When Katelin Rae, TCU's new Panhellenic adviser, arrived on campus in June, she immediately immersed herself in the recruitment planning process.
Rae serves as coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life as well as hall director for W.L. Moody Jr. Hall. With her consistent positivity and calm demeanor, no one would have guessed that it was the California native’s first time facilitating the university's recruitment process.
Nicole DiNatale, a junior accounting major and Panhellenic vice president of finance and administration, said it was helpful to have an adviser after working without one earlier this year.
Lauren Misiewicz was the previous Panhellenic adviser. She left the university in March, Bridget Loucks, a senior psychology major and Panhellenic vice president of scholarship, said.
DiNatale said she thought it was great to see how passionate Rae was about learning a new system at a new school.
“She’s really open to learning all about us, what we do, and how everything works,” DiNatale said.
Rae said she had previously worked as a graduate assistant for Greek Life and Student Organizations at the University of San Diego.
Rae said recruitment was a learning experience this year.
"I think I was very happy with the way recruitment kind of turned out," Rae said. "The Rho Gammas were really a great help with the PNMs [potential new members] and we had our executive, our whole executive board, helping Panhellenic with really just anything."
Now that recruitment is over, however, her goal is to work on building relationships not just within Panhellenic but within the entire Horned Frog community, she said.
“I do believe that we are agents of change,” Rae said, “and that we can work together and impact the TCU community and impact our larger Fort Worth community and beyond.”
Rae said her primary focus is finding her place within the Panhellenic community. But she would also like to be involved with the Collaborative Greek Alliance and other efforts to bring the different councils together, she said.
Rae said it is important to get involved on campus and emphasized that joining a Greek organization is a great way for students to connect.
“Whatever you put into the organization is what you are going to get out of it,” Rae said. “If you take the time to develop those friendships and take the time to go to those sisterhood or brotherhood events, you really are going to get a lot of it.”
This story was updated on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 9:45 a.m.