R- Round Robin
Rush is kicked off by the first event of the fall semester, Round Robin. Each Rushee is given the opportunity to meet all three fraternities at this event after being broken into small groups. Round Robin gives the P1s who are interested in rushing and are not acquainted with any of the fraternities the opportunity to see all of them at one time. During this time each group spends 45 minutes with each fraternity participating in various activities planned by each organization. This event is often the most important because first impressions leave lasting impacts
Each fraternity is unique in that they have different philanthropies, histories, and founding principles. Rush allows the fraternities to showcase their uniqueness and their pride to rushees, while rushees get to meet the brothers and see how each chapter keeps the traditions and beliefs of their fraternity alive. By engaging in discussions with the brothers, asking questions about their fraternal experiences and why they chose the organization they did, rushees are able to learn which fraternity would best suit their personality and desires for developing themselves professionally as student pharmacists.
Aside from getting the opportunity to meet with members from each fraternity at rush events, there is often the opportunity to serve. Typically, one of the two rush events sponsored by each fraternity includes some aspect of service, such as adopt-a-highway or making craft kits for sick children. This is a great way to get involved with service early in the semester, and get a head start on the service hours required for graduation. Service is a large focus at Campbell University, and a major aspect of all three pharmacy fraternities on campus.
At every rush event, fraternity members try their best to make others feel welcome not only to their fraternity, but to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences as a whole! Even if you aren’t planning on rushing a fraternity, going to rush events for multiple fraternities is a great way to meet other pharmacy students and hear what they have to say about how to survive challenging courses. Going to rush events serves as a great networking tool to meet other future pharmacists. You can make great friends with people in all three fraternities, even if you decide that rushing a fraternity is not for you.
Kappa Psi hosted three rush events this year: a luau-themed Round-Robin, a service-based Roadside Cleanup, and a Casino Night. We knew that the rushees were stressed out about beginning pharmacy school, so we decided to take them on a short vacation to Hawaii! Their tour included meeting the beautiful Kappa Psi inhabitants of the island, and munching on fruit kabobs while sipping Hawaiian Punch. ALOHA! Our second rush event, the Roadside Cleanup, offered rushees a chance to earn a service hour with our brothers while cleaning Kappa Psi’s adopted sections of Leslie Campbell Ave. We showed them how Kappa Psi isn’t afraid to get down and dirty when it comes to giving back to our community. After we all finished cleaning, the brothers welcomed the rushees back to our house for cool and refreshing popsicles! We all know pharmacy school is expensive…oh those loans, so for our third and final rush event, we decided to whisk the rushees off to yet another destination: Vegas, baby! Our dealers led the rushees in fun casino games, such as poker, roulette, and craps; the rushees raked in chips that they were able to “cash in” at the end of the night during the basket auction. Our brothers donated fun themed baskets for the rushees to win, such as sweets and treats, movie night, and study fun. Overall, we had a blast hosting the rushees! We enjoyed getting to know them, sharing our love for Kappa Psi, and showing how we’re able to give back to the community, while also advancing our skills and knowledge as student pharmacists!
For Round Robin, PDC kicked off our first rush event by holding Apothecary Olympics for the Rushees. During this time, the Rushees were split up into teams and competed with Brothers in a series of pharmacy related events. The winning team was rewarded with a prize. After the Olympics concluded, Brothers spent the remaining time getting to know the Rushees. Our next event was our service event, where the event began with an introduction to our philanthropy, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Brothers and Rushees assembled craft kits for kids who are awaiting treatment at the hospital. After we finished with the service portion, Rushees were given the opportunity to tie dye their own t-shirts. Our final Rush event was a Microbiology review session for the Rushees, to show them them the importance of putting school first before any extracurricular organizations. We wanted them to know that we are here to help them not only become greater leaders in pharmacy,but also better students on their journey to becoming pharmacists. After the review we provided them with pizza and answered any reaming questions they had about our organization.
This year, Kappa Epsilon’s rush events included a casino night, adopt-a-highway, and a tailgate event. Casino night at round robin included card games and the opportunity for those who are rushing to ask questions and get a feel for our fraternity. We also sponsored an adopt-a-highway roadside cleanup and ice cream social. This event helps to give potential new members an idea of one of the service projects that Kappa Epsilon is involved with on a regular basis, and the ice cream social after allowed for people to ask questions about Kappa Epsilon, and pharmacy school in general. My favorite Kappa Epsilon rush event, however is our tailgate at Saylor Park. We all meet up at Saylor Park (located behind the pharmacy school) for a hotdog cookout, corn hole and volleyball. This is my favorite event because it is the most relaxed setting, which makes it easier to talk to potential new members and get to know them better.
-Devan Mitchell (P2), Matt Harding (P3), and Taylor Scott (P2)