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Greek Alphabet:

Α Β  Γ Δ Ε Ζ
Alpha
(al-fah)
Beta
(bay-tah)
Gamma
(gam-ah)
Delta
(del-ta)
Epsilon
(ep-si-lon) 
Zeta
(zay-tah)
Η Θ Ι Κ Λ Μ
Eta
(ay-tah) 
Theta
(thay-tah)
Iota
(eye-o-tah)
Kappa
(cap-pah) 
Lamda
(lamb-dah)
Mu
(mew)
Ν Ξ Ο Π Ρ Σ
Nu
(new)
Xi
(zie)
Omericron
(om-e-cron)
Pi
(pie)
Rho
(roe) 
Sigma
(sig-mah)
Τ Υ Φ Χ Ψ Ω
Tau
(taw)
Upsilon
(up-si-lon)
Phi
(fie) or (fee)
Chi
(kie)
Psi
(sigh)
Omega
(oh-may-gah) 

Active: An initiated member of a sorority or fraternity who has completed their new member education.

Alumna (f)/Alumnus (m): An initiated member of a fraternity or sorority who is no longer in college.

Bid:
A formal invitation to join a Panhellenic sorority or IFC fraternity.

Bid Matching:
A system of matching a potential new member’s preferences with Panhellenic sororities’ preferences.

Chapter:
A local group of an inter/national sorority or fraternity.

Information/Interest Meeting: 
Meetings hosted by NPHC organizations in which they discuss their national and chapter’s history, philanthropy, and requirements to become a member.

Initiation:
The formal ceremony during which a new member takes his/her formal vows for full membership into a fraternity or sorority.

Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC):
A representative governing body of national fraternities (non-NPHC). There are currently 2 active IFC fraternities at USC Upstate.

IFC Recruitment
(formerly known as “Rush”): A series of social events and gatherings hosted by each IFC Fraternity that allows potential and current members to interact before bids are offered. At USC Upstate, Rush occurs at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters.

Inter/National Headquarters:
The governing body of each sorority or fraternity on a national level; the central headquarters of a Greek organization.

Legacy:
A prospective member whose immediate family member is an alumna/alumnus or active member of a particular sorority or fraternity. Organizations are not obligated to select legacies.

Membership Intake
: The process of selecting, educating and initiating new members into an NPHC chapter.

Mixer:
A social activity with multiple Greek organizations.

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC):
A representative governing body of sororities and fraternities affiliated with the National Pan-Hellenic Council. There are currently 7 active NPHC organizations at USC Upstate (3 sororities and 4 fraternities).

New member:
A student who has accepted a bid from a sorority or fraternity but has not yet been initiated.

Panhellenic Council
: A representative governing body of sororities affiliated with the National Panhellenic Conference (non-NPHC). There are currently 3 active Panhellenic sororities at USC Upstate.

Panhellenic Recruitment
: A series of events hosted by each Panhellenic sorority that allows potential and current members to interact before bids are offered. At USC Upstate, Panhellenic Recruitment occurs at the beginning of the Fall semester.

Philanthropy:
A service project undertaken by Greek chapters on a campus, community or national level.

Potential New Member (PNM)
: Any female college student interested in participating in formal or informal Panhellenic Recruitment.

Quota:
The maximum number of potential members to which a Panhellenic sorority can distribute bids.

Recruitment Counselor:
Disaffiliated members of USC Upstate Panhellenic Sororities who provide assistance to women participating Panhellenic Recruitment.

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