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Greek Alphabet & Terms

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  • Active:

  • A woman who has been initiated into lifelong sorority membership.

  • Alumna:
    An initiated sorority member who has graduated from college.

  • Bid:
    A formal invitation given to a potential new member to join a sorority.

  • Chapter:
    The local group of a national sorority.

  • Initiation:
    A formal ceremony through which new members become active members, sisters, of a sorority.

  • Interfraternity Council (IFC):
    The inter-fraternity programming and governing body; the fraternities’ equivalent of the Panhellenic Council.

  • Legacy:
    A woman whose mother, sister or grandmother is an active member or alumna of a sorority.

  • New Member:
    A woman who has accepted a sorority’s bid for membership but has not yet been initiated.

  • Panhellenic Council (PHC):
    The inter-sorority programming and governing body.

  • Philanthropy:
    A charitable fund-raiser or service project sponsored by a sorority or fraternity.

  • Rho Gamma:
    A sorority member who leads a Recruitment group of PNMs through the stages of Recruitment. She is unbiased and is willing to honestly answer any questions about sororities and recruitment.

  • Potential New Member (PNM):
    A woman who is participating in recruitment, commonly referred to as a PNM.

  • Quota:
    The maximum number of new members a sorority may accept through Formal Recruitment.

  • Recommendation:
    A written letter sent by an alumna recommending a woman for membership in a sorority.

  • Sister:
    A term used by sorority members in the same chapter to refer to one another.

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