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Old 03-01-2004, 04:58 PM
exlurker exlurker is offline
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Texas -- Prepare for Fall Rush 2004 (Dallas-Ft. Worth-Arlington, etc.)

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Arlington Area Alumnae Panhellenic is holding an information session about sorority recruitment for college -bound women on Saturday (presumably Saturday, March 6).

For a few more details, plus the name of a contact person, with email and phone info, see the story

The article says that alumnae from several national sororities will attend and will answer questions.

Maybe some Texas GCers can clue us in a little more about this kind of event, and whether they would recommend attending.

(It strikes me as the kind of thing that might be very helpful for high school seniors who have an interest in sorority life, but who have not necessarily been "groomed from birth" in all the ins and outs and subtleties of sorority recruitment. It could also be helpful as a way to get started with leads and contacts for the process of obtaining recommendations -- right?)
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Old 03-01-2004, 07:14 PM
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There will be a similar event in Richardson for young ladies from Richardson/ Plano/ McKinney/ Frisco. I would highly recommend that anyone interested in recruitment next fall/winter attend. As exlurker suggested, it will be immensely helpful for first-generation PNMs but fun for anyone thinking of going through recruitment. I am more familiar with the event in Richardson, but I would assume that the Arlington Panhellenic will be similar. There is a style show to illustrate appropriate attire for each round of recruitment, discussions about conversations and an opportunity to make contacts to obtain those reference forms. Yes, in Texas, you absolutely need recommendations... but if you attend the Panhellenic information sessions, they'll tell you how to get them. They also have a silent auction of gift baskets with the proceeds going to scholarships.
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Old 03-02-2004, 07:13 PM
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Atlanta Area Panhellenic March 28th

Atlanta Southern Crescent Alumnae Panhellenic Panhellenic Association (Fayette, Coweta, Spalding, Henry, Clayton and South Fulton County cities)
April 3 - Newnan
April 25 - Peachtree City

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Old 03-02-2004, 07:18 PM
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I would def. recommend going to these information sessions...they prepare you in every which way to go through rush of any texas school (and we all know how stressful those are)..i went to one on the Houston area, and they help you with recommendations and what kind of questions to ask, what to wear, etc. If you are rushing this fall at any Texas school, you need to seriously consider going!
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Old 03-02-2004, 07:51 PM
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if you're going through rush at any texas school, or for that matter, any school in the south, register with your local panhellenic assoc. they often compile a database of who's going to what school. if Sorority X at School Y is interested in you and you don't already have a recommendation, they will get in touch with their Sorority X contact in your area's panhellenic and they WILL FIND ONE FOR YOU (and many times you won't even know this is going on). they're good about that.

insofar as "grooming" goes, even if Sorority X isn't in your blood, never fear. ACTIVITIES, ACTIVITIES, ACTIVITIES will make you or break you. get involved in anything that interests you and stick with it. don't go into rush thinking you're special because you were in band, on the homecoming court or were a cheerleader. EVERYONE was in the band, on the homecoming court or was a cheerleader.

you have to go the extra mile - Girl's State, camp counselor (this is HUGE in texas), Sub-Deb, church/synagogue activities, any sort of community service... if you pursue activities outside the classroom you will be miles ahead of someone who was The Prom Queen and nothing else. in some cases, your extracurriculars can balance out your GPA if it's a little lower than Sorority X's minimum.
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Old 03-05-2004, 09:00 PM
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As one who was active for several years with rush forums in the Richardson/Plano Alumnae Panhellenic, I can tell you that the forums are an extremely positive experience for the seniors and their mothers who might wish to attend.
And pass this on to any senior you know:
If you plan to attend an out of state school and are told during Orientation that Rush is "low-key" and informal at your school, and that recs are not needed, PLEASE ignore that. Get the recs!

When a chapter at such and such U. is looking at you, the rushee from far away, and so-and-so, a rushee from in state, and it's late in the process, guess what? They will often take the local girl. They know her, or someone in the chapter does.
A good rec will go a long way in erasing those miles and helping you to have a GREAT rush.
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Old 03-06-2004, 08:24 PM
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i agree 100% with anchor alum. we had cases where rushees didn't even know they had recs for a particular group. we often found current (and former) teachers and neighbors willing to vouch for someone we were interested in. granted, they knew the girl and were not blindly touting someone.

i've also heard of girls who don't bother getting recs from cousins, aunts or other distant relatives because they weren't considered legacies. a rec's a rec no matter how you put it. it's no guarantee, but a rec can sometimes make the difference in getting your foot in the door and not being invited back to the next round. don't be shy either - ask your neighbors. ask your teachers. the mother of a close friend. ask women you work for. you'd be surprised at who's willing to help you.
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Old 03-06-2004, 11:05 PM
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I'll go that extra mile and say that ANYONE with even a thought of going greek should consider these seminars mandatory!! I just wish more cities held them - I'm so tired of trying to explain to a Yankee girl that she's fine, but without the recs, right clothes, and grades/activities, she's not going to get a bid at a Southern school!

Please, please - those of y'all who know about these activities in your area, try to get the information into EVERY local high school!!

ETA: And for those of y'all who think this is phony or tacky - would you go on an interview for a Fortune 500 company in your khakis and polo shirt? I think not. You MUST know what will make you look good in the eyes of the various sororities!
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Old 03-06-2004, 11:19 PM
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Whew! Southern school rushes amaze me! It's like y'all are preparing for the Super Bowl or Miss America.

I'm glad to be a Yankee! (Ohio).
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Old 03-07-2004, 01:19 AM
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Wow, this is interesting! I have never heard of these types of events before! I've learned a lot about NPC organizations here.
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Old 03-07-2004, 01:30 AM
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What a great way to help prepare PNM's for recruitment!
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Old 03-07-2004, 02:19 AM
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Originally posted by JocelynC
Whew! Southern school rushes amaze me! It's like y'all are preparing for the Super Bowl or Miss America.

I'm glad to be a Yankee!
Me too! I don't think I could have made it through Southern rush...bravo to all of our Southern GC greeks!
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Old 03-07-2004, 10:23 AM
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Nahhh... more like combat rush! Ya gotta prepare for battle!
Causa latet vis est notissima - the cause is hidden, the results are well known.

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Old 03-07-2004, 12:09 PM
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it was funny. we often had girls & their mothers send in PHOTO ALBUMNS of themselves/their daughters filled with pictures, pageant titles, newspaper clippings of their accomplishments, sub-deb acitivites - all of that. it was so ridiculous. they were decorated with lace, glitter, sequins, etc. they all seemed to come from one town in particular.

some of the girls were as dumb as a box of rocks so i suppose they figured the glitter would blind us from noticing their academic status. at the time my university had 12 sororities at the time so there were TWELVE of these monsters floating around. for the most part they went into the trash, we only cared about any rec's they had and their official application. it's amazing what people will do.
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Old 03-07-2004, 01:44 PM
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The Plano/Richardson Rush/Recruitment forum was held February 7th. It was very well attended and a speaker was brought in to explain things for the girls and their moms.

The girls sign in and this is used to contact them later to make sure they have everything they need for Rush. They also pass out scholarship forms to interested young ladies.
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