Who is eligible for recruitment? All Cal Poly women who have not yet been initiated into a Panhellenic sorority are eligible to go through the recruitment process.
When is fall recruitment? Registration: July 1st at 12 AM – September 23rd 12:30 PM Check-In and Orientation: September 23rd Recruitment: September 28th – 30th & October 6th - 7th Bid Day: October 8th
Is there a minimum GPA Requirement? Although Panhellenic does not require a specific grade point average (GPA) to participate in formal recruitment or COB, each sorority has a minimum grade requirement to be eligible for membership. Every sorority strives to maintain a high level of academic success and must consider a woman’s ability to meet the chapter's scholastic standards. It is highly recommended that women participating in COB have at or above a 2.3 Cal Poly GPA.
How will joining a sorority affect my academics? Historically, sororities were founded on the values of scholarship. Sororities were meant to build a community among women who attended male-dominated colleges and universities. Today, our members still recognize that school is their primary focus, which is reflected in their academic performance. Cal Poly’s Panhellenic women consistently achieve a higher average GPA than the Cal Poly Women’s average GPA. Prospective members must meet a minimum GPA in order to be initiated, and then must maintain a minimum GPA to remain an active member. If a member is struggling academically, both the individual house and the Panhellenic Board provide resources to increase that woman’s opportunity for success, such as study hours, academic mentors, and academic plans for success. Moreover, chapters are rewarded on a quarterly basis for achieving the outstanding GPA’s, which provides even more incentive for members to focus on their academic success. To view our Greek Community’s quarterly grade reports, please refer to the Scholarship portion of our website.
What if I have class during recruitment? You will be excused from recruitment events if you have class during the time of events. Please fill out The Class Conflict Form by Wednesday, September 26th at 11:59 PM, if you would like to participate in the Formal Recruitment process. Should you have any questions regarding class conflicts, please contact Sabrina, Panhellenic's VP Recruitment at email@example.com.
What are the costs associated with joining a Panhellenic sorority? Like many opportunities for involvement in college, there is a financial commitment associated with joining a sorority. These costs go toward National fees, chapter expenses, social functions, sisterhood events, and more. The cost of membership differs between individual chapters, and more detailed information can be found on individual chapter websites and in the recruitment handbook that women will receive during recruitment. Low = $335 per quarter; $255 for first quarter of membershipAverage = $391 per quarter; $594 for first quarter of membershipHigh = $527 per quarter; $881 for first quarter of membership
What are the benefits of joining Panhellenic? Sororities are founded on principles that encourage character development, academic excellence, involvement in campus organizations, serving the community, and lasting friendships. Joining a sorority means having a caring support system from day one. The Greek Community is full of wonderful individuals, and provides numerous resources for all of its members.Many National studies constantly indicate that students who become members of Greek-letter organizations reap a plethora of positive benefits, including: •Greek students are more likely to stay in college than non-Greek students •College students who belong to a sorority (or fraternity) have a tendency to be more financially successful than other college graduates •Greek alumni give both more money and more frequently to their alma maters than non-Greek alumni •Greek students are more active on campus and in community activities •Upon graduation, Greek members are more likely to get involved in volunteer and charitable organizations
What are the social aspects of sorority membership? Our sororities at Cal Poly provide several social opportunities for members. Typical social events include joint-house sisterhood events, exchanges with fraternities, date parties, sisterhood activates, and much more. Because the Greek community at Cal Poly contributes to social activity on campus, members and school staff have worked diligently to create a safe environment for everyone. To learn more about social event guidelines and safety measures, please refer to the Judicial section of our website.
What philanthropic opportunities are available to me if I join a sorority? Sororities provide several philanthropic opportunities for members every quarter. Each house serves national and local philanthropies through both fundraising and direct service. The partnerships between our sororities and national philanthropies are as follows: •Alpha Chi Omega - The Alpha Chi Omega Foundation, which supports the victims of domestic violence •Alpha Epsilon Phi - The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Sharshere •Alpha Gamma Delta - Fighting Hunger •Alpha Phi - The Alpha Phi Foundation, which supports women’s heart health •Alpha Omicron Pi - The Arthritis Foundation •Chi Omega - The Make-A-Wish Foundation • Delta Gamma - Service for Sight Gamma Phi Beta - Helping Build Strong Girls •Kappa Alpha Theta - Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) •Kappa Kappa Gamma - Reading is Fundamental •Sigma Kappa - Gerontology emphasizing Alzheimer’s Disease In addition, the Greek Community participates in many service events throughout the year including Day of Service, Growing Grounds, and Greek Week.
Is hazing a part of the Greek culture at Cal Poly? Cal Poly has a strict zero-tolerance policy when it comes to hazing. Both the Panhellenic Board as well as individual chapters do not condone any sort of hazing behavior and take all allegations very seriously. In the event of a reported or suspected incident of hazing, the Dean of Students Office will conduct a formal investigation and take any appropriate further action. More information regarding hazing and reporting incidents can be found in the Judicial section of our website.
Who can I contact if I have further questions about Panhellenic Association? If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact: Sabrina Hughes Panhellenic VP Recruitment Pha.firstname.lastname@example.org Sarah O'Sullivan Coordinator for Fraternity & Sorority Life email@example.com
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