Panhellenic presidents share recruitment stories


Sorority Recruitment is just around the corner. From Aug. 24-29, the ladies of Zeta Tau Alpha, Kappa Delta and Chi Omega will host potential new members. Register by Aug. 24. Panhellenic Council will host an ice cream social for girls who may be interested at McAfee Commons Thursday at 7 p.m.

For more information, check out this recruitment guide or contact Panhellenic Advisor Karen Taylor at


McKinley Tribble, President of Zeta Tau Alpha

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McKinley Tribble, president of Zeta Tau Alpha

I actually never went through recruitment to become a Zeta because I was picked up in the spring of my freshman year. I do know, however, that going through the recruitment process my sophomore and junior year were some of the most fun times of my college career!

I love meeting new friends, and recruitment gives each girl an opportunity to build friendships that will last a lifetime. It can be very scary going into a house full of 90 girls you may not know, but trust me – we are just as nervous to meet you!

When I first joined Zeta, I really did not know what to expect Greek life to be because no one in my family had ever gone Greek. I never really saw myself as a “sorority girl,” but looking at the past three years in Zeta Tau Alpha, I know that I have been completely impacted for the better. I am daily surrounded by 90 women who pour into me and encourage me to be a better “me.”

I wouldn’t trade any day spent with my sisters because they have truly helped in giving me my home away from home! Throughout my years in Zeta, I have found my very best friends, my roommates and my bridesmaids in my upcoming wedding.

For those of you who are considering going through recruitment, just be yourself and have fun. Don’t let stress get in the way of enjoying the process. Know that I am praying for you during this time and hope that you too can find your home!


Abby Duke, President of Kappa Delta

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Abby Duke, president of Kappa Delta

When I went through recruitment my freshman year, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I especially didn’t expect that I would fall in love with a sorority like I did. I had decided to sign up for recruitment because I wanted to meet people and because I wanted to be plugged into something big and meaningful at Union. I wanted this “home away from home” that everyone was talking about.

Before recruitment, I had met wonderful girls from each sorority, but the KDs always seemed to stand out to me. Every time I was around them, they were laughing with each other and genuinely having a great time. Then recruitment arrived and I got to see even more of the Kappa Deltas.

On the second night of rush the KD I was talking to looked at me and asked, “What are you looking for in a sorority?” This was the first time I had been asked about what I wanted. She wasn’t asking me about what I did in high school, if I danced or not or any other credentials I had – she was actually asking about me. This led to a deep and meaningful conversation, and when I left the KD house that night, I knew that’s where I wanted to be. That KD ended up being my big.

Being a part of KD has truly changed my life, as cheesy as that sounds. These girls have encouraged me daily to be myself – my best self. They’ve taught me what it means to love unconditionally and that every person is capable of impacting lives in an astounding way.

If there is one piece of recruitment advice I can give to you, it’s to always be yourself. Go where you feel comfortable, go where you feel will make you a better version of yourself and by all means, go confidently.


Haley Stafford, President of Chi Omega

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Haley Stafford, president of Chi Omega

My mom was a Chi Omega at Union, so I always knew I wanted to go through recruitment based on what she had told me about her experience with Greek life. I knew that going through recruitment would immediately plug me into the Union community and that I would begin to form great friendships.

As cliché as it sounds, I felt at home the moment I walked in the Chi Omega house. I was met with a sincere and friendly atmosphere, and I was immediately drawn to that. I saw that the girls in Chi Omega genuinely cared about each other and had tons of fun together.

One of my favorite parts of Chi Omega is the wish granting we are able to be a part of through our partnership with Make-A-Wish. There’s nothing like seeing the smile on a child’s face when you’re able to give them their own party and grant their wish. It’s incredible to meet the families we are able to impact through Make-A-Wish.

Intramurals are another of my favorite memories in Chi Omega. It’s so fun to participate with your sisters in games or cheer on from the sidelines.

I would advise every girl considering going through recruitment to do so! You will meet tons of great girls and have so much fun. It’s an easy way to immediately get plugged in and involved at Union. Relax, be yourself and have fun. That’s what it’s all about.

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