Dear Parents and Friends:
We are pleased you and your student are taking time to learn about our organization. Founded in 1907 at the University of Illinois, Triangle Fraternity is the nation’s premier fraternal organization for men pursuing degrees in Engineering, Architecture, and the Sciences. Over 110 years later, Triangle Fraternity continues to provide personal and professional development opportunities for our undergraduate and alumni members.
As our non-Greek letter name suggests, we are a bit different than other men’s social fraternities. We support scholarship and the attainment of a degree first and provide social outlets to compliment the academic experience. In essence, we take smart, focused men and provide the social and leadership skills to make them well-rounded graduates.
Over the course of history Triangle and its members have achieved the following:
- Over 30,000 men initiated.
- Over 23,000 living members and 1,100 undergraduate men.
- Triangle brothers have served as CEOs for industry-leading organizations such as Shell Oil, AT&T and Blizzard Entertainment, and are successful leaders in education, medicine, technology, government/military and in law.
- As your student pursues an engineering, architecture, or science degree, he will have the ability to network with our alumni – from those who are running international corporations to those in start-up industries in his field of study.
- With our focus on academics and professional development, Triangle brothers take their studies seriously and regularly place high in GPA rankings among their peer organizations. We also graduate at higher rates than non-fraternity men.
- Our Fraternity’s dedication to risk management has earned us one of the lowest insurance premium rates of all men’s fraternities.
Triangle supports education and the attainment of a technical degree, but also emphasizes preparing for life after college. I think you will agree our Code of Ethics is wise guidance for any young man looking for success in life.
Please contact the National Headquarters at (317) 837-9640 or firstname.lastname@example.org at any time, if you have any questions or concerns.
Tom Pennington, Executive Director
Positive Impact of Fraternities
Research proves that fraternities foster positive mental health, serve as a success accelerator for students, and engender tremendous loyalty and connection among alumni to support their alma mater. The North-American Interfraternity Conference, representing over 50 men’s college fraternity groups, hosts information on many independent research projects that are changing the way many people think about fraternities and showing the positive impact they can have on young men, their campuses and communities.
Read the Research here: https://nicfraternity.org/research/
To Parents of Undergraduate Members
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
We hope that you and your family had a safe and enjoyable summer. Triangle considers the health, safety, and welfare of students to be our number one priority. We would like to ask your assistance as we prepare for the return of our students to campus this fall.
Attached please find a copy of Triangle’s Risk Management Policy. We make every effort to ensure that each student understands these expectations. These policies are provided to students every academic year. Underage drinking and all forms of hazing are prohibited within our organization. We are asking all parents or families to review these expectations with your student, and emphasize the importance of having a balanced and responsible social life while on campus. Please also note the dangers associated with binge drinking. It is the major contributing factor to student injuries, deaths, sexual assaults, vehicle accidents, and hazing incidents.
All students and chapters are expected to fully comply with Triangle policy, and the consequences of not doing so can be tragic. Each year over 1,500 college students die from alcohol-related accidents. Studies have shown that parents continue to have considerable positive influence on their children well past college. Please use your influence now and throughout the year to talk openly about these issues. Gentle, repeated reminders do have a positive impact. Such discussions encourage your student to make good choices and engage in responsible behavior when away from home.
Following are some links to resources that you may find helpful:
- PDF Parent’s Guide: “Helping your Students Engage in a Safe & Enjoyable Fraternal Experience”
- Short Video: “Guidance for Parents of College Students Returning to Campus”
- Short Video for Parents and Students: “A Guide to Responsible Drinking”
- Short Video: “Parents, Talk with Your Student About Hazing”
Triangle continually strives to educate our members on ways to conduct chapter activities in a safe manner. Our policies prohibit underage drinking at all chapter events, and hard alcohol is prohibited unless served by a licensed third-party vendor. Through each academic year, Triangle will continue to educate members about recognizing risks associated with binge drinking, sexual misconduct, and hazing.
We appreciate your partnership as we work to maintain a safe environment for your student. Your positive influence will make a huge difference. Your student’s safety, health and welfare remain our most important mission. Should you ever have concerns about any chapter activity or event please feel free to contact National Headquarters at (317) 837-9640 or email@example.com at any time.
Tom Pennington, Executive Director