Why pledge a fraternity?
Because not everything at Auburn is to be learned in the classroom.
College is a challenging time; it may be your first time away from
home, or you may be looking for a new start. Regardless, much of
the learning you will do over your college career will be just as
much social as academic. The skills you learn in a fraternity, such
as working with people, coordinating projects, and time management
will be very valuable to you in college as well as your professional
career. You will also have a chance to network with people and form
friendships to help you along the journey.
Academically, fraternity men are more likely to succeed at college.
Just over 50% of students who start out end up graduating from college.
For fraternity men, the average is over 80%; fraternities breed
success in men, and brothers help each other succeed in the classroom.
Moreover, you will be joining an elite group. Fraternity men represent
a very small percentage: only 2% of the male population in the United
States. However, that 2% is a very powerful group! Approximately
80% of the executives of Fortune 500 companies are fraternity men.
76% of the current United States Senators and Representatives are
fraternity men. 100 of 158 cabinet members since 1900 have been
fraternity men. 40 of 47 Supreme Court Justices since 1910 have
been fraternity men. All but two United States Presidents since
1825 have been fraternity men.
By pledging a fraternity, you are helping yourself in more ways
than you can imagine; many don't realize how much it has meant to
them and helped them until they've left.
What is Alpha Phi Omega?
Alpha Phi Omega is the largest fraternity in the world - a National
Service Fraternity of college students gathered together in an organization
based on fraternalism and founded on the princilples of Leadership,
Friendship, and Service. Its aim is to further the freedom that
is our national, educational, and intelliectual heritage.
Who are some of the famous brothers of Alpha Phi Omega?
Alpha Phi Omega can count many brothers that have gone
on to fame. Among those are Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell (Beta
Theta Chapter), 1966 Heisman Trophy winner Mike Garret (Alpha Kappa
Chapter), Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (Mu Sigma Chapter),
former President Bill Clinton (Mu Alpha Chapter) and actor/comedian
Tim Allen (Gamma Phi Chapter).
Here at Auburn, we can count Albert L. Thomas (founder of First
National Bank of Auburn - now Compass Bank - and organizer of the
first Boy Scout troop in the South), James E. Foy (Dean of Students
whom Foy Union is named for), and Auburn presidents Bradford Knapp,
Harry M. Philpott, and Wilford S. Bailey as Brothers of Delta Chapter.
Who can join?
Membership is open to any student enrolled at Auburn who expresses
an honest desire to serve mankind and is approved for membership
by Delta Chapter.
Why should you join? What can it do for you?
College should be more than the acquistion of facts and figures;
it should also broaden your experiences, expand and test your inherent
abilities, and sharpen your social skills. Alpha Phi Omega, through
its unique program of leadership, friendship and service, can add
this necessary but often lacking aspect of college life - and at
the same time enable you to help others while helping yourself.
Moreover, you will have valuable opportunities to make a difference
and gain friendships that will stand the test of time.
What is the official relationship between A Phi O and Scouting?
Alpha Phi Omega was founded on Scouting principles. The Boy Scouts
of America is represented on our National Board of Directors; however,
BSA does not govern, control or finance Alpha Phi Omega in any way,
and previous membership in a Scouting group is not required to join
How can you be a Fraternity if you don't have a house?
Alpha Phi Omega is unique; it is a Service Fraternity. We use the
concepts of fraternalism as a means of providing service, to ourselves
as well as to others. The fact that our meetings are held in campus
meeting rooms or our members' apartments or dorm rooms does not
decrease our sense of brotherhood. In addition, since we are unique,
we have no conflict with social fraternities; independents, commuters,
dorm dwellers, and social Fraternity members: all are welcome as
members of Alpha Phi Omega.
What type of service projects does Delta participate in?
In the past, Delta Chapter has: placed over 60 benches on campus,
donated the Auburn University sign in front of Samford Hall and
the Eagles Cage, cared three of Auburn's War Eagle icons for 40
years, and to this day operates a non-profit consignment bookstore.
Recently, Delta has engaged in such projects as Habitat for Humanity,
Lee County Head Start, worked the infamous Foy Desk, cleaned up
scout and YMCA camps in Selma and Birmingham, and assisted in organizing
the September 11th memorials at Auburn.
By pledging Delta, you will have an opportunity to work on a wide
variety of service projects. We are always ready and willing to
work on new service opportunities!
What type of social events does Delta have?
Barely a week goes by without a social event, whether it be a
party at a Brother's house, eating out together, or even larger
events. During the Fall, football dominates the weekends. While
doing service in the form of car parking for the University, we
also tailgate and sit together at the game. We have a Homecoming
Formal in the Fall, a Halloween / Founding party, a football contest
that pits the Pledges against the Brothers, and a Christmas party.
In the Spring, we have our Sweetheart Formal, a Spring Break trip
(in the past we've gone to the gulf and to Key West), a Luau, and
a house party to wrap up the year.
In between the big events, brothers throw parties together, go
see movies, and go to concerts together. We even have a weekly "All
You Can Eat Wings" dinner! Recently, we've also been doing
"Service Retreats" where we'll go on an overnight trip;
we do a service project and stay overnight for good times. Oh, and
did I mention the weekend parties?
Will I be hazed?
Alpha Phi Omega does not condone and will not tolerate
any form of destructive hazing. Hazing is not conductive to the
development of brotherhood or friendship; therefore, Delta Chapter
will never haze you in any way, shape or form. No member of Delta
Chapter will ever demand any form of personal service from you.
What will be required of me?
You have only opportunities! You will be expected to complete a
rigorous 10-week pledge period during which you will have a chance
to demonstrate your desire to serve humanity by taking part in the
projects of the chapter in addition to planning and running your
own service projects. You will also have a chance to take part in
the social life of the chapter and form friendships with the brotherhood
and your pledge brothers that will last a lifetime.