Greek Life Glossary
The glossary below contains various terms that are used regularly by members of fraternities and sororities.
A member who has been initiated into lifelong fraternity or sorority membership and participates in chapter activities at the collegiate level
An initiated fraternity or sorority member who has graduated from college or withdrawn from the campus
The pin of an initiated member or new member
A formal invitation to membership in a fraternity or sorority
Call or Chant
An audible sound used by members to acknowledge or gain the attention of other members. Calls may vary regionally within organizations and some organizations may use more than one call.
The local collegiate group of a national fraternity or sorority
Continuous Open Bidding (COB)
The period outside of formal recruitment when a fraternity or sorority with membership may extend bids.
A formally initiated member of a fraternity or sorority
College Panhellenic Council (CPC)
The governing body of the seven Panhellenic sororities at UWG
The same as being initiated. The term means different things to different groups, but generally means crossing over from being a pledge to being a full member
The term used to refer to someone who de-pledged or stopped pledging
A period of structured membership selection
A name applying to all Greek Letter organizations by ritual, pin, and strong ties to friendship and moral principles
A distinct dance done specifically by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; usually done at functions
Interfraternity Council (IFC)
One of three governing body of fraternities at UWG
A meeting to gain insight about an organization
A discrete process that an individual goes through to become a recognized member of a NPHC or MGC organization
A formal ceremony that brings about the transition from new members to initiated members
A family member of a fraternity or sorority member
A term somewhat equal to a new member class
Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)
A council governing the culturally based organizations
New member of an NPHC or MGC organization
New Member (Aspirant or Candidate)
A person who has promised to join a fraternity or sorority, but has not been initiated
A charity undertaken by fraternity or sorority chapters on a campus, community, or national level.
The active pin is worn on the chest designating an initiated member of a certain chapter. A new member pin is similar and is used to designate a new member of a chapter.
Potential New Member (PNM)
A person interested in being a member of a fraternity or sorority
During the last part of Panhellenic sorority recruitment, a potential new member determines which particular sorority she is willing to join. The potential new member lists three sororities in her order of preference
The specified number of new members each Panhellenic sorority can accept during formal recruitment
A letter written by a member of the fraternity or sorority recommending men or women for membership
Recruitment Counselor (RC)
A sorority member who has disaffiliated during Recruitment to assist Potential New Members.
The values and beliefs by which members of an organization live which is oftentimes depicted in organizational ceremonies
An organization of women that emphasizes leadership and personal development, banded together for education, philanthropic, civic, and social purposes
A line dance done by members of cultural Greek organizations; usually done at functions