Even though I am caught up in my own little SEC world I do keep an ear to the ground on recruitment around the USA.  I thought it would be fun to list the various recruitment events that are now open for registration.   For over 4 million young women in the United States sorority life is or will become an important part of what defines them as a sister, mother, aunt, friend, professional, educator, alumnae.  So check it out!  For those of you who are already registered the count down process has begun.  For those of you who are trying to make a decision about whether sorority life is for you here’s a quote from a young woman from Eastern Kentucky University: What a sorority is……

“It’s a group of girls who both have similar values and couldn’t be more different at the same time. The thing I love about is that we are all so involved in whatever it is that we are passionate about. Whether it is student council, different causes, certain academic areas, the social aspect or any other areas that one could be very passionate about. You have a group of women there to support and love you, cheering you on at anything you do as well as to be there to tell you if something maybe wasn’t such a great idea or to be your shoulder to cry on or to laugh with you no matter what it is about.”

Junior, Eastern Kentucky University


Ole Miss Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment 2012

Registration for Sorority Rush should begin mid-May.

Recruitment Dates: Sunday, September 16 – Sunday, September 23, 2012.

Open House (Ice Water Parties) will be on August 26th.

Convocation will be on Sunday, September 16th. Rounds will begin on Wednesday, September 19th.

– Philanthropy Rounds on September 19th and 20th.

– Skit Parties on September 21st.

– Preference Parties on the 22nd.

Bid Day will be on Sunday, September 23.

Panhellenic Council http://dos.orgsync.com/org/umpanhel/

Greek Life http://dos.orgsync.com/greek

Chapters on Campus
Alpha Omicron Pi
Chi Omega
Delta Delta Delta
Delta Gamma
Kappa Alpha Theta
Kappa Delta
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Phi Mu
Pi Beta Phi

U of South Carolina Fall 2012 Recruitment DatesMove in Day- Saturday, August 18th
Freshman Convocation/ Sorority Recruitment Orientation- Sunday, August 19th
First Year Reading Experience (no recruitment)- Monday, August 20th
Round 1- Tuesday, August 21st-Wednesday, August 22nd
Classes*begins (no recruitment)- Thursday, August 23rd
Round 2- Friday, August 24th-Saturday, August 25th
Round 3- Sunday, August 26th
Round 4- Saturday, September 1st
Bid Day- Sunday, September 2nd

Registration will begin in May for recruitment



U of Arkansas Fall 2012 Recruitment Dates and Schedule



“Fall 2012 Schedule of Events (Tentative and subject to change)

Sat.*Aug. 11, 2012*** Move into residence halls in morning*
Sun. Aug. 12, 2012**** Orientation in early morning/Open Party
Mon. Aug. 13, 2012** Open Party * *****
Tues. Aug. 14, 2012** Philanthropy Day********
Wed. Aug. 15, 2012*** Philanthropy Day* *
Thurs. Aug. 16, 2012**House Tour Day************
Fri. Aug. 17, 2012******* House Tour Day * **** ***
Sat. Aug. 18, 2012*******Preference Day
Sun. Aug. 19, 2012***** Bid Day

How To Register:
2012 Panhellenic Recruitment Registration will open on or around June 1st, 2012.

***Please note that registering with a local Alumnae Panhellenic for letters of recommendation does not register you for recruitment at the University of Arkansas.* In order to participate in U of A Recruitment, you must complete the Official Panhellenic Recruitment Application online. *****

Letters of Recommendation:
For more information about letters of recommendation click the link on the Panhellenic site indicated above ^^.There is not an official deadline in which you must mail letters of recommendation, for Fall 2012 has not been set yet.* Plese do not mail letters of recommendation until registration is open on or around June 1st, 2012

University of Texas Recruitment August 21-28, 2012

Make sure you register for recruitment. Online recruitment registration begins Monday, May 21, 2012 and concludes at 5 p.m. on Monday, August 13, 2012. Paper applications will not be accepted. This is very generous window. Don’t come here on August 5 and ask about letters of recommendation, etc, because it will be too late. The time to do that is now.

Letters of Recommendation & Registration

YES you need them. So this does not turn into a three page post, if you don’t know a soul who was ever in a sorority (not likely, but there is always someone that comes here and claims that) register with your local panhellenic organization and they will help you get a letter for each house. Greek Chat is NOT the place to hunt and gather letters. In Texas, the UT Office of Greek Life lists these local organizations here…


(see how easy this is)

Now go register with them and again…THEY will help you. Please do not confuse registering with them and registering with UT as the same thing. They are different. You should register with your local alumnae first, UT second. Why? Because your LOR should be written before UT registration even opens.

Even more about LOR

Please make sure you take the resume you used to apply to UT and fancy it up and have it ready for your local panhellenic. You will need at least 14 copies of it. They are here to help you but they are not your administrative assistants. You need your transcript too. Grades matter and to UT sororities they matter even more. If your GPA is below 3.5, you will already be on the short list before recruitment even starts. You will also need two photos of yourself. A close up. A full body shot. If you are sending hard copies to someone who is writing your LOR, they will need your resume, transcript and both pictures. You will probably not get them back so do yourself a favor and upload good photos of yourself to Costco and have plenty on hand. (This should be less tan $20 and if that kills your budget, you may want to rethink sorority life) Put your name and contact information on the back of each and every one. (Note: some ladies will have you email your photos, transcript and resume. If you don’t know how to attach things to an email, you need to learn this skill A.S.A.P.)

One last note about LOR.

Please take the time to thank each and every lady that writes a letter for you. The letters take time and the good ones take research. Not thanking them is bad form. Also, make sure you drop a note after recruitment to the person who you now share a sisterhood with. She should find out from you. And if you really want to be like Emily Post, a quick email to every lady that wrote for you telling them where you pledge is always welcome.

The When and Where:

Formal recruitment always occurs the week before classes start in the fall semester. For 2012, recruitment will be held August 21-August 28, 2012 and the schedule will be as follows:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Opening Convocation @ Hogg Auditorium
8:00 PM-9:30 PM

(If you are living in SRD or Hardin, this will be your move in day also. Get to your dorm early..if they say move in starts at 9:00, get there at 8 or earlier, get your stuff done and find time to chill before convocation. Look nice, but you don’t have to get dressed up. Girls will be in everything from Nike shorts to sundresses but make sure your hair looks nice and you have make up on if you normally wear it.)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Open House Day 1
10:00 AM-7:00 PM

(For both Open House days, you will be given a T-shirt to pair up with khaki shorts. They recommend tennis shoes, but many, many girls will wear sperry’s or sandals, and wear a belt. It just looks more finished)

Thursday, August 23, 2012
Open House Day 2
8:30 AM-2:30 PM

First Round of selections this afternoon

Friday, August 24, 2012
Pick Up schedules from counselors @ 11:00 AM (Your counselor and your group will have pre-determined meeting locations….typically in or around Hogg)

Philanthropy Day 1
12:20 PM-9:35 PM


Saturday, August 25, 2012
8:30 AM-4:15 PM

Second round of selections this afternoon. This selection narrows the houses down to a maximum of 6.

Sunday, August 26, 2012
Pick Up schedules from counselors @ 12:30 PM (again, max schedule of 6 houses)

Skit Night

(Dress like you would wear to a graduation or early evening wedding)

Third round of selections this evening. PNMs are deciding which houses they would like to preference. This of course does not mean this is what they get.

Monday, August 27, 2012
Pick up schedules from counselors @ 3:30 PM (max schedule of 3….but remember…it only takes one)

Preference Night
(Black Dresses….think “Little Black Dress” think classy)

PNMs make their final selections after the parties. Rank houses 1-2-3 if applicable.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Bid Day @ 5:00 PM Hogg Auditorium-
Recruitment counselor’s house affiliations will be revealed and girls will join their new member classes and walk as a group to their respective houses. (A note about Moms. UT has not branched into family bid day as of yet, but more and more moms have been attending as of late.

University of Arizona Recruitment Dates

Per the UofA Greek web sitehttp://arizonagreek.orgsync.com/recruitment

Panhellenic Formal Sorority Recruitment will be Sunday August 12- Sunday August 19th 2012.

LSU Fall 2012 Recruitment Dates (Louisiana State U)

LSU Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment 2012Recruitment Dates: August 11 – August 19

Recruitment begins on Saturday August 11, 2012 at the LSU Student Union Theatre. There will be an optional Convocation for parents at 2pm, followed by a mandatory Convocation for potential members at 4pm. PMs will meet with their Gamma Chi immediately following PM convocation.

For more info see


U of Georgia
Fall formal recruitment 2012http://panhellenic.uga.edu/recruit/index.html

When is Recruitment?
Recruitment 2012 will begin on Tuesday, August 7 with Recruitment Orientation and end on Monday, August 13 with Bid Day.

There is no due date for letters of recommendation but we encourage them to be mailed by August first.

Here are some important dates for Recruitment 2012:

Friday, July 27– Official disaffiliation for Recruitment Counselors, no further contact with Potential New Members

Sunday, July 29 – In-house girls can move in, special groups can begin practicing

Wednesday, August 1 – Chapter workshops may begin

Tuesday, August 7 – Potential New Members move in, Recruitment Orientation

Wednesday, August 8 – Round One (Open House)

Thursday, August 9 – Round One (Open House)

Friday, August 10 – Round Two (House Tours)

Saturday, August 11 – Round Three (Philanthropy)

Sunday, August 12 – Preferential Round

Monday, August 13– First day of UGA class, New Member Day

burn Fall 2012 Recruitment Dates

Auburn (AL)Fall Formal Recruitment Dates: August 7-13, 2012


U of Kentucky Fall 2012 Recruitment Dates

Hi irishpipes and other GCers — another set of dates to help with the “SEC info” hunger pangs:U of Kentucky Fall 2012 Dates

Fall Formal Sorority Recruitment: August 11-16, 2012


The University of Alabama
August 12 thru the 18th
Sunday & Monday, August 12th – 13th, 2012

Tuesday & Wednesday, August 14th – 15th, 2012

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Saturday, August18th, 2012

to register: http://alabama.theginsystem.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46&Itemid=41

Ok…enough for today.  More to come!!!  Exciting times :).