AOII, only women’s spring recruitment participants
By Forrest Murphy—
AOII commenced recruitment on Wednesday, Feb. 17, as the only sorority on campus participating this spring semester.
For AOII President Brittany Kalata, being able to create connections with new women at an event usually held during the fall presents an exciting, unique situation for the sorority.
“Just having the opportunity to see how recruitment works in the spring, opposed to in the fall, as well as having the opportunity to meet so many new girls,” said Kalata, “it’s always been so exciting to me to see what common interests everyone has and what interested them in Alpha Omicron Pi.”
Kalata is mindful of AOII’s past and everything they, as a sisterhood, have accomplished, hoping to continue to build on the sorority’s successes with new members this semester. She said that one of the most profound accomplishments is AOII’s commitment to Tarleton State University.
“It’s hard to pick just one or two things, because I feel as though we’ve accomplished so much within the past three months, but one of our biggest accomplishments thus far would have to be campus involvement,” said Kalata. “College loyalty is extremely important to us, therefore seeing our girls get more involved on campus and with other organizations is a huge accomplishment.”
For the recruitment chair, Brady Parum, the opportunity to gain new members was too exciting of an opportunity to pass up this spring.
“We didn’t want to wait until the fall to share everything AOII has to offer,” said Parum. “We will always take advantage of opportunities to grow and improve our chapter. AOII has developed its Academic Development program, which includes study hours, links to campus and fraternity resources and weekly recognition of sisters accomplishing their academic goals.
We have also begun to raise money for Arthritis Research and The Ruby Fund for sisters in need.”
According to Parum, while holding recruitment expands membership and in turn benefits the sorority, the most rewarding aspect for AOII sisters is helping women find ways to succeed in everything they do.
“We don’t look at recruitment as an opportunity to build our numbers. We look at it as an opportunity to build new relationships with girls from different backgrounds,” said Parum. “It is our opportunity to help women find their home.”
In regards to what AOII is looking for in new members, Parum quoted one of the sisterhood’s four founders, Stella George Stern Perry.
She said, “What we want are high-minded, like-minded, loyal-hearted girls who will work together happily and hard according to their talents for worthy achievements in and for their college, achievements that shall bring pride to AOII, spur their personal ambitions and help them toward a goal.”