Transcript to Recruitment video message

Hi everyone - my name is Manal Ahmed and I currently serve as the Panhellenic Vice President of Recruitment at the University of Illinois. I’m here today to give you all a quick update on formal recruitment 2020, but before that, I wanted to let you know how excited myself, the Panhellenic council, and all of our chapters are to invite you to register for recruitment 2020 and welcome you into the Panhellenic community at Illinois. We have been working so hard to make formal recruitment a success, and even though it is going to look a bit different this year, it is still going to be an amazing experience for all of our potential new members to help them find their home on campus. Based on university guidance along with State of Illinois Restore Illinois Phase 4 guidelines and recommendations from the National Panhellenic Conference, the Illinois Panhellenic formal recruitment process will be happening with mainly virtual components. 


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Recruitment will start with a virtual PNM Orientation which will be available for potential new members on Wednesday, September 2nd. To complete this orientation, PNMs, will be given access to a Compass page that will have modules for them to complete prior to recruitment about how to navigate the formal recruitment process. Potential new members will also meet their recruitment counselors and be in contact with them prior to this date. Recruitment counselors are disaffiliated members of Panhellenic chapters who have taken a course and will guide potential new members through recruitment. They’ll stick with their group of PNMS every step of the way and offer assistance throughout the two weekends of recruitment. 


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Upon completing the orientation modules, potential new members will officially begin the formal recruitment process on Thursday, September 3rd, where they will be given access to a 2-3 minute introductory video from each of the 19 chapters. PNMs will be responsible for watching all of these videos between September 3rd and September 4th. After watching all 19 videos, PNMs will preference the chapters that they would like to return to for first invitational using the Companion App. Preferencing is a mutual selection process, meaning - 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.


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Saturday, September 5th and Sunday, September 6th will be first invitational. On the morning of Saturday, you will receive a list of a maximum of 13 chapters that you will “visit” between Saturday and Sunday through Zoom. Your list of chapters will consist of the time that each round starts, and the link to join each Zoom room. During first invitational, you will learn about each chapter’s philanthropy, and also gain access to the chapter's financial information sheets. After you have completed all of your first invitational rounds, you will submit your preferences again. 


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After a week of class, second invitational will take place on Saturday, September 12th. Similar to first invitational, PNMs will receive their lists through the Companion app in the morning with a maximum of 7 chapters. The set-up will be the same as first invite - PNMs will receive their list with the time that each round starts, and a link to enter the Zoom room. During second invite, PNMs will learn a little bit about chapter values and the sisterhood of each chapter. On the evening of September 12th, PNMs will preference the two chapters that they want to attend for third invitational, or preference round. 


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The final round of formal recruitment will be on Sunday, September 13th. Each PNM will visit up to two chapters and at the end of the day, they will submit their final preferences. Bid day will be the following evening on Monday, September 14th, marking the end of formal recruitment. The details of both of these events are still being worked out. 


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I hope this helped to give you all some information on formal recruitment 2020 and answer some of the questions that you have had. All decisions that we have made and will continue to make are for the health and safety of our students, staff,  and faculty. As we get more information and make further plans, we will regularly update the recruitment tab at, as well as our social media accounts. As always, you can email with any recruitment questions or concerns. I am looking forward to meeting all of you come September! 

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University of illinois

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Champaign, IL 61820

(217) 333-7062

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