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Office of Greek Life Greek Life at Transylvania.a
Recruitment Schedule Alpha Omicron Pi Chi Omega Delta Delta Delta Phi Mu
What is Recruitment? Recruitment Team What to Wear Financial Information Recruitment Guidelines Panhellenic Code of Ethics Register for Sorority Recruitment Common Questions
Recruitment Schedule Delta Sigma Phi Kappa Alpha Order Phi Kappa Tau Pi Kappa Alpha
What is Recruitment? Recruitment Guidelines
Office of Greek Life Dear Future Members,
Congratulations on your acceptance to Transylvania University! On behalf of the 350 plus fraternity men and sorority women at TU, let us be the first of many to welcome you to the University. You are about to embark on an exciting journey that will help you grow and change in ways you never thought possible. You will not only have fun but will be challenged both intellectually and personally. This publication is a brief introduction to our wonderful and exciting Greek community at TU and is designed to help you explore the extraordinary opportunities that our community has to offer. As you begin your college career you will find that there are many organizations on campus in which you can become involved. Although each and every one of these organizations will contribute to your development as a student, none are quite as exciting and rewarding as becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority.
ACTIVE—An initiated member of a fraternity or sorority. ALUMNA/ALUMNUS—An initiated member who has graduated. BID—A formal invitation to join a chapter. BIG BROTHER/SISTER—An active who befriends and becomes like an older brother/sister to a new member. BROTHER/SISTER—A term used by active members in a chapter when referring to each other. CHAPTER—The local collegiate group of a national fraternity or sorority. CANDLELIGHT—A ceremony in which a member reveals having been given a lavaliere, fraternity pin, or engagement ring.
The Greek community exists as a proven support system for hundreds of thousands of men and women across the country. It is our hope that Transylvania’s Greek community can help personalize your college experience by offering close friendships, scholastic assistance, leadership opportunities, educational programming, social interaction and enrichment, and the chance to help others through philanthropic events and community service projects. Your involvement can build character, awareness of personal responsibility, and an appreciation for others.
FORMAL RECRUITMENT—A time when fraternities/sororities sponsor activities seeking potential new members.
We encourage you to participate in Recruitment and to remain open minded about all the opportunities that our Greek community has to offer. Fraternities and sororities are a source of pride at TU, and every chapter has something unique to offer. The Office of Greek Life looks forward to working with you in the future, and we are here to assist you in any way possible!
IFC—Interfraternity Council; a representative governing body of fraternities affiliated with the North American Interfraternity Conference.
GREEK—Any member of a social fraternity or sorority. HAZING—Any degrading activity that would cause mental or physical harm to an individual or group. This is completely unacceptable to any Transylvania University organization.
INITIATED MEMBER—Any member who has gone through the initiation ceremony. INITIATION—A formal ceremony that brings about the transition from new member to initiated member. LAVALIERE—A necklace with Greek letters on it.
Amy Jo Gabel Coordinator of Greek Life
LEGACY—A person whose parent, sibling, or grandparent is an alumna or active member of a sorority.
OPEN RECRUITMENT—Membership selection process that occurs throughout the academic year; also known as continuous open bidding among Panhellenic sororities and fraternities. PANHELLENIC COUNCIL—The governing organization that promotes and represents sororities belonging to the National Panhellenic Conference.
Greek Life at Transy Greek Organizations have been an integral part of the Transylvania community since 1888. For well over a century, the Greek community has strived for academic excellence and a strong community spirit. Though there are many different chapters, they all share common founding principles and endeavor to enhance the educational experience by emphasizing intellectual and social development.
PHILANTHROPY—A charitable project sponsored by a fraternity or sorority. PIN—The active pin is worn on the chest designating an initiated member of a certain chapter. A new member pin is similar and is used to designate a new member of a chapter. PLEDGE/NEW MEMBER—A person who has accepted an invitation to a chapter and has not yet been initiated. POTENTIAL MEMBER–An undergraduate college man/woman who participates in the recruitment process. PREFERENCE CARD—A card signed by a potential new member after the last day of Panhellenic recruitment, indicating the potential new member’s first and second preference of a Greek organization. QUOTA—The specified number of new members each sorority can accept. RECRUITMENT COUNSELORS (Rho Gamma)—Sorority members who have disassociated themselves from their chapters during recruitment to answer any question a potential member may have about Greek membership. RITUAL—Sacred and inspirational ceremonies used to inspire and educate members about the importance of the organization. SNAP BIDDING—The direct offering of a bid from a chapter to a potential member between the time bids are distributed and bid day activities begin during Panhellenic recruitment.
One of the most cherished aspects of Greek Life is the friendships that are made through membership. Involvement in a Greek Organization gives members an opportunity to expand their circle of friends because sisterhood/brotherhood is the foundation of the Greek experienceit is the making of memories that will last a lifetime. It combines individualism within the framework of mutual cooperation. As a Greek member, you will form friendships unlike any found in other organizations. These relationships are deeper than going to parties and are more meaningful than wearing the same letters. They are about the growth and development of individuals as they begin their lives at Transylvania. Each new member rings his or her unique abilities to the fraternity or sorority and is loved and respected the way he or she is.
SOCIAL—A get-together with another group for a party, dinner, or other fun occasion.
Greek Life at Transy LEADERSHIP
One of the significant opportunities afforded by Greek membership is leadership development. Sororities and fraternities are self-governing organizations, providing members numerous leadership possibilities. Transylvania Universityâ€™s Greek Organizations allow members the opportunity to expand and develop leadership skills. Campus leaders at Transylvania are overwhelmingly Greek. Members of the Greek community hold a variety of leadership positions in organizations such as the Student Government Association, Omicron Delta Kappa, Student Activities Board, Student Alumni Association, Crimson Crew and many others including academic honor societies. Youâ€™ll also see numerous Greeks on athletic teams, serving as Resident Advisers, Admissions Assistants and Student Orientation Leaders.
Members of Greek Organizations firmly believe in the value of campus and community involvement. These activities help strengthen the relations between Transylvania and the community and create opportunities for Greek members to provide needed services that might otherwise be unavailable. Last year, fraternity and sorority members donated thousands of dollars and thousands of direct service hours to nonprofit agencies. Each chapter sponsors at least one philanthropic or community service activity each semester and the Panhellenic and IFC councils also coordinate numerous all-Greek service events.
SCHOLARSHIP The first priority of Transylvania students is academic achievement. Scholastic excellence is a central part of each chapterâ€™s goals. As a result, the Greek GPA consistently remains above the all campus average. Each chapter challenges members to live up to his or her academic potential and offers various programs designed to assist members in their academic pursuits. These programs include tutoring, study sessions, and educational programs and awards. Additionally, most organizations offer scholarships, often supported by their national organization and/or alumni groups. Sororities and fraternities offer many resources and educational opportunities to facilitate high quality learning for their members.
CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT Each year, Greeks participate in a variety of university organizations and events. Every chapter at Transylvania supports and encourages campus involvement. As a result, college experiences for Greek students involve more than textbooks, classrooms and athletic events. A member of the Greek community will develop such skills as goal setting, working with a group, planning activities, solving problems, time management and focused decision-making. These skills will be useful to Greek chapter members not only in college but also for the rest of his or her life!
SOCIAL LIFE Social activities offer Transylvania’s students a relaxing break from the daily routine of studying and work. A student’s social life is enhanced through involvement with a fraternity or sorority. Traditionally, Greek Organizations have provided much of the social excitement at Transylvania. Organized events for individual chapters include formal dances, date parties, parent’s weekends, and alumni festivities. Additionally, the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils sponsor campus-wide events throughout the year including Greek Nights Out and Junior Panhellenic Presentation Ball. It is important to remember that each organization adheres to comprehensive national policies that allow social activities but reduce many risk factors. These social activities offer many opportunities to participate with each other and the campus community.
FOR A LIFETIME Greek membership also provides a resource network when seeking employment. Greek alumni 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 alumni, you can begin building bridges.
Panhellenic Association When you join one of the four National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities at Transylvania University, you also become a member of an even larger organization, the Panhellenic Association. The Transylvania University Panhellenic Association is the umbrella organization for the NPC sororities chartered at Transy and is responsible for organizing activities of mutual concern and interest to all sororities on campus.
Schedule WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 ORIENTATION At this time you will receive the detailed schedule for the week and learn even more about the recruitment process.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 OPEN HOUSE/HALL NIGHT Round One is your opportunity to attend an open house for each of the four sororities. The events will last 30 minutes each.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT NIGHT You will be introduced to each chapterâ€™s involvement with local and national philanthropies, leadership and campus activities. You will attend a maximum of three events, each lasting 45 minutes. This Association consists of all sorority women at the University and is governed by the Panhellenic Council. The Council consists of one delegate from each chapter, each chapter president, five executive officers from the various chapters, and the Greek Advisor. The Panhellenic Council meets once a week to discuss current issues facing the Greek community, plan upcoming events and serve as a link between the administration and individual chapters. They are responsible for local Panhellenic operation in accordance with the National Panhellenic Conference policies and procedures. The National Panhellenic Conference, founded in 1902, is the governing body for 26 inter/national womenâ€™s fraternities and sororities. Being a member of the Panhellenic Association gives you the opportunity to build friendships throughout the Greek community and strengthens the entire Greek community, creating unity among all chapters.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 PREFERENCE
You will attend a maximum of two preference events, each lasting 90 minutes. This evening serves as an opportunity to seriously consider which chapter you wish to join.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 BID DAY Bid Day is the day that invitations to join are distributed. After receiving bids, you will join your chapter for an evening of sisterhood activities.
Alpha Omicron Pi “Tolerance and Oneness”
Date Founded: January 2, 1897
Barnard College, Columbia University
Chartered at TU: February 14, 1987
Chapter Color: Cardinal
National Philanthropy: Arthritis Research
â€œTo constantly challenge women to grow, to develop, and to strive for excellence in all aspects of their lives.â€?
Nickname: Chi O
Chapter Name: Chi
Date Founded: April 5, 1895
University of Arkansas
Chartered at TU: October 3, 1903
Cardinal and Straw
Nickname: Tri Delta
Delta Delta Delta
“Let us steadfastly love another.”
November 27, 1888
Chartered at TU: February 22, 1908
Silver, Gold and Blue
National Philanthropy: Children’s Cancer Research
“The Faithful Sisters”
Nickname: Phi Mu
Chapter Name: Delta Theta
Date Founded: January 4, 1852
Chartered at TU: November 7, 1939
Chapter Colors: Rose and White
National Philanthropy: Children’s Miracle Network
Sorority Recruitment What is Recruitment?
Transylvania University has many traditions, and a strong Panhellenic Association is one of them. We hope that you are looking forward to attending Transylvania University and participating in recruitment. All of our NPC sororities are outstanding and are committed to providing opportunities for their members to help them develop their greatest potential as students and as women. Sororities today are far more than just social organizations; they facilitate growth and development of their members and contribute much to the community. Use recruitment weekend to determine for yourself if you would like to become a part of the Panhellenic community at Transylvania University. Please know, however, that affiliation with a sorority is not a prerequisite for an active and successful college experience. Joining a sorority should be an individual decision, one which you make for yourself, not for your mother or your sister or your best friend. Whether you join a sorority or not, recruitment weekend will be a time for making new friends and beginning a new and exciting part of your life. Recruitment is open to all women presently enrolled as a full time student at Transylvania University,
Recruitment Team Assistance during recruitment week is offered by a group of sorority women who have been specifically selected from each chapter at Transylvania University. These women have been trained for their role as your listener, role model, cheerleader, fashion coordinator, confidant, coach and friend. They are able to give you advice on almost any aspect of sorority and campus life. During the summer, Recruitment Counselors disaffiliate themselves from their own sororities and work together from a Panhellenic perspective. Feel free to discuss anything with your Recruitment Counselor. These women are happy to help you understand the recruitment process, assist you with any problems that may arise, and help you feel more comfortable with the whole Recruitment experience.
What to Wear Round 1
Jeans, capris, or nice shorts are recommended
The most formal event. A cocktail or semiformal dress should be worn. The mood is serious and formal
The last of the events and strictly requires that a white tshirt be worn with shorts, jeans or capris.
Semi-casual attire is recommended, such as skirts or nice capris
Financial Information Belonging to a sorority does carry a certain financial obligation. However, the Transylvania Greek community is one of the most affordable in the nation. Individuals will have the opportunity to discuss the costs for each individual chapter during recruitment events. In addition, individual chapters offer various payment plans (by month, semester, etc) and/or even scholarships. Average Costs: First Year: Average expenses for the first year of membership will be approximately $650 for the entire year. Many of these are one time fees associated with initiation. Following Years: There is a decrease in cost for the years following the first year. The average cost for these subsequent years is approximately $510. Remember that these are average costs, and during recruitment each chapter is more than willing to discuss further information regarding their individual fees.
Every woman participating in the recruitment process is responsible for knowing and observing the recruitment guidelines. These guidelines are intended to ensure the best possible experience for all members of the Transylvania sorority community. Eligibility – All women, who are regular, full-time nonaffiliated students at Transylvania are eligible to participate in Fall Formal Recruitment. A potential new member may not be, nor ever have been, an initiated member of another NPC group. A woman is ineligible for Formal Recruitment if she has been a new member of an NPC fraternity on Transy’s campus within the same calendar year. Grade Requirements – The Panhellenic Association does not set specific grade requirements for membership, but individual chapters have established their own requirements. Many chapters follow guidelines set by their inter/national organizations when determining grade cut-offs. Potential new members who do not meet a chapter’s academic requirements are released early in the Recruitment process to allow them to explore other options.
Transylvania Panhellenic Code of Ethics We, the Greek women of Transylvania University, in order to create a harmonious Panhellenic community, agree to uphold the Unanimous Agreements of the National Panhellenic Conference, the Recruitment Guidelines set by our Panhellenic, and the following honorable convictions in all thoughts, words, and actions at all times.
We agree to firmly adhere to this code and to take personal responsibility for our sororities and ourselves. We will consider our own sororities’ guiding ideals, regard others the same way we would wish to be regarded and maintain a balance between Greek life and scholarship.
Do you have any
• Why should I join a sorority/fraternity? • Why did you join this sorority/fraternity? • What does your new member program consist of? • How long is your new member program? • What are my responsibilities as a new member? • What types of social events are planned? • Why do you enjoy being in a sorority/ fraternity? • What are the monthly dues?
We strive for more cooperation and less competition. We want to create a less stressful climate, one free from undue pressure. We will have pride in our individual sorority, but more importantly in the Greek system as a whole, recognizing every sorority’s accomplishments and achievements. The Panhellenic spirit will be reaffirming, enriching, contagious, and exciting.
• Are there ever any additional assessments added to the monthly dues?
• How does your fraternity/sorority promote academic success?
We agree that because the choice to join a sorority is an individual, personal decision, no one sorority is superior or deserving of preferential treatment. This equality should foster support and cooperation among the existing sororities, creating a family in Panhellenic spirit.
Through friendly consideration, every individual will make thoughtful, responsible, mature judgments regarding relations with potential new members, sororities as a whole, sorority members, and those who choose to remain unaffiliated.
We agree to follow the ideals of this code with sincerity and concern, understanding that even a seemingly harmless deception or embellishment leads to serious repercussions. We will bear in mind the destructiveness of rumors and attempt to eliminate these dangers.
Most importantly, we will all have faith in each other’s given word and believe that we are all striving to uphold these, our convictions. Through trust, we will have less pressure and more freedom. We will be confident that all of us are agents of these six convictions.
• Does your fraternity/sorority offer needbased scholarships or payment plans? • Can I hold a job and still have time to be a member of a fraternity/sorority?
• What grade point average is required for initiation? • Does your fraternity/sorority have an annual service project? • How are fraternity/sorority members involved on campus? • Does your chapter do things with other chapters on campus? • What housing options does your chapter offer? • What has been your favorite thing about being a member of Transy’s Greek Community?
Register for Recruitment A potential new member is required to register for Fall Formal Recruitment by noon on Wednesday, September 15. To register, simply complete a registration form available on the Transy Panhellenic website at www. transy.edu. The registration fee is $40.00 if completed by 5:00 pm on Friday, September 10. If completed after this date, the fee increases to $45.00. Payment can be made by credit card, cash or check (made payable to Transylvania Panhellenic).
IFC is the abbreviation for Transylvania Universityâ€™s Interfraternity Council. The IFC acts as the umbrella organization governing campus fraternities that are affiliated with the National Interfraternity Conference (NIC). Transylvania is home to four NIC fraternities. The Interfraternity Council consists of one delegate from each chapter, the chapter president, six officers from the various chapters, and the Greek Advisor. IFC is a multifaceted organization whose purposes include: to promote the best interest of the individual member fraternities and to promote the general welfare of the fraternity system on campus; to promote cooperation and to strengthen the relationships among the member fraternities and between the fraternity system and the college community; to guide and coordinate the affairs and activities of the member fraternities on campus. The Interfraternity Council meets every other week to discuss current issues and upcoming events in the Greek and campus community.
Recruitment Schedule Thursday, September 16, 2010: Coke Parties
During Coke Parties, you will be provided with a rush advisor who will lead you through a tour of each fraternity. Each fraternity will have a short presentation, giving you a chance to learn about each organizationâ€™s values, events, philanthropy projects, and leadership development programs. Dress is casual.
Friday, September 17 & Saturday, September 18: Off Campus Events
During Open Rounds, you will be free to visit only those fraternities in which you are interested. Open rounds are very casual. You will be able to talk with members of each organization, ask questions, and learn more about each fraternity. Open Rounds also give the fraternities a chance to learn more about you, your goals, and your potential contributions to their organizations. Be prepared to talk about yourself. Dress is casual.
Friday, September 24 & Saturday, September 25: Smoker
After picking up your invitations from the Greek Life Office, you will have the opportunity to attend up to two fraternity smokers. Each smoker is designed to give you as much information as possible about the fraternities you are considering. You will eat some great food, meet chapter leaders and alumni, and learn exactly what it means to be a fraternity man. Dress is coat and tie.
Sunday, September 26: Bid Day
Bid Day will be one of the most memorable times of your collegiate career. You will pick up your bids at 10:00 a.m. in the Greek Life Office. After choosing the organization you wish to become part of, you will be grouped with your new pledge brothers for a luncheon before run-out and shirting in back circle. Dress is casual.
Delta Sigma Phi
Chapter Name: Beta Mu
December 10, 1899
Place Founded: City College of New York
Chartered at TU: October 18, 1941
Nile Green and White
National Philanthropy: March of Dimes
Kappa Alpha Order
Chapter Name: Alpha Theta
December 21, 1865
Washington College (Washington & Lee U.)
Chartered at TU: April 9, 1891
Crimson and Old Gold
Magnolia and Red Rose
National Philanthropy: Muscular Dystrophy Association
Nickname: Phi Tau
Chapter Name: Theta
Date Founded: March 17, 1906
Place Founded: Oxford, Ohio
Chartered at TU:
September 17, 1919
Harvest Red and Old Gold
National Philanthropy: Hole in the Wall Camps
Phi Kappa Tau
Pi Kappa Alpha
Chapter Name: Kappa
Date Founded: March 1, 1868
University of Virginia
Chartered at TU: 1888
Garnet and Old Gold
Lily of the Valley
National Philanthropy: Toys for Tots
What is Membership Recruitment? Membership Recruitment is organized by the Interfraternity Council and is a mutual selection process during which both the potential new member and the chapter will determine the place best suited for that individual. Activities are planned and designed so each potential new member has the opportunity to meet all of the chapter members, as well as other potential members. Recruitment begins on September 16, 2010 with chapter room events known as “Coke Parties”. Following this evening, you will have the opportunity to visit with each fraternity in a series of open events. You are free to attend as many events or as few as you would like. We encourage you to attend as many as possible for maximum exposure. Fraternities issue bids to men they would like to have ‘pledge’, or join. If you decide to accept a bid, you will sign a bid card on Sunday, September 26. Bid day celebrations will take place that same day to welcome you into your fraternity.
Each potential new member is responsible for knowing and observing the recruitment guidelines. Violation of the rules may result in the removal of the potential new member from Fall Formal Recruitment. Eligibility – All unaffiliated men who are regular, full-time students at Transylvania are eligible to participate in Fall Formal Recruitment. Registration – A fraternity potential new member should register for fall recruitment. To register, simply complete the form on the Transy IFC website, or register with the Greek Life Office after the beginning of the fall semester. Students who register will receive confirmation. Please contact the Greek Life Office at (859) 233-8660 if you have any questions. Attendance and Invitations – Attendance at men’s recruitment functions is not mandatory. However, we strongly recommend that you attend all events. Each chapter is unique and offers a quality Greek experience. It is important for you to get to know members of each chapter in order to make the decision that is right for you. The men’s final events are by invitation only. Chapters will deliver invitations to your mailbox prior to the event. Bidding – A potential new member who wishes to pledge shall fill out a bid card on Sunday, September 26. All men who sign a bid card will attend a luncheon that will be held prior to run-out and shirting. Potential new members who sign a bid card, but desire to change their decision before running out on bid day, will not be allowed to accept a new bid until midnight after bid day.
Itâ€™s All Greek A - Alpha B - Beta G - Gamma D - Delta E - Epsilon Z - Zeta H - Eta Q - Theta I - Iota K - Kappa L - Lambda M - Mu N - Nu X - Xi O - Omicron P - Pi R - Rho S - Sigma T - Tau U - Upsilon F - Phi
Hazing Policy Transylvania University believes that every student organization or group of students has an obligation in the development of its members and that this responsibility extends to the University where the student group is active, to parents and others who make possible the education of members, to the communities where these organizations are located, and to any national organization of which it is a part. While social behavior cannot be legislated, an organization without sound ideals and practices is not a constructive influence upon college students and shows no loyalty to the principles of education. Hazing is defined as any action or situation created to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities and situations include but are not limited to paddling in any form, excessive fatigue, physical or psychological shocks, kidnaps, scavenger hunts, road trips, degrading, humiliating or fear-provoking games or activities, late work sessions which interfere with scholarship, menial tasks, and any other activity that is not consistent with the ideals and purposes of the student organization, or the regulations and policies of Transylvania University. Confirmed violations will result in disciplinary actions taken against the individual/s and/or the organization/s involved. Sanctioning will be decided in conjunction with the appropriate national office and may include loss of campus recognition.
Alcohol and Recruitment Transylvania IFC and Panhellenic Association have a zero tolerance policy for the consumption of alcohol during recruitment. Alcohol shall not be present at any activity which includes first year students and fraternity or sorority members. Violation of this rule may result in sanctions for both fraternities/sororities and individual members. Potential new members who violate this policy will not be allowed to continue in the formal recruitment process.
C - Chi W - Omega
Everything you need to know about being Greek at Transy and information on fall recruitment 2010.