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Alpha Rho Chapter | University of Louisiana at Monroe

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New Member Experience

The Phi Program – This eight-week new member program enhances the Phi Mu Experience by helping new members transition into Fraternity membership.  The online component includes an orientation, expectations of membership and journal prompts which help our new members begin their lifetime involvement in Phi Mu.  The online modules in partnership with Phi meetings provide new members with the framework for personal, academic, social and professional growth.  

~~~~~ Alpha Rho New Member Experience ~~~~~

After bid day our new members go through a few weeks where they receive nothing but love from our active members. We call these our Love Weeks. During these weeks the new members receive letters Monday-Thursday from a secret girl and on Friday the active is revealed and the new members are showered with gifts.

During these loves weeks the new members have a Phi Retreat where they spend time with their pledge class doing arts and crafts, getting to know one another better, and eating all sorts of yummy food. 

A few short weeks after Phi Retreat, our entire chapter attends our bi-annual Sisterhood Retreat. We usually hold this retreat before our new members get initiated! It is a great time to spend time with your sisters. We do crafts, take a ton of pictures, and just have fun with one another. In previous years we have tie-dyed tanks, painted pumpkins, watched Breakfast at Tiffany's, and even had a carnival themed retreat!

In the Spring semester we hold our annual formal, Pink Carnation. Our new members get presented and escorted by their dad/brother/grandpa/etc. and a date of their choosing. The new members big sis then presents them with a pink carnation. This is such a fun time for our new members and our actives. We always enjoy this event, especially the big sisters who get to present their new little sisters.