How to join
Receiving a Bid: Throughout the week, fraternity will offer bids (formal invitations to join a fraternity) to the potentials they feel are the best fit for their respective organization. Although receiving a bid is an honor, a potential should not feel pressured into accepting the bid or feel obligated to stay with the fraternity that has offered him a bid. A potential has three options when offered a bid:
He can accept the bid, which means he has made his decision and is not interested in joining any other fraternity. This is the first step of becoming a member of the specific fraternity.
He potential can hold the bid, which means he is interested but would also like to explore other fraternities before making a decision. Holding a bid is NOT denying the invitation, but allowing more time to see which fraternity is best fit for him. If a potential holds a bid and later decides to join another fraternity he should inform the fraternity he was holding the bid from that he is no longer interested. This is a respectful gesture and will prevent that fraternity from trying to contact him at a later time.
The potential can deny the bid, which means the potential has no interest in joining that particular fraternity. Denying a bid should only be done if the potential is absolutely sure he does not want to be a part of that organization.
Potentials are encouraged to meet with and get to know as many of the organizations as possible, but only one bid can be accepted.
Once the Bid is Accepted
Once the bid is accepted the potential then begins the new member process (the transformation process from potential to initiated brother). Some fraternities may refer the new member process to an associate or pledge process. Throughout the new member process the new member will be taught history, values, morals, leadership, and brotherhood represented by their respective fraternity. At the completion of the new member process, he will become an initiated brother of the fraternity.
Requirements to Participate in Recruitment
Effective Fall 2013, all potentials must:
IFC Casino Night, August 15th in the UC Tennessee Room at 9:30p.m.
Chattanooga Lookouts Game, August 16th
Recruitment 101, August 17th in the UC auditorium at 8:30p.m. You must attend this event if you wish to go through Fall recruitment.
House Rotations, August 18th
Chapter Recruitment Events, August 19th-21st
Running out the Doors will be August 22rd (Finley Stadium)
All dates can also be seen on the IFC calendar, specific times TBA
Each respected fraternity on campus understands and values the importance of grades for each of its members. The first priority of a college student is to get an education and with the right fraternal experience this priority can not only be reached but excelled. Some major factors to academic success such as peer tutoring, study hours, scholarship opportunities, and upperclassman counseling is readily available.
Within the structure of a fraternity a member is “in charge” or held responsible for a specific job or an event, not only allowing but forcing the member to become accountable and a leader to inspire his chapter to not only participate but dominate the event. Along with positions IFC, UTC, and the individual chapters host leadership workshops to transform members into leaders.
Throughout the year each of the fraternities and sororities participates in numerous social activities such as home coming, greek show, date parties, philanthropy events, and formals. These activities are a great way to meet new people and build lasting bonds and friendship.
In this slow economy the job market has become increasingly competitive. With this increase of competition it is critical to have an edge that sets you not only apart but ahead of the rest. A fraternal experience can provide this with the values, morals, leadership, and team working skills learned. Being able to state you were in a fraternity on a resume can be the difference in getting the job or not. Also a fraternity offers many more resources such as alumni, national newsletters and letters of recommendation. Joining a fraternity is an investment for your future.