Monday, December 7, 2015

The Impact of College Panhellenic Academy on My Campus – Advisor

College Panhellenic Academy is a National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) program designed to equip College Panhellenic officers and advisors with the most up-to-date Panhellenic knowledge through hands-on training with NPC representatives.

The 2016 Academy is designed for four College Panhellenic officers: Panhellenic president, Panhellenic officer responsible for recruitment, Panhellenic officer responsible for implementation of the judicial process and Panhellenic officer responsible for communications and public relations, and it includes a jointly created track for fraternity/sorority advisors. This year, College Panhellenic Academy will be held Jan. 22-23 at the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown Union Station. 

Rebekah Druetzler, Alpha Xi Delta, has served as Butler University’s director of Greek life for 13 years. She had the opportunity to attend College Panhellenic Academy in 2015 with Butler's College Panhellenic officers.

How did College Panhellenic Academy impact the way you fulfill your role as an advisor? 
Attending Academy helped our Panhellenic officers work from baseline NPC knowledge sooner, which allowed us to have deeper conversations early during their tenure.

How did Academy impact the leaders of your College Panhellenic?
Attending College Panhellenic Academy provided my officers with confidence in understanding Panhellenic matters and ensuring that their council is advocating for chapters and their members.

What has the Butler College Panhellenic achieved of the goals that were set at academy?
We have encouraged casual attire for potential new members and chapters during the first two rounds of recruitment, and we have created a new fall event for sorority women. 

What do you think is most important for a Panhellenic officer to keep in mind at the beginning of her term?
Through your Panhellenic, you will facilitate some great collaboration between the chapters on your campus, but you will also have the opportunity to make amazing friendships with the other women serving as officers with you.  Be prepared to invest in Panhellenic, but also to invest in the lives of others.

What was the most helpful part of Academy for you as a fraternity/sorority advisor?
I found the session for FSAs on single-sex status and transgender students really helpful.

Why would you encourage others to attend Academy?
There’s a lot of information to cover and process with each new council.  Members have a greater awareness of their own organizations through national conventions and regional programming, but they don’t get to experience NPC in the same way.  College Panhellenic Academy provides an opportunity to make the information sharing more manageable while prompting council leaders to consider new possibilities on their own campuses.