Sorority recruitment and its corresponding events took place this previous week, Jan. 6-12, giving new potential members a chance to explore sorority life. Students who are new to the sorority life were able to get a taste of each sorority and saw how each one operated, making it easier for them to decide on which sororities they wanted to possibly go into.
Potential new members were able to meet members of all current National Panhellenic sororities: Alpha Gamma Delta, Chi Omega, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma and Pi Beta Phi. Potential new members were also introduced to Sigma Lambda Gamma, a historically multicultural sorority.
Mia Dalton, a Freshman who joined Pi Beta Phi this past week, said,“it was a great experience and I loved everyone that I met.”
The recruitment process is composed of three rounds that happen throughout the week. The rounds of primary recruitment were Philanthropy, Sisterhood and Values and the Preference ceremony. Over the course of these rounds, potential new members were able to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the individual philanthropies, values and sisterhoods of all the chapters.
“I think having 120 new women this year was pretty successful for the sorority community,” said Junior Alyssa Medina, chapter president of Sigma Lambda Gamma. “Sigma Lambda Gamma is the only sorority that doesn’t have a house. So we participated and sat in the ARC, and the different rounds would come to us.”
On Sunday, Jan. 12, the sorority community welcomed 120 new members. This Bid Day celebration was particularly special because it was the first Bid Day to be held in the ARC. In the past, Bid Day took place in the Harre Union ballrooms, but because of the growing number of people looking to join and the recent addition of Alpha Gamma Delta, a larger space became necessary.
“Going through recruitment at Valpo is a great experience because you get to learn about each chapter and meet new people along the way,” said Sarah Caesar, Junior from Pi Beta Phi. “We have a very supportive community and it’s fun to see how happy everyone is for each other on Bid Day.”
Bid Day is the celebration of being asked to join a sorority at Valparaiso University. Women receive their membership invitation and then participate in the Panhellenic New member ceremony and celebration together.