While the recruitment process for Greek sororities and fraternities are characterized by loud music, cheering and flamboyance, other non-Greek organizations do not follow this traditional process.
One of these is Alpha Kappa Psi. The organization is a professional coed business fraternity founded in 1904 with the intent of developing its members into principled business leaders, according to the Alpha Kappa Psi website.
Another non-Greek chapter on the Texas Tech campus is Alpha Phi Omega. Established in 1925, the coed service fraternity aims to help each member develop leadership skills, experience friendships and provide service to others, according to the Alpha Phi Omega website.
Maxwell French, a senior microbiology major from San Angelo and the pledge trainer for Alpha Kappa Psi, said the organization strives to create a business atmosphere and to pave a career path for its members.
“We want to build resumes, get students jobs and we want to teach them how to get jobs early on,” French said.
The service fraternity’s recruitment process is different from traditional Greek chapters, although the pledge process is similar, he said.
Prospective members are taught the organization’s values and traditions at information sessions hosted on campus. It is cheaper than traditional Greek fraternities with potential members having to pay $400 for the first semester and $300 for every additional semester, French said.
“We also don’t party near as much, just being generally honest,” he said. “I joined this because I don’t like to party, and I’ve loved it here. I found a family.”
Trevor Rigg, a senior marketing major from Allen, said he has been a member of Alpha Kappa Psi since fall 2015 and got more out of the organization than he expected.
“Initially, I just wanted something to add to my resume, but it’s helped me get an internship with AT&T Inc., and I’ve made lifelong friends,” he said.
Prospective members must attend the information sessions and sign up for an interview, he said.
“The interview is about seven to 10 questions,” Rigg said. “We want to get a sense of how they are professionally, personally, and what their objective is.”
Rigg also said the fraternity is not solely for students looking for a career in the business field, but it is for all majors.
Paige Schick, a senior public relations major from Kansas City, Kansas, and the vice president of alumni relations, said she is new to the organization, having joined in the spring.
The pledge or recruitment process can be difficult, but students learn many skills from it, Schick said.
“Students learn how to be interviewed, how to dress professionally and how to confidently introduce themselves to people,” she said.
Public relations and business go hand-in-hand, and Shick said she wanted to learn how to apply her skills in the field of business.
“This was something completely out of my comfort zone, but I’ve ended up loving it,” she said. “I’ve made amazing friends, and I’ve gotten valuable business experience.”
Sarah Fuhrmeister, a senior community, family and addiction sciences major from Murphy and the head pledge trainer for Alpha Phi Omega, said she joined the service fraternity in fall 2016.
Alpha Phi Omega has chapters on over 366 campuses nationwide, she said. Its focus is on community service in and around Lubbock.
“We also do national projects,” she said. “We do stockings for soldiers and medical bags for third-world countries.”
In addition to community service, the organization hosts game nights, volleyball games, movie nights and anything else that will help members bond, Fuhrmeister said. The fraternity also conducts leadership conferences to help its members build resumes.
The recruitment process for Alpha Phi Omega consists of prospective members attending meetings to learn more about the organization, and two events that led up to the initiation ceremony, she said.
“We do a fellowship so we can hang out,” Fuhrmeister said, “And then we let them do community service with us to make sure they are a good fit.”
Katie Farmer, a freshman psychology major from McKinney and an incoming member of Alpha Phi Omega, said she was inspired to join the organization by her brother.
“He said he had never made so many friends and fit in so well somewhere,” Farmer said. “He also said they do a lot of community service, but they have a lot of fun with it. I wanted to be a part of that.”
To be initiated into the organization, Farmer said she had to introduce herself to current members and give them her phone number and email address.
She said she was then required to attend an information night to learn about the organization’s expectations.
“It’s been pretty easy, and it’s been a lot of fun,” Farmer said.
The primary difference between Alpha Phi Omega’s recruitment process and other Greek chapters is that the service fraternities and organizations want their new members to feel at home, Fuhrmeister said.
“We don’t interview them. Yes, we would love to get to know them better, but we don’t care if they aren’t like us,” she said. “We just want friends, and we want to do service.”