Starting in 2004, Acacia Fraternity hosted a used-textbook drive every semester. With the increase of rental textbooks and e-books, we have moved in a new direction. We are now partnering with Youth and Shelter Services to who is in the business of changing lives, giving hope and improving odds by ensuring that youth have access to safety, guidance and caring adults. YSS is helping to instill values that they will carry with them for their entire lives, like self-reliance, forgiveness and respect for others and themselves. Acacia helped sponsor a 5K run/walk in November. We also have several members participating in donation drives and taking part in GRIP mentoring with challenged children at the shelter. A majority of our members also serve our community through their efforts with organizations such as Ames Emergency Residency Project, Foot at First, Students Helping Our Peers & Student Volunteer Services. Philanthropy also plays a large role in the lives of the Men of Acacia.
Acacia's Summer Renovations!
Our chapter is proud and extremely excited about the complete renovation that has completed on our basement. The public areas of the basement are completely redone, and new furniture as well as a home theater system has been installed. Check out the finished basement here!
Cornerstones Membership Development Program
The Iowa State Chapter has adopted the new Cornerstones Membership Development Program. Cornerstones is designed to build a stronger brotherhood and dedicated to creating a fraternal atmosphere where today′s contemporary student can acquire more than basic knowledge in many different areas. The foundation of this program is built around three fundamental areas: social awareness, physical well-being and intellectual growth. From the newest pledge to the current undergraduate, alumnus and community leader, opportunities exist to be active in the ongoing operations of the chapter.   more >>
Not the frat type? We find that many incoming freshmen confuse fraternity life with the college party stereotype we see in movies. Consequently, when we ask freshmen if they have ever thought about joining a fraternity they say that they don't think of themselves as the "frat type." This response was actually...more >>
In addition to being academically successful, members of Acacia actively participate in numerous campus organizations. We encourage our members to get involved to make the most out their college experince. In fact, the Co-Director of Dance Marathon, and the LIVE! @ VEISHEA Coordinator are both Acacians. Other involvement includes participation in GSB (Government of the Student Body), Freshmen Council, University Honors Program...more >>