Sorority Members Vie for Gamma Chi Positions
Panhellenic Council is in the process of selecting 2012 Gammi Chi’s, sorority members who serve as mentors to rushees, officials said.
Yasmeen Abdelaal, director of recruitment counselors for recruitment 2011, said choosing Gamma Chi’s is a difficult process.
“We had around 180 applications total, and I believe we ended up with 112 Gamma Chi’s for rush,” Abdelaal said. “After the interviews, it was really difficult to choose from such a great pool of girls.”
Each Gamma Chi typically mentors a group of about ten “rushees.” Sophomore or junior members from any of the eight sororities may apply to be a Gamma Chi. Anyone who applies must have participated in the recruitment process at least once.
“Being a Gamma Chi was a phenomenal experience,” said Laura Porter, a junior English major who served as a Gamma Chi for recruitment 2011.
“The opportunity to make the rush process easy and enjoyable for young ladies going through recruitment was extremely rewarding. I would highly encourage any sorority woman to partake in the Gamma Chi experience,” Porter said.
Abdelaal said recruitment counselors make the transition to college easier for rushees.
“Recruitment is a new and complex process for every girl going through, regardless of what year she is in school,” she said. “Gamma Chi’s are essentially camp counselors during recruitment. Many girls have hardly been away from their parents for more than two days and this is their first college experience.”
If chosen to be a Gamma Chi, sorority members must disaffiliate from their sorority for a given amount of time before recruitment begins, so as not to influence the decision of rushees.
“It was an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything,” said Macy Brisben, junior dietetics major and former Gamma Chi.
“Filling out the application and taking part in the interview process was completely worth getting to help these young girls make such an important decision in their lives,” Brisben said.
Potential Gamma Chi’s will be notified about their positions later in the spring semester, Greek officials said.