Panhellenic Formal Recruitment begins today! Are you one of the many women who are back on campus for recruitment, or just curious about what exactly recruitment is? The following letter from Senior Assistant Dean Timothy Wilkinson, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, offers a great explanation of the recruitment process and includes advice for women participating in recruitment as well.
Panhellenic Formal Recruitment is a process that Lehigh’s Panhellenic Council coordinates with the assistance of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. The Formal Recruitment process is similar to sorority recruitment processes across the nation. Each college campus works with the National Panhellenic Conference on a recruitment process that allows each Potential New Member (“PNM”) to meet and get to know each chapter, as well as each chapter to get to know each new member. Known as a “mutual selection process” Formal Recruitment allows each women, and each chapter to make mutually beneficial recruitment decisions.
Advice for going through Panhellenic Recruitment:
1. “PNM’s” are each matched up to a Rho Gamma, or Recruitment Counselor. Rho Gamma’s are members of Panhellenic Sororities that have disaffiliated from their chapter for Formal Recruitment in order to assist with recruitment. Rho Gamma’s have been training on the recruitment process, and are a great source of advice, understanding and counsel.
2. Understand the “mutual selection process”: Each of the chapters at Lehigh is only allowed to invite a certain number of women to join their ranks. This is known as “quota” and is a number that is provided to the chapters by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs in conjunction with the National Panhellenic Conference. Lehigh’s Formal Recruitment normally averages roughly 300 women, with each chapter having an average “quota” of 25 to 30 women. Chapters can never invite as many women as they would like, and have to make difficult decisions. The more sororities that “PNM’s” get to know, the better they will feel about their options later in the week.
3. Get to know which chapter is best for you: Formal Recruitment allows women to find the best chapter for them, not for their friends or residence hall floor mates. Ask questions about topics such as the financial commitments for joining the chapter; how involvement in the chapter makes for a better campus leadership experience; and what are the specifics of the new member process.
4. Read Accreditation Reports: Each chapter has a five year history of their successes and challenges, and this information is available right on the web! If you go to http://www.lehigh.edu/ofsa/reports.shtml. You can read up on all the chapters in the five areas of Accreditation, Intellectual Development, Community Development, Leadership Development, Organizational Development, and Facilities Management. These are the facets of a great chapter, and you can learn all about it.
5. Have fun! Formal Recruitment is a whirlwind! Don’t be afraid to laugh, have fun, meet as many people as possible and enjoy it! Our Panhellenic Community is truly one of the best in the nation, and we hope that you all find a place in it!
Senior Assistant Dean of Students
Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs