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Recruitment Information

Fraternity and sorority recruitment will take place during Fall Semester. The recruitment process is different for men and women.

Fraternity Recruitment

Throughout the beginning of fall semester the fraternities will host recruitment events and informational meetings. The formal recruitment period for the eight Interfraternity Council (IFC) fraternities takes place the end of September/beginning of October and last for two weeks.

H
ow it works:
During the first week each fraternity will host a recruitment party open to every non-Greek male on campus. It is encouraged that as a potential new member you visit as many chapters as you can to have a better opportunity of finding the right group of guys. After the parties are over, fraternities will extend invites to interested men to attend their Final Parties the following week. 

O
nce all final parties are over, men interested in joining a fraternity will come to the Campus Center to fill out a preference card stating which chapter(s) they would be willing to join. Fraternities will also put together a list of men they would be willing to extend a bid. At the end of the signing day, the two lists will be compared all mutually selected men will receive a bid to membership.

2016 Fraternity Recruitment Schedule:

Fraternity Kickoff

Sunday, September 18th in the Campus Center at 6 pm


Recruitment Parties

  • Pi Kappa Phi (Club)- Monday, September 19th
  • Eta Phi Mu (Jonda)- Tuesday, September 20th
  • Pi Beta Sigma (Pi Sig)- Wednesday, September 21st
  • Zeta Phi (Zeta)- Thursday, September 22nd
  • Alpha Sigma Phi (Alpha Sig)- Monday, September 26th
  • Sigma Delta Phi (Sphinx)- Tuesday, September 27th
  • Phi Delta Theta (Phi Delt)- Wednesday, September 28th


  • Final Dinners

     

    • Zeta Phi (Zeta)- Monday, October 3rd
    • Pi Beta Sigma (Pi Sig)- Monday, October 3rd
    • Phi Delta Theta (Phi Delt)- Tuesday, October 4th
    • Eta Phi Mu (Jonda)- Tuesday, October 4th
    • Sigma Delta Phi (Sphinx)- Wednesday, October 5th
    • Pi Kappa Phi (Club)- Wednesday, October 5th
    • Alpha Sigma Phi (Alpha Sig)- Thursday, October 6th
    Fraternity Signing Days

    Men can submit their bids October 12th-14th in the Campus Center at the Student Involvement Office. Bids must be signed by 4 pm on Friday, October 14th. If you have any conflicts with times, please email the Assistant Director of the Center for Student Involvement at bschwarz@otterbein.edu.

    Spring Recruitment

    Spring recruitment is very informal.  Look for flyers and Facebook events!

    Sorority Recruitment

    Formal Recruitment for the six Panhellenic Council (Panhel) sororities takes place the end of September/beginning of October and last for two weeks. Sign-ups begin the first day of classes and run through the first day of formal recruitment and can be done online. The sorority recruitment process is designed to help potential new members (PNM’s) meet and interact with every sorority to have a better opportunity of finding the perfect match.

    How it works:

    In the first round (Open House) every PNM will have the opportunity to visit each of the six sororities and their houses. After the first round, PNM’s will rank the sororities in the order they would like to see them again and the sororities will compile a list of women they would like to spend more time with. The two lists will then be compared and if there is a mutual agreement between PNM and sorority you will have the opportunity to see up to four chapters a second time for Novelty Parties.

    After Novelty Parties, PNM’s and sororities will complete the same process, where PNM’s will rank the sororities in the order they would like to see them again and the sororities will compile a list of women they would like to invite to their Final parties. The two lists will again be compared and if there is a mutual agreement between PNM and sorority you will have the opportunity to see up to two chapters for Final Parties. 

    Once final parties are over, each PNM will rank however many (0-6) sororities she would be willing to accept a bid to membership. At the same time the sororities will rank all the women they have seen in the order they would like to offer them a bid to membership. The lists will then be compared and PNM’s will become a new member of a sorority.

    SIGN UP HERE!
    Sorority Recruiter 

    2016 Sorority Recruitment Information
    Sorority Recruitment Sign-Ups

    You can sign-up online at the link listed above and submit your registration payment online or to the Campus Center on Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5 pm.

    Sorority Recruitment Kick-Off
    Sunday, September 11th at 8:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Lounge

    Sorority Open House Round (2 houses each day)
    Monday, September 12th from 6-8 pm
    Tuesday, September 13th from 6-8 pm

    Meet in the Campus Center Lounge each day prior to starting time

    Novelty Parties
    (NOTE: As a PNM you will only attend a maximum of FOUR Novelty Parties)

    • Tau Epsilon Mu: Saturday, September 17th @ 2:00 pm
    • Tau Delta: Saturday, September 17th @ 4:30 pm
    • Sigma Alpha Tau: Saturday, September 17th @ 7:00 pm
    • Kappa Phi Omega: Sunday, September 18th @ 2:00 pm
    • Epsilon Kappa Tau: Sunday, September 18th @ 4:30 pm
    • Theta Nu: Sunday, September 18th @ 7:00 pm

    Final Parties
    (NOTE: As a PNM you will only attend a maximum of TWO Final Parties)

    • Tau Epsilon Mu: Friday, September 23rd @ 5:00 pm
    • Epsilon Kappa Tau: Friday, September 23rd @ 7:00 pm 
    • Kappa Phi Omega: Friday, September 23rd @ 9:00 pm
    • Tau Delta: Saturday, September 24th @ 2:00 pm
    • Sigma Alpha Tau: Saturday, September 24th @ 4:00 pm
    • Theta Nu: Saturday, September 24th @ 6:00 pm

    Bid Day: Sunday, September 25th @ Noon!

    Spring recruitment is very informal with only a few chapters taking new members.

    NPHC Intake

    The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is the umbrella organization of the nine historically African American, international Greek lettered fraternities and sororities. Otterbein currently shares city-wide charters with Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta.

    Each of these groups conducts an “intake” process for new members in assistance with their local Graduate Chapter (a group of local alumni of each organization in the Columbus area). Intake varies from year to year based on each individual organization. If you are interested in membership in an NPHC organization you can contact a member of the group or the Center for Student Involvement.

    / Center for Student Involvement

    The Greek Life office is located in the Center for Student Involvement inside the Campus Center.

    Office Hours
    M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Contact
    Ben Schwarz, asst. director
    e / bschwarz@otterbein.edu
    p / 614.823.3206

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