Through the course of the pandemic, Pi Sigma Alpha chapters have been nimble in adding meaningful online induction events for their incoming members. These events are a celebration of achievement and despite the notion of being “Zoomed Out” there are many reasons why a chapter should add one of these events when an in person ceremony is not possible.
Option 1: Hosted by Your Chapter. Host a live online event and be sure to record it for future viewing. Advisors and officers can narrate a PowerPoint presentation that includes key components of the ritual, including the pledge, and list each student’s name. Lots of suggestions below.
Option 2: National Induction Event. We are pleased to offer a series of online national induction ceremonies in the spring induction season. Rather than plan your own, feel free to sign up for one of these and we will host and facilitate for you. Click here to view dates and to sign up your chapter up for a Spring 2022 ceremony. Please note, this form is not for students; it is for chapters.
Invite widely. In addition to incoming members, invite faculty, and perhaps former officers, or one or two alumni to say a few words. Make the event special by inviting a senior member of the university administration (president, provost, or dean). Have the president offer congratulations to the new members and the whole chapter on their success. If the president can’t attend, have them record a video of congratulations.
Invitations. Develop an invitation graphic that can be delivered via email to your new members. Hi-resolution versions of the Pi Sigma Alpha logos are available to chapters upon request.
Centennial Ritual of Induction. Use the centennial ritual document to connect the event to the PI Sigma Alpha centennial. Script out who will play what role in the process.
Customized Background. The National Office is happy to offer backgrounds for you and/or your officers to use during the online induction ceremony. Reach out to the national office help or advice.