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Dear Potential New Member,
On behalf of the Panhellenic Executive Council, I would like to welcome you to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln! I can promise
you that you are about to have some of the best years of your life here. We are so thrilled that you have chosen to participate in
sorority recruitment.
You’ve made a great choice because the Greek system here at UNL is one of the strongest in the country. It is an honor to
be a member of any one of our fourteen NPC chapters. You will make life time friendships and experience some of the most
memorable times of your life. Enjoy this. I want each one of you to relax and have fun! Do not stress over anything—just keep
an open mind. Trust your heart, ask questions, and most important…be yourself.
I will be here to help you in any way that I can. Call or email me if you have a question. I am here for you!
I want this to be a great experience for each one of you.
Have fun…and remember to SMILE!
Jordan Vescio
Director of Sorority Recruitment and the Panhellenic Executive Team
Panhellenic Executive Team
Lindsay Ewy
Lindsey Eastwood
Vice President
Laura Novotny
Erin Green
Public Relations
Katy Anderbery
Recruitment Guide Coordinator
Sarah Kaup
Greek Alphabet
Alpha (al-fah)
Beta (bay-tah)
Gamma (gam-ah)
Delta (del-tah)
Epsilon (ep-si-lon)
Zeta (zay-tah)
Alpha Chi Omega
Alpha Delta Pi
Alpha Omicron Pi
Alpha Phi
Alpha Xi Delta
Eta (ay-tah)
Theta (thay-tah)
Iota (eye-o-tah)
Kappa (cap-ah)
Lambda (lamb-da)
Mu (mew)
www.unl.edu/aco www.unl.edu/adpi
Nu (new)
Xi (zie or zee)
Omicron (om-i-cron)
Pi (pie)
Rho (row)
Sigma (sig-mah)
Chi Omega
Delta Delta Delta
Delta Gamma
Gamma Phi Beta Kappa Alpha Theta
Greek Speak
Active: An initiated member.
Alumna: An initiated sorority member who has graduated from college.
Bid: An invitation to join a sorority or fraternity. During Fall Formal Recruitment no bid (verbal or written) will
be extended except through the Panhellenic Association. A bid issued in any other manner is not binding and
is in violation of Panhellenic rules. However, bids may be extended verbally or in writing by the chapter(s)
during Open Recruitment.
Chapter: A chartered undergraduate or alumnae group recognized by a fraternity or sorority.
Fraternity: Originating from the Greek word “phratar,” meaning member of a group, this is the term most
commonly used to refer to Greek-letter societies for men. Some sororities are actually women’s fraternities.
Initiation: The ceremony in which a new member becomes an active member.
Interfraternity Council (IFC): The men’s counterpart to the college Panhellenic Association.
Junior Panhellenic: An organization of sorority new members that helps foster a bond between new
members and creates an awareness of the role of the Panhellenic Association.
Tau (taw)
Upsilon (oop-si-lon)
Phi (fie or fee)
Chi (kie)
Psi (sigh)
Kappa Delta Kappa Kappa Gamma
Phi Mu Pi Beta Phi
Legacy: A legacy is a woman whose mother, sister, or in some cases grandmother, is an alumna or an active
member of a sorority. Because each woman is considered on an individual basis, the sorority is not obligated
to extend a bid to a legacy. By the same token, a potential new member should choose the group with which
she feels most comfortable.
National Panhellenic Conference (NPC): The coordinating body of all college Panhellenic Associations
in the United States and Canada.
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC): A governing body composed of nine national, historically AfricanAmerican sororities and fraternities.
New Member: A woman who has accepted a bid to join a sorority but has not been initiated.
Panhellenic Association: The governing body for the 14 NPC sororities at UNL.
Philanthropy: Community service or fund-raising effort to promote human welfare.
Recommendation/Reference: A written letter or statement recommending a potential member to a sorority.
Recruitment: An organized activity to meet potential new members.
Sister: A term used within a women’s fraternity when referring to other members.
Sorority: A Greek-letter sisterhood; also called a women’s fraternity.
Recruitment Schedule
Monday, August 17th: Orientation
9:00 AM
Participants living in the Residence Halls may check in.
2:00 PM
Optional Parent Informational Session, Kimball Recital Hall
2:30-3:30 PM
Recruitment Guide will be stopping by your room to drop off important information.
Make sure to be in your dorm by this time.
6:00-6:15 PM
Registration at the City Campus Union Plaza
6:15-8:10 PM
Chapter Introductions
8:20-8:50 PM
Philanthropy and Chapter Tours Set 1
9:00-9:30 PM Philanthropy and Chapter Tours Set 2
9:30-10:00 PM
Invitations Distributed
- Your recruitment t-shirt given to you
by the recruitment guide
- Jeans, skirt, shorts
- Comfortable shoes
- Very casual
Tuesday, August 18th: Round I, Chapter Orientation Day
9:00 AM Pick up schedule at the City Campus Union Plaza
9:30-6:30 PM
Eight Sessions
9:30-10:20 AM
- A skirt, capris, casual sundress, pants and a nice shirt
- Comfortable shoes (flats or sandals)
10:30-11:20 AM
11:30-12:20 PM
12:20-1:20 PM
1:30-2:20 PM
Lunch at the City Campus Union Plaza
2:30-3:20 PM
3:30-4:20 PM
4:30-5:20 PM
5:30-6:20 PM
6:30 PM
Dinner with your Recruitment Guide
- Dresses or heels
- No jeans or denim
- No heels—you will be doing a lot of walking
Wednesday, August 19th: Round II, Chapter Interest Day
8:00-9:00 AM
Meet with your Recruitment Guide
12:30-5:20 PM
Five Sessions
12:30-1:20 PM
1:30-2:20 PM
2:30-3:20 PM
3:30-4:20 PM
4:30-5:20 PM
5:30 PM
Pizza Party at the Nebraska Union
Thursday, August 20th: Round III, Preference Day
8:00-9:00 AM
Meet with your Recruitment Guide
11:30-2:50 PM
Three Sessions
11:30-12:40 PM
12:50-2:00 PM
2:10-3:20 PM
3:30 PM
Turn in Preferences
Friday, August 21st: Bid Day
12:00 PM
Meet with your Recruitment Guide
12:30-1:30 PM
Potential new members will receive invitations to membership and proceed
to individual chapter activities. Plan on attending!
1:30-3:30 PM
Individual Chapter Activities
3:30-8:15 PM
Big Red Welcome
4:15 PM
New Student Convocation
5:15 PM
Picnic for new student/faculty and staff
8:15 PM
Tunnel Walk
Saturday, August 22nd: Chapter Bonding
Most chapters will have activities planned for new members. Keep this date open!
- Sundress, skirt, pant outfit
- Comfortable shoes (flats, sandals, or a kitten heel)
- No jeans or denim
- Nice dress
- Comfortable heels
- No jeans or denim
- No formal or prom dresses
- T-shirt or tank top—new members will receive t-shirts from their new chapter so wear something you can slip the new t-shirt over easily
- Jeans, shorts, skirt, capris
- Comfortable shoes
- Very casual
- No dresses or heels
Pi Beta Phi
President: Kirsten Christensen
Recruitment Chair: Cortney Lehms
Phi Mu
President: Ellen Berggren
Recruitment Chair: McKenzie Wessling
Color: Rose and White
Color: Wine and Silver Blue
Symbol: Quatrefoil
Symbol: Arrow and Angel
Flower: Pink Carnation
Flower: Wine Carnation
Motto: “Faithful Sisters”
Motto: “To cultivate sincere friendship, establish the real object of life, promote the happiness
of humanity and encourage and assist members in moral, mental, and social advancement.”
Philanthropies: Greek Man of the Year, Pizzapalooza, Blizzard Bash
Philanthropies: CARS (Champions Are Readers), TAKE Self- Defense, First Book
Benefits: Children’s Miracle Network, Omaha Children’s Hospital
Benefits: Links to Literacy-Lincoln, Lighthouse
Nickname: Phi M
Nickname: Pi Phi
Spring 2008 GPA: 3.060
Spring 2008 GPA: 3.370
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Kappa Delta
President: Rachel Leitt
President: Ashley McDonald
Recruitment Chair: Kacie Zysset
Recruitment Chair: Lauren Pierce
Color: Light and Dark Blue
Color: Olive Green and Pearl White
Symbol: Key
Symbol: Koala Bear
Flower: Fleur-de-lis (iris)
Flower: White Rose
Motto: “To promote the hand of friendship, mutual support, opportunity for self-growth, respect for
intellectual development, and an understanding of and allegiance to positive ethical principles.”
Motto: “Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest.”
Philanthropies: Kappa Kabana, Kappa Karnival
Philanthropies: Chillifest, Green Screen in the Garden
Benefits: Friendship Home, The Rose McGill Fund
Benefits: CEDARS, Prevent Child Abuse America, and Children’s Hospital
in Richmond, VA, Orthopedic Research Award
Nickname: Kappa
Nickname: K-D
Spring 2009 GPA: 3.470
Spring 2009 GPA: 3.445
Kappa Alpha Theta
Gamma Phi Beta
President: Elisa Slattery
President: Chelsey Colburn
Recruitment Chair: Sarah Reed
Recruitment Chair: Paige Lockwood
Color: Black and Gold
Color: Brown and Mode (Tan)
Symbol: Kite
Symbol: Crescent Moon
Flower: Pansy
Flower: Pink Carnation
Motto: “To promote an environment which fosters a lifetime commitment to sisterhood.”
Motto: “Founded Upon a Rock”
Philanthropies: CASA 5K Run Pace Race for Kids, Theta KATwalk, Date-A-Theta
Philanthropies: Do It Sober, French Toast Feed
Benefits: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Benefits: American Cancer Society, Camp Fire USA
Nickname: Theta
Nickname: Gamma Phi
Spring 2009 GPA: 3.418
Spring 2009 GPA: 3.615
Delta Gamma
Delta Delta Delta
President: Evan Edwards
President: Amanda Pargett
Recruitment Chair: Nikki Burks
Recruitment Chair: Kelsie Wilde
Color: Bronze, Pink and Blue
Color: Silver, Gold and Blue
Symbol: Hanna Doll and Anchor
Symbol: Dolphin
Flower: “Delta Gamma” Cream-Colored Rose
Flower: Pansy
Motto: “Do Good”
Motto: “Let us steadfastly love one another.”
Philanthropies: Sundaes on Sunday, Anchor Splash
Philanthropies: Flap Jack Snack Attack, Batters Up
Benefits: Aid to the Blind
Benefits: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Nickname: DG
Nickname: Tri Delta
Spring 2009 GPA: 3.442
Spring 2009 GPA: 3.168
Chi Omega
Alpha Xi Delta
President: Allison Potter
President: Brier Schuetz
Recruitment Chair: Kristen Cochran
Recruitment Chair: Robin Morris
Color: Cardinal and Straw
Color: Double Blue and Gold
Symbol: Owl
Symbol: Quill and “Fuzzie” Teddy Bear
Flower: White Carnation
Flower: Pink Rose
Motto: “To consistently challenge women to grow, to develop,
and to strive for excellence in all aspects of their lives.”
Motto: “Inspiring Women to Reach Their Potential”
Philanthropies: Hallo-Wing Fling, Chi-O Candy Grams
Benefits: Child Advocacy Center and Make-A-Wish Foundation
Nickname: Chi-O
Philanthropies: Fiesta Feed, Tiki Roast
Benefits: Make-A-Wish Foundation
Nickname: Alpha Xi or A-Xi-D
Spring 2009 GPA: 3.248
Spring 2009 GPA: 3.664
Alpha Phi
Alpha Omicron Pi
President: Lindsay Groshans
President: Megan Rogers
Recruitment Chair: Julie Hetcko
Recruitment Chair: Amanda Wattier
Color: Silver and Bordeaux
Color: Cardinal
Symbol: Ivy Leaf and “Phi” Teddy Bear
Symbol: Panda and Sheaf of Wheat
Flower: Lily of the Valley
Flower: Jacqueminot Rose
Motto: “Union Hand in Hand”
Motto: “Emulator’s of the Best”
Philanthropies: Phiva Las Vegas (Poker Tournament), A-Phi Open
Philanthropies: Hoop-It, Camp Out to Strike Out Arthritis
Benefits: Cardiac Aid
Benefits: Arthritis Research
Nickname: A-Phi
Nickname: A-O-Pi
Spring 2009 GPA: 3.560
Spring 2009 GPA: 3.435
Alpha Delta Pi
Alpha Chi Omega
President: Dani Dobbins
President: Kate Johnson
Recruitment Chair: Heather Hottovy
Recruitment Chair: Holly Lanoha
Color: Blue and White
Color: Scarlet and Olive Green
Symbol: Lion
Symbol: Lyre
Flower: Woodland Violet
Flower: Red Carnation
Motto: “We live for each other”
Motto: “Together let us seek the heights”
Philanthropies: Get Your Noodle On, Pop Tab Drive
Philanthropies: Chips and Dip, Raising the Roof with FarmHouse
Benefits: Ronald McDonald House
Benefits: Friendship Home (Domestic Violence)
Nickname: A-D-Pi
Nickname: Alpha Chi or A-Chi-O
Spring 2009 GPA: 3.318
Spring 2009 GPA: 3.252
Alpha Delta Pi does not have a
live-in chapter unit. Their offices are
located in Selleck Quadrangle.
Guidelines and Formal
Recruitment Rules for
Potential New Members
A few hints and guidelines to help make your recruitment experience positive and fun.
1. Nametags. You will be responsible for wearing your Panhellenic nametag during all formal recruitment events.
2. Eligibility. You are eligible to pledge if you have enrolled as a full-time student (12 or more credit hours), or if you are an upperclassman who has a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
3. Attendance. You must attend all scheduled Panhellenic meetings and orientations and the maximum number of daily events for which you are invited to attend. In case of an illness, accident or emergency, notify a Recruitment
Guide or the Office of Greek Affairs (472-2582).
4. Favors. Do not remove anything from the chapter houses during Fall Formal Recruitment events (favors,
nametags, etc.).
5. Communication. During the week of Fall Formal Recruitment, you may not communicate (in person, phone
calls, e-mail, etc) with sorority women, excluding Recruitment Guides, Panhellenic Executive Board members,
and Panhellenic staff, except during scheduled recruitment events. Exceptions to be made at the discretion of
the Greek Advisor.
6.Bids. Bids inviting you to join a sorority may be given only through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Panhellenic Association and issued through that body. Promise of an invitation or a bid during the week
is forbidden. Any sorority should be reported who extends such a bid, and any potential member who
accepts is subject to penalties of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Panhellenic Association.
7. Third party recruitment. There is to be no deliberate membership recruitment through a third party — alumnae, relatives, teachers, friends, or men.
8. Meetings. You must attend every event you have accepted — at the time assigned. Any absence is unacceptable and may result in immediately being released from Fall Formal Recruitment. In case of
an illness, accident or emergency, you must notify a Recruitment Guide or the Office of Greek Affairs (472-2582).
9. No guarantee. A sorority may not state or imply that you are guaranteed an invitation to join the sorority
at any time during Fall Formal Recruitment, even if you are a legacy.
Recruitment Rules & Policies
This code of ethics is a set of standards and morals that we as sorority women want to set for ourselves in
the recruitment process. This is a belief system that we have established in order for everyone to remain
focused on the principles for which we were founded.
Right to Choice
Each potential member will have the right to make her own decision without influence from others,
including individual chapters, members, or alumnae.
Potential members will have the right to be in a comfortable and pressure-free environment.
Promoting the System
The promotion of Greek membership will be the primary concern for all Greek System members.
Potential members will be entitled to the truth at all times during the recruitment process.
It will be the responsibility of all members to understand and be able to enunciate the National
Panhellenic Conference guidelines, chapter expectations, and values.
Membership selection will not be discriminatory on the basis of race, material wealth, appearance,
disability, sexual orientation, or age.
All Greek members will show consideration and appreciation for each other.
Oral Bidding
By mutual consent there will be no oral bidding. Oral bidding will be understood to mean inviting anyone
into membership prior to formal bid day or using persistent persuasion to secure a commitment from the
potential member for the preference of its group. This can also be thought of as an inducement to pledge.
This includes any discussion concerning recruitment prior to the potential member picking up her bid card.
Following the filing of a “sorority preference card” and Bid Day there will be a period of time where active
sorority women may be in contact with potential members. This time period is still considered part of
recruitment. Under no circumstances should any sorority woman ask a potential member the chapters
she listed on her preference card nor should any sorority woman indicate to a potential member that she
is on a “final list.”
Financial Information
Based on costs of chapter maintenance, membership programming, and social events, financial responsibility
is extremely important to individual chapters. The costs of belonging to a chapter are the most expensive
during the first year of sorority membership. It is important that a potential new member joining a sorority
understands and is able to meet the financial obligations associated with membership. During recruitment,
a potential new member should ask sorority members about financial obligations. Included is a chart that
will give you an idea of high, low, and average sorority costs. The figures do not include optional expenses.
A woman living outside the chapter house during her first year of membership pays the new member fee.
Many of the chapters require each new member to pay a one-time corporation assessment and initiation
fee. A sorority pin is also purchased on or before initiation. Although a new member’s first year includes
one-time fees, sorority living expenses are very comparable to other living options.
Each chapter provides the opportunity for women to live in the chapter house at some point. The live-in costs
are a compilation of all costs incurred by a member living in the chapter house such as room, board, and other
mandatory fees. When a member lives outside the house she is required to pay a live-out fee. Live-out costs
include such things as maintenance fees, social dues, and occasional meals. Live-in and live-out fees are
usually paid in installments, but many chapters offer alternative payment plans. It is important to note that
each chapter has its own criteria concerning which members may live in or live out of the chapter house.
2008-2009 New Member Fees
2008-2009 Live-in Fees (room, board, and chapter fees)
Q and A
What do I wear?
Check out the pictures included in this brochure as well as the Dos and Don’ts. Remember, the days are going to
be long and hot! Your main concern should be comfort as you will be doing a great deal of walking and standing
in the sun.
What happens at a recruitment party?
A recruitment party is the time set aside for prospective members to learn more about individual chapters
and for chapter members to learn more about potential new members. Potential new members will meet and
talk to various members of the chapters, see skits and videos, and tour the houses. Remember, members are
just as nervous about meeting new people and making a good impression as you are. They are concentrating
on portraying a favorable image of their chapter as much as you are concerned about positively representing
yourself. Most women are meeting you for the first time and will need to ask the same “get to know you”
questions. Don’t be shy. The more you get to know the chapters and vice-versa, the easier it will be to select
the chapters which are right for you.
What about rumors?
It is possible that during recruitment you may hear rumors about chapters or chapter members. Speaking
unfavorably of a chapter, chapter member, or another potential new member could result in influencing
someone’s recruitment experience and possibly hurting someone’s feelings. A potential new member’s concerns
should be learning about those chapters in which she is most interested. If you encounter any negative
comments or behavior from chapter members or other potential new members, do not hesitate to report it.
Questions and concerns should be directed to your Recruitment Guide or the recruitment staff.
What if I get sick?
There is always a possibility that a potential new member may become ill or have something happen to limit
her participation in recruitment. Whatever the situation, don’t worry. Alert your Recruitment Guide and she will
help you with whatever you need. The individual chapters are very understanding and will make the appropriate
exceptions in these cases. To prevent illness, we recommend you eat before starting the day and feel free to ask
for water or a drink when you are thirsty. Also, remember that the days are long, so get plenty of rest.
I have a schedule conflict during recruitment week. Can I still participate?
Greek Affairs will work with any woman who has a campus-related conflict such as marching band practice,
Big Red Singers, or any of the varsity athletic teams. We do not make special accommodations for work conflicts.
If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact the Office of Greek Affairs as soon as possible.
• If you drop, break, or spill something, know that it happens often enough to be mentioned
here and should not be a concern
• If you are offered food or beverage, be practical. If you are hungry or thirsty, take it, but it
is acceptable to decline if you are not. It is expected that you will become hungry or thirsty,
so know that you will be offered refreshments by the chapters.
• If you have to use the restroom, ask in the chapter house. Between parties your Recruitment
Guide can escort you into a chapter house.
• Be on time! Recruitment is a minute-by-minute process.
• If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your Recruitment Guide. That’s why she is there!
Dining Hall Service
Cather Pound Neihardt—meals available Monday, August 17th to Wednesday, August 19th,
hours are 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM for Brunch and 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM for Dinner .
Harper/Schramm/Smith, Abel/Sandoz, and Cather/Pound—continental breakfast available
Tuesday, August 18th and Wednesday, August 19th, hours are 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM.
Thursday, August 20th
• Abel Sandoz, Cather Pound Neihardt, Harper Schramm Smith, Selleck, East Campus
Union Cafe—Brunch (10:00 AM to 1:00 PM) and Dinner (4:30 PM - 6:30 PM)
• Cather Pound Neihardt Husker Hoagie available 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Friday, August 21st
• Abel Sandoz, Cather Pound Neihardt, Harper Schramm Smith, Selleck,
East Campus Union Cafe—Only Serving Brunch (11:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
• Cather Pound Neihardt Husker Hoagie available 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
• Dinner for all Freshmen will be a picnic on R Street between 12th and 13th Street
from 5:15 PM to 6:30 PM after the Chancellor’s address to the Freshman Class
Saturday, August 22nd
• Abel Sandoz, Cather Pound Neihardt, Harper Schramm Smith, Selleck, East Campus
Union Cafe—Brunch (11:00 AM to 1:00 PM) and Dinner (4:30 PM - 6:30 PM)
Sunday, August 23rd
• Abel Sandoz, Cather Pound Neihardt, Harper Schramm Smith, Selleck,
East Campus Union Cafe—Only Serving Brunch (11:00 AM to 1:00 PM)
• Selleck—Sandwich Dinner (4:30 PM - 6:30 PM) and also dinner items
being provided at Big Red Welcome!
Contact Information
Greek Affairs: 402.472.2582
14th Street
VIne Street
U Street
15th Street
S Street
3 10
17th Street
16th Street
1. Alpha Chi Omega
2. Alpha Delta Pi
3. Alpha Omicron Pi
4. Alpha Phi
5. Alpha Xi Delta
6. Chi Omega
7. Delta Delta Delta
8. Delta Gamma
9. Gamma Phi Beta
10. Kappa Alpha Theta
11. Kappa Delta
12. Kappa Kappa Gamma
13. Phi Mu
14. Pi Beta Phi
R Street
Q Street
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