Panhellenic Council  
Greek Terms

Sorority: A group of women bonded together by their ritual that contains the founding principles, ideals, and aspirations of the group.

Active: An initiated collegiate member who is currently paying dues to an undergraduate chapter.

Alumnae: Members of a sorority who have graduated.

New Member: A new member of a fraternity or sorority aspiring to become an initiated member.

Legacy: Someone whose mother or sister are members of a particular Greek-letter organization.

Bid: An invitation to membership extended to a prospective member.

Bid Day: The last day of recruitment that includes a reception at the
chapter house.

Big Sis/Sister: The new member selects an active member to serve as their Big Sister. This initiated member serves as a resource, role model, and problem solver for the new member.

Chapter: The local group of undergraduate students on a particular campus
recognized by the university and the (Inter)national organization.

Meeting House: Houses where individual sororities meet for their weekly meetings and other functions.

Recruitment: The organized period for the recruitment of prospective new members. For Panhellenic sororities, formal recruitment occurs during Orientation Week each fall semester.

Initiation: A spiritually based ritual which marks the acceptance of a lifetime commitment to the sorority.

Interfraternity Council (IFC): The umbrella organization for the fraternities at Oklahoma City University.

Panhellenic Council: The governing body of the National Panhellenic Conference sororities at Oklahoma City University.

Order of Omega National Greek Leadership Honor Society: An honor society for Greek members who demonstrate outstanding leadership and superior academic performance.

Recruitment Guide (Rho Gamma): Neutral sorority members are available for guidance through the recruitment process.