Letter from our VP Membership Recruitment
Thank you so much for your interest in joining the Columbia Panhellenic Community! All the organizations in the Panhellenic Community at Columbia University are committed to the support and empowerment of women. The recruitment process—which can seem daunting, I know—is to ensure that you find the home that is right for you within this community.
The Alpha Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi was founded at Columbia University in 1897. Our first president, Stella George Stern Perry was unable to join any of the existing sororities on campus because of her Jewish background. Therefore, Stella—with her loyal friends, Bess, Jessie, and Helen—founded a sisterhood with a very clear philosophy regarding recruitment: any woman who shares the values of AOII should be able to belong to AOII. Today, with 204 chapters, the sisterhood of those four women has grown into the sorority with the most active chapters in the nation.
Recruitment for Alpha Omicron Pi is about finding women who embody our values of sincerity, ambition, inclusivity, and selfless love. When you join Alpha Omicron Pi, you promise to stay true to these values. With a successful recruitment, I hope that to all the new members of Alpha Omicron Pi, this is a promise to stay true to yourself.
There is no one kind of AOII. My sisters are dancers, singers, athletes, activists, writers, painters, scientists, engineers, future doctors, lawyers, and businesswomen—many of them are more than one of these things. But every AOII I know inspires me, through everything they do, to work harder, to dream bigger, to have more confidence in myself, and to have more empathy for others. My sisters inspire me every day to be more ambitious in a way that is true to the ideals of Columbia, as the site of our foundation, and true to our founders themselves, four women who pledged to each other to never lose sight of their values.
I am so lucky to call these women my sisters. I can’t wait for you to meet them.
Alpha Love and Mine,
Vice President of Membership Recruitment, 2018 - 2019
Formal Recruitment 2019
January 24-27, 2019
The structure of Columbia Panhellenic Formal Recruitment is as follows:
On Philanthropy Day, Potential New Members (PNMs) will learn more about Alpha Omicron Pi’s national philanthropy, Arthritis Research, as well as AOII Alpha’s other philanthropic efforts. Our committed sisters take service very seriously and continually work to improve the world around us. PNMs will visit all six sororities on this day.
Chapter Development Day
The next day is our Chapter Development Day, where PNMs will get a sense of AOII Alpha’s amazing sisterhood and what makes our chapter so remarkable. PNMs will learn about our sisterhood events, active alumnae involvement, thriving leadership opportunities and so much more. PNMs will visit a maximum of four sororities this day.
The last recruitment event of the weekend is Preference Night, where PNMs will learn about what exactly makes AOII Alpha so special and what being a member of Alpha Omicron Pi really entails. During this hour long party, PNMs will get a chance to sit and chat with a sister about our Fraternity’s ideals, values, and beliefs. PNMs will visit a maximum of two sororities this day. The end of this Night marks the conclusion of the Formal Recruitment process.
Bid Night is one of our chapter’s most memorable days. The Bid Night celebration welcomes our new members into Greek Life and introduces them to all of their soon-to-be sisters! It is truly a night to remember and AOII’s warmly embrace our newest additions to our sisterhood.