Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A Message From the NPC Chairman: Living our values and telling the positive story of sorority

Summertime…and the living is easy! That is certainly a phrase we all need to heed so we can use the summer months to step back from our busy lives, slow down a bit and approach the fall and new academic year refreshed and ready to recruit new members.

As sorority members, we all know our organizations provide great value to every member and to every potential member on campus. Our respective groups were founded on ideals and standards of behavior that respectable members of society would applaud. However, even though collectively, we are one of the largest, most visible and most active values-based organizations on college and university campuses, the perception–and too often the reality–is that fraternities and sororities have fallen away from their values. That said, it’s all of our responsibilities, collegians and alumnae, to live our values and tell the positive sorority story.

  • Every NPC organization is guided by founding principles and values that serve as a moral beacon for its members. We use educational programming to help our members incorporate these principles and values into their daily lives, and our emphasis on values helps college women develop the moral foundation for their future actions.
  • We are the nation’s largest network of young volunteers. Sorority women are committed to improving the world in which we live. Each year, NPC-affiliated collegians and alumnae donate more than $28 million to worthy causes and volunteer almost five million hours in their communities. Our emphasis on volunteerism prepares members for a lifetime of community involvement.
  • Our comprehensive leadership programs teach values-based management skills to our members and our members graduate with the management and interpersonal skills needed to excel in today’s work environment.

Then there’s the softer side. Sorority membership provides our members with a safe environment for personal growth and development. Friendship is the cornerstone of sorority membership and it was friendship that brought together the founders of all 26 member organizations.

There’s also the support we give one another as Panhellenic sisters, enabling us to meet the challenges we face in today’s world. NPC has a rich history that embodies unified coalitions among women. I am certain that each of you, as a collegian or alumna, has experienced the power of Panhellenic women working together.

All of these components–living our values, volunteerism, philanthropy, leadership programming and friendship–are part of each of our stories. It’s our responsibility to share our experiences so that the young women participating in recruitment today will have heard about our organizations long before they enter college. We are the best public relations we have.

So, this summer, as potential new members consider sorority membership, remember to share your sorority story and promote the sorority experience!


Carole J. Jones
NPC Chairman 2017-19

Monday, June 10, 2019

2019 Photo Contest : Share Your Story

Today marks the beginning of the 2019 NPC and TSL Photo Contest! The contest will be open until July 10 with the two winners selected by July 15. The winners will either receive an instax mini 9 camera or a $50 NPC Store Voucher.

Every sorority woman's story is unique and we want to showcase the authentic experience through real sorority women! Whether it is spending time with your sisters at home or volunteering to read with children at the local elementary school, we want to see it! Share your pictures with us and have a chance to be featured on the National Panhellenic Conference website and social media or on our soon-to-be revamped The Sorority Life website and social media page.

Submit photos here.

The contest rules are as follows.

We know that sorority isn't just for four years, so photos of all collegiate and alumnae women are welcomed and appreciated. All that we ask is that there be 1-15 women and that the photo is brightly lit and not edited. Each photo will count as one submission towards the drawing with a max of six submissions per person. You are more than welcome to submit more than six photos since they may still be selected for the sites; however, only six submissions to the drawing will be counted. 

NPC can't wait to showcase all the adventures you have as sorority women! This is your chance to share your story.