Clemson University students affiliated with the 47 organizations recognized through the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life enjoyed a record-breaking Spring semester and 2020-21 academic year, according to data available in an annual community report.
Despite modified academic and organization operations due to a global pandemic, 5,195 affiliated students compiled a cumulative 3.437 GPA for the Spring semester. In addition, the students raised $585,284 toward philanthropic initiatives for the semester and more than $800,000 for the entire academic year.
“I am extremely proud to announce this was the highest philanthropic semester and academic year on record,” said Gary Wiser, assistant dean of students and Fraternity and Sorority Life director. “Congratulations go out to all of our students on their achievements this year.”
Chapters under the umbrella of all four governing councils (Interfraternity Council, College Panhellenic Association, National Panhellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council) averaged at least a 3.0 GPA during the Spring term. Delta Zeta had the highest GPA for the semester, with a 3.634 among 253 students in its chapter.
From a philanthropic perspective, Delta Delta Delta sorority alone raised $180,911 in support of St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Funds raised go to ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude treatment, travel, housing or food.
“After this unexpected year, we can’t believe we surpassed our fundraising goal and made it to our highest number in chapter history,” said Leah Tompkins, president of Delta Delta Delta at Clemson. “I want to give a big shoutout to our director of philanthropy, Sydney Jarecki, and her assistant Maya Joglekar for organizing all of our fundraising events and putting endless hours into reaching our goal.
“I am so proud of the women in our chapter for committing their time in service to St. Jude. It is rewarding to surround yourself with people who want to work toward something bigger than themselves and who see the importance of helping children and their families.”