All sororities were built upon the same founding values:
- Academic Excellence
- Involvement and Leadership
- Community Service and Philanthropy
- Sisterhood and Friendship
The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) is the national coordinating body of 26 member sororities. Locally, the Panhellenic Council is the governing body for the NPC sororities on a college campus. The Panhellenic Council coordinates Recruitment, provides programming and activities for sorority women, and works as a self-governing support system to the sororities on the SFA Campus. There are 5 NPC sororities at SFA. The decision to join one of these sororities means that an individual is interested in a college experience based upon the founding values of sorority life.
Some of the ways that you will see these values in action on our campus include:
- The sorority GPA's is consistently higher than the all-university GPA's.
- Sorority sponsored scholarships for academic achievement
- Study hall and academic tutoring sessions
- All-Greek honor societies.
- Leadership positions within the sororities and on all-Greek committees and councils.
- Sorority members holding campus-wide leadership positions.
- Community service events such as the canned food drive.
- Greek Week.
- Homecoming activities.
- Big Sis/Little Sis activities.
- All Greek Sisterhood events.
- Chapter retreats.
A website to check out for addition information is: thesororitylife.com
Contact SFA Greek Life:
Location: Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3. 300
Address: SFA Box 13029 Nacogdoches TX 75962
Phone #: Office: 936.468.3703 Fax: 936.468.7278
The Basics of Recruitment
Recruitment is the period when sororities seek new members to join their chapters. Sorority events at SFA are hosted by SFAPA throughout the summer at Freshmen Orientation. At SFAPA-sponsored events, you'll get the chance to meet members from multiple campus sororities. At all events you'll learn about Greek activities, new member programs and, perhaps most importantly, get a feel for the uniqueness of each chapter.
Because each sorority at SFA does have its own unique qualities, it's important for you to keep an open mind throughout Recruitment. By asking questions, you can better decide where you fit best.
Here are some questions we recommend you keep in mind:
* What activities is the chapter involved with on campus?
* How will membership in a specific sorority benefit you?
* How much are dues or fees?
* What are the housing requirements?
* What kind of scholarship program does the chapter offer?
* What is the meal plan?
* How does this chapter support its national philanthropy?
Basic eligibility to participate in recruitment are:
- Be enrolled for a minimum of 12 hours at SFA.
- SFA Panhellic Association (SFAPA requires anyone participating in recruitment should not be on academic probation.
Please be advised that every sorority has established its own academic requirements, most of which are significantly higher than the SFAPA requirement. Many chapters follow the guidelines set by their inter/national organizations when deciding to offer invitations and bids.
It is also important to note that very few grade exceptions are made by each chapter. Potential members who do not meet a chapter's academic requirements are released early in the recruitment process to allow them the opportunity to explore other alternatives. However, grades are considered throughout the entire process.
Women's Panhellenic Recruitment is the process through which potential new members consider sororities, and sororities choose new sisters. The formal Recruitment period is composed of three rounds where potential new members (PNM's) visit each of the five chapters on SFA's campus. Through a process of mutual selection, girls narrow their choices until following the last round, then finally select a sorority. Women's Recruitment for fall 2011 will start two weeks into the semester, beginning September 9th and ending the 11th.
Women who choose to participate in the Recruitment process are required to pay an early registration $50 fee until August 25 and regular registration fee of $75 beginning August 26. This fee covers administrative cost, room reservations and transportation to and from Sorority Row. Payment may be by debit or credit card and will be done online when you register. The first event a potential new member will have to attend is:
SFA Potential New Member Convocation
In The Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater, Room 2.210
September 7, 2011 7:00 PM
Dress is casual. This is the first chance to see and meet all the women participating in Fall Recruitment as well as your Rho Beta Sigma! Rho Beta Sigma's are women who disaffiliate from their chapters for an entire summer and beginning of the school year in order to help guide and counsel the pnm's, without favorable intensions for their own chapter.
More Questions Call 936-468-3703
Listed below is the who, what and wear of each day of Recruitment:
Philanthropy Events/Open House Event During Round 1
Each potential new member (PNM) will visit each of our five chapters.
There are 8 party times, so each PNM group will sit out for 3 event times.
The dress for this party is shorts and tops and flats. Remember, you will
be outside walking from house to house in the Texas heat.
Skit and Slide Show Events During Round 2
Each PNM visits up to four chapters. There are 6 party times, so each PNM
will sit out at least 2 event times. The dress for this round is sundress,
skirt & top or pants and top with flats.
Preference Events During Round 3
Each PNM visits up to two chapters. There are 3 event times, so each PNM sits
out at least 1 event time. An appropriate dress for this round is a one you might
wear to church or a wedding reception.
This is were you will meet your new sisters!!! Most potential members choose
to wear shorts and a light colored or white t-shirt with tennis shoes.