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Recruitment Information

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

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 three 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.

2017 Fraternity Recruitment Schedule:

Fraternity Kickoff

Sunday, September 17th in the Campus Center at 6 pm


Recruitment Parties
All recruitment parties are from 7-9pm. Prospective members can meet in the Campus Center 30 minutes before each event or go directly to the recruitment party site.

  • Lambda Gamma Epsilon (Kings)- Monday, September 18th 
  • Eta Phi Mu (Jonda)- Tuesday, September 19th
  • Sigma Delta Phi (Sphinx)- Wednesday, September 20th
  • Pi Beta Sigma (Pi Sig)- Thursday, September 21st
  • Zeta Phi (Zeta)- Friday, September 22nd
  • Alpha Sigma Phi (Alpha Sig)- Monday, September 25th
  • Phi Delta Theta (Phi Delt)- Tuesday, September 26th


  • Final Dinners

  • Zeta Phi (Zeta)- Wednesday, September 27th, 6-8pm
  • Lambda Gamma Epsilon (Kings)- Wednesday, September 27th, 7-9pm 
  • Pi Beta Sigma (Pi Sig)- Thursday,September 28th, 6-8 pm
  • Phi Delta Theta (Phi Delt)- Thursday, September 28th, 7-9pm
  • Alpha Sigma Phi (Alpha Sig)- Monday, October 2nd, 6-8pm
  • Sigma Delta Phi (Sphinx)- Monday, October 2nd, 7-9pm
  • Eta Phi Mu (Jonda)- Tuesday, October 3rd, 6-8pm
Fraternity Signing Days

Men can submit their bids October 12th-13th in the Campus Center at the Student Involvement Office. Bids must be signed by 4 pm on Friday, October 13th. If you have any conflicts with times, please email the Assistant Director of the Center for Student Involvement, Ashley Secord, at secord1@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 

2017 Sorority Recruitment Information
Sorority Recruitment Sign-Ups

You can sign-up online at the link listed above and submit your registration payment online.

Sorority Recruitment Schedule

Kick-Off 
Sunday, Sept. 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Lounge

Open Houses
Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 18th-20th, 6-8 pm (meet in CC Lounge)

Novelty Parties 
NOTE: As a PNM you will only attend a maximum of FOUR Novelty Parties, meet in CC Lounge 

Tau Epsilon Mu: Saturday, Sept. 23rd, 1-3pm
Theta Nu: Saturday, Sept. 23rd, 3:30-5:30pm
Epsilon Kappa Tau: Saturday, Sept. 23rd, 6-8pm 
Kappa Phi Omega: Sunday, Sept. 24th, 1-3pm
Sigma Alpha Tau: Sunday, Sept. 24th, 3:30-5:30pm
Tau Delta: Sunday, Sept. 24th, 6-8pm

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

Theta Nu: Friday, Sept. 29th, 5-6:30pm
Epsilon Kappa Tau: Friday, Sept. 29th, 6:45-8:15pm
Kappa Phi Omega: Friday, Sept. 29th, 8:30-10pm
Epsilon Kappa Tau: Saturday, Sept. 30th, 2-3:30pm
Tau Delta: Saturday, Sept. 30th, 3:45-5:15pm
Sigma Alpha Tau: Saturday, Sept. 30th, 5:30-7pm

Bid Day
Sunday, October 1st @ 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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