorority, established in 2012, is the only one in the country.
Today, Pi Alpha Chi has 39 active members, and while it doesn’t yet have a house on campus, there is land set aside as the future building site. Construction will begin when there are enough girls to live in the space.
Phi Kappa Theta is a national fraternity with over 40 chapters across the United States. The organization was founded in 1959 by combining two fraternities — Phi Kappa and Theta Kappa Phi.
Phi Kappa Theta was re-established at UNL in 2005, and its chapter house, located behind the UNL Newman Center, was completed in 2013. There, the men live out the mission of the fraternity — to actively develop men to be effective leaders who passionately serve society, Fraternity and God.
Pi Alpha Chi and Phi Kappa Theta are similar to other Greek organizations on campus,from their support of non-profits with philanthropies each semester, to the socials that they have with other fraternities and sororities on campus. But, at the heart of it all, they are grounded in faith.