Frequently Asked Questions
What does it mean to "Rush" or to be a "Rushee"?
Rushing is the process of attending the events planned during our Rush Week. When you attend, you become a Rushee. Rushing entails learning about the organization, and it's members, during a week of fun games and snacks. To learn more about the Rush events ΚΓΔ holds, click HERE.
What does Rush Week mean?
During Rush Week there are events that provide a chance for you to learn about KGD, meet the sisters, and decide if this sorority is something you would like to be involved in. If a Rushee is offered a bid (an invitation to pledge) at the end of the Rush Week, then they may choose to complete a pledging process throughout the quarter to further get to know the sisters.
Does it cost anything to Rush?
Rushing is cost free! There are no commitments made if you come out to our events. If you aren't entirely sure about the sorority, just come out anyways for free food, fun activities, and you can always make friends even if you aren't interested in interviewing at the end of the week.
If I can't make it to all of the Rush Week events does that mean I can't Rush?
We understand that you may have other obligations that may interfere with our Rush events and while none of the nights are mandatory to Rush, you must attend at least 3 of 4 nights in order to sign up for an interview for a bid to pledge. If you know you want to Rush but will be missing any night of Rush Week or will be running late due to a class, feel free to email the pledge educator's at email@example.com and they will fill you in on what you missed or arrange to help you get to the event as quickly as possible.
When can I Rush?
ΚΓΔ has two Pledge quarters per year, in Fall and in Spring. In Fall, you can learn about Rushing at the OPERS Fall Festival Table and at the Rush Table in the quarry Plaza during the first week of school. In Spring, you can learn more about Rushing at the Rush Table in the quarry Plaza during the first week of school.
Do I have to be pre-health or a STEM major to rush for KGD?
No, we are open to ALL majors. We encourage anyone interested in our org to attend our Rush Week. In addition to being a pre-health org we are a sisterhood and we value service and professionalism.
What is "pledging"?
Pledging is a quarter long commitment of learning about the sorority, our history and our inner workings. This also provides you with the opportunity to get to know the sisters of KGD further and develop professionally and as a whole. In order to become a Pledge, you must attend at least 3 or the 4 Rush nights and sign up for an interview. Interviews are on Friday (and sometimes Saturday as well) of Rush Week.
What is a "Pledge Educator"?
A Pledge Educator is an executive board member in the sorority who is elected to guide the pledges through their pledge quarter. There are two Pledge Educators for each Pledge Quarter. Their main jobs are to ensure that the pledges know the proper information about the sorority and to mentor the pledges in everything from the pledge process to academics to their personal life. If you would like to contact the pledge educators you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have a minimum or maximum number or Pledges needed per quarter?
No, we have no "House Number" that we need to meet; therefore the number of Rushees who are given bids to pledge is solely based upon each individual Rushees merits alone.
Does ΚΓΔ haze?
Absolutely not, ΚΓΔ and UCSC both have a Zero Tolerance policy on hazing. As a professional sorority we like to treat all of our potential new members with respect and fairness.
Does KGD have a house?
ΚΓΔ does not maintain an official sorority house. However, most of our sisters do end up becoming roommates.
Is KGD a member of the Panhellenic Association?
No, ΚΓΔ is an independent academic and professional sorority recognized by SOAR. We are independent from any of the governing bodies of the UC Santa Cruz Greek Community. However, we have events with the Intergreek Council (IGC), such as socials and participating in the annual Greek Week competition.
What does it mean to be a professional sorority?
ΚGD is a professional sorority and we differ from social sororities in that we aim to assist the transition of our members as college students to full-time professionals, whether it be continuing onto professional schools or starting a career. KGD provides various opportunities for professional development including mock interviews, resume workshops, academic workshops, running for exec board positions, and much more. We offer a wonderful support system for our sisters during academically, socially, and emotionally.
Requirements for Rushing ΚΓΔ
To be considered for a bid, each rushee must:
1) Attend at least 3 rush events (attending 4 is encouraged)
2) Have 3.0 GPA or above
3) Be available the day and night of interviews
If you have any questions, comments or concerns about these requirements, please email email@example.com or fill out a contact form (above)!
Also please visit us at our Rush table in the Quarry Plaza during Rush week!