Community and Connections: Collegiate Panhellenic Association Recruitment

Finding a tight-knit group where you feel like you belong is a challenge that we all face, but junior Jenna Doty says she was able to find that in her sorority, Theta Phi Alpha. “Being in a sorority makes the Pitt campus feel a little smaller and a little more like home.” Doty says participating in sorority recruitment and joining FSL as a first-year student helped her “to find [her] place on campus, make lifelong friends, and gain networking opportunities while meeting new people.”
 
Doty serves as the Vice President of Recruitment for the Collegiate Panhellenic Association, which oversees fifteen sororities on campus. As Vice President, she facilitates the upcoming recruitment and prepares potential new members (PNMs) for the recruitment process. One way she prepares PNMs for recruitment is by sharing her own experience in Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL).
 
“My favorite part about being a member of FSL would be the community that it provides,” Doty shared. “In FSL, I was able to find women who are committed to service, philanthropy, scholarship, friendship, leadership, and so much more. And I love being a part of a community that cares so much.” Doty joined Theta Phi Alpha as a first-year student in the spring of 2019. Since then, she has held leadership positions, participated in philanthropy events and community service, and networked across the Panhellenic sororities.
 
In addition to bonding with the Panhellenic community, joining FSL led Doty to opportunities and accomplishments she might have otherwise missed. “After joining a sorority, I was able to maintain higher grades and be more social on campus at the same time,” she explained. “Being in a sorority has also provided me with the opportunity to raise money with my sisters for philanthropies that mean a lot to me… to be involved in the Pitt community and beyond through service and philanthropy events.”
 
This year, recruitment will take place virtually through Zoom. Recruitment begins with a Potential New Member Orientation on January 24; then, PNMs complete four rounds of recruitment over two weekends. During the rounds, PNMs will have the opportunity to discuss academics, philanthropy, sisterhood, and chapter preferences with current members of the Panhellenic sororities. In addition, they may ask any questions about FSL regarding financial obligations, time commitments, and member requirements. Recruitment concludes with Bid Day on February 7.
 
Registration for sorority recruitment closes this Friday, January 22 at midnight. Before registering for recruitment, ensure that you have attended an FSL 101 session. To register, you must complete the online forms, submit a short video introducing yourself, and pay the $5 registration fee. For instructions and a sample video, visit https://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/ccld/fsl/panhel/. There, you can also access a recording of Meet the Panhellenic Sororities, which took place on September 16.
 
Complete your registration or click the link on the @pittpanhel Instagram. Email pittpanhelrecruitment@gmail.com with any questions.