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Recruitment Dates

September 4 - 7, 2020

 

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How Recruitment Works

The first two nights of formal recruitment, the potential new members (PNMs) visit all of the chapter houses to get to know each of the individual organziations. The rest of the process is through mutual selection where PNMs will select chapters that they are interested in and chapters will select PNM’s that they determine are the best fit. While there is no fee to participate in recruitment, there is a $40 fee to pick up your bid.

 

UT Martin IFC also participates in informal recruitment which is up to each individual chapter. These activities may occur any time during the academic year.

Dates

August 18-21, 2020

 

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NPHC Membership Intake

Membership intake is the membership selection process conducted by UTM’s historically black organizations, which are governed by the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). Membership selection for NPHC groups is an individualized process that is different for each organization. Chapters choose the time when they will take new members. This process, known as intake, generally begins with an interest meeting followed by a period of membership education. The membership process culminates with initiation and a probate, or "coming-out" show in which the organization's new members are revealed to the community.

 

NPHC chapters embrace a lifetime commitment philosophy and aim to assure the continuance of academic achievement, political awareness, and community service. Additionally, NPHC affiliated fraternities and sororities typically do not accept a student for membership until the student has completed at least 12-24 hours of college credit with a 2.5-2.75 GPA depending on the organization. We strongly encourage those interested in the Membership Intake process to contact the respective NPHC organizations for more information.

 

Interest Form

To receive more information on a specific organization(s), fill out the interest form and someone from the Office of Student Life and Multicultural Affairs will be in touch with you.

 

Interest Form

 

Requirements

Any student wishing to pursue membership into any of our NPHC affiliate chapters must:

  1. Attend the mandatory NPHC Prospective Member Training Sessions. Failure to attend sessions will disqualify you for candidacy in any of our NPHC organizations for that semester.
  2. Must meet the minimum grade point average required by each NPHC affiliate for membership.
    • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. all require a minimum of a 2.5 gpa on a 4.0 scale
    • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. requires a minimum of a 2.75 gpa on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Demonstrate proof of continual acts of community service and campus involvement. For some organizations, proof of service must be continual for a minimum of 3-4 consecutive months.
  4. Attend an Interest Meeting or Rush of interested organization and meet all requirements of the application and membership intake process.

 

Helpful Hints

  • Find a Community Service Outlet You are Passionate About. Service to the community is a huge value of our NPHC organizations. Therefore, we recommend a candidate (interested student) be able to demonstrate a consistent service record – a history of doing service with the same cause or organization. This shows loyalty, dedication, and commitment – all very important traits of our fraternity men and sorority women.
  • Do Your Research. Each organization share the principles of brotherhood/sisterhood, service, and scholarships. One of the things that could help attract you to a particular organization is knowing and understanding the history and values each affiliate has. This will also help you see who lines up with your own personal values.
  • Attend chapter events. This will allow you to get a feel for each organization and allow the chapters to begin to get to know you. How do they act around each other? Is this somewhere you would feel comfortable? Plus, showing support for the events the organization is putting on also allows you to show your interest and might teach you something new.
  • Get to Know the Members. These men or women will potentially be your brothers or sisters, or another part of the larger community you want to attend. Don’t be afraid to say hello and get to know them. You can do this through attending chapter events, whether that’s the individual weeks in the Spring semester, community service, or just patio hangouts. Talk to them – ask them why they chose their particular organization.
  • Attend an Informational. Make sure you take the time to attend an informational. This will give you basic info not only about the organization nationally but also how our particular chapter operates. It will also provide you for general criteria of membership.
  • Keep your grades up. Academics are very information to all of our NPHC affiliates and not just for those seeking membership. Once you become a member, there are many more obligations which can make life very busy. It will be easier to maintain a good academic record if you have already set up a solid foundation for yourself.
  • Watch for Advertising. Organizations typically advertise via social media or flyers. A quick way to see if someone is having a meeting will be to check these or come by OSLMA. Any applicable advertisement will be displayed around Anthony’s office.
  • Be Prepared! Because intake is at the discretion of each chapter, always be prepared. Make sure you are looking for dates, maintaining a good academic record, and staying out of trouble. You want to make sure you are ready to apply for membership when your desired organization is ready and able to take new members.