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Welcome ............................................................................................... 1 Panhellenic Overview .......................................................................... 2 How Recruitment Works ...................................................................... 3 How to Register & Recruitment Week Schedule ................................ 4 What You Can Find in Sorority Life .................................................... 5 Exploring Your Values ........................................................................6-7 PNM Bill of Rights, Tips, & Checklist ................................................. 8 Choose the Right Chapter for YOU! ................................................... 9

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Chapters Alpha Delta Pi ......................................................................10-11 Alpha Omicron Pi ................................................................12-13 Chi Omega ............................................................................14-15 Delta Delta Delta ..................................................................16-17 Delta Gamma ........................................................................18-19 Gamma Phi Beta ...................................................................20-21 Kappa Delta...........................................................................22-23 Sigma Delta Tau ....................................................................24-25 Zeta Tau Alpha .....................................................................26-27

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Frequently-Asked Questions .............................................................. 28 Greek Alphabet & Glossary of Terms ................................................ 29 Notes ................................................................................................... 30 Our Sponsors..................................................................................31-41 Quick Facts ........................................................................... Back cover

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Welcome Vision: The University of South Florida’s Panhellenic Association will be the ideal community for all women at USF. Dear Potential New Member, You have just taken the first step in embarking on a journey that could change your life forever. In your time here at the University of South Florida we hope that you are able to do three things: Grow, Unite, and Inspire. So what does that mean and how can the Panhellenic Association help you do that? By fulfilling our goal of being the ideal community for all women at the University of South Florida, our Panhellenic sororities hope you will find what will make you a successful student at USF through membership in one of our chapters. If you’re looking for a way to reach and exceed your full potential, you can do that here! A sorority, also referred to as an organization or a chapter, is a place where women can come to gain leadership experiences, academic support, and meaningful, lifelong relationships. Our sorority members are constantly working to become the best versions of themselves and to Grow into women of good character. We believe in setting high goals and helping each other accomplish them! Even though we have nine different sororities on campus, we have common goals that knit us together. Through respect and understanding, we Unite all of our organizations in true sisterhood regardless of our individual membership. We give our members the opportunity to build partnerships and collaborate with University entities and diverse student organizations. These opportunities provide memorable experiences that you will never forget! We hope these experiences Inspire you to reach your full potential! If you want to be a part of a community that develops strong character and builds a commitment towards a lifetime of involvement and engagement, then you’ve found the right place. By sharing and living our fraternal values, we inspire each other and those around us to be better versions ourselves. We hoipe you will consider one of our sororities as you create your journey at USF. If you’re looking to be empowered and want to grow to be a better woman, then our organizations are exactly what you need! Sincerely, Panhellenic Executive Board

Mission: The mission of the Panhellenic Association is to empower all women to exceed their full potential by providing honest and caring relationships, leadership experiences and the opportunity to develop lifelong skills through collaboration, education, purposeful programming and accountability.

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What is

Panhellenic? Founded in 1902, the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) is an umbrella organization for 26 inter/national women’s fraternities and sororities. Each member group is a self-governing Greek letter society of college women and alumnae. Members are represented on over 620 campuses in the United States and Canada, and over 4,600 alumnae associations, making up over 3.6 million sorority women. In fact, the NPC is the largest women’s organization in the world! The Panhellenic Association at USF is the governing body over nine NPC sororities on our campus. It is responsible for organizing activities of mutual concern and interest to its member organizations and the rest of the campus. The Association promotes the positive ideals of sorority life at USF and contributes to the USF community through involvement, leadership, academic achievement, philanthropic projects, school spirit, and overall support.

Panhellenic Executive Board: The Panhellenic Executive Board oversees the operation of the Panhellenic Association. Each officer is a member of a Panhellenic sorority at USF and represents the interests of the Association at large.

What the Panhellenic Crest means: The Panhellenic Crest is composed of symbols that encompass its members’ beliefs and ideals. The shield shown in the crest symbolizes the organization’s protective influence on its members. The lamp, located above the shield, represents the pursuit of leadership, scholarship, and enlightenment. Within the shield, there is a laurel wreath that symbolizes the victory of achieving ideals. In the center of the shield there is a sword piercing the wreath. This represents willingness to fight and stand up for one’s ideals, penalty of obligation, as well as bravery, achievement, and discipline. All of these symbols represent what we value as Panhellenic organizations and help us in deciding our goals and alignment with our purpose.

The Panhellenic Creed We, as Undergraduate Members of women’s fraternities, stand for good scholarship, for guarding of good health, for maintenance of fine standards, and for serving, to the best of our ability, our college community. Cooperation for furthering fraternity life, in harmony with its best possibilities, is the ideal that shall guide our fraternity activities. We, as Fraternity Women, stand for service through the development of character, inspired by the close contact and deep friendship of individual fraternity and Panhellenic life. The opportunity for wide and wise human service, through mutual respect and helpfulness, is the tenet by which we strive to live.

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How

Recruitment

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Women’s Formal Recruitment: The Panhellenic Association hosts formal recruitment every fall. Recruitment is a great way to meet the nine National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) chapters at the University of South Florida. As a new or returning student at USF, formal recruitment is a great introduction to the campus and an excellent way to form a network of close friends. Formal Recruitment is conducted through a means of mutual selection. At the end of each round, Potential New Members (PNMs) will priority rank the chapters they felt the strongest connections with during the day and would like to visit again. Likewise, the chapters invite back the women they met who they believe will be a good fit for their chapter. A computer software program then compiles the data and schedules are produced for each PNM for the next round. This process continues throughout the week until Preference Round. Mutual Selection: Formal Recruitment is a mutual selection process that balances the preferences of each Potential New Member with those of the existing sorority chapters. There is no specific formula that explains why a woman is released from a particular chapter, or why a woman prefers one chapter more than another. While you might not get your top choice, all sororities at USF have something to offer and you are encouraged to keep an open mind throughout the recruitment process. Recruitment Guidelines: To ensure a smoother, more enjoyable Recruitment Week, the Panhellenic Association and its sororities have set up some regulations for the recruitment period. These rules are designed to help you make an unbiased decision concerning sorority membership and to give all USF sororities an equal opportunity during the membership selection process. Your cooperation in adhering to these regulations will be greatly appreciated. If you feel that one of these rules has been violated, please speak with your Recruitment Counselor or any member of the Panhellenic Executive Board about the issue.

Sorority members may only recruit during recruitment events. Outside of recruitment events, sorority women may only engage in friendly contact. Invitations to recruitment events will be extended through the Panhellenic Association and given to PNMs by their Recruitment Counselors. Extending of bids by individual chapters during Formal Recruitment are STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Affiliated sorority women (collegian or alumnae) may not call, send gifts, or letters of any kind to unaffiliated Potential New Members. In addition to these general rules, all women associated with sororities at USF subscribe to a Code of Ethics; sorority members will not pressure, or promise membership to join a particular group prior to the issuing of formal bids by the Panhellenic Association. Recruitment Counselors: What is a Pi Chi? A Pi Chi, or Panhellenic Recruitment Counselor, is a woman who is a member of a sorority at the University of South Florida. She has disaffiliated from her chapter so that she can facilitate the recruitment experience of Potential New Members. Pi Chis are trained for the purpose of providing a more enjoyable and less stressful atmosphere during Recruitment Week. Pi Chis are chosen based on enthusiasm for USF and Greek Life, objectivity, and dependability. Pi Chis are here to answer any questions, promote positive attitudes, explain all aspects of Recruitment, and be there for PNMs. While Recruitment Counselors will plan activities to do during Recruitment Week, their primary purpose is to help you experience recruitment in the most positive way possible and to help solve any problems you may have. They will also be a shoulder to lean on when decisions get tough and will always be ready to give you support, as they went through Recruitment too!

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How to Register& Recruitment Week Schedule Registration for the 2013 Panhellenic Recruitment is only available online. The last day to register is Friday, August 30. To register, visit www.usfpanhellenic.com and click on the button that says, “Register for Recruitment” on the home page. Have your University Identification number (or U-number), ready as well as your home address and high school information (if applicable). It is optional to include a list of activities and a photo.

Friday, August 30, 7PM, Orientation Night: this will be your first glimpse of Panhellenic Sorority Life at USF. You will learn how the recruitment process works, the schedule for the week, and get to meet your Pi Chis.

You have the option to wait to pay for registration, but if you are prepared to pay at that time, please have a credit card ready. If you wish, you may also write a check to USF Panhellenic and mail it to the following address:

Sunday, September 1, Spirit Day: this will be your first glimpse at the nine sororities individually. You will be visiting with each chapter for a simple “meet and greet.”

Panhellenic Association Attn: Erica Sells 4202 E Fowler Ave MSC 4100 Tampa, Fl 33620-2246 The registration will be $66 if paid before August 1. On August 1, the cost will rise to $76. If you have any questions regarding registration, please email usfsororityrecruitment@yahoo.com with your questions and concerns.

Policy on Hazing Hazing is strictly prohibited; it is treated with severe consequences. The Panhellenic Association and its members follow and strictly uphold the following policies: Hazing is defined as any action or situation with or without consent that recklessly, intentionally, or unintentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or creates risk of injury, or causes discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule or that willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a chapter or colony of a NPC (National Panhellenic Conference) member fraternity. Additionally, each Panhellenic organization also has policies that protect members against hazing.

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Recruitment Schedule

Monday, September 2, Philanthropy Day: during these events, you will work side by side with sorority members on creative philanthropy projects that pertain to that sorority’s individual philanthropy Tuesday, September 3 through Thursday September 5: this is a 3-day break; Pi Chis will be hosting get-togethers to bond, answer questions and help you feel comfortable with the recruitment process. Friday, September 6, Sisterhood Day: during this day, you will have the opportunity to learn what makes each sorority unique through personal testimonies and conversations. Saturday, September 7, Preference Day: On this day you will take a closer look at the sorority’s sisterhood. You will be able to attend up to two events during which, the women of the chapters will show you a glimpse of their ritual and explain, in depth, what makes their sorority so special to them. Sunday, September 8, Bid Day: The final day of recruitment week. You will find out which sorority has extended an invitation of membership to you and be able to meet your new sisters and other women in your pledge class.

The first step is to register at www.usfpanhellenic.com


What You Can Find in Sorority Life Scholarship: Your main purpose at USF is to get an education and our Panhellenic sororities are committed to the value of scholarship. By providing an environment where each member can achieve academically through the creation of performance standards, enhancement of academic skills, and emphasis on transferable skills from the classroom to daily life, sororities focus on academic excellence throughout your undergraduate membership. It’s easy to find someone within your same major in each of our chapters, which assists you in finding people to study with, and some organizations even offer scholarships to members to assist with paying for your education’s costs. National studies show that members in fraternities and sororities have a higher likelihood of graduation as compared with students not involved. Service: The Panhellenic community maintains strong traditions of giving back to not only the University of South Florida but to the Tampa Bay Community as a whole. Each year, Panhellenic chapters at USF donate thousands of dollars to charities and give countless hours of community service. Each sorority has their own personal charity that they have chosen to support throughout the year and host philanthropy events that raise money and awareness for their specific charity.

The University of South Florida Panhellenic Association proudly supports the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation. The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation will leverage the collective wisdom and influence of sorority women to support entities around the world that remove educational

Sisterhood: Sisterhood is the backbone of our Panhellenic Community. One of the most enjoyable parts of being in a sorority involves making new friends and forming bonds that will last long after college. Sisterhood is a sense of belonging and that is what every member of the USF Panhellenic community has found within her own chapter. The sisterhood you find in a sorority is one built on trust, virtue, and respect. Leadership: One of the greatest benefits of Panhellenic sororities is the opportunity for leadership development and growth. Because sororities are led by their members, individuals have the opportunity to learn and grow as leaders to their peers. Whether or not a woman is in a prominent and public position such as president, they will have the opportunity to grow and lead within their chapter and their community. Committee assignments, recruitment planning and execution, and representing one’s chapter on campus all provide opportunities to develop public speaking and presentation, motivational, and organizational skills. Panhellenic members can be found throughout campus as leaders in Student Government, USF Ambassadors, Orientation Team Leaders, Rho Lambda, and the Emerging Leaders Institute, among many others.

barriers for girls and women, uplifting them from poverty and oppression. Learn more at: www.circleofsisterhood.org A dollar of your Recruitment registration costs will go toward giving girls around the world an education!

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Becoming a

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ecoming a Panhellenic woman is more than what any picture could describe for you. It’s about finding a place where you feel at home, where you feel connected, and where you can find others that believe in the same things that you do. It’s a feeling, a moment when everything comes together and you become a part of a lifetime organization. It’s important when considering these chapters that you know what you believe in. As a Panhellenic community we strive to uphold the values in our Creed, but each of our organizations have their own values. What’s important to you? How can our community help you reach your goals? Take this brief quiz to find out!

Values Quiz 1) It worries you most when… a. You see women not supporting each other b. You don’t get enough study time before a test c. You didn’t do enough community service last year d. You and your best friend get in a fight e. You aren’t on the Executive Board of an organization 2) You win the lottery. You donate a portion of the money to… a. A women’s crisis center b. A scholarship fund c. A local charity that you work with d. A friend in need e. A leadership institute 3) You prefer friends who… a. You can help educate women in need with b. You can study, learn, and discuss current events with c. You can do a service project with d. You can talk to when you’re having a problem e. You can start an organization with

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4) Who do you ask for advice? a. A female mentor b. Your academic advisor c. Someone you worked on a service project with d. Your best friend e. A supervisor, teacher, or advisor you look up to 5) The person in history you would most like to meet is… a. Susan B. Anthony, who fought for women’s right to vote b. Marie Curie, who made progressive discoveries in the field of science c. Mother Teresa, who won a Noble Peace Prize for her charity work d. Princess Diana, often known as the “People’s Princess” e. Rosa Parks, who was an activist and was considered “the first lady of civil rights”


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Mostly A’s Women’s Empowerment One of our community’s biggest strengths is helping women realize their potential. We believe that through membership in a sorority, by the time you graduate you can be equipped with the knowledge to reach any goal you set for yourself. Our nine chapters help facilitate this growth through various mentoring and personal development programs.

Mostly B’s Academic Development We firmly believe that before we are sorority women, we are students first. After all, that’s why we are in college. Our sororities promote academic success through peer tutoring, class selection assistance, group study sessions, resource information, and learning incentives. While the USF Panhellenic Association doesn’t require a certain GPA for all chapters, all of them have their own academic requirements for membership. We are proud to say that our Panhellenic members have a higher cumulative grade point average than the All Women’s Average for USF! Mostly C’s Community and Philanthropic Service Our sorority members work to help those in our local community and those in need on a national level. Each of our nine sororities have one or more philanthropic organizations they raise money for through various events that get our entire fraternity and sorority community involved! Many of our Panhellenic members also give back to the community through volunteer hours. Fraternity or sorority members form the largest network of volunteers in the United States, volunteering approximately 10 million hours of community service annually.

Mostly D’s Sisterhood Sisterhood is the backbone of our community. Sisterhood is more than friendship; it’s a bond built on trust, common beliefs, and respect that will last a lifetime. We believe that no matter what, at the end of the day, we are here to support one another. Each of our nine organizations has their own unique bond and that’s what makes us all different! At the end of the day, our members know that they have a support group to get them through any situation. You can see how each of the chapter’s support each other through personal testimonies on their chapter page! Mostly E’s Leadership Development Sororities are self-governing and managed by its members. Each chapter offers leadership opportunities and encourages members to be involved in the USF community. Individuals have the capacity to determine the success of their organization. Through leadership workshops, help with resume writing, and mock business interviews, our members become prepared for life after college! The Panhellenic Association also offers leadership conference scholarships and the opportunity to attend such events as the Emerging Leadership Institute. Members of our fraternity and sorority community are often recognized in the USF’s College of Business’ “25 Under 25” program!

“We believe in making a difference.”

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PNM

Bill of Rights U The right to be treated as an individual. U The right to be fully informed about the recruitment process. UÊÊThe right to ask questions and receive true and objective answers from Pi Chis and other Panhellenic sorority members.

What to Bring Checklist

UÊÊThe right to be treated with respect. UÊÊThe right to be treated as a capable and mature person without being patronized. UÊÊThe right to ask how and why and receive straight answers. UÊÊThe right to have and express opinions to Pi Chis. UÊÊThe right to have inviolable confidentiality when sharing information with Pi Chis. UÊÊThe right to make informed choices without undue pressure from others. UÊÊThe right to be fully informed about the binding agreements implicit in the preference card signing. UÊÊThe right to make one’s own choice and decision and accept full responsibility for the results of that decision. UÊÊThe right to have a positive, safe, and enriching recruitment and new member experience.

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While Pi Chis will have some necessary supplies, it is advised that all potential new members bring the following every day of Recruitment: Hair brush, mints, tissues, contact solution, and any other necessary toiletries Any prescribed medications Towel or blanket to sit on Umbrella 2013 Fall Recruitment Bag and this Recruitment Booklet – this eliminates the need to bring a purse or backpack Snack Foods – Panhellenic does provide food and refreshments during breaks but you may get hungry before meals are served. Reading material – in between events you may want to occupy time by reading a book or magazine or getting ahead on your school work Pens A sweater or jacket (the air-conditioning is sometimes cold in the recruitment locations)


10 Tips for Choosing

the Right Sorority for You

1. Select a sorority that fits your lifestyle. 2. Select a sorority that will improve your academic experience and not distract from it with questionable behavior or activities. 3. Make sure you join a sorority you feel comfortable with and enjoy the time spent with the rest of the members. 4. Select a sorority that will provide you with a rich experience in friendship, guide you through challenging times, congratulate you during triumphs, and push you to reach your full potential. 5. Avoid selecting a sorority just because your friend is in it (or wants to be in it) and you want to be with her. Joining a sorority is a choice that must be made by each individual.

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6. Remember that sororities vary from campus to campus and over time. Carefully evaluate each sorority as it is at USF. 7. Make sure you understand academic, monetary, housing, and behavioral requirements of a sorority before accepting an invitation to join. Ask questions if there is anything you are uncertain about. 8. Once initiated, you may only choose one sorority to be in for the rest of your life. Make sure that your choice is the one that you really want to be a part of for a lifetime. 9. While it is important to look at an organization’s philanthropy, consider how involved a sorority is in the philanthropies of other organizations. 10. Do not base your decision off of one member. Learn as much as you can about each chapter and consider where you felt most at home. Remember to look at the organization as a whole.

Dos and Don’ts

DO ask questions. No question is a dumb question and most importantly, BE YOURSELF!

DON’T be nervous. Chapter members are just as nervous about meeting new people and making a good impression.

DO visit the national websites of USF’s sororities. This gives a big picture of what the sorority is all about.

DON’T be late! Recruitment is fast-paced and being late can affect your ability to visit the chapters you are invited to.

DO consider the commitments involved when joining a sorority. DO utilize your Pi Chis. They will aid you in any way possible; feel free to discuss any concerns with them. DO make time to use the restroom before events begin. PNMs are not allowed to use the restrooms inside the sorority houses/recruitment spaces. DO get plenty of sleep and eat healthy meals. These days are long and require a lot of energy.

DON’T believe everything you see on television or in the movies about Fraternity and Sorority Life. DON’T contact the chapter members outside of Recruitment and do not be offended if you see them and they are brief. DON’T dismiss a chapter based on what you’ve heard from other people. Go in with an open mind, and trust your instincts. DON’T be anyone other than yourself–that’s who the sororities want to get to know!

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Alpha Delta Pi

The Beauty of Violets, The Strength of Lions, The Brilliance of Diamonds, The Love and Loyalty of Sisters Nickname: ADPi USF Chapter: Epsilon Lambda Founded: May 15, 1851 Flower: Woodland Violet Symbol: Diamond Colors: Azure Blue and White Philanthropy: Ronald McDonald House

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“We live for each other”

“I believe that my sorority is more than a ritual or a symbol; that it is a way of life. The letters sewn across my chest don’t make me better than anyone other than the person I used to be. I joined my sorority because I met a group of women that I wanted to surround myself with. I knew that over everything, they would encourage and challenge me to be a better me. Alpha Delta Pi has brought the responsibility to do my best in whatever I undertake, always reminding me that leadership requires confidence tempered with humility and courage blended tolerance. I don’t believe that I chose Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Delta Pi chose me. You don’t choose sisterhood; somehow, ready or not, sisterhood naturally chooses you. Alpha Delta Pi has blessed me with lifelong friendships with women who share similar ambitions, scholastic ideals, poise, maturities and natures. I am more than lucky to call these women my sisters. Sisters that I can laugh with, cry with and trust in completely through all of the ups and downs. Alpha Delta Pi’s sisterhood is more than four years, it is for life. As an upcoming graduating senior, I will be sad to say goodbye to my collegiate years; but, I am not afraid. The love of my sisters will follow and stay with me wherever I go; I know that with them and Alpha Delta Pi, I am never alone.” —A sister of Alpha Delta Pi

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Alpha Omicron Pi

“One motto, one badge, one bond and one singleness of heart” Nickname: Alpha O USF Chapter: Gamma Theta Founded: January 2, 1897 Flower: Jacqueminot Rose Symbols: Rose, Panda Color: Cardinal Philanthropy: Adult & Juvenile Arthritis Research

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Women enriched through lifelong friendship.


“Alpha Omicron Pi has given me multiple opportunities to shine. My first year, I was tapped by an older sister to take on a leadership position, and I instantly felt the support of a sisterhood that wants to see me grow. Through every joy and disappointment, my sisters are there. Without AOII, I wouldn’t have settled in my major, have the high GPA I do now or have networked my way into my first internship. My favorite thing about AOII is how my sisters unite through diversity and tolerance and truly learn from one another. I have learned to value friendship over all. I found a home that understands and accepts my values. My sisters inspire, as I find myself consistently proud of the various involvement and accomplishments of my sisters: getting into the USF Nursing program, serving as Orientation Team Leaders and Green and Gold Guides and achieving their goals, as we are always wearing our letters. Our mission statement is “Women Enriched Through Lifelong Friendship” and our alumnae continue to support us and illustrate this mission. Every sister I meet changes my life forever and I can’t thank AOII enough for all the wonderful people it has brought into my life. AOII is a friend when you need a friend, and through growth and trust, I have the best friends a woman can have. AOII reminds me that sorority life is not about being the best; sorority life is about being you.” —A sister of Alpha Omicron Pi

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Chi Omega

to work earnestly to speak kindly to act sincerely

Nickname: Chi-O USF Chapter: Theta Theta Founded: April 5, 1895 Flower: White Carnation Symbols: Owl, Skull & Crossbones Colors: Cardinal and Straw Philanthropy: Make-A-Wish Foundation

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“To be womanly always, to be discouraged never” “As a first generation college student, I never dreamed I would join a sorority. In fact, my parents basically begged me not to. Obviously, I went through formal recruitment anyway, and found my home in Chi Omega. Looking back on the past three years, I realize how much Chi Omega has given me. At first, I felt connected to my organization because I could talk about cats and Harry Potter with my sisters, but it wasn’t until things in life got tough that I realized exactly why Chi Omega was right for me. Spring semester of my freshman year, my parents decided to get divorced. I refused to acknowledge my depression, and my grades took a steep decline… I even refused to go home for the summer, and stayed in Tampa. My sisters comforted me; we stayed up late at night hanging out, and they gave me junk food to drown my feelings in. They provided me with similar stories of their own, and even gave me the courage to seek help before I got worse. Chi Omega has given me countless opportunities to better myself through leadership, service, and scholarship, but more importantly, Chi Omega has given me a strong support system that I will have across the country for the rest of my life. My sisters were my home when I felt like I didn’t have one, and I’m thankful for them every day.” —A sister of Chi Omega

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Delta Delta Delta

Nickname: Tri Delta USF Chapter: Beta Alpha Locally Founded: September 16, 1966 Nationally Founded: Thanksgiving Eve, 1888 Flower: Pansy Symbols: Stars & Crescent, Trident, Dolphin, Pine Tree Colors: Silver, Gold, Blue Philanthropy: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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“Let Us Steadfastly Love One Another”


’s rl gi a of e or m k in th d an l al to e ik al nd “Let us found a society that shall be ki ter than of her personal appearance.” inner self and charac —Sarah Ida Shaw “People often ask why I decided to join a sorority during my time in college. From the outsider’s perspective, joining Greek life seems like young adults paying to have friends and fit in. Before going through recruitment I would have agreed. However, after being a member of Tri Delta for the past three years, I can honestly say I can’t picture my life without it. From bid day until now I have changed and matured so much. I learn new things every day from each one of my sisters and continue to grow as a person. Sisters have helped me to break out of my comfort zone and try things I never could see myself doing before. Having an amazing support system to turn to no matter what the situation is something I would not trade for the world. As an out of state student I really was looking for a “home away from home” when I went through recruitment. I can say that Tri Delta has undoubtedly provided me with that and much more. A constant source of support and encouragement has helped me overcome personal obstacles and take on new goals I never would have imagined possible. Tri Delta has also provided me with many opportunities such as babysitting jobs, internships, and career advice. Throughout the duration of my time in Tri Delta I can say I have truly utilized every facet and reaped countless benefits from my sisterhood as well as the Greek community.” —A sister of Delta Delta Delta 17


Delta Gamma

Nickname: Dee Gee USF Chapter: Delta Kappa Nationally Founded: December 24, 1873 Flower: Cream Colored Rose Symbols: Anchor, Hannah Doll Colors: Bronze, Pink, Blue Philanthropy: Southeastern Guide Dogs

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“For hope, for strength, for life.�


Personal integrity personal responsibility intellectual honesty “Being a Delta Gamma has completely changed my life. As a child I was always athletic and into sports. When I came to the University of South Florida I actually laughed at the idea of becoming a ‘sorority girl.’ All I really ever knew were the negative stereotypes from TV shows or movies and how they portrayed them. I thought that if I was myself then I would never be accepted. I play volleyball, basketball and I love the outdoors. I don’t know how to bake and I don’t dress to impress, which to me meant that I didn’t belong in a sorority, or so I thought. I could not have been more wrong. I completely fell in love with the recruitment process and couldn’t wait to find my home. Due to our amazing Greek community at USF I was able to connect with so many other Panhellenic women, but in the end I knew Delta Gamma was the one for me. As corny as it may sound, I like to compare our sisterhood to a puzzle. No matter what shape, size, color, or edge that we may have, the end result is always the same...Together we are complete and become something beautiful. Not only have I found a home in Delta Gamma, but I have found myself and the woman that I truly aspire to become. Here in Delta Gamma, I am able to be myself, yet flourish into the better version... the me that does good. My sisters truly are my hope, my strength, and my life. I’m proud to be a Delta Gamma and wouldn’t want it any other way.”

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Gamma Phi Beta

Nickname: Gamma Phi Nationally Founded: November 11, 1874 Flower: Pink Carnation Symbol: Crescent Moon Colors: Brown & Mode Philanthropy: Building Strong Girls

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Love, Labor, Learning, Loyalty


“Founded Upon A Rock” “Choosing Gamma Phi Beta as my home was by far the best decision I have made in my life. Since joining, I have met such incredible women who have impacted my life in ways that I never imagined. My sisters and I come from different backgrounds and believe different things but we all hold our sorority near and dear to our hearts. Being a legacy of Gamma Phi Beta, I grew up with a great example of what a strong woman really is. My mother has shown me what it means to exemplify our values of Love, Labor, Learning and Loyalty and I strive to make her and our founders proud every day. Gamma Phi Beta puts great emphasis on these four values and I truly believe that I am becoming a stronger woman every day by living these values. Without Gamma Phi Beta, I wouldn’t be as successful as I am because I would be missing the love and support that I receive constantly from my sisters. I wouldn’t have anyone to get FroYo with or go shopping with, nor would I have a shoulder to cry on when I’m feeling down. Gamma Phi is more than just friends; these women are my sisters, my family, forever. Gamma Phi Beta is more than just four years, it’s for life. My sisters in Gamma Phi Beta have changed my life forever and it was by far the greatest decision of my life.” —A sister of Gamma Phi Beta

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Kappa Delta

Nickname: Kay Dee Ladies USF Chapter: Delta Eta Founded: October 23, 1897 Flower: White Rose Symbols: Dagger, Nautilus Shell Colors: Olive Green, Pearl White Philanthropy: Prevent Child Abuse America, Girl Scouts of the USA, Children’s Hospital of Richmond Virginia & Orthopedic Research Award

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Inspiring our members to greatness


“Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest.”

“Coming into college, I had no idea what to expect, and as a freshman I was completely unaware of what Greek life and sorority recruitment had to offer. I’ve always been independent, but as I spent my first year at USF in a routine consisting of class and work, I knew something was missing. I made great friends and enjoyed my classes, my job, and the few clubs I became involved in, but I didn’t truly find “home” on campus until my sophomore year. Going through recruitment and joining Kappa Delta is by far the best decision I have ever made. In just one year, Kappa Delta has been a life changing experience. I have found sisters who will be by my side for a lifetime, sisters who inspire and support me each day to be a leader and to live life to the fullest. I have formed irreplaceable bonds, friendships, and memories that I cannot imagine my life without. From the late nights at the house, to the out and about random adventures, Kappa Delta has become my place of comfort. It is a place full of open arms, where I share all of my heart-to-hearts and inside jokes. Since joining Kappa Delta, I smile more, I laugh more, and I have grown more than I could’ve ever imagined. I am still the same independent girl, but I am now a part of something so much bigger than myself. I am so lucky to be a part of a sisterhood that has shown me the true meaning of friendship.” —A sister of Kappa Delta

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Sigma Delta Tau

“One Hope of Many People” Nickname: Sig Delt USF Chapter: Gamma Eta Nationally Founded: March 25, 1917 Flower: Yellow Tea Rose Symbols: Torch Colors: Café Au Lait, Old Blue Philanthropy: Prevent Child Abuse America

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To build lasting friendships to foster personal growth

“I stand where I am today as a proud sister of Sigma Delta Tau. From the outside looking in I couldn’t explain it, but I knew the sisterhood of Sigma Delta Tau was where I was meant to be. When I walked through the doors I was greeted by friendly and charismatic women that made me feel like I could truly be myself; it felt like home. Through my conversations during Recruitment, I heard stories of how significantly the women were impacted by their sisterhood. I felt moved by the sisters’ ability to empower one another to be the best that they could be. Although I spoke to a variety of women, one thing remained constant and that was an honest love and respect for one another. When I look back on my time during recruitment, I remember that very moment when I walked out of the house and time froze… I had realized that those women singing to me were the very women I wanted to be my sisters. The women of Sigma Delta Tau embraced individuality, but were tied together by something much deeper. Although we each are our own person, we share a vision, “One Hope of Many People.” It is with that vision that we move through the world as one, empowering women and doing our part to make the world a better place.” —A sister of Sigma Delta Tau 25


Zeta Tau Alpha

Nickname: Zeta USF Chapter: Kappa Sigma Founded: October 15, 1898 Flower: White Violet Symbols: Strawberry, Five Pointed Crown Colors: Turquoise Blue, Steel Grey Philanthropy: Breast Cancer Education and Awareness

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“Seek the Noblest”


Satisfaction in being rather than seeming. “Becoming a member of Zeta Tau Alpha was one of the best decisions I have ever made. ZTA provided me with encouraging support throughout my college years. My sisters kept me sane during exam weeks, comforted me in times of difficulty, and made me laugh in all the times between. The friendships I made in joining ZTA will stay with me forever. ZTA and Panhellenic provided me with opportunities to gain leadership positions on their executive councils, even as a new member! I have seen the difference a group of individuals can make in the lives of breast cancer patients and survivors, and the impact a group of beautiful, strong women can make when they put their mind, heart, and soul into a project. My Zeta big sister will always be my mentor, inspiration, and personal cheerleader. In fact she is responsible for my engagement to the love of my life. I stood by her side on her special day, and I can’t wait for my sisters to join me at the altar on my wedding. Without Zeta, I never would have developed into the strong-minded, outspoken, well-rounded woman I am today. Zeta love is more than four years in college, it’s a lifetime.” —A sister of Zeta Tau Alpha

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Frequently-Asked Questions Does a sorority take up a lot of time? While each sorority’s membership requirements differ, a general range for commitment is anywhere from four to eight hours a week. Whether it be a community service project, planning an event, or regular weekly meetings, members have learned to manage their time wisely with other commitments such as schoolwork, a job, friends outside of their chapter, as well as other organizations that they are involved with. college? The lifelong friendships you will make by being a member of a sorority will last into post-college years. Membership in a chapter can be a lifelong experience that is an investment in your future. Wherever you end up after college, chances are you will be able to find an alumnae chapter or members from your sorority in the area. Will my academics be compromised if I join a sorority? Academic achievement is the number one priority for students in fraternities and sororities. When students join a sorority they become part of a larger group of students who value their academic goals. In order to join each chapter, individuals are required to have a minimum grade point average. Once involved with a sorority, members provide more academic support by offering awards, education programs, and other resources. Are sororities expensive? Annual membership dues vary for each sorority. This cost is used to pay for the upkeep of the house, community service, scholarships, member development programs, intramurals, formals, and many of the social events offered.

Is recruitment only for freshmen? No! Women of all ages are welcome to go through the recruitment process. Do I have to go to all the Recruitment events? Yes! The purpose of Recruitment is to get enough information about each sorority to make an informed decision regarding the chapter you would like to join. What if during Recruitment Week I discover that I am not ready to commit to sorority life? A PNM is never obligated to join a sorority. For various reasons, if you would not like to continue with Recruitment, you may choose to withdraw. If you withdraw prior to receiving a bid on Bid Day, you are eligible to participate in Informal Recruitment. Informal Recruitment continues throughout the academic year. If during the week you decide that you no longer want to participate in the recruitment process, you should discuss these feelings with your Pi Chis, who will help you make the best decision for you. Do I need to be a legacy to join? No, each PNM has the same opportunity to join a sorority whether she is a legacy or not. Each chapter has a different policy on recruiting legacies. Legacies are not guaranteed a bid and all PNMs are expected to consider all chapters equally. Do I need a reference letter? At USF, recommendation letters are not required but they are happily accepted. Recommendations are used to simply introduce a PNM to the chapter before Recruitment starts.

I am new to campus. Should I wait until I know my way around classes and campus before joining? USF is a large campus with more than 40,000 students. The sooner you know more people, the more comfortable you will feel on campus. By joining your first year, you will find adjusting to life at USF a lot easier. Most members who don’t join their first year often wish they had.

The first step is to register at www.usfpanhellenic.com

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Panhellenic

Glossary

Active: A person who has been initiated into lifelong membership in a fraternity or sorority. Alumna: A graduated member of a sorority. Alumnae (plural) often support chapter activities through donations, assistance with advising, employment of undergraduates, and mentoring. Badge: Sorority pin worn by an initiated member, which bears an emblem of the organization. Bid: A membership invitation extended to a prospective member. Big Sister: An active member of a sorority who serves as a sponsor or advisor to a new member, guiding them through their new member program and initiation. Chapter: A local group of a national sorority designated by a specific Greek name. Chapter Advisor - An alumna who establishes and maintains a close advisory relationship with a chapter and serves as a teacher, counselor, and friend. Faculty/Staff Advisor - A faculty/staff member who is the organization’s representative to the University and advises the organization on university matters. Greeks - Members of a fraternity of sorority, distinguishing themselves by letters.

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Informal Recruitment - A continuous, open recruitment period with no specific, scheduled system-wide activities for recruiting new members. Bids may be extended and accepted at any time when applicable. Initiation: A values-based ceremony that marks the acceptance of lifetime commitment to a fraternity or sorority. Legacy: A daughter, sister, or granddaughter of a fraternity/ sorority member. National Panhellenic Conference (NPC): The governing body for 26 national and international women’s fraternities/sororities (see also npcwomen.org). New Member: A person who has accepted a bid to join a sorority chapter but has not yet been initiated. New Member Educator: A sister responsible for overseeing the development of new members and their preparation for initiation. Philanthropy: Philanthropic events done by fraternities/ sororities to raise money for charities. Each organization has a philanthropy to which they donate time, money, and energy. PNM: Acronym for “Potential New Member.” Sister: An initiated member of a sorority. It is used as a form of address when one initiated member refers to another.

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Alphabet

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BETA / BAY–TAH

GAMMA / GAM–AH

DELTA / DEL–TAH

EPSILON / EP–SI–LON

ZETA / ZAY–TAH

ETA / AY–TAH

THETA / THAY–TAH

IOTA / EYE–O–TAH

KAPPA / CAP–AH

LAMBDA / LAM–DAH

MU / MEW

NU / NEW

XI / ZZ–EYE

OMICRON / OM–AH–CRON

PI / PIE

RHO / ROW

SIGMA / SIG–MA

TAU / TAWH

UPSILON / YOOP-SI-LON

PHI / FIGH

CHI / KIGH

PSI / SIGH

OMEGA / O–MAY–GAH

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Quick Facts Chapters

Dues New Member: $1,289

Alpha Delta Pi

Alpha Omicron Pi

Inititated Sister: Out of House - $846 In House - $721 New Member: $1,123 Inititated Sister: $625

GPA Requirement New Member: Incoming Freshman high school GPA - 3.14 Current College Student - 2.8

Time Commitment

Housing Requirement

Required if member falls below the GPA minimum

New Member: 6 hours/week

Executive committee must live in house during their term

Required 4 hours/week

New Member: 4 hours/week

Study Hours

Inititated Sister: 2.8 New Member: Incoming Freshman high school GPA - 3.0 Current College Student - 2.75

Initiated Sister: 6 hours/week

Inititated Sister: 2.5 New Member: $1,150

Chi Omega

Delta Delta Delta

Delta Gamma

Inititated Sister: Out of House - $582 In House - $507 New Member: $1,172 Inititated Sister: Out of House - $735 In House - $565 New Member: $1,173.50 Inititated Sister: $768.58

New Member: Incoming Freshman high school GPA - 3.0 Current College Student - 2.7

Required New Member: 2-3 hours/week

Gamma Phi Beta

Kappa Delta

Sigma Tau Delta

Zeta Tau Alpha

Inititated Sister: Out of House - $831 In House - $631

New Member: $1,215 Inititated Sister: Out of House - $825 In House - $600 New Member: $1,050 Inititated Sister: Out of House - $850 In House - $650 New Member: $1,050 Inititated Sister: Out of House - $852 In House - $628

New Member: 4 hours/week Initiated Sister: 6 hours/week

Inititated Sister: 2.0

Initiated Sister: Based on previous semester GPA

New Member: Incoming Freshman high school GPA - 3.0 Current College Student - 2.75

Required if member falls below the GPA minimum and will vary from 2-10 hours/week

New Member: 5 hours/week

Not Required

New Member: 3 hours/week

Inititated Sister: 2.6 New Member: Incoming Freshman high school GPA - 3.0 Current College Student - 2.6

New Member: Incoming Freshman high school GPA - 3.0 Current College Student - 2.75 Inititated Sister: 2.75

New Member: 3.0

Required: based on previous semester GPA and vary from 1-6 hours/ week

New Member: 8 hours/week

Not Required

New Member: 6 hours/week

Inititated Sister: 2.75

New Member: 2.7 Inititated Sister: 2.7

New Member: 2.7 Inititated Sister: 2.7

Initiated Sister: 6 hours/week

Initiated Sister: 3 hours/week

Inititated Sister: 2.65 New Member: $1,120

Initiated Sister: 5 hours/week

Initiated Sister: 7 hours/week

Initiated Sister: 6 hours/week

Required if member falls below the GPA requirement

New Member: 7 hours/week

Required New Member: 4 hours/week

New Member: 6 hours/week

Initiated Sister: Based on previous semester GPA

Initiated Sister: 7 hours/week

Initiated Sister: 5 hours/week

Members are required to live at least one year in the house

Members are expected to live at least one year in the house if there is vacancy Members are expected to live at least one year in the house

Members are expected to live at least one year in the house if there is vacancy If space permits, all members are expected to live in the house

If space permits, all members are expected to live in the house

Members are required to live in the house for two years if it is not filled to capacity

If the house is not filled, sisters who have not previously lived in the house are selected to fill the empty beds


2013 Panhellenic Association Recruitment Booklet