BID DAY 2012
Fall (Informal Recruitment)
Spring (Formal Recruitment) -- Register for Spring Recruitment HERE!
1/13: Sorority recruitment athlete kickoff, 5-7pm, location TBA
1/14: Sorority recruitment kickoff and house tours, 12-5:30pm, location TBA
1/15: Sorority recruitment philanthropy day, 12:15-5:45
1/17: Sororiry recruitment sisterhood day, 5:30-9:45pm
1/21: Sorority recruitment preference night, 4:30-8pm
1/22: Fraternity and Sorority bid day!!!
Recruitment at Wittenberg
Recruitment is a series of parties that allows you to learn more about the Greek system, Sorority life and individual Sorority members. It's a time to have fun, get to know a lot of wonderful women and also a time to ask questions! At the beginning of recruitment you will be assigned a Rho Gamma (Recruitment Guide) and a recruitment group. Through a process of mutual preference and selection, a sorority may extend a bid (invitation) to you to become a New Member. You can sign up for Wittenberg's sorority recruitment by filling out this Sorority Interest Form
According to Wittenberg's rules in order to be eligible for membership in a Wittenberg Sorority you must have completed 12 credits with a minimum 2.5GPA, (Please note that some Sororities may have higher scholarship standards than the minimum required by Wittenberg).
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of joining Sigma Kappa or any Sorority?
The purpose of any Sorority is to make lifelong friendships and to find a "home away from home" at college. In a Sorority you make life long bonds with some pretty amazing women, enjoy helping others through philanthropic activities, grow socially, spiritually and intellectually with others and have a whole lot of fun while you're at it!
What am I being judged on?
First, you are not being judged. Recruitment is NOT a beauty contest! It is a time for gathering information so you can make a very important decision in your life. While you are trying to gather as much information as possible on each Sorority, remember that the Sorority girls themselves are trying to get to know you as well! You're trying to find a place where you will feel at home and they are trying to get to know you and help you find out if their Sorority is the one for you. So don't be worried about being judged, have fun, get to know a lot of wonderful women and ask lots of questions! The girls are there to not only get to know you but help you on your way through recruitment!
Will I be able to keep up my grades upon joining a Sorority?
While a Sorority is quite a time commitment it's completely worth it. In order to help keep members on top of their school work most Sororities have scholarship programs in place to help all its members keep their grades high! Generally with a focus on new members to help them adjust to being in a Sorority and balancing all their school work and extra curricular activities.
Does Sigma Kappa participate in any form of hazing?
NO! Wittenberg University and The National Sigma Kappa Sorority have adopted a firm No Hazing Policy. The Gamma Omega Chapter of Sigma Kappa, along with ALL of Wittenberg's Sororities, believe that a sister deserves the utmost respect. Hazing would take away from the wonderful experience of being Greek on Wittenberg's Campus. For more information you can visit Wittenberg's Greek Life page.
My best friend is going through recruitment with me. Should she and I try to join the same Sorority?
This is always a tricky situation. However, the beauty of college includes gaining new friends while maintaining old ones. If you feel that one Sorority is the place for you and your best friend wants to go somewhere else where she thinks she'll be happy, then by all means, do it! The most important thing is to go somewhere that feels right, somewhere that feels like home. You will certainly be able to hang out with your best friend as much as you want while making new friends in your Sorority. Who knows, you might get to know your friend's sisters too!
Questions to Ask Yourself
Before joining a Sorority you will have a lot to think about. Each Sorority has things that make it special and different. Which one is right for you? How do you know? Well, here are a few questions we hope will help you with this difficult choice.
-Why do you want to join a Sorority?
-What are the pros and cons of each Sorority?
-Where do you feel most comfortable?
-Can you be you in the Sorority of your choice?
-Do you have the financial resources to pay for chapter dues or other related expenses?
-Will you have the time to give all you want to give to the Sorority of your choice?
-Has the chapter answered all of your questions/given you enough information?
Questions to Ask During Recruitment
-What are some of your social functions?
-How many social events do you usually have each year?
-Do you spend a lot of time with other Sororities?
-Can my boyfriend/date who is not Greek attend social functions with me?
-What kind of sisterhood events do you have?
-Do the girls spend a lot of time together outside of meetings and mandatory events?
-What makes your chapter's sisterhood strong?
-Do you get to know everyone in the chapter well?
-What are your Sororities philanthropies?
-What kind of philanthropy events does your chapter hold?
-Do you participate in other chapters philanthropy events?
Costs and Time Commitments
-What are the financial commitments involved in joining your Sorority?
-Are there additional costs on top of regular dues?
-What are my payment options?
-What are the time commitments involved in joining your Sorority?
-When would I have to live in the house?
-Can I have visitors come to the house?
-What are the advantages in joining your Sorority compared to others?
-What do you see as the biggest difference between your Sorority and the others?
-What do you see as the biggest difference in your members compared to other Sororities?
-What made you choose your Sorority over the others?
-How were you sure it was the right choice for you?
-What have you gained by being a member of this Sorority?
-What do you wish you would have asked during recruitment?
A Parent's Guide to Greek Life
As a parent, you are no doubt interested in your daughter getting the best education she can at Wittenberg. Certainly the education she receives in the classroom is the primary reason for coming to Wittenberg. But what goes on in a classroom is only half of anyone's college education. The other half is received outside the classroom - through interaction with students, participation in clubs and sports and lasting friendships.
There is no better place to get that "other half" of a college education than in a Fraternity or Sorority. Wittenberg's Greek community has been providing students with leadership opportunities, educational assistance, friends and fun for years. Wittenberg's Greek community is a place where your daughter can live, learn and enjoy college life to the fullest. There is no faster way for your student to get connected to the Wittenberg campus than to go Greek!
What are the Advantages to Going Greek?
-Leaderships Skills: Learned through participation in the chapter (Holding an Office, Being involved in meetings, Joining NPC, etc.), getting involved in chapter and campus activities and by working with others on a regular basis.
-Academic Success: Provided through a Sorority or Fraternities scholarship program through planned study sessions, partnering with older members of the chapter and finding study buddies with-in your major.
-Educational Programming: Each chapter hosts a number of guest lecturers on topics ranging from alcohol awareness, personal safety, to study skills.
-It's Fun: The most immediate benefits for your daughter are the activities and events sponsored by each chapter. Whether it is a Cook-Out, a Slip-N-Slide down the Hollow or a Spa Day at the chapter house, your daughter will be around a group of students who know how to enjoy themselves responsibly.
Who is Actually in Charge?
Current Members elect their own chapter officers from their membership. These officers deal with the day-to-day operations of the organization. However, each member learns cooperation and planning skills. Alumni act as advisors to the officers and general chapter members. The houses of each Fraternity or Sorority are managed by a "House Corporation" that manages monies, collects rent and pays bills.
Each Sorority is governed by a national headquarters, which establishes chapter regulations and offers advice and direction. Additionally, the University employs a Greek Life staff, who works directly with the governing Greek councils, as well as the individual chapters, as needed.
How Do You Become a Member?
Each Spring, Wittenberg University sponsors what's called "Recruitment." It is a series of planned events that provide interested students the opportunity to visit each chapter, ask questions and meet the members. A Fall Recruitment is also held in early September for those with at least Sophomore standing. Once Recruitment is over, and the chapter has offered an invitation to membership (Bids) and the student accepts, they become a "new member." The student will then spend time learning about the history of the Sorority, rules and traditions. Once the new member or pledge period is over, they will become into an initiated member.
How Much Does it Cost?
Each Sorority has different dues based on many different things. Such as membership, house corporation dues, the number of social events planned, rent and several other factors. Make sure to have your daughter ask each Sorority:
1.)What the chapter's dues are.
2.)Are there additional costs on top of regular dues.
Is There Hazing?
Wittenberg University has a very strict ANTI-Hazing policy. Sigma Kappa andALL of Wittenberg's other Sororities feel our sisters in Greek Life deserve absolute respect!
What Can I Do As a Parent?
The #1 thing you can do as a parent is be supportive of your daughter's efforts to become Greek. Participate in Sorority's sponsored events for alumnae and parents. Your support should not end after Recruitment, but continue throughout your daughter's years at Wittenberg.