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Redefining the Path: Becoming a Leader through COB


Continuous Open Bidding (COB) has always been a great way for outstanding women to find their home in Delta Gamma, especially as an alternative for women who are unable to or choose not to participate in the primary recruitment process. This year, COB is more important than ever before, as health guidelines have changed recruitment activities and regulations. 


Meet Natalie Cooper Grindle, Gamma Sigma-Houston, Regional Collegiate Recruitment Specialist for Region 6

“I joined Delta Gamma through COB in Spring 2004. The previous fall, I had decided I was not the ‘sorority type.’ The truth is I would never have gotten myself through the formal recruitment process, and I knew it was not how I could put my best face forward. But, I knew I wanted the community Greek Life offered, and I missed the meaningful connections of a close network of friends."  

Natalie is a Texas native, having grown up on the coast in Bay City. At the University of Houston she studied marketing, management and Spanish.

"By the spring of my freshman year, I had gotten close with several DGs through other campus activities, so it felt very natural saying ‘yes’ when they invited me to a UH basketball game. I convinced my friend to go with me, and I guess the rest is history. We were both extended bids and later joined. I have never looked back ... and I have loved every part of my journey!"


"After graduation, I spent a year traveling as a Collegiate Development Consultant for Delta Gamma, and I consider my time on the road to be the single largest contributor to my human development and personality." 

Natalie has continued to be a committed volunteer, serving as a local volunteer, Collegiate Recruitment Consultant, Panhellenic Support Specialist and a facilitator for the Alcohol Skills Training Program (ASTP) and other leadership seminars.