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Greek Glossary

Active A fully initiated member of a sorority or fraternity with full chapter privileges and responsibilities.
Alumna A sorority member who has graduated.
Alumnus A fraternity member who has graduated.
Bid An invitation to join a sorority or fraternity.
Big Sister or Brother

An active member assigned to assist and advise a new member/associate member/pledge.

Chapter A membership unit of a national or international sorority or fraternity.
Continuous Open Bidding (COB) COB bids may be extended and accepted at any time during the school year other than formal recruitment (COB is also called open bidding and informal membership recruitment.)
Formal Membership Recruitment A designated membership recruitment period during which a series of organized events are held by each NPC sorority; membership recruitment is organized and implemented by the Panhellenic Association.
Fraternity Greek letter sisterhood or brotherhood.
Greeks Sorority and fraternity members.
Initiation The time when a pledge or associate is made a full member.
Intentional Single Preference When an individual only lists one sorority/fraternity on her or his Membership Recruitment Acceptance Card.

A woman whose mother, sister, or in come cases grandmother is an alumna or active member of a sorority.

A man whose father, brother, or in some cases grandfather is an alumnus or active member of a fraternity.

National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) NPC is a conference body, comprised of 26 national women's fraternities, each which is autonomous as a social, Greek-letter society of college women, undergraduates, and alumnae.
New Member An individual who has accepted a sorority/fraternity bid but is not yet an initiated member.
Panhellenic Association The College Panhellenic Association is a cooperative campus organization of collegiate members of NPC sororities.
Potential Member And individual interested in becoming a sorority or fraternity member who is matriculated and eligible to join.
Philanthropy Community service or fundraising effort to promote human welfare.
Preferential Bidding A system used at the conclusion of formal membership recruitment to match sorority/fraternity and potential member preferences.
Quota The number of women that may join an NPC sorority during Formal Recruitment.
Recommendation/Reference A letter or a form written by an alumni member recommending a potential member to a sorority or fraternity.
Recruitment Guide (RHO GAMMA) A Panhellenic representative who has no contact with her own chapter during formal membership recruitment and is available to guide women through the recruitment process and answer questions.
Recruitment An organized activity to meet potential members.
Sister A term used within a women's fraternity when referring to other members.
Sorority A Greek letter sisterhood.

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