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Wednesday, July 06, 2016 3:56 pm

IPFW to get first sorority in a decade

Lisa Green | The Journal Gazette

Greek life for women is coming back to IPFW’s campus, after a long hiatus.

Alpha Sigma Alpha will become the first sorority to open a chapter at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in more than a decade, IPFW said in a news release Tuesday.

The sorority will launch a recruitment campaign in September for women who are "passionate about service, education and leadership," the news release said.

"There was a Greek community on campus about 10 years ago, as I understand it, and basically interest from the students just kind of died down," university spokesman John Kaufeld said. "We’re very excited about this new sorority coming to campus."

Greek life hasn’t been totally absent, however. IPFW has a fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, which Kaufeld said focuses on the "mutual welfare and brotherhood" primarily of musical students.

Eric Norman, IPFW’s interim chief of staff and associate vice chancellor and dean of students, said he expects another fraternity to also organize on the campus, likely later this year.

As with other groups, Norman said student members of all campus organizations are provided a code of ethics, including student rights and responsibilities. Expectations are addressed during orientations and other means, helping to ensure a positive atmosphere and outcomes, "not just focusing on fraternities and sororities," he said.

Formed in 1901, Alpha Sigma Alpha is a national panhellenic organization headquartered in Indianapolis, dedicated to fostering close friendships between members along with leadership development.

IPFW said the chapter on its campus will be the fifth active collegiate chapter in Indiana, joining those at Indiana State University, Indiana University, IUPUI, the University of Southern Indiana and more than 175 other collegiate and alumnae chapters nationwide.

"Alpha Sigma Alpha is thrilled to join the fraternity and sorority community at IPFW," Melissa Merriam, national president of Alpha Sigma Alpha, said in a statement. "Alpha Sigma Alpha greatly looks forward to developing women of poise and purpose at IPFW."

The national Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority has a website at www.alphasigmaalpha.org.

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