Rushing is an opportunity in which students can get an introduction to Alpha Phi Omega and enter the pledging process. One can gain a familiarity with the type of work we do and can decide whether Alpha Phi Omega is the right organization for them by visiting Rush events. Oftentimes, friendships are built between brothers and prospective members during the Rush time period alone. Alpha Phi Omega presents a unique opportunity for George Mason students to participate in volunteer service while gaining the close friendships felt in Greek organizations. As a pledge of Alpha Phi Omega, one explores our cardinal principles of Leadership, Friendship, and Service. For more information on pledging, you can read Alpha Phi Omega's National Pledging Standards. Below are some frequently asked questions and their answers.
Pledges are expected to complete 15 service hours, attend 4 fellowship events during their pledging period, participate in a committee, and attend chapter meetings. Pledges are also asked to attend study hours with their fellow pledges and brothers of the chapter, as well as get to know the brothers and other pledges of the chapter by interviewing them. As a pledge class, pledges are expected to plan a fellowship, a service project, and a fundraiser. These group efforts help pledges learn what goes into our fraternity's events and demonstrate that they have the ability to work as a team to spread the values of Alpha Phi Omega. Each pledge is given a pin to wear, symbolizing their dedication towards upholding the values of leadership, friendship, and service.
Alpha Phi Omega has Open Membership, meaning that we accept any individual who is willing to put the time and effort into joining our brotherhood. Selection will never be based on popularity but on how a person has shown that they are willing to commit to being a participating member of our organization.s
Our pledge dues are only $80, and go into paying for pledging materials and our national fee. We are dedicated to keeping this fee low, and are quite willing to participate in a payment plan if one discusses it with our Treasurer. After your pledging semester the dues go down to $60 a semester.
Alpha Phi Omega is a time commitment, but if you are willing to put the effort in, you should have no problem being an active member of the brotherhood. Many of our members participate in other activities on campus, work part time, and all are full time students at this university. While there are requirements to being an active member, you can always take on leadership oppertunities which will increase your time commitment.
Many of our larger projects are held on Saturdays and Sundays, but opportunities are given on weekdays as well. However, our meetings are on Sunday nights, so you should plan on being free after 5pm on Sundays to fulfill your requirements as a pledge and an active brother.
We absolutely do not allow any form of hazing in Alpha Phi Omega. You will not be asked to do personal favors for our members, and will never be pressured into doing something you do not want to do. We want to make the pledging period one that you will enjoy, and want you to feel a bond with us out of true friendship.
The main focus of Alpha Phi Omega is community service and being a part of a stong brotherhood. We are also co-ed.
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