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- A sorority member who has completed her pledgeship and
has been formally initiated by her chapter.
Alumna - An initiated sorority member (feminine)
who is no longer in college. (Plural: Alumnae)
Bid - A formal invitation issued
through the Panhellenic Council on behalf of an individual
sorority to a PNM to join that sorority.
Bid Day - The day that PNM's receive their bids.
Bid Matching - A system of matching a PNM's preferences
with sororities' preferences.
Candlelighting - A sorority ceremony
in which a sister announces her receiving of a lavalier,
pin, or engagement ring.
Chapter - The local group of a national sorority
designated by a special Greek letter name
Chapter Room - The room used by sorority members
where chapter meetings are held.
College Panhellenic - The cooperative organization
of collegiate members of sororities.
Depledge - The process of resigning
from a sorority after formal pledging and before initiation.
Formal Recruitment - The major
of the year during one week early in the Fall semester,
formal recruitment consists of three rounds of parties given by
each sorority. PNM's have the opportunity to visit each
sorority house and meet is members. Formal Recruitment is scheduled
and governed by the Panhellenic Council for the purpose
of meeting prospective students.
Fraternity - A Greek letter organization characterized
by ritual, a pin and a strong tie of friendship.
Greek - A member of a sorority or
a fraternity so called because the organization bears a
Greek letter name.
Greek Week - A series of events sponsored by the
Greek community to promote community service and Greek unity.
Hazing - Unethical and forbidden
Initiate - A person who has recently
become an active member of a sorority.
Initiation - The formal, ritualistic ceremony during
which a new member takes her final vows and becomes a full member
of her sorority.
Interfraternity Council (IFC) - The representative
governing body of the fraternity system.
Lavalier - A necklace with Greek
letters on it. Sorority women wear these with their sorority's
letters, and some become lavaliered upon receiving a lavalier
from a boyfriend with his fraternity's Greek letters.
Legacy - A PNM whose mother, sister, or grandmother
is an alumna or active member of a specific sorority.
Making Your Grades - All Greek organizations
require a minimum grade point average in order to become
a full member of the group.
Mixer - A social activity with two or more Greek
Nationals - The governing body of
each sorority or fraternity on a national level; the central
headquarters of a Greek organization.
New Member - A student who has accepted the bid or
invitation for membership of a Greek organization and has
taken the first step toward full membership but has not
yet been initiated. After a period of training in the history,
ideals, and traditions of the group after earning a designated
grade point average, she is initiated. A pledgeship expires
when one is not initiated within one academic year.
NIC - National Interfraternity Conference, a confederation
of 64 men's fraternities.
NPC - National Panhellenic Conference, the national
governing body of sororities, each of which is autonomous
as a social, Greek letter society as college women undergraduates
and alumnae. This is the national governing body of all
national social sororities.
Open Bidding - That period in which
any sorority not having reached quota and/or chapter total
may recruit and pledge a woman without specifically scheduled
bidding or parties. Also referred to as Open Recruitment.
Panhellenic - National and local
council of sororities the purpose of which is to govern,
to unify, and to aid sororities in their relationships with
one another and the college community.
Philanthropy - A service project undertaken by sorority
chapters on the campus, community or national level.
New Member Educator - The individual who is the liaison
between the new members and the chapter. This person is responsible
for the development of the new members and preparing them for
New Member Pin - A small pin that a pledge wears during
Pledgeship - A period of education when a new
learns about the organization.
Potential New Member (PNM) - Any student who is regularly enrolled and
is eligible according to scholastic requirements, who is
interested in becoming a member of a sorority, and who has
registered for Recruitment.
Preference Card - The cards signed after each round
of Recruitment parties by each PNM, indicating the order of
her preferences of the sororities.
Quota - The number of women that
each sorority may pledge during Recruitment.
Recommendation - A written letter or statement recommending
a woman for pledgeship in a sorority. It can be sent form
an alumna of any chapter and is sent to the chapter of her
sorority on this campus. The sorority, not the PNM, is
responsible for soliciting these.
Rho Gamma - Sorority members who do
not affiliate with their own sororities during Recruitment, but
who serve as unbiased advisors to PNM's during Recruitment.
Recruitment - A process whereby students interested in a
sorority can meet the members of each chapter and learn
more about the organizations.
Recruitment Weekend - The major, formal period set aside
by College Panhellenic for entertaining and selecting new
for membership. It is also referred to as Closed Recruitment.
Silence - That period of time designated
by College Panhellenic during formal Recruitment Weekend when there
is no communication between members and PNM's except at
Recruitment parties and through casual greetings in public. This
is done to prevent undue pressure on the PNM during Recruitment
so that each PNM can make her own decisions.
Sorority - A Greek-letter sisterhood, also called
a women's fraternity.
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