Fall 2020 recruitment (aka “rush”) will be held at Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house, 330 N. Grant St., across the street from Purdue’s Grissom Hall (which is located just north of the Purdue Memorial Union and just south of Knoy Hall of Technology). The recruitment schedule has not yet been selected and the events have not been set due to COVID-19 concerns. The University has not communicated plans as to how fraternities will be handling fall recruitment yet.
Adam Cseh (pronounced Shay) is the Fall 2020 recruitment chairman (aka rush chairman). His contact information is:
Here is information about the most recent recruitment schedule to give you an idea of what to expect.
Spring 2020 Recruitment schedule is below (all events are 6 to 8 p.m. and are at the fraternity house, 330 N. Grant St., unless otherwise noted):
Tuesday, Jan. 14: Meet the brothers with pizza
Thursday, Jan. 16: Meet the Greeks, 6 to 8 p.m., Black & Gold Gym, Recreational Sports Center (Co-Rec), Greek-wide event
Tuesday, Jan. 22: Meet the brothers, round 2 with Chick-fil-A
Thursday, Jan 23: Room talks, gain valuable info about chapter & activities
Tuesday, Jan. 28: The Ability Experience, Pi Kappa Phi outreach program
Thursday, Jan. 30: House tours
Thursday, Feb. 6: Bid dinner (by invitation only)
Friday, Feb. 7: Off-campus new member retreat (bid accepts only)
If you are interested in new member recruitment and have further questions, contact our Recruitment Chairman or fill out a form here.
Pi Kappa Phi prides itself in developing leaders, serving others and personal growth. As such, it has been honored as Purdue’s top fraternity – RB Stewart Award winner – 10 of the last 13 years including 3 in a row (in 2018, 2019, and 2020. It also won the 2019 NIC Award of Distinction recognizing it among the Top 5 fraternity chapters in the nation).
Rush, aka new member recruitment. This is an opportunity to meet brothers at various chapters. There is no commitment made by you just to visit chapters during rush. It’s an opportunity to learn about the members and the chapters. If you find fraternities you are interesting in potentially joining, you are encouraged to attend as many rush events as possible. The earlier the better.
Meet the Greeks. This is a Greek system-wide event held each semester. The various fraternities (spring and fall) and sororities (fall only) set up tables in a large area. Potential new members can meet representatives of the various chapters, pick up recruitment information and sign up on a specific chapter list. Attendance is not required to become part of the Greek system, but it’s a way to visit with many chapters at the same event. Because there are so many chapters at Meet the Greeks, you might consider doing some online research of the various organizations through Google searches and the Purdue Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life reports (grades, service hours, philanthropic fund-raising, etc.; https://www.purdue.edu/fscl/ )
Bid. This is an invitation to join the chapter. You are welcome to visit as many chapters as you wish and get as many bids as you want. However, once you accept a bid you are committed (it’s not a contract, it’s a commitment).
Legacy. This is when you have a relative who is a member of a specific chapter. Preference is generally given to those who have relatives among the chapter’s membership or alumni rolls. There is no guarantee that a legacy will receive a bid at Pi Kappa Phi.
Induction. This is a formal event at the start of the new member education (aka pledgeship and/or associate membership) starts where each member of the class commits to seeking to become an initiated member into the chapter.
New Member Orientation/Pledging. After accepting a bid, there will be a formal ceremony welcoming you into the new member education plan. New Member education programs can be 2 to 30 weeks long, depending on the chapter. The most common timeframe is completion in the same semester as you start.
Initiation. This is a formal ceremony inducting you into a chapter. It occurs upon your successful completion of the new member education process. If you so choose, you typically can relinquish your bid (quit) to a chapter up to initiation time. It’s during the initiation ceremony that you typically learn the secret meaning of the chapter. At Pi Kappa Phi, initiation occurs after the start of the semester following induction. Our initiation order is determined by the prior semester GPA (reinforcing the chapter’s commitment to academic achievement).