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Panhellenic Council

The University of Mississippi

A Letter from the Vice Presidents of Recruitment

 

Mary Frances Ward, Vice President of Recruitment

Meagan Smith, Assistant Vice President of Recruitment

We are so excited that you have joined the University of Mississippi family and are interested in Panhellenic sorority life! During your years at the University of Mississippi, you will have countless opportunities to shape your own college experience. As you begin to make decisions about the right path for you, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with Greek life here at the University of Mississippi.

Our Panhellenic community is composed of ten National Panhellenic Conference organizations that are filled with exceptional women who are involved in a variety of different capacities across campus and the Oxford-Lafayette community. Our Panhellenic community continues to be proud of our chapters that have empowering sisterhoods and encourage their members to strive for excellence and enrich their college experiences through service, scholarship, and friendship, just to name a few.

If you choose to join a Panhellenic sorority, you will not only join an individual chapter, but also an entire community of women who are dedicated to academic excellence, sisterhood, and philanthropic service. Even if you decide that joining a Panhellenic chapter is not for you, the recruitment experience will provide you with friendships that will last throughout your time at the University of Mississippi and beyond.

Thank you for your interest in participating in Panhellenic recruitment, and we hope that through this experience, you will learn more about your own personal values and how membership in a Panhellenic sorority can further develop you into a strong woman throughout college and beyond. We look forward to seeing you this fall!


Please Note: The deadline to register for 2020 Panhellenic Sorority Primary Recruitment is August 1, 2020 at 11:59pm CST. Click here for more information on how to register.

 

Fall Primary Sorority Recruitment 2020

UPDATE 7/30/20: Due to ongoing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak in the state of Mississippi, the College Panhellenic Council has made the decision to move the first three rounds of recruitment (Greek Day, Philanthropy Round, and Sisterhood Round) to be executed virtually. Preference Round is still planned to be held in person. Bid Day will be held virtually.

UPDATE 7/28/20: Due to ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19, the University of Mississippi College Panhellenic Council has made the decision to move to Scenario 2  for 2020 Panhellenic Recruitment.

UPDATE 6/30/20: Due to ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19, the University of Mississippi College Panhellenic Council has made the decision to operate in Scenario 1 for 2020 Panhellenic Recruitment.


In response to the COVID-19, situation, the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), the governing body of the 26-member organization of sororities, recently released a Recruitment Contingencies Task Force Report encouraging the use of virtual recruitment, where social distancing guidelines will be in place. The University of Mississippi on average has ~1,300 women participating in recruitment along with ~3,500 active sorority members and we are excited that registration numbers are looking similar to previous years.

The University of Mississippi College Panhellenic Council (CPH), in conjunction with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life staff, chapter leadership, advisors, campus partners, and NPC representatives, is pleased to announce that it has developed three possible scenarios for adapting the Fall Primary Sorority Recruitment process, which is currently scheduled for August 27 – September 6th, to a structured hybrid model that would include both virtual and in-person rounds.

The scenarios include:

  • Scenario 1: A fully structured hybrid recruitment; Greek Day would be held virtually and Philanthropy, Sisterhood, and Preference Rounds would be held in-person utilizing social distancing protocol.
  • Scenario 2: A fully structured hybrid recruitment; Greek Day and Philanthropy Round would be held virtually. Sisterhood and Preference Rounds would be held in-person utilizing social distancing protocols.
  • Scenario 3: A fully structured recruitment utilizing virtual rounds.

While the hope is to be able to utilize Scenario 1, the UM College Panhellenic Council (CPH) will adhere to all federal, state, local and/or UM guidelines, as we keep the health and safety of members, potential new members, advisors, volunteers, and UM staff at the forefront of any decisions made.We are excited to be able to host a equitable and safe process that will afford women the opportunity to find a home in the Panhellenic community at The University of Mississippi. Knowing that you will likely have additional questions, for now, please continue to visit https://panhellenic.olemiss.edu/ for more information and updates.

COVID-19 Recruitment Preparation & Logistics:

  •  All participants (active members, potential new members and volunteers) will be required to wear a protective face covering throughout the recruitment process
  • Panhellenic will be providing two t-shirts, personal hand sanitizer, mask (upon request) to all potential new members (PNMS).
  • The recruitment schedule will be adjusted to comply with University guidelines allowing for smaller recruitment event sizes and maximum opportunities for social distancing.
  • In an effort to maintain clean and safe health standards, additional time will be allotted between recruitment events.

Information about Bid Day:
Plans are being finalized for Bid Day and will be shared when the information is available. Due to health and safety concerns, we recommend that parents and families NOT plan to attend any Bid Day activities, as no guests will be allowed in chapter facilities.

Potential New Member (PNM )Convocation & Pre-Recruitment Education:
Fall PNM Convocation will occur in a virtual format on August 23, 2020. The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life mandated pre-recruitment education workshops will be conducted utilizing Blackboard.  More information will be sent concerning these events and workshops at a later date.

If you have any questions about Primary Recruitment, please feel free to reach out to us at collegepanhellenic@olemiss.edu or reach the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life at 662-915-7609.