What is the history of Alpha Gamma Rho?
Alpha Gamma Rho was founded in 1904 at Ohio State University and has since expanded to almost 70 campuses nationwide. AGR has historically been strictly an agricultural fraternity, but we have since expanded our membership to those students pursuing other areas of interest. The AGR Beta Phi Chapter was founded at the University of Idaho in 1992 and has become a top house choice for students involved in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and in the College of Natural Resources.
What are the principles that Alpha Gamma Rho brothers are expected to live by?
Upon being initiated into AGR, each member is required to sign the “Covenant,” which you can access by clicking here. The Covenant pretty much speaks for itself in showing the high standards to which we hold our members. Our house provides quality opportunities for members to improve those characteristics outlined in the Covenant, to become a better man and a better individual in society.
What kind of educational opportunities does AGR provide?
There are countless opportunities to be involved in leadership opportunities. In the chapter, you can find yourself a top officer on an executive board with leadership duties stretching from new membership development to recruitment. Or, you can settle for a much smaller role as the kitchen manager or the website coordinator. With an impressive campus participation percentage, __% of our members are involved with various clubs and organizations. Of these students, a staggering __% are currently serving in a leadership position at the club level.
Also, by being part of a national organization, each chapter is required to attend yearly Leadership Seminars, as well as bi-annual National Conventions where they will be trained by professional staff in the areas of leadership and professional development, among others.
During our yearly Recruitment School we demonstrate how to seek out the best brothers.
We also have a biennial National Convention.
These are just a few of the opportunities provided to our members to grow, learn, and to become better men!
Who is eligible to join?
All men pursuing an undergraduate or post-graduate degree in agriculture, food, fiber, life sciences, natural resources, forestry, environmental or related agricultural fields, as well as men intending to pursue a career in these fields, are eligible for membership. Men pursuing an undergraduate or post-graduate degree in fields of study outside the above areas are also eligible for membership.
What are the costs involved?
The Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity at the University of Idaho provides a very reasonable house bill of $____ per semester which sits right below the campus average. Investing into AGR provides you with more than a place to live and eat for 4-years, it provides you with an excellent long-term investment.
What about pledging or hazing?
AGR is very proud to be one of the very first fraternities to completely outlaw hazing and pledging. That’s right—in AGR there is no pledging, so each member joins, right away, with the same rights and responsibilities as everyone else in the chapter. The AGR Brotherhood Program, implemented in 1992, outlines 4 parameters:
- No more pledging
- If it’s required of a freshman, it’s required of a senior
- No more dominant subservient relationships
- Rewards should be based on subjective criteria
How will this help my son’s future?
Because of AGR’s ties to the Agricultural, Food, Fiber and Life Sciences fields, the potential to network and gain contacts is immense. There are AGR alumni scattered throughout the professional world, and having an affiliation with AGR can really help give your son that edge he needs to get ahead.
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