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  • Writer's pictureKirsten Matlock

Fall ‘23 Sorority Recruitment breaks campus records for new bids

Sorority chapters at The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith had one of their best recruitment runs yet– as Recruitment Week for the Fall 2023 semester brought UAFS’ three sorority chapters a total of 57 new members.

Recruitment Week at UAFS took place from August 30th to September 3rd, consisting of various events which allowed all PNMs (potential new members) to visit with each chapter and decide which they would like to run home to.

Ashlynn Flute, a dental hygiene student and Delta Gamma member at UAFS, shared her thoughts on how sorority life on campus has impacted her, “My experience with UAFS Panhellenic has been so rewarding. I have made so many connections that will last me a lifetime and it’s opened so many doors for me. Being in a sorority has shaped me as a person in a way to be a leader, being able to understand my own values, and academically succeed.”

Additionally, Flute went undercover as a Gamma Chi for recruitment this fall, as she hid her sorority affiliation in order to become a recruitment guide for all potential new members for the entirety of the week up until Bid Day, where she revealed her affiliation and ran back home to Delta Gamma.

Kaylin Watson (left) welcomes Ashlynn Flute (right) back home to Delta Gamma on Bid Day.

UAFS’ three chapters: Gamma Phi Beta, Delta Gamma, and Alpha Omicron Pi each welcomed home 19 new members, making this run the highest number of bids given and accepted by new members in the last 4 years.

This influx in new members can be accredited to an increase of first-time student enrollments at UAFS, as Talk Business & Politics state, “enrollment of first time students totaled 890, up 6.8% compared with the same period in 2022.”

Since the introduction of Greek Life to UAFS in 2007, many have become a part of something bigger, found their new home away from home, and joined a sorority or fraternity.

With this increase in enrollment and new members, hopefully the values of Alpha Omicron Pi (inspire ambition), Delta Gamma (do good), and Gamma Phi Beta (building strong girls), will continue to impact the lives of many in the years to come.


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