Check-In & Orientation
Sunday, August 4th
Check-in and orientation for recruitment will be held in Smith Hall, Claudia Crosby Theater. There you will meet the Panhellenic officers and Recruitment counselors, go over the rules of recruitment and how you enter your preferences into the computer system. You will also meet with your recruitment group. The women going through recruitment will be divided into two groups. One group will go to Philanthropy day events at the sorority houses on Tuesday, and the other group will have free time to set up their residence hall and run errands. On Wednesday, the two groups will switch itineraries.
Monday, August 5th & Tuesday, August 6th
Service and giving to others is the theme for this day. You will be visiting each sorority for 35 minutes, and you will want to ask the members about their sorority. You will be greeted by the sorority members with a song as you enter their chapter house. A sorority member will greet you at the door and introduce you to many of the members. Be prepared to tell them about yourself. The sororities will guide you through an arts and crafts project that they will use for their philanthropy. Please note that you will be going to five events this day. On this day, you will be provided a Philanthropy t-shirt to wear with shorts, capris or skirts.
Sisterhood and Values Day
Wednesday, August 7th & Thursday, August 8th
You should be thinking about which sorority would be the most comfortable “home away from home” for you. Take a good look at how the women of the sorority interact with one another. Is the bond of sisterhood strong? A nice dress or skirt and blouse is appropriate. This is your special time to communicate one-on-one with the sorority women. The conversation is longer and more meaningful. You should begin to look for certain qualities in the sororities and their members. You will meet your recruitment counselor at 8:45 a.m. at a designated place on sorority hill, and she will give you a schedule for the day. On this day you will be scheduled to attend various parties with a limit to four different sororities. Dress is more formal than is required for Philanthropy Day.
Friday, August 9th
Preference events are the most serious of all those held during membership recruitment week. Sorority members begin to introduce you to their bonds of sisterhood. By Preference Day, you will be thinking seriously about which sorority is best for you and you may take part in a special ceremony. Your hostess may talk privately with you about your feelings toward the sorority and answer any final questions you may have, helping you in your decision making process. During this time, you should listen carefully to what the women tell you about their ideals of sisterhood. Listen to what they say, for these women are revealing to you the strong characteristics of their sorority. Ask the women what their sorority means to them. This is a very serious event, where the atmosphere is serene. You will meet with your recruitment counselor at 12:45 p.m. at a designated place on sorority hill, and she will give you a schedule for the day. You will be scheduled for parties that day and the most sororities that you can attend is two. Sunday dresses are worn on this day.
Saturday, August 10th
The last event of membership recruitment is Bid Day. You may receive an invitation to join or your Recruitment Counselor may tell you that you did not receive a bid. If your bid did not match, you are eligible for continuous open bidding. All potential members will gather in the Elm Street Gym at 11:00 a.m. to receive their bid and to walk to sorority hill no later than 11:30 a.m. Friends and family should be on Sorority Hill by 11:00 a.m. to view Bid Day. Friends and family are not allowed in the Elm Street Gym during the distribution of bids. Each sorority will host an event for their new members that evening. You may be obligated to pay pledge fees this night. You will also meet with your new member educator that evening. She will go over a schedule with you that you will follow for the next couple of days. If you are a new freshman, be sure to plan to attend Odyssey convocation with your new member class on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 14th, 2016. If your parents will be attending, they are welcome to go with your new member class. We encourage you to wear a Troy t-shirt and casual shorts.