PANHELLENIC PRIMARY RECRUITMENT GUIDE
fall primary recruitment schedule August 11 (Saturday) Convocation
9:00 A.M. PNMs board Crimson Ride buses to Coleman Coliseum 10:00 A.M. Opening Convocation at Coleman Coliseum 7:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. Tied with the Tide event-Mini Carnival 9:30 P.M.- Mandatory Residence Hall Floor Meetings
August 12 (Sunday)
Open House Day 1 8:00 A.M. PNM/ Sigma Rho Chi group meetings 8:45 A.M. Potential New Members meet in front of the 1st house 9:00 A.M.-7:20 P.M. Open House Parties (Duration: 20 minutes) (1) 9:00-9:20 (2) 9:30-9:50 (3) 10:00-10:20 (4) 10:30-10:50 (5) 11:00-11:20 (6) 11:30-11:50 (7) 12:00-12:20 (8) 12:30-12:50 12:50 P.M.-2:30 P.M. Lunch Break 3:00 P.M. Potential New Members meet in front of the 9th house (9) 3:10-3:30 (10) 3:40-4:00 (11) 4:10-4:30 (12) 4:40-5:00 5:00 P.M.- 5:30 P.M. Break (13) 5:30-5:50 (14) 6:00-6:20 (15) 6:30-6:50 (16) 7:00-7:20 7:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. Tied with the Tide event-Escape Room 7:30 P.M. PNM/Sigma Rho Chi group meeting *PNM dinner on your own 7:50 P.M. Sorority Members may leave houses-30 minutes after last party
August 13 (Monday)
Open House Day 2 8:00 A.M. PNM/ Sigma Rho Chi group meetings 8:45 A.M. Potential New Members meet in front of 17th house 9:00 A.M.-5:10 P.M. Open House Parties (Duration: 20 minutes) (17) 9:00-9:20 (18) 9:30-9:50 (19) 10:00-10:20 (20) 10:30-10:50 (21) 11:00-11:20 (22) 11:30-11:50 11:50 P.M.-1:50 P.M. Lunch Break 1:50 P.M. Potential New Members meet in front of 23rd house (23) 2:00-2:20 (24) 2:30-2:50 (25) 3:00-3:20 3:20 P.M.- 3:50 P.M. Break (26) 3:50-4:10 (27) 4:20-4:40 (28) 4:50-5:10 5:30 P.M. PNM Philanthropy Selections 7:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. Tide with the Tide event-Zumba Class
August 14 (Tuesday)
Philanthropy Day 1 9:15 A.M. PNM/ Sigma Rho Chi group meetings 9:45 A.M. Potential New Members meet in front of 1st house 10:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M. Philanthropy Day Parties (Duration: 30 minutes) (1) 10:00-10:30 (2) 10:40-11:10 (3) 11:20-11:50 (4) 12:00-12:30 (5) 12:40-1:10 1:50 P.M.-3:00 P.M. Lunch Break 12:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M. Tied with the Tide Event-Autobahn Indoors Speedway 3:00 P.M. Potential New Members meet in front for the 6th house (6) 3:10-3:40 (7) 3:50-4:20 (8) 4:30-5:00 (9) 5:10-5:40 (10) 5:50-6:20 (11) 6:30-7:00 7:15 P.M. PNM/Sigma Rho Chi group meetings *PNM dinner with Sigma Rho Chi group
August 15 (Wednesday)
August 17 (Friday)
Philanthropy Day 2
Sisterhood Day 2
9:15 A.M. PNM/Sigma Rho Chi group meetings 9:45 A.M. Potential New Members meet in front of the 12th house 10:00 A.M.-6:50 P.M. Philanthropy Day Parties (Duration: 30 minutes) (12) 10:00-10:30 (13) 10:40-11:10 (14) 11:20-11:50 (15) 12:00-12:30 (16) 12:40-1:10 1:50 P.M.-2:50 P.M. Lunch Break 2:50 P.M. Potential New Members meet in front of 17th house (17) 3:00-3:30 (18) 3:40-4:10 (19) 4:20-4:50 (20) 5:00-5:30 (21) 5:40-6:10 (22) 6:20-6:50 3:00 P.M.-9:30PM. PNM Sisterhood Selections 7:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. Tied with the Tide Event-Glow in the Dark Skating
8:30 A.M. PNM/ Sigma Rho Chi group meetings 8:55 A.M. Potential New Members meet in front of the 10th house 9:10 A.M.-6:10 P.M. Sisterhood Day Parties (Duration: 40 minutes) (10) 9:10-9:50 (11) 10:00-10:40 (12) 10:50-11:30 (13) 11:40-12:20 (14) 12:30-1:10 1:10 P.M.-2:40 P.M. Lunch Break 2:40 P.M. Potential New Members meet in front of 15th house (15) 3:00-3:40 (16) 3:50-4:30 (17) 4:40-5:20 (18) 5:30-6:10 3:00 P.M.- 9:30 P.M. PNM Preference Selections 7:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. Tied with the Tide Event-Bowl So Hard
August 18 (Saturday) Preference Day
August 16 (Thursday) Sisterhood Day 1
9:00 A.M. PNM/ Sigma Rho Chi group meetings 9:45 A.M. Potential New Members meet in front of the 1st house 10:00 A.M.-7:10 P.M. Sisterhood Day Parties (Duration: 40 minutes) (1) 10:00-10:40 (2) 10:50-11:30 (3) 11:40-12:20 (4) 12:30-1:10 1:10 P.M.-3:00 P.M. Lunch Break 3:00 P.M. Potential New Members 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 (9) 6:30-7:10 7:30PM. PNM dinner with Sigma Rho Chiâ€™s 7:00 P.M.-10:00 P.M. Tied with the Tide Event-Spa Night
9:00 A.M. PNM/ Sigma Rho Chi group meetings 9:55 A.M. Potential New Members meet in front of 1st house 10:10 A.M.-7:50 P.M. Preference Day Parties (Duration: 50 minutes) (1) 10:10-11:00 (2) 11:10-12:00 (3) 12:10-1:00 (4) 1:10-2:00 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M. Extended Break (5) 3:00-3:50 (6) 4:00-4:50 (7) 5:00-5:50 (8) 6:00-6:50 (9) 7:00-7:50
August 19 (Sunday)
Bid Day 9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Tied with the Tide Event- Breakfast on the River 10:00 A.M.-11:30 A.M. PNM must be accessible by phone
1:30 P.M. PNMs report to Bryant-Denny Stadium 2:00 P.M. Open Bids 2:30 P.M. Reception at the Sorority Houses
table of contents getting prepared Letter from the President 6 Letter from the Recruitment Directors 7 Panhellenic Executive Council 8 Panhellenic Delegates 10 Panhellenic Presidents 11 Recruitment Chairs 12 Recruitment Team 13 Rules and Policies 14 PNM Bill of Rights 15 Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding 16 Agreement (MRABA) Panhellenic Code of Ethics 18 Itâ€™s All Greek to Me 19 Financial & Grade Obligations 20 Recruitment Q&A 22 Recruitment Week 23 Letters of Recommendation 24 Helpful Hints 25 Leadership 26 Philanthropy 27 Scholarship 28 Greek Week 29 Homecoming Week 30 Recruitment Advice 31 About Bid Day 32 Bama Bound 33 Where to Eat 34 Early Campus Move-In 35 What to Wear 37 New Member Packages 42 Student Services 43
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Letter from the
First and foremost, congratulations on your decision to join us at the Capstone. On behalf of myself, the Panhellenic Executive Board, and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, I want to welcome you and wish you the best of luck during your time at The University of Alabama. Greek life provides some of the richest experiences UA has to offer, and we hope that you will choose to become a member of our community. Being the largest Panhellenic Association in the country, we provide a home to thousands of members, and set the standard for not only our students but also students nationwide. The Alabama Panhellenic Association (APA) is the governing body for the 17 (soon to be 18!) National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) chapters, and 1 affiliate chapter. We work closely with our other Greek councils: the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the United Greek Council (UGC). Our hope is that as a potential member of our Panhellenic community, you will continue the relationships we value within all of our councils. As you prepare for your journey as a potential sorority member and UA student, I want to extend a challenge to you. I challenge you to envision your best self and make the decisions that will help you embody those characteristics. During this time, it is important to focus on your identity, your values, and your potential personal growth. Keeping these in mind, will help you make the best decisions you can for your next four years, as well for life after college. Each of our sorority chapters has a uniqueness and place in our community. It is clearly evident that all of our sororities place an emphasis on academics, involvement, and service, and they strive for excellence in all they do. We hope to have you contribute to this excellence as a member of our community. If you have any questions about Greek life or Primary 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 help you. We hope to meet you soon!
lexi matallana President 6
letter from the
Roll Tide and welcome to The University of Alabama!
We are so excited to introduce you to your collegiate and Panhellenic experience during your first week at Bama. Here at the Capstone, we are proud to be a part of the nationâ€™s largest and most diverse Greek community. Your decision to join a Panhellenic sorority is one that commits you to collegiate years focused on service, connection, personal development, and a continued goal of improving our campus and our community. College lasts for four years, but the memories that you will make and the bonds of sisterhood that you will gain last for life. Over the course of the week, you may see yourself in one chapter or another; you may think you already know where you want to run home to on Bid Day. We encourage you to keep your mind open to opportunity in every chapter that you see. You are not just joining a single organization, but a whole community of Panhellenic women, who are excited to get to know you and welcome you with open arms. Here at the Capstone, you will have so many opportunities to get involved and thrive. Each one of our organizations adds unique value and meaning to the Greek experience at UA. In addition to the Panhellenic Association, we have three other Greek Councils: Interfraternity Council (IFC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and United Greek Council (UGC). We believe that Greek life is simply a stepping stone to facilitate your personal development and involvement in organizations across campus; our hope is to support other communities on campus in addition to our own members. Remember to enjoy this week; take a breath, be authentic, seek out a chapter that will encourage your growth and align with your values. The Panhellenic Executive Council will be stationed on Sorority Row and available all week; come see us if you have any questions or if you just want to talk about how your week is going. We are here to serve you and make sure that you have the best Recruitment experience possible! We are so blessed to add to our Panhellenic community and ready for you to begin this experience. Choose to surround yourself with women who challenge you, champion you, and inspire you for the better, and commit to being that woman for your sisters and this community.
natalie charlier Director of Recruitment logan o'leary Assistant Director of Recruitment
The Panhellenic Council at The University of Alabama is the coordinating body of the 18 NPC sororities and one affiliate member sorority on campus. The council is composed of 11 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 to everyone involved in the process. Panhellenic strengthens the Greek community and is responsible for promotion of 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.
nata lie char lie r a n a ll ta a m i x le president grace anne lake logan o'le ary director of recruitment
vice president of administration
lindsay alexander directo r of judicial affairs
assistant director of recruitment
al le y paquin
assistant director of judicial affairs
director of sigma rho chis
caro line and erso n assistant direc tor of sigma rho chis
jadimreiectorw eiofsbfineanr gcee r elizabeth bentley candace wil so n director of public relations
director of community deve lopment and outreach
The University of Alabama 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, please visit www.npcwomen.org.
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 reflect excellent character and class. We hope the legacy being set by the 2018 Chapter Presidents will continue with your incoming class of Potential New Members.
letter from the
Welcome to the Capstone! We are so excited to have you as a member of our University and are thrilled that you chose to participate in largest and most diverse Recruitment in the nation. For the past 8 months as Recruitment Team Directors, we have worked tirelessly to select and train the most exceptional team yet. and they can’t wait to meet you! The Panhellenic Recruitment Team is comprised of sorority women who have disaffiliated from their chapters to help Potential New Members throughout recruitment. The team is made up of Sigma Rho Chi’s and Judicial Board members. Think of your Sigma Rho Chi as a camp counselor! Their main job is to help you by providing support and guidance throughout the week. The Judicial Board members are also an important part of Recruitment. Like a Sigma Rho Chi, they can also give you guidance, but Judicial Board members also uphold your rights and ensure that everyone is following the rules. During Convocation, you will meet your assigned Recruitment Team. Remember, they have been in your shoes as a Potential New Member and have participated in Recruitment with their chapters. Sigma Rho Chi’s and Judicial Board members are trained together and both groups of women can help you at any time during recruitment. We recognize that Recruitment can be hectic and stressful at times and we encourage you to talk to the members of the Panhellenic Recruitment Team throughout the week. Get to know your Sigma Rho Chi’s and Judicial Board members. They are here for you and want to get to know you better! These women are so excited to help you start the next chapter of your life at the University. We will be stationed on Sorority Row with the rest of the Panhellenic Executive Council. If you have any questions throughout the week, please stop by. We are here for your Recruitment experience just like the rest of the Recruitment Team members! Roll Tide,
lindsay alexander Director of Judical Affairs lindsey o'sullivan Assistant Director of Judical Affairs alley paquin Director of Sigma Rho Chis caroline anderson Assistant Director of Sigma Rho Chis
While, Recruitment is an exciting time for you to get to know other women on campus. It can also be a hectic and emotional time. The Panhellenic Recruitment Team, comprised of Sigma Rho Chis and Judicial Board members, are undergraduate women representing all sororities at Alabama, who have disaffiliated from their chapters to help you navigate the process. These women have been through extensive training in preparation for this week and have also participated in Recruitment themselves. Sigma Rho Chis are Recruitment Counselors, available to you 24 hours a day as an impartial listener, guide, and friend. They will help you understand the process of Recruitment and make choices based on your values. The Judicial Board is responsible for upholding the Constitution, Bylaws, and Recruitment Rules of the Alabama Panhellenic Association. The J-Board members are stationed outside each house to ensure you have a fair Recruitment process and assist you with any problems you may encounter throughout the week of 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 Primary 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 Primary Recruitment in the coming year. An active member is an initiated member of a fraternity or sorority currently in college. An alumna member is non-active member of a fraternity or sorority. A sorority alumna will retain her alumna status during Recruitment.
summer dos and donts No contact with regards to recruiting for a specific chapter can occur between sorority members and Potential New Members after May 1st. Example: letters, emails, phone calls, and commenting on social media. (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Myspace messages), etc. Normal contact (work, volunteer, family, 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 memberâ€™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
1. The right to be treated as an individual.
2. The right to be fully informed about the Recruitment process. 3. The right to ask questions and receive true and objective answers from Recruitment Counselors and members. 4. The right to be treated with respect. 5. The right to be treated as a capable and mature person without being patronized. 6. The right to ask how and why and receive straight answers. 7. The right to have and express opinions to Recruitment Counselors. 8. The right to have inviolable confidentiality when sharing information with Recruitment Counselors. 9. The right to make informed choices without undue pressure from others. 10. The right to be fully informed about the NPC Unanimous Agreements implicit in the Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA) signing process. 11. The right to make oneâ€™s own choice and decision and accept full responsibility for the results of that decision. 12. The right to have a positive, safe, and enriching recruitment and new member experience.
Your Sigma Rho Chi and Judicial Board members will make sure that these rules are upheld during Recruitment.
Individuals who have concerns about the Recruitment process are encouraged to contact The Dean of Studentâ€™s Office at 205-348-3376.
membership recruitment acceptance
NPC member organizations are formally named sororities, fraternities or societies. All organizations are referred to as sororities by NPC. Name ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Campus Address _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ I have participated in the membership recruitment period at ____________________________________________________________ (name of college or university) 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 womenâ€™s sorority (fraternity) that I list on this agreement. ____ I may limit my choices to just one OR list any womenâ€™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 limited my potential to joining any other NPC group during primary 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 Unanimous Agreements, which states that if I receive an invitation to membership from an organization that I have listed and then do not accept it, I am ineligible to be pledged until the beginning of the next primary recruitment period (fall 2019) on the same campus.
Signature ___________________________________________________________________________ By signing this form I agree to accept a bid if it is offered from any of the womenâ€™s sororities I list below, and I agree I will be bound to that bid until the beginning of the next primary membership recruitment period. Date _______________________________________________________________________________ I agree to the terms stated above, and I am willing to accept an invitation to membership from any of the following sororities whose preference event I attended (listed in order of preference): 1st preference ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2nd preference _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Signature ___________________________________________________________________________ Date __________________________ This agreement must be filed with the College Panhellenic within (1) business day of the above date.
Explanation of the
acceptance binding agreement
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 2018-August 2019). 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 2018 or spring 2019. If you receive invitations to Preference, at the conclusion of your last Preference party, you will make your final selection in a computer lab, ranking the chapters you visited on Saturday, August 17 in a 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 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 primary recruitment if their chapter is below Panhellenic Total; however, this is not guaranteed. -Secondly, you may choose to list any sorority whose preference (last) 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 MRABA 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 2018-August 2019), regardless of whether you officially accept their invitation for membership or not. -Lastly, you may choose to limit your choices to just one sorority whose preference round (last) event you attended an are willing to accept an invitation to membership, but you must understand that if you chose 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 guarantee to receive a bid for membership during primary 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.)
code of ethics
As members of The University of Alabama Panhellenic Association, we agree that our vision is of a safe, positive, enriching recruitment experience with the goal of providing opportunities for the greatest possible number of women to obtain membership in a womenâ€™s fraternity. In order to reach our common goal, we will strive to create a Panhellenic environment of trust, honestly, unity, and cooperation among all chapters. Therefore, we solemnly promise to: â€˘ Respect ourselves, our sisters, and the Greek community as a whole. We will work with other sororities to improve the Greek system and reverse the current stereotypes.
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.
Confront the concerns about alcohol and other illegal substances and 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:
Promote the safety and protection of current and prospective members.
The Panhellenic Creed, the Potential New Member Bill of Rights, The Alabama Panhellenic Association Recruitment Rules, The Alabama Panhellenic Association Constitution, 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.
Inform 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-womenâ€™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.
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 joining a sorority or fraternity. CAMPUS TOTAL: The allowable chapter size as determined by the College Panhellenic. CONTINUOUS OPENING 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. PRIMARY 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 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 18 NPC affiliated sororities.
NATIONAL PAN0HELLENIC 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 women who is eligible to participate in primary recruitment or Continuous Open Bidding. QUOTA: The number of women a sorority may pledge during primary 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 women who has graduated high school prior to December 2017.
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 that you feel will limit your recruitment options, do not worry! Many people spend Freshman year raising their GPA, and go through Primary Recruitment as an upperclassman. Green Zone: a 3.2 cumulative high school or college GPA. Your options are not likely to be limited based on your GPA.
Yellow Zone: a 3.0-3.19 cumulative high school or college GPA. Your options are more likely to be limited by your GPA.
Red Zone: a 2.99 or below cumulative high school or college GPA. Your options are very likely to be limited based on your GPA.
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 18 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 the 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. For a breakdown of average party invites by grade point average, please visit www.uapanhellenic.com
Each chapter has financial requirements, which families should discuss before their student pledges a sorority. Financial requirements may include membership dues, a meal plan, house fees, as well as room and board if you live in the sorority house. It is important to note that membership fees vary by sorority. To see if a sorority has included their financial requirements, please visit their chapter profile page on the UA Panhellenic website. Living In-House Fees (per semester): -Includes room, meals, and chapter/facility fees
High: $7,600 Average: $6,000
Living Out-of-House Fees (per semester) -Includes meals and chapter/facility fees
High: $4,100 Average: $3,400
New Member First Semester High: $5,500 -Includes one time fees associated with pledging Average: $4,000 and initation
greek 55 meal plan
Since the majority of the Panhellenic sororities have their own mandatory meal program, the University automatically downgrades new members to the Greek 55 meal plan at a cost of $557 per semester, when they join a sorority that has a full-service kitchen. If you join a sorority with a full-service kitchen, the chapter provides 14 meals a week. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily Monday-Thursday, and breakfast and lunch are available on Fridays. The Greek 55 meal plan provides an average of 2-3 meals per week, perfect for weekends when the chapter is not serving 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 (125 meals per semester), or on All Access plan. 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.
questions & answers
DO I NEED TO GO TO ALL OF THE EVENTS LISTED IN THE RECRUITMENT SCHEDULE? Yes! The objective of recruitment is for you as a Potential New Member to learn as much as you can about the UA Greek community as well as each of the chapters. This way you can make the best decision regarding membership. If you intentionally miss an event to which you were invited, you are not maximizing your options, and you could be released from the recruitment process. WILL ALL PARTICIPANTS PLEDGE A SORORITY AT THE END OF RECRUITMENT? Because recruitment is a process of mutual selection, there are many different outcomes to this process. Participation in Primary 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, 91 percent of the women participating in Primary Recruitment at UA joined a sorority at the end of recruitment week. The national avergae is 80-81%. IF I PARTICIPATE IN PRIMARY RECRUITMENT, AM I OBLIGATED TO JOIN A SORORITY? Potential New Members who choose to participate in recruitment are not obligated to join a sorority. The recruitment process allows women interested in sorority membership, the opportunity to explore Greek life and to see if it is the right fit. 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(s) to send the chapter a legacy introduction form. Panhellenic does not have any specific policies. Each sorority has their own policy regarding legacies, and it is up to each individual chapter to decide whether to offer membership to a legacy. Likewise, legacies are not obligated to pledge the sorority that they are a legacy to. Each Potential New Member is evaluated on an individual basis, and sororities are more likely to consider mutual compatibility versus a family connection. It is also recommended that PNMs completely fill out their legacy information section when registering for Recruitment. WHAT IF I AM NOT A FRESHMAN AND I WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN PRIMARY RECRUITMENT? A Potential New Member who graduated high school prior to December 2017 is considered an upperclassman. Not to worry! You are still able to participate in Recruitment. WHAT IF I ONLY WANT TO BE IN A CERTAIN SORORITY? Only wanting to be a member of one specific sorority or only considering a few sororities can severely limit a PNMâ€™s options for membership and can lead to disappointment. Please do not 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 best for you.
recruitment week Recruitment at Alabama begins on Saturday, August 11, 2018 , and concludes with Bid Day on Sunday, August 19, 2018. For many of you this will be your first impression of Tuscaloosa and Greek life at The University of Alabama. We sincerely hope that you enjoy all that we have planned for you!
The week of Primary 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 chapters 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 decided where YOU feel best fit into the Greek Community at UA. Please recognize that Primary 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, but the remaining three rounds (Philanthropy, Sisterhood, and Preference) are by invitation only. Throughout the invitational rounds of Recruitment, Potential New Members will make decisions regarding the chapter specific parties they wish 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 may seem overwhelming, the Panhellenic Executive Council and Sigma Rho Chis will explain this process in detail at Convocation and throughout the week.
Women representing 45 states and 8 international countries participated in Fall Formal Recruitment in 2017.
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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 the Potential New Member (PNM) 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 participle in recruitment, PNMs are encouraged, if possible, to reach out to sorority alumnae and secure a letter of recommendation for each chapter participating in Primary 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 you convenience, the chapter mailing addresses for each of the sororities at UA can be found at www.uapanhellenic.com as well as the chapter websites for each sorority. Finding a letter of recommendation for each of the sororities participating in Primary Recruitment can be challenging, as such, we have added an option for PNMs to include a Supplemental Academic Letter of Recommendation. As part of the Primary Recruitment application, women participating in Recruitment may elect to submit a generic, Supplemental Academic Letter of Recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or principal. The Supplemental Academic Letter of Rec can be uploaded directly to the online Recruitment application or mailed to the Alabama Panhellenic Association. While chapter specific letters of recommendation are preferred, the Supplemental Academic Letter of Recommendation could be particularly beneficial for women unable to identify an alumna from each of the 17 Panhellenic chapters participating in Primary Recruitment to write official letter of recommendation. For more info about the Supplemental Academic Letter of Recommendation, please visit, www.uapanhellenic.com/letters-of-recommendation.
helpful hints 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 alumnae with completely 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 chapter. Please ensure that a certified final copy of your transcript is sent directly to UA Admissions Office no late than August 1, 2018. All final transcripts should be mailed to The University of Alabama Officeof Undergraduate Admissions, P.O. Box 870132, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487. ALPHA CHI OMEGA MSC#870414 1831 University Station Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
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leadership 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 it is handling finances during a philanthropy fundraiser or greeting guests during an alumnae dinner. Each chapter also provides educational programs that will help you refine your time management, leadership, and communication skills. Striking a balance between academic and extracurricular activities is an important part of a 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, social interest organizations, honor societies, Capstone Men and Women, Homecoming, intramural sports, and more than 600 other campus organizations. Being Greek also provides an invaluable network with seeking employment and career opportunities. Greek alumni/ae understand the Greek experience of being both an individual and a team memberr, 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.
philanthropy Philanthropy events at UA demonstrate that Greek Women’s interests and concerns extend well beyond social activities. Sororities sponsor a number of activities each year, donating 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 runs, 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, and Easter Egg Hunt on the front lawn of the President’s Mansion, Circle of Sisterhood, Gamma Peer Educators, Beat Auburn Beat Hunger, Lean on Alabama, 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.
scholarship Greek-letter organizations were founded on the principle of exceptional scholarship and each sorority at UA recognizes the importance of scholastic success in order to remain an active member, women must maintain their grades throughout membership. The sororities at Alabama want their members to do well in school and they will provide additional 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 also offered through NPC as well as through local Alumnae Panhellenic Associations and individual chapters. The academic performance of each chapter is tabulated every semester to determine an all-sorority grade point average. The All-Sorority GPA has been higher than the All-Women Undergraduate GPA since 1927. The Fall 2017 academic standings are as follows:
Fall 2017 Academic Standings All-Panhellenic (7,369) 3.41 All-Women (18,412) 3.33 All-Greek (11,518) 3.31 All-Non Greek Women (19,774) 3.27 All-Undergraduate (32,863) 3.22
greek Greek Week held in the spring, at The University of Alabama promotes unity, camaraderie, and service all 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.
During Greek Week 2018, the UA Greek community was able to raise nearly $50,000 for local non-profits.
â€œThis year, all four councils came together for Greek Week in order to compete and to serve the greater Tuscaloosa area. All of us enjoyed working with other councils and have fostered some amazing new friendships! -President, Lexi Matallana
Homecoming at Alabama 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. 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 the Homecoming Queen.
Does GPA Really Matter? Although Panhellenic does not require a specific grade point average to participate in Primary Recruitment, each sorority has a minimum grade requirement for membership. With the large amount of women who participate in the primary recruitment process, GPA can be one of the first ways for chapters to manage the numbers. It is strongly recommended that you have at or above a 3.2 cumulative high school or college gpa.
is that true? Do not believe all the rumors you hear. If it sounds too absurd to be true, then it probably is not true. Feel free to talk to your Sigma Rho Chis about any of the concerns you may have.
How’s the weather? It’s August in Alabama...and trust us, it will be extremely hot! Choose light-weight dresses and colors that won’t show sweat. Comfort during recruitment is KEY to reduce stress.
she said what? 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 house.
what should i carry in? 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 laying on the grass outside while you’re attending parties. Keep that in mind.
what should i bring? Packing list: Extra pony-tail holders, bobby pins, hair brush, personal fan, bandaids, umbrella, oil blotting sheets, snacks, water bottle, deodorant, makeup, pen, flip flops, mints, and a tote bag.
This year Bid Day at UA will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 19, 2018. 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 reception to welcome new members. 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. While it may be a hot and hectic day, itâ€™s a once in a lifetime experience that will start one of the most exciting adventures in college. Bid distribution is followed by a reception hosted at the sorority houses for their new members. While parents are welcome to participate in the excitement of Bid Day, visit the sorority house, and learn about the chapter; due to space constrictions, each new member is limited to 2 adult guests. Further, 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 New Member Retreat. Please note that many groups will be leaving almost immediately for retreats so time with families will be extremely limited.
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PLEASE NOTE that Colonial, Magnolia, and Judy Bonner Drive will be closed to traffic on Bid Day. Visitors are encouraged to park in the ten Hoor West Commuter Parking Lot. For more information about parking on Bid Day, please visit http://bamaparking.ua.edu/
Bama Bound, the University’s new student orientation program, which takes place during May, June, July, and August, is required of all new freshman and transfer students. If you cannot attend any of the Bama Bound Orientation sessions prior to August, then you will need to register for the Freshman Final Session on August 16th. Since this session overlaps with one of the party days, you will need to make note of this conflict on your Recruitmnt registration form, when it asks if you “anticipate any conflicts that might prevent you from attending any of the recruitment activities.” At Convocation, you will also need to notify your Sigma Rho Chi (Recruitment Counselor) of this conflict, so that we can make it possible for you to attend the parties you will be missing. A student’s registration is not complete until she has attended a Bama Bound orientation session, created a class schedule, and paid/ arranged to pay her tuition, course fees, residence hall room, Dining Dollars, meal options, and parking decal charges. As such, students who report to campus for Primary Recruitment before they have completed orientation and registration may have issues accessing some of the services, such as dining, until they develop a student schedule and complete payment arrangements with Student Account Services.
The Action Card Office will be open to help assist students who cannot access dining or residence hall services. Please call (205) 348-2288 or stop by Campus Drive Parking Deck, 451 Campus Drive East. This is also known at the Transit Hub. For students who submitted a photo online, your Action Card will be ready for pick-up at the Action Card Office. If you failed to submit a photo online, you will need to be prepared to have your Action Card produced at the Action Card Office. The first meal served for the fall 2018 semester is scheduled for lunch Thursday, August 9th 2018. Women participating in sorority recruitment will have access to dining hall options provided that they have purchased a meal plan and paid/started payment for tuition. If you do not have an active meal plan on your Action Card, your Sigma Rho Chi (Recruitment Counselor) will be able to assist you and swipe you in for the lunch meals scheduled August 12-17 at the dining halls during Primary Recruitment.
If you have NOT participated in Orientation before you come to campus for Primary Recruitment, we suggest that you start Bama Cash account by going to http://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 you have paid you Fall bill in full or enrolled in a payment plan with Student Account Services.
places to eat during
Sunday Monday Meal Plans Meal Plans 11 a.m.-2p.m. 11 a.m.-4p.m. Lakeside Lakeside Fresh Food Co. Fresh Food Co. Burke 5-8p.m. Lakeside and Burke
Tuesday Wednesday Meal Plans Meal Plans 11 a.m.-4p.m. 11 a.m.-4p.m. Lakeside Lakeside Fresh Food Co. Fresh Food Co. Burke Burke
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Subway 11 a.m.-7p.m. (Every Day) Chick-fil-A Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2p.m. Starbucks Bryant 7 a.m.-5p.m. (Every Day) Julia’s Market 9a.m.-9p.m. (Every Day) Starbucks Ferg Saturday-Sunday 8a.m.-5p.m. Monday-Friday 7:30a.m.-5p.m. Raising Cane’s (Paty) 11a.,m.-8p.m. (Every Day)
5-8p.m. Lakeside and Burke
Thursday Meal Plans 11 a.m.-4p.m. Lakeside Fresh Food Co. Burke
Friday Meal Plans 11 a.m.-2p.m. Lakeside Fresh Food Co. Burke
5-8p.m. Lakeside and Burke
5-8p.m. Lakeside and Burke
Saturday Meal Plans 11 a.m.-3p.m. Lakeside Fresh Food Co. Burke 5-8p.m. Lakeside and Burke
DON’T FORGET YOUR ACT CARD WHEN YOU EAT MEALS ON CAMPUS! For a list of available dining locations and hours prior to August 9th, please visit http://bamadining.ua.ed/hours-operation/. For more information regarding Meals Plan Terms and Conditions for the 2018-2019 academic year, including the Greek 55 Meal Plan, please visit, http://bamadining.ua.edu/fraternity-sorority/.
The online Move-in sign-up process will begin in June 2018. Students who have registered for Recruitment prior to June 1 will be able to sign up for an early move-in time through their housing application. Students who do not register before the online move-in sign up system opens can email email@example.com for scheduling assistance. Students who do not have a move-in time by late July will be assigned a time by Housing and Residential Communities (HRC). At the beginning of August, all students will receive an email with their check-in date and time, driving directions, and access to the unloading zone sent to their
UA Crimson email account. This email must be used during move-in, so be sure to keep it on your phone, or bring a printed copy with you. In order to make the move-in process as easy and efficient as possible, the number of students who can move 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.
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 operation have ceased for the day.
Convocation Sorority Convocation is at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018 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 Primary Recruitment should have no concern about moving in on the day of Convocation. Shorts and t-shirts are entirely appropriate for this event. 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 stands will not be available in May.
move-in schedule Thursday August 9, 2018 Students registered for approved early-arrival activities (Primary Recruitment is approved) who are assigned to live in the residence halls listed below, will be able to sign up to check-in during the following times: 8:00 a.m.-12:00p.m. and 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m. All buildings EXCEPT Tutwiler Friday August 10, 2018 Students registered for approved early-arrival activities (Primary Recruitment is approved) who are assigned to live in the residence halls listed below, will be able to sign up to check-in during the following times: 8:00 a.m.-12:00p.m. and 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m. All buildings EXCEPT Tutwiler Please Note: Due to ongoing construction project on the Tutwiler block, HRC is still working with campus partners to finalize the Tutwiler move-in schedule by floor. Tutwiler residents will have specific times on August 9-10, available based on floors, so that we can move all residents in efficiently. Students who are assigned to Tutwiler will receive information on days and times available to their floor in late May via Crimson email. For more information about move-in, please visit housing.ua.edu/movein
open house day During the first two days of recruitment, you will visit 17 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! DO
WHAT TO WEAR: Wear a nicer dress with wedges, heels, or flats for Open House D
TIP: Remember the first two days of Recruitment are the longest and you will be doing a lot of walking. You will certainly want to be dressed properly. We do not suggest wearing long maxi dresses because August in Alabama is hot. We also do not suggest two piece dress, as they can be seen as too casual. You will want to be cool and comfortable. REMEMBER: The most important thing is to be comfortable. You will want to concentrate on your connections in each house and not focusing on 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 parties 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 a lot of fun. TIP: Think about what philanthropies are important to you and what service projects you were involved in during high school. We do not suggest wearing ripped or frayed jean shorts because those could come across as too casual. Additionally, shorts that are too short are not recommended, because in some houses you may be sitting on the floor. REMEMBER: Philanthropy round is the most relaxed round of Recruitment, so enjoy!
WHAT TO WEAR: You will receive two t-shirts at Convocation to wear during Philanthropy Days. Wear nice shorts and comfortable shoes.
sisterhood day Sisterhood Day allows you the opportunity to see the personality of each sorority. You may attend a maximum of 7 parties, each of which is 40 minutes long, during days five and six of recruitment. The parties on Sisterhood Day are informative and allow you more time for conversations with the sorority women. Participation in this round will allow you to see first hand the individuality and spirit of each sorority. DO
TIP: Think hard about what you would like to be involved in, and what will help you reach your goals. REMEMBER: Sisterhood Days are perfect to really get a good idea of what each personality is like in the sorority!
WHAT TO WEAR: Wear a nicer dress with wedges, heels, or flats for Sisterhood Day.
preference day On this day, you can attend a maximum of 2 Preference events, 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 women could be your pledge sisters, so make sure you feel comfortable. Picking a dress that is too tight or too short is inappropriate for recruitment, especially for Preference Day. This is the most formal day of recruitment. REMEMBER: Preference Day is the last day of recruitment, so really focus on your connections and how you feel in each sorority.
WHAT TO WEAR: Wear a nice dress and heels or nice wedges. An example would be something you would wear perhaps to a religious ceremony or a wedding.
Recruitment week ends with Bid Day. This day begins at 2:00 p.m. in Bryant-Denny-Stadium, where PNMs will open their bid card and head to their chapter house with their new member class.
TIP: This is a very exciting and long day. Make sure to get a good nightâ€™s sleep, as some chapters have a retreat planned immediately after Bid Day. WHAT TO WEAR: Tank tops, shorts, and comfortable shoes with backs. When you get your bid, you will have to walk to your sorority house. There, you will receive a jersey with your new sorority letters, to put over your tank top. REMEMBER: Bid Day is crazy, hectic, and hot! Make sure you drink tons of water and stay hydrated! Donâ€™t worry, many chapters will serve snacks immediately after you run to the house.
In partnership with the Alabama Panhellenic Association, local vendors will be offering Sorority New Member Packages and Arrangements for Fall 2018 Primary Recruitment. New Member Packages are gift packages and/or flower arrangements congratulating a new member on joining a sorority. Local vendors will deliver New Member Packages to the sorority houses post Bid Day in anticipation of the new members return from their new member retreats. In coordination with local vendors, each sorority has designated a specific time and date for New Member Package deliveries. Individuals who wish to hand deliver sorority gift packages and/or flower arrangements to a new member on Bid Day, will need to arrange on-site pick-up with the local vendor, as there will be no deliveries to Sorority Row on Sunday, August 19, 2018. For more information about Sorority New Member Packages and Arrangements, please contact one of the following approved local vendors:
KELLY WILKIN FLORAL CREATIVE (205) 764-2292 firstname.lastname@example.org AMY’S FLORIST amystheflorist.com (800) 544-5076 email@example.com CHIRSTI PATTON DESIGNS (205) 242-8032 firstname.lastname@example.org DOROTHY MCDANIEL’S Flower Market dorothymcdaniel.com (205) 871-0092 email@example.com THE GREEK FREAK shop.thegreekfreak.com (205) 435-2262 firstname.lastname@example.org LOU & CO shoplouandco.com (205) 535-7576 MATT CLINTON DESIGNS www.matclintondesigns.com (205) 464-0488 email@example.com PAT’S FLORIST patsfloristandgoumkt.com (800) 654-7492 firstname.lastname@example.org STEPHANIES FLOWERS stephaniesflowers.com (800) 634-3391 email@example.comM SOUTH BOUTIQUE 1800 McFarland Blvd East (205) 469-9637 THE TRUNK heybama.com (800) 439-2262 firstname.lastname@example.org
TUSCALOOSA FLOWER SHOPPE tuscaloosaflowershoppe.com (205) 758-3065 email@example.com
STUDENT HEATH CENTER 750 Peter Bryce Blvd Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 (205) 348-6262 firstname.lastname@example.org ABOUT: At the Student Health Center you can schedule appointments, walk in, refill prescriptions, and take health education classes. COUNSELING CENTER 3000 South Lawn Office Building Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 (205) 348-3863 email@example.com ABOUT: The Counseling Center helps students achieve academic success and personal growth through quality brief counseling and psychological services, outreach, and consultative services, and the training of mental health professionals. If you need to get ahold of the counseling center, you may also text “BAMA” to 741-741 to text with a trained volunteer. STUDENT RECREATIONAL CENTER 400 Peter Bryce Blvd Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401 (205) 348-5164 firstname.lastname@example.org ABOUT: The Student Recreational Center has everything from a rock climbing wall to indoor basketball facilities. You may also sign up for numerous classes, and workout to your own liking.
Nickname: Alpha Chi
Philanthropy: Domestic Violence Awareness, Prevention, and Education
National Founding: 1885 Color(s): Scarlet and Olive Green UA Founding: 1924 Motto: Together Let Us Seek the Heights Chapter Name: Alpha Upsilon Chapter Website: alphachiua.com Symbol: Grecian Lyre Flower: Red Carnation
Chapter Value(s): Character, Leadership, Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood
Flower: Gladiolus and Delphinium
National Founding: 1925
Philanthropy: The Brown House
UA Founding: 2004
Color(s): Flame and Blue
Chapter Name: Tau
Motto: As in a Mirror
Chapter Website: adchibama.org
Chapter Value(s): Accountability, Community, Integrity, Service, Sisterhood
Alpha Delta Chi does not participate in Fall Primary Recruitment. For more information regarding recruitment events, please contact: email@example.com
Philanthropy: Ronald McDonald House
National Founding: 1851
Color(s): Azure Blue and White
UA Founding: 1907
Motto: We Live for Each Other
Chapter Name: Eta
Chapter Website: etaalphadeltapi.org
Chapter Value(s): Sisterhood, Scholarship, Individuality, Involvement, Service, Loyalty
Mascot: Lion Flower: Woodland Violet
Nickname: Alpha Gam
Philanthropy: Fighting Hunger
National Founding: 1904
Color(s): Red, Buff, and Green
UA Founding: 1921
Chapter Website: uaalphagam.com
Chapter Name: Psi
Chapter Value(s): Authenticity, Community, Generosity, Integrity, Scholarship
Symbol: Squirrel Flower: Red Rose, Yellow Rose, and Plumosa Asparagus Fern
Philanthropy: Arthritis Foundation
National Founding: 1897
UA Founding: 1967
Motto: Inspire Ambition
Chapter Name: Alpha Delta
Chapter Website: alabamaaoii.com
Chapter Value(s): Authenticity, Individuality, Involvement, Service, Scholarship
Flower: Jacqueminot Rose
Nickname: Alpha Phi
Flower: Lily of the Valley
National Founding: 1872
Philanthropy: Alpha Phi Foundation
UA Founding: 1932
Color(s): Bordeaux and Silver
Chapter Name: Beta Mu
Motto: Union Hand and Hand
Symbol: Ivy Leaf
Chapter Website: alabamaalphaphi.org
Chapter Value(s): Character Development, Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, Leadership, Loyalty
Flower: White Carnation
National Founding: 1895
Philanthropy: Make-A-Wish Foundation
UA Founding: 1922 Color(s): Cardinal and Straw Chapter Name: Nu Beta Motto: Sisters on Purpose Symbol: Skull and Crossbones Chapter Website: nubetachiomega.com Mascot: Owl Chapter Value(s): Friendship, Involvement, Leadership, Scholarship, Service
Nickname: Tri Delta National Founding: 1888 UA Founding: 1914
Color(s): Silver, Gold, and Blue
Chapter Name: Delta Mu
Motto: Let Us Steadfastly Love One Another
Chapter Website: ua.tridelta.org
Chapter Value(s): Authenticity, Diversity, Leadership, Scholarship, Sisterhood
Philanthropy: Children’s Cancer & St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Philanthropy: Service for Sight & Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind
National Founding: 1873 Color(s): Bronze, Pink, and Blue UA Founding: 1947 Motto: Do Good Chapter Name: Beta Psi Chapter Website: bamadeltagamma.com Symbol: Anchor Flower: Cream Colored Rose
Chapter Value(s): Friendship, Scholarship, Diversity, Service, Authenticity
Flower: Killarney Rose
National Founding: 1902
Philanthropy: Speech and Hearing & The Painted Turtle
UA Founding: 1922 Color(s): Rose and Green Chapter Name: Alpha Gamma Symbol: Lamp Mascot: Turtle
Chapter Website: alabamadeltazeta.com Chapter Value(s): Involvement, Leadership, Respect, Scholarship, Sisterhood
Nickname: Gamma Phi
Flower: Pink Carnation
National Founding: 1874
Philanthropy: Building Strong Girls
UA Founding: 1989
Color(s): Pink, Brown, and Mode
Chapter Name: Epsilon Lambda
Chapter Website: uagammaphibeta.com
Symbol: Crescent Moon
Chapter Value(s): Labor, Learning, Love, Loyalty
Philanthropy: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
National Founding: 1870 Color(s): Black and Gold UA Founding: 1967 Chapter Website: alabamatheta.com Chapter Name: Delta Omicron Symbol: Kite Flower: Black and Gold Pansy
Chapter Value(s): Individuality, Leadership, Personal Development, Scholarship, Sisterhood
Color(s): Pearl White and Olive Green
National Founding: 1897 Moto: “Ta Kala Diokomen” UA Founding: 1904 Chapter Website: ua.kappadelta.org Chapter Name: Zeta Flower: White Rose Philanthropy: Prevent Child Abuse America & Girl Scouts of America
Chapter Value(s): Authenticity, Friendship, Honor, Personal Development, Scholarship, Service
National Founding: 1870
Philanthropy: Reading is Fundamental & Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama
UA Founding: 1927
Color(s): Light Blue and Dark Blue
Chapter Name: Gamma Pi
Moto: Aspire to Be
Chapter Website: ua.kkg.org
Chapter Value(s): Authenticity, Individuality, Involvement, Scholarship, Sisterhood
Nickname: Pi Phi
National Founding: 1867
Color(s): Wine and Silver Blue
UA Founding: 1949
Chapter Website: pibetaphi.org/ua
Chapter Name: Alabama Beta
Chapter Value(s): Honor and Respect, Integrity, Lifelong Commitment, Personal and Intellectual Growth, Philanthropic Service to Others, Sincere Friendship
Symbol: Arrow Mascot: Angel Flower: Wine Carnation
Nickname: Phi Mu
Philanthropy: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
National Founding: 1852 Color(s): Rose and White UA Founding: 1931 Motto: Les Soeur Fideles Chapter Name: Alpha Zeta Chapter Website: ua.phimu.org Symbol: Quatrefoil Flower: Pink Carnation
Chapter Value(s): Accountability, Friendship, Involvement, Leadership, Personal Development
Nickname: Sig Delt
Philanthropy: Prevent Child Abuse America and JWI
National Founding: 1917 Color(s): Cafe au Lait & Old Blue UA Founding: 1935 Moto: One Hope of Many People Chapter Name: Rho Chapter Website: alabamasigdelt.com Symbol: Torch Mascot: Teddy Bear Jewel: Lapis Lazuli Flower: Yellow Tea Rose
Chapter Value(s): Community, Connection, Engagement, Individuality, Scholarship
Sigma Delta Tau does not participate in Fall Primary Recruitment. For more information regarding recruitment events, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
ΣΚ Sigma Kappa will be participating in the first round of Recruitment, Open House. After that they will serve as a break station for those who want to learn more about Sigma Kappa. Folllowing Bid Day, Sigma Kappa will host their own individual recruitment process. For additional details, visit www.sigmakappa.org/alabama.
National Founding: 1874 UA Founding: 2018
Philanthropy: Alzheimer’s Disease Research and the Sigma Kappa Foundation
Chapter Name: Alpha Omega
Color(s): Lavender and Maroon
Symbols: Dove and Heart
Motto: One Heart, One Way
Chapter Value(s): Authenticity, Character, Friendship, Loyalty, Personal Growth, Service
Flower: Wild Purple Violet
Philanthropy: Breast Cancer Awareness and Education
National Founding: 1898 Color(s): Turquoise Blue and Steel Gray UA Founding: 1910 Motto: Seek the Noblest Chapter Name: Nu Chapter Website: uazetataualpha.org Symbol: Crown and Strawberry Flower: White Violet
Chapter Value(s): Authenticity, Friendship, Leadership, Scholarship, and Service
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