Friendship is the cornerstone of fraternity and sorority life, but it does not end there. Greeks at the University of Nebraska – Kearney consistently have higher grade-point-averages than the all-campus GPA, while concurrently being represented in nearly every registered student organization on campus.
Over $60,000 is raised each year for local and national charities, in addition to over 18,000+ hours of hands-on community service given by the Greek community.
Fraternity and sorority membership can offer a more well-rounded college experience. UNK's Greek community represents over 650 diversified men and women belonging to 14 different fraternities and sororities. Our Greek community provides its members with opportunities for growth and excellence in academic, leadership, service learning, and social opportunities.
UNK fraternity and sorority members are leaders in various areas of campus involvement and within their discipline of study. Furthermore, the Greek community has provided a significant outlet for those dedicated to making such commitments. Above all, the Greek experience is tremendous for those students who choose to join – a fraternity or sorority will cultivate life-long friendships and excellent opportunities for personal growth. Explore the tabs below to learn about the recruitment process for fraternities and sororities on campus.
Formal Sorority Recruitment week is held to provide potential new members (PNMs) an environment where you can feel comfortable learning about the Greek community at the University of Nebraska – Kearney and establish new friendships in the process.
Beginning on Thursday, September 4th and ending on Monday, September 8th, potential new members will have the opportunity to attend multiple events, engage with new people, learn about some of the amazing sorority women, explore the four chapter houses, and discover what it means to be a member of the Greek community at UNK. These events are fun and upbeat as well as informative and meaningful. Each potential new member will have an opportunity to visit the four various sororities on campus.
The four sororities affiliated with Panhellenic Council (PHC) stand and strive for similar ideals, however each chapter's personality and character are unique. Choosing a sorority is a very personal decision; the group of women you choose should compliment your personality, challenge you, and hold you accountable to grow to a higher standard and mature during your college experience. Above all, simply select a group of women that empower you to be yourself!
Ladies can sign-up for Formal Sorority Recruitment by clicking HERE. This is your first step towards getting involved. The registration deadline is Thursday, September 4, 2014.
SEPTEMBER 5TH – 8TH, 2014Sunday, August 24th, 5:00 p.m.
The Office of Greek Affairs at the University of Nebraska – Kearney does not sponsor any formal recruitment events or weeks for men, but rather operates under the “continuous recruitment” system. The six fraternities affiliated with Interfraternity Council (IFC) abide by the continuous recruitment system while standing and striving for similar ideals, however, each chapter's personality and character are unique. Choosing a fraternity is a very personal decision; the group of men you choose should compliment your personality, challenge you, and hold you accountable to grow to a higher standard and mature during your college experience. Above all, simply select a group of gentlemen that empower you to be yourself!
The primary recruitment period for fraternities is May through September, though it is possible to join at any time. Each fraternity has a chief recruitment officer (i.e. Vice President of Recruitment, Director of Recruitment, Recruitment Chairman) who are elected and responsible for coordinating the overall recruitment efforts for their respective fraternity.
Starting in early summer, chapter members will begin to initiate contact with men who have expressed interest on their university housing contract, recruitment registration, or through new student enrollment (NSE). Expressing interest in Greek Life does not obligate you to join. Rather, it gives you the opportunity to make new friends and learn more about the fraternity chapters through attending recruitment events. Recruitment activities can include phone calls, hometown visits, barbeques, lake outings, athletic events, and countless other ways for college students to get to know one another. Such activities are designed to give both chapter members and potential members an opportunity to become acquainted as friends.
If you are unable to come to Kearney and go through new student enrollment (NSE) during the summer of 2014, be sure to contact the Office of Greek Affairs at (308) 865-8057 if you have any questions. If you have interest in a particular fraternity, you may view their chapter’s contact information on the bottom of the Fraternity Life webpage. Parents and men interested in Greek Life can sign-up for information here: 2014 Fraternity Interest Form.
Recruitment events typically occur on the weekends throughout the summer. It is to your advantage to attend the summer functions, as you will get to know many more of the members and learn about the fraternity. Each chapter has at least three recruitment events over the summer beginning in May. Attending a recruitment event does not obligate you to join the chapter, nor does it guarantee you will be invited to join. Get to know the men of multiple fraternities before making the decision of whether or not to pledge.
Also, ask questions about the fraternity’s new member program, finances, scholarship programs, intramurals, brotherhood activities, academic programs, involvement, and other requirements for membership. Always go to multiple recruitment events and get to know as many different members before making a decision. Find the best fit for YOU! The right chapter for you may not be the right fit for your best friend.
The four chapters which compose the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) conduct recruitment events specific to each chapter. They typically begin with informational sessions where potential members can get an overview of each chapter and request a membership application. Once a student has been approved to move forward with the process, he or she will continue their Greek education from the selected chapter. Once the student has completed their specific educational process, the student will be able to "reveal" themselves as the newest member(s) of that organization. For additional information regarding MGC chapter ecruitment activities, please contact the Assistant Director for Greek Affairs at (308) 865-8057.
How do I sign-up?
You can sign-up by filling out the online recruitment registration form HERE. Registration is $40 and the deadline for registration is September 4, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
How does the process work?
Sorority recruitment is a mutual selection process; potential new members (PNMs) attend recruitment events over a four-day period. At the conclusion of each day, the sororities will extend invitations to PNMs to their next event. Each sorority is asked to narrow down their list of women. When potential new members receive their invitations to the next events, they are asked to narrow down the list of chapters they can attend as well. On the last day, PNMs can attend a maximum of two events. At the conclusion of those events, they “preference” the chapters they would like to join. The sororities also “preference” the women they would like to join. Finally, a computer matches up the sorority chapter and PNM list. On Bid Day, potential new members find out what chapter they have been matched with – each sorority has a special event to celebrate their new members.
Is there anyone who will help me throughout the week?
Your Recruitment Counselors, or Pi Chis, will help you throughout the week in knowing where to go and what to expect. She will also serve as an advisor and confidante if you have any questions or concerns about the recruitment process. Your Recruitment Counselor will be responsible for a recruitment group composed of other girls on your floor who are also participating in formal sorority recruitment. These groups are an excellent way to meet and bond with your new neighbors and find support in your first week at UNK!
What is suggested attire for recruitment week?
Check out the pictures and descriptions located on our Pinterest page, Formal Sorority Recruitment. 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. The most important thing during recruitment is for you to be yourself, as chapter women want to know you as an individual.
I have a scheduling conflict during recruitment week. Can I still participate?
The Office of Greek Affairs will work with any woman who has a campus related conflict such as marching band practice, spirit squad training, 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 (308) 865-8057; no later than Monday, September 1, 2014 please.
Nobody from my hometown is coming through recruitment. Help!
Take advantage of the endless opportunities to meet new people during Formal Sorority Recruitment week. College is a time for branching out and creating new friendships. The essence of sorority recruitment is friendship. Your Recruitment Counselors will guide you through the process and help you meet other women in your residence halls, and other women across campus that are also attending recruitment week. These women are disaffiliated from their sorority here at UNK and their sole job is to help you get adjusted to UNK, make new connections, and have fun! Remember that she is there to help you through this exciting week. Do not be afraid to ask her lots of questions!
How do I choose between sororities?
Each sorority at UNK shares common goals and values, yet each chapter has their own character and personality. Making decisions can be difficult and a very common dilemma. However, keep in mind that your sorority will become your home away from home, a place where you feel comfortable and welcome. Your intuition, experiences at each event, and personal goals and desires should guide you in your decision making. It might also help to look at each of their individual websites – these include Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Phi, Alpha Xi Delta, and Gamma Phi Beta.
I'm a Legacy. Does that mean I'm guaranteed a spot in that sorority?
Not necessarily. You are considered a legacy if your grandmother, mother or sister was in a sorority, and each chapter has its own policy regarding legacies. Some chapters may have enough legacies going through recruitment to fill an entire pledge class, but of course there are other factors to consider in the recruitment process, including your application and connection to the women in the chapter. Being a legacy to a chapter is helpful, but will not automatically guarantee you a place in that chapter.
What information should I include in my application?
The online application is important for chapters to extend invitations for the first round of recruitment events, so be sure to fill out your application completely and honestly. Space is included on the application for you to list your high school involvement. To market yourself best, try to fill all the limited space if possible and avoid using acronyms. For example, write out “National Honor Society” instead of simply writing “NHS.”
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How do letters of recommendation work, and where should I send them? Do I need one for each chapter?
Letters of recommendation from sorority alumnae, teachers, and professional references are helpful in the recruitment process but not necessary. Each chapter has its own policy regarding these letters. Many chapters find them helpful in learning information about you that may not be evident from your application. However, personal contact at each chapter during sorority recruitment is the best way for sorority members to get to know you. If you find an alumna of a certain sorority who is willing to write one for you, she should fill out the form and mail it directly to the Office of Greek Affairs.
Additionally, alumnae play a role in the recruitment and growth of each chapter by recommending potential new members to the sororities. A letter of reference provides information on the candidate's qualities that make her compatible with the sorority's core values and illustrates the contributions she may offer to the sorority. You are encouraged to visit each chapter's (inter)national website to see if they have a letter of recommendation form that may be completed by an alumna.
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 Counselor, and she will work with you to make other accommodations. 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.
Contact during summer
Please be aware that according to the National Panhellenic Conference Recruitment Rules, it is not allowed for an active, alumna, or chapter to contact you prior to or during the recruitment process. Inappropriate contact include lunches, letters, phone calls, or any communication through Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, emails, instant messaging, etc. These guidelines are not intended to annul friendships or social relationships that existed prior to formal recruitment.
Normal social contact may continue prior to recruitment as long as there is no intent to influence a potential new member toward a specific chapter, promise a pledge, or divulge specific chapter recruitment information. Normal social contact is defined as co-workers, roommates, family members, neighbors, and close friends.
Contact during formal sorority recruitment
It is possible that during recruitment you may hear rumors about certain chapters or individual 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. Your concern as a potential new member should be learning about those chapters in which you are most interested. If you encounter any negative comments or behavior from active members or other potential new members, do not hesitate to report it. Questions and concerns should be directed to your Recruitment Counselor, the Panhellenic Vice President of External Recruitment, or the Assistant Director for Greek Affairs.