Greek Life at St. Mary’s University strives to empower members of Greek-letter organizations to excel, promote, and preserve the four principles of brotherhood/sisterhood, leadership, scholarship, and service. Together, Greeks offer an environment which supports and encourages the living out of ideals contained in each chapter creed, holding no tolerance for behavior unbecoming of the highest standards of the mission of the University. Greek leaders are students of character who set examples of leadership on the entire campus.
We invite all students to take part in the Greek experience. The influences of Greek Life will take you beyond your higher education experience. Take the challenge and you will realize that membership will influence you for a lifetime.
In 1946, Fr. Louis Reile, S.M., founded Rho Beta Gamma (traditionally standing for Rattler Blue and Gold.) However, St. Mary’s oldest organization, the Rattler Club, was organized in 1926 and recognized by the University one year later. It was originally an honor society, but, in 1947 it became a social group and eventually evolved into the Rho Chi Fraternity. The late ’40s and ’50s saw other local fraternities/social clubs founded such as the Order of the Barons (1948), the University Club (1951) and Sigma Beta Chi (1950), currently the oldest fraternity on campus.
The 1960s saw the admittance of women to the University and a subsequent explosion of Greek activity. Local groups joined national organizations, and among these were Sigma Phi Epsilon — originally the Order of the Barons (1965) — and Lambda Chi Alpha (1973) — originally Kappa Sigma Nu (1968). Alpha Sigma Tau (1976) — originally Sigma Tau (1966) — became the first National Sorority on campus, and in San Antonio. Kappa Sigma was welcomed to campus in 1980, and Phi Tau Omega (1985) became Sigma Sigma Sigma (1987). The Chi Phi Fraternity was chartered in 1988. The New United Vital organization (1987) became Delta Zeta Sorority in 1989, and most recently the women of In Pursuit of Something Challenging became the Alpha Phi International Fraternity in 1997.
St. Mary’s University
One Camino Santa Maria, Box 83
San Antonio, Texas 78228
Office Location: University Center, 2nd Floor, Room 226
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Student Activities and Transition Programs
Dr. Sheri King, Director
Sabina Ramirez, Associate Director (Greek Life Advisor)