Potential new members of Auburn sororities will be welcomed into their chapters somewhat differently this fall than in other years. The Auburn University Panhellenic Council announced its decision to make all rounds of recruitment virtual, except Bid Day, on Tuesday morning via social media.
“Due to the ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19, Auburn University, in conjunction with the Auburn Panhellenic Council is moving to option three, hosting all rounds virtually,” said the post.
The post continued that it was not an easy decision, but that it is the safest possible way to welcome new members into their sororities.
Madison Birckhead, senior in human development and family studies and the president of Auburn Panhellenic, expressed her admiration for the community's resilience in response to the post.
“I am so proud of the Panhellenic community,” Birckhead said. “These women have continually faced challenges with grace and optimism. While the decision was far from easy, we are confident that it will allow us to maintain the integrity and purpose of the recruitment experience while keeping everyone as safe and healthy as possible.”
In a different post, Birckhead addressed potential new members.
“...I hope you know just how excited Auburn Panhellenic is to welcome each of you to the Plains and to our community,” she said. “Thank you for being flexible and gracious with us as we navigate how to best serve y’all and keep you safe. The countdown is on and we can’t wait to have you.”
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Recruitment week will still be held Aug. 8-15, and chapters will be able to host virtual meetings with parents of new members after Bid Day. New members will be able to visit the chapter who offered them a bid, and they are recommended to wear light clothing. Masks are required as per University guidelines of the "A Healthier U" fall reentry plan.
Auburn Panhellenic encourages anyone with questions to visit its website at http://greeklife.auburn.edu/panhellenic/.
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