New Member Program
The whirlwind of going through Recruitment, being extended a bid and then joining Kappa for life can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Kappa gives our new sisters a warm welcome by extending friendship and mutual support through our new member program.
The new member period is a time to learn about the Fraternity and educate women on the expectations and requirements of being a Kappa. Each new member is given a Big Sister to guide her through this new stage of her life. New members also attend a retreat to foster and develop the new friendships and connections within the chapter.
At the University of Michigan, the new member program serves to welcome home the new members into our chapter. While becoming a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma for life can be both overwhelming and exciting, the new member program adds structure in an otherwise chaotic time. Every week before chapter the girls meet with their new member educator who informs them of all rules, rituals, and traditions of our chapter as well as to discuss any issues that may arise. Furthermore, the new member educator facilitates relationships between the new members and the rest of the chapter by planning events like Big Little Week and Big Appreciation Day. Finally, perhaps the most important aspect the new member program, is the retreat that takes place on the night before Initiation in order for the girls to bond with their pledge class and learn what it means to be a sister in Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Michigan.