By JENNIFER ROBACK | Managing Editor
The LIU Brooklyn campus welcomes one of its first Service and Leadership fraternity organizations on campus this semester.
Theta Chi, which was founded in 1856, is an organization made up of male students who are actively engaged on campus and within the school's community. According to their website, there are over 190,000 members across their 242 chapters, including 10 members on the Brooklyn campus.
According to their Shark Nation page, their mission statement is: “Theta Chi is one of the oldest men's fraternities with strong roots in service to community and campus, dedication to academics, and an emphasis on the health and safety of our membership. We also strive to promote professional advancement through networking opportunities and hands on leadership development to ensure our collegians graduate from their alma mater prepared and ready to not only thrive but lead in their career path.”
While the school has other Greek organizations like Alpha Lambda Delta and Alpha Kappa Alpha, Theta Chi is LIU Brooklyn's first, “...social, non-identity based fraternity,” on campus. This allows the organization to welcome all men from different backgrounds to work towards bettering themselves and others throughout their community.
“Being a social fraternity, we also seek to interact with other organizations on campus, so students can expect a supportive partner in hosting events, promoting school pride, and in enriching their time at LIU Brooklyn. Theta Chi’s main colors are red and white so students can also expect to see a few more red shirts popping up!” said Derek Hatzenbuhler, Field Executive of the LIU Brooklyn chapter.
Theta Chi also has some events students should keep an eye out for this semester. While there are no dates yet, the organization plans on having events geared towards depression awareness and a “White Ribbon” event promoting men taking a stand against violence against women which is estimated to be scheduled around the end of October.
“Greek individuals end up being leaders in top organizations across the country,” said Hatzenbuhler. With Theta Chi being a new organization on campus, students who join will have the honor of being part of only 10% of Greek members who found a new chapter on their campus which can be used to help build resumes.
Other benefits of being part of Greek life, being eligible for scholarships, networking with alumni throughout the country as well as being part of a fun environment creating friendships that will last a lifetime.
“We are most excited to expand our membership and begin to build our legacy at LIU Brooklyn. We can’t wait to start hosting events with other organizations while promoting and providing a positive, engaging experience virtually and on campus,” said Hatzenbuhler.
For students who are interested in joining the organization, you can submit an interest form or email Hatzenbuhler directly at email@example.com to set up a zoom or in-person interview. There is also a page under “organizations” on the Shark Nation Experience Presence site.