Secrets from the “other side” of Panhellenic recruitment

Nervous for recruitment? Don’t know what to expect? Wondering what the chapter women recruiting you are thinking? Look no further than this guide to secrets from the “other side” of recruitment!

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We’re eager to meet you

We’ve been waiting all year for this! If it seems like we have a lot of energy, we do – we’re excited to finally meet the girl bosses, future leaders and potential sisters of the next pledge class! We realize it’s difficult to put yourself out there and we appreciate that you’re willing to take the time to get to know our members, values, and community.

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We’re nervous too

We’re trying to make a good impression on YOU! We want to open our sisterhood to more kind, confident, witty women who will bring their unique talents and energy to our chapter. We’re looking for sisters who will support our philanthropy like we do. We want to share our every experience with you to show how amazing a sisterhood can be. The new pledge class will be made of our littles, grandlittles, future bridesmaids and confidantes. Recruiting new members is a big deal for us, so we have butterflies in our stomachs too!

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This takes a lot of effort

The decorations. The songs. The outfits. It all takes work! We spend months preparing for your arrival. I promise you we didn’t show up to the house wearing the same exact thing without careful planning! Don’t be intimidated – we did not wake up like this. We put effort into recruiting because it matters to us. You and your experiences are important to us, no matter where you decide to call home. Keep in mind that even though we’re putting our best foot forward, we’re not faking anything. We’re being authentically ourselves so that you can find a sisterhood that best fits you!

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No matter what sisterhood you end up in, we still want to be friends

As we’ve talked during the rounds of recruitment, we’ve come to know and adore your personality. We genuinely love stories and conversations about values, friends, family, pets, emotions and everything in between! Recruitment is an intimate process where you get to know others better than you thought you could in just a matter of weeks. We want you to know that after the recruitment process, whether or not we’re sisters, we want to be friends!

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We sympathize with you

We remember the ups and downs, the waiting, the long days and the hot weather. We welcome you into the air-conditioned houses with love! We appreciate active participation, authentic conversations and an open mind even if you may only be running on a few hours of sleep. It takes work on your side to walk into every house with a positive attitude. We’ll be patient with you along the way as long as you’re patient with us and the process!

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“Trust the process” is REAL

On that note, make no mistake: pi chis, friends, and other mentors will tell you to trust the process and they’re right! There is no such thing as a “top tier” or “bottom tier” sorority. We’re just a group of close-knit sisterhoods that value authenticity. There is no way you’ll end up in the wrong place as long as you’re being your genuine self with every chapter. There will be days where you get a list of chapters back and you’re disappointed, but keep in mind that the sisterhood you belong in will always be on that list. Let the thought of the opportunity to meet amazing women and future sisters put you in an optimistic mood before you get your day started!

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We’re excited for you

Recruitment is exciting! Finding your family and home away from home is an experience you’ll cherish forever. Along the way, you’ll make lasting friendships with pi chi groups and chapter members no matter where you end up! We remember what recruitment was like for us and how good it felt to run home on bid day. We’re excited for you to bring new perspectives and friendships to our chapters and we can’t wait to see what you’re going to do with your time with us.

 

Got questions? We have answers! Tweet us on Friday, June 8th at 1pm EST @USC_Panhellenic with #AlanaAnswers and Alana Tyler, the Panhellenic VP of Recruitment, will respond!

Alpha Delta Pi Kicks It for the Kids

Written by Charlotte Raiford

The sisters of Alpha Delta Pi held a BubbleBall Soccer tournament supporting the Ronald Screen Shot 2018-04-30 at 10.08.20 AM.pngMcDonald House Charities of Columbia on April 22, 2018 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center fields. Attendees purchased a $5 ticket from Alpha Delta Pi sisters, which included admission to the tournament, four raffle tickets and food from a variety of delicious vendors including Chick-fil-A, Mellow Mushroom pizza and Pelican’s snow cones!

The seven BubbleBall teams competed for a $200 gift card to Village Idiot Pizza in knockout-style tournament. The organization with the most attendance received a $100 donation towards their philanthropy as well.

Screen Shot 2018-04-30 at 10.08.36 AM.pngThe Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) proudly
supports the simple idea that a child should have a
“home away from home” while undergoing serious
medical treatment at a children’s hospital. RMHC believes that families should be able to focus on the health of their child rather than where they will get their next meal or where they will be able to sleep at night.

In total, Alpha Delta Pi raised almost $7,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Screen Shot 2018-04-30 at 10.08.47 AM.pngColumbia. The total cost of one family staying at the house per night is around $75, but no family is required to make any financial contribution in order to stay at the house, which is why RMH relies on the support of the community. The money that Alpha Delta Pi raised is equivalent to 90 nights for a family to stay at the house and over 200 meals. Our sisters serve the house weekly by cooking meals for the families, playing with the children, cleaning common areas and taking care of Alphie, the golden-doodle puppy that our chapter gifted to the house in 2016 (as illustrated in our flyer).

Tri Delta Supports St. Jude with Delta House of Pancakes

Written by Addie Broom

IMG_2820.JPGOn April 12th from 6-8 PM at Breakers Live, the ladies of Tri Delta hosted our annual philanthropy event, DHOP or Delta House of Pancakes, benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. At the event, we had live music from a local Columbia band called ‘Tripping on Bricks’ and unlimited pancakes for all! Along with pancakes, we served bacon, sausage, fruit, and orange juice, everything needed for the perfect breakfast feast. Everyone at the event was encouraged to write letters to St. Jude patients that our Tri Delta sisters delivered to the hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. We had a great turnout thanks to our panhellenic community and fellow St. Jude supporters.

Tickets were $5 and all the proceeds earned were donated to Tri Delta’s national
philanthropy, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It costs approximately $2.4 million dollars a day to operate the hospital. The money raised at DHOP went to help operate the hospital and find cures for childhood cancer. Treatments at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from

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20% to 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago. Patients and families at St. Jude receive world class treatment at no cost because of philanthropy events and fundraisers like DHOP. Because of DHOP and all it’s supporters, countless children have enjoyed a lifetime of moments they might otherwise have missed.

Alpha Gamma Delta Gambles for Good during Poker and Pearls

Written by Meredith Schroeder

Screen Shot 2018-04-17 at 8.26.28 PM.pngWhen reflecting back on the past few weeks, the one word that comes to mind regarding our philanthropy is unity. No matter what year you are, where you are from, your major, or who you are friends with, for three hours on April 5th, the women of the Theta Omega chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta at the University of South Carolina were united together to fight the fight against hunger. Having just undertaken this new philanthropic purpose, all of our sisters have had to come together in order to make the greatest impact possible on our community. In the weeks leading up to Poker and Pearls, all of our sisters sold tickets to the event, and participated in tabling events and spreading the news Screen Shot 2018-04-17 at 8.26.36 PM.pngaround campus. On the night of the event our whole chapter played Poker, Texas Hold ‘Em, Craps, and other casino games in order to gain raffle tickets for items donated by local businesses. The event was an incredible success with us raising money for the Alpha Gamma Delta foundation, and all of our sisters coming together in order to participate in our crusade to end domestic hunger, starting with our Columbia community. Whether it is driving around Columbia together to drop off meals for Meals on Wheels, organizing cans for Harvest Hope Food Bank, or playing Poker and Blackjack at our annual philanthropy event, Poker and Pearls, our sisters are serving together, and changing the world while doing it.

Chi Omega Grants Wishes during War of the Wings

Written by Maggie Luke and the Chi Omega Philanthropy Team

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Chi Omega held our annual spring fundraiser, “War of the Wings,” benefitting the Make-A-Wish foundation on Friday, April 6 at Music Farm Columbia from 5 to 7pm. War of the Wings is a bracket-style wing eating competition where teams of five have 20 seconds to eat as much of their wings as they can. Each team member is given three wings and the spice of the wings increases as the rounds proceed.  The team who has eaten the most moves on to the next round until eventually we have a final winner! As fun as it is to watch your friends and family chow down on

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wings with barbecue covered faces, it was not the only activity at War of the Wings. There were raffles that guests could enter to win items such as a football signed by Gamecock Football Coach Will Muschamp and countless gift cards. As the event is centered around food, naturally there was a variety of food to snack on throughout the event such as a nacho bar, Insomnia cookies, and of course, wings.

IMG_1679.jpgAlthough we all love to eat, Chi Omega’s favorite part of War of the Wings was getting the chance to hear from a few of South Carolina’s Make-A-Wish families. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, helping them to feel like a normal kid and bring happiness to them and their families- something that is hard to come by when your child is going through serious treatments or surgeries for their illness. Throughout War of the Wings, several families got onstage to share their personal experiences with the Make-A-Wish foundation and Chi Omega. They emphasized the importance of fundraising for the Make-A-Wish foundation and expressed an innumerable amount of gratitude to those who have helped their love ones take a break from hospital visits and make a wish of theirs come true. It was truly an unforgettable experience filled with love, laughter and full bellies.

Some Friendly Competition…

Written by Taylor Palmer

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Delta Delta Delta and FIJI

In my opinion, one of the most amazing things about the Greek community at USC is how we come together to make a change when we tackle a problem. When we stand together, anything is possible.

University of South Carolina College Panhellenic Association is proud to call Circle of Sisterhood our council’s philanthropy. Founded by fellow Panhellenic woman Ginny Carroll, Circle of Sisterhood’s purpose is to provide women and girls across the world with access to quality education. Many do not have access to education simply because of their gender- sound familiar? That’s because sororities were founded for the very same reason in 1800s America! It makes sense that motivated, college educated women, like those in sororities, should be involved with the cause.

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Alpha Delta Pi, Chi Psi and Phi Kappa Tau

Our council is contributing by raising funds to build a school in Senegal, Africa this

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Alpha Xi Delta

December. How do we fundraise? By hosting a friendly competition! On Sunday, April 8, sororities and fraternities paired up to participate in the Circle of Sisterhood Powder Puff Flag Football tournament! The prize? Bragging rights and $200 toward the organizations’ philanthropies. The game was ON.

After four hours of tough competition and a snack break with food from sponsors like Marco’s and PDQ, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Zeta and Lambda Chi Alpha WON the tournament. They faced tough competition from Kappa Kappa Gamma and Theta Chi, who came in a close second. When all was said and done, event organizer Darby Nugent, Panhellenic VP of service, said we raised $1,300 for Circle of Sisterhood, all of which gets donated to the Senegal school fund! Thank you to all who came out to support Circle of Sisterhood. We look forward to hosting more events as a council to better the world together!

Learn more about Circle of Sisterhood here: https://www.circleofsisterhood.org 

 

 

Reading is Fundamental for Kappa Kappa Gamma

Written by Emilee Skillman

image5.jpegFor members of Kappa Kappa Gamma at USC, philanthropy is very important. Our national philanthropy, Reading is Fundamental (RIF), is easy to become involved with! One of the main projects our members love to get involved with is a program called Literacy is Key. We have recently partnered with a local elementary school, Watkins Nance, where, once a month, we go and read to the kids as well as work on a craft with them. At the end of our visit, each child will get to go home with a book or a bookmark created by members of our chapter.

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This past month, we read the book Jack and the Beanstalk with the kids and each child got to plant their very own bean seed! They were overjoyed and could not wait to see their plant grow in hopes it would be as tall as Jack’s beanstalk. This program is so important because getting kids to love reading at a young age is so important. It can help shape their educational future! We want kids to become excited about the world and use their imagination. We are very fortunate to have such hands-on philanthropic opportunities where we actually get to see how happy kids get when they read a fun story or take home a book they picked out. We also have a main philanthropy event each semester where all of our proceeds go directly to RIF. Philanthropy is such an important aspect of our chapter and I personally can’t wait to see where we go from here!