1- Active

Commonly used term to denote a fraternity or sorority member in college


2- Alumna

A fraternity member (feminine) no longer in college.

(plural; Alumnae)


3- Alumnae Panhellenic

An area organization of Alumnae (post college members) of National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) Sororities.


4- Bid

Invitation to join a sorority or fraternity.


5- Chapter: 

Membership unit of a sorority or fraternity.


6- College Panhellenic: 

The cooperative organization of women’s NPC fraternities.


7- Deferred Recruitment: 

Recruitment week scheduled sometime after school opening or in the second semester (SMU and Baylor for example).


8- Fraternity: 

Name that applies to all Greek-letter organizations, characterized by ritual, pin, and strong ties of friendship.  Informally women’s fraternities are commonly called sororities.


9- Initiation: 

Inspirational ceremony by which new members are made active members.


10- Legacy: 

1) You are a legacy if you have family members who are in a sorority (Aunts, cousins, etc.),   2) Usually a mother, grandmother or sister makes a Potential Member a direct legacy, each sorority has its own definition of legacy.


11- Local

A campus organization, often with a Greek-letter name, which does not have chapters on other campuses and which is not a member of the National Panhellenic Conference.


12- Letter of Support

1) Fan mail,   2) Alumna member from a specific sorority writes a letter to her sorority on your behalf,   3) Number of letters varies by sorority, 4) You will never see these letters.


13- Open Recruitment: 

A period following Formal recruitment with informal visits without scheduled events.  This is designated by the college Panhellenic.


14- Reference Packet: 

1) files/envelopes filled with information about you, the Potential New Member (PNM),   2) Contents will differ depending upon the recipient, but mostly will contain resumes, unofficial transcripts, and pictures.



1) Meaning “All Greek”.  2) Organization nationally, locally, and on campuses to further aims of all member groups.  3)The organization which oversees Greek Sororities,  4) It consists of representatives from each sorority,   5) College Level-Plans and organizes Recruitment and several other events, as well as monitoring scholastic and service activities:  Alumnae Level-  Assists Potential Members with the necessary paperwork to assure a positive Sorority Recruitment/ Greek experience,   6)  Functions similar to a high school student council.


16- Potential Member: 

1) Young woman attending Sorority Recruitment events,  2) Sometimes referred to as PM’s, PNMs (Potential New Member) or Rushees.


17- Preferential bidding: 

A system used at the conclusion of Formal Recruitment when potential members and sororities indicate choices.


18 - Quota: 

System used to equalize the number of members in each campus group.  It means the number of girls who may become new members in Membership Recruitment.  The quota is set by the College Panhellenic and depends on the number of potential members and sororities on a particular campus.


19 - Recommendation or Rec: 

1) Official form from each sorority to be completed by a designated member of that group,  2) Completed by El Paso Recruitment Chairmen (RCs)  3)  Sometimes completed by a person of your choice,  4) You will never see this form.


20 - Recruitment: 

1) A series of events (parties) which provide an opportunity for both Active Sorority Members and Potential Members to meet.  2) Sometimes referred to as Rush.


21 - Recruitment Chairman:

(RC) 1) Almost every sorority in the United States has a local representative here in El Paso to help you.  You will need to contact one RC for every sorority that has a chapter at your college campus. Many will email information to you once you have registered with El Paso Alumnae Panhellenic (EPAP)  (8 sororities on your campus = 8 RCs to contact.)


22 - Rush Counselor (Rho Chi): 

1) An active member of a sorority on your campus who serves as your advisor during recruitment week.  2)  She will assist you with any questions/problems and provide guidance through the entire process.  3) She is not allowed to be in contact with her sorority during this time.




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