Information and registration for Panhellenic sorority recruitment can be found here.
Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment
The four National Panhellenic Conference member sororities currently at UWF — Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, and Kappa Delta — host a Formal Recruitment in the fall semester after Labor Day. Spring recruitment is based on membership count; therefore, fall recruitment is the most open time for recruitment into these sororities.
Fall 2016 Formal Recruitment
Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment takes place every fall semester in a week known as Formal Recruitment. This year’s Formal Recruitment kicks off with Orientation Night on Monday, September 5th and takes place Thursday, September 8, to Sunday, September 11. Through the Formal Recruitment process, you will be able to meet women from each of the NPC member sororities on UWF’s campus. To go through Formal Recruitment, you must register online before Friday, September 2, and pay a $50 registration fee. There are Formal Recruitment information sessions leading up to the registration deadline to help PNMs get more detailed information.
Formal Recruitment Information Sessions
This years information sessions will be in the first two weeks of the fall semester in the evening on Tuesday, August 30th and Wednesday, August 31st with the last one during the day Friday, September 2nd, which is the last day to register.
To join Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, or Kappa Delta, you will need to register for Fall Formal Recruitment. Registration starts at the beginning of the summer semester. If you have questions about any Panhellenic sorority, contact the Panhellenic Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. The individual chapters will not be able to answer specific questions related to recruitment, so it is best to contact the Panhellenic or Fraternity & Sorority Life staff.
Monday, September 5, time TBA at the Commons Auditorium
This is the first night of Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment. You will meet your Recruitment Counselors and the women who will be in your group. You will also learn about what the following nights will be like and the rules that the Panhellenic Council has for Recruitment. Attire is casual — come as you are!
Sisterhood night is split over two days to allow PNMs to the opportunity to have a flexiable schedule adjusted for their class schedule. Half of the Recruitment Counselor groups will attend on Thursday and the other half will attend on Friday. If potential new members have conflicts during recruitment they should submit those via the form below so that the recruitment team can put you in the aproperate group for Sisterhood Night.
Thursday, September 8, time TBA at the Commons Great Hall
Friday, September 9, time TBA at the Commons Great Hall
Sisterhood Night will be your first glimpse into Panhellenic Sorority life at UWF. Sisterhood Night will be your first opportunity to meet all four Panhellenic sororities. You will be going to each sorority to learn more about the sorority through conversations and videos that expresses its ideals, involvement, and achievements. This event is 40 minutes and is high energy, so relax and enjoy meeting new friends.
Saturday, September 10, time TBA at the Commons Great Hall
Philanthropy Night will allow you to see how each Panhellenic sorority you visit raises money and the importance of giving back to the community. Some chapters you visit will present a video or slideshow to inform you about its individual philanthropy. This round will be more in depth and give you a chance to talk more what you value and those values the sororities hold.
After philanthropy night we encourage all potential new members going through recruitment to join their recruitment counselors and attend the first home UWF Football game. Each student is responsible for obtaining their own tickets and transportation to the game. More details will be given at orientation night about opportunities to go as a group.
Sunday, September 11, 8:30 a.m. at the Commons Great Hall
This is the last round of the Formal Recruitment process. Preferential Day shows the more serious side of each chapter’s sisterhood. Listen carefully to the songs and words you hear. The sisters are trying to show you what it means to be a part of their sisterhood.
Sunday, September 11, 4 p.m. at the Commons Great Hall
It’s finally here! This is the day that invitations to join a Panhellenic sorority are distributed. Once bids are received, you will join your new sorority and enjoy the evening with your new sisters.
If you are going through Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment and have classes or other obligations that you cannot reschedule we will use this conflict form (link below) to help schedule your recruitment events around your conflicts. You are required to attend classes during recruitment and we will usually adjust your schedule so you do not miss anything. If you have work, family functions, or other obligations we do ask that you try to readjust them to be before or after recruitment. We will try to accommodate when we can for those conflicts but it isn't always possible with the timing of events.
If you have class or conflicts between these times on the following days please fill out the form (this includes if traveling to be on time for your class will cause you to leave early or be late):
- Thursday, Sept 8th 3:30pm-11:00pm
- Friday, Sept 9th 11:00am-9:00pm
- Saturday, Sept 10th 9:00am-6:00pm
- Sunday, Sept 11th 8:30am-3:00pm (Free during break between 3p-4p) and 4:00pm-11:00pm (clearing your schedule for the sororities bid day events is suggested)
We will adjust schedules for classes but we do ask that you clear your work and personal schedule to accommodate recruitment. The time frame for ending each day is an estimate based on years previous, so even if you plan to work after the ending time above, we suggest you rearrange your work schedule just in case something is behind schedule for recruitment. The sooner we know about a conflict the better we can plan, please fill out this form by clicking on the link or copying it into your browser: http://goo.gl/forms/cBcBUUw44O
Mutual Selection Process
While not every person is offered an invitation for membership, and some choose not to complete Formal Recruitment, our number one goal is for students to find the right fit for them at UWF. During recruitment, the PNMs have the chance each day to select their preferred sororities for the next day. Just as the PNM is narrowing down her choices, the sororities are also narrowing down theirs. Each day of recruitment, the maximum number of sororities PNMs can visit are narrowed down. At the end of Formal Recruitment, PNMs can be offered only one Formal Bid from a sorority they saw on the Preference Tea round. On Bid Day, those receiving invitations will find out what sorority they have been matched with.
Panhellenic Recruitment Counselors (Beta Chis)
During Panhellenic Formal Recruitment, PNMs are put into groups. These groups are led by two Recruitment Counselors, also known as Beta Chis. These women are the PNMs' guides and counselors for the week. These women disassociate from their organizations in order to fully assist the PNMs in the recruitment process. The Beta Chi's role is to focus on the PNM and not worry about the sorority she is affiliated with during recruitment. By disassociating, the Beta Chis are promising to be there for the best interest of the PNM and the Panhellenic Community.
Please see the CPC Recruitment Booklet 2016 for more detailed information.