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Dear Alpha Phi Parents

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Greek Vocabulary

Alpha Phi Pronunciation: "Alpha fee" often called aphi or "a-fee" for short

Alumna: An initiated member of a sorority who has graduated from college and is no longer an active member (plural: Alumnae)

Bid: A formal invitation to join a fraternity or sorority.

Big: Nickname for big sister, a mentor assigned to a new member. A member a year or two older, who will welcome them into their "phamily".

Chapter: A membership unit of a national or international sorority or fraternity at that partner University.

Dues: The monetary costs of membership in a fraternity or sorority. These fees are used to cover the costs of social events, community activities, sisterhood events, international fees, chapter operations, and other events. Alpha Phi dues are all-inclusive meaning everything the members are asked to participate in, and have the opportunity to attend, are covered. ​

Initiation:  The formal ceremony of induction into the chapter. This marks the transition to full membership of a fraternity or sorority. We like to celebrate with desserts at the house at the end!​

Collegiate Panhellenic Council: The governing body for all women's sororities on campus. Often times abbreviated "CPC". Georgia Tech's CPC website is .

Philanthropy:  Philanthropy is a term used to describe charitable events performed by Greek organizations. Alpha Phi's philanthropy is the Alpha Phi Foundation which supports women's heart health as it is the number 1 cause of death of women in the U.S. Learn what we do for philanthropy in our philanthropy section on the website.

Potential New Member (PNM):  PNM stands for Potential New Member and is used by the Collegiate Panhellenic Council to describe all those women that have the potential to go through formal recruitment. This includes incoming freshmen and upperclassmen that have not joined a Panhellenic sorority.

Recruitment Counselor (RC): a current CPC woman responsible for leading a group of PNMs through recruitment. She is disaffiliated from her own chapter during recruitment to remain an unbiased, confidential resource for your daughter during the entire process.​​

Sister:  The term used by members of sororities when referring to each other.

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