Panhellenic is an essential part of the Auburn University community. Panhellenic women make up about one-third of Auburn’s undergraduate women, and they are also a part of a wide variety of other campus organizations. Women who are a part of the Panhellenic community are not only involved in other campus organizations, but they are also involved in the local community. (Members at Greek Sing, photo on right)
Emily Riley, the current Panhellenic President, has nothing but wonderful things to say about the Auburn Panhellenic community. She described the Panhellenic community by saying, “All seventeen sororities work together to support one another as we lead the way in scholarship, leadership development, philanthropic efforts, and fostering lifelong friendship.” When a student gets involved in the Panhellenic community, it opens her up to so many more opportunities than just being in a sorority. Panhellenic strives to promote the importance of academic performance and excellence in sorority life. Riley says, “Greek women’s average GPA is consistently higher than all of the campus women’s average GPA.” (Emily Riley, Panhellenic President, in photo on left)
Panhellenic comes together to volunteer in the local communities of Auburn and Lee County. The two main projects that benefit the community the most are Greek Sing and Greek Week. Greek Sing, which is a dance competition between all seventeen sororities, raises 30,000 dollars annually for the Lee County chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Greek Week is also another volunteer project that raises money for the Lee County Boys and Girls Club. The Panhellenic community is also involved with SGA’s Big Event and volunteering at local schools.
My Panhellenic experience at Auburn is one I will treasure forever. I honestly have no clue where I would be without the friends, sisters, and memories I have gained from being involved in the Panhellenic community. Riley says that her Panhellenic experience “has brought her so many wonderful memories and lessons that are really hard to even count.” She also says her favorite thing about Panhellenic “is the sisterhood of all the women in Panhellenic, not just the ones in her own sorority.” (Presidents of all seventeen sororities, 2012, in photo on right)
Being involved in the Panhellenic community at Auburn can help women to meet new friends, achieve academic excellence, gain leadership development, and get involved in the community. In Auburn University’s Panhellenic Code of Ethics it reads, “As members of the Panhellenic Council, we stand for academic excellence, social responsibility, leadership, and service to our college campus and community.”
(All photos from the Panhellenic Website. Click the top photo to visit their website. Video below is from their YouTube channel.)