The Primary Recruitment Process at the University of Kentucky is a nine day process that begins after the start of classes. 2019 Fall Primary Recruitment begins on August 17th with PNM Orientation and ends September 3rd with Bid Day! Recruitment is a values based, mutually selective process aimed to maximize the opportunity that both potential new members and chapters have in selecting a sorority experience that matches their values.
Move in & PNM Orientation
Once moved in, you will attend PNM orientation with your Gamma Chi group. This will give you an overview of the process, along with what to expect and how you can be most prepared for the week. Then, your group will meet Sunday for small group activities to get to know each other and what to look for in a sorority during recruitment. During this time, PNMs will learn about expectations of recruitment week, interact with other PNMs, and have the opportunity to ask the recruitment staff questions. After the orientation, PNMs will reconvene with their Gamma Chi groups and learn more about values-based recruitment through Phired Up's program "iValU."
Open House Day 1 & 2
Open House is the first round in Primary Recruitment. During Open House, PNMs will be provided with a t-shirt for each day and will visit all 14 chapters with their Gamma Chi groups. Open House is designed to help familiarize yourself with the Panhellenic Community. Each function lasts 30 minutes and is focused on getting-to-know-you conversations. There is a one hour break each day for PNMs to get lunch, once with their Gamma Chi group and once on their own. On the final day of Open House rounds, PNMs will meet with their Gamma Chis to fill out their selection sheets.
Philanthropy Day 1 & 2
Philanthropy is the second round of Primary Recruitment which is the beginning of invitational rounds. Women have the opportunity to visit a maximum of 10 chapters on their own. While PNMs will not be traveling with their recruitment group, Gamma Chis will still be stationed throughout campus to help guide women and answer any questions. These functions will last 40 minutes and are focused on philanthropy and community service. PNMs will participate in a service activity with each chapter while learning about each chapter’s philanthropy and community service. PNMs will have the opportunity to share their community service and passions with the active members. On this day, active members will share what the time commitment of their sorority experience looks like. This is a great day for PNMs to ask chapters about the requirements of membership such as weekly and semester obligations as well as financial obligations.
Sisterhood is the third round of Primary Recruitment. Women will visit a maximum of 6 chapters and each function will last 40 minutes. Sisterhood rounds are focused on the individual ways that each sisterhood is different and special. Members hope to share a glimpse of their unique sisterhood with every PNM, so this is a great opportunity to ask how they express their values through their sisterhood. Chapters will share an outline of the financial obligations of membership. This is a great opportunity to ask chapter members questions you may have about chapter dues and the payment plans that may be available.
Preference is the final round of Primary Recruitment. PNMs will visit a maximum of 2 chapters. Prior to beginning this round, PNMs will complete a Pre-Preference Orientation with their Gamma Chi group. Women can expect these rounds to be more serious. Chapters will hold a Preference Ceremony that often offers insight into the chapter and their purpose. At the end of the functions, PNMs will go to Memorial Hall to complete the Membership Recruitment Acceptance Binding Agreement (MRABA). This is when PNMs rank the chapters they visited in order of her preferences.
Bid Day is the final day of Primary Recruitment when PNMs find out which chapter they will be joining! PNMs will attend the Panhellenic Pledging Ceremony in Memorial Coliseum. They will wear a Panhellenic Bid Day shirt. The ceremony includes the Gamma Chi Affiliation Reveal and a pledge to the Panhellenic community. After this, PNMs will open their bid cards. When the new Panhellenic women find out what their new affiliation is, they will meet with their new chapter to learn their first chant and then run home to meet their new sisters!