Issue 5 Fall 2014
GREEK CHIC Advice from the Experts ...what to wear and what not to wear for Recruitment!
AN INSIDE LOOK:
Letters of Recommendation ...everything you need to know and more!
into all things
HELPFUL TIPS ON WHAT TO BRING
Donâ€™t fall victim to Myths... Learn the Facts
How to get Recruitment Ready
...about finances, letters of rec, and what to really expect from sorority membership!
...helpful tips on preparing yourself for Recruitment Week!
UA Panhellenic Welcomes YOU to 2014 Sorority Recruitment
Fall Formal Recruitment Schedule Friday, August 8: Convocation/Move-In Day 5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 9:30 p.m.
Onsite Recruitment Registration (Coleman Coliseum) PNMs Board Crimson Ride Buses to Coleman Coliseum Opening Convocation (Coleman Coliseum) Mandatory Residence Hall Floor Meetings
Saturday, August 9: Open House Day 1
9:30 a.m. 9:45 a.m. 10:00 - 7:20 p.m 12:50 - 2:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
PNM/Sigma Rho Chi Group Meeting PNMs meet in front of 1st house Open House Parties (Duration: 20 minutes) (1) 10:00 – 10:20 (2) 10:30 – 10:50 (3) 11:00 – 11:20 (4) 11:30 –11:50 (5) 12:00 –12:20 (6) 12:30 – 12:50 Lunch Break PNMs meet in front of 7th house (7) 3:10 – 3:30 (8) 3:40 – 4:00 (9) 4:10 – 4:30 (10) 4:40 – 5:00 Break (11) 5:30 – 5:50 (12) 6:00 – 6:20 (13) 6:30 – 6:50 (14) 7:00 – 7:20 PNM/Sigma Rho Chi Group Meeting PNM Dinner on your own PNM Conflict Social (Scholarship Room)
Sunday, August 10: Open House Day 2
8:30 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 9:00 - 5:30 p.m.
PNM/Sigma Rho Chi Group Meetings PNMs meet in front of 15th house Open House Parties (Duration: 20 minutes) (15) 9:00 – 9:20 (16) 9:30 – 9:50 (17) 10:00 –10:20 (18) 10:30 – 10:50 (19) 11:00-11:20
11:30 - 1:10 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Lunch Break PNMs meet in front of 20th house (20) 1:40 – 2:00 (21) 2:10 - 2:30 (22) 2:40 – 3:00 (23) 3:10 – 3:30 Break (24) 4:10 – 4:30 (25) 4:40 – 5:00 (26) 5:10 – 5:30 PNM Philanthropy Selections
Monday, August 11: Philanthropy Day 1 9:15 a.m. 9:45 a.m. 10:00 - 6:15 p.m. 1:20 - 3:15 p.m. 3:15 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
PNM/Sigma Rho Chi Group Meetings PNMs meet at 1st house Philanthropy Day Parties (Duration: 25 min) (1) 10:00 – 10:25 (2) 10:35 – 11:00 (3) 11:10 –11:35 (4) 11:45 – 12:10 (5) 12:20 - 12:45 (6) 12:55 - 1:20 Lunch Break PNMs meet in front of 7th house (7) 3:30 – 3:55 (8) 4:05 - 4:30 (9) 4:40 – 5:05 (10) 5:15 – 5:40 (11) 5:50 – 6:15 PNM/Sigma Rho Chi Meeting & Dinner with Sigma Rho Chi Group
Tuesday, August 12: Philanthropy Day 2 9:15 a.m. 9:45 a.m. 10:00 - 4:45 p.m. 12:10 - 1:45 p.m.
PNM/Sigma Rho Chi Group Meetings PNMs meet in front of 12th house Philanthropy Day Parties (Duration: 25 min) (12) 10:00 – 10:25 (13) 10:35 – 11:00 (14) 11:10 – 11:35 (15) 11:45 – 12:10 Lunch Break
1:45 p.m. 5:00 - 9:30 p.m.
PNMs meet in front of 16th house (16) 2:00 – 2:25 (17) 2:35 – 3:00 (18) 3:10 – 3:35 (19) 3:45 – 4:10 (20) 4:20 – 4:45 PNM Skit Selections
Wednesday, August 13: Skit Day 1 9:00 a.m. 9:45 a.m. 10:00 - 6:20 p.m. 1:10 – 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 6:40 p.m.
PNM/Sigma Rho Chi Group Meetings PNMs meet in front of 1st house Skit Day Parties (Duration: 40 min) (1) 10:00 – 10:40 (2) 10:50 – 11:30 (3) 11:40 – 12:20 (4) 12:30 – 1:10 Lunch Break PNMs meet in front of 5th house (5) 3:10 – 3:50 (6) 4:00 – 4:40 (7) 4:50 – 5:30 (8) 5:40 – 6:20 PNM Dinner with Sigma Rho Chis
Thursday, August 14: Skit Day 2 9:15 a.m. 9:40 a.m. 10:00 - 5:20 p.m. 1:10 – 2:40 p.m. 2: 40 p.m. 5:40 - 9:30 p.m.
Friday, August 15: Preference Day
11:30 a.m. PNM/Sigma Rho Chi Group Meeting PNMs meet in front of 1st house 11:50 p.m. 12:05 – 7:40 p.m. Preference Parties (Duration: 50 min) (1) 12:05-12:55 (2) 1:10-2:00 (3) 2:15-3:05 (4) 3:20-4:10 4:10 - 4:40 p.m. Break (5) 4:40-5:30 (6) 5:45-6:35 (7) 6:50-7:40 PNMs walk in silence to make final selections. 7:40 - 7:50 p.m. 8:00 - 10:30 p.m. PNM Final Selections /Sign MRABA
Saturday, August 16: Bid Day 6:00 - 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
PNMs must be in Residence Hall PNMs report to Bryant-Denny Stadium Open Bids (Bryant-Denny Stadium) Brunch at Sorority Houses
(SRC INFO PROVIDED @ CONVOCATION)
PNM/Sigma Rho Chi Group Meeting PNMs meet in front of 9th house Skit Day Parties (Duration: 40 min) PNM NAME:_________________________________________ (9) 10:00 – 10:40 (10) 10:50 – 11:30 (11) 11:40 – 12:20 SRC GROUP NUMBER: ______________________________ (12) 12:30 – 1:10 Lunch Break SRC GROUP MEETING LOCATION:__________________ PNMs meet in front of 13th house (13) 3:00 – 3:40 (14) 3:50 – 4:30 MY SRC _________________________________________ (15) 4:40 – 5:20 PNM Preference Selections
MY SRC’S CELL PHONE NUMBER:_________________
Table of Contents Welcome to UA
6 Panhellenic President 7 Panhellenic Directors of Recruitment 8 University President 9 Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life
10 12 13 14 15 16
Executive Council Panhellenic Delegates Sorority Presidents Judicial Board Sigma Rho Chis Recruitment Chairs
17 Utilizing the Greek Chic 18 Know the Rules 19 PNM Bill of Rights 20 Membership Recruitment 22 23 24 25
Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA) Panhellenic Code of Ethics Itâ€™s All Greek to Me Letters of Recommendation Sorority Mailing Addresses
On the Cover
Where to Send Your Recs 24-25 All Things Alabama 26-33 Facts on Recruitment 34-37 What to Wear 38-42 Sororities at The Capstone 48-83
Table of Contents Continued... Sorority Life at UA
26 28 29 30 31
Sorority Life Overview Leadership Scholarship Philanthropy Social
UA Greek Events
32 Homecoming 33 Greek Week
34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 44 45 46
Recruitment Week Recruitment Q&A GPA Information Recruitment Advice Open House Days Philanthropy Days Skit Days Preference Day Bid Day Financial Obligations Dining During Recruitment Early Move-In
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Letter from the Panhellenic President On behalf of the Alabama Panhellenic Association, I would like to welcome you to the Capstone. We are so excited that you have chosen to attend The University of Alabama and that you are considering joining the largest Greek community in the nation! Greek life at The University of Alabama is a great way to make friendships that will last a lifetime as well as take advantage of the many opportunities the Capstone has to offer.
consider becoming a member of this wonderful Crimson Tradition! If you have any questions about Greek life or Fall Formal Recruitment, please do not hesitate to call our office at (205)-348-2693 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any member of our Panhellenic Executive Council will be happy to speak with you and answer any questions that you may have. We look forward to seeing you in August!
We, the Alabama Panhellenic Association, are the coordinating and governing body of the 17 Good Luck and Roll Tide! National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities and 1 associate member Christian so- Best, rority. These chapters, along with the United Hannah McBrayer Greek Council (UGC) sororities and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) sororities, represent over 5,500 women from all ends of campus. Our membership numbers are evidence of the strong influence that sorority women have at UA, and we are extremely proud of our outstanding Greek community. From philanthropic service and community outreach to campus involvement and leadership, you will find Greek women in every organization at the Capstone. Each sorority at The University of Alabama has something unique to offer. You will find that all chapters at UA strive for excellence in academics, involvement and service. We hope you
Letter from the Directors of Recruitment Welcome to The University of Alabama! We are thrilled that you have chosen to become part of the Crimson Tide and participate in sorority recruitment!
While The University of Alabama has one of the largest, diverse and most prestigious Greek communities in the nation, we believe that each of our groups add value to the UA Greek experience. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of any of our 23 accomplished sorority chapters. The decision to pledge a sorority is a commitment also to scholarship, service and character refinement. The benefits of sorority membership are endless and the bonds you make can last a lifetime. We would like to encourage you to make the most of your recruitment experience by maintaining an open mind and positive attitude throughout the process. We also challenge you to take the time during recruitment week to fully understand the commitment of sorority membership as well as all of the opportunities that the Greek community has to offer. Keep in mind that the more time and energy you put into your sorority experience, the more benefits you will gain as an active member of the Greek community. At Alabama, we demonstrate a commitment to the positive development of each member of the Greek community through enriching programs designed to cultivate personal growth and strengthen leadership potential. We place a high standard of excellence on academics and give back to the campus and local community on a continual basis.
Although sorority recruitment will be your first experience at the Capstone, it will likely not be the last. Greek life serves as a stepping-stone to involvement in endless other aspects of campus life available to students. UA offers more than 400 student organizations and students within the Greek community play a major role in the success of many of these initiatives. It is my hope that you find a home within a Greek chapter as well as in the campus community as a whole.
We are so happy that you have chosen to come to Alabama and participate in sorority recruitment! Remember to have fun and take advantage of every opportunity presented to you throughout the week. The Panhellenic Executive Council will be stationed on the row, so donâ€™t forget to come see us if you have a question or just want to chat! We are here to make sure that you have a positive recruitment experience. Most importantly, BE YOURSELF and take time to build friendships throughout the week. After all, these women could be your future sisters! Roll Tide and Go Greek, Katie Tuell and Hannah Mancer
Letter from President Bonner Welcome to The University of Alabama! You are joining the nation’s best and brightest students here at the Capstone, and I hope you are looking forward to a wonderful year of new friendships, exciting opportunities and successful accomplishments. Let me encourage you to make the most of your time here, academically and personally, by taking advantage of the outstanding academic, social and volunteer opportunities available at The University of Alabama.
One of the best ways to get involved on campus is by joining UA’s outstanding Greek community, which is one of the largest and most diverse in the nation.
Dr. Bonner speaking at Recruitment Convocation
You’ll find that membership in a sorority offers enduring friendships, personal development, academic support and service and social opportunities. Enjoy our beautiful campus and being part of The University of Alabama family. You’ll create memories that will last a lifetime. Roll Tide! Dr. Judy Bonner, President The University of Alabama
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Letter from the Director of Fraternity Welcome to the Capstone!
& Sorority Life
The University of Alabama, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and the UA Fraternity and Sorority Community are committed to being a welcoming and inclusive campus characterized by access and opportunity. With over 8,600 members in fall 2013, UA now has one of the largest and most diverse Fraternity & Sorority communities in the nation. Furthermore, each and every sorority at UA has something unique to offer and we encourage you to take full advantage of this week and the opportunities that sorority recruitment provides. Regardless of whether you decide to join a sorority at UA, you are going to meet so many wonderful women, make countless friends, and hopefully look back on your participation in recruitment as a positive experience. Fraternity & Sorority Life at The University of Alabama is one of the oldest and richest traditions associated with the Capstone. Dating back to 1847, fraternities and sororities have been an integral part of the UA student experience, and you will find that our fraternity men and women consistently uphold the values of what it means to be Greek. They likewise strive for excellence in academics, campus involvement, and community service. We at UA are extremely proud of our Fraternity & Sorority Community; many of our chapters are national award recipients and are recognized annually for their efforts in programing, academics, philanthropy, and intramurals. The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, a department within the Office of the Dean of Students, is home to five professional staff members (Director, Assistant Director, Coordinator, Program Assistant, and Coordinator of Alumni Relations) and four graduate assistants dedicated to the growth and success of the
Greek community and to the individual development of fraternity and sorority members. Specifically, the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life advises and provides guidance to the 63 fraternities and sororities associated with the four Greek Governing Councils: Alabama Panhellenic Association (APA), Interfraternity Council (IFC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and the United Greek Council (UGC).
More significantly, the office serves as a liaison between faculty, alumni advisors, national offices, and parents; develops valuesbased leadership development programming; provides training in areas such as chapter operations, diversity, risk management, health and safety and membership recruitment; monitors the academic performance of fraternity and sorority members; and recognizes the positive achievements and contributions of community members. It is our hope that you find the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life to be a resource, not only to you, but also to your parents. If at any point, you have questions about sorority membership or Fall Formal Sorority Recruitment, please do not hesitate to contact us at (205) 348-2693. Again, congratulations on your decision to attend The University of Alabama and we look forward to seeing you in August! Roll Tide! Very Best, Kat Gillan
Panhellenic Executive Council
The Panhellenic Council at The University of Alabama is the coordinating body of the 17 NPC sororities and one associate member sorority on campus. The council is composed of 10 executive board members, a delegate and two junior delegates from each sorority. Panhellenic executive council members are current sorority members who have disaffiliated from their chapters during recruitment in order to provide unbiased planning and support for everyone involved in the process. Panhellenic strengthens the Greek community and is responsible for promoting scholarship, philanthropy, and safety for each sorority as well as the Greek community as a whole. The Alabama Panhellenic Association provides activities and programs throughout the year to address current issues affecting college women.
Hannah McBrayer President
Katie Tuell Director of Recruitment
Olivia Acker Vice President of Administration
Hannah Mancer Assistant Director of Recruitment
Frances Blount Director of Public Relations
Jenny France Director of Judicial Affairs
Sydney Everett Director of Educational Programming
Elizabeth Pratt Director of Finance
Katie Vallely Assistant Director of Judicial Affairs
Anna Watson Director of Sigma Rho Chis
The UA College Panhellenic Delegates act as liaisons between their individual chapters and the Panhellenic Executive Council. By attending biweekly meetings, serving on committees, and volunteering to step in where needed, these women help direct their sororities toward working together as a Panhellenic community. The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) is the umbrella organization for the 26 international womenâ€™s fraternities and sororities. NPC provides support and guidance for College Panhellenics and serves as the national voice on contemporary issues of sorority life. For more information about NPC, visit www.npcwomen.org. 12
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The sorority chapter presidents are integral to the success of Greek life at Alabama. Working with members of their chapters, members of other Greek organizations on campus and alumnae, these women strive to make the Greek community even stronger here at The University of Alabama. A sorority president must be a strong leader and have very high standards. Each of the women serving the Panhellenic community this year reflects excellent character and class. We hope the legacy being set by the 2013 chapter presidents will continue with your incoming class of potential new members. 13
Judicial Board The Panhellenic Judicial Board is responsible for upholding the constitution, by-laws, and recruitment rules of the Alabama Panhellenic Association during recruitment. Judicial Board handles any infractions associated with recruitment during the week and is available to help the Sigma Rho Chis if needed. Members of the J-Board will keep track of timing during the recruitment parties and will be able to assist you with any problems you may encounter during the recruitment process.
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Heads of Judicial Board
Sigma Rho Chis
Recruitment is an exciting and memorable experience, but it can be a hectic and emotional time as well. Recruitment counselors, referred to as Sigma Rho Chis, are undergraduate women representing the various sororities at UA they have disaffiliated from their chapters for the week of recruitment to help you through the process. These women have been through extensive training in preparation for this week and have participated in recruitment themselves. They are available for you 24 hours a day as impartial listeners, guides and friends. Get to know your Sigma Rho Chis because they want to get to know you and help you make the best decision based on your personality and interests.
Heads of Sigma Rho Chis
Each sorority has a recruitment chair(s) who coordinates recruitment events for her chapter during the school year as well as during recruitment week. These women have worked very hard all year to prepare their chapter for your arrival in August.
For more information about letters of recommendation for recruitment, as well as a list of local chapter mailing addresses, please refer to pages 24 and 25. In an effort to better know each PNM, the recruitment chairs will spend the summer reviewing recommendations, resumes, and high school transcripts.
Utilizing the Greek Chic
We hope that you will find this recruitment manual very helpful as you prepare for recruitment, as well as during the actual week of recruitment. We have designed the book to be easy to understand and user friendly. In order to make sure that everything you need is included, we formed a Public Relations Committee to work with the Director of Public Relations to create the Greek Chic. Please feel free to take notes throughout the book regarding questions you may want to ask or observations you have about the chapters.
We cannot thank the Public Relations Committee enough for all their hard work in designing this recruitment manual. The committee consists of five women representing different chapters on campus. They have worked tirelessly to make sure that each page represents the UA Greek community accurately.
The Greek Chic is a tool for use before and during Recruitment Public Relations Committee 17
Recruitment Rules and Policies Basic Recruitment Definitions: • A Potential New Member (PNM) is a woman who is registered and/or intends to participate in Fall Formal Recruitment at The University of Alabama. • A Potential New Member is also any high school student (grades 9-12) who is considering coming to The University of Alabama or anyone with the intent to go through UA Fall Formal Recruitment in the coming year. • An active member is an initiated member of a fraternity or sorority currently in college. • An alumna member is a non-active member of a fraternity or sorority. A sorority alumna will retain her alumna status during recruitment.
Summer Dos and Don’ts: • No contact with regard to recruiting for a specific chapter can occur between sorority members and potential new members after May 1st. Example: letters, emails, phone calls and all forms of social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook & MySpace Messages), etc. • Normal contact (work, volunteer, etc.) can occur after May 1st, but conversations should be limited to the benefits of participating in recruitment and should not be specific to pledging any one organization. • Sororities CANNOT have gatherings for the purpose of recruitment that include Potential New Members after May 1st. Example: teas, parties, trips, etc. • Potential New Members CANNOT stay overnight with sorority members or have any contact with sorority members during summer orientation sessions. Example: spending the night at a member’s house, eating dinner or attending social activities.
For a complete list of recruitment rules and regulations please refer to our website at www.uapanhellenic.com.
Potential New Member Bill of Rights •
The right to be treated as an individual.
The right to be fully informed about the recruitment process.
The right to ask questions and receive true and objective answers from recruitment counselors.
The right to be treated with respect.
The right to be treated as a capable and mature person without being patronized.
The right to ask how and why and receive straight answers.
The right to have and express opinions to recruitment counselors.
The right to expect confidentiality when sharing information with recruitment counselors.
The right to make informed choices without undue pressure from others.
The right to be fully informed about the binding agreements implicit in the preference card signing.
The right to make one’s own choice and decision and accept full responsibility for the results of that decision.
The right to have a positive, safe and enriching recruitment and pledging experience.
The University of Alabama complies with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination, which are outlined in the University’s nondiscrimination notice available at http://eop.ua.edu/law.html and in its harassment policy at http://eop.ua.edu/harassment.html. Membership in registered student organizations shall be open to all students of The University of Alabama without regard to race, religion, sex, disability or national origin, except in cases of designated fraternal organizations exempted by federal law from Title IX regulations concerning discrimination on the basis of sex. Individuals who have concerns about the recruitment process are encouraged to contact the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs at 205-348-6670.
Your Sigma Rho Chi and J-Board teams will make sure these rules are upheld during Recruitment 19
National Panhellenic Conference Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement I have participated in the membership recruitment period at The University of Alabama. By signing this acceptance agreement, I understand and agree to the following terms. Please read and initial each of the following. __I am willing to accept an invitation to membership from any women’s sorority (fraternity) that I list on this agreement. __I may limit my choices to just one OR list any women’s sorority (fraternity) whose preference-round (last) event I attended, and from which I am willing to accept membership. I realize that by not listing the maximum number of events I attended, I may be limiting my potential to join any other NPC group during formal recruitment should I not be placed with my choice(s). __Once I submit this agreement to the College Panhellenic Association, I cannot change the order of my preferences or add or delete a preference. __If I do not receive an invitation to membership from a group that I have listed, I am eligible for continuous open bidding. __I have the option of not submitting an agreement at this time. __Once I submit this agreement, I am bound by the National Panhellenic Conference one-calendar year rule. This rule states that if I receive an invitation to membership from a group that I have listed and then do not accept it, I am not eligible to be pledged to any other NPC member sorority (fraternity) on this campus for one calendar year (12 month period) from the time of this signing. Signature______________________________________________ Date__________________________ By signing this form you are agreeing to accept a bid from any of the women’s sororities you list below and, if offered, you are bound to that bid for one calendar year. I agree to the terms stated above, and I am willing to accept an invitation to membership from any of the following women’s sororities (fraternities) whose preference event I attended (listed in order of preference): 1st Preference:________________________________________________________________ 2nd Preference (only if attended 2 events) : _________________________________________ 3rd Preference (only if attended 3 events) __________________________________________ Signature ______________________________________________ Date_________________________ The form is to be completed by the Potential New Member (PNM). 1. Immediately following her final Preference event, the Potential New Member goes to the Panhellenic designated place to receive her printed MRABA to be signed in privacy. 2. The potential new member is encouraged to list on this card any women’s sorority (fraternity) whose preference (last) event she attended and from which she is willing to accept a bid to membership. *Adapted from the NPC Manual of Information
Explanation of the Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA) The document on the opposite page is the Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA), formerly known as the â€œPreference Card.â€? The MRABA is a binding agreement that is effective for one calendar year. By signing this document, you as a Potential New Member agree that you are willing to accept a bid for membership from any sorority that you rank on the MRABA. Please note that if you receive an invitation to membership (a bid) from any sorority that you ranked on your MRABA, then you are bound to that group for one calendar year (August 2014-August 2015). Most importantly, if you receive a bid from any sorority that you have listed on your MRABA, and you choose not to accept it, you are not eligible to participate in Continuous Open Bidding (COB) in Fall 2014 or Spring 2015. If you receive invitations to Preference, at the conclusion of your last Preference party, you will make your final selections in a computer lab, ranking the chapters you visited on Friday, August 15 in preferential order. Once you complete your rankings, you will print and sign a copy of the MRABA. Please note that once the MRABA has been turned in to a representative of the Alabama College Panhellenic Association, it cannot be altered or changed. Prior to signing the MRABA, you will have several options to consider and we suggest that you thoroughly reflect on these before signing your MRABA. -First and foremost, you may choose not to complete the MRABA, thereby withdrawing from recruitment. If you choose this option, you are eligible to accept a bid for membership from any sororities participating in Continuous Open Bidding. A small number of sororities may be able to recruit a limited number of women through the COB process after formal recruitment if their chapter is below Panhellenic Total; however, this is not guaranteed. -Secondly, you may choose to list any sorority whose preference event you attended and from whom you are willing to accept an invitation to membership (a bid). Please note that you should not rank any sorority on your final selection that you are absolutely not willing to accept a bid for membership. If you match with a sorority that you listed on your MRABA, it is important to note that you are bound to that sorority for one calendar year (August 2014-August 2015) regardless of whether you accept their invitation for membership or not. -Lastly, you may choose to list only one or two preferences, but you must understand that if you chose to single intentional preference then you are not guaranteed to receive a bid for membership. Only Potential New Members who maximize their options and list ALL of the chapters that they attended during the Preference Round are guaranteed to receive a bid for membership during formal recruitment. If you do not receive an invitation to membership (a bid) from any of the sororities that you have listed, you are eligible for continuous open bidding (COB).
Panhellenic Code of Ethics As members of The University of Alabama Panhellenic Association, we the undersigned agree that our vision is a safe, positive, enriching recruitment experience with the goal of providing opportunities for the greatest possible number of women to obtain membership in a women’s fraternity. In order to reach our common goal, we will strive to create a Panhellenic environment of trust, honesty, unity, and cooperation among all chapters. Therefore, we solemnly promise to: • • • • •
Respect ourselves, our sisters, and the Greek community as a whole. We will work with other sororities to improve the Greek community. Enable every Potential New Member an equal opportunity and act accordingly with true Panhellenic spirit as well as our own chapter values and moral judgments. Promote the safety and protection of current and prospective members. Treat Potential New Members with the same respect before, during and after recruitment. Abide by all official Panhellenic codes, including but not limited to:
The Panhellenic Creed, The Potential New Member Bill of Rights, The Panhellenic Recruitment Rules, The National Panhellenic Conference Unanimous Agreements • • • • •
Leave the Potential New Member with a positive idea of what sisterhood could be. Encourage the Potential New Member to explore the freedom of thought in her decisions. Assure the Potential New Member about the recruitment process, membership requirements and external and internal responsibilities. Enable every Potential New Member an equal opportunity to a level playing field. Strive to maintain a campus scholastic average that is above the all-women’s average.
The Alabama Panhellenic Association desires to build a community that reflects diversity and inclusion within our sorority chapters. We strive to make our campus stronger through our commitment to promoting diversity and creating positive change within the Greek community. Women of all backgrounds make up the Alabama Panhellenic Association and each individual is celebrated for her perspectives, ideas and contributions to her organization and to our entire community. 22
It’s All Greek to Me Active: A sorority member currently in college who has been formally initiated by her chapter. Alumna: An initiated sorority member who is no longer active in a collegiate chapter. Bid: A formal invitation to join a sorority or fraternity. Campus Total: The allowable chapter size as determined by the College Panhellenic. Continuous Open Bidding (COB): The period in which a sorority not at Campus Total is able to recruit members. MRABA (Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement): A document that each Potential New Member completes immediately following the preference round of parties stating her membership preferences. The Potential New Member ranks the sororities she would accept a bid from in preferential order. This is a binding agreement, stating that the PNM is willing to accept a bid from any sorority she lists. Formal Recruitment: A designated membership recruitment period during which a series of organized events are held for the purpose of selecting new members. Intake: Also referred to as Membership Intake, it is a process through which NPHC and some UGC sororities select new members. Single Intentional Preference: When a PNM attends more than one preference event, but limits her membership selections by not listing all her sorority options on her MRABA. Legacy: A PNM whose mother or sister is an alumna of, or active member in, a particular sorority.
National Panhellenic Conference (NPC): Founded in 1902, NPC provides support and guidance for its 26 member inter/national sororities/women’s fraternities and serves as the national voice on contemporary issues of sorority life. UA has 17 NPC affiliated sororities. National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC): A council composed of the nine historically black Greek-letter organizations which includes four sororities and five fraternities. Philanthropy: A national and/or local charity that a sorority sponsors, donating time and money through service in order to promote human welfare. Potential New Member (PNM): Any woman who is eligible to participate in formal or informal recruitment. Quota: The number of women a sorority may pledge during formal or informal recruitment. Quota Additions: A procedure used to help PNMs who maximize their options during recruitment receive an invitation to membership. Recommendation/Reference: A written letter or statement from an alumna on the sorority’s official recommendation form introducing and recommending a potential new member for pledging. Also called a “rec”. Snap Bid: A procedure used at the close of bid matching to help chapters reach quota prior to bid distribution. United Greek Council (UGC): The primary purpose of the UGC is to unite its member organizations in order to share ideas and resources, promote mutual respect and equality, and provide a support network for involved students. The Alabama UGC is composed of 7 special interest and multicultural organizations. Upperclassman: Any woman who has graduated high school prior to December 2014.
Letters of Recommendation A letter of recommendation, also commonly referred to as a “Rec,” “Reference” or “RIF,” is a recruitment information form completed by an alumna of a sorority. The purpose of a letter of recommendation is to introduce a Potential New Member to the alumna’s sorority chapter at The University of Alabama. An alumna may find a copy of her sorority’s recruitment information form in her sorority’s national magazine or on the national organization’s website. She can also call the inter/national headquarters of her sorority to obtain a copy of the form. Keep in mind, the alumna writing the letter of recommendation does not need to be a graduate of UA, she only needs to be an alumna member in good standing of a sorority with a chapter on UA’s campus. While letters of recommendation are not required to participate in recruitment, PNMs are encouraged, if possible, to reach out to sorority alumnae and secure a letter of recommendation for each chapter participating in formal recruitment. Letters of recommendation for each sorority should be sent directly to the sorority’s local chapter, unless otherwise specified on the recommendation form. For your convenience, the chapter mailing addresses for each of the sororities at UA can be found on the next page. Please note that neither the UA Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life nor the Alabama Panhellenic Association have access to individual sorority recommendation forms and as such cannot obtain them for Potential New Members. Furthermore, while handwritten “letters of support” may be commonplace in Texas, many of the sororities at The University of Alabama do not accept or recognize “letters of support.”
When asking alumnae for letters of recommendations, it is customary to supply them with a stamped and pre-addressed envelope. You also may be asked to include the following items to assist the alumna with completing the recommendation form: (1) a copy of your resume, (2) a copy of high school or college transcript, and (3) a photo of yourself. We suggest a 4x6 headshot; senior portraits work great. Lastly, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure UA has an official copy of your final transcript, as this will be the official grade point average (GPA) shared with each sorority. Please ensure that a certified final copy of your high school and/or college transcript is sent directly to the UA Admissions Office no later than August 1, 2014. All final transcripts should be mailed to the UA Office of Admissions at the address below:
The University of Alabama Office of Undergraduate Admissions P.O. Box 870132 Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487
Chapter Mailing Addresses for Recs Alpha Chi Omega
Delta Delta Delta
Kappa Kappa Gamma
MSC #870414 1831 University Station Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Attn: Allison Montgomery P.O. Box 862938 Tuscaloosa, AL 35486
P.O. Box 866569 Tuscaloosa, AL 35486
Phi Mu Alpha Delta Pi
P.O. Box 11090 Tuscaloosa, AL 35486
Attn: Margaret Worrell P.O. Box 11019 Tuscaloosa, AL 35486
Attn: April Pittman MSC #870416 1831 University Station Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
MSC #870410 1831 University Station Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Pi Beta Phi
P.O. Box 866209 Tuscaloosa, AL 35486
Attn: Vice President of Membership P.O. Box 11067 Tuscaloosa, AL 35486
Alpha Omicron Pi
Gamma Phi Beta
MSC #870412 1831 University Station Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
MSC #870402 1831 University Station Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Kappa Alpha Theta
C/O Amanda Schott Re: Recruitment Recommendation 1130 University Blvd. P.O. Box 557 Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Attn: Kaley Johnson MSC #870413 1831 University Station Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Alpha Gamma Delta
Kappa Delta Chi Omega 40 The Highlands Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
Sigma Delta Tau* 1130 University Blvd. Suite B9 â€“ 212 Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 *SDT does not participate in Formal Recruitment
Zeta Alpha Tau Attn: Recommendations Committee P.O. Box 862848 Tuscaloosa, AL 35486
P.O. Box 11040 Tuscaloosa, AL 35486
For additional assistance with letters of recommendation, please visit the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) website, which has contact email addresses for each NPC sorority: http:// thesororitylife.com/Recruitment-101/recommendations.aspx. Simply email those groups at UA in which you need recruitment assistance, and each group will pursue any needed action based upon their individual organizational policy. You can also find this contact information on each of the individual sorority pages, located under Chapter Profiles on the UA Panhellenic website.
Sorority Life at UA is an experience unlike any other...
The University’s commitment to the Greek community is equal to the Panhellenic Association’s commitment to the University. UA’s Greek Community, the largest and one of the most diverse in the nation, provides an opportunity for new students to become involved in organizations that promote campus involvement and personal growth. . . When you join one of the 17 NPC sororities at The Capstone, you also become a member of the Alabama Panhellenic Association, which is the local College Panhellenic. The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) was founded in 1902 and is the governing organization for 26 international women’s fraternities and sororities. Each member group is autonomous as a social, Greek-letter society of college women and alumnae. Members are represented on more than 600 college and university campuses in the United States and Canada, and currently there are more than 5,300 alumnae associations, making up more than 3 million sorority women in the world. Sororities have enjoyed a rich history at UA since 1904.
What to Expect as a New Member Study Hall Hours
New Member Education
Each chapter requires a certain number of study hall hours to be completed each week during your first semester at UA. Sororities also implement a number of educational programs to assist members in their academic pursuits.
As a new member of a sorority, you will have a 6-12 week New Member Education period before your membership initiation ceremony. This period of education is designed to acclimate you with your new sorority sisters, as well as the history and traditions of your sorority. New Member Education can include programs like leadership retreats, community service projects, weekly meetings, and activities designed to build friendships among members of the organization.
Panhellenic Events Panhellenic requires new members to attend various educational events throughout the year. These events address relevant issues students face today that will help them with their transition into college and Greek life.
Philanthropy Events Each chapter enjoys serving its national and local philanthropy. Philanthropy events are hosted to promote unity within the chapter and the Greek community while helping a worthwhile cause.
Recruitment Events In the spring, chapters host recruitment workshops to help their members prepare for next yearâ€™s Fall Formal Recruitment. As a new member, you will have the opportunity to attend these events.
Active Participation As a new member, you will be required to attend new member meetings in addition to chapter meetings. You will also be encouraged to participate in Greek-wide events such as Greek Week, Greek Fest, and Homecoming. These events are not only fun, but also provide an opportunity for you to meet other members of the Greek community.
Each chapter has programming during the new member period to help their new members adjust to college life 27
Leadership opportunities are numerous within the sorority community. As a chapter officer or coordinator of a chapter event, you can develop management and communication skills. You will have the chance to experience different roles in the chapter, whether itâ€™s handling finances during a philanthropy fundraiser or greeting guests during an alumnae dinner. Each sorority chapter also provides educational programs that will help you refine your time management, leadership, and communication skills.
Striking a balance between academics and extracurricular activities is an important part of college life. Here at the Capstone, we believe campus involvement provides a well-rounded college experience. Sororities value leadership, and likewise encourage chapter members to become involved in campus-wide activities. Greek life is a direct springboard into campus involvement including student government, special interest organizations, honor societies, Capstone Men and Women, homecoming, Bama Bound, intramural sports and more than 400 other campus organizations.
Being Greek also provides an invaluable network when seeking employment and career opportunities. Greek alumni/ae understand the Greek experience of being both an individual and a team player, the desire to excel both in and out of the classroom and the commitment to give something back to the community. Through interactions with Greek alumni/ae, you can begin building relationships that will help you in the future.
Dr. Bonner and the recipient of the Dr. Judith Bonner Academic Excellence Scholarship
Scholarship, academics, and making good grades are the pillars of college life. Each sorority at UA recognizes the importance of scholastic success, and in order to remain an active member, women must maintain their grades throughout membership. The sororities at UA want their members to do well in school, and they will provide informational programs to help you achieve your academic goals. All chapters have study hall hours to assist you with time management and tutoring programs to create an environment in which you can excel. Scholarships are offered through NPC as well as through local Alumnae Panhellenic Associations and individual chapters. Greek-letter organizations were founded on the principle of exceptional scholarship. The academic performance of each chapter is tabulated every semester to determine an all-sorority grade point average. FALL 2013 ACADEMIC STANDINGS
All-Panhellenic (5,331).........................3.31 All-Sorority (5,441)...............................3.30 All-Women’s (15,885)............................3.20 All-Greek (8,602)...................................3.17 All-Independent Women’s (10,444).....3.14 All-University (29,443)..........................3.07
The All-Sorority GPA has been higher than the undergraduate All-Women’s GPA since 1927 29
Philanthropy events at UA demonstrate that Greek women’s interests and concerns extend well beyond social activities. Sororities sponsor a number of activities each and donate their time and money to specific philanthropies or identified causes. Sorority members actively participate in their own chapter’s philanthropy events as well as support other chapters’ service efforts. Every year there are cookouts, pancake breakfasts, basketball tournaments, 5K run, mentoring programs, and other events that Greeks plan and support.
The Alabama Panhellenic Association looks to support campus and community needs through events such as Greek Week, Trick-or-Treat on Sorority Row, an Easter Egg Hunt on the front lawn of the President’s Mansion, Circle of Sisterhood, Gamma Peer Educators, Beat Auburn Beat Hunger, clothing drives, and many other sponsorships to help others on campus, in the community and throughout the state. The opportunities you will encounter to help benefit philanthropies and the community are endless here at the Capstone.
UA Greek Relief, a student-run initiative, cooked and served over 52,000 meals after Tuscaloosa’s April 27th tornado. 30
Social events help you get to know your own sororityâ€™s members as well as members of other Greek organizations. Sororities participate in formals, swaps and sisterhood events to help build relationships that will last a lifetime. Swaps are informal parties held with a fraternity and usually have a theme such as 80s, toga, camouflage, disco, or famous couples. Sisterhood events are fun activities like movie nights, bowling and skating that are held for the members of one sorority. Football weekends are also a large part of Greek social life here at the Capstone. The sorority houses serve meals before each home game, and friends and family are invited to participate in the festivities. Many women also choose to dress up and attend football games with a date.
Homecoming Week Homecoming at UA is a week full of excitement and fun leading up to the fall Homecoming football game. Each sorority is paired with an IFC fraternity, as well as a UGC and NPHC organization for the week. Each pairing then participates in a series of competitions in an effort to win the coveted Homecoming Spirit Cup. “Paint the Town Red” is one event where windows of local businesses are painted in honor of the Homecoming game. Other competitions include a basketball tournament, bowling tournament, dance competition, and a float competition followed by a parade through campus and downtown Tuscaloosa. The most anticipated part of Homecoming, however, is the traditional construction of lawn decorations by each sorority house. These giant decorations incorporate the year’s homecoming theme and are created through a process called “pomping.” Homecoming week is the perfect time to bond with women in your sorority and make friends with members in the partnering sororities and fraternities. And of course, it all leads up to the big Homecoming game and the crowning of Homecoming queen.
Bella Wesley, Kappa Delta 2013 Homecoming Queen
Phi Mu Pomp: 2013 Homecoming Winners
Greek Week Greek Week at The University of Alabama is a week set aside in the spring to promote unity, camaraderie and service within the Greek community. During Greek Week, members of all four Greek governing councils participate in friendly competitions and community service. Greek Week is one of the largest annual philanthropic efforts at The University of Alabama. While many of the events are social in nature, the primary focus of Greek Week is to give back to our local community through service and charitable contributions with the goal of uniting the four councils by having them work and socialize together. Olivia Acker, Panhellenic Vice President of Administration, planned this year’s Greek Week with the help from the Greek Programming Board.
“Greek Week is a great way to unite the four Greek councils through service, events and friendly competition. The four councils have the best time coming together for all of the fun events during this week!” ~Olivia Acker
Greek Week Dance Competition 2014
Greek Week Community Service During Greek Week 2014, the UA Greek community raised $100,000 for local non-profits and partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build houses for families affected by the April 27, 2011 tornado.
Recruitment at UA begins on Friday, August 8, overwhelming, the Panhellenic Executive Council and concludes with Bid Day on Saturday, August and Sigma Rho Chis will explain it in detail at 16. For many of you, this will be your first impression Convocation and throughout the week. of Tuscaloosa and Greek life at The University of Alabama. We sincerely hope that you enjoy all that Women representing 44 states we have planned for you! The week of formal recruitment consists of four rounds of events, each structured to show you what each sorority has to offer. You will also have a chance to meet current sorority women in each of the houses and ask any questions that you might have about activities, financial obligations, scholarship, new member programs, and campus life in general. It is very important that you keep an open mind during this process and carefully decide where YOU feel you best fit in to the Greek community at UA.
Please recognize that formal recruitment at UA is a process of mutual selection in that both the Potential New Members and the individual sororities are making choices. All Potential New Members will visit every sorority during the first round of Open House, commonly referred to as “Ice Water Teas,” but the remaining three rounds (Philanthropy, Skit and Preference) are by invitation only. Throughout the invitational rounds of recruitment, Potential New Members will make decisions regarding the chapter specific parties they want to attend and the sororities will make decisions regarding the women they want to invite to their parties. Potential New Members should understand that they may not receive invitations to all the parties that they would like to attend. While this process may seem
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If I am a legacy to a Sorority, is there anything I should know?
Sororities want to know who their legacies are, so please remind your family member to send the chapter a legacy introduction form. With regard to legacies, Panhellenic does not have any specific policies. Each sorority has Yes! The objective of recruitment is for you as a Potential its own policy regarding legacies, and it is up to each New Member to learn as much as you can about the individual chapter to decide whether to offer membership UA Greek community as well as each of the chapters so to a legacy. Likewise, legacies, are not obligated to pledge that you can make the best possible decision regarding the sorority that they are a legacy to. Each Potential New membership. If you intentionally miss an event you were Member is evaluated on an individual basis, and sororities invited to, you are not maximizing your options, and you are more likely to consider mutual compatibility versus a could be released from the recruitment process. family connection. It is also recommended that PNMs fill out legacy information on the Campus Director website Will all participants pledge a when registering for Recruitment.
Do I need to go to all of the events listed in the recruitment schedule?
sorority at the end of recruitment?
Because Recruitment is a process of mutual selection, there are many different outcomes to this process. Participation in formal recruitment does NOT guarantee you an invitation to join a sorority, and it is possible to go through recruitment and not pledge a sorority. With that being said, last year 90 percent of the women participating in formal recruitment at UA joined a sorority at the end of recruitment week.
If I participate in formal recruitment, am I obligated to join a sorority?
What if I am not a freshman and I want to participate in formal recruitment? A Potential New Member who graduated high school prior to December 2014 is considered an upperclassman. UA utilizes an upperclassman/secondary quota which is separate from the freshman/primary quota. This dualquota system gives all women participating in recruitment an equal opportunity to pledge.
What if I only want to join a certain sorority?
Potential New Members who choose to participate in recruitment are not obligated to join a sorority. The Only wanting to be a member of one specific sorority or recruitment process is structured so as to allow women only considering a few sororities can severely limit a PNMs interested in sorority membership the opportunity to options for membership and can lead to disappointment. explore Greek life and to see if it is the right fit. Please donâ€™t choose a sorority based on stereotypes or othersâ€™ opinions. We encourage you to keep an open mind about the chapters and make a decision that is right for you. 35
Does GPA Really Matter? Although the UA Panhellenic does not require a specific grade point average to participate in formal recruitment, each sorority has a minimum grade requirement for membership. With the large amount of women who participate in the formal recruitment process, GPA tends to be one of the first ways for the chapters to begin to manage the numbers.
It is strongly recommended that you have at or above a 3.0 cumulative high school or college GPA. To help you understand how GPA will affect your recruitment, we have broken it down into three “GPA Zones.” If your GPA lands in a zone which you feel will limit your recruitment options, don’t worry! Many people spend Freshman year raising their GPA, then go through formal recruitment as an upperclassman. GREEN ZONE: a 3.0 cumulative high school or college GPA. Your options are not likely to be limited based on your GPA. (3.0 + ) YELLOW ZONE: a 2.8-2.99 cumulative high school or college GPA. Your options are more likely to be limited by your GPA. RED ZONE: a 2.79 or below cumulative high school or college GPA. Your options are very likely to be limited based on your GPA. (2.79 and below) 36
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It’s August in Alabama...Trust us, it will be HOT! Choose light-weight dresses and colors that won’t show sweat. Comfort is KEY to reduce stress during Recruitment.
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Be careful what you say about other sororities to those around you. You should always be respectful of others’ opinions, as you never know what connections someone has to a particular sorority.
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You won’t be allowed to take anything into the sorority houses, so leave your nice purse or bag in your room. This also means that your bag will be lying on the grass outside while you are attending parties, so keep that in mind when choosing a durable, waterproof bag to tote your things.
Recruitment Week at a Glance
Open House Day
During the first two days of recruitment, you will visit all 16 sororities with your recruitment group. Each party is only 20 minutes long, so the days move quickly. You will be greeted at each house by door songs as you are welcomed into the party. Feel free to ask questions of the members and tell them a little bit about yourself. Most importantly, remember to have fun and be yourself! The week will be over before you know it! Tip: Remember the first two days of recruitment are the longest and you will be doing a lot of walking, so you will definitely want to be dressed comfortably.
We donâ€™t suggest wearing a maxi dress because August in Alabama is too hot. You will want to be cool and comfortable! A sundress with flats or sandals is perfect for Open House days.
Remember: the most important thing is to be comfortable! You will want to be concentrating on your conversations in each house, not worrying about your outfit!
Philanthropy Day Philanthropy Day marks the first round of invitation only parties. During days three and four of recruitment, you will have the opportunity to visit a maximum of 12 sororities for 30 minutes each. Community service is an important part of the overall Greek experience, and Philanthropy Day will give you a glimpse into the philanthropic work that sororities participate in at the local and national level. These two days are very laid back and lots of fun. Tip: Think about what philanthropies are important to you and what service projects you were involved in during high school.
We donâ€™t suggest wearing ripped or frayed jean shorts because those could come across as too casual. Additionally, donâ€™t wear shorts that are too short because in some houses you may be sitting on the floor.
Remember: Philanthropy Days are the most relaxed days of recruitment, enjoy!
You will receive two t-shirts at Convocation to wear during Philanthropy Days. During these two days, wear nice shorts and comfortable, cute shoes. 39
Recruitment Week at a Glance
Skit Day allows you the opportunity to see the personality of each sorority. You may attend a maximum of eight parties, each of which is 45 minutes in length during days five and six of Recruitment. The parties on Skit Day are informative and allow you more time for conversations with the sorority women. Participation in this round will allow you the opportunity to see firsthand the individuality and spirit of each sorority, as well as experience the special bond of sorority sisterhood. Tip: During these two days you learn what each chapter is involved in on campus; think hard about what you would like to be involved in while at UA and whether this chapter could help you reach your goals.
We donâ€™t suggest wearing a dress that is too casual or too short because these days are more formal and you will be seated for each skit
Wear a nicer dress with wedges, heels or flats for Skit Days.
Remember: Skit Days are a great time to really see the personality of each chapter!
Preference Day On this day you can attend a maximum of three Preference parties, each lasting 50 minutes. This is the day to really focus on what you want to gain out of joining a sorority. An invitation to a Preference event means that the sorority is very interested in asking you to become a member. After participating in a ceremony, you will have the chance to talk privately with a member. During this time, the member may share with you how she made her decision, what her sorority means to her personally, and what sisterhood encompasses. After the last party, you will walk silently to complete your MRABA. Tip: Look around the room at each of your events; many of these PNMs could be your pledge sisters, so make sure you feel comfortable.
Wearing a dress that is too tight or too short is inappropriate for recruitment, especially Preference Day. This is the most formal day of recruitment.
Wear a nice dress and heels or nice wedges. An example would be something you would wear perhaps to church or a wedding.
Remember: Preference Day is the last day of recruitment, so really focus on your conversations and how you feel in each house.
Recruitment Week at a Glance
Recruitment week ends with Bid Day. This day begins at 10:00 a.m. in Bryant-Denny Stadium, where PNMs will open their bid card and run with their new sorority sisters to their chapter house. Tip: This is a very exciting and long day. Make sure to get a good nights sleep, as some chapters have a retreat planned immediately after Bid Day.
Wear: a tank top, shorts and comfortable shoes. When you get your bid, you will run to your sorority house! There, you will receive a jersey with your new sorority letters to put on over your tank top.
Remember: Bid Day is crazy, hectic, and hot! You will want to stay cool and drink a lot of water. Donâ€™t worry, many houses serve lunch on Bid Day as well!
More About Bid Day Chapter
Alpha Chi Omega
Day after Bid Day
Alpha Delta Pi
Alpha Gamma Delta
Alpha Omicron Pi
Delta Delta Delta
Day after Bid Day
Gamma Phi Beta
Kappa Alpha Theta
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Pi Beta Phi
Day after Bid Day
Sigma Delta Tau
Zeta Tau Alpha
Please note that Colonial & Magnolia Drive will both be closed to traffic on Bid Day. Visitors are encouraged to park in the tenHoor West Commuter Parking Lot. For more information about parking on Bid Day, please visit http://bamaparking.ua.edu/
This year Bid Day at UA will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2014. Bid Day activities begin at Bryant-Denny Stadium with the official opening of the bids ceremony and continue along sorority row, as each sorority hosts a Bid Day bunch to welcome new members and their parents. Bid Day is the most exciting day of recruitment. You will, however, be sitting in the stadium waiting to open your bids around the hottest time of the day. Enjoy this day! Itâ€™s a once in a lifetime experience and will start one of the most exciting adventures in college. Parents are encouraged to come to Bid Day to participate in the excitement, visit the sorority house for brunch, and learn about the chapter. Since many parents travel to UA for Bid Day, it is important to know whether the chapter you end up joining will be leaving on Bid Day for a new member retreat.
What is a New Member Retreat?
On or soon after Bid Day, sororities plan retreats so that their new member class has an opportunity to bond and get to know each other. On this retreat, the new members are able to meet their new sisters, learn about their sorority, and celebrate finding their home away from home for the next four years.
Financial Obligations Joining a sorority is a financial obligation that should be taken seriously.
Each chapter has financial requirements, which families should discuss before their daughter pledges a sorority. Financial requirements may include membership dues, food, house fees and room and board if you live in the sorority house. It is important to note that membership fees vary by sorority.
Living In-House Fees (per semester): *Includes room, meals & chapter/facility fees
Living Out-of-House Fees (per semester):
*Includes meals & chapter/facility fees
New Member/Initiation Fees (per semester):
*Includes onetime fees associated with pledging and initiation
Greek 55 Meal Plan Since the majority of the Panhellenic sororities have their own mandatory meal program, the University automatically down-grades new members to the Greek 55 meal plan at a cost of $482 when they join a sorority that has a full-service kitchen. If you join a sorority with a full-service kitchen, the house provides 14 meals a week. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily Monday -Thursday, and breakfast and lunch are available on Fridays.
Greek 55: Average of 2-3 meals per week, perfect for weekends when the sorority house is not serv-
ing meals. Students who would like more than 55 meals per semester may change their meal plan to one of the following: Bronze (90 meals per semester), Silver (160 meals per semester), or an All Access plan. Students who would like to have no requirement to dine in any UA dining halls may choose to pay only the Community Dining Charge of $197. The University generates an official list of all new Greek members, and student accounts will automatically be credited the difference between the original meal plan and the Greek 55 downgrade. All requests for the no-meal plan must be received by August 20, 2014, for fall new members. There is no deadline to upgrade meal plans.
Places to to Eat Eat During During Recruitment Recruitment Places
Saturday Aug 9
Sunday Aug 10
Monday Aug 11
Tuesday Aug 12
Wednesday Aug 13
Friday Aug 15
*See below for Dining Dollars, Bama Cash and debit/credit card approval.
JULIA’S LATTES•BOAR’S HEAD DELI•CONVENIENCE STORE
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday - Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Chick-fil-A
Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Mary B’s (in Burke Hall)
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - Midnight
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
*Please note that meal plans will not be active until Saturday, August 9, 2014. If you are moving in on August 7 or 8, you should be prepared to purchase your food on these days with Dining Dollars, cash, debit or credit card. Additionally, if you have not participated in orientation before you come to campus for recruitment, you will not have some services such as your meal plan and Recreation Center privileges available to you. We suggest that you start a Bama Cash account (actcard.ua.edu or call 800-474-2288 during business hours) or bring cash, a credit or debit card with you. You will need money for meals until your Fall schedule is confirmed in the Office of Student Receivables.
Ferguson Food Court
Saturday-Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Raising Cane’s (in Paty Hall)
11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Dunkin Donuts
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Early On-Campus Move-In The online Move-In sign-up process will begin in June 2014. You may request early move-in
through MyBama. Freshmen who do not select a move-in time will be assigned a time by the Housing and Residential Communities (HRC) staff and will receive an email to their UA crimson email account with their assigned check-in date and time. All students who have signed up for, or have been assigned, a check-in time will receive a move-in parking pass at the end of July through the mail to the studentâ€™s permanent mailing address. This parking pass must be used during Move-In, so be sure to bring it with you. NOTE: Please arrive on your assigned day and time. If you arrive outside of your assigned move-in period, you will be directed to a holding area and will be required to wait until your assigned time or until move-in operations have ceased for the day.
SORORITY CONVOCATION is at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 8, 2014, at Coleman Coliseum. This is a casual event, as it is understood that most students will have spent the majority of the day moving into their residence hall rooms. Women participating in sorority recruitment should have no concern about moving in on the day of convocation. Shorts and t-shirts are entirely appropriate for this event. In order to make the Move-In process as easy and efficient as possible, the number of students who can move-in at each time during the day is limited. Allowing students to continue to select Move-In times that are already filled makes the process more difficult for families, students and volunteers assisting with the process. We appreciate your understanding and your selection of another time if your first choice is already filled. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the variety of times in which students move out, students are responsible for moving their own belongings out of the residence halls. Volunteer staff will not be available in May. The dates available for check-in for the Fall 2014 semester are listed on next page.
Thursday, August 7, 2014 Students involved in approved early-arrival activities (Sorority Recruitment, Alabama Action, Million Dollar Band and Fall Sports Athletic Team Members/Student Staff) who are assigned to live in the residence halls listed below will be able to sign up for a check-in during the following times:
7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. • Tutwiler Floors 2, 3, 12, 14 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. • Tutwiler Floors 4, 5, 10, 11 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. • All Other Buildings
Friday, August 8, 2014 Students involved in approved early-arrival activities (Sorority Recruitment, Alabama Action, Million Dollar Band and Fall Sports Athletic Team Members/Student Staff) who are assigned to live in the residence halls listed below will be able to sign up for check-in during the following times: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. • Tutwiler Floors 6, 7, 8, 9 & All Other Buildings 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. • Tutwiler All Floors & All Other Buildings IMPORTANT NOTE: All residents must schedule their arrival time through the online check-in system, which will be available in June on the Housing and Residential Communities website.
For more information about move-in, please visit http://movein.ua.edu
ALPHA CHI OMEGA
Nickname: Alpha Chi National Founding: 1885 UA Founding: 1924 Chapter Name: Alpha Upsilon Symbol: Grecian Lyre
Flower: Red Carnation Philanthropy: Domestic violence awareness, prevention and education Colors: Scarlet and Olive Green Motto: “Together Let us Seek the Heights”
President: Molly Edwards Recruitment Chair: Alexandra Kamburis SKIT DAY
Chapter Website: alphachiua.com Suggested GPA: 3.0
ALPHA DELTA CHI
Founded at The Capstone in 2004, Alpha Delta Chi is a National Christian Sorority that provides a place for women to grow spiritually, scholastically, and socially. While Alpha Delta Chi is not an NPC organization, they are an Associate member of the Alabama Panhellenic Association and participate in All-Greek events.
National Founding: 1925 UA Founding: 2004 Chapter Name: Tau Mascot: Lamb Flower: Gladiolus and Delphiniums Philanthropy: Boys and Girls Club of West Alabama
President: Brittany Monte Recruitment Chair: Amanda Tidwell
Colors: Flame and Blue Motto: â€œAs in a Mirrorâ€? Chapter Website: www.adchibama.org
Please note that while Alpha Delta Chi does not participate in Formal Recruitment, the chapter will host informal recruitment events this fall after the conclusion of recruitment. For more information, please visit www.adchibama.org
The women of ADChi are bonded through ties of not only friendship, but also through their love for our Lord, Jesus Christ. They strive for excellence in their members, and their sisters continually push each other to do their best. Alpha Delta Chi is a home away from home for their members as they wade through the tide at The University of Alabama. For more information about ADChi, please contact Recruitment Chair Amanda Tidwell at email@example.com. 51
ALPHA DELTA PI
National Founding: 1851 UA Founding: 1907 Chapter Name: Eta Mascot: Lion
Flower: Woodlands Violet Philanthropy: Ronald McDonald House
President: Katy Sox Recruitment Chairs: Mary Novak and Erin Shrewsbury
Colors: Azure Blue and White Motto: “We Live for Each Other”
Chapter Website: alphadeltapi.org Suggested GPA: 3.2
ALPHA GAMMA DELTA
Nickname: Alpha Gam
National founding: 1904 UA founding: 1921 Chapter Name: Psi Mascot: Squirrel PHILANTHROPY DAY
Flower: Red and Buff Roses Philanthropy: Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation Colors: Red, Buff and Green Motto: “Inspire the Women. Impact the World”
President: Annie Newton Recruitment Chairs: Taylor Bannister, Meagan Willis and Cat Autry
Chapter Website: crimson. alphagammadelta.org Suggested GPA: 3.0
ALPHA OMICRON PI
National founding: 1897 UA founding: 1967 Chapter name: Alpha Delta Mascot: Panda
Flower: Jacqueminot Rose Philanthropy: Arthritis Research Colors: Cardinal
President: Lauren Chapman Recruitment Chair: Cassidy Machnica
Motto: “Exceed the Expectation” Chapter Website: alabamaaoii.com
Suggested GPA: 3.0
Nickname: Alpha Phi National Founding: 1872 UA Founding: 1932 Chapter Name: Beta Mu Mascot: Bear
Flower: Lily of the Valley & Forget-Me-Not Philanthropy: Alpha Phi Foundation & American Heart Association
President: Sara Lyerly Recruitment Chairs: Amanda Schott and Shelby Wells
Colors: Bordeaux and Silver Motto: “Union Hand in Hand”
Chapter Website: http://alphaphialabama.com Suggested GPA: 3.0
fast facts Nickname: Chi-O
National Founding: 1895 UA Founding: 1922 Chapter Name: Nu Beta Mascot: Owl Flower: White Carnation
Philanthropy: Make a Wish Foundation & Boys and Girls Club of West Alabama President: Mary Nelson Robertson Recruitment Chairs: Colors: Cardinal and Straw Cameron Kramer and Emily Meineke Motto: “To Be Womanly Always, To Be Discouraged Never”
Chapter Website: nubetachiomega.com Suggested GPA: 3.0
DELTA DELTA DELTA
National Founding: 1888 UA Founding: 1914 Chapter Name: Delta Mu Mascot: Dolphin
Flower: Pansy Philanthropy: Children’s Cancer & St. Jude Children’s Hospital Colors: Silver, Gold and Cerulean Blue
President: Patricia Stutts Recruitment Chairs: Elizabeth Hargrove, Macy Leci Morris, and Cassie Price
Motto: “Let Us Steadfastly Love One Another”
Chapter Website: alabamaDDD.com Suggested GPA: 3.0
National Founding: 1873 UA Founding: 2011 Chapter name: Beta Psi Symbol: Anchor
Flower: Cream Colored Rose Philanthropy: Service for Sight & AL Institute for Deaf and Blind
President: Leslie Bacon Recruitment Chair: Meaghan Gregory
Colors: Bronze, Pink and Blue Motto: “Do Good”
Chapter Website: http://ua.deltagamma.org Suggested GPA: 3.0
National Founding: 1902 UA Founding: 1922 Chapter Name: Alpha Gamma Mascot: Turtle
Recruitment Chairs: Juliana Wright and Alaina Beyer President: Ellen Tillemans (not pictured) Philanthropy: Speech and Hearing and The Painted Turtle Flower: Killarney Rose
Colors: Rose and Green Motto: “May the Flame Endure”
Chapter Website: deltazeta.org Suggested GPA: 3.0
GAMMA PHI BETA
Nickname: Gamma Phi
National Founding: 1874 UA Founding: 1989 Chapter Name: Epsilon Lambda Mascot: Penguin
Flower: Pink Carnation Philanthropy: Campfire & Girls on the Run
President: Kelly McIntyre Recruitment Chair: Kelsey Gilbert
Colors: Pink and Brown Motto: “Founded Upon A Rock”
Chapter Website: uagammaphibeta.com Suggested GPA: 3.0
KAPPA ALPHA THETA
National Founding: 1870 UA Founding: 1967 Chapter Name: Delta Omicron Symbol: Kite
Flower: Black and Gold Pansy Philanthropy: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
President: Elisa Richards Recruitment Chairs: Haley Petrey and Kaley Johnson
Colors: Black and Gold Motto: “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Kappa Alpha Theta”
Chapter Website: http://dotheta.wix.com/uatheta Suggested GPA: 3.0
National Founding: 1897 UA Founding: 1904 Chapter Name: Zeta Flower: White Rose Philanthropy: Prevent Child Abuse America & Girl Scouts of America Colors: Pearl White and Olive Green Motto: “Let us Strive for That Which is Honorable, Beautiful and Highest”
PHILANTHROPY DAY President: Greer Turner Recruitment Chairs: Elizabeth Coleman and AnnCarter Sasser SKIT DAY
Chapter Website: ua.kappadelta.org Suggested GPA: 3.0
KAPPA KAPPA GAMMA
National Founding: 1870 UA Founding: 1927 Chapter name: Gamma Pi Colors: Light Blue and Dark Blue
President: Claire Daily Recruitment Chairs: Sally Immel Flower: Fleur-de-lis and Cille Harris Philanthropy: Reading is Fundamental Motto: “Aspire to Be” Chapter Website: kkgalabama.com
Suggested GPA: 3.0
fast facts Nickname: Phi Mu
National Founding: 1852 UA Founding: 1932 Chapter Name: Alpha Zeta Mascot: Lion Flower: Pink Carnation Philanthropy: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
PHILANTHROPY DAY President: Danielle Douglas Recruitment Chairs: April Pittman and Callie Newton
Colors: Rose and White Motto: “Les Soeurs Fidele” meaning “The Faithful Sisters”
Chapter Website: www.uaphimu.com Suggested GPA: 3.0
PI BETA PHI
fast facts Nickname: Pi Phi
National Founding: 1867 UA Founding: 1949 Chapter Name: Alabama Beta Mascot: Angel
President: Amanda Booth Flower: Wine Carnation Recruitment Chair: Anne Catherine Luckett Vice President of Membership: Philanthropy: Literacy Sarah Braslow Colors: Wine and Silver Blue Motto: “To promote friendship, develop women of intellect and integrity, cultivate leadership potential and enrich lives through community service”
Chapter Website: www.pibetaphi.org/ua Suggested GPA: 3.0 PREFERENCE
SIGMA DELTA TAU
fast facts Nickname: Sig Delt
National Founding: 1917 UA Founding: 1935 Chapter name: Rho Symbol: Torch Flower: Yellow Tea Rose Philanthropy: Tuscaloosa’s One Place and Prevent Child Abuse President: Hannah Patterson Recruitment Chair: America Porscha Alonzo Colors: Cafe au Lait & Old Blue Motto: “Patriae Multae Spes Una”, meaning “One Hope of Many People” Chapter Website: http://alabamasigdelt.wix. com/sdtrhochapter
420 Smithwoods Circle, Tuscaloosa, AL 35486
notes Sigma Delta Tau is not participating in Fall Formal Recruitment 2014. They will hold Informal Recruitment from August 25-August 29. For more information, please visit their Facebook page, “Sigma Delta Tau at Alabama” or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about SDT during Formal Recruitment week, please visit them at an Informational Table located beside the Exec Tent on Sorority Row from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Sigma Delta Tau was founded by seven women from Cornell University who came together to form an organization that would respect the individuality of its members. We continue to uphold those values, in addition to enriching the college experience of women with similar ideals at Alabama. 81
ZETA TAU ALPHA
National Founding: 1898 UA Founding: 1910 Chapter Name: Nu Symbol: Crown and Strawberry
Flower: White Violet Philanthropy: Breast Cancer Awareness and Education
President: Parker Williams Recruitment Chair: Nika Longo
Colors: Turquoise Blue and Steel Gray Motto: “Seek the Noblest”
Chapter Website: ua.zetataualpha.org Suggested GPA: 3.0
Tied with theTide
Tied with the Tide, which will be from Saturday, August 9th to Saturday, August 16th, is a pre-welcome week for University of Alabama students who have arrived early on campus. This week serves as opportunity for students to engage in a variety of events while familiarizing themselves with campus and making new friends. Below are the following events scheduled for the week:
Saturday, Aug. 9 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Movie Under The Stars The Quad
Students will enjoy a free movie on the Quad with food and drink provided.
Monday, Aug. 11 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Late Night Bama Bowling @ AMF Bowling Lanes
520 15th St. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Students will bowl games with their peers, all while experiencing new and fun activites to part take in outside of campus. Ferguson Center Plaza (Bus Leaves at 6:45 p.m.) Register for tickets at upua.tix.com
Wednesday, Aug. 13 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Artistic Expressions Presidential Village Community Room
Students will explore their creative sides at Artistic Expressions where they will be painting ceramics while enjoying free food and refreshments. Register for tickets at upua.tix.com
Thursday, Aug. 14 1 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Chocolate,Chocolate! Peterbrooke Chocolatier Fun afternoon of free roller skating, and the events is 80â€™s themed! Ferguson Center Plaza (Bus Leaves at 12:30 p.m.) Register for tickets at upua.tix.com
Friday, Aug. 15 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Kickboxing at Lloyd TBA
Students will enjoy a fun, free kickboxing exercise class at the Tutwiler community room. Light healthy snacks and refreshments will be provided. Register for tickets at upua.tix.com
Saturday, Aug. 16 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Breakfast on the River Cypress Inn Restaurant
Join us for a relaxing buffet style breakfast while taking in the view of beautiful Black Warrior River as The Counseling Center discusses stress management . Register for tickets at upau.tix.com.
Tied with the Tide
NORTHPORT 80 McFarland Blvd. Ste. 14 Northport, AL 35473 205-339-3770
TUSCALOOSA 1130 University Blvd. Ste. B-7 Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 205-345-8912
Open early. Open late. 7 days a week.
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sisters for healthy living Gamma Peer Educators work within the Panhellenic sororities on the UA campus to improve the overall health and well-being of their sisters. These women promote positive body image and sisters supporting one another. Gamma Peer Educators are trained in health issues impacting women as well as in leadership and professional development and mentoring among women. To learn more, talk with your chapter president and visit gamma.ua.edu.
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2014 Alabama Panhellenic Association (APA) Greek Chic Sorority Recruitment Guide