Sororities promote sound scholarship, leadership, community involvement and life-long friendships. All sororities support philanthropies by collegiate and alumnae chapters. Philanthropies may include aid to handicapped children and adults, support of national health related organizations, assistance to disadvantaged women and children, or support of educational and literacy programs.
If you are interested in participating in recruitment at your college or university you must still register with your college to be a part of recruitment:
STEP 1 - Complete and Distribute Information Packets
The purpose of this step is to obtain letters of recommendations. You will need to prepare information packets that can be distributed to any alumna that requests additional information. The alumna will then use this information to prepare a reference or recommendation for you. Please note that you can compile these packets before you have made your final choice of university.
Your information packet should consist of a resume', transcript, and pictures. transcript, and pictures.
Resume': including name, address, phone number, high school and GPA, school and community activities and honors, hobbies.
Transcript: An unofficial copy of your transcript will aid the writer in ensuring the most effective membership recommendations. . It is NOT required but highly recommended.
Pictures: Photographs are not a requirement but highly recommended.
It is suggested if you choose to include photographs in your
packet, they should be recent photos. One full length and one close-up photo are preferable. These do not need to be formal photographs - an informal snapshot is fine.
The sorority member will use these pictures to identify you at recruitment. Write your name on the back of the picture in ball point pen not felt tip to prevent smudges.
NOTE: A sorority letter of recommendation is a practice used by some National Panhellenic Conference (NPC)member organizations to provide an opportunity for potential new member (PNMs) to be introduced to a sorority chapter on campus. Unfortunately sometimes PNMs and their caregivers go to great lengths to procure letters of recommendation under the assumption recommendations are mandatory for participation in recruitment. Sorority letters of recommendation are not required to participation in the recruitment process. The 26 NPC member organizations have agreed on this policy.
However remember that is always a nice touch to receive a personally written note from the potential new member thanking the alumna for their effort. You will most likely not know when your sorority alumnae contacts have written recommendations for you, but please go ahead and write each of them a personal thank you note a few weeks after giving them your information. They will appreciate it, and if they have not already written their recommendation for you, your thank you note will serve as a reminder for them to do it.
STEP 2 - Register with your College Panhellenic
You must register with your university. Contact the student activities office of your chosen college or university, or access the college's website to register with the university. As soon as your registration with the college Panhellenic is complete, it will be passed on to the participating sorority chapters.
They may have additional photo requirements.
Each campus has individual rules and procedures to guide the potential new members through the recruitment process. Check with your college for their additional requirements and deadlines as soon as possible.
It is the responsibility of the sorority members and NOT the potential new member to obtain these recommendation/references. However, it is to your advantage to network among family, friends, teachers, and acquaintances to secure your own recommendations. By doing so, you are assured a recommendation, and it is more likely to be more personal.
If you know more than one alumnae, you only need to able to obtain one formal recommendation - that is all that is needed. However, it is perfectly acceptable to request other alumnae to write a letter of support.
THE ALUMNA THAT AGREES TO SUPPORT YOU IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAILING THE RECOMMENDATION TO THEIR LOCAL SORORITY REFERENCE CHAIRWOMAN. IT IS NOT THE POTENTIAL NEW MEMBER'S RESPONSIBILITY.
HOWEVER AT SOME UNIVERSITIES OR COLLEGES THE ALUMNA MAY BE ASKED TO SEND
THE RECOMMENDATION DIRECTLY TO THE SORORITY.
Remember, it is to your advantage to distinguish yourself from other potential new members by following these tips. Completing these steps early ensures that you will not be swept up into the crowd of late applicants.
Jackson Area Alumnae Panhellenic Association, JAAPA, does not acqure recommendatins for any potential new member.