Alpha Beta Alpha fraternity, located in the Eugene P. Watson Memorial Library, is NSU’s newly-established special interest organization at the Natchitoches campus.
Emily Smith, freshman and vice president of Alpha Beta Alpha, said this is the fraternity’s first active semester. There are currently ten active members.
In order to join, Smith said students must be in good standing with the university, have a 2.5 GPA and be willing to help with volunteer work. Smith said the volunteer requirement is so that Alpha Beta Alpha can be student centered.
“We want to help out whenever and wherever we can around not only NSU but Natchitoches in general,” Smith said.
Patricia Brown, a librarian at Watson Memorial Library, said the fraternity holds its meetings once a month.
Brown said the organization conducts projects such as reading to dogs at the local animal shelter and has put up displays in the library. They also brought dogs to the library to help students de-stress during midterms and finals.
Sara Rebstock, freshman, historian and reporter for Alpha Beta Alpha, said the fraternity is currently working on creating study groups and a book club for next semester. Although the groups would be run by Alpha Beta Alpha, Rebstock said they would be open to any students interested in joining.
According to their OrgSync page, the group plans to have public service projects that include reading to animals, children and the elderly, as well as many other literary based events.
Corrections: A previous version of this article claimed that the chapter was brand-new; it is a reactivation of a previously disbanded chapter. It also said that they read to cats when they do not, and that they bring dogs to the library during midterms, while they will also do so during finals week.