at the University of Minnesota
Any questions about recruitment can go to the Panhellenic Recruitment Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recruitment & Sorority Terms
Active: An initiated fraternity or sorority member who is affiliated with a campus chapter.
Alumna: A graduated member of a women’s sorority/fraternity (plural is alumnae).
Bid: A formal invitation for membership within a sorority.
Bid Day: A celebratory event in which potential new members receive a bid from a chapter visited during the final day of recruitment.
Big Sister (Big): An initiated member of a sorority who serves as an advisor or mentor to a new member within their respective organization.
Chapter: A term used to describe the collegiate group of a fraternity/sorority.
Dues: Costs of being in a sorority.
Greeks: A casual term used to describe members affiliated with Greek-lettered fraternities/sororities.
Initiation: A traditional, secret ceremony/ritual that brings a new member into full membership.
Legacy: An individual whose relative has been a member of the sorority (Note: the legacy definition varies among organizations.)
New Member: A potential member who has accepted a bid from a sorority.
Panhellenic Community: The greater community connecting all the Panhellenic sororities at the University of Minnesota.
Panhellenic Council (PHC): PHC is the governing body of the sororities affiliated with the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) at the University of Minnesota. This organization provides leadership and programming for the chapters.
Philanthropy: A community service and/or fund-raising project sponsored by a chapter.
Potential New Member (PNM): An individual interested in becoming a member of a sorority.
Quota: The number of women to whom each PHC sorority may extend bids to during Primary Recruitment.
Total: The allowable chapter size as determined by PHC.
Α - Alpha (al-fah)
Β - Beta (bay-ta)
Γ - Gamma (gam-ah)
Δ - Delta (del-tah)
Ε - Epsilon (ep-si-lawn)
Ζ - Zeta (zay-tah)
Η - Eta (ay-tah)
Θ - Theta (thay-tah)
Ι - Iota (eye-oh-tah)
Κ - Kappa (ka-pah)
Λ - Lambda (lamb-da)
Μ - Mu (mew)
Ν - Nu (new)
Ξ - Xi (zie)
Ο - Omicron (ah-mih-cron)
Π - Pi (pie)
Ρ - Rho (row)
Σ - Sigma (sig-mah)
Τ - Tau (taw)
Υ - Upsilon (oop-si-lawn)
Φ - Phi (after consonant: fie; after vowel: fee)
Χ - Chi (kie)
Ψ - Psi (sigh)
Ω - Omega (oh-may-gah)