New On-campus Theme Houses
Clarkson University's sweeping master plan maximizes our scenic river- and forest-side location. One of the most exciting aspects for students is the creation of new houses to serve Greek organizations and other shared-interest groups.
Such living-learning environments have proven highly effective in developing the leadership and teamwork skills that give our graduates an edge. At their best, they promote the highest values -- camaraderie, responsibility and a sense of service to the community.
Clarkson has made a commitment to special interest groups by building on-campus housing, which meets their specific needs. These new theme houses will provide not only a place to reside for 20-22 individuals with shared interests, but they will also offer living and gathering space. Large living/gathering rooms within the houses will allow groups to have meetings, philanthropic and social events. These spaces also free up common meeting and studying spaces already on campus.
Working with students and alumni representing fraternities, sororities and special interest groups, Clarkson developed site plans and is now building new University-owned housing to accommodate members of designated organizations.
Construction is taking place just west of the CAMP building with two of the houses scheduled to open in fall 2013. Sigma Chi and Sigma Delta fraternities will be the first two groups to move onto campus in the theme housing. They will be followed by Sigma Phi Epsilon.
A large number of Lambda Iota-Delta Upsilon alumni brothers are also working to re-colonize Delta Upsilon on campus (see sidebar on right).
Existing fraternities and sororities are not required to move from their current accommodations, but any of them can opt to relocate. Houses in this section of campus will also be available to theme interest groups who qualify.
Features will include kitchens and dining facilities, along with large and small public rooms for social gatherings and meetings. The exterior design and interior ambience of each house is distinctive. Like other University-owned residences, the new units will pay for themselves over time through bed fees charged to residents, with rates determined in accordance with the current tier-structured system. The University will also be responsible for maintenance of the homes.
To qualify for residence, student organizations must be able to make a unique, positive contribution that will enhance and benefit the larger community. Special housing privileges will be reviewed annually.
Clarkson currently recognizes four sororities and nine fraternities. Among these, five so far are planning or considering a move to new on-campus houses. Members of one fraternity, Phi Kappa Sigma, now live on a designated floor of a residence hall.
Lambda Iota-Delta Upsilon alumni brothers are working to re-colonize Delta Upsilon. From January 12-25, 2013, alumni from the late 1950s, 1960s, 1980s and early 2000s will be in the Student Center to introduce undergrads to Delta Upsilon. Read more about the "DU Redo."
Sigma Delta Working Towards a New Beginning
For the brothers of Sigma Delta fraternity, the construction of a new house on a wooded corner of Clarkson’s campus represents more than a new home. It's also a new beginning for Clarkson's second-oldest fraternity. Read more