J.D. Sterba


Beta Theta Pi

Hometown: Troy, Mich.

Meet J.D., a communication major who joined Beta Theta Pi in the fall of 2012. Beta Theta Pi is one of the many houses in the CMU Greek community — a group of more than 1,200 CMU students who are held to a standard of academic excellence and philanthropic and community leadership.

J.D. says Greek Life at CMU is different than what you might see at other universities across the nation. "The unity in the Greek community is incredible. It's really cool to see what bonds people have outside of their own fraternity or sorority. We're all in it for the right reasons, which is to do great things for this campus and our community. "

Leaders in brotherhood. "I never really thought about going Greek in high school. I had a few friends who got me to come out to a couple of events, and I really enjoyed the bond the brothers had with one another. Now I'm able to share in those bonds. It's the best decision I've ever made."

Leaders in the community. "Philanthropy is the reason so many people fall in love with the Greek community. It's incredible to see where all of that hard work and the money you raised will go. It genuinely makes a difference in people's lives."

Leaders in friendship. "I've gained some of my best friends in joining Beta Theta Pi. It taught me a lot about our campus and building relationships at CMU. These are the guys that will stand in my wedding someday."


CMU student leaders giving back to their community

Highlights of Greek Life include:

  • Members of Greek organizations are held to high standards and are expected to volunteer in the local community, maintain high grades, and be leaders in other campus organizations.
  • Statistics show CMU students who are involved in Greek Life achieve a higher cumulative GPA than those students who do not participate in Greek Life.
  • The chapters of the CMU Greek community typically raise more than $90,000 annually for philanthropic causes including Susan G. Komen for the Cure and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
  • CMU's social fraternities and sororities raised more than $22,200 during the 2013 Greek Week for the Jenna Kast Believe in Miracles Foundation, sponsoring gifts of hope for nine children in Michigan.

To learn more about Greek Life, click here.