Greek life at Trinity is known to be quite different from other schools. The recruitment process is much longer and each organization has its own distinctive qualities. Arguably most notable is the fact that our organizations are local, not chapters of national organizations.
Trinity is home to the Delta Pi chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a national coeducational service organization. Alpha Phi Omega, often shortened to APO, is the largest coed service fraternity in the world. Its core values are leadership, friendship and service. The Delta Pi chapter became active in 1947 and is still going strong. APO recruits every semester, and students commit to several service opportunities throughout each semester. In addition to doing service projects in the community and on campus, they organize several social events so that the members make long lasting bonds with one another. Currently, APO has 85 members and requires 25 hours of service, seven social events, and four leadership credits from active members each semester. There is also the option to be an associate, which warrants half of the active requirements. The current president of APO is Ruth Lavenda.
On campus is also the Beta Kappa chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, the world’s largest professional music fraternity. Mu Phi is also co-educational as well as international, with chapters in the Philippines and Canada. Mu Phi was founded in 1903, and Trinity’s chapter began in 1967. Trinity’s music department is able to share their love of music through this organization, as they host events like Trinity Idol and participate in service events. Mu Phi Epsilon requires one of the following to join: 1) The student be majoring or minoring in music, 2) The student is currently enrolled in a music ensemble or 3) The student has taken music theory in the past, or taken the music theory placement test at Trinity. Mu Phi recruits during the spring semester and the current president of Mu Phi is Mariana Levi Là³pez.
Another popular academic organization on campus is Alpha Kappa Psi, or AKPsi as it is often referred to. AKPsi was founded in 1940 and is the oldest and largest professional business fraternity in the United States. Trinity’s chapter is Nu Pi, and it was founded in 1990. The fraternity’s core values include brotherhood, knowledge, integrity, service and unity. Trinity’s AKPsi chapter has 47 active members and is growing larger each semester. To join, students must go through a series of interviews and a 3.0 GPA is required. However, students from any major are eligible to join. The current president of AKPsi is Gabrielle Racz.
Trinity has the Zeta Tau chapter of Phi Sigma Pi. It is co-educational and was founded in 1916. Potential PSP members are invited to join if they have a GPA higher than 3.0 based on 12 credit hours. Members are recruited during both the fall and spring semesters. The current president is Victoria Ramos.
Trinity also houses a chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the national premedical honor society. AED was founded in 1926 and boasts more than 144,000 members nationally. Trinity’s chapter sponsors visits from health profession school representatives and discusses the rapid changes in modern healthcare. Members also volunteer at San Antonio’s Teen Medical Academy.
Lastly, Delta Sigma Pi is another business fraternity at Trinity. The organization was founded in 1907 and is co-educational. Its intent is to foster a connection between “the commercial world and students of commerce.” Trinity’s chapter, Pi Omega, was founded in 2011 and currently has 35 active members. DSP’s values include professional development, diversity and ethics, service and scholarship. DSP allows members to build a stronger network and develop future careers. The fraternity’s members are mainly business and economics majors and have a general desire to succeed and better the organization. To join DSP, potential members must submit an application and then a selected amount of applicants are interviewed by the active members. The chapter’s current president is Paulina Pastrana.
It is worth noting that several members of Trinity’s social Greek organizations also participate in these fraternities because it’s possible for students to join multiple at one time. As Trinity students are known for being versatile and perpetually busy, these fraternities are great organizations to add to already-occupied repertoires. Students can also bring chapters of national academic fraternities to Trinity, as has been done in the past.