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Interfraternity Council Fall 2020 Primary Recruitment Week
2020 Fall Primary Recruitment: (Updated 9.11.20)
View the Fall 2020 Fraternity Primary Recruitment Week schedule Here>> (Please see below)
We are glad you are interested in joining an IFC Fraternity! IFC encourages year-round recruitment with an additional structured "recruitment week" each fall semester. However, due to COVID-19, this Fall 2020 semester will look slightly different. Please see below for more information.
Fall 2020 Recruitment Update (updated 9.11.20)
The A-State Interfraternity Council (IFC) and A-State Fraternity & Sorority Life have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 developments and the potential impact on our fall recruitment experience. In collaboration with A-State Fraternity & Sorority Life, chapter leadership, advisors, and campus partners, the A-State IFC has developed an adjusted and safer recruitment process for Fall 2020 A-State IFC Recruitment. We are excited to be able to continue to host a process that will afford our A-State men the opportunity to find a home within our A-State Interfraternity community.
Potential New Members (PNMs) will register for recruitment using our online registration system. This allows us to capture PNM contact information for virtual announcements and reminders, as well as to share with our IFC fraternities. Registering for and participating in the recruitment process does not require all registered men to join a fraternity. It does, however, enable them to explore and learn more about opportunities for membership within our A-State Fraternity & Sorority Life community. This process is intended to be a positive, fun, and enriching experience for everyone who participates. Please note that bids are not guaranteed, so you are strongly encouraged to participate as fully as possible in the recruitment process. We also encourage you to keep an open mind.The adjusted process is designed to build in more time during the first part of the semester for fraternities to virtually provide chapter and organizational information to PNMs, as well to build interpersonal relationships with PNMs in safer and more organic in-person ways, (i.e. a small group of members and PNMs going to breakfast, lunch or dinner, grabbing coffee, going fishing, gaming, etc). Fraternities are able to begin extending bids for membership starting September 24th. Please see the below schedule for more details on this Fall's process.
Monday, August 31s, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.- A-State IFC Fraternity Life Virtual Interest Session (All men interested in A-State Fraternity Life are strongly encouraged to join us via Zoom. Please see below for more information).
Tuesday, September 1st - Friday, September 4th- All A-State IFC Fraternities will post the below information to their chapter Instagram accounts on each corresponding day. This will equip Potential New Members with a series of virtual social media opportunities to gain insight into each fraternity's values and additional membership benefits. We ask that all PNMs follow each of the IFC and chapter Instagram accounts, also listed below.
- Tuesday, September 1st - Information on chapter philanthropy and/or community service
- Wednesday, September 2nd - Information on the Brotherhood and social opportunities within the chapter
- Thursday, September 3rd - Information on academics and scholarship, as well as campus involvement
- Friday, September 4th - All fraternities will share a 20-30 second "trailer" of their Fall Recruitment Informational Videos
Tuesday, September 8th - Wednesday, September 9th, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Fraternity Virtual Informational Event: Join each of our A-State IFC fraternities for a live, Zoom Chapter Informational Session. Each 30 minute Zoom presentation will provide PNMs the opportunity to virtually interact with each fraternity and to hear more about the chapter and organizational values, philanthropy and service, campus involvement, academic requirements, brotherhood, social opportunities, and lifelong benefits of membership. It will be critical for PNMs to make plans to attend every chapter’s virtual presentation to ensure PNMs can later make informed fraternity membership decisions. For any emergency situations, chapters will offer a recording of their virtual presentation to PNMs.
Wednesday, September 9th - Wednesday, September 23rd- These two weeks will allow additional time for Chapters and Potential New Members to safely interact in small ways that adhere to all A-State and relevant federal, state, and local guidelines, keeping the health and safety of our community at the forefront of all in-person opportunities. The contact information provided by PNMs at time of registering for IFC Recruitment will be provided to the leadership within each of our A-State IFC Fraternities.
Thursday, September 17th - Fraternities may begin extending bids for membership. Bids may continue to be extended throughout the remainder of the Fall 2020 semester. There will not be a large-scale Bid Day, as fraternities will be extending bids are various times on or after September 17th.
New Member Education- Upon accepting a bid, New Member Education will still be able to occur within each fraternity. A-State and each fraternity's Headquarters will provide guidance to each fraternity on how to safely complete the new member education and initiation process. Virtual methods will be reviewed, as necessary.
In order to join an Interfraternity Council fraternity, you must be a full-time male student in good conduct and academic standing with Arkansas State University-Jonesboro at the time of Fall Recruitment and have a minimum high school or college cumulative GPA of a 2.7. Open bids may be issued and accepted at any point during fall and spring semesters outside of Fall Primary Recruitment Week. However, it is strongly recommended that men register to participate in the Fall Primary Recruitment week to gain a better understanding of each fraternity. See below for more information on Fall Primary Recruitment and Open Bidding.
How to Register for Fall Primary Recruitment
In order to participate in Fall 2020 Interfraternity Council Recruitment, you must be a regularly enrolled, full-time Arkansas State University-Jonesboro student. A minimum cumulative high school or college GPA of a 2.7 is required in order to participate in Fall Primary Recruitment; however, some of our IFC fraternities have national/local requirements that are higher than a 2.7 cumulative. As a result, we recommend striving for at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Use the checklist below to help complete your registration process:
- Register for recruitment online through ICS & complete each required section on the online application.
- Attach a personal photo, (a senior photo is acceptable and recommended for incoming freshmen. Upperclassmen are encouraged to use an appropriate headshot), to the end of the online application, as directed.
- There is a $15 registration fee for Fall 2020 Recruitment. This fee includes virtual and material expenses associated with the recruitment process.
Your application is not complete until all materials have been received. It is strongly advised to register prior to 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 3rd. This will allow us plenty of time to process your application prior to the first round of IFC Zoom Informational Sessions on Tuesday, September 8th.
Spring Informal Recruitment & Open Bidding Overview
Open bids may be issued and accepted at any point during the fall and spring semesters, outside of the Fall Recruitment Process. In the Fall 2020, bids may only begin to be extended starting Thursday, September 24th. If an individual is interested in learning more about opportunities for membership outside of Fall Recruitment, we encourage them to complete the link below. We will share your information with the leadership within each A-State fraternity. At that point, it is customary for a fraternity to reach out and extend an invitation to an upcoming fraternity chapter recruitment event. All recruitment events are mandated to remain 100% dry and allow for potential new members the opportunity to meet chapter membership and learn more about the chapter.
If a chapter wishes to extend an open bid, the chapter will ask the potential new member to complete that A-State Open Bidding Form. Once completed, the chapter will submit the form to the A-State Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life to ensure that the potential new member is in good conduct standing with at least a 2.7 cumulative GPA. Once approved, the potential new member will be notified that the open bid is final, and the potential new member may begin new member education.
- Complete the A-State Informal Recruitment Interest Form here>> (NOTE: Do NOT complete this form if you plan to join during the Fall 2020 semester)
A-State IFC Fraternity Life Virtual Interest Session
Are you wondering what fraternity life is all about? Are you interested in Fall 2020 opportunities for membership? Would you like to hear honest experiences and perspectives from current A-State fraternity members? Have you heard the stereotypes commonly associated with fraternities and are curious if they are true? If so, make plans to attend the Virtual Fraternity Life Interest Session on Monday, August 31s, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
This session will focus on providing an insider look into fraternity life at A-State and the many benefits it can add to your life. There is no cost to attend this interest session. Please join us via the Zoom information below. We encourage all participants to join the link at least 10 minutes prior to the start time to ensure connectivity issues may be resolved. If you have accessibility concerns regarding technology, please email A-State IFC President, Will Wilkins, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will work to best accommodate your needs.
Join us via the link below:
Event: A-State IFC Fraternity Life Virtual Interest Session
When: Monday, August 31st, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 997 5083 2802