What Potential New Members Need to Know
Virtual Formal Recruitment Structure
We are so excited that you are interested in our Panhellenic community. In 2021, Miami University’s Panhellenic Association will be conducting a fully virtual formal recruitment via Zoom. We are working with our community to build a safe and meaningful experience for all participants.
Welcome Round will include 18 chapters that have created a 5 minute introduction video showcasing their sisterhood, values, and activities. After Virtual Recruitment Kickoff on Thursday, January 28th, all chapters’ Welcome Round videos will be released for you to watch. The following night on Friday, January 29th, you will watch all 18 Welcome Round videos with your Rho Gamma group virtually through Zoom screen sharing. These videos are a way for you to learn more about the chapter and hear from some of their members!
You also have the opportunity to submit an introduction video of yourself – this is optional. Head to the drop-down “Potential New Member (Optional) Welcome Round Video” for directions and guidelines. (Can also be found on CampusDirector for registration.)
After this round, you will identify the 11 chapters you would most like to see in the next round of recruitment. You will also identify alternates.
During philanthropy round, potential new members will have a maximum of 11 events. Each event will last 25 minutes via Zoom. Philanthropy is something that is very important to each chapter at Miami. This round will give you a glimpse into the philanthropy that each sorority supports at the local and national level. This is a great round to see what each sorority is passionate about. You will have the opportunity to talk to members of the chapter and get a better feel for if this chapter is the right place for you.
After this round, you will rank all chapters you visit in your preferential order.
*TIP: Think about what philanthropies you are passionate about and what service related events you were involved with in high school.
This round potential new members will have a maximum of 7 sorority events to go to via Zoom. Each event lasts 40 minutes. During this round you will get the opportunity to see the personality of each chapter. Chapters present videos during this round via Zoom screen sharing to introduce you to some of the traditions and events the sorority participates in and you will hear from members about their sisterhood. You will get the opportunity to meet and talk to even more women.
After this round, you will rank all chapters you visit in preferential order.
*TIP: You get to see what the different sororities do around campus. Think about what you like to do on campus and the things you would like to get more involved in and see if joining this chapter would help you! Also, listen to how the members describe their sisterhood and see if there are similarities in what you look for in friendships!
This is the final round of recruitment. Potential new members will have a maximum of 2 events to attend via Zoom. Each event lasts one hour. This round is the last chance you get to talk to the women in the sorority and determine if this could possibly be your home away from home! Like in previous rounds, you will have the opportunity to talk to sorority women, and they will share with you why they chose their sorority and what it has come to mean to them. Preference round is the most serious round of recruitment.
After the events are completed, you will then rank the sororities you visited in the order in which you wish to receive a bid.
*TIP: When making the final decision on how to rank your sororities, think back to the previous rounds and recall what you liked best and where you felt the most comfortable.
This is the most important thing to remember throughout recruitment. You want to find a sorority that accepts you for you and makes you feel at home. Do not adopt a new personality just because of recruitment! Each chapter has its own personality and women that could be the perfect fit for you. Sororities are interested in the real you, so be yourself.
Keep an open mind!
When you receive your schedule from your Rho Gammas at the beginning of each round, you may not receive your top choices back. Don’t get discouraged. If you ask many women currently in sororities, they’ll say that their opinions of each chapter changed drastically during the course of recruitment. Though you may not have “clicked” with a sorority on a particular day, it might have just been one particular person that you talked to and didn’t have much in common with. Each sorority can have up to over 200 members, so don’t base your opinion on just one conversation.
Similarly, you may not receive as many sororities back as some other women in your group. Remember that it only takes one bid on Bid Day to join, so keep an open mind and get excited about the chapters that did invite you back!
Don't forget about your Rho Gammas!
They are here to help you through the entire process. If you are having a hard time, talk to them! Rho Gammas went through the same thing you are, so they are someone who can really relate.
Don't say anything negative!
Remember, if you don't see yourself fitting in at a certain chapter, that doesn't mean someone right next to you shares the same feeling. You should NEVER say anything negative about a chapter, or any other potential new members.
Utilize Time Management!
Manage your time wisely. While the two weeks of Formal Recruitment can be an exciting and intense time, women who manage their time will find the weeks much easier than those who do not. Remember to allow enough time for your meals, homework, and sleep during recruitment.
Get to know the women in your Rho Gamma group!
During Formal Recruitment, you will have the opportunity to meet many wonderful Greek women, as well as the other women going through recruitment with you. These other potential new members might turn out to be your new sisters, or they might join a different chapter and you’ll see them at many Greek community events over the next few years. Having friends in other chapters is a huge part of being in a sorority.
Stick with it!
At times recruitment may seem stressful, but have fun with it! This is an opportunity to meet hundreds of great women in a short amount of time. Enjoy recruitment and by the end of the two weeks the reward of a new sisterhood will make it all worth it!
Things to Pack for Recruitment
Extra ponytail holders
Pen for note taking between events
Warm clothing for walking around
Comfortable shoes for walking around
Instant stain remover