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Greek Terms

Glossary of Greek Life Terms

Active - a fully initiated member in a fraternity or sorority.

Alumni/Alumnus - An initiated member of a sorority or fraternity who is no longer in college but is a lifelong member of the organization.

Associate - a non-initiated member in a fraternity or sorority that employs the associate member program.

Bid - an invitation to join a fraternity or sorority.

Brother - a term used by fraternity members when referring to each other.

Chapter - a fraternal group at an individual campus of the larger inter/national organization, designated by a special name.

 

Colony -  a newly-formed group of members who have the intent of being chartered as a chapter by meeting inter/national headquarters standards.

 

Fraternity - a Greek organization for men.

Go Greek Week - The week before Recruitment Week, held once a semester. This week is a values based week demonstrating at-large what the values of Greeks on campus uphold; anti-hazing pledge, social, service, philanthropic, brotherhood/sisterhood, and scholarship.

Greek - a member of a fraternity or sorority.
 

Initiation - the traditional ritual that brings a new member to full membership.
 

Inter-/ national - a term referring to the central office of a given fraternity or sorority.
 

Inter Fraternity and Sorority Council – the governing body of all Greek organizations on UNH’s campus.

 

Interest - a person who is seeking membership in an MGC or NPHC organization.

 

Legacy - a rushee of a fraternity/sorority who is a son/daughter, brother/sister, or grandson/granddaughter of a member of a Greek organization.

Local - an organization that contributes to the tradition and history of UNH. This organization is only found at this campus.

 

Member - a fully initiated, lifelong fraternity or sorority member who is active at the collegiate level.

Membership intake - the process for culturally-based fraternities or sororities to bring in new members.

New Member - a person who has accepted a bid to join an IFC fraternity or a Panhellenic sorority.

 

Potential New Member (PNM) - an undergraduate college woman who is participating in the Panhellenic recruitment process.
 

Ritual - the values and beliefs by which members of an organization live; usually depicted in traditional organizational ceremonies.
 

Recruitment - the activity by which chapters seek new members.

Sister - a term used by sorority members when referring to each other.
 

Sorority - a Greek organization for women.