Recruitment Week 2016

Sorority PNMs run from Memorial Chapel to the Nott Memorial after receiving their bids, to be greeted by their designated organizations for the first time. Courtesy of Union College Sorority and Fraternity Life

This past week of September 12 through 16, Union’s Panhellenic council hosted the college’s 2016 recruitment week.

Monday through Friday, Greek row was occupied with hundreds of PNMs (Potential New Members) socializing with fraternity and sorority members in efforts to familiarize themselves with each chapter’s qualities and characteristics. For sororities Gamma Phi Beta, Sigma Delta Tau, and Delta Delta Delta, the first four days of recruitment were intended to introduce PNM’s to each sisterhood and present each chapter’s philanthropy.

New sorority Alpha Chi Omega hosted an event Monday night with chapter patrons from the University of Connecticut, aiming to recruit girls to found the sorority on Union’s campus. After this event, Alpha Chi Omega began tabling in Reamer Campus Center, educating students on the sorority and recruiting people for interviews.

For the seven IFC fraternities, Monday through Wednesday gave PNMs the opportunity to socialize with fraternity brothers through various social events. Events included grill nights, lawn games, poker nights and more.

Fraternity bids were given Thursday evening, allowing the boys until the end of the weekend (16-18) to accept or reject bids.

Sorority bids were given out Friday afternoon at common lunch in Memorial Chapel. After each girl received their bid, the traditional run to the Nott Memorial took place, where each new member ran to their designated sorority.

Each sorority waited for their new members under the Nott Memorial with music, bid day attire and their chapter’s large decorative Greek letters.

This week commences new member education for all panhellenic sororities and fraternities. At the end of the term, all remaining new members will be initiated into their chosen Greek association. The newly-founded sorority Alpha Chi Omega will be taking a different path to recruit new members. During a three week process (that is already two weeks active) Alpha Chi Omega tables in Reamer to educate students about the sorority.

To be recruited, each PNM must sign up and be interviewed by current Alpha Chi Omega sisters and executives. The last remaining social event is set for Wednesday, September 21, from 7-8:30 p.m. in Old Chapel. After that, 15 to 20 minute interviews will be held anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Everest Lounge Monday, September 26 through Thursday, September 28.

Counselors of Alpha Chi Omega who are conducting recruitment emphasize, “We are really excited to be here and contribute to the Greek community.”

After recruitment, counselors commented, their first steps to acting on their philanthropy of domestic violence awareness will be to schedule service days and work closely to help people build healthy relationships among the Union and Schenectady community.

Union College has a historic relationship with college Greek culture. The first ever fraternity, Kappa Alpha was founded on Union’s campus in 1825. Two years later, Sigma Phi and Delta Phi were also founded at Union. In the next two decades, Psi Upsilon (1833), Chi Psi (1841), and Theta Delta Chi (1847) were founded at Union.

Due to this foundation of Greek life, Union became known as the “Mother of Fraternities.”


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