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Social Fraternities and Sororities

For many students, “going Greek” is a major component of the college experience. At Carthage, the Greek system plays a valuable role in the campus community. Learn more about Greek Life at Carthage


Delta Omega Nu (Dons)
Delta Omega Nu advocates fellowship, scholarship, leadership, and the personal development of members in a manner to benefit the organization and Carthage College. As such the group sponsors many philanthropic activities in the Kenosha area, including food collection for soup kitchens, volunteer work with the elderly, and the Special Olympics. 

Delta Upsilon (DU)
The Delta Upsilon Chapter at Carthage College was founded in 1994. Internationally, Delta Upsilon is the oldest non-secret, non-hazing Greek-letter society. They are committed to their mission of “Building Better Men” through the four founding principles: Promotion of Friendship, Development of Character, Diffusion of Liberal Culture, and the Advancement of Justice. The Carthage chapter has a current membership of 64 men. The Brothers of Delta Upsilon pride themselves in their involvement in philanthropies around the area, academics, and doing their parts in multiple other on-campus activities.

Phi Kappa Sigma (Skulls)
Phi Kappa Sigma International Fraternity’s Gamma Gamma chapter has been at Carthage since 1984. Phi Kappa Sigma is also known as the “Skulls” or the “Phi Kaps.” The fraternity’s first interest is academic excellence with scholarships awarded annually to members. Phi Kappa Sigma works extensively as sponsor for the Leukemia Society of America, and with underprivileged children in Kenosha. Phi Kappa Sigma can be found in Johnson Hall on the 4A wing and on campuses across the U.S. and Canada.

Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKEs)
Established in 1998, Tau Kappa Epsilon is the newest international fraternity to the Carthage community. Along with a strong academic focus, “Tekes” promote brotherhood, community outreach, leadership, and equality. TKE promotes these ideals by being involved with the Kenosha community. The “Tekes” at Carthage participate in events like the TKE and Chi Omega Easter Eggstravaganza, Shalom Center Clothes and the South Eastern Wisconsin Special Olympics. Tau Kappa Epsilon is designed to maximize the college experiences of young men, while preparing them for lifelong success and friendships.

Tau Sigma Chi (Turtles and Turtle Doves) — Coed
Tau Sigma Chi is a coed fraternity. The men are known as the Turtles, and the women are known as Doves. This fraternity was founded in 1953 as a service club, having as its purpose to promote and encourage good fellowship, to instill school spirit, to strengthen the intramural program of the College, to promote good leadership, and to serve Carthage.
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Alpha Chi Omega (A-Chi O)
Alpha Chi Omega is a social sorority on campus. Members pride themselves on upholding the five membership criteria of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority: academic interest, character, financial responsibility, leadership ability, and personal development. Members are heavily involved around campus. Service includes hosting the annual “Week of Hope” to promote domestic violence awareness. Activities in this special week include an AXO Man Pageant, a self-defense class, an influential speaker, and a candlelight vigil.

Chi Omega (Chi O)
The Beta Lambda chapter of Chi Omega, the largest national women’s fraternity, was established at Carthage in 1996. The full potential of its members is reached through its six founding purposes: friendship, high standards of personnel, sincere learning and creditable scholarship, community service, campus activities, and career development. The owl is the most recognizable symbol of this non-hazing fraternity and its unmistakable colors are red and yellow. Membership in Chi Omega is a lifetime experience of sisterhood, friendship, leadership, and personal growth.

Delta Sigma Theta
The Sigma Upsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. was chartered on April 19, 1997 by “7 Ladies” who had a vision of bringing the illustrious sisterhood of Delta Sigma Theta to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Carthage College campuses. Since then, the chapter has continued to strive and achieve success by putting on quality programs, encouraging scholastic success and serving the community with an eager heart. Events and activities include Motivation Murals, A Scarlet Letter: “The B Word,” A Cry in the Dark (Domestic Violence/Sexual Abuse awareness), DSTudy Tables, African Dance, Christmas Cards for Woodstock Heallth and Rehabilitation Center, Habitat for Humanity, and Step Out for Diabetes. The sorority’s major programs are based on a Five Point Programmatic Thrust: Economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health, and political awareness and involvement.

Delta Theta Epsilon (DOEs)
Founded in the Fall of 2013, Delta Theta Epsilon arose out of Delta Omega Nu Fraternity. Delta Theta Epsilon’s objectives shall include the encouragement and support of each and every member of Delta Theta Epsilon sorority and to advocate fellowship, scholarship, leadership and personality development in such a manner as to benefit Carthage College at all times through social and service functions. The DOEs see the importance of extra on-campus activities and try participate in campus life outside of the sisterhood community. Each year, we intend to use a week to promote awareness of a positive body image to Carthage College campus. Delta Theta Epsilon values the importance of acceptance; therefore we aim to promote diversity and tolerance. 

Kappa Phi Eta (K-Phi)
Founded in 1965, Kappa Phi Eta has had a profound presence in the Carthage community since its doors opened that same year. With over 40 years of success through its strong dedication to sisterhood, leadership, scholarship and philanthropy, Kappa Phi Eta is a strong, close-knit group of college women. Over the course of the year the K-Phi sisters dedicate their time and effort towards many service projects like the Special Olympics, Foster Care, American Cancer Society, the Lexi Kazian Foundation, and the Andrea Wirch Foundation. Kappa Phi Eta also sponsors many campus wide charity fundraisers as well as multiple annual social functions which are highly anticipated every year.

Pi Theta
A part of Carthage since 1965, Pi Theta prides itself on being a group of unique girls with an undeniable bond. The sorority is very involved on campus. Members participate in a wide variety of clubs and organizations including honors fraternities, the Service Sorority, the business fraternity, Red Hots, The Current, Spanish Club, Pals and Partners, Student WEA, theater productions and choir. Service projects include collecting canned goods to donate to the Shalom Center, raising money for the Safe Harbor Humane Society, a Breast Cancer Walk, and the annual Dodge Ball Tournament for Diabetes. Through many active leadership roles in the sorority, each girl in Pi Theta grows and matures to be a strong independent woman, leaving Carthage with a hard work ethic, the ability to speak her mind, and memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Sigma Alpha Chi
The women of Sigma Alpha Chi (“Alpha Chis”) are celebrating nearly 50 years of scholarship, service to the community, and everlasting sisterhood. As a social sorority, every sister of Sigma Alpha Chi is dedicated to growth within herself, her sisterhood, and her community. Recent service projects include working with the Kenosha Women’s Fund with their bi-annual Power of a Purse event, their Flamingo Fling in the Spring to to benefit the Chicago Children’s hospital. They also  cooperate with other sororities on campus for Love Your Body week and participate annually with the campus Relay for Life event. Social events include semi-formal and formal dances, a hayride in the fall, and fun events throughout the year with the sisters and other Greek organizations on campus.

Sigma Omega Sigma (SOS)
The sisters of Sigma Omega Sigma sorority dedicate themselves to the principles of high academic and ethical standards. The sorority promotes service, unity and friendship among women of color and all women, working to alleviate problems facing girls and women of all ages. 

Zeta Tau Sigma
The Zeta Tau Sigma Chapter was founded at Carthage College in 2014. This Sorority was established through and is linked to the men of Tau Sigma Phi. Zeta Tau Sigma is a social sorority, in which the women pride themselves on high values of integrity, unity, and ambition. Through building this foundation of values, the women of Zeta Tau Sigma build life-lasting memories and bonds between sisters. The members’ main act of community service is volunteering at Parkside Manor Alzheimer Home; however, members are eagerly involved in on-campus events as well.

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    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2020), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

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    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

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