Hello Ladies, On behalf of the Tarleton State University Panhellenic Association, we would like to congratulate you on your decision to attend Tarleton State. We are excited to welcome you to the Tarleton State campus and the Greek community. As Tarleton State Greek women, we pride ourselves on our success in balancing campus involvement, community service, sisterhood and most importantly academics. Participating in Recruitment will allow you a head start to a positive beginning here at Tarleton State. We invite you to take a close look at the sororities that comprise our Panhellenic Council. Formal Recruitment allows you the opportunity to learn about each sorority and what it means to be part of our Greek system. We encourage you to keep an open mind and seek the chapter where you feel you best fit. Membership in a Panhellenic sorority can lead to many great opportunities and experiences as a Tarleton State student. Women involved in the Greek community hold various leadership positions in and outside their organization. The sorority community promotes the development of its individuals while sharing the benefits of the group experience. We strongly recommend that you get involved and take advantage of the wonderful opportunities available to you. On behalf of the Tarleton State Panhellenic Council, we are honored to present our Greek community to you and are here to assist you throughout the recruitment process. Thank you for your interest in the Panhellenic Council of Tarleton State. If you have questions or concerns, you can contact Taylor Watson, the Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, in the Office of Student Engagement at (254)968-9256 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sincerely, Jessica Giddings Panhellenic President
Kalli Vill Vice President of Recruitment
When you join one of the National Panhellenic Conference sororities at Tarleton State, you automatically become part of the Panhellenic Association. The Tarleton State Panhellenic Association is the governing council for the sororities chartered at Tarleton State and is responsible for organizing activities of mutual concern and interest to all chapters. The National Panhellenic Conference, founded in 1902, is the encompassing organization for 26 international womenâ€™s fraternities and sororities. Each member group is autonomous as a social, Greek-letter organization of college women and alumnae. Members are represented on over 600 college and university campuses in the United States and Canada and in more than 5,300 alumnae associations, making up more than 3 million sorority women in the world. The Tarleton State Panhellenic Association is comprised of four national sororities. These sororities have a history at Tarleton State since 1985. With the universityâ€™s support, the Panhellenic Association strives to grow and flourish through the efforts of its members.
We, as Undergraduate Members of womenâ€™s fraternities, stand for scholarship, for the guarding of good health, for the 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.
Active Member: An undergraduate sorority member who has been initiated by her chapter. Alumna: A sorority member who is no longer a member of a collegiate chapter (plural is alumnae). Bid: A formal invitation to join a sorority or fraternity. Chapter: A membership unit of a national or international sorority or fraternity. Continuous Open Bidding (COB): COB bids may be extended and accepted at any time during the school year other than Formal Recruitment (COB is also referred to as Open Bidding and Informal Membership Recruitment). Formal Recruitment: A designated membership recruitment period comprised of a series of events hosted by each sorority, scheduled and governed by the Panhellenic Association. Fraternity: Greek-letter organizations that are characterized by a ritual, badge, and a strong tie of friendship. Informally, womenâ€™s fraternities are called sororities.
Initiation: The formal ceremony that brings a new member into full membership.
Panhellenic Association: The College Panhellenic Association is a cooperative campus organization of collegiate members of NPC Sororities.
Philanthropy: A service project undertaken by Greek organizations at the campus, community, or national level. Most national organizations have a designated cause to which they serve.
Potential New Member: Any woman interested in becoming a sorority member who is eligible to join according to the Panhellenic Association’s requirements.
Legacy: A woman whose mother, sister, or in some cases grandmother, is an alumna or active member of a National Panhellenic Conference sorority. National Panhellenic Conference: NPC is a governing body composed of 26 inter/ national women’s fraternities and sororities. New Member: A woman who has accepted a sorority bid but is not yet an initiated member.
Recruitment Counselors (Rho Gammas): Greek women carefully selected and trained to guide potential new members through the formal recruitment process. Sorority: A Greek-letter sisterhood.
Joining a sorority is the beginning of new experiences. Youâ€™ll make new friends and find a home away from home. Sisterhood represents bonds of friendship and unity that last a lifetime. These bonds are not only shared by individual chapter members, but also between chapters around the nation, due to the history and ideals upon which each chapter was founded. Not only will you learn how to work with others, but through sharing the same experiences, environment and interests, you will develop a very special closeness to those around you. As friends, you will share your success, happiness, and occasional evenings just relaxing with your sisters. Sisterhood is more than wearing Greek letters and attending chapter meetings and events. It is a feeling and sense of belonging. It is the feeling of being yourself and being respected for your individuality. Sisterhood is the making of friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.
Greek womenâ€™s interests and concerns go beyond the confines of campus life. Sororities sponsor a multitude of activities each year to impact the local community and earn money for special philanthropies or identified projects. Each chapter also donates its time and efforts to a particular project, either locally or nationally. Each year, the Panhellenic Association fills campus and community needs in its sponsorship and support of such events as rebuilding efforts, canned-food drives, campus and community clean-ups, and more. The ability to give of yourself is one of the most important qualities you can develop or cultivate while part of the Greek community.
Academic achievement is a significant component of your future success. One primary purpose of the Greek community is to encourage and develop high scholastic performance among its members. To participate in recruitment, entering freshmen must have a 2.25 GPA, or an 78 on a 100 point scale from high school. Upperclassmen and students with college credit must have a 2.25 cumulative college GPA. Greek-letter organizations were founded on principles of successful scholarship. With academics as a priority, the Greek community recognizes the importance of directing students into special scholarship programs. Sororities offer many resources and educational opportunities to facilitate high-quality learning for their members. Greek life helps you meet the challenge of balancing academics, while gaining the most from your collegiate experience. Additionally, each of the chapters on campus facilitates a scholarship program to assist both new and active members in achieving academic excellence. Numerous Greeks appear on the Deanâ€™s and Presidentâ€™s Lists and belong to honor societies including Order of Omega, the national Greek honor society. Many sororities offer scholarships to members in attempts to encourage continued academic success. Because academics are so heavily stressed within Panhellenic, most sororities on campus maintain grade requirements for selecting new members. Grade requirements are also used to maintain academic success among its members by requiring each member to maintain a certain grade point average throughout her academic career.
One of the significant opportunities afforded by Greek membership is leadership development. Sororities are self-governing organizations, giving members numerous leadership possibilities. Each chapter also utilizes a committee structure that allows you to be involved in all operational aspects of the sorority. Additionally, chapters provide educational programming in such areas as time management, leadership, and communication. Greek involvement also provides a resource network when seeking employment. Greek alumnae understand the Greek experience of being both a team player and an individual; the desire to excel, both in and out of the classroom; and the commitment to give something back to the community. Greeks often hire Greeks, and in this changing world, it is important to establish relationships with others beyond the boundaries of the university. Through interaction with alumnae, you can begin building bridges.
Coming in to recruitment for the first time, you might need a few hints on what to wear during the recruitment process. The suggestions below will help you to be prepared for what is to come. Remember to always wear your nametag to every event and comfortable shoes are a must— you will be standing for extended periods of time.
This is a dinner for you to get your first glimpse into sorority life. You will get to meet your Rho Gammas and the other potential new members for the first time. For this dinner, a sundress or nice jeans and a dressy top will be appropriate.
During round one, you will visit all sororities for 45 minutes. This event will be the sororities’ “open house.” You will get a glimpse of what sorority life is all about. Remember, first impression is everything. A sundress or slacks and a nice top will be perfect for tonight.
This is the night to let your creative juices flow. Each sorority will have a special project to do for one of their favorite charities. This is your chance to see the service branch of Greek life. We recommend a dress or slacks and a nice top for this evening.
This is the most important night. Each event will be one hour long. You will see the Greek women at their very best. Each sorority will be celebrating the lasting bond of friendship and sisterhood with you. You will get a peek into the ritual side of the sororities. A cocktail dress or pant-suit is perfect for tonight. We suggest that you do not wear black.
Financial responsibility is crucial to every college student; it is no different in the Greek system. Many sorority women work their way through school and support themselves. Therefore, individual chapters offer responsible payment plans based on specific situations. It is true that the first year is more expensive. This is because all of the one-time fees are administered during this time. Once you become an active member, your monthly bills will be considerably lower.
New Members (Only first semester) Pinning
Housing and Furnishing
Active Members $ 320 per Semester
Founded: Wesleyan College, March 4th, 1852 Colors: Rose and White National Philanthropies: Children’s Miracle Network Flower: Rose Colored Carnation Symbol: Barbed Quatrefoil Mascot: Lion Motto: “Les Soeurs Fideles”- “The Faithful Sisters”
Founded: Miami University, October 24, 1902 Colors: Rose and Green National Philanthropies: Speech and Hearing, The Painted Turtle Camp Flower: Killarnery Rose Symbols: Lamp Mascot: Turtle Jewel: Diamond
Founded: Syracuse University, May 30th, 1904 Colors: Red, Buff, and Green National Philanthropies: Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, Diabetes Awareness and Education Flower: Red and Buff Rose with Green Asparagus Plumosa Fern Mascot: Squirrel Jewel: Pearl
Founded: New York University Law School, March 17th, 1917 Colors: Royal Purple and Pure Gold National Philanthropies: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, National Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, and Delta Phi Epsilon Education Foundation Flower: Lovely Purple Iris Mascot: Unicorn Jewel: Pearl
Founded: Barnard College, January 2, 1897 Colors: Cardinal National Philanthropies: AOII Foundation, Arthritis Research, American Juvenile Arthritis Organization Flower: Jacquemont Rose Symbol: Sheaf of Wheat, Jewel: Red Ruby Motto: Exceed the Expectation
Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Orientation, Thompson Student Center Ballrooms Friday, September 4th, 2015 5:00pm –11:30pm
First Round Event (Sisterhood Night), Thompson Student Center Ballrooms
Saturday, September 5th, 2015 4:00pm –10:00pm
Second Round Event (Philanthropy Night), Thompson Student Center Ballrooms
Sunday, September 6th, 2015 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Third Round Event (Preference Night), Thompson Student Center Ballrooms
**Immediately Following—Preference Card Signing** Strict Silence Begins Strict Silence is the period of time from the end of the preference event until PNM’s have accepted their Bid Invitation. During this period there will be no conversation or contact between Potential New Members and men, new members, actives or alumnae. Monday, September 7th, 2015 9:00am Arrive for Bid pick-up, Thompson Student Center Ballrooms 10:30am
Panhellenic Induction Ceremony
Rho Gamma Reveal and Bid Day festivities, Thompson Student Center Ballrooms
***All times are subject to change. Final schedule will be released August 28, 2015***
Assistance during the Recruitment process is offered by a group of sorority women specifically selected from each chapter on campus. We call these women Rho Gammas. They have been carefully selected and are trained for their roles as your listener, role model, cheerleader, confidant, coach and friend. They are able to give you advice in all aspects of sorority and campus life. These women are here for you! We encourage you to utilize them as your resource to Greek life on campus. During the summer, Recruitment Counselors disaffiliate themselves from their own sorority, and work together from a Panhellenic perspective. They have no contact with their sorority affiliation during the week of recruitment, and you will not learn their affiliation until Bid Day. Each of you will be part of a group led by a Recruitment Counselor (Rho Gamma). Daily activities have been planned for your entertainment. This is a great time to get to know the girls going through the recruitment process and start building friendships! If you have any questions throughout the week, the Rho Gammas would love to help you!
Tarleton State University expects that all members of all recognized student organizations will observe and fully comply with State of Texas Statutes on hazing. In addition, all students are expected to adhere to regulations set forth by their respective (Inter) National Fraternities or Sororities, Interfraternity Council and university policies concerning practices commonly referred to as hazing. Hazing means any intentional, knowing, or reckless act occurring on or off campus, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated, holding office in or maintaining membership in any organizations whose members are all students, or include students. Students and the organizations to which they belong commit a criminal offense if they are involved in any form of hazing. This includes engaging in, soliciting, encouraging, directing, aiding or attempting to aid another in engaging in hazing; intentionally, knowingly or recklessly permitting hazing to occur; and having firsthand knowledge that hazing is going to occur or has occurred and knowingly failing to report this information in writing to the Executive Director of Student Engagement or other appropriate University official. Hazing is punishable by fines ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 and confinement in jail may be assessed. Organizations involved in hazing are subject to not less than $5,000 or more than $10,000 except when the offense causes personal injury, property damage or other loss, and then the organization may be punished by a fine of not less than $5,000 nor more than double the amount lost or the expenses incurred because of such injury, damage, or loss. In addition, individuals and organizations involved in any form of hazing subject themselves to university discipline. The above statement is a brief, factual summary of the Hazing Act and is not intended as a substitute for a legal interpretation of the act. Copies of the complete act are available in the Office of Student Engagement. It is important that each potential new member understands that if he/she is involved in hazing activities (is being hazed by others or participates in the hazing of another or others) then as a free individual participating in that activity, he/she may share responsibility for violation of these laws and university policy and could be held responsible along with the chapter and other individuals.
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