Formal Recruitment Dates 2020

Recruitment Round Times 

*If you have other commitments that conflict with recruitment, you will have the opportunity to complete an absence form that will let the chapters know the reason for your absence. Each chapter will take that into consideration when issuing invitations but please note there is no such thing as an "excused absence."

PNM Orientation: Wednesday Evening, September 2nd (viewing of pre-recorded orientation)

Open House (Round 1): Thursday Evening, September 3rd (viewing of pre-recorded chapter videos)

First Invite (Round 1): Saturday, September 5th (12:00-5:20pm)

First Invite (Round 2): Sunday, September 6th (10:00am-2:40pm)

Second Invite: Saturday, September 12th (10:00am-5:30pm)

Preference Round: Sunday, September 13th (1:00-5:05pm)

Bid Day: Monday Evening, September 14th (5pm)

Invitational overview

 
What to expect:

During the first round of formal recruitment, you will view a pre-recorded video from every chapter about their mission, purpose, and chapter values, totaling 19 views. While this seems overwhelming, the videos are short (2-3 minutes per video). Open house videos will provide you with an introduction to each chapter.

What to talk about:

During open house, you will not be conversing with chapter members. If you have questions about the sorority or Greek Life in general, do not be afraid to ask your recruitment counselors, or hold your questions for first invitational, where you will be able to speak to a chapter member.

What to ask: 

As mentioned, during this round you will not have the opportunity to speak with a chapter member from each of the 19 chapters. Make sure to view each video with detail and write down any questions you may have in future rounds.

What to wear:

There is no apparel suggestion for this round as it is non-interactive.

Open house

First invite

What to expect:

Before this virtual event begins, you will receive your schedule on the PNM Companion app that will have the time of each event, as well as the link to the Zoom room. You will have selected up to thirteen chapters to visit during first invitational, and each round will be 25 minutes. During this round, you will interact with chapter members for the first time and learn a little bit about their philanthropy in a virtual setting. You will also get access to financial information sheets from each chapter detailing their chapter dues and live-in requirements. This round will take place over two days.

What to talk about:

Get to know the chapters a little deeper this round! Focus on the aspects of each that give back to a philanthropy that interests you or resonates with you the most. More than what they offer their members, what can they give you personally? What are their values, and what are yours? Be sure to talk about their philanthropy, service projects, how they give back to the community, and what they’re passionate about!

What to ask: 

Ask any questions you may have from Open House. Also, what do they fundraise? Where do they volunteer? What is their local philanthropy? How else do they contribute to the community? What are they passionate about? Members will also be given access to a financial sheet and informational video during this round so make sure to ask about scholarships, financial assistance, or anything else you have concerns about.

What to wear:

During this virtual invitational, PNMs will be given a Panhellenic provided t-shirt to wear and can wear that with any type of bottoms they prefer.

Philanthropy

Second invite

What to expect:

Similar to first invitational, before this virtual event begins, you will receive your schedule on the PNM Companion app that will have the time of each event, as well as the link to the Zoom room. This invitational consists of a maximum of seven rounds that are each 35 minutes long. Take this opportunity to find out more information about the activities, programs, and members of the chapter, and expect to learn about each chapter's unique sisterhood. 

What to talk about:

Get to know the chapter on a deeper level during this round. Start thinking about whether or not each chapter would be a good fit for you. The sororities will also start to ask you more formal questions as they want to make sure you would fit in at their chapter. You will meet a variety of members during these rounds, so make sure that you get different opinions on areas that you are concerned about!

What to ask: 

Ask about leadership opportunities in the chapter and what they are involved in on campus. Find out how the chapter can help you during your college career and beyond. Some questions you may want to ask include: What aspects of the sorority encouraged you to join? How long is the new member program and how much time will I need to devote to it? How does your sorority promote scholarship? What is the availability of housing? What is living in the house like? What makes your sisterhood so special to you?

What to wear:

You will not be given a Panhellenic t-shirt to wear during this round. Wear whatever makes you feel comfortable! For example, a blouse, a casual dress, etc. 

 

Sisterhood

What to expect:

During third invitational, or preference round, you will make your final decision as to which chapter you want to join. This round will also be held virtually. Before this event, you will have ranked the chapters you are most interested in. Each of these events are 50 minutes long. These events are the most emotional side of recruitment. The chapter will introduce you to their sisterhood through more serious conversations or ceremonies. The sororities have already shown you their philanthropy, sisterhood, and what they do for fun and now they want you to get to know them on a deeper level. During this stage you will need to decide which group of women you most wish to call sisters and which chapter you can call your home.

What to talk about:

During "Preference Party" you will get to talk one-on-one with a chapter member. The member will tell you why she joined the sorority and what it has meant to her. Listen to what she has to say, as she is revealing to you the strongest characteristics and foundations of her sorority. If you have any last concerns take the opportunity to get them resolved. 

What to ask: 

Ask about the personal aspects of the chapter. What has she gotten out of the sorority? And, remember to clear up any last minute reservations or questions you may have.

What to wear:

You will not be given a Panhellenic t-shirt to wear during this round. Wear whatever makes you feel comfortable! For example, a blouse, a casual dress, etc. 

Preference

Third Invite

pREFERENCING - THE MUTUAL SELECTION PROCESS

You will be matched with a sorority through a mutual selection process - you are narrowing down the chapters that you are most interested in and the chapters are narrowing down the women about whom they are most interested in getting to know more. Throughout the Recruitment process, it is important to keep an open mind as to what chapter you want to join. After each event, you will rank the chapters you visited. Each sorority can invite only a certain number of women back to the next stage. A computer program matches your choices with those of the sororities. Through this process, Panhellenic will make every effort to place you in a chapter according to your list. Be sure to keep an open mind during Recruitment - you are interviewing the women in the chapters and they are interviewing you. Joining a sorority is a personal decision. When reflecting on the chapters you visit ask yourself: What qualities do you share with the women in the chapter? Do you feel comfortable with them? What can their sisterhood offer you? Try not to put too much emphasis on what your friends are saying or what chapters they may be invited back to. Remember, if you and your friends go separate ways you can still be friends even if you join different chapters.

 
 
 
 
 
Panhellenic Council
University of illinois

409 Turner Student Services Building, MC-306

610 East John Street

Champaign, IL 61820

(217) 333-7062

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