Recruitment is one of the most important aspects for any Greek chapter, thus, there’s always a lot of pressure on those running recruitment. While this time can be stressful and make you want to rip your hair out, don’t forget the one great resource of your chapter: alumni.
Summer. Music to just about every student’s ear, summer embodies three months of freedom, all things fun and exciting, and the total absence of deadlines, tests, and responsibilities. Ok, yes, this isn’t how it is for everyone (some of us have jobs or take classes during the summer), but if asked, we wager that the majority of students would rather it be summer then finals week.
Whether you already have your retreat venue or are still deciding, it’s never too early to plan out your retreat schedule. Just like the actual recruitment events, planning and scheduling each day of your retreat will make things run smoothly, more efficiently, and give you less stress and grief in the end.
Now that recruitment is finally done and classes are in full force, it’s time to get down to business. And while the start of the new school year means new mixers and new people to meet, it also means midterms, finals, and papers, papers, papers. Academics are a priority for every fraternity brother and sorority sister (or at least it should be) and keeping those grades up are just as important to the chapter as they are to the individual member.
Every fraternity and sorority has its own rules about who can and can’t wear their Greek letters. Some organizations allow spouses, siblings, or parents of the members to wear their letters, and others only allow members who have been initiated and are in good standing.
While everyone in the Greek system tries to stay positive about each chapter on campus, the truth is that multiple Greek chapters shutdown every year, for one reason or another. And although we never think it could happen to our chapter, the truth is that chapter closure is more possible than we imagine. So, in order to avoid having to disband your members and saying goodbye to your chapter, let’s take a lesson from those unfortunate chapters who have failed.