What is Panhellenic?
Panhellenic is a group of sororities that have organized to promote Greek life and cooperation between member groups.
There are three levels within the Panhellenic system:
National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) is the governing body of all NPC members. Delegates are elected from their sororities to represent their groups within the NPC.
Local (Shreveport-Bossier Alumnae Panhellenic) is a community based organization, affiliated with NPC, whose membership is composed of representative alumnae from NPC member sororities.
College Panhellenic Associations are established on campuses that have at least two NPC member group chapters. The College Panhellenics are responsible for their campus’ formal recruitment. This will be the group of women that you will meet prior to formal recruitment
Why is it important to register with the local Panhellenic Alumnae Board?
Registering with the local Panhellenic allows alumnae to distribute information you provide to the area reference/recommendations chairwomen, who in turn, pass it on to their sorority members at your university. These alumnae work hard to ensure that every Shreveport-Bossier area woman, who is interested in recruitment, is afforded the benefit of a reference or recommendation. Your name and accomplishments are highlighted and publicized to these university women.
It is important that deadlines are followed. This allows the Shreveport-Bossier Alumnae Panhellenic time to ensure your information is given to local alumnae groups who may have a sorority chapter at the college or university you plan to attend. Many sororities at large colleges or universities have early summer deadlines for their alumnae to notify them of potential new members.
Please note that it is the responsibility of the sorority alumnae members and NOT the potential new member to obtain these recommendations/references and mail them to the appropriate person. However, it is to your advantage to network among family, friends, teachers, and acquaintances to secure your own recommendations. By doing so, you are assured a recommendation, and it is more likely to be personal.
Why do I need to register with my University Panhellenic?
Your university needs to know you are participating in their recruitment.
Contact the student activities office or Greek Life Office of your chosen school or access the college’s website to register with the college or university. As soon as your registration with the college Panhellenic is complete, it will be passed on to the participating sorority chapters. They may have additional photo and resume requirements.
Be sure to check with the college regarding deadlines as soon as possible.
Registering with the Shreveport-Bossier Alumnae Panhellenic DOES NOTregister you with your college Panhellenic. You must register separately with your university.
Am I required to have recommendations?
Most NPC groups require references or letters of recommendation. Making sure you are registered with the Shreveport-Bossier Alumnae Panhellenic ensures they are aware of your interest in recruitment.
After you submit your Recruitment Information Form to the Board it is distributed to the sorority alumnae represented on our board. The sorority alumnae will have the responsibility to have a recommendation sent to the sorority at the girl's college of choice. You will be notified when the form is sent. The sorority alumnae provide one recommendation only for each sorority at your university. If you wish to obtain additional letters of recommendation you must secure those on your own. If there is a sorority at the college that is not represented on the alumnae board, you are responsible for obtaining a recommendation for that sorority.See Contact Usfor a list of sororities represented on the Shreveport/Bossier Panhellenic Board.
If you personally know someone who is a sorority alumnae and your university has that sorority on campus, you can have that person write your recommendation. A friend or acquaintance is more familiar with you and the recommendation will be more personal.
Do not be afraid to publicize that you will be entering formal recruitment. It is a goal of all sorority women to keep the Greek system strong. Alumnae that you may know casually or have lost touch with will usually be thrilled to help. Just ask!
What is the difference between a recommendation and a letter?
A recommendation is a specific sorority form that is submitted by a sorority alumnae to the university on behalf of the recruit.
A letter is personal correspondence that is written by a sorority alumnae that personally knows the recruit. It varies from school to school on whether obtaining a letter is necessary.
What do I do if my packets aren't ready to turn in at the Recruitment Meeting in April?
* See Recruitment Infopage for information and deadlines.
What if I am unable to attend the meeting in April?
If you are unable to attend the meetingbut interested in Panhellenic sorority recruitment at your university, it is VERY IMPORTANT to send your completed packets with a friend or mail the packets to the address listed on the Recruitment InfoPage by the stated deadline.
What if I am undecided about my college choice?
Do not bring your packets to the meeting. If you make your decision after the deadline it will be your responsibility to contact each Panhellenic representative for the sororities at your university and make arrangements to deliver your packet to them. See Contact Usfor Sorority Alumnae Representatives.
What do I do if I need to change my photos, resume, college choice, or decide to not go through recruitment?
If changes need to be made and it is before the deadline, see Recruitment Info Page for the contact about Information Packets. If it is after the deadline, it will be your responsibility to contact each Panhellenic representative for the sororities at your university and make arrangements to get the changes to them.
What do I do if there is a sorority at my college that isn't represented on the Shreveport Bossier Panhellenic Board?
If there is a sorority at your university that is not represented on the alumnae board, you are responsible for obtaining a recommendation for that sorority. You can find an alumnae locally from that sorority or email the national website for that specific sorority for guidance. See Contact UsContact Usfor a list of sororities represented on the Shreveport/Bossier Panhellenic Board.
Who sees my resume and photos?
The sorority alumnae writing the recommendation and the university sorority.
Will my membership force my grades to suffer?
Sorority women take their grades very seriously. Scholarship is always a focus in chapter goal setting, and the women are always striving to have the highest GPA on campus. A certain GPA is required to remain a member in good standing and to maintain chapter and campus leadership positions.
What do I wear?
This is the most frequently asked question by participants of recruitment! Each college will provide you with guidelines specific to each day of parties. Ask your recruitment counselor or college Panhellenic representatives for clarification. Many campuses stage a fashion show to provide further understanding. Others have the information posted on a recruitment website. You should receive this information from the college Panhellenic as soon as you register with them. This is another advantage of early registration.
What will my financial obligations be?
This is a parent’s favorite question. Dues vary by university and sorority. Typically, the first semester includes new member and initiation fees along with regular dues and is the most expensive semester. Your college Panhellenic should have more specific information. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It is well within your rights to determine what your financial obligations will be.
Why are girls I have talked to before, now only nodding and smiling at me?
Sorority members are not being rude or unfriendly; they are protecting the ideal of a fair formal recruitment. College Panhellenics have “silence” rules that restrict members from speaking with potential new members outside of the recruitment events. Women that you have known for years, even alumnae, are under strict guidelines, particularly during the week of formal recruitment.
What is a legacy? If I’m not a legacy will it hurt my recruitment chances?
A legacy is usually defined as the sister, daughter, granddaughter, or great-granddaughter of an initiated member of a sorority. Being a legacy does not guarantee placement in that particular sorority.
Why go through Recruitment now, as a freshman?
There are many advantages to go through Recruitment your first semester. Sororities tend to favor freshmen because they can maintain their membership for four years. Freshmen have an advantage over upperclassmen on most campuses. Some campuses even have strict quota placed on the number of upperclassmen they can take.
The sorority house gives you a home away from home. Your sorority sisters can be a surrogate family or support network. You will have the privilege of this support network as you navigate through your first semester.
Sororities provide a strong academic program for their new members. Tutoring and study hours are typically overseen by an officer responsible for your academic well-being. You will gain instant access to upperclassmen in your major. If you are struggling with a course, you are likely to find sorority members who can help.
What if I’m an upperclassman? Should I still participate in recruitment?
Absolutely! Although freshmen will have a slight advantage, upperclassmen have a proven college scholastic record and extra-curricular participation. This is important to chapters ensuring their scholastic standing.
Should I be afraid that I will be mistreated (hazed) as a new member in a sorority?
Greek members have been unfortunately portrayed very negatively in the media and in Hollywood. The image of an exclusive party culture is exploited. Philanthropic, academic, and personal development activities are overlooked. Greek members are more likely to have better GPAs and act in leadership roles in their communities and college campuses. Greek Life departments continue to support programs that educate young men and women on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as other issues facing young people today.
All NPC groups have adopted a no-tolerance approach to hazing violations. Abuse by any sorority member is immediately confronted and the party involved is often stripped of her membership. Groups that frequently break the no-hazing policy have their chapters removed from the campus. NPC sororities adopted this strict policy many years before the heightened attention to it, and they have acted to lead the rest of the Greek community in this direction.
Active – An initiated sorority member attending college.
Alumna, (plural is alumnae)– An initiated sorority member no longer in college.
Shreveport-Bossier Alumnae Panhellenic– The local chapter of the National Panhellenic Conference, a cooperative alumnae organization.
Badge - An insignia of fraternity or sorority membership worn by initiated members. Each sorority has its badge.
Bid– An invitation to join a specific sorority.
Bid Day -The last day of recruitment, when potential new members receive bids to join chapters and become new members. Each chapter will usually host a Bid Day activity to help the new members get to know each other and the rest of the chapter, like bowling or roller skating. The Unanimous Agreements state that there is to be no alcohol use or men associated with recruitment or Bid Day.
Big sister (Big) -An active member of a chapter who is paired with a new member as a mentor.
Chapter – An organized group of women representing a national sorority. Collegiate chapters are found on college campuses.
Alumnae chapters are usually organized by geographic areas and support their collegiate chapters.
College Panhellenic Council -A council for all of the National Panhellenic Conference sorority chapters on a campus. This council serves as the governing body for all NPC chapters on campus and organizes the recruitment process. Each chapter chooses a delegate to sit on its College Panhellenic council.
Continuous Open Bidding (COB) -An opportunity for chapters that do not reach quota during primary recruitment to bid to total and/or quota. The continuous open bidding process is less formal, and not all chapters will participate in continuous open bidding.
Deferred Recruitment– formerly called "deferred Rush". Formal recruitment that usually takes place at the beginning of the spring semester.
Formal Recruitment - formerly called "Rush". The process of mutual selection between a prospective member and active chapter. Each potential new member is given the opportunity to attend parties hosted by all participating sororities. As recruitment progresses, the sorority members and potential new members go through a mutual selection process until the last day, then participants are offered an invitation (bid) to join a sorority chapter.
Greek– A member of a Greek letter organization, normally a social fraternity or sorority.
Initiation– A meaningful ceremony by which new members are made active members of a sorority.
Legacy– Generally defined as a daughter, granddaughter, sister, or great-granddaughter of an initiated sorority member. A potential new member could be a legacy to more than one sorority.
National Panhellenic Conference -The National Panhellenic Conference, or the umbrella body for 26 inter/national women’s fraternities and sororities.
New Member– once referred to as "Pledge". A person who has accepted the bid of a sorority but has not been initiated.
Open Recruitment– A period usually following Formal Recruitment where there may be an opportunity to fill a chapter’s designated number of new members. Open recruitment is limited to those chapters who do not fill their allowable quota in
Potential New Member (PNM)–once referred to as "rushee". A college woman who has chosen to participate in the recruitment process.
Preferential Bidding or Pref – The conclusion of the formal recruitment week when sororities and potential new members indicate their choices.
Quota– The number of potential new members to which each chapter can offer bids during formal recruitment. This is determined with a formula involving the number of chapters and the number of women participating in bid matching.
Recommendation (Rec) - A form completed by an alumna member of a sorority recommending a potential new member for membership.
Recruitment Counselor or Rho Chi, Gamma Chi, Pi Chi– A sorority member who is disassociated from her sorority to serve as a recruitment guide. Each PNM will be assigned a recruitment counselor during formal recruitment.
Silence -A period of time after the close of membership recruitment events and prior to the distribution of bids when there is no communication between potential new members and sorority members.
Sister - a term used by sorority members to refer to one another.
Snap bidding - An option available to chapters that did not fill quota. Chapters may offer bids to potential new members whose
preferences were not matched, meaning they would not be extended a bid by chapters they listed on their preference rankings after preference round. This process takes place before bids are distributed, and a potential new member would receive a phone call or other contact by a sorority offering her a snap bid. If she chooses to accept, the new member would participate in normal Bid Day activities.
Total - The allowable chapter size on a campus, as determined by the College Panhellenic, including new and active members. Chapters that fall under total may be allowed to participate in continuous open bidding until they reach total.
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