Texas A&M embraces virtual recruitment

By Amina Butt, The Battalion (Texas A&M); file photo via @tamuifc

As the fall semester approaches, Greek life chapters are having to come up with safer alternatives to their recruitment events and bid day due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Texas A&M Greek life has recently released their new rules and guidelines for sorority and fraternity recruitments which includes an all virtual recruitment process.

Psychology senior and Collegiate Panhellenic Council (CPC) vice president of recruitment Whitney Gerro said that over the past few months CPC has closely monitored the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on Texas as well as the nation.

“Ultimately, we decided to conduct a fully virtual recruitment because that is what is in the best interests for health and safety for the potential new members (PNMs) and all of our active chapter members,” Gerro said.

Psychology senior and Kappa Delta president Holly Kurisky said all PNMs can still make the most out of this situation.

“Recruitment is a truly fulfilling experience when you use the process to meet new people and find a chapter that you feel at home with,” Kurisky said. “Virtual recruitment will allow for really getting to know the woman in each chapter in a safe manner.”

As for the Texas A&M Interfraternity Council (IFC), management junior Mason Kahley who serves as the Vice President of Recruitment said a change to an all virtual format was needed because of the growing concern about the safety of their PNMs and spikes in coronavirus cases in Texas over the summer.

“Keeping the Aggie community safe and doing what we can to stop the spread of COVID-19 is what’s most important to IFC, and a virtual recruitment process is the best way to do that,” Kahley said.

While this recruitment process will be different, Kahley said he hopes that PNMs will experience a great recruitment process and give them a look inside all of the unique fraternity chapters despite the change to a virtual process.

“Rush looks a lot different this fall, but it is still a great opportunity to get connected within the university and meet people that will impact the rest of your time in college,” Kahley said.

To find more information on each of the fraternity chapters and what they have to offer, visit their Instagram @tamuifc and website, aggieifc.org.