New Member Program
We strive to bring women into our Sisterhood who are going to be leaders, contributors and a Sister in every sense of the word. Real Merit and Worth: The New Member Program was designed with this in mind – enhancing leadership skills, setting goals, understanding who Alpha Xi Delta is at her core and providing opportunities for our newest members to create deep, meaningful relationships with each other, the chapter and our national organization. When you join Alpha Xi Delta you will discover who you really are, all with the help of your Sisters.
From Bid Day to Initiation, being a new member can be anything from exciting to overwhelming. We remember what it’s like to be confused about what being in a sorority means. The ten-week new member program at Alpha Xi Delta is implemented in order to make the transition from new member to active sister as easy as possible. The program will not only facilitate the transition into sorority life, but university life as a whole.
Each week for the first semester, the New Member Orientation Director meets with the members of newest pledge class. At these meetings they learn about sisterhood, gain information about chapter events and rules, and engage with their new best friends.They will also learn about what it means to be an Alpha Xi and the responsibilities each member holds. These responsibilities include upholding Alpha Xi Delta ideals and standards, meeting financial obligations, pursuing personal and academic excellence and participating in chapter activities.
During the first three weeks of new member training, new members get to go on 'Rose Buddy' dates with active members to spend time with older members and find their big sister. These activities can be anything such as going to Aspen for coffee, Trailer Trash for sno cones, or grabbing brunch at Granny's or Just Wafflin'. During the third week of the program, Big/Little reveal takes place. New members find out who their big is, and their big gives them Alpha Xi crafts and gifts. Big sisters are expected to be mentors for all the new members throughout their time at Alpha Xi and OSU.
Initiation for the new members will take place on the sixth week of the training program after learning about what it means to be an Alpha XI in the previous weeks. Initiation is the time where new members transition from new members to active members and join the sisterhood forever by learning the true meanings of our symbols and beloved Quill.