We are excited you are interested in making Greek life a part of your collegiate experience and life. The recruitment process will open doors to amazing opportunities throughout your time at UCM, as well as later in life. The purpose of this recruitment process is for you as a Potential New Member (PNM) to have fun and learn more about Greek life at UCM. We are lucky to have seven unique and amazing NPC sororities on campus. We know if you remain open minded and give each organization the chance to show you their outstanding characteristics, you will find a home in one of our organizations. Please feel free to ask any Gamma Chi questions you may have about the process; they are here to help you through the process and hopefully establish some friendships along the way.
A Gamma Chi is an upperclass member of one of our sororities here at UCM who serves as a counselor to potential new members during their recruitment process. These women are disaffiliated from their particular organization and are meant to represent Panhellenic Council and UCM sororities as a whole in order to remain neutral and unbiased to all potential new members. The Gamma Chis are assigned to potential new member groups in order to answer questions, meet together, and serve as a resource to women who are interested in joining a sorority. The Delta Gamma Chi is also a disaffiliated sorority woman who works with the VP of Recruitment for Panhellenic to facilitate the Gamma Chi program. The Gamma Chi program is meant to provide potential new members with support before, during, and after the formal recruitment process. Your Gamma Chi will be a valuable resource during recruitment, and hopefully a friend after the recruitment process.
Potential New Members have the right to:
- be treated as an individual.
- be fully informed about the recruitment process.
- ask questions and to receive true and objective answers from their Gamma Chi and chapter members.
- be treated with respect.
- have and express opinions to their Gamma Chi.
- have invaluable confidentiality when sharing information with their Gamma Chi.
- make informed choices without undue pressure from others.
- be fully informed about the BINDING AGREEMENTS implicit in the Membership Recruitment Acceptance Agreement (preference card) signing.
- make one’s own choice and accept full responsibility for the results of that decision.
- have a positive, safe, and enriching recruitment experience.
Potential New Member (PNM) guidelines for recruitment:
- A woman must be enrolled as a student at the University of Central Missouri to be eligible to participate in the Panhellenic Recruitment Process and to join a sorority. The woman must also have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, from college if 12 hours or more have been completed or from high school if less than 12 college hours have been completed.
- A PNM shall not be, or have ever been, an INITIATED member of a National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) group at UCM or any other college campus.
- A PNM shall attend at least one of the Recruitment Information Nights held in the Union and up to the maximum number of parties to which she has received invitations for the next round. Failure to do so will result in the PNM being withdrawn from recruitment. In the event of an emergency, illness, or class, she shall notify her Gamma Chi (Recruitment Counselor) and/or the Assistant Director of Residence & Greek Life to fill out the appropriate form.
- No PNM may accept invitations to social functions from affiliated sorority women during the recruitment process. PNMs are required to notify their Gamma Chi or the VP of Recruitment for Panhellenic should an invitation be extended from an affiliated sorority woman.
- From the beginning of orientation through the end of membership recruitment, no Potential New Member may visit a Greek letter chapter (male or female) except to attend scheduled recruitment events.
- A woman shall not give a promise, either verbal or written, to join a certain organization before bids are issued through Panhellenic. PNMs are required to report promises of bids to their Gamma Chi or Panhellenic Officer.
- A Potential New Member is bound by STRICT SILENCE RULES from the end of the last party she attends on Preference Day until she turns in her signed Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA). Strict silence is defined as no contact or conversation with any member of a Panhellenic sorority, and no contact or conversation with other PNMs regarding recruitment in any way from the time she leaves her last house on Preference day until she turns in her signed preference card or MRABA.
- Potential New Members are asked to refrain from the consumption of alcoholic beverages during the recruitment process. Gamma Chis will instruct women to avoid the 3 B’s (Boys, Bars, Booze). Affiliated members of organizations are also required to refrain from these things during the recruitment process. The focus of the recruitment weekend should be learning more about the sororities here on campus and the importance of their sisterhood.
- Why did you join a sorority?
- What did you look for when you went through recruitment?
- Why did you choose this particular sorority?
- What are the advantages of being in a sorority?
- What are the obligations involved in being part of a sorority?
- Can I move into the sorority house?
- With whom do you have social activities with?
- What kind of activities do you do?
- What are your philanthropies?
- How does your sorority rank with grades?
- Why do you like being in a sorority?
- How much time will a sorority take?
When ranking chapters, it is important to think about all aspects of the chapter as a whole and you as an individual. Ask yourself:
- What qualities do I share with the women of the chapter?
- Am I comfortable around them? Can I be myself?
- What can their sisterhood offer me?
- Why do I like/dislike the chapter?
Remember to be open-minded and think for yourself. Joining a sorority is an important personal decision. Try not to worry about what your friends think about the chapter or which chapters they want to join. You want the best fit for you.