So while checking out all my resources that I read in order to bring you all the up to the minute recruitment advice I came across 2 more workshops scheduled and a great mini workshop that I am going to hijack and put up for those of you who want to participate.

First of all the two new workshops…

Texas LOVES to have these workshops and so no surprise that Katy, Texas will also be hosting one! FYI>>>>IT”S TOMORROW!!!!!!  FEBRUARY 4th….

********Greater Katy TX Alumnae Panhellenic (GKAP)

THIS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4th – Recruitment Roundtable – 7- 8 p.m. at Woodcreek Junior High – 1801 Woodcreek Bend.LGI room. Please park in the back parking lot. We will walk through the entire recruitment process. Senior women and mothers are welcome.

STYLE SHOW LUNCHEON AND PACKET TURN IN – Saturday, April 4th – 11 – 1 p.m. at Cinco Ranch Golf Club. All local potential new members and their mothers are welcome. The cost is $35 dollars with the proceeds going to fund GKAP scholarships. Fashions for sorority recruitment will be modeled. For more information contact Jan Pierce at cincopierces@hotmail.com or Cheryl Woltemate at cwoltemate@sbcglobal.net.

PREFERRED PACKET TURN IN – Monday, May 6th – 7 – 8 p.m. Woodcreek Junior High – LGI room. 1801 Woodcreek Bend.

GO GREEK AND FINAL PACKET TURN IN – Monday, May 20th –7 – 8 p.m. Woodcreeek Junior High – potential new members only, please. (No moms! ) Active sorority women from many campuses will discuss recruitment and answer questions. Scholarship winners will be announced.

To access our recruitment booklet – http://www.katypanhellenic.org/Recruitment.html

this link does not seem to be up and running yet…maybe after the program tomorrow night.
********Little Rock, AR

2-4 PM
Sunday, April 7th
Donaghey Student Center, Ledbetter Rooms A,B, and C
University of Arkansas, Little Rock
http://gogreeklittlerock.com/sororit…ment-workshop/

Come early to avoid parking issues.

presented by the Greater Little Rock Alumnae Panhellenic Association
Room Provided by the UALR College Panhellenic Council

So now onto the mini workshop…..While browsing yesterday and checking out what I considered to be the “big” markets in sorority recruitment I happened upon the Atlanta Panhellenic Association website : http://www.atlantapanhellenic.org/…(my site is having a bit of trouble with links..if this link doesn’t work you will have to copy and paste into your browser….am working on it..not a technical guru :/).  Anyway so being the curious girl I am and also knowing that Atlanta would most definitely be a great source os sorority recruitment information I decided to browse.
Apparently they annually put on a program called College 101..and yep..you guessed it, the main focus is on sorority recruitment.  Sadly, the dates for this years program are not up yet but a variety of resources  from last years program are available.  You can guess what I did for a chunk of time before we hit the road to go down and watch the Mizzou basketball game :).
So…if you go to the website and click on Recruitment on the left hand side it will direct you to their page all about sorority recruitment (ta da!!!!).  Once on the recruitment page look to your upper left.  Listed are 7 bullet points on various aspects and information pertaining to recruitment.  Take time to go to each area and read what is there for the offering.
The second bullet point is called “Recruitment Syllabus On Line”.  It states that it’s about an hour-long and its kind of the “best of the best” short clips from their panel discussion during their College 101 presentation from last year.  I thought that this was great but was disappointed because only two sections would load so hang in there and watch them. If you are a newbie to recruitment and have no Greek family members it will give you some information and answer some questions that you might have.  It’s kind of like going to your own mini workshop :).
I felt that the second panel clip where the sorority alum talks about suggestions for a successful recruitment was great!!!  I loved the analogy she used to house hunting.  On many large, competitive recruitment campuses PNMs will visit 15, 16, 17 or more houses in a two-day period.  Usually the time spent in the house is about 20 minutes from the beginning of the door song to the last PNM out the door.  After about 6 or so they all begin to look the same.  Her suggestion (and mine as well) is to keep either a little notebook and pen or your recruitment guide in your recruitment bag that you are taking from house to house.  In the few minutes or if you have a break between houses spend a few minutes jotting down some notes about that particular house visit.  Trust me at the end of the day (or in some cases 2 days) you will be able to go back and reference your notes.  You will then be able to rank your houses accordingly.  REMEMBER…..ALWAYS write down every house you visit, even if you did not feel a connection.  We call this maximizing your options and to have a successful recruitment you need to do this.  You also need to remember that there is the possibility that a house that you ranked in your lower order may come back up into your party schedule. It is common to be disappointed but I would urge you to welcome the opportunity to visit this house for a second time with open arms.  You may not have felt a connection the first visit but I hear over and over from girls who go back for a second look and are surprised to find that they do make a connection.  You also need to remember that this house was not “forced” to ask you back but rather they saw a connection with you and wanted to further explore it.
As you continue to watch this video clip you will hear the panel member say the mantra that I have listed on this blog.  Be true to yourself.  Keep and open mind.  Maximize your options.  If you have prepared for recruitment (getting recs, looking your best) and you do the above you will have a successful recruitment.
If you go back to the recruitment page of the website there are several other bullet points that are worth exploring.  It’s my opinion that their “Three steps for recruitment success” is right on.

Three Steps to Recruitment Success

If you are interested in becoming a member of a National Panhellenic Conference Sorority, you should do the following:

  • STEP 1 – Register for Membership Recruitment with your College Panhellenic.Registration form and information should be included in your college registration packet or on the college/university website. Each college/university has a deadline for registration, so register as soon as possible.Each campus has individual rules and procedures to guide the potential new members through the recruitment process. Check with your college for their additional requirements and deadlines as soon as possible.
  • STEP 2 – Prepare a resume. Things to include would be your full name and contact information both home and campus address, if you know it, phone numbers, your parents names and address if different than yours, date of birth, high school name and address, high school honors/awards and activities, community activities, GPA, class rank, SAT/ACT scores, jobs held, hobbies, etc. Also list any Greek-affiliated members of your family, including fraternities.Attach a recent casual picture of yourself. Pictures are not a requirement but highly recommended. It is suggested if you choose to include a picture it should be recently taken showing you as you would look during recruitment. The sorority members will use the picture to identify you during recruitment.
  • STEP 3 – Obtain letter of reference/recommendation/RIF. This is a letter prepared by alumna to the collegiate chapter introducing you to her group. It is best to have a personal connection with the alumna you are asking to write this letter. It is the responsibility of the alumna to obtain her sorority form, complete and submit it according to her group’s requirements. Also present your resume and photo to the alumna.

At the bottom is the following statement:

REMEMBER: It is the responsibility of the sorority members and NOT the potential new member to obtain references/recommendations. However, it is to your advantage to network among family, friends, teachers, and acquaintances to secure your own references/ recommendations. By doing so you are assured it is likely to be more personal.

To those who are not familiar with the recruitment process this “sounds” like you really don’t have to get recommendations. WRONG!!!!!!!!  What this statement says that if a sorority wants to bid a girl and they do not have a rec for her it is up to them to get her a rec.  It does not mean that IF you are going through recruitment at a competitive recruitment school that you do not need to find recs. YOU DO!!!!!! Of course they encourage you to get recs that are personal in nature but if you can’t then a a generic, info only rec is ok.

As I am sitting at my computer finishing up this post, to my left is my Mary Engelbreit calendar….the positive message across the top says ” Follow your heart….but take your brain with you!”  I think this should each and every PNMs inspiration fro recruitment this year :).

So that’s the mini workshop for today…..off to put the final touches on my super bowl eats and treats.

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