First and foremost, you’re probably wondering “what is a PNM, and why are you calling me that?” Well, a PNM, is you: a potential new member in the Panhellenic Community. I am so excited to officially welcome you to Illinois Wesleyan, and hope to welcome you into our sorority community soon! Recruitment is probably a new and daunting process for you (I know it was for me when I was in your shoes), but I am here to try and relieve any fears and answer any questions you may have.
I am so glad that you have chosen to make formal recruitment part of your IWU experience so that you can find a home away from home and a constant support system during a time when so much seems uncertain. This summer, the IWU Panhellenic Community has been planning for your arrival, and making sure that we can ensure the safest, and beneficial recruitment process for you. So, what should you expect when you go through the recruitment process this year?
In order to create the safest experience for you and current members of our community, recruitment will be a virtual process. The core of recruitment will remain the same, and we are excited for you to form meaningful connections with chapters. On Wednesday, September 9th, the official recruitment process will begin with your Orientation Night. On this night, you will meet your RCs (recruitment counselors) and your recruitment groups. Your recruitment counselors will be your point of reference throughout the entire recruitment process. They are there to guide you and answer any questions that may arise. It is important that you check your IWU email frequently throughout the recruitment process as your RCs will be communicating with you and sharing video conference links.
The nights of recruitment are as followed:
· Wednesday, September 9th= Orientation (8:00 PM)
· Thursday, September 10th= Sisterhood Night (6:30 PM)
· Friday, September 11th= Values Night (6:30 PM)
· Saturday, September 12th= Preference Night (6:30 PM)
· Sunday, September 13th= Bid Day (11:30 AM)
With recruitment being virtual, the nights will be hosted on Zoom. Links will be provided to you which will guide you to a chapter’s Zoom room. On Orientation Night, we will give you more information about the specifics of each night, and how the Zoom links will work. If you are anything like I was during recruitment, you may be wondering if there are any steps you need to be taking for recruitment. I will share a few tips with you!
· If you have a roommate, headphones are encouraged to block out any noise/distractions.
· If you live in a residence hall, it is recommended that you use an Ethernet cable to ensure a strong internet connection. A limited number of free cables can be picked up at the Hansen Student Center information desk.
· Download the PNM Companion App from the Android or Apple store. You will use the log in password that you created when you signed up for recruitment. Please email Marjorie (email@example.com) if you need to reset your password.
· All nights of recruitment are mandatory (with the exception of class, illness, family obligations, athletics, etc.) If you need to miss an event, you will need to fill out a recruitment excuse form. Fill out this form by September 8: https://iwu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6A5gsXous1mih49 if there are any nights you will not be able to attend, or participate in fully.
· Please fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSehmvJYtoY2mwu6O7qlPvj6eVLfIu48liVnx2QAtzdlk0h3qQ/viewform?usp=sf_link to confirm your participation in recruitment and fill out your preferred t-shirt size (this is free with sign-up!).
· Reach out to anyone in the Panhellenic Community with any questions or concerns. We are here to support you!
On Wednesday, September 2nd, there will be a virtual meeting where I will provide you with more information on recruitment specifics, like what to wear, and a better idea on what a virtual recruitment process will look like. This will take place at 7 pm, and I will send out a link as it gets closer. I encourage you to think of any questions you may have. If you have a question, it probably means someone else is wondering the same thing.
I understand things are so different, and unlike anything that has ever happened before. We are quite literally making history. Joining a sorority may not be something at the top of your mind right now, and that is understandable. But in times like these, it is so important to have a community that can provide you with support, as well as empower you as an individual. I am so excited that you have decided to go through the recruitment process, and for you to experience this community in which I am so proud to be a part of.
I look forward to meeting all of you (albeit over a computer screen)!
Panhellenic VP of Membership