May 8, 2012

Continuous Open Bidding (COB)

Bid Day has to be one of the most nerve-wracking and exciting days of Greek life. In a formal recruitment process, you’ve gone through a long week, trying to figure out where you belong along the way. For many, this is the way they fell in love with Alpha Phi. For some, it is a different case entirely. Formal recruitment can be a really overwhelming experience, and for some, it isn’t the right gateway into Greek life. As someone who never quite saw myself in a sorority, I can understand the uneasiness associated with formal recruitment. This is in part why I chose to become a member of the recruitment committee and work specifically with Continuous Open Bidding (COB).

A semester into being a charter member of Alpha Phi, there is still nothing more exciting than when new women accept their bids into Alpha Phi. As one of the Co-Directors of COB for the Theta Delta Chapter, I have had the pleasure of extending bids and watching as the experience of Alpha Phi changes lives. As a newly initiated Alpha Phi, I am beyond thrilled to be able to share in the collegiate experience for the next three years, and I feel so blessed to be a part of watching our Theta Delta family grow each week. This has been one of the most rewarding parts about being a founding member of this chapter.

COB is an informal recruitment process in which sororities meet with Potential New Members (PNMs) on simple coffee dates to see if both the sorority and the PNM are interested. It’s a less intimidating approach to joining Greek life for women who are unsure if it is the right fit for them. Many sororities employ COBing when they're under campus total. For brand new chapters, COBing is essential to keep the family growing. Being a part of this process, first as member of our COB team and now as a Co-Director, has been one of the most incredible parts to the charter member experience. There’s no better feeling than being able to introduce fantastic new women each week at chapter, and knowing that you had a direct impact on an organization that will change their lives forever.

Murphy Dowd is a collegiate member at Creighton University (Theta Delta). Read more about her here.

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