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Greek Speak 

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

Alumna/Alumnus: An initiated member 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 member’s preferences with Panhellenic sororities’ preferences.

Chapter: A local group of a 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 sorority.

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

Inter/Nationals: 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.

Nu Chi: Disaffiliated members of USC Upstate Panhellenic Sororities who serve as Recruitment Counselors during Formal Recruitment.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.