Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment Dress..

Hi everyone,
We freely admit we have not used this blog as we could have or should have, so beginning this summer, we are going to make a determined effort to try and use this a bit more. As we enter Orientation season, we get alot of questions regarding Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment Dress. If you want to check us out on Pinterest at Samford Greek you can see samples of what "dress" looks like, or, this blog is a reprise of a popular post we put up several years ago. Updated for 2014, hopefully this will help you as you get ready for next fall!


     Recruitment can be a stressful time. Meeting lots of new people, constantly making   decisions, and feeling as though you've asked the same question time and time again can be exhausting. The one thing you shouldn't have to worry about is what you are wearing. The recruitment process for the Samford Panhellenic community consists of 5 different days. In order to make this process as simple as possible, we have put together a basic guideline of what to wear during recruitment.

    The first day of the process, known as Open House, is a very calm day. Parties will last no longer than 15 minutes per house. This means that the outfit required for the day is simple as well. There is no need for high heels, wedges or anything of the sort. A cute top and shorts or jeans are the appropriate attire. Something similar to what you wore during orientation would be fine.

    The second day of recruitment is even easier to dress for than the first. This day, known as Philanthropy, will be a day that everyone dresses alike. Women participating in recruitment will be provided with a t-shirt to wear. We encourage you to pair it with shorts or jeans. Flip flops, tennis shoes or flats are the recommended shoe choice.
    The third day of recruitment, known as Theme Day, is a bit more creative in attire. On this day, you'll most likely see women in cute skirts and tops or casual sundresses. This is a day when you would not wear jeans. Flats and nice sandals are encouraged.
    The fourth day of recruitment, known as Preference Night, is the most formal of the 5.  Women are likely to wear something between a sundress and a cocktail dress. Many often note this as a "church" dress. If you desire to wear heels, this would be the night. However, wedges and flats are just as common. It is most important that you feel comfortable in whatever you choose to wear.

   The final day of recruitment is known as Bid Day. This attire is extremely casual. Shorts or jeans are the most commonly worn thing. Additionally, we encourage our women to wear a tank top under their shirt. Each sorority will provide their new members with a t-shirt. It is much easier to just swap out the top layer in clothing for a new one. Plus, who doesn't want to wear their new letters?!

   Hopefully, this explains everything you might want to shop for this summer in preparation for recruitment. Please don't hesitate to contact us with questions at, or comment below and we will answer!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Answering the question about competitiveness

We'll be the first to admit during Intramurals, or Stepsing and yes, even recruitment, that the blood pressure goes up just a bit and the need to "win" becomes just a step more intense than it usually does during the course of the regular year.

One of the things that we share regularly with people though is that our students build friendships and camaraderie across chapter lines..

That's why when we saw this scene play out during the recent recruitment season (as we almost ran them down in a golf cart) we thought it was worth saving to illustrate that even during one of the most competitive times, friends across chapter lines matter.. Left to right, ADPi, Chi Omega and ZTA buttons on those backpacks!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Opening of school 13-14

Good morning everyone,
As we start a new academic year we are poised for some very big things. the Interfraternity Council fraternities and the Panhellenic sororities are currently on a record registration pace, the community is a buzz with the talk of Alpha Tau Omega coming to campus later this fall and in the spring, the NPHC community is as active as it has been in it's brief 3 year history, and the list goes on.

With that in mind, we want to use the blog to call your attention more to what is going on, and the good things are chapters are doing to support the community. Our first "highlight" of the year goes to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and their work with Jessie's Place, read below and the pictures also highlight some of what they did.


The Sigma Eta chapter participated in statewide community service projected sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.   The state leadership team challenged all chapters in Alabama to develop a service project to participate in on August 31, 2013.

Under the direction of President Veronica Duarte, the chapter created toiletry bags for residence of Jessie's Place. Jessie's Place is a 24 hour residential haven providing safe and supportive shelter for homeless hurting women and children seeking shelter while preparing to reach self sufficiency.

Along with the chapter president, members of the chapter Kyndall Moorman-Key, Melanie Pippen, Melody Martinez and chapter advisor Dr. Denise J. Gregory purchased personal items for 30 residents at the facility. Individual bags for the residents were prepared and  included towels, combs, soap, wipes, water, snacks, and razors.

With school just beginning this week, the Sigma Eta chapter has hit the ground running with providing service to others as their first event for the semester.

Monday, February 18, 2013

NPHC History Author Lawrence Ross to speak on campus

The Samford National Pan-Hellenic Council is pleased to host Author Lawrence Ross on campus. Ross is the author of "The Divine Nine" the first comprehensive history of the nine historically African American fraternities and sororities. The program will begin at 7 pm on Wednesday, February 27th in Reid Chapel.

The program is open to the public. If you are interested in learning more about the NPHC community on a national level, this is a great program for you! For more information contact

Thursday, November 8, 2012

New edition to Greek Life; Greek Life and Leadership

We are pleased to share that Greek Life will now be home to a new Foundations Class (FOUN 102-04) meeting from 1-2:15 pm on Wednesdays. The class will be limited to 20 people.

The class will be discussing leadership in the context of Greek Life on a national, regional, and local level. You can expect papers, debates, discussion groups and more should you decide to take this class! It will be ideal for anyone who is a new chapter/community leader or someone who is aspiring to a role along that line.

If you have any questions, please contact

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Where we have been, and where we are going

Good morning,
In Fall of 2010 the student population at the time indicated an increased need for transparency and to tell "our story".  We have made progress in the transparency aspect, telling our story, and also goal setting/accomplishment which we need to share.

In January of 2011 our first Joint Council Leadership Retreat was held. At the retreat, there was some teambuilding, education as a lot of people were not familiar with histories of peer organizations, but with each other. At that retreat, we established a number of goals to aim for and that we, in fairness, are still continuing to aim for. However, a person would be hard pressed to say that progress is not being made.

Those goals are now available for you to see on the greeklife website at under "Resources and Links" and for our National friends it is under that section of our site as well. Again, as you read remember, great progress, but still a way to go.

The second piece I need to call your attention to is the 2011 Greek Life End of Year Report. This is a compilation made in large part, by the Greek students themselves. The final numbers are taken primarily from the Greek Awards packets as submitted by the chapters themselves. This piece is available in several spots throughout the website.

The third aspect is our social media campaign. Through a number of websites and efforts, particularly with Facebook and Twitter, we are reaching exceptionally high numbers that are equitable to large scale state institutions and well in comparison with our peers (specific institutions can be shared through the office).

All of these are efforts to tell our story and to progress in a manner that is congruent with our values as an institution and organizations and to have some fun in the process.

If you have any questions, by all means, please contact the Office of Greek Life at

Friday, September 14, 2012

Some details about IFC recruitment...

Written by IFC Vice President-Recruitment Casey Ryan, some details for you about attire and what to expect for the remaining recruitment experience for IFC fraternities this weekend (9/15-9/18).

Important Things to Know About Fall Recruitment 2012

Alumni night will begin at 7, and recruits will meet at 6:30 at Seibert Gym. Everyone will be attending the same house altogether. Wear a collared shirt and khakis for this night (business casual). You will be hearing for Chapter Alumni about their experience with their Fraternity.

After Alumni Night, you will return to Seibert where everyone will go to a computer lab and fill out a ranking sheet.

Starting at noon, invitations for the houses are available for pickup at the Office of Greek Life. Open House night on Sunday will begin at 7pm. You will be able to attend any house’s event during that time as long as you were invited back. It is up to you how long you stay at each one. This night is also more casual, but wear something presentable. At 10:15, recruits will meet back in the same lab to do the same ranking process. This night’s events will depend on which chapter you attend.

Between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. on Monday, recruits can pick up their invitation/schedules in the Office of Greek Life for the last time. Brother’s Night In will begin at 7p.m. This is the last night of Formal Recruitment. Wear whatever you deem suitable. At 10:15, recruits will meet in the lab for the last time to do a final ranking. This night’s events will also depend on which chapter you attend.

You may pick up Bids from 7:30-9:00a.m. in UC 116. This is right next to the SGA Office. At 9:45 recruits who accepted a bid will meet in Harry’s for the Formal Bid Day and Walk Out Ceremonies