information booklet! - University of North Carolina Wilmington

Dear Potential New Members,
Let us begin by congratulating you on your acceptance to the University of
North Carolina at Wilmington! We are so excited to have you and can not wait
to see what amazing additions you will make to our wonderful campus. We
are so glad you have shown interest in going through Panhellenic Formal
Recruitment, participating could be one of the best and most impactful
decisions you make during your time as a Seahawk. We understand that the
recruitment process can be an overwhelming and confusing one, that is why
we have created a guide to each sorority to help you understand further who
you are meeting when you are meeting them. We have also trained a group of
sorority women, Gamma Chi’s, to help guide you through the process as well.
If you have any questions feel free to approach any and every Gamma Chi on
campus. They are eager to help and will be there with you every step of the
way. Good luck Seahawks, we can’t wait to watch your soar!
Alpha Chi Omega, ΑΧΩ
 Philanthropy: Domestic Violence
 Founded in 1885
 Colonized at UNC-Wilmington in
 Chapter Colors: Scarlet and Olive Green
 Mascot: The Lyre
 Dues for first year are $1,033
Alpha Chi Omega
When I made the decision to come to UNCW I didn’t know a single
person. Needless to say, I was nervous! But, I knew that joining a
sorority would mean I’d get the chance to meet friends and make the
most out of college. Recruitment was a whirlwind of excitement, fun,
and decisions! It was obvious that it was the perfect place to find a solid
group of friends! What I didn’t realize at that time was that I would find
so much more…I would find a home full of sisters who would love me
My bid day was the start of a long awaited journey. That day, I ran home
to the most supportive, caring, and fun-loving group of women that I
could’ve ever imagined. Since then, I have jumped head first into Alpha
Chi Omega. With the encouragement of my sisters, I have found the
strength to become a leader and the woman I have always wanted to be.
These genuine, kindhearted girls remind me every day why I fell in love
with this sisterhood. I will never forget that day of recruitment when I
walked into a room full of 100 Alpha Chi Omegas and came out on
cloud nine. My heart knew where I belonged and I have felt the same
ever since.
- Jordan Holmes, Junior
Alpha Delta Pi, ΑΔΠ
 Philanthropy: Ronald McDonald House
 Founded in 1851
 Colonized at UNC-Wilmington in 1983
 Chapter Colors: Azure Blue and White
 Mascot: Alphie the Lion
 Dues for first year are $710
Alpha Delta Pi
"I always knew that I wanted to be in a sorority but I never knew what it
would come to mean to me. I think that, as women, we are put in this
world in order to be support systems and sisters to one another. Alpha
Delta Pi has definitely shown herself worthy of the title sisterhood .The
word sister has come to mean different things to me over this past year.
It was hard at first to call all of my sorority sisters "sisters" because I had
only ever known the bond of a blood sister. But as this past year
progressed I learned the true meaning of sisterhood.. I never would have
made it through my first year of college if it wasn't for the constant love
and care from 100 girls that were once -not long ago- strangers. The
bond that we share is truly special. It always seems that when something
so great happens in your life you always want to tell anyone who will
listen. That is how I feel about Alpha Delta Pi. I wear my letters with
pride and could talk about what they means to me for days! I want to
continue to serve my chapter in return for all that it does for me. And
my hope as we get new members this fall is that they will find the home
that I did. In the Eta Alpha chapter I have found some of my best
friends, the best listening ears, shoulders to cry on, and hearts to laugh
with. I am so lucky to have found all of these things in a group of
women that I am truly honored to call my sisters!" -Kellie Dale
Alpha Gamma Delta, ΑΓΔ
 Philanthropy: Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation
and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
 Founded in 1904
 Colonized at UNC-Wilmington in 1991
 Chapter Colors: Red, Buff, and Green
 Mascot: Squirrel
 Dues for the first year are $970
Alpha Gamma Delta
Four short years ago I made what would become one of the best
decisions of my collegiate career. As an incoming freshman I chose to
“Go Greek” through fall recruitment and my life has been changed by
this resolution everyday since. As a sister of Alpha Gamma Delta, I
have had constant encouragement to be the best version of myself. I
have become a more confident and ambitious individual and have
attained goals I could not have even imagined having as a freshman.
Through Alpha Gamma Delta I was given a network on the UNC
Wilmington campus that gave me the opportunity to become involved in
everything from studying abroad to a professional fraternity. Through
this involvement I having held various leadership roles around campus
and have learned to never fear the power that comes with those roles
but to respect it. I have learned that organization and preparation are
critical, honest and transparent leaders are often the best and that
sometimes the right decision is the hardest. Most notably, my time spent
in Alpha Gamma Delta has taught me the true meaning of love through
friendship and sisterhood. It has encouraged me to not only continue to
appreciate the wonderful best friends I have gained in college, but also
to cherish every minute I have with the people that I choose surround
myself with. The Theta Mu chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta has a
cultivating and loving culture that values each of our members for their
unique characteristics. –Clair White, Senior
Alpha Phi, ΑΦ
 Philanthropy: Alpha Phi Foundation
 Founded in 1872
 Colonized at UNC-Wilmington in 1989
 Chapter Colors: Silver and Bordeaux
 Mascot: Phi Bear and Ivy
 Dues for first year are $1,111
Alpha Phi
Alpha Phi has played a very significant role in all of my successes at
UNCW. I accredit my confidence to strive for excellence in all that I do
to the Eta Xi chapter of Alpha Phi. As a freshman, I learned that to
reach success confidence was crucial, I learned this skill through
becoming a chapter officer and eventually an executive member. After
holding these positions, I was encouraged by my sisters to continue that
effort in other organizations and that is truly how I became so involved
in other various campus entities. Without the constant encouragement
and persistency by my sisters to push me into greater opportunities I
would certainly not have the motivation I have today to continue towards
superiority. Alpha Phi instills a passion for work ethic in its members and
encourages women to be all that they can be. The chapter of Eta Xi
Alpha Phi is visionary in that it sees the utmost potential in all of it’s
members and I can say that my sisters saw the potential in me and gave
me the necessary skills to achieve all that I have.
-Kayla Churchill, Senior
Alpha Xi Delta, ΑΞΔ
 Philanthropy: Autism Speaks
 Founded in 1893
 Colonized at UNC-Wilmington
in 1987
 Chapter Colors: Blue and Gold
 Mascot: Bear
 Dues for first year are $849.50
Alpha Xi Delta
"Alpha Xi Delta is the reason I am still to this day a
proud Seahawk. Without these beautiful women I
don't know where I would be. With the love and
support from every sister I never knew I needed,
and memories I never dreamed I would make,
Alpha Xi Delta became not only a sorority, but it
also became my home. Alpha Xi Delta has made
me apart of something larger than myself and
stands for everything I believe in. It is guiding me
into the woman I want to become and I’m having a
wonderful time along the way. With the endless love
and support from all of these women I was able to
realize my full potential and continue to honor the
values set forth by the women who made this whole
experience possible. If you had the chance to be
incredible, why not take it?" -Jordan Hall, Junior
Chi Omega, ΧΩ
 Philanthropy: The Make-A-Wish
 Founded in 1895
 Colonized at UNC-Wilmington
in 1990
 Chapter Colors: Cardinal and Straw
 Mascot: The Owl
 Dues for first year are $1,105
Chi Omega
When I came to UNCW in the fall of 2011, I was so excited to
begin my college journey but equally as nervous. I knew that I
wanted to go through the recruitment process, as my older sister
had been in a sorority at her college. Recruitment weekend was an
adventure in itself- I met awesome new people and learned more
about all that UNCW had to offer through Greek Life. When I
received my bid from Chi Omega I was thrilled. In the weeks after
recruitment, I began to feel more homesick than ever. I had a new
sisterhood and already formed great friendships but I still missed all
the comforts of home. Feeling embarrassed that I was not 100%
loving college, I confided in my new sisters. Pledge sisters reassured
me that what I was feeling was normal, while older sisters were
quick to share their experiences and express the home they found in
Chi O. Now, four years later, I could not be more grateful for
everything Chi Omega has given me. Without Chi Omega I doubt
that I would still be at UNCW. With a group as diverse as Chi O, I
know there is always someone to count on, something to do, or
somewhere to go. Chi Omega has inspired me to try new things, be
a better leader, and always show the support and love that others
have shown me. -Hannah Ashley
Delta Zeta, ΔΖ
 Philanthropy: The Painted Turtle Camp, Speech
and Hearing: The Starkey Hearing
Foundation, Gallaudet University and the House
Research Institute.
 Founded in 1902
 Colonized at UNC-Wilmington in 1979
 Chapter Colors: Rose and Green
 Mascot: Turtle
 Dues for first year are: $912.41
Delta Zeta
Joining a sorority was never something I had put a
lot of thought into, but during the course of my freshman year,
I became friends with a lot of the girls in Delta Zeta. I ultimately
rushed the following spring semester, and I am so grateful that I
did. I was originally apprehensive that I wasn’t a “sorority girl,”
but soon realized that Delta Zeta wasn’t about fitting into a
stereotype. It was a place where I could be myself, and each one
of these women welcomed me with open arms. College is a time
when you start realizing what you want to accomplish as you
start discovering who you are as a whole. Being part of Delta
Zeta has given me the confidence that no matter what I decide
to get involved in, I have strong, passionate women standing
behind me offering strength, support, guidance, and advice
about any and everything. As cheesy as this sounds, I truly found
everything I needed in my life in Delta Zeta. I can only hope that
each one of you can find a place that you can call home as
proudly as I call Delta Zeta mine.
-Mary Katherine DeVane
Phi Mu, ΦΜ
 Philanthropy: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
 Founded in 1852
 Colonized at UNC-Wilmington
in 1968
 Chapter Colors: Rose and White
 Mascot: Lion
 Dues for first year are $844.50
Phi Mu
Me? A sorority girl? Never. I never thought of myself as being the stereotypical
sorority girl. But then I found out that there's nothing stereotypical about being
in Phi Mu. Every person in Phi Mu is so different. We are a diverse group of
young women from the inside out that defines our chapter, not a chapter that
defines our members. Phi Mu has made me do things that I had never thought
possible, like be an advocate for girl's rights around the worlds through
Panhellenic groups like Circle of Sisterhood, be more involved with the
community, UNCW, and even study abroad in Italy this past semester. Without
the unending support that my sisters have always shown me, I wouldn't have
had the courage to believe in myself and that's something I couldn't live
without. From keeping me involved with our chapter while I was away, to
comforting me in a time of need, even from 4,456 miles away, my sisters have
always made me feel at home even though I wasn't. Before I went abroad, my
Phi Mu suite mates came to my hometown, with handfuls of letters to give me
to read during my experience for when I was "Feeling Lonely", "Trying
Something New," etc. and while I was abroad my whole chapter even sent me a
box of hand written letters to show that they were thinking about me
throughout the semester- needless to say the other study abroad students were a
bit jealous! But then I would get to tell my friends from around the world that
don't know what sororities are, that my second best decision was studying
abroad, but my first was joining Phi Mu! Our sisterhood gives me the strength
to follow not only Phi Mu's values of Love, Honor, Truth but my dreams. I
now know that I can live a lot of other places in the world, but Phi Mu Gamma
Kappa chapter will always be my hΦΜe! –Logan Brantley
Sigma Sigma Sigma, ΣΣΣ
 Philanthropy: Robbie Page Memorial
and the Sigma Sigma Sigma
 Founded in 1898
 Colonized at UNC-Wilmington in 1992
 Chapter Colors: Royal Purple and White
 Mascot: Sailboat
 Dues for the first year are $700
Sigma Sigma Sigma
My reason for going through recruitment went far beyond simply joining an
organization. I was searching for that everlasting bond we always heard
about –sisterhood. But not only just the promise of sisterhood, I wanted the
undying support and love that are the building blocks to unforgettable
memories and friendships. By joining Tri Sigma I found all these elements
and more. Coming in as a timid freshman, Tri Sigma was able to see through
my shy exterior and recognized my potential to not only be a leader, but a
stronger woman. Through the unconditional love and support my sisters
showed me, I was encouraged to embrace that potential and become the
confident woman I am today. Even more than that, my sisters faithfully
supported me the entire way. They stuck by my side through the good and
the bad times. My sisters were there through the tears and through the
moments our cheeks ached from laughing. I opened my heart to them, and
in return I gained over a hundred new family members. Within this sorority I
found not only the confidence, courage and determination to be a better
woman, I found a group of genuine, caring women that I can count on for
anything. Most importantly, I found that promise of genuine sisterhood that
I’m confident will last far beyond graduation. Tri Sigma isn’t just for four
years, it’s for life and I can’t imagine it without my sisters by my side.
-Emily Foulke
What will being in a sorority
do for me?
Leadership opportunities
Life long friendships
Opportunity to give back to the community through service
Emphasis on scholarship
Social Opportunities
Everlasting memories
Networking opportunities to connect with national chapter
members from across the country and internationally.
What is Panhellenic Sorority
Recruitment is a week long series of rounds, coordinated by the
Panhellenic Council and the various chapters on campus, where
the chapters get to know the women of each chapter.
Panhellenic sorority recruitment is a mutual selection process full
of opportunities for prospective members to learn about the
Panhellenic sororities. It is a time for students to meet the
sorority members, ask questions.
How much does sorority
recruitment cost and where
does the money go?
The registration fee at UNC-Wilmington is $45.00. Once you
complete the online registration you will be able to pay online.
Recruitment fees pay for refreshments and food during
recruitment, and a recruitment t-shirt that you will wear for the
first few days.
What is a Gamma Chi?
A Gamma Chi, or recruitment counselor, is a woman who is
already a member of a sorority on campus who will help you
through the recruitment process by answering questions, and
guiding you through the exciting events of the week. They will
remain disaffiliated from their sorority during recruitment,
enabling them to remain impartial. Every Potential New Member
will be assigned to a group led by two or three Gamma Chi’s.
What is the commitment for
recruitment week?
Recruitment week begins on Tuesday August 26th and will continue
until Tuesday September 2nd . Every day's time commitment is
different and you will not know of which rounds you are attending and
when until you arrive each morning. If on the week days you have
conflict due to class you will be excused and can talk with your
Gamma Chi about what to do and how to proceed throughout the
week without a problem. You will have a more detailed schedule of
the week once you meet with your Gamma Chi’s.
What should I expect my
recruitment days to be like?
Recruitment can definitely be tiring both physically and emotionally.
However, it is really up to you to decide how positive a recruitment
experience you will have. A good attitude and an open mind are vital.
Remember that even though small talk may become tedious and
repetitive, every chapter visit is a new experience. Approach even the
last chapter of the day with an open mind and good attitude; it could
be the right one for you!
How do sororities decide who
they invite back to their
As the number of chapters you see is reduced day to day, so is the
number of women each sorority is allowed to invite back. Everyone
who participates in recruitment has something different to offer a
sorority, but sororities must release some potential new members,
just as you will have to make decisions about some sororities. In
deciding which potential new member to invite back and which to
dismiss, each chapter has its own process. Great lengths are taken
by chapters to ensure a fair process and equal consideration for each
potential new member.
What should I talk about at
the rounds?
It is important for you to be yourself during recruitment and let the
conversation flow naturally. The sororities are presenting themselves to
you just as you are presenting yourself to them. The conversation should
go both ways. Asking questions is encouraged. As you go from one day
to the next, conversations will become more in-depth and involved.
Remember that you have to narrow your choice of sororities each round.
Therefore, collect enough information to comfortable make these
How do I choose between
different chapters?
Difficult decisions are a common dilemma. Potential new members
however, shouldn’t look at this as a problem. Most women would
probably be happy in several sororities on campus. Besides, keep in
mind that sororities have to make decisions too. Think carefully and
look objectively at what each sorority has to offer. A sorority should
be a second home, a place where you feel totally comfortable and
welcome. It shouldn’t be a popularity contest. Your intuition,
experiences at each round, personal goals and desires should guide
you to the group that is right for you.
Is there a GPA requirement?
You may not go through sorority recruitment if you are on academic
probation, Wilmington requires a 2.5 minimum GPA to register. Please
be advised that every sorority has established its own academic
requirements. Many chapters follow the guidelines set by their
inter/national organizations when deciding to offer invitations and bids.
It is also important to note that very few grade exceptions are made by
each chapter. Potential members who do not meet a chapter’s academic
requirements are released early in the recruitment process to allow them
the opportunity to explore other alternatives. However, grades are
considered throughout the entire process.

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