Wednesday, May 27, 2020

A Reflection from the 2017-2019 Harriet Macht Alumnae Panhellenic Winner


  In the 2017-2019 biennium, the Northern Virginia Alumnae Panhellenic won the Harriet Macht Outstanding Alumnae Panhellenic Award. We asked them to reflect on their association's purpose, programming and events that led them to this prestigious honor.
The Northern Virginia Alumnae Panhellenic accepting the
 Harriet Macht Award at the Annual Educational Conference in 2016. 

   1. As an award-winning Alumnae Panhellenic, do you have suggestions for keeping records for your Alumnae Panhellenic?

It is important to always maintain historical records for the alumnae Panhellenic. During conversations and planning, questions always arise as to how various projects were planned and executed, whether it be a fundraising event programming, a scholarship program or a recruitment information event. Periodically reviving some previous activities with a fresh approach is helpful. The ability to have access to the previous activity and the details is important and to accomplish that, files need to maintained using several methods so that things are not “lost”.

One way to maintain the files is to have a good transition meeting which can be either individuals getting together and sharing the knowledge and files of the previous year. They can do this based on their own schedules and then the incoming officer/chairman can share information with their committee and the officers. An alternative is to hold a transition meeting of the outgoing board and the incoming board, providing time for the individuals to chat and share and then the outgoing board may leave, allowing the new board to continue the meeting, set goals and share the information received through conversation and files received.

Files can be shared in several ways – via email, notebooks, flash drives and through archives (such as scrapbooks). The sharing of information via email that includes emails sent during the year, documents created and saved. There are cons to this method – computer crashes, people moving and there is no further and the information is lost. The pros include the portability of the files and information.

The sharing of notebooks is also a mixed bag of successes and failures. It is not helpful if an officer/committee chairman does not keep good records, update a notebook with information, having notebooks that are cumbersome and information is extremely outdated. The good is that there is information in one place to be passed along. Unfortunately, at times the notebooks don’t go to the next person due to inability to meet and the information becomes lost. We have found that the most important files are those of the Vice President of Finance and hard copies of documents, as well as
soft copies, are best shared in several ways – notebook, flash drive, and uploaded to a site – especially EIN information and IRS filings!

Flash drives are easily misplaced and not labeled. The result of this is that they are not passed along to those who will need the information and it is not shared with others who might need some of the information contained on the drive.

A couple of successful ways to keep records is to have a Google drive with folders containing detailed information pertaining to specific positions that officers/committee chairman can access via a password.  A second method of keeping records is to have an historian whose responsibility is to provide a summary of the year and including rosters, awards, governing documents, minutes plus details of each month’s activities. This, too, can be kept on a drive for easy access. Documents can also be uploaded to the alumnae Panhellenic database account that the National Panhellenic Conference hosts through FSCentral.

Record keeping and file exchanges are important to the success of an alumnae Panhellenic and using several methods has been very helpful to us as we have immediate access to information and can continue to move the alumnae Panhellenic forward with planning each year. We have the ability to continue to grow our organization in many ways and build on the past.


   2.Since being selected as the award winner, how have you sustained Panhellenic excellence through this new biennium (2019-21)?

One of the goals for the new biennium for our alumnae Panhellenic is to continue the forward and upward momentum we have experienced throughout our history. It is important to evaluate the programming, fundraising efforts, scholarship program, and our communication to determine how we can improve on what we have been doing.

This year we have established the “Year of Changes” as our theme. Looking at the changes within the National Panhellenic Conference we believe that we, too, should look at how we can push ourselves to make changes. We are not happy to continue to do things in the same way as in the past and the last several years are great examples. New social events, new program ideas to provide information to our members about topics relevant to today’s Panhellenic women were developed. These included a presentation on Generation Z giving information on what to expect for the newest employees in the workforce and volunteer organizations; NPC 101 providing what is the National Panhellenic Conference, how the changes will affect operations and focus plus how an alumnae Panhellenic fits into NPC; programs for our members to learn about topics that are non-Panhellenic in nature; and programs to help our members enhance their personal lives.

Sustaining excellence in our organization through community service/philanthropy has been paramount. We do, as alumnae women support each other with fundraising and volunteer opportunities for individual alumnae chapters. In addition, the Northern Virginia Alumnae Panhellenic Association has established three specific organizations that we support annually – Ellie’s Hats, Women Giving Back, and Circle of Sisterhood. Two are local to our area and one is a national endeavor.  We, as a Panhellenic, continue to find ways to grow our support of these organizations using innovative giving opportunities.

Fundraising for our scholarship program is constantly being improved whether it be using new technologies to help collect funds, finding new and fresh ideas for our long-standing fundraising event which continues to increase interest and interaction between Panhellenic women, their friends and family, and support our scholarship program.

The ability to provide scholarships to outstanding Panhellenic women is one of the cornerstones of our alumnae Panhellenic.  This year, we have totally changed our application, our process, and emphasized the message to the campuses with NPC chapters in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We were not satisfied with the status quo as to the number of applicants nor with the method for submission of applications. We are starting to see early success that we attribute to the new processes we have embraced and are excited to see the final result.

Our communication both internal and external is constantly improving through social media usage, email, personal outreach, and publicity regarding our alumnae Panhellenic awards to the community and stakeholders is one of our goals. Our messaging is being refreshed and we look forward to continuing to find new ways to share the positives of sororities with those outside of our alumnae Panhellenic.

The Northern Virginia Alumnae Panhellenic Association members are excited to plan and discuss how we can continue to stay the course of excellence as we continue to focus on the “Year of Changes!”

3. Do you have any words of encouragement or suggestions for Alumnae Panhellenics across the country who are striving towards excellence?

As Panhellenic women, we strive to continue to grow and improve how we operate and how we can inspire future members to stay involved and engaged in Panhellenic life.  It is important to not be satisfied with the status quo, but to try to attain higher goals for your organization. This takes work, cooperation, communication, and dedication to the ideals of the National Panhellenic Conference and Alumnae Panhellenics. 

In looking through our historical files as we are in the process of looking at previous decades’ worth of scrapbooks, finding and keeping pertinent historical information, scanning documents, awards, and pictures to organize and house in a specific, safe “place,” we have found a wealth of information. Of particular note, we found previous award certificates that showed how our alumnae Panhellenic has historically been recognized for our successes and with each year or biennium, we have continued to improve upon what we had done previously.  Our words of encouragement would be to keep on improving how you do things by discussing your goals and thinking of new ways to live the vision, mission, and values of the National Panhellenic Conference in all that you do.  It does not matter the size of your alumnae Panhellenic, where you are located in the country, whether your membership is alumnae chapter-based, individual members or a combination, but what does matter is the vision you have for your organization, providing value to your members to keep them engaged, and how you advocate for the sorority experience in all that you do! Panhellenic women are phenomenal and can do anything!


Friday, May 15, 2020


Dear NPC partners, 

May is Partner Appreciation Month and I’m honored to recognize a valuable segment of our industry, our National Panhellenic Conference partners. Part of my responsibilities as director of operations is overseeing NPC’s partner program. Actually, it’s the best part of my job! Each of your businesses provide goods and services that support our organizations and their members. Thank you for your dedication to preserving, enhancing and expanding the sorority experience. Your partnership allows NPC to pursue its mission of advocating for the sorority experience through funding for educational events, programming and resources for College Panhellenics.

While the financial support is greatly appreciated and needed, it’s the genuine, personal relationships that are most prized. The most rewarding outcomes of our partnerships include the exchanging of ideas, building camaraderie and working towards common goals to better our communities and promote growth within our industry. It is a pleasure working with talented thought leaders, innovators, motivators and executors. I believe you are all are driven by the passion you posses for the fraternal/sorority experience that many of you experienced as collegians and that shaped you to be who you are today. It is a privilege to work with our partners and I thank you all on behalf of NPC for your thoughtful, dedicated and generous support.

Most gratefully,




Catherine Donaldson


Tuesday, May 12, 2020

From the NPC Chairman: Sororities Are an Essential Part of the College Experience

Dear friends,

As we all adapt to rapid change and prepare for the challenges that are ahead of us due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) is diligently preparing for the fall 2020 academic term and a Panhellenic recruitment that will most likely take place in a much different way, but one in which we will welcome new members into our chapters and Panhellenic community. 

Members of the NPC Recruitment Contingencies Task Force, representing campus-based professionals, member organization staff, volunteers from NPC’s Panhellenic Recruitment and Panhellenic Release Figure (RFM) Committees and other experts from across our industry, have developed alternative recruitment models, which have been shared with College Panhellenics to assist their communities to continue to engage potential new members and share the message that sororities are an essential part of the college experience.

Just as institutions of higher education are scenario planning what the fall semester will look like, it’s our hope that College Panhellenics are scenario planning as well. If their plan of choice changes at the last minute, then they have a back-up plan ready to go. Making choices tied to one decision doesn’t preclude future choices changing as more information comes available in the coming weeks.

Additionally, with social distancing most likely remaining in place this summer and fall, College Panhellenic leaders will need to work with their host institutions on safety protocols that will vary from state to state. Depending upon what those protocols are, the number of people being able to participate in each recruitment round and in the designated recruitment space will most likely be impacted. All of us, collegiate and alumnae members alike, must acknowledge that physical distancing will require us to not only conduct meetings in a new way, but recruit new members differently – quite possibly virtually.

As we prepare our College Panhellenic leaders, chapter members, parents/caregivers and alumnae for new and innovative ways to attract new members, we should all remember the support we give one another as Panhellenic sisters enables us to meet the challenges we face in today’s world. And, it is that support that we wish to extend to other young women as they join our organizations.

This summer, as we prepare to bring new members into our organizations, it will be important to showcase the value of the sorority experience in a proactive way. I call on each of you to reach out to incoming and continuing students to share your sorority experience so the young women planning to, or thinking about, participating in recruitment will have heard about the benefits of being a sorority member before they step on campus or begin the fall term virtually.

Volunteerism, philanthropy, leadership development and friendship are a part of each of our sorority stories. It’s up to each of us to tell those stories and it’s more important than ever to promote the sorority experience!

Panhellenically,







Carole J. Jones
NPC chairman

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

From the NPC Chairman: An Update on COVID-19 and the Sorority Experience

Dear friends,

This time of year is usually filled with Alumnae Panhellenic scholarship luncheons and end-of-year celebrations for our collegiate chapters as they say goodbye to their senior members. Instead we find ourselves at home striving to keep connections with each other while practicing social distancing. For the first time, many of us are working or attending class remotely and dealing with the challenges of work and family in the same physical space.

The women of the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), both collegiate and alumnae, know how to manage through difficult times. You already know how to dig deep and you know that the steps we take individually are for the greater good. The COVID-19 pandemic that is causing challenges all over the world is also causing challenges for NPC and its 26 member organizations. But our volunteers and staff have been working diligently to support our College and Alumnae Panhellenics as well as member organizations. For example, the Disruption to Panhellenic Operations Task Force considered potential impacts the pandemic will have on our Panhellenic communities, particularly if disruptions to class schedules or campus operations continue into the fall semester. NPC is now working to act on many of the task force’s recommendations in order to get additional processes in place and tools in the hands of College Panhellenics. That work also includes the formation of the Recruitment Contingencies Task Force to examine a myriad of scenarios that could impact recruitment in fall 2020, and potentially beyond, to help College Panhellenics plan accordingly. (For more information on NPC's COVID-19 response, visit our Coronavirus Resources page.)

We don’t know exactly what the days ahead will look like, but we do know that financial damage inflicted on our organizations could force a change in workforce plans and organizational structure. We also know NPC has met and overcome every challenge we have faced over the years. The Conference spent the better part of 30 years dealing with the upheaval of two world wars and the Great Depression. Financial considerations were of enormous impact, and after the collapse of the American economy in 1929, NPC’s message of belt-tightening took on unprecedented seriousness.

In the mid-1950s, as a result of a wave of traditionalism, female college enrollment dropped to its lowest level since before 1920 and our organizations fought to survive amongst public criticism of Greek-letter organizations. The 1960s and early 70s took a toll on every fraternal group. However, a time of severe pressure – when the sorority world might easily have splintered into self-serving factions – proved to be a time of magnificent solidarity.

This pandemic will be no exception. Without question, we will be living a new reality as students return to campus, and this new reality will affect our organizations’ recruitment and retention of members. The nature of higher education and the environments in which students will be operating most likely will be drastically changed, so how do we preserve valuable sorority experiences while adapting and evolving to meet new needs?
     
NPC’s focus on the future of sorority is now more than ever the organization’s most important role and the most valuable contribution we can make to the sorority community. The NPC Board of Directors is focused on what the sorority landscape will look like this fall and into the year 2021. At this time, there are so many more questions than answers. We are listening to what you are feeling, fearing and experiencing so we can project what the sorority community will look like tomorrow and in the next 12 to 18 months. By drawing on our collective strength and rich history, the Conference and our member organizations can meet this latest challenge together. 

Panhellenically,






Carole J. Jones
NPC chairman

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

From the NPC Chairman: A Visible Showcase of the Power of the Sorority Experience


Dear friends,

As I reflect on the conversations I had earlier in the month about International Badge Day, I am struck at how easy it was to advocate for the sorority experience all because I was asked about the badges I was wearing. From a conversation with a father whose daughter is thinking about participating in recruitment in the fall, to finding out a new friend is also a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, to a local business leader whom I had the opportunity to sit by during a lunch meeting. I am certain these conversations, which focused on the benefits of the sorority experience, only happened because of the two badges I wore that day.

The creation of International Badge Day was the idea of Nora M. Ten Broeck, who wrote an article in the spring 1996 issue of Alpha Sigma Alpha’s “The Phoenix” titled, “A Simple Solution – Wear Your Membership Badge Today.” The article described her personal experience of wearing her sorority pin to work one day. The National Panhellenic Conference then began the formal celebration to honor sisterhood in 1997. The date is recognized during March, which is also National Women’s History Month and set aside for International Women’s Day.

On March 2, I had several places to be during the day and I wondered if people would notice, let alone ask, about the two pieces of jewelry I was wearing. I wore my Alpha Omicron Pi badge on a necklace and my NPC chairman’s badge as a pin. Both represent my lifelong commitment to service, community and sisterhood as a member of Alpha Omicron Pi and the National Panhellenic Conference.


In my conversations, I was able to not only advocate for the sorority experience, but engage in dialogue about Stand Up to Harvard and students’ rights to associate. I had the opportunity to talk about NPC’s work with the Anti-Hazing Coalition and directed the dad to TheSororityLife.com for additional recruitment information and what his daughter could expect as a sorority woman – leadership and volunteer opportunities, friendship for a lifetime, personal development, the importance of philanthropy and much more. It was a really good day!

If you didn’t wear your badge on March 2, I encourage you to join in next year as we show the world we believe in the power of the sorority experience. Or, just pick any day and put yourself out there by wearing your badge to celebrate the history of sororities. Just see how many people ask about your badge, allowing you to tell your sorority story and advocate for the sorority experience.


Panhellenically,




Carole J. Jones
NPC Chairman 

Monday, February 24, 2020

Rochester Alumnae Panhellenic Spreads Awareness of Alzheimer's Disease in Women

In wearing their letters proudly aligning with the purpose of Alumnae Panhellenics to inform sorority women of current trends and stimulating a continuing interest in Panhellenic involvement, the Rochester Alumnae Panhellenic Association has supported the philanthropy of the outgoing president’s sorority during the association’s annual meeting and spring luncheon.

Below you can find a word from the Michele Gennarino, former Rochester Alumnae Panhellenic president, about their most recent

During the past few years, we have determined the organization that we will support at the annual meeting and spring luncheon of our association will be by focusing on the philanthropy of the outgoing president’s sorority. I am a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority and our philanthropy is focused on Alzheimer’s and we are proud sponsors of the Alzheimer’s Association. Through our connection with the Alzheimer's Association locally in Rochester, NY, we were able to connect to a prominent doctor in the area who shared insights with our members.

Just a few facts first:
  • An estimated 5.7 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer's dementia in 2018 and 3.2 million are women.
  • Women have a 1 in 6 chance of developing Alzheimer's, compared to a 1 in 11 chance for men.
  • Alzheimer’s will touch each one of us in our lifetime if it already hasn’t.
We asked Dr. Podgorski from the University of Rochester’s Medical Center to share with us “Women and Alzheimer’s Disease: What We Know, What We Think, and What We Hope.” She put on a 20-30 minute presentation (complete with slides) about the topic. It was fascinating and riveting, and a topic that affects so many of us.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Remembering Carrie Chapman Catt, sorority woman and suffragist

Sorority women have been making positive changes and leaving the world a better place
Photo from catt.org.
than they found it. Carrie Chapman Catt is no exception.
Carrie, an alumna of Pi Beta Phi, helped lead the National American Woman Suffrage Association and give women a political platform at a time when women’s voices were often overlooked. All of this stemmed back to her childhood when she noticed that her father had more voting rights than her mother. This did not sit well with Carrie. From there, she grew passionate to give women equal rights in politics and all together. 


Before she got involved with the suffrage movement, she attended Iowa State Agricultural College, which is now Iowa State University and was the only woman in her graduating class. Not only was Carrie the only woman in her graduating class, but she was at the top of her class. She did so while also managing to balance her schoolwork, her job in the library and washing dishes and fulfilling her officer position in her sorority. She was actually the first woman to be initiated into her sorority’s chapter at Iowa State after it’s charter. A handful of years after graduating, Carrie worked as a law clerk, a teacher, a principal and then became one of the first women to be appointed as a superintendent of a school district. All of which was not an easy task for Carrie. However, her strong work ethic and organizational skills helped her achieve this success.


Later in the 1880s, Chapman joined the Iowa Woman Suffrage Association, where she worked as a writer and lecturer. She began to move up within the organization which led her to begin working for the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Following the beginning of her work with the organization on a national level, Carrie spoke at its convention in Washington D.C. in 1890. This speaking opportunity lit a spark within Carrie that encouraged her to become more involved with her writing and speaking assignments. Both of which helped her become more of an established suffragist. This sparked an exciting new chapter in her life. 


Susan B. Anthony asked Carrie to talk to Congress regarding the suffrage amendment, which then led to her becoming the next president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) in 1900. In her presidency role, she spent most of her time planning campaigns, writing speeches and obtaining more political experience. These efforts in this role enabled her to help found the International Woman Suffrage Alliance to help spread awareness of the issue to a much broader scale. 


In 1904, she took time away and retired for a brief period of time to care for her ill husband. Sadly, he later passed away. His passing, in addition to her brother, mother and Susan B. Anthony, left her needing a break, emotionally and physically. She decided to travel abroad, where she promoted equal suffrage rights, globally. This helped her greatly in developing the positive mindset that got her to where she was to begin with. While traveling during that time period, she helped organize the Women’s Peace Party and shortly after, resumed her role as president of the NAWSA in 1915. This was the next step in her life that helped her prove she was ready to pick up where she left off.


Photo from catt.org.
Around this same time, the 19th amendment, also known as the suffrage amendment, had become a part of the U.S. Constitution. Carrie played a role in developing what was referred to as the “Winning Plan,” which would help ensure that this amendment’s place in the constitution. That plan became reality on August 26, 1920. After this huge milestone for equality amongst women, she resigned from her presidency role. Her success as a suffragist and adored reputation would leave a legacy that would last for generations. Carrie continued to advocate for equal suffrage even after stepping down as president. She founded the League of Women Voters to continue to educate women on many issues, mainly focusing on politics. She remained president of the organization until her passing. She continues to be remembered and honored by many for her passion for equal suffrage and endless efforts and successes in public service. Well before her passing, she was awarded Chi Omega’s National Achievement Award and was the first fraternity woman to do so. This award is given to a woman of great accomplishments. Even decades after her years as a collegian in her sorority, her sisters continued to acknowledge the impact she had. Not only did she inspire the future generations of Pi Beta Phi members, but she paved the way for women and gave them the voice she felt they deserved. 

Sources:
A Biography: Catt.org
Carrie Chapman Catt: womenshistory.org
On Election Day, Let us Honor Carrie Chapman Catt, a Proud Fraternity Woman!: franbecque.com



Tuesday, February 11, 2020

From the NPC Chairman: Marking the Women’s Suffrage Centennial

Dear friends,

One hundred years ago, on June 4, 1919, the United States Senate voted in favor of the 19th Amendment, following the House of Representative’s passage of it two weeks earlier. This move by Congress laid the foundation for states to begin voting to ratify the amendment, and soon after, several states followed with their support.

However, it wasn’t until 14 months later in August 1920 that the required number of states – three-fourths of them, or 36 states at that time – passed the amendment and it was ratified into the U.S. Constitution.

As part of NPC’s advocacy building blocks for citizenship and service, we will be asking member organizations, College Panhellenics and Alumnae Panhellenics to help NPC mark the Women’s Suffrage Centennial. Now, we realize that the 19th Amendment didn’t automatically create equality for all women and that for these last 100 years many women have continued to challenge privilege granted to others based on ethnicity, race, identity and sexuality. But, as a women’s-only organization, NPC wants to acknowledge that the 19th Amendment was a major first step for all of our members. 

Proudly, many of our members were involved in the efforts that led to the passage of this piece of landmark legislation and so much more to advance a variety of women’s rights. Look for NPC social media posts throughout the year highlighting sorority women suffragists and other key events. In the meantime, keep these dates in mind:

March: Women’s History Month
April 1: FGRC Annual Capitol Hill Visits
Aug. 26: Centennial Anniversary of the 19th Amendment ratification
Sept. 22: National Voter Registration Day
Nov. 3: Election Day

Attendees at the 2020 College Panhellenic Academy had the privilege of kicking off NPC’s year-long efforts during a Women’s Suffrage Centennial Celebration on Jan. 25. Here are a few ideas for you to continue the celebration by engaging in activities that promote citizenship, women’s empowerment and our right to vote: 

  • Host events on campus celebrating Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day (March 8), 50/50 Day (March 31) and more.
  • Share Women’s Vote buttons, which can be purchased from the NPC Store.
  • Promote NPC and TheSororityLife.com social media messages.
  • Celebrate on Aug. 26 when government and recognizable buildings across the United States will glow through the night with purple and gold lights, the traditional colors of the suffrage movement commemorating the actual ratification of the 19th amendment. We encourage you to work with your campuses to light up buildings, such as student unions or your own chapter houses, to commemorate the special day. 

NPC is also working with the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, whose mission is to commemorate and coordinate the nation’s 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and to educate the American people about the efforts and undertakings of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States in a bipartisan fashion. A toolkit developed by NPC’s marketing department will soon be shared enabling us all to participate in this landmark celebration.

Panhellenically,







Carole J. Jones
NPC chairman

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

From the NPC Chairman: The Role, Scope and Authority of the College Panhellenic

Dear friends,
college panhellenic logo
As the new year begins, new College Panhellenic officers are assuming the duties and responsibilities of leading their Panhellenic associations. “Panhellenic” is sometimes mistakenly thought to be the officers of the organization or even the administrators who work with fraternity/sorority life. However, a College Panhellenic Association is a democratic entity composed of all members of the NPC sororities on a campus. The College Panhellenic Council is the associations’ governing body and is composed of one delegate and one alternate from each regular, provisional and associate member chapter at the institution. 

Important to note, the member chapters give the Panhellenic its authority. The officers and advisors guide; they do not decide. Thus, in order to represent chapters of the Council effectively, the delegates and alternate delegates must be informed and knowledgeable about proper Panhellenic procedures and willing to act on chapter opinion rather than individual conviction.

NPC recommends a delegate and officer orientation or retreat be held to provide general education and one-on-one training. During this time, individual officers should explain their responsibilities and share procedural notebooks, reference material, evaluations and suggestions. Delegates should share the information-gathering and presentation techniques they use when reporting to their chapters.

Further, it is important to note the role, scope and authority of the College Panhellenic. Its purpose as follows:
  • Conduct the business of the College Panhellenic only during the campus academic year.
  • Promote the growth of individual chapters and the sorority community.
  • Organize and sponsor a women’s-only membership recruitment program.
  • Encourage the highest possible academic, social and moral standards.
  • Coordinate activities, establish orderly procedures and provide for programming in addition to recruitment.
  • Adjudicate all matters related to NPC Unanimous Agreements, College Panhellenic bylaws and/or other governing documents, College Panhellenic membership recruitment rules, College Panhellenic code of ethics and College Panhellenic standing rules.
  • Actively support the mission of its host institution.
  • Promote good public relations.
  • Give service to community and campus.
  • Sponsor Junior Panhellenic, if appropriate, for specialized programming efforts.
  • Promote friendship, harmony and unity among members, chapters, faculty, administrators and campus groups.
  • With that purpose in mind, it is not within the authority of the College Panhellenic to release statements to the media or call meetings of chapter presidents for the purpose of taking action on Panhellenic business or casting votes. All decisions and votes of the College Panhellenic are decided by the governing body, i.e. the Panhellenic delegates.

A reminder each College Panhellenic is assigned an NPC area advisor who is knowledgeable about NPC policies and procedures. She is an important resource and can provide assistance and advice based on practical experiences. Panhellenic support specialists, who are full-time NPC staff members, are also available to provide support to College Panhellenics, campus-based professionals and volunteers in answering questions and providing resources.

I wish you well in your Panhellenic endeavors this year and hope you find a renewed sense of clarity and purpose as we work to advance the sorority experience together.

Panhellenically,






Carole J. Jones
NPC Chairman 2019-21