On January 13, Alpha
Zeta Partners Townshend Chapter kicked off its recruiting season with an ice
cream social and informational session. Eligible students across the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental
Sciences were invited to come to this event to learn more about Alpha Zeta
Partners and why they should consider applying. This event was beneficial to
both potential applicants by providing them with information and the Townshend
Chapter of Alpha Zeta Partners by helping to secure a premier new class of
members. Letters were prepared and sent to eligible students of CFAES and their
parents informing them of their ability to apply to AZP. A Facebook group was
created to help keep these students updated on important dates. A room was
reserved and ice cream and toppings were purchased. Members asked the students to
RSVP on Facebook to give an estimate on how many people were going to
attend. During the event, the Recruitment Committee gave a short presentation
and then opened the floor to questions.
The second event in
Alpha Zeta Partners recruiting season was an informational session after a
meeting on January 23. Potential applicants were invited to sit in on a meeting to get a feel
for how the meetings run and then encouraged to stay for the informational
session that followed the meeting. At the
start of the meeting, current members and potential applicants were asked to
introduce themselves and state their favorite kind of cookie as an ice-breaker.
Since the event took place during and immediately after a meeting, an extensive
amount of planning was not required.
The final stage in Alpha
Zeta Partners recruiting season was conducting interviews of applicants for the
new class in mid-February. Interviews were necessary for both the applicants and AZP because
they allowed the chapter to gain a further insight on the applicants in order to conjure
the new class. This event took much planning including reserving a room,
securing interviewers, seeking greeters, purchasing refreshments, assembling
binders with applications and scheduling the interviews. A two-night long
commitment was necessary of all the interviewers so we could maintain
consistency. A final decision on the new class members was made at the closing
of the event.