Saturday, November 26, 2016

Sigmas Setting Sail

Sisters Hayden Verinder, Haley Dawkins and
Haley Turner at initiation
On Saturday, November 19, the Theta Iota chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma held their first initiation and installation banquet. In attendance was the Executive Council from Tri Sigma’s National Headquarters, representatives from Auburn’s Panhellenic Council, and the newly initiated members with their families.

Installation Banquet at the Opelika Bottling Plant Event Center
At the banquet, the National President, Natalie Averette, and new chapter president, Maggie King, presented the chapter with the Theta Iota charter. On being the first chapter president, Maggie stated, “I’m looking forward to helping the Theta Iota Chapter of Tri Sigma set the foundation for success this year and years to come! I’m excited to work closely with our newly elected Officer Team and support them as well as our sisters!” The chapter doll and chapter Bible were also presented.

Honor Initiate, Courtlyn Harcrow, with the chapter
charter, doll, and Bible
Also in attendance was the Director of Greek Life, Jill Martin, who gave a speech on the excitement of the Panhellenic organizations to officially welcome Tri Sigma to the Greek community. She went on to discuss the efforts put in by the members of Panhellenic, the student body, and alumnae to make this dream a reality. As Jill would put it, the day has come and "it's really real!" 

Jill Martin and Graduate Assistant, Lindsay Ollis, at
the Installation Banquet

Two instrumental people in the chartering of this new chapter were Stephanie Blair and Kailea Marshall, the two consultants for the new members. Tri Sigma member, Allison Galle, stated “Our chapter would not be where it is today without the support and guidance from our consultants, Stephanie and Kailea. Their patience with us is outstanding, especially since we’re all so eager to get more involved and to be a part of more activities within the sorority.” Several other sisters would also like to extend their thanks to our chapter advisors, National Executive Council, and members of Panhellenic. 

Consultants Kailea Marshall (left) and Stephanie Blair (right)
pictured with Lauren McGlon (middle)
The future goals of the sorority are best summed up by Tri Sigma sister, Victoria Gross. She stated, "In the future, my main goal is to make Tri Sigma well known, especially since the Theta Iota chapter is the first one in the state of Alabama. Colonizing this sorority was the one of the greatest things I've done. There are a lot of ups and downs, but at the end of the day I have all my sisters, because we're all in this together. Since we have one common goal, we can turn Tri Sigma into something great." 

Congratulations to all the women of Tri Sigma! The Panhellenic community can't wait to see where the future takes you!

Tri Sigma's newly elected officers

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Delta Zeta's Hamburgers for Hearing

On November 15th, Delta Zeta hosted their annual fundraiser, "Hamburgers for Hearing," which benefits the Starkey Hearing Foundation. 

The Starkey Hearing Foundation has pledged to provide more than one million hearing aids to people in need by the year 2020. Currently, they give almost 200,000 hearing aids annually across one hundred countries around the world. 

At Hamburgers for Hearing, attendees received delicious hamburgers and fries, cooked to order at Quixote's Bar and Grille. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Alpha Omicron Pi's Run for Roses

On November 6, Alpha Omicron Pi held their 16th annual Run for Roses. The run is a 5k that began and ended by the AOII chapter room under the Magnolia Arch and stretched around campus.

Members of AOII cheered runners on along the way or ran for the cause themselves.

As the run's name suggests, winners in each division received roses. The first place runners for both men and women won a Fitbit Blaze and the second place won a Hydroflask water bottle.

AOII's philanthropy is Arthritis Research, chosen because arthritis is the nation's #1 cause of disability. Proceeds from the run will go to the local Alabama chapter of the arthritis foundation in Montgomery.

This event continues to be a running success! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

2016 Panhellenic Cabinet Spotlight: Liaison to Greek Life

Meet your Liaison to Greek Councils, Sydney Blankenship!

Sydney is a senior majoring in biomedical sciences, pre-med.

In her role as Liaison to Greek Life, she is responsible for maintaining communication between Panhellenic, IFC, and NPHC.

When asked, she said, "My favorite part of serving as Liaison to Greek Life is having the opportunity to see the Greek community come together as a whole instead of operating separately as individual parts, which really exemplifies the spirit of the Auburn family and makes me proud to be Greek!"

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

DHOP with Tri Delta

On November 2, Tri Delta held their annual event, DHOP. DHOP stands for Delta House of Pancakes. All of the money raised goes directly to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which is given to families for all medical expenses, food, and housing. The patients and families at St. Jude will never receive a bill for anything because all a family should have to worry about is helping their child fight for his or her life. 

Auburn Tri Delta has the privilege of going to the hospital every year and seeing where all of the DHOP money goes. St. Jude's has a housing facility called "Tri Delta Place," which is a whole floor in the hospital and has the specialty C Clinic and a "teen room" for teenage patients.

This event's goal is to raise money and awareness on campus, with the higher aim to make childhood cancer a thing of the past. Thanks, Tri Delta, for helping St. Jude one pancake flip at a time.

Monday, November 7, 2016

2016 Presidential Spotlight: Katherine Westbrook of Phi Mu

Meet Katherine Westbrook, the 2016 president of Phi Mu! Katherine is a senior from Anniston, Alabama, majoring in biomedical science. Along with serving as president of Phi Mu, she has been involved with Big Event, ODK, Project Uplift, FLP, and as a group fitness instructor. We asked her about herself, and she said the following:

What is your favorite thing about being president of your sorority?
Getting to lead over 200 amazing girls and encourage each to become the best versions of themselves.

You're happiest when you're...
eating chocolate and don't have tests!

Favorite Auburn tradition?
Don't step on the seal!

Best recruitment memory?
Break dancing before the PNM's came through the door.

Describe your sorority in three words:
Affable, outgoing, and creative. 

Monday, October 31, 2016

2016 Cabinet Spotlight: Director of Benevolence

Meet your Director of Benevolence, Madeline MacLean!

Madeline is a junior from Chattanooga, Tennessee, studying supply chain management

As Director of Benevolence, she works to coordinate Panhellenic's participation in greater philanthropic initiatives in the community and on campus. She also coordinates and maintains the "Panny Points" system by keeping an up-to-date total for each group and works with the chapters as they participate in philanthropy events hosted by one another!

When asked about this role, she said, "I love serving as the Director of Benevolence because I get to work closely with each sorority and look for ways Panhellenic can best serve each other and the community around us! It has been a privilege to continue to encourage Panhellenic in this philanthropic way!"

When asked about her favorite service drive she said, "I am particularly excited about is the November Drive partnering with the Auburn University service organization IMPACT, allowing service hours to count for Panny Points! This allows Panhellenic women to serve both Auburn University and various organizations in Auburn's community!"