Fraternity Winter Recruitment 2018


IFC Recruitment Registration 2018

The Interfraternity Council Recruitment Committee is dedicated to providing its members with an enriched college experience that has a respect for tradition, fosters safety, strives to build character and to promote diversity of culture and interest in all men through providing the resources to learning about each fraternity.

The Interfraternity Council acts as the governing body for 17 different social fraternities, each with their own rituals and traditions. IFC Recruitment fosters year-round efforts to reach potential new members and help them in their efforts to leave a lasting legacy at Cal Poly and within the San Luis Obispo community.

While the Interfraternity Council strives to provide guidance, leadership development, encouragement and opportunities for both personal and collective growth, it is the Recruitment process which allows these men to find their own path to a fortified college experience.

Interfraternity Council Community Service Event
When:  January 22 | 12:00-4:00 pm | Dexter Lawn

Interfraternity Council Recruitment Kickoff BBQ
When:  January 23 | 4:00-8:00 pm | Dexter Lawn

The Kickoff BBQ is a chance for all students interested in Greek Life to see all the Cal Poly recognized fraternities in a central location for free food and good conversation. It provides you with the chance to meet all the active members of Fraternity life and find the best match for you.

For more information contact:
IFC VP of Recruitment, Tom Cunnie: [email protected]
IFC President, Colton Marino: [email protected]
Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Shawnna R. Smith: [email protected] or (805)756-7267.

Frequently Asked Questions

Active – An initiated fraternity man who is still in college
Alumnus – A fraternity member who has graduated or left college (plural: Alumni)
Associate/New Member/Pledge – A non-initiated member in a fraternity
Bid – A formal invitation to join an organization/fraternity
Brother – A term used by fraternity men in reference to one another
Chapter – The local group of an international organization
Charter – A newly organized group working to become a chartered chapter
Dry-Recruitment – The practice of not serving alcoholic beverages at any recruitment event
Interfraternity Council (IFC) – The representative body of all men’s fraternities
Legacy – A rushee whose grandparents, parents, brother/sister is a member of a particular organization
Potential New Member (PNM) – A man or woman who is going through the recruitment process

More than any other single organization on campus, fraternities and sororities offer leadership opportunities, lifelong friendships, human service and philanthropic activities, cultural opportunities, social activities, scholastics, intramural sports, personal development, and group living environments; all wrapped up into one organization. Joining a fraternity or sorority chapter will help make the transition to college much easier. Developing a sense of belonging and making new friends in the chapter can make the campus seem much smaller.

Many friendships made through the chapter will last into post-college years. Fraternities and sororities have national networks for its members that help with careers and job relocations. Membership in a chapter can be a lifelong experience that the member and fraternity or sorority enjoy together. Wherever a member ends up after college, chances are that he or she will be able to find an alumni chapter or other members of their fraternity or sorority in the area.

When a student joins a fraternity or sorority, he or she becomes part of a larger group of students who have already made it through their first year at Cal Poly. Older members, who may have the same major as the student, can provide advice and assistance. Most chapters have a scholarship officer who initiates programs within the chapter to encourage high academic achievement. Ultimately however, the responsibility for succeeding in the classroom is up to the individual student.

The perception of fraternities and sororities may be that they are only for well-to-do students, but Greek membership is actually quite affordable, and the fees go to services that will enhance the student’s college experience. Many students choose to work to help pay their dues to the chapter. To assist members, chapters may offer payment plans or scholarships. The Greek experience is an investment in the student’s future. The skills and experience gained through participation in the chapter will continue to benefit members years after graduation.

Fraternities and sororities recognize that it is important for members to meet their financial obligations and many students will work to help finance their education. Working students can still take advantage of the opportunities available in the Greek community.

The time commitment varies from chapter to chapter. The first quarter is the most intensive as new members learn the history of the organization and participate in activities that connect the student to campus. After initiation, members’ commitments vary. Each chapter has weekly meetings and plans various events throughout the year (social, service, philanthropies, initiation). The more the student puts into the chapter, the more he or she will benefit from being a member.

All national governing bodies for fraternities and sororities prohibit all forms of hazing. Hazing, or any activity that injures, degrades or disgraces any student, is not tolerated. All allegations are investigated. If you ever feel your student may be participating in or subjected to inappropriate activities, please contact the coordinator of fraternity and sorority affairs at (805) 756-5838.

Campus policy does not allow alcoholic beverages at any off-campus function hosted by a chartered Cal Poly fraternity or sorority, except when private service for members and guests is arranged by contract with a properly licensed distributor. Additionally, each national organization has policies and guidelines addressing the use of alcohol.

Take time to find out more about the Greek community at Cal Poly. Ask questions and be supportive, allowing the student to make the best decision for themselves. Once he or she joins a chapter, learn the names and phone numbers of the chapter president, new member educator, and chapter advisor. Participate in events for families that are planned by the fraternity or sorority, and ask the student about his or her experiences.

Panhellenic recruitment takes place the first weekend after classes begin in the fall. The Interfraternity Council sponsors recruitment events both in the fall and winter. Culturally-based fraternity and sorority recruitment processes take place at various times and are determined by the individual organization. Information will be available on campus.

For Parents

On October 30th, 2016, Greek Life hosted the first annual New Member Development day co-sponsored by the Panhellenic Council, the Interfraternity Council, and the United Sorority and Fraternity Council. This conference-style event was held in various locations throughout Cal Poly’s campus and included various guest speakers such as Safer, Pulse, Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, the Multicultural Center, and The Catalyst Agency. All new members of Greek Organizations were educated on topics of alcohol and substance abuse, healthy relationships, bystander intervention, cultural diversity, and many more topics that Greek members will face.

Fraternity Members have the ability to engage in leadership opportunities by being part of chapter committees like philanthropy, community service, fundraising, brotherhood, etc. They are given the ability to develop valuable leadership experience by working and collaborating with peers, campus officials, and community leaders.
As a member of Fraternity Life, they are also able to join the Interfraternity Council and the Greek Week Executive Boards.

Each Fraternity requires payment of quarterly dues that pay for a variety of chapter, campus and insurance costs. These payments range anywhere between $250-$500 per quarter. If you are unable to fulfill this financial obligation, resources like scholarships, payment plans, and subsidized dues are all apart of individual chapter policies.