Hello, Fellow Blue Hose Women!
Congratulations on your decision to attend PC, and welcome to the PC family! One of the many ways to become involved on campus is to join the Greek community. If you decide to go through the recruitment process, you could potentially become affiliated with one of the largest student organizations on campus. Membership in a sorority can open doors to many great opportunities and experiences. We are honored to present the Greek community to you and are here to assist you throughout the recruitment process.
The Panhellenic Executive Council
Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment is a designated period of time when a series of organized events are held by each Panhellenic sorority with the purpose of recruiting new members. Formal Recruitment is governed by the Panhellenic Council and is structured in such a way that women interested in sorority life are able to meet all sororities in the Panhellenic community.
It is important to remember that participation in any Pre-Formal Recruitment event does not require you to participate in Recruitment and that going through the Recruitment process does not require you to join a sorority. These events will simply allow you to learn more about the sorority community at Presbyterian College. Registration for Fall 2020 Recruitment will begin May 1. There is a $50 registration fee, which is non-refundable. Please know that registering for Recruitment does not obligate you to go through the process. Sorority Recruitment will be September 3, 2020, through September 6, 2020.
If you choose to participate in the recruitment process, a recruitment counselor, also known as a Pi Chi, will be assigned to you and a small group of other Potential New Members. Pi Chi’s are current members of the sororities on campus who temporarily disaffiliate from their chapters to help you find the perfect fit. These women are carefully selected and trained for their role as your listener, role model, confidant, and friend. Pi Chi’s are able to answer any questions and discuss all aspects of Greek life and campus life with an unbiased opinion. The Pi Chi’s will reveal their affiliation and rejoin their sisters on Bid Day!
A Recommendation/Reference form can serve as a Potential New Member’s (PNM) introduction to a sorority. These official forms, which are unique to each individual sorority, are provided by the national organization for their alumnae members to fill out on behalf of PNMs. Please note that each sorority has its own policy as to whether or not they require a recommendation/reference and that the PC Panhellenic does NOT have access to individual sorority Recommendation/Reference forms. Only a sorority alumna or potentially a collegiate member of a sorority can write a recommendation to her sorority. It is also recommended that the alumna use her sorority’s official recommendation form, which can usually be found on sorority’s national website or in the sorority’s national magazine.
When seeking letters of recommendation for recruitment, PNMs only need letters for those National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities currently recognized at PC. They are: Alpha Delta Pi, Sigma Sigma Sigma, and Zeta Tau Alpha.
If a PNM cannot find a recommendation/reference for each or any of the 3 NPC sororities recognized at PC, she should not worry as these are not expected or required by all chapters.
Recommendations for Sorority Recruitment can be sent to the following addresses:
If you participate in recruitment, listed below are your rights as a potential new member. The Potential New Member Bill of Rights was established by the National Panhellenic Conference.
- The right to be treated as an individual
- The right to be fully informed about the recruitment process
- The right to ask questions and receive true and objective answers from recruitment counselors and members
- The right to be treated with respect
- The right to be treated as a capable and mature person without being patronized
- The right to ask how and why and receive straight answers
- The right to have and express opinions to recruitment counselors
- The right to have inviolable confidentiality when sharing information with recruitment counselors
- The right to make informed choices without undue pressure from others
- The right to be fully informed about the binding agreements implicit in the membership acceptance signing
- The right to make one’s own choice and decision and accept full responsibility for the results of that decision
- The right to have a positive, safe, and enriching recruitment and new member experience