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Hailey Wilt | hwilt@radford.edu

Formal Sorority Recruitment:

With the start of yet another fall semester at Radford University also brings the annual Panhellenic formal recruitment. On September 7, the Preston Auditorium was filled with female students interested in formally rushing for Radford’s seven social organizations. The organizations take months in advance to prepare for these few days to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

For the readers who are not aware, formal Panhellenic recruitment is when each social sorority is recruiting new members to welcome them into their organization. The National Panhellenic Council is made up of 26 international female organizations and was founded in 1902. Radford University’s seven organizations are proud members of this council and thrive to contribute their share to the progress of Radford’s community. September 7 began with Convocation which in-itself is a meeting of possible new members with the Recruitment Councilors and the executive board of the Panhellenic Council on campus.

The seven social Greek organizations include Alpha Sigma Alpha, Alpha Sigma Tau, Delta Zeta, Phi Sigma Sigma, Sigma Kappa, Sigma Sigma Sigma, and Zeta Tau Alpha. Alpha Sigma Alpha was established on November 15, 1901, at Longwood University and their purpose is to foster close friendships between their members. Alpha Sigma Tau was established back on November 4, 1899, in Ypsilanti, Michigan and recently adopted a new philanthropy called the Women’s Wellness Initiative based around helping women around the world. Delta Zeta was created on October 24, 1902, whose philanthropy is to assist the speech and to hearing impaired and they consistently raise money to help those in need.

Phi Sigma Sigma was founded on November 26, 1913, and they have their foundation that donates to school readiness for young children. Sigma Kappa was founded at Colby College in Waterville, Maine on November 4, 1874, and their philanthropy is based on assisting in Alzheimer’s disease research, Inherit the Earth, Maine Sea Coast Mission, as well as gerontology research. Sigma Sigma Sigma philanthropy revolves around “Sigma Serves Children” as well as funded therapy programs at the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and they were founded on April 20, 1898. Finally, Zeta Tau Alpha was founded on Oct 15, 1898, and they help the NFL with “Race for the Cure” and have annual breast cancer awareness drives on Radford’s campus.

This year’s recruitment was planned differently than previous years in that it was scheduled on the weekend on September 7 to September 12 with the last day is Tuesday. Each day of formal recruitment has a theme that each sorority uses to allow a deeper look into their organization. The first day was ‘open house’ where every sorority was given the same shirt in order be more unified. The second day was ‘sisterhood day’ in which the organizations expressed more of their sisterhood and their values as sisters. The following day was ‘philanthropy day’ where the core philanthropic events are covered, and the possible new members learn more about community service. The final organized day is ‘pref’ night, where the possible new members only have around two parties to attend so each one is more in depth with the rituals and the ceremony’s the organization holds.

The one day that both active sisters and possible new members cannot wait for is September 12 because of ‘Bid Day.’ Bid Day is the day in which the potential new members and the recruitment councilors run home to their organizations. Fall 2017’s formal Panhellenic recruitment is full of new and exciting rules and regulations that have helped dozens of young Radford women find their families and their sisters on campus.

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