Tips for potential new members

Recruitment can be overwhelming. With over 25 organizations to choose from, there are many different aspects to consider when picking your organization.

Rush Multiple Chapters

There are plenty of options when it comes to chapters to choose from here at Tech. Make sure to get as much information from the FSL showcase to find out when and where the recruitment events are. Even if you have some in mind, don’t be afraid to attend other events you did not originally think of.

Have Meaningful Conversations

Dive deeper when getting to know brothers. Ignore hanging on the demographics and find out what makes them who they are and why they chose fraternity life. It is important to find the organization that aligns with your values, and asking the right questions will help you discover that.

Don't Drink

Alcohol during any recruitment event is prohibited. All events should not have any alcohol provided at them nor should they provide the potential new member with any alcohol.

There Is Always Next Semester

Virginia Tech IFC has both Fall and Spring recruitment during each academic year. If the potential new member does not feel ready to join an organization quite yet, there is always the option to join one the following semester. Withholding and learning more about chapter’s members or philanthropy can be very beneficial in finding the right chapter for you.

Ask Questions

Recruitment can be overwhelming at times and it always helps to ask. If a potential new member is ever unsure about where to go, what something means, or wants to find out more information, ask. A great resource is the chapter’s Recruitment Chair or President. In addition, the Fraternity and Sorority life office, Located in New Hall West, is always there to answer questions. Feel free to send an email to virginiatechifc@gmail.com if a potential new member needs assistance.

Don't Form Stereotypes

Successful potential new members ignore what others say about specific chapters and form their own opinions from interaction with that chapter. It is important to not take what is said through the grapevine as truth and go talk to different chapters to discover what they are all about.

Be Yourself

Picking the right chapter for a potential new member involves having the PNM’s values align with those of the organization’s. In other words, the choices and actions of the members of the organization on a day to day basis should hit home with the PNM. It is important that the organization of interest matches what the PNM believes in and that the PNM does not try to match what the organization of interest believes in.

Register on HokieSpa

When you are ready to join an organization as a new member, it is essential that the new member signs up via hokiespa in order to receive a bid. To do so, log onto HokieSpa and under the Student Organizations Menu, add Fraternity and Sorority Life to your profile. Then, go to Squires on Bid Acceptance day to make the final decision about which organization you will choose!

GREEK LIFE DEFINITIONS

Active

A fully initiated member of a fraternity or sorority

Alumni

sorority or fraternity members who are no longer active members of a collegiate chapter and have left in good standing with organization

Associate/New Member

an uninitiated member of a fraternity or sorority that is in the process of joining a chapter

Badge

the fraternity or sorority membership insignia

Bid

an invitation to join a fraternity or sorority

Big Brother/Big Sister

active member assigned to be the personal mentor for a new member

Chapter

a campus-based organization of a national or international sorority or fraternity

Charter

documentation that an individual chapter is recognized and operates according to the national organization

Colony

a newly formed affiliate of a national organization that has not yet received its charter; the organizing members of a colony are often referred to as founders

Continuous Open Bidding (COB)

process of extending bids on an individual basis that is outside of the formal recruitment process

Formal Sorority Recruitment

a membership recruitment period during which a series of organized events are held by each National Panhellenic Conference sorority; organized and implemented by the Panhellenic Leadership

Fraternity/Sorority

a group of men or women who are bound together by ritual ties, beliefs, common goals, and values

Fraternity and Sorority Life

a department of Virginia Tech that advises four governing councils: Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Panhellenic Council and the United Council of Fraternities and Sororities

Fraternity and Sorority Life

a department of Virginia Tech that advises four governing councils: Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Panhellenic Council and the United Council of Fraternities and Sororities

Initiation

a traditional ritual that brings an associate/new member into full membership of the fraternity or sorority

Intake

the membership recruitment and induction process for the National Pan-Hellenic Council and some of the United Council of Fraternities and Sororities

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

the representative governing body of all men’s North-American Interfraternity Conference fraternities

Legacy

someone whose mother, father, sister, or brother is a member of a particular Greek-letter organization

Line

term sometimes used by various culturally based Greek organizations to refer to the members who join during the same semester

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

the representative governing body for the nine traditionally African-American fraternities and sororities

National Panhellenic Conference (NPC)

the conference composed of 26 national women’s fraternities, each of which is autonomous as a general, Greek-letter society of college women, undergraduates, and alumnae

New Member Educator

a liaison between the new members and the chapter who is responsible for implementing and monitoring the new member program and preparing the new members for initiation

North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC)

the trade association representing 75 international and national men’s fraternities

Panhellenic Council (PHC)

a council of elected officers and delegates from Virginia Tech’s National Panhellenic Conference sororities; the Panhellenic Council governs the Panhellenic Association

Philanthropy

charitable projects connected with local or national causes

Potential New Member (PNM)

a student who is not yet affiliated with a chapter as either an associate/pledge or initiated member

Recommendation/Reference

a letter of form written by an alumni/alumna member recommending a Potential New Member to a fraternity or sorority; recommendations are generally not required at Virginia Tech

Recruitment

process of recruiting new members

Ritual

the beliefs and standards of a fraternal organization, which governs their purpose; some ritual activities may be closed to non-initiated members

United Council of Fraternities and Sororities (UCFS)

the council that governs our multicultural and special-interest fraternities and sororities