April is designated by the National Panhellenic Conference as Advisor Appreciation Month. For those who advise and mentor our collegiate members -- including local alumnae chapter advisors and campus-based professionals -- we spotlight and recognize the impact you make, and celebrate all that you do! On behalf of NPC, I extend our appreciation far beyond the 30 days of April.
With a sorority volunteer career of more than 37 years, the opportunities I have had to advise and mentor young women on a regular basis is varied and wide. What a privilege to touch their lives in meaningful and valuable ways, to mentor their journey as leaders, contribute to their personal development and inspire their future engagement in supporting the sorority experience.
When I reflect on the countless women I have had the privilege of working with on campuses across the country, I am reminded of the timeless friendships that have been forged through our mentor/mentee relationships. We have met challenges together, navigated through positive change in their chapters and Panhellenic communities, celebrated successes and milestones. Watching the lives of these women unfold professionally and personally provides an unspeakable volume of satisfaction and gratification.
What about advising young adults inspires and motivates an individual to provide immeasurable services, and often selflessly, countless hours of personal time? Listen closely as both volunteer advisors and campus-based professionals share thoughts on the why and what of serving as advisors and mentors.
To the dedicated fraternity/sorority advisors who work in partnership with NPC and to volunteer advisors who work tirelessly with members of collegiate chapters, we salute you and say thank you! It is our goal through the educational support objective in our strategic plan to provide you with the information and resources you need to advise College Panhellenics and NPC women to the best of your ability. Please let us know if there is anything you need or anything that we can do to assist you.
Remember, impact and influence define your legacy and commitment to the countless students you engage with each and every day.
Donna C. King