Dear Potential New Members, On behalf of the Panhellenic community, we would like to welcome you to the University of Kentucky! Not only are we so excited for you to become a fellow Wildcat, but also for you to participate in the Panhellenic recruitment process! This is such an exciting time for you as a new college student and we cannot wait for you to take part in the traditions we hold dear. The sorority experience has given us so many memories, friendships and opportunities. Our hope is whether you join a Panhellenic organization or choose to only spend recruitment with us, you find a place to call home filled with lifelong friendships and individuals to support you and your goals. The membership recruitment process has been carefully planned to provide you with knowledge about the Panhellenic community, an opportunity to form new and meaningful relationships and the tools to succeed in your new role as a college student. Our advice for success in the recruitment process is to be yourself, enjoy the experience and, above all, have fun while doing it! Choosing the sorority that is the best fit for you will not be an easy decision given that each chapter shares common goals and values. However, each chapter also has its own individual character and personality. Remember to keep your own values in mind and choose what will make you happy. This booklet has been designed to answer any questions you may have about Panhellenic sorority membership here at the University of Kentucky. You can find information about our Panhellenic Council, the individual chapters and ways to join our community. We hope that you enjoy your experience throughout the recruitment process! We look forward to meeting you soon! Hannah Waltmon Vice President of Recruitment
Katie Custer President
What is Panhellenic? The University of Kentucky Panhellenic Association is the second largest student organization on campus with almost 4,000 members. The Panhellenic Council serves as the governing body for the Panhellenic Association made up of 15 inter/national sorority chapters. As a council, Panhellenic works to unite all women together to focus on the common goals of scholarship, philanthropy and sisterhood that create a network of support for chapters and members. Panhellenic provides interactive programs and activities for sorority women and all University of Kentucky students.
The traditions and values of the Panhellenic community originate from our individual organizations’ founders. Women’s fraternities emerged when women began being admitted into colleges with little support in this new frontier. Our founders believed women should help, inspire and motivate other women to achieve academic success and change the world around them. In 1902, ten women’s fraternities came together to create a governing body that would unite all fraternity women across the country called the National Panhellenic Conference. At UK, these values have served as the cornerstone of our community and traditions since the first sorority was established here in 1908.
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 our college community to the best of our ability. 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 for which we strive to live.
Values Based Recruitment Panhellenic Primary Recruitment at the University of Kentucky is a values based process where chapters and potential new members (PNMs) use their core values to guide their decision making about membership. This process helps to ensure the future of chapters, to make connections and build relationships between chapter members and potential new members, to discover shared interests and values among chapter members and PNMs and to display the high standards held by all NPC member organizations.
HOW DOES RECRU I TMENT WO RK? Primary Recruitment is a structured process that helps potential members and sorority members learn more about one another. Each round of recruitment is organized to focus on a different area including member expectations, chapter values and meaningful relationships. Throughout the recruitment process, potential new members talk one-on-one with sorority members. Activities and presentations will provide information about each sororityâ€™s values and what means most to them. Primary Recruitment takes place in two blocks, the first prior to K Week and then during Labor Day weekend. Women participating in recruitment will move in to their residence halls on August 17 in time for their first meeting at 5 p.m., where they will have the opportunity to meet their Gamma Chi and group. Parents and family members are invited to an orientation session that day at 5 p.m. The attire is comfortable and casual! Sunday, August 18 will be your PNM orientation where you will be participating in fun activities about your values, decision making skills and what to expect throughout the recruitment process. You will also enjoy free pizza with your Gamma Chi and the group that you will be traveling with for the Open House rounds of recruitment! Later that day, you will attend Kickoff, which is a social where you and your new friends can enjoy music and free Kona Ice! The recruitment process is designed to allow all students to fulfill their academic responsibilities and to help assist in acclimating to university life through the use of recruitment counselors, called Gamma Chis. The process is also designed to serve in the best interest of the chapters and the potential new members through mutual selection. Membership selection is a mutual selection process where both potential members and chapters consider several factors when making decisions. Throughout the recruitment process, potential members prioritize the chapters they are interested in returning to visit and sororities prioritize which potential members they wish to invite for a return visit. After the last round of Primary Recruitment, potential members and chapters will list their top membership preferences. Panhellenic limits the size of each sorority new member class so it is possible someone may not match with her first choice and instead may be matched to her second choice. 4
THE CORE VALUES OF
Panhellenic All of the chapters within the Panhellenic community were founded on a unique set of values that have inspired traditions that have lasted the test of time. These traditions can be found in our activities, behavior and, most importantly, the new members that chapters initiate into their organizations.
ACADEMICS Academics is a top priority for our members, and each of our chapters take great pride in their level of scholastic achievement. Sororities place great emphasis on encouraging, developing and maintaining academic progress. Panhellenic provides tutors, study programs and other incentives to promote academic improvement. Additionally, time management skills of sorority women improve as they work to attain desired scholastic goals while meeting chapter responsibilities. While no minimum GPA is required to participate in primary recruitment, you should take note of the minimum standard for membership of each chapter listed in this guide.
University of Kentucky Panhellenic chapters support a strong tradition of service to our UK campus, community and partnering international organizations. Each chapter has its own independent philanthropic causes and invests a considerable amount of time into furthering their national philanthropic causes while also serving the Lexington community. Our Panhellenic Council is proud to partner with Circle of Sisterhood as our council philanthropy. Through Circle of Sisterhood, we strive to educate and empower women around the world by raising money to send young women to school as well as to sponsor a school build in a developing country.
LEADERSHIP Throughout Panhellenicâ€™s history, our purpose has and will always be to empower and inspire women to reach their full potential as leaders and students. Through networking and the support of our community, our organizations provide women with optimal opportunities to become involved within a variety of diverse organizations on our campus. Sorority women can be found in the Student Government Association, Student Activities Board, academic and leadership honorary societies and also representing the University of Kentucky as Student Ambassadors. Involvement and active participation in leadership activities enable sorority women to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the fast-paced job market of today.
BELONGING AND ENGAGEMENT The University of Kentucky Panhellenic Council provides a diverse selection of events to expose members to a variety of social programs. Formals, date parties, sisterhood events and chapter retreats all support the goal of bringing women together to develop bonds of friendship. The close bond of friendship shared among sorority women provides a strong support system that encourages women to pursue their goals and provides a sense of kinship within our college community. All sororities maintain a responsible social policy promoting Panhellenic standards for careful planning of safe social activities.
Frequently Asked Questions
DO I NEED ALUMNAE REFERENCES? Alumnae references or recommendation letters are not required to participate in the primary recruitment process at UK. While some organizations do require a recommendation from an alumna it is the responsibility of the sorority to obtain that recommendation. Potential new members are NOT required to secure recommendations in order to receive bids. Alumnae members should visit the organizationâ€™s website to obtain a form. WHAT IS A LEGACY? DO I NEED TO BE ONE TO JOIN A SORORITY? A legacy is a close relative of a member of a sorority (usually mothers, grandmothers and sisters) but each chapter has a different policy on recruiting legacies. Legacies are not guaranteed a bid and all potential new members are expected to consider all chapters equally. It is important that each potential member find a chapter with whom she shares values and feels comfortable. DOES EVERYONE RECEIVE A BID? The purpose of the recruitment process is to allow you and the chapters to decide on the best fit. The reality is that not everyone who goes through recruitment finds a match, but every effort is made to provide opportunities for involvement to any young woman who is interested in sorority membership. CAN I STILL JOIN A SORORITY IF I AM PARTICIPATING IN OTHER CLUBS OR ORGANIZATIONS? Yes, of course! Sorority women are strong leaders within the University of Kentucky community. We encourage our members to explore different interests and to follow their passions within the university. If there are activities that overlap with the recruitment process, please be sure to indicate those activities on your registration form and register early so that the recruitment staff can accommodate your scheduling needs.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS DURING
Be yourself. Each chapter on the University of Kentuckyâ€™s campus has its own personality and characteristics. The best way to find the perfect home for you is to be yourself throughout the entire week! Manage your time wisely. Between academics and Panhellenic recruitment, your academics always come first. Be sure to schedule in enough time to meet all of your external obligations. You will also have enough time to study between breaks. Recruitment functions are scheduled to begin and end at certain times. Be sure that you are prompt and prepared for each day. Ask about financial requirements. Be sure to discuss these expectations with each chapter you are considering before you make a final decision. We would also recommend you discuss financial obligations with your parents or whoever may be assisting you with your financial obligations. Get to know your Gamma Chi group. Your Gamma Chi group is a great way to meet friends not only for your time participating in recruitment, but also throughout college. In addition, the women in your Gamma Chi group are going through the same process as you, so it will be helpful to confide in and receive support from them. Wear or pack comfortable shoes throughout the recruitment functions. There will be Gamma Chis available to help you to get from one chapter to the next!
Expectations o F INA N CIA L Joining a Panhellenic chapter carries a financial commitment that is expected to be fulfilled throughout the years of chapter membership. The financial obligations of membership are often met by the member themselves through a job or customized payment plans. The cost of dues differs between chapters so it is important to talk about it during recruitment! On average, new members can expect to pay $1,300 for the first semester of membership. This amount includes several one-time costs such as national fees and a membership pin. Members who live in the chapter house pay an average of $4,300 per semester, which includes dues, meals and rent for the chapter house. Members who do not live in the house pay an average of $900 per semester in chapter dues. A full list of chapter costs will be sent to every PNM in the mail after she registers for recruitment.
HOU S I N G While not all chapters are currently housed, this is an important part of the expectations of membership. Living in a sorority house is a great transition from living in the residence halls because it has many of the same benefits as the residence halls plus the opportunity to live with your sisters. Great advantages of living in a sorority house include being in the central location of all chapter activities, meals served Monday through Friday and rooming with at least one other sorority sister. If a chapter has housing, there is a strong chance that you will be required to live in the house for at least two semesters. Most sorority Housing Corporations operate much like a landlord and must have all available spots occupied with a signed contract (and possibly a deposit). Each chapter has a house director who lives in an apartment within the house to provide security along with supervision of food, maintenance and housekeeping. All sorority housing is different so this is great conversation topic during recruitment.
of Membership TIME COMMITMENT Our Panhellenic community prides ourselves on our high levels of participation in university and council events that occur throughout the school year. While many of our events are optional, chapter members are responsible for attending and actively participating in three main types of events: chapter meetings, philanthropy events and study hours. The specific requirements are covered by each chapter during Philanthropy Round. C H A P T ER MEETI NGS Chapter meetings allow members to go over the business of the chapter. Business may include voting in officer elections or approving new bylaws, announcements of events that are coming up in the community, or discussion over the chapterâ€™s productivity in achieving their goals. Meeting is not always formal business. Chapter meeting often include small sisterhood events or acknowledgement for members who are going above and beyond in academics or in membership. Chapter meetings are held weekly for about one to two hours at a time. P HILA NTHROPY EVENTS Philanthropy events are one of the most impactful ways that our chapters give back to our communities and get involved with one another. Chapter members are expected to participate in their own chapterâ€™s philanthropy event by volunteering at the event or helping plan the event itself. Philanthropy events range from hosting a mac and cheese bar, a 5k, or even a talent show! ST UD Y HOURS Study hour requirements vary between chapters. Most study hour requirements are customized to the individual needs of a member based on her GPA. A member may be required to record study hours on an app or attend peer tutoring at The Study or with a fellow sister.
PNM RIGHTS AND
Responsibilities POTENTIAL NEW MEMBER BILL OF RIGHTS Potential New Members have the right to... • Be treated as an individual • Be fully informed about the recruitment process • Ask questions and receive true and objective answers from recruitment counselors and members • Be treated with respect • Be treated as a capable and mature person without being patronized • Ask how and why and receive straight answers • Have and express opinions to recruitment counselors • Have inviolable confidentiality when sharing information with recruitment counselors • Make informed choices without undue pressure from others • Be fully informed about the binding agreements implicit in the acceptance card signing • Make one’s own choice and decision and accept full responsibility for the results of that decision • Have a positive, safe and enriching recruitment and new member experience
– PNM CODE OF ETHICS – Potential new members are expected to uphold the same values and expectations as our current members. Panhellenic has created the Code of Ethics for Potential New Members to help you understand those expectations. As a participant in Panhellenic Primary Recruitment, I will... 1.) Behave respectfully toward myself, other potential new members, chapter members, recruitment counselors and university staff at all times. 2.) Act politely and respectfully when attending recruitment events. 3.) Attend all recruitment events including recruitment rounds and events organized by the Panhellenic Council. 4.) Not discuss my opinion of any sorority participating in recruitment with other potential new members. 5.) Not discuss or reveal a known affiliation of any recruitment counselor or Panhellenic recruitment staff member with other potential new members. 6.) Communicate regularly with my recruitment counselor, including if I choose to withdraw from primary recruitment week. 7.) Follow all expectations and policies the University of Kentucky, the Panhellenic Council and the National Panhellenic Conference shared with me by my recruitment counselor and recruitment staff.
Gamma Chis Panhellenic trains a group of women, known as Gamma Chis, for the purpose of providing a more enjoyable and less stressful atmosphere during Primary Recruitment. All Gamma Chis remain disaffiliated from their own chapters during recruitment. Disaffiliation enables Gamma Chis to answer questions and guide potential new members without bias or preference to a particular chapter. Your Gamma Chi will provide information about the process, accompany you to primary recruitment functions and provide a listening ear as you make decisions concerning sorority membership. Panhellenic chooses Gamma Chis based on enthusiasm for UK and sorority life, as well as objectivity and dependability. Take advantage of your Gamma Chi because she can offer valuable information regarding sorority life, academics and other opportunities waiting for you at the University of Kentucky. Her job during the primary recruitment process is to help you and to make the process easier for you in whatever way she is able.
Move In and Orientation On Saturday, August 17 you will move into your residence hall if you live on campus. August in Kentucky is hot, so be sure you are comfortable and prepared for the heat. Everyone participating in recruitment attends a meeting at 5 p.m., which will be when you meet your Gamma Chi, get an introduction to primary recruitment and have an opportunity to start building friendships with the women in your Gamma Chi group. Parents and other family members also have an information session at 5 p.m. when Panhellenic will provide information about recruitment and how family members can be supportive. Sunday, August 18 will be your PNM orientation where you will be participating in fun activities about your values, decision making skills and what to expect throughout the recruitment process. You will also be provided with free pizza to eat with your Gamma Chi group and the larger group you will be traveling with for the Open House rounds of recruitment. Later that evening, you will attend Recruitment Kickoff to enjoy music and free Kona Ice with your new friends!
Wear This: Casual t-shirt and shorts, sneakers Not That: Restrictive clothing, uncomfortable shoes, flip flops
Open House MONDAY & TUESDAY | AUGUST 19 & 20
During Open House you will be attending functions at each of the 14 chapters over the two day period. This initial round is designed to familiarize you with the fraternity and sorority community and the benefits of â€œGoing Greek.â€? Your Gamma Chi group will accompany you to each chapter throughout this round. These first two days are designed to be relaxing, so have fun! Types of conversations: You will be having basic get-toknow you conversations in this round. The conversations will be about what you did over the summer, what talents and interests you have, where you are from and much more. Wear This: Recruitment t-shirt (provided), casual shorts, comfortable shoes (such as tennis shoes or sandals) Not That: Suits, dresses, dress shoes (such as heels or wedges)
Philanthropy FRIDAY & SATURDAY, AUGUST 30 & 31
The second round marks the beginning of the invitational rounds and you may attend up to 10 chapters for this round. You will attend these functions by yourself because each potential member will have an individual schedule. Gamma Chis will be stationed around campus to help you. You will visit all the chapters on your individual schedule within both of these days. This round of recruitment focuses on each sorority’s community service activities and explains the chapter’s philanthropy. Types of conversations: You should expect to talk about what you have been involved in with community service, how you see yourself contributing to UK and the community and to learn about each chapter’s individual philanthropies. Each chapter will discuss the requirements of membership including academic, time and community service. Wear This: Dressy shorts, casual skirts, dressy sandals Not That: Casual shorts, fancy dresses, uncomfortable shoes
Sisterhood SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
The third round, or sisterhood, allows potential members to attend up to six chapters. Each function lasts longer to allow more in depth conversations. Sororities present information about the ideals, responsibilities and bonds that unite their members. By this round you may begin to recognize faces in the chapters you visit. You will also be able to recognize the individuality and spirit of each sorority. Sorority members may share personal feelings about their chapter to assist you in understanding the uniqueness of each sorority. Types of conversations: During this round you will be talking about what means the most to you. This can range from family to friends and other important aspects of your life. The chapters will be talking about their values and how they relate to your values. Each chapter will review its financial and housing expectations with you on this day, so be prepared to ask questions. Wear This: Casual dresses, skirt outfits, blouse and dress pants, dressy sandals Not That: Shorts, fancy dresses, uncomfortable shoes
Preference MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Preference is the last day of recruitment rounds. An invitation to a preference function indicates a sororityâ€™s strong interest in you as a future member. You may attend up to two functions on this day. Throughout Preference round, a sororityâ€™s presentation will reflect the values and ideals held in high esteem by members. Listen carefully to what the women say; they are revealing the strongest characteristics of their chapter to you. Preference functions have a more serious tone. Types of conversations: This day you should be having deeper conversations about how you could fit into the chapter. You will be talking to the women in the chapters about why they chose their organization and how you would contribute to that sisterhood. Focus on what group is going to make you the best version of yourself. Wear This: Reception dress attire, comfortable dress shoes Not That: Prom-style or sequined dresses, shorts, uncomfortable shoes
Bid Day TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
On Bid Day, new members receive their invitations, or bids, to join a sorority. It is an exciting day when potential members meet their new sisters and pledge the sorority. Chapters will organize fun activities for you to get to know your new member class and more members of the chapter that evening. All activities will be wrapped up no later than 10 p.m. on this day so that you can attend classes on Wednesday. The new member period can last as few as four weeks or an entire semester depending on the chapter. New member meetings are typically held one night a week. During this time, you learn about the history of your chapter, your inter/national organization and other fraternities and sororities at UK. Many scholarship, philanthropy and social activities are planned by the chapter to help you get to know your sisters and other members of your new member class. Wear This: Bid Day T-Shirt (provided), casual shorts, jeans, comfortable shoes (tennis shoes or sandals) Not That: Dresses, uncomfortable shoes
Alpha Chi Omega
As members of Alpha Chi Omega, we value friendship, leadership, learning and service, and are guided daily by our motto, “Together let us seek the heights.” Seeking the Heights is our way of life. The women I’ve met through Alpha Chi push me to be the most outstanding version of myself. My sisters’ ambitions to achieve their personal and academic goals never fail to inspire me. This group of women amazes me in the way they support each other and make each other better. It is their teamwork and dedication to seeking the heights that have led us to successes like winning the Dean’s Cup two of the last three years and making a tangible difference in the lives of survivors of domestic violence through our service and philanthropy events.
NICKNAME: Alpha Chi
VALUES: Wisdom, Devotion, Achievement PHILANTHROPY: Domestic Violence Awareness MINIMUM HIGH SCHOOL GPA: 3.0 MINIMUM COLLEGE GPA: 2.7 TWITTER: @UK_AXO
I can’t believe I made it 18 years without the friendships Alpha Chi Omega has given me and memories I know I will cherish long past graduation. I have met strong, independent, and genuine women who fill even my toughest day with so much love and laughter, 411 Pennsylvania Court, has become more than just a home; it is a place for sisters to spend countless hours prepping for philanthropy events, watching reality TV, and forming unexpected lifelong relationships. Being a part of sorority life is without a doubt the best decision I have made at the University of Kentucky. I am certain you will find a place where you can be your most authentic and exceptional self in Alpha Chi Omega. I can’t wait to share this sisterhood with you! Jules Maita Chapter President
Alpha Delta Pi
Alpha Delta Pi has been a home away from home while here at the University of Kentucky. With a chapter full of extraordinary women of various hobbies, talents and personalities, it is a place where we have never been afraid to be ourselves. Our motto, â€œWe Live for Each Other,â€? describes how we strive to live each day for our sisters, near and far.
VALUES: Intelligence, Compassion, Humility PHILANTHROPY: Ronald McDonald House Charities MINIMUM HIGH SCHOOL GPA: 3.2 MINIMUM COLLEGE GPA: 3.0 TWITTER: @ukadpi
We came home to ADPi in the Fall of 2016 and 2017, and not once have we looked back. Since then, we have been given endless opportunities to better ourselves in every area of our lives. Whether it be academically, through friendships or in the community, the diverse women of this chapter have encouraged and pushed us to stand out on campus as wellrounded and successful individuals. Even in such a unique sisterhood, the underlying values motivating each of us remain constant. Becoming a well-balanced person, aspiring to be the best one can in every undertaking and leading with confidence tempered with humility are inevitable within our sisterhood. ADPi is not something we became, or something we will lose upon graduation. It is a sisterhood that has always been in us that we will continue to cling to as we reach the goals we set for ourselves. The friendships we have made, the opportunities we have been granted, and the honor in membership we hold dear these are things that have shaped who we are, and it is for these reasons that we will forever be grateful that we walked through the doors of 476 Rose Street. Maya Pierce Chapter President Bailey Halpin Primary Recruitment Chair
Alpha Gamma Delta
Welcome to the University of Kentucky! You are about to embark on one of the greatest adventures of your life! Choosing to go Greek is one of the best decisions that you can make during your time here at UK. My Alpha Gam sisters have made me feel so loved, valued and confident. I cannot wait for you to find you own little home away from home and meet the women that will make you feel as cherished as Alpha Gam makes me feel! You’ll meet young women who you feel like you’ve known forever and you don’t know how you’ve lived without them, you’ll be involved in the campus and community around you in ways that you never thought and you will achieve so many great things, with your sisters by your side! Alpha Gam is so excited to welcome you to UK and we can’t wait to see you flourish here! Go Cats! Yours truly, NICKNAME: Alpha Gam
Kaylee Kidd Vice President Recruitment
PHILANTHROPY: Fighting Hunger
Mary Jarrett Vice President Recruitment Elect
VALUES: Loving, Leading, Lasting
MINIMUM HIGH SCHOOL GPA: 3.0 MINIMUM COLLEGE GPA: 3.2 TWITTER: @AlphaGamEpsilon INSTAGRAM: @ukalphagam
Welcome to the University of Kentucky—we’re so happy you chose to be a Wildcat! Leaving home can be scary, but embrace this opportunity to find yourself and make lifelong memories. I found my home away from home here at Alpha Phi. Alpha Phi was established at Syracuse University in 1872 as one of the first sororities. We were founded upon the belief that women needed a chance to come together, grow and change the world. With these beliefs in mind, the Alpha Phi Foundation was created as our philanthropy, which focuses on women’s heart health. We were just awarded Top Fundraising Chapter in the East/South for raising $60,000! Hosting events, like Mac N’ Phis and Heart Health Week, we were able to raise this money hand in hand with our sisters. NICKNAME: A Phi
VALUES: Loyalty, Service, Sisterhood PHILANTHROPY: The Alpha Phi Foundation MINIMUM HIGH SCHOOL GPA: 3.0 MINIMUM COLLEGE GPA: 3.2 TWITTER: @UKALPHAPHI
Alpha Phi is more than just two Greek letters. It is a place I can be seen for who I am and a place to belong. I have laughed, cried and learned with my sisters. I am constantly surrounded by hard working women who push me to succeed. Alpha Phi has never let me fall and when I am weak, I have sisters around me to be strong. I have never once stepped into the doors of Alpha Phi and felt anything but love. As you go through recruitment, remember who you are and hold onto the values that make you special. I hope you all find the place where you feel most loved. We can’t wait to welcome you to the BBN! Bailey Cissell VP of Membership Recruitment
Welcome to the University of Kentucky; we are so excited to have you! Among graduating high school, moving away from home and starting a new phase of your life in Lexington, you have been busy! I hope that you are proud of yourself and excited to see everything that UK and Chi Omega have to offer.
NICKNAME: Chi O
VALUES: Sisterhood, Scholarship, Community Service PHILANTHROPY: Make-A-Wish
MINIMUM HIGH SCHOOL GPA: 3.2 MINIMUM COLLEGE GPA: 3.0
Founded in 1895 at the University of Arkansas, Chi Omega is the largest womenâ€™s fraternal organization in the world with over 355,000 initiates, 181 collegiate chapters and over 240 alumnae chapters. The Lambda Alpha chapter of Chi Omega was established in 1914 and has since made a prominent mark on campus. Lambda Alpha women pride themselves on being well-rounded, educated and involved individuals. Our six purposes work as a goal for our women to become their best selves: friendship, high standards of personnel, sincere learning and credible scholarship, participation in campus activities, career development and strong community service. Our members are active throughout campus and the greater Lexington area. Chi Omega hosts several philanthropy events, including a golf classic and Greek Sing to support the Make-A-Wish Organization. Last year, Lambda Alpha raised over $165,000 for Make-A-Wish. In the spring, Chi Omega also co-hosts a suicide prevention walk. Since I joined Chi Omega in the fall of 2016, I have never been happier! These women make my college days sweet and my memories filled with love. They push me daily to be a better version of myself and I am always grateful for their friendships and inspirations.
We are excited to welcome you to the University of Kentucky and meet you soon!
Erin Foreman Chapter President
Delta Delta Delta
Sarah Ida Shaw founded Delta Delta Delta at Boston University in 1888. Over the years here at UK, the women of Tri Delta have created an environment with shared values of truth, friendship and self-sacrifice where one is able to truly express themselves and be a part of something empowering. We pride ourselves in being a close group of strong women who are able to push boundaries with the support of our sisters. During my time at Tri Delta, I have established lifelong friendships where I am constantly challenged every day to be the best that I can be. I have grown as an individual and as a leader with the help of my sisters. Being an out-of-state student can be scary, but I have found my home away from home here. Joining Tri Delta is a decision that I will never regret making because I would not be where I am today without the friends that I have made, lessons that I have learned, and qualities that I have developed over these last four years of membership.
MINIMUM COLLEGE GPA: 3.0
I am beyond excited for you to go on this amazing journey to learn exactly what it is like to be a sorority woman and to discover new things about yourself along the way. During this exciting time, you will meet so many different women who will amaze and inspire you to be the best version of yourself. Never pass on the opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new; it could turn out to be the best choice that you have ever made.
Lauren Howard Vice President of Membership
NICKNAME: Tri Delt
VALUES: Truth, Friendship, Self-Sacrifice PHILANTHROPY: St. Jude
MINIMUM HIGH SCHOOL GPA: 3.2
Founded in 1873, Delta Gamma has grown from the first chapter in Oxford, Miss., into a worldwide sisterhood with more than 250,000 members. The Delta Beta chapter of Delta Gamma at the University of Kentucky was founded on May 19, 1963. At the corner of Pennsylvania and Columbia Avenues you’ll find our house, affectionately known as “The Deeg.” Delta Gamma is built around our founders’ four core values: to foster high ideals of friendship, to promote educational and cultural interests, to create in women a true sense of social responsibility and develop the best qualities of character. Our Greek letters, Delta Gamma, symbolize our motto, “Do Good.” To us, “Do Good” is more than just our motto—it’s a way of life. Our symbol is an anchor, the age-old symbol for hope.
VALUES: Friendship, Education, Social Responsibility PHILANTHROPY: Service for Sight
MINIMUM HIGH SCHOOL GPA: 3.2
It is with hope and joy that we welcome you to the University of Kentucky. Delta Gamma is so excited for you to begin your journey here. Before coming to college, we knew we wanted to join a sorority in order to find lifelong friends and future bridesmaids, but little did we know how much Delta Gamma would mean to us. Delta Gamma has shaped us into the women we are today and given us a genuine, authentic sisterhood. For that, we are forever grateful. We cannot wait to welcome you to “The Deeg” and for you to experience the love, laughs and support of the sisterhood of Delta Gamma.
MINIMUM COLLEGE GPA: 2.75
Kristen Smith Vice President Membership
Meghan Morrison Chapter President
On October 24th of 1902, Delta Zeta was founded by six young women. It is over a century later and the sisterhood and love are as strong as ever. Delta Zeta was the first sorority to be founded at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and now encompasses the lives of 260,000 members around the United States. The Alpha Theta chapter was founded in 1923 and is one of the oldest chapters on campus. Delta Zeta strives to encourage women to be as genuine, loving and authentic as they can be. We encourage our members to be their unique and fun selves. We want to make women feel proud of who they are. As Delta Zetas, we try to make everything fun and to not take ourselves too seriously all the time. We support each other every day and try to have a fun-loving, positive attitude in everything that we do.
VALUES: Acceptance, Love, Genuine
PHILANTHROPY: Speech and Hearing MINIMUM HIGH SCHOOL GPA: 3.0 MINIMUM COLLEGE GPA: 3.0 TWITTER: @UKDeltaZeta
INSTAGRAM: @ukdeltazeta WEBSITE: www.ukdz.org
Alpha Theta members give graciously, lead and serve in our chapter and on campus. We are truly lifelong learners. We host two annual philanthropy events: a male beauty pageant, Mr. UK, and a dodgeball tournament, DZ Dodge. Three organizations within Hearing and Speech are supported through our events: the Starkey Hearing Foundation, Painted Turtle Camp and Lexington Hearing and Speech Center. The Lexington Hearing and Speech Center gives our members the ability to volunteer locally, which allows us to watch our hard work pay off. Delta Zeta is so excited to welcome you to the University of Kentucky. We cannot wait to meet you during Recruitment! Avery Cielinski Vice President of Membership
Gamma Phi Beta
COMING FALL 2019
NICKNAME: Gamma Phi
VALUES: Love, Labor, Learning Loyalty PHILANTHROPY: Building Strong Girls, Girls on the Run MINIMUM HIGH SCHOOL GPA: 2.8 MINIMUM COLLEGE GPA: 2.4
Joining a sorority is a life-changing experience. Starting a new sorority is an experience unlike any other. As Gamma Phi Beta becomes the newest sorority at the University of Kentucky in fall 2019, we invite you to learn more about our organization and the unique sisterhood we foster for our members. Gamma Phi Beta was founded by four courageous and ambitious women on November 11, 1874, at Syracuse University. These women were seeking support in a world that made them feel alienated because of their gender and were eager to prove that young women could co-exist and thrive. Little did they know that Gamma Phi Beta would become an international organization impacting the lives of more than 217,000 sisters who have followed in their footsteps. The mission of Gamma Phi Beta is to inspire the highest type of womanhood. Our chapters and members achieve this by living out our vision of building confident women of character who celebrate sisterhood and make a difference in the world around us. Our members are passionate about building strong girls and are proud to support our philanthropic partner, Girls on the Run. A recent Gamma Phi Beta charter member shared, â€œAs a charter member of my own chapter, joining Gamma Phi Beta impacted my life in more ways than I can count. I was fortunate to experience personal development and leadership opportunities right away in my membership with Gamma Phi and had the chance to experience what it felt like to leave a legacy on my campus.â€?
Not only are we excited to share Gamma Phi Beta with the UK community, we are honored to have the opportunity to reestablish our Gamma Omicron chapter which was installed at UK on January 11, 1966. We look forward to joining the UK Panhellenic community and cannot wait to share our Gamma Phi Beta experience with you.
Annabel Jones International President
FACEBOOK: University of Kentucky Gamma Phi Beta WEBSITE: gammaphibeta.org/
Kappa Alpha Theta
Founded in 1870, Kappa Alpha Theta is the first Greek-letter Fraternity known among women. Our chapter, Gamma Iota, was established on UK’s campus in 1945 and is rooted in the same core values as our founders. Our chapter embodies the idea of individuality. We believe in a membership that leads us into a life of friendship, experiences and goals that we might not have had otherwise. Each member of this chapter is their own unique individual. We all come from different backgrounds and strive for different goals. Despite one’s major, career direction or interests; we come together under the core values of Kappa Alpha Theta.
VALUES: Faith, Hope, Love
PHILANTHROPY: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) MINIMUM HIGH SCHOOL GPA: 3.2 MINIMUM COLLEGE GPA: 3.0 TWITTER: @UKTheta
This is made possible through the support of our endless and welcoming sisterhood. We know and love each other for our imperfections and stand by each other during life’s hardest times. There’s no other experience like having 300 sisters rooting for you. Being a member of a Greek organization, especially one as unique as Theta, has allowed me to grow into someone I love. It has instilled confidence in me, given me lifelong friendships and appreciation for the change I can make. I never thought three Greek letters could change my life. You have an exciting journey ahead of you, and we cannot wait to welcome you into the Big Blue! Theta love and all of mine, Madalyn Norton Chapter President
Confidence can mean something different for every woman coming into college. For me, it was being comfortable somewhere away from home. I found a welcoming and inclusive home at Kappa Delta. They have helped push me to see things in myself I didn’t think possible. Four women at Longwood University in Virginia created a sisterhood that would expand to be 169 collegiate chapters and over 222 alumni chapters. The Epsilon Omega chapter here at the University of Kentucky was established in 1910 and continues to live out the values set by our founders all those years ago.
VALUES: Confidence, Compassion, Loyalty PHILANTHROPY: Girl Scouts of the USA, Prevent Child Abuse America, The Nest MINIMUM HIGH SCHOOL GPA: 3.2 MINIMUM COLLEGE GPA: 3.0 TWITTER: @uk_kappadelta
INSTAGRAM: @uk_kappadelta WEBSITE: uky.kappadelta.org
Here at the UK, we hope to welcome women into our chapter who can live out our open motto, “Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest”. The Nest Center for Women and Children is our local philanthropy that supports families in crisis. Nationally we support Prevent Child Abuse America and The Girl Scouts. We enjoy opening up our house to local Girl Scout troops throughout the year, but especially during our Shamrock week in March, which ends with a 5K Color Run. In the fall semester, we host a cheerleading competition at Memorial Coliseum called Bring It On! Along with our philanthropy, we enjoy the sisterhood and friendships formed in our house, making this large community just a little smaller. The sisters of Kappa Delta hope that all women going through recruitment can find a home here at the University of Kentucky as we have found our home in Kappa Delta. The best of luck in this journey, Kaila Zarrelli Vice President of Membership
Kappa Kappa Gamma
In the late 1860’s, two women at Monmouth College sparked the idea of a women’s fraternity and soon after, in 1870, Kappa Kappa Gamma was born. 40 years later, the Beta Chi chapter became the second national women’s fraternity to join the Greek community on UK’s campus. Today, our members continue the rich traditions by promoting our values and exceeding expectations.
VALUES: Individuality, Education, Loyalty
PHILANTHROPY: Reading is Fundamental, GIRLS Academy, Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation MINIMUM HIGH SCHOOL GPA: 3.3 MINIMUM COLLEGE GPA: 2.7 TWITTER: @kentuckykkg
INSTAGRAM: @kentuckykkg WEBSITE: uky.kappa.org
The women of Kappa have a strong passion for service and love to support our national philanthropy, Reading is Fundamental. We have donated over 2,000 books to local elementary schools in the past year on behalf of RIF, as well as a multitude of other resources and supplies! Kappa has also established a foundation that helps collegiate members and alum by providing scholarships and other funds when needed. In addition, the Beta Chi chapter continues to serve the Lexington community by participating in local fundraisers and service projects. I joined Kappa in the fall of my freshman year and it has proved to be one of the most important decisions I have made thus far in my college career. I have grown into a confident woman because of the support I receive from every member in my chapter. They have encouraged me, laughed with me and loved me through all of my college experiences. I know I will have these friends forever and I hope you are able to find that in Kappa too! McKenzie Rosen Membership Chairman
Phi Mu was founded in 1852 by three women as the Philomathean society. It is now the second oldest sorority in the nation and continues to uphold the ideals of academic development, service to others, a commitment to excellence and lifelong friendship. We, as the Rho Iota chapter of Phi Mu, have made monumental strides in creating an authentic, diverse and genuine sisterhood for our members. We all possess varying talents and passions, ideals and beliefs, but one thing that consistently unites us is the love for our national philanthropy, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Rho Iota members have the privilege of serving first hand to one of the Children’s Hospitals but also have numerous opportunities to partake and support in other philanthropy events and clubs. NICKNAME: Phi Mu
VALUES: Authenticity, Diversity, Friendship PHILANTHROPY: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals MINIMUM HIGH SCHOOL GPA: 3.0 MINIMUM COLLEGE GPA: 2.75 TWITTER: @PhiMu_UK
INSTAGRAM: @phimu_uk WEBSITE: ukphimu.com
Joining Phi Mu has been nothing short of impeccable and unimaginable. I did not join a chapter house. I did not join Greek letters. I did not join a place. I joined people. People who encourage me daily to be unapologetically myself, to excel in every endeavor I do and to face everything with confidence and humbleness. Rho Iota has granted me the opportunities and abilities to explore who I am and grow as a person. I am constantly surrounded by women who not only stand by their values but stand by me and mine. The relationships I have created, the support I have been given and the love I have been shown is immeasurable and because of this, I am forever thankful Phi Mu found me. Rachael Hudson Membership Director
Pi Beta Phi
Pi Beta Phi was founded April 28, 1987, at Monmouth College and was the first to organize a national philanthropic project, which eventually resulted in establishing literacy and education as our official philanthropic effort. After starting a library and establishing a settlement school in 1910, it became evident that the sisters of Pi Beta Phi share a love for helping others by inspiring a lifelong love of reading to create a more educated and productive society. Pi Beta Phi has more than 135 collegiate chapters and 285 alumnae clubs around the world, so that no matter where life takes you, you will always have a sister to lean on. At Pi Beta Phi, we strive to meaningfully impact collegiate years to spark a desire for lifelong commitment.
MINIMUM COLLEGE GPA: 2.8
I came into the recruitment process completely unaware of the potential impact a sorority can have on someone. Three years later I can truly say that joining Pi Beta Phi has not only changed my college experience, but the course of my entire life. I have been lucky enough to meet the most inspiring women and call them my sisters, take on leadership roles that have contributed to my personal growth and reap the benefits of being a part of something with so much history that is so much greater than myself. Transitioning to college is intimidating and overwhelming, but finding a chapter that gives you that feeling of home makes all the difference. My sisters at Pi Beta Phi and 409 Columbia Avenue have become my home over the past three years. I know you too will find your new home at Kentucky.
Lilli Nelson Vice President of Membership
NICKNAME: Pi Phi
VALUES: Sincere Friendship, Philanthropic Service, Personal, Intellectual Growth PHILANTHROPY: Read > Lead > Achieve MINIMUM HIGH SCHOOL GPA: 3.0 TWITTER: @ukpiphi
Sororities at UK The University of Kentucky is proud to have a large fraternity and sorority community that consists of four governing councils: the Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Panhellenic Council and United Greek Council. Panhellenic works closely with the other councils on collaborative programs including community service, leadership and opportunities to socialize.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) at UK is a coordinating body of the seven active chapters, three sororities and four fraternities, of nine historically African American sororities and fraternities. NPHC works to provide advocacy, as well as educational and cultural programming. www.kentuckyugc.com
The United Greek Council (UGC) serves a governing body of special interest and culturally based organizations. UGC consists of six organizations, four sororities and two fraternities, that work together together to plan social, educational and service programs for their council, the Lexington community and for all the students at the University of Kentucky.
Phi Sigma Rho Phi Sigma Rho, or Phi Rho, is a social sorority and is an associate member of the Panhellenic Council. As an associate member, Phi Rho does not participate in Primary Recruitment. What makes this sorority different is that it has a major requirement; anyone who is pursuing a degree in engineering or the technical studies is welcome to join. Other majors are also welcome as long as they have a math or science core. Phi Sigma Rho participates in many campus activities including DanceBlue, Homecoming and even Greek Sing. Phi Sigma Rho holds recruitment events around the third week of school of both fall and spring semesters. Recruitment takes place over a four day period and attendance at two events is suggested in order to possibly receive a bid.
Continuous Open Bidding Continuous Open Bidding (COB) begins after the conclusion of Primary Recruitment and continues throughout the academic year. You are only eligible to participate in COB if you have not been matched to a chapter during primary recruitment. During Continuous Open Bidding, a woman may be offered an invitation from more than one sorority. Only one invitation may be accepted and the new member must sign an acceptance card within twenty-four hours of accepting the invitation to join.
COB events might include pizza parties, bowling outings and TV nights or more informal activities like small group outings or meeting members for coffee. Participating sororities will contact you to invite you to attend their membership activities. Keep in mind, you will not hear from all the sororities. Some chapters fill their total during the Fall recruitment process and they are not eligible to participate in COB.
You can register for COB online at uksorority.com. COB has no registration fee. Questions regarding COB can be answered by sorority women or the Fraternity and Sorority Life office at 859-257-3151.
How to Register Women who want to participate in Panhellenic Primary Recruitment need to register online at uky.mycampusdirector2.com and pay the registration fee. The registration form asks you for important information including activities and interests as well as academic accomplishments. The registration fee covers the cost of your participation in recruitment including three t-shirts, two meals and the programming provided by Panhellenic. We encourage everyone to register by July 15 to receive the early bird registration rate. Students living on campus must register by August 9 to qualify for early move in. Women moving in early will be assessed a fee of $25 per night by university housing. Students living off campus can register until August 16.
REGISTRATION FEE Early Bird by July 15: $150 Regular by August 1: $175 Late by August 16: $225
Contact Us We would love to hear from you to answer any questions you may have about recruitment or Panhellenic in general. Be sure to follow Panhellenic on social media to learn more about what to expect in recruitment and more about our chapters. 859-257-3151 | email@example.com | www.uky.edu/greeklife
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Schedule Keep these dates in mind.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
MONDAY, AUGUST 19
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
TUESDAY, AUGUST 20
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
– Potential New Member Meeting : 5 p.m. – Parent & Family Orientation: 5 p.m.
– Potential New Member Orientation: All Day – Recruitment Kickoff: 9 p.m. - 11 p.m.
– Open House Day 1 – Functions: 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. – Lunch Break: 1 p.m.
– Open House Day 2 – Functions: 8:20 a.m. - 7:10 p.m.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30
– Philanthropy Day 1 – Functions: 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
– Philanthropy Day 2 – Functions: 8 a.m. - 7:10 p.m.
– Sisterhood Round – Functions: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
– Preference Round – Pre-Preference Orientation: 9:30 a.m. – Functions: 11 a.m. - 5:50 p.m.
– Bid Day – Panhellenic Pledging Ceremony: 7 p.m. – Chapter Bid Day Activities: 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.