Sorority Recruitment

 

Five women pose in their sorority shirts at the RSO fair on the quad.

Welcome to Illinois Wesleyan University!

We would like to congratulate you on becoming a Titan and starting your academic career here at IWU. Sorority life has been a part of Illinois Wesleyan for over 140 years, making it one of the most long-standing campus organizations in the community! Joining a sorority is a great way to jump-start your involvement in student life. Whether it is academically, athletically, socially, or in service and leadership roles, the fraternity and sorority community at IWU provides a network of support throughout your undergraduate experience and beyond. By choosing to participate in recruitment, you will have the opportunity to meet and contact with various women, many of whom are leaders on this campus.

The decision to go through recruitment is full of new possibilities and an excellent way to make the most out of your years here at IWU. Recruitment will give you a better insight into what sorority life here at IWU is all about. Throughout recruitment, you will learn about the many exciting opportunities available to sorority women such as Greek Week, Philanthropy events, scholarships, networking, leadership workshops, alumni connections, and much more.

 If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Vice President of Membership, Ria Patel (rpatel2@iwu.edu) or Kari Murphy, CPH Recruitment Advisor (kmurphy4@iwu.edu). We are looking forward to meeting you!

Fall 2021 Recruitment Registration 

 Click here to register by September 7, 2021.

 


FORMAL RECRUITMENT

Illinois Wesleyan University College Panhellenic is following the guidance of the National Panhellenic Conference and the CDC and is planning a hybrid recruitment with virtual and in-person components. Masks will be required for all participants at any in-person events. Based on the guidance of IWU and the State of Illinois, recruitment might pivot to a fully virtual experience, and we will keep all active members and PNMs informed. We are excited for women to join our community safely! 

Formal Recruitment is the process by which sorority members introduce themselves to potential members. Throughout the week, you are invited to visit all four chapters and learn what each has to offer. Joining a sorority is a big decision and attending all the recruitment events is strongly encouraged to help you make the decision that is best for you.

Formal recruitment is conducted through the means of mutual selection. At the end of each night, potential members will select the chapters they would like to visit again. Likewise, the chapters invite back potential new members that they feel will be a good fit for their chapter. A computer software program then compiles the data and schedules are produced for the potential member for the next scheduled day of events. This process continues throughout the week until preference night.

Click on the tab for each day for more details about that night of formal recruitment. 

Orientation 

Wednesday, September 8

8:00-9:30 PM in Young Main Lounge

Orientation is the first required event of formal recruitment. During Orientation, potential new members (PNMs) will meet their Recruitment Counselors, learn about how the process works, and get to know other PNMs in their group.

Recommended Potential New Member (PNM) attire is casual. 

Sisterhood Night

Thursday, September 9

6:30-11:00 PM, Virtual

Sisterhood Night will provide an opportunity for PNMs to meet active members of each sorority and learn more about their sisterhood.

Recommended PNM attire is the recruitment t-shirt (provided by CPH) and jeans/pants/skirt/shorts (no sweatpants, leggings, or athletic shorts).

Values Night

Friday, September 10

6:15-11:00 PM, Virtual

Values Night is the first invitational round of recruitment. PNMs will learn about each sorority’s philanthropy and what values each sorority strives to embody. During this night the PNMs will create more connections with active members.

Recommended PNM attire is a casual/dressy casual top (no t-shirts).

Preference Night

Saturday, September 11

6:15-10:00 PM, CNS 101 & 102 (PNMs), Young Main Lounge (KKG), Joslin Atrium/Turfler (SK), Niepagen Room (KD), and Hansen (AGD).

Preference Night is the final invitational round of recruitment. This is one of the most important and inspirational nights of Recruitment. The active members share their personal stories and share what their sorority means to them.

Recommended PNM attire is semi-formal (wedding guest attire). 

Bid Day

Sunday, September 12

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Quad/State Farm Commencement Plaza and Chapter Homes

Bid Day marks the end of formal recruitment. This is when PNMs become new members of a sorority. It is the best day Recruitment! PNMs will receive their bids, participate in CPH Bid Day ceremonies, and then are greeted by the women of the sorority and do bonding activities with all members of their new chapters.

Recommended PNM attire is shorts or jeans and a t-shirt or tank top. T-shirts will be provided once you receive & accept your bid. 


FORMAL RECRUITMENT ATTENDANCE

Attendance at all recruitment events is mandatory. Excused absences include class, IWU athletic commitments, religious holiday observances, and family emergencies. If you will be late or absent for any portion of recruitment, you must complete this form. If you have any questions about absences, please contact getinvolved@iwu.edu.

 


CONTINUOUS OPEN BIDDING

Continuous Open Recruitment is the process by which sororities that have vacancies in their quota or total are able to introduce themselves to potential members. This process is less formal than Formal Recruitment and many students prefer this style of deciding if sorority life is for them. Participating chapters will hold individual events and invite potential members to visit with their chapter members in activities such as going to a movie, grabbing a bite to eat or other activities where they can get to know each other. Potential members do not have to visit all participating chapters and there is no obligation to join if you attend an event.

Please check back following fall formal recruitment to see if any chapters will be hosting COB events.


RECRUITMENT INFRACTION REPORTS

The NPC Infraction process is put in place to help assure an equitable and democratic process for all chapters, members and potential new members. The NPC judicial process encourages sororities to resolve alleged infractions in a timely and informal manner. However, if respectful, informal conversations are unsuccessful then a formal infraction report should be filed. Formal infractions may be submitted by the following individuals: College Panhellenic Vice President of Recruitment, Recruitment Counselor, College Panhellenic Officer or Student Involvement staff.

Click Here to submit a formal infraction report.