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 Tuesday, January 22, 2008 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

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CU Panhellenic sororities value academics, leadership, sisterhood and service
By Regan Ricart, senior, communication

Did you know that there are over 1,200 Panhellenic sorority women on campus? Did you know that the Panhellenic community values are academic excellence, leadership development, friendship, sisterhood and community service? The Panhellenic sorority community at CU-Boulder consists of nine Panhellenic chapters; Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Phi, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta and Pi Beta Phi. These nine chapters are located throughout The Hill and each has an individual live-in house director, who provides support to the chapter members. The CU Panhellenic Council is the umbrella organization for the nine sororities chartered at CU and is responsible for organizing leadership, service, academic and sisterhood activities of mutual interest to all Panhellenic sororities on campus. The Panhellenic community also consists of two local interest sororities, a Christian interest sorority and a Jewish interest sorority.

For over 100 years, the sororities at CU have recognized the importance of academic excellence. "CU Greek women want to do well in school and there are a variety of programs in place to assist them," said John Henderson, director of Greek Life. Many chapters have study table hours to educate chapter members about time management and tutor programs to create an environment in which one can excel. In addition, academic scholarships may be available through individual chapters and from their respective inter/national offices. Every semester the academic performance of each chapter is tabulated to determine overall chapter GPA rankings: the all-sorority average has consistently been higher than the undergraduate all-women's average GPA. In order for women to join or initiate into a chapter they must have at least a 2.5 GPA.

In addition to academic success, Panhellenic women at CU value the leadership opportunities that are available within their chapters and on campus. The Panhellenic sororities offer members a variety of community-wide and chapter specific leadership programs such as The Emerging Leaders Committee, CPR training and piloting programs to educate women on sorority community values.

Panhellenic women are involved in leadership opportunities such as Leeds School of Business Ambassadors, Interactive Theater, collegiate level sports, CU Help Line, UCSU legislative council and so much more. Panhellenic President Nicole Lyons said, "We are so very proud to have Sara Martinez-Davine, a Panhellenic Executive Board member, as a member of the 2007-2008 CU Tri-Executives."

Panhellenic chapters also participate in a variety of campus, Boulder community and national philanthropies. This past fall semester the Panhellenic community engaged in over 5,000 hours of community service with programs such as the Boulder County Safehouse, St. Judes Children's Hospital, Campfire USA and Champions are Readers. Each October, Panhellenic sorority women and other student organization leaders host a dance marathon event, and have raised over $40,000 to assist families through Denver Children's Hospital.

Throughout community service and leadership accomplishments, Panhellenic women support each other with the strong bond of sisterhood. Kristen Albanese, Tri-Delta's chapter president, said, "Sisterhood is what makes our community united, safe and gives our women a place to feel valued."

"The Panhellenic sororities are proud to be active members of the CU community through our academic endeavors, leadership programs, on and off-campus service work, and through our strong bonds as sisters," said Lyons.

 


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