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It’s Past Time

Hey, you! The recent high school graduate! Yes, I’m talking to you, the cute girl with this notion of joining a college sorority.

I wish I could say it was high time to get your resumes, photos and those all-important thank-you notes to the sorority alumnae you’re hoping will write you a glowing recommendation. I can’t say that because it’s past time. Adhering to a June 1st deadline would have been a much better plan.

Let’s say you had the best of intentions, but you didn’t do it. For the love of all things Greek, please get everything in before July 4. Now.

Being busy is no excuse because everyone is busy, including the lovely woman you hope will say nice things about you to her sorority sisters. So now is the time to grovel and hope the nice lady who offered to do this for you at Easter is still willing and not on vacation.

Need some help? Check out www.sororitylife.com, a website run by the National Panhellenic Conference, or for north Texas sorority-girl wannabes, try www.midcitiespanhellenic.com. Then get after it.

Tick tock, tick tock.

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Sorority Rush to be Panhellenic Forum Topic



COLLEYVILLE _ Mid-Cities Alumnae Panhellenic will host its annual Forum at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 at First Baptist Church of Colleyville, 5300 Colleyville Blvd.

The free, informational session is open to all high school senior girls and their mothers who want to know more about sorority rush, also known as recruitment. The event is intended for residents of northeast Tarrant County and southern Denton County. Last year, Mid-Cities Alumnae Panhellenic handled sorority information for almost 400 students from this area who entered four-year universities.

Chairing this year’s Forum is Panhellenic member Cheryl Crow of Keller, and serving as president is Melinda Bankus of Grapevine. The event will include an information session, a chance to register with Mid-Cities Alumnae Panhellenic and college students modeling appropriate rush attire.

 The forum will focus on the 26 sororities that comprise The National Panhellenic Conference. Founded in 1902, NPC is one of the oldest and largest women’s membership organizations representing more than 4 million women at 655 college campuses and 4,500 local alumnae chapters in the U.S. and Canada. NPC-affiliated collegians and alumnae annually donate more than $5 million to worthy causes, provide $2.8 million in scholarships to women and volunteer 500,000 hours in their communities. 

For more information, contact Crow at Cherylcrow813@gmail.com.    

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Sorority Rush, Bursting at the Seams

The anxiety is almost over for all the parents who’ve sent their sweet babies off to college, and more stressfully, to sorority rush.

Most large universities complete sorority rush–now called “recruitment” for reasons I’ll never understand–before school starts. The really cruel ones make the sororities have their bid days on the first day of school (add that to the list of things I don’t understand), so that the girls can accept their semester syllabuses while biting their fingernails.

Meanwhile the parents at home are left to wonder how their baby girl is doing, while fielding phone calls from curious friends who just might have gathered all the reccomendations needed for such a pursuit. Especially in the South, y’all, this sorority deal is a team effort, and the sorority alumnae keep score just like it was a football game.

Sorority rush seems to be gaining momentum. After being Greek took a nosedive in the late ’60s and early ’70s when the hippies were popular detractors, I see a resurgence. More and more high school girls are attending Panhellenic forums, and these pledge classes are monstrous. At the University of Arkansas this year, pledge classes numbered upward of 130. Yes, too many to know well.

And all this flurry of activity happening over less than a week is a very exciting time for a newbie on campus…unless it isn’t. Unfortunately, there is sometimes heartbreak for no good reason. The sorority rush process is far from perfect, but so are many things in life. It’s just too bad when this unfairness happens just as these girls are starting a new adventure, usually away from home.

So, college presidents and Panhellenics, I’m asking you to look at broadening the number of National Panhellenic sororities on your campuses. Obviously the sorority experience, now more than 140 years old, is seen as a valuable one. Let’s expand it so everyone who wants to be a part of one of the 26 national sororities can be a part. Let’s keep the numbers down to a manageable few so that the members can know each other and live together.

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‘Bama Bid Day Includes Texans

Sorority rush finished Aug. 16 at The University of Alabama.

Sorority rush finished Aug. 16 at The University of Alabama.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Texans are among the more than 1,200 women who pledged sororities at The University of Alabama.

Bid day was Aug. 16, and among the Texans are:

Alpha Chi Omega
Kelsey Adams, Sugar Land; Lexi Carter, Arlington; Jessica Carver, McKinney; Lauren Toppe, The Woodlands;

Alpha Delta PiHaley Hopkins, Dallas; Haley Martin, Irving; Kasey Nelson, Lewisville; Taylor Nouaisser, Dallas; Lindsay O’Brien, Lewisville; Audrey Olinger, Dallas;
Megan Sherman, Southlake;

Alpha Gamma DeltaKelsey Denbow, Austin; Kate Wallace, Kingwood;Caroline Wilkerson, Dallas;

Alpha Omicron PiAngel Contreras, Spring; Abbie Nicol, Coppell; Lorena Phillips, North Richland Hills;

Alpha PhiBlakely Hoar, Cedar Park; Laura Hur, Austin; Jessica Martinez, Houston; Alex Swigart, Dallas; Isobel Thompson, Corsicana;

Chi Omega
Sarah Hatfield, McKinney; Lauren Mendiola, Mertzon; Annie Philpott, Fort Worth; Melissa Purvis, Fort Worth; Kinsey Reynolds, Georgetown.

Delta Delta DeltaShelby Bessellieu, Dallas; Landi Lausen, Bellaire; Avery Orrell, Colleyville; Ali Prigmore, Southlake;

Delta ZetaLauren Janusz, The Woodlands; Shelley Kraus, Houston; Natalie Meyer, Dallas; Erin Rea, Humble; Hannah Tinsley, McKinney

Gamma Phi BetaJinda Cason, University Park; Grace Lang, Houston, Texas; Allison Leggieri, Allen; Caroline Lockerman, Plano; Ally Sequeira, Houston; Leandra Vallez, Highland Village.

Kappa Alpha ThetaMorgan Bishop, The Woodlands; Alex Faulk, Bellaire; Susan Hubbell, Bellaire; Konleigh Kemnitz, Austin; Ryan Stringer, The Woodlands; Morgan Whitley, Dallas; Kirbi Winford, Conroe.

Kappa DeltaChristina Dabney, Dallas; Erica Hubble, Dallas; Rosalind Jenkins, Houston; Grace McElroy, Dallas; Britt Pogue, Dallas; Sara Tedford, Fort Worth; Glyn Tower, Houston.

Kappa Kappa GammaKorey Bednarz, Houston; Shelby Burgher, Houston; Taylor Cantrell, Dallas; Lila Chumbley, San Antonio; Abby Clarke, Tyler; Casey Davis, Tyler; Kate Schwarzlose, Beaumont; Tatum Thompson, Kerrville; Kate Vranac, Aledo; SoRelle Wyckoff, Austin; Laura Ying, Bellaire.

Phi MuSydney Branch, Katy; Catherine Brock, Dallas.

Pi Beta PhiCarolyn Dawson, Southlake; Katherine Deasy, The Woodlands; Emily Dyer, Dallas; Haley Felker, Aledo; Mary Frances Hicks, Dallas; Caydee JCaitlyn Reid, Austinennings, Fort Worth; Paige Johnson, Houston; Caroline Mathias, Bellaire; Aubrey McClenny, Houston; Caitlyn Reid, Austin; Allison Smith, Houston; Anne Stanard, Dallas.

Zeta Tau AlphaSusie Condara, Houston; Taylor Gentry, Arlington; Robin Gordon, Friendswood; Angelica Hughes, McKinney; Megan Sturton, Flower Mound.

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Senior Girls Get Help with That Check List

Graduation announcements? Check.

Prom dress? Yes.

Prom date? Well, of course.

That graduation check list just keeps growing. And here’s something else to add to the list a senior girl just might want to think about.

Sorority rush.

Relax, though, because there’s a group willing to help with all the little details that go along with what is now known as “sorority recruitment.” Mid-Cities Alumnae Panhellenic will hold its annual Forum from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Crown of Life Lutheran Church, 6605 Pleasant Run Rd., Colleyville. Area graduating senior girls and their mothers are invited to attend this free event.

The Forum serves as a mini lesson in what to expect during rush for those wanting to know more about Greek life at U.S. colleges and universities. Details such as how to register, what to wear and potential benefits will be discussed at the event chaired by Gina Mitchell.

“A mother and daughter should attend this event to be informed of the current processes of sorority recruitment so the daughter will have a successful experience,” Mitchell said.  ”They will learn about registration, resumes and references.  We will also have a fashion show with styles provided by Designer Studio in Southlake.  This will give the girls an idea of how to dress for recruitment.”

The Mid-Cities Alumnae Panhellenic, established in 1975, is comprised of members of the 26 National Panhellenic Conference sororities. In addition to sponsoring the Forum, the organization also provides college scholarships.

More information is available at www.midcitiespanhellenic.com.

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