Panhellenic Bid Day Will Be Broadcast Live on Facebook This Saturday

Students participate in an earlier Bid Day at the Chi Omega Greek Theatre.
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Students participate in an earlier Bid Day at the Chi Omega Greek Theatre.

Panhellenic Bid Day will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, in the Chi Omega Greek Theatre and will be broadcast live on the Greek Life Facebook page.

"We are very excited about this in-person experience for our Panhellenic chapters and its new members," said Parice S. Bowser, assistant vice chancellor for Greek Life and associate dean of students. "The live broadcast on Facebook helps bring all the excitement to family and friends who cannot attend." 

The ceremony will be broadcast live just before 10 a.m. Saturday on the U of A Greek Life Facebook page.

"Bid Day is really the best day of the year. When these young women find their home away from home at the University of Arkansas, it represents a new chapter in their life," said Kinsey Landry, Panhellenic president. "These women join chapters full of other young women who offer them encouragement and support, helping tremendously with the transition from home to college life." 

More than 2,200 women participated in recruitment this past week with most activities being in person. Potential new members will gather in the Chi Omega Greek Theatre Saturday morning to receive bids to their new organization.

"And once again we have the largest recruitment class in the history of Greek Life at the University of Arkansas," Bowser said. "We have 11 amazing national award-winning chapters, which continue to make such a difference at the University of Arkansas."

As is usual this time of year, it is expected to be hot and humid. Greek Life staff ask that potential new members and their families and friends in attendance wear appropriate clothing for the weather and stay hydrated. 

In addition, after bids are distributed at the theatre, guest may gather on sorority lawns. However, only active members and new members will be allowed in sorority houses.  

Even though COVID-19 cases in the Northwest Arkansas area have declined and vaccination numbers have increased, it is important to remember to stay home if you feel sick.  "Whether at the Greek Theatre or on Maple Street, we want this to be an enjoyable experience, but also a safe one. Every effort should be made to help keep our community safe," Bowser said. 

According to the U of A Police Department, there will be several road closures during the Bid Day festivities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Specifically the following roads will be closed to vehicle traffic: 

  • Maple and Lindell
  • Douglas and Leverett
  • Douglas and Oakland
  • Douglas and Storer
  • Douglas and Whitham
  • Arkansas and Maple
  • Maple and Wilson
  • West and Lafayette
  • Vandeventer and Maple

Greek Life is a department in the Division of Student Affairs.

About the Division of Student Affairs: The Division of Student Affairs supports students in pursuing knowledge, earning a degree, finding meaningful careers, exploring diversity, and connecting with the global community. We provide students housing, dining, health care resources, and create innovative programs that educate and inspire. We enhance the University of Arkansas experience and help students succeed, one student at a time.

 

Contacts

Scott Flanagin, executive director of communications
Division of Student Affairs
479-575-6785, sflanagi@uark.edu

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