Alpha Omega Epsilon - Eta Chapter

Recruitment FAQ

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Why should I join AΩE?

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Joining AΩE means joining a community of hard-working Engineers and Engineering students. By joining AΩE, you will have the opportunity to meet engineers in all years and departments, and have a support system for your years at UBC and beyond. Everyone who is female-identifying or non-binary and in the Applied Science faculty is welcome! We have an explicit no hazing policy, so everyone can feel safe joining AΩE.

As a professional sorority, AΩE is focused on helping its members grow in leadership, professionalism, and friendship. We have study sessions and career building workshops, as well as alumnae events so you can meet fellow members already in the workplace, and much more.

AΩE works hard and plays hard! We love to go on trips to the mountains, do crafts, play sports, or just hang out between classes. In the past, we have sent teams to UBC Rec events like Day of the Longboat and Storm the Wall, as well as had a joint team with Sigma Phi Delta Engineering Fraternity for Engineering Week.

We also love to do our part in our surrounding community. We hold several philanthropy events during the year to help various charities around Vancouver and the world. AΩE members frequently volunteer for EUS-run charity events like Movember Auction and Pi Week, as well as outreach events for high school girls! Our members tend to be heavily involved in other campus organizations, and we are a great way to become involved in the larger engineering community at UBC.

If all of the above sounds appealing to you, excellent! We would love to have you! Attend our recruitment events to meet some of our members and see if AΩE is the right place for you.

When can I join?

We hold two recruitment periods, one each at the beginning of September and January. During this period we hold multiple events to get to know potential candidates and to give potential candidates an opportunity to get to know us. While it is strongly encouraged that you start the candidate process as a first year, you can still join in the subsequent years of your degree.

How can I join?

Attend Recruitment events in order to meet other members and show an interest in joining. We also want to get to know you and extend you an invitation to join us. The Open Meetings are a great way to see how we operate as a sorority and meet the other girls who will be a part of your candi class. The other events are great for talking more in-depth with everyone with a good deal of fun thrown in the mix.

Also remember to fill out the sign-up form on the Contact page to let us know you’re interested!

What is the process involved in becoming a member?

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As mentioned above, there are multiple events we host as part of the initial getting to know you stage. The more events you attend the better your chances of meeting the majority of our current actives and talking to them in different settings. This period of open events and meetings lasts for about a month and ends with Candidate Initiation. At Candidate Initiation the potential candidate can make the decision to start on the journey to becoming a full member.

After the Candidate Initiation, there is a Candidate Class (Candi Class for short) comprised of women who have made a decision to learn more about Alpha Omega Epsilon: our ideals and objectives, our members and our traditions. During this time the Candi will spend time in a one-on-one basis with other members of the sorority. The Candi will also fulfill other requirements on the road to becoming a full member. This period lasts for 6 weeks and requires more commitment than the potential candidate stage.

At the end of your candidate period, you will have learned what it means to be part of Alpha Omega Epsilon. For the Candidates that fulfill their requirements and still wish to join, there is another ceremony to welcome you as a full member of the Alpha Omega Epsilon sorority. Once a member, you are in for life.

Who is permitted to join?

All female-identified and non-binary students in engineering programs at UBC are welcome to join, regardless of legal gender.

What does becoming a member cost?

In the 2017/18 school year, new members paid $75 for the semester and active members paid roughly $125. Please note that the exact amount may change slightly year-to-year as exchange rates with the United States fluctuate.

Additionally, in the interest of keeping fees as low as possible, candidates and members who volunteer for fundraising events will have a portion of those funds put towards their fees as a thank-you.

What is AΩE’s stance on hazing?

AΩE maintains a strict anti-hazing policy. All sorority activities are designed to be fun, safe, alcohol-free, and completely voluntary. The sisters of Eta Chapter want our candidates to enjoy their time with us – we aren’t interested in forcing you to do anything you are uncomfortable with.

More information can be found in our international risk management policy.


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