Words You Might Hear and Not Understand...

COLLEGE PANHELLENIC (CPH): the cooperative campus organization of members of NPC sororities

FORMAL RECRUITMENT: a designated recruitment period during which a series of organized social activities are held by each sorority; recruitment is governed by the Panhellenic Council

INITIATION: ritualistic ceremony during which new members receive life long membership privileges

NPC: National Panhellenic Conference; composed of member women's fraternities each of which is autonomous as a social, Greek-letter society of college women, undergraduate and alumnae

PNM (POTENTIAL NEW MEMBERS): any woman interested in becoming a sorority member who is matriculated and eligible according to College Panhellenic Association requirements

RECRUITMENT COUNSELOR: a sorority member who has no contact with her own chapter 30 days before and during recruitment and is available to guide PNMs through the recruitment process and answer questions

STRICT SILENCE: the period of time at the close of formal recruitment when there is no communication between PNMs and sorority members