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Words and Terms to know...

The world of Fraternities and Sororities can be a little confusing, especially for new students and the parents of students.  Between all the Alphas, Sigmas, Gammas, and Epsilons, there is a whole new language that Creighton Greek Community members learn. Here are a few terms that will help you understand Greek life and Recruitment a little bit better.

Alumna:  An initiated member of a sorority who is no longer in college.

AMGO: The Association of Multicultural Greek Organizations. AMGO is the governing board for the multicultural Greek Organizations.

Badge: The  pin of an initiated member. 

Bid: A formal invitation to join a fraternity or sorority.

Chapter: The local group of an (inter)national fraternity or sorority.

Dues: The fees of a sorority or fraternity membership.

Formal Recruitment: The period set aside for Greek membership selection.

Fraternity: The name applied to Greek organizations, including sororities.  Informally, it refers to men's groups.

IFC:  The Inter-Fraterity Council.  IFC is the governing board for the traditional men's fraternity system.

Initiated member: A person who has been initiated into lifelong sorority or fraternity membership and is currently in college.

Initiation: The formal ceremony during which a potential member takes the final vows for full membership into a Greek organization. 

(Inter)national: The central organization (headquarters) of an individual Greek organization.

Legacy:  A person whose relative was a member of a certain Greek organization.

New Member: A member of a sorority or fraternity who is not yet initiated. 

NIC: The  North-American Interfraternity Conference.  A national organization composed of 72 men's fraternities.

NPC: The National Panhellenic Conference.  A national organization composed of the 26 (inter)nationally recognized women's fraternities.

Panhel/PHC : The Panhellenic Council. PHC is the governing board for  traditional sororities.  The word "Panhellenic" means "All Greek."

Philanthropy: An event to raise funds for a  charity or service project sponsored by individual chapters. 

Pledge Term: A period of learning about sorority and fraternity life prior to initiation. 

Potential New Member:  An undergraduate collegiate  who participates in recruitment.


Quota: A specified number of potential new members whom each sorority may pledge.

Recruitment Mentor: (Rho Mu) A collegiate woman who is available to answer any questions a potential new member may have about recruitment.  As a representative of the Panhellenic Council, she has disaffiliated from her chapter proceeding and during the formal recruitment period. 

 

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