Greek Terminology

Chi Omega

Active: a formally initiated member of a fraternity or sorority

Alumnae:  a sorority member who has graduated from college

Alumnus: a fraternity member who has graduated from college

Badge: the insignia that designates your Greek organization

Bid: a formal invitation to join a Greek-lettered organization

Chapter: name for the local organization of a national fraternity or sorority

Rush: formal recruitment activities for new students that take place during the fall semester

Fraternity: a Greek-lettered organization of men committed to similar ideas that develop the human spirit: leadership, scholarship, service, athletics and brotherhood

Interfraternity Council (IFC): the representative body governing fraternities

Sorority: A Greek-lettered organization of women that emphasizes leadership and personal development, banded together for educational, philanthropic, civic and social purposes

Panhellenic Council: the representative body governing sororities

Panhellenic Counselor (Pi Chi): a neutral sorority member who assists potential new members through the sorority recruitment process

Initiation: the traditional ritual, as established by the national organization, that brings the new member into full membership

Legacy: a prospective member who has a parent, grandparent, or sibling that is a member of a specific fraternity or sorority

Potential New Member (PNM): a term for men or women being recruited by a Greek-lettered organization

New Member: a member who has not been initiated (often referred to as a pledge)

Ritual: the traditional ceremonies of a chapter of a national organization that are known by initiated members

Step Show: a style of dance that uses rhythmic stomping to demonstrate unity, talent, and organizational pride; step shows are a lively and popular part of the African-American fraternity and sorority tradition