What is a letter of recommendation?
A recommendation is a personal letter of reference written by an alumnae member of a sorority to introduce a potential new member to her sorority. In the recommendation, the alumnae will write about your activities and talents so the sorority can get acquainted with you before recruitment begins.
Do I have to have letters of recommendation to go through recruitment?
Recommendation letters are not required to go through recruitment, but they are helpful in the recruitment process. Each year there are women who join chapters without securing any letters of recommendation prior to recruitment.
We encourage you to register with your local Panhellenic Council.They can help you with the letters and our chapters find it very beneficial. The best way to find your local Panhellenic Council is to Google your hometown and then Panhellenic Council. For example: if you're from Kingwood, TX then you would Google "Kingwood, TX Panhellenic Council"
What should be included in the letter?
You should provide the alumnae writing the letter with the following:
A resume. Create a resume or use the one you created for college applications that includes your activities and interests. The alumnae will use it to personalize your letter and will forward it to the sorority.
A transcript. It can be an unofficial copy. Remember to mark out your social security number, as chapters do not need this information for any reason.
A picture. Make sure it is a picture of just you so the sororities can identify you. A senior picture or something similar will work.
A stamped, addressed envelope. Include an envelope already addressed to the chapter so the alumnae can mail it directly to the sorority. Bigger, heavier envelopes may require more postage so make sure you provide enough.
A thank-you note. It is nice to send this to the alumnae writing the letter to show your appreciation for the effort she is making to help you.
When is the last day to submit Letters of Recommendation?
The last day to mail in a Letter of Recommendation is September 1st. If you would still like to submit a Letter of Recommendation after July 31, 2019, please contact Katherine Turner, Panhellenic's Vice President of Recruitment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to provide the chapters with recommendation letters, please mail or submit them electronically using the following information:
Alpha Chi Omega
2415 Lawrence St
Houston, TX 77008
Physical: Shelby Swigart @ Delta Gamma
Townhouse 4 5063 Calhoun Rd
Houston, TX, 77204
c/o Catherine Watkins
807 Aurora St
Houston, TX 77009
Digital: none listed
Physical: Madeleine Abram
Bayou Oaks, TH 6
5063 Calhoun Road
Houston, Texas 77024
9130 Rangely Drive
Houston, Texas 77055
Digital: email@example.com AND
Zeta Tau Alpha
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Panhellenic. You can reach Katherine Turner, Panhellenic's Vice President of Recruitment at firstname.lastname@example.org.