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ACTIVE: a member of a Greek organization who is currently still enrolled as an undergraduate.
ALUMNA: a sorority member who is no longer a student. The plural is Alumnae.
ALUMNUS ("Alum"): a fraternity member who is no longer a student. The plural is Alumni.
BID: An invitation to join a fraternity or sorority.
BROTHER: an initiated member of a fraternity.
CHAPTER: The campus group of a national organization. Within each organization, chapters are usually referenced via a Greek-letter order. For example, the founding chapter would be the "Alpha Chapter," and the second chapter is usually the "Beta Chapter."
CHAPTER ADVISORS: an alumnus who establishes and maintains a close advisory relationship with a chapter and serves as a teacher, counselor and friend.
COLONY: a student organization in the final stage prior to being installed as a chartered chapter of a Greek letter organization.
DEPLEDGE: the termination of a pledge's relationship with a Greek-letter organization.
FORMAL RECRUITMENT: the 'official' recruitment period of the year with specific scheduled events for students interested in joining a Greek organization.
FRATERNITY: The name informally applied to a Greek-letter brotherhood.
INITIATION: A formal ceremony by which new members become initiated members.
INTERFRATERNITY COUNCIL (IFC): The governing body of fraternities associated with the North American Interfraternity Conference.
LEGACY: A person whose immediate family member is, or was, an active member of a Greek Life organization.
MULTICULTURAL GREEK COUNCIL (MGC): The governing body of multicultural Greek lettered organizations.
NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC CONFERENCE (NPHC): The governing body of the historically black Greek lettered organizations.
PANHELLENIC COUNCIL: The governing body of sororities associated with the National Panhellenic Conference.
PINNING: designates the start of a pledge process. The Pledge wears a fraternity/sorority pin while pledging, and at the moment of pinning, officially becomes a pledge.
Potential New Member (PNM): A student who is not in a Greek organization who is eligible to participate in the recruitment process, visiting Greek organizations with an interest in possibly affiliating with one organization.
RECRUITMENT COUNSELOR: A sorority woman who has disaffiliated from her chapter to guide potential new members through the Panhellenic Formal Recruitment process. Also called a Pi Rho Chi or Rho Chi.
SISTER: an initiated member of a sorority.
SORORITY: an individual women's Greek-letter organization. This is the term commonly used to distinguish between men's (fraternities) and women's (sororities) organizations.