Friday, January 13, 2017

#RushPiChi2017

Formal recruitment is one of the most stressful and exciting times in a girl’s college career. This week is full of many early mornings, spontaneous rain showers, and wardrobe malfunctions that keep everyone on their toes. Of course, all of this is worth it, because it leads up to the legendary and unforgettable Bid Day.

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While it’s all worth it in the end, what gets potential new members through all the ups and downs? The one person standing at the ready with a breath mint, tissue, umbrella, or anything in between is a PNM’s Pi Chi. 

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Former Pi Chi, Bailey Gray, captured how much Pi Chis mean to PNMs when she said, “My Pi Chi helped me by always being available and approachable. I felt so comfortable talking to her, because I trusted her as my friend.” 

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Bailey Gray and her Pi Chi group.
The experience of being a Pi Chi is so unique to anything else a student can do at Auburn. It gives those involved the chance to find relationships with people from an array of areas, backgrounds, and sororities. This is reflected perfectly in Head Pi Chi Hannah Dean's experience. She stated, "My position as a Pi Chi allowed me to engage a diverse group of girls beyond my sorority. Initially when I applied, I understood the close relationship I would form with the PNMs in my group. However, I was not aware I would have the chance to form lasting friendships with the other Pi Chis. The friends I made through the experience are such a blessing to me, and I am still so thankful to have had the opportunity to serve Auburn University in this way."

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Assistant Head Pi Chi, Lily Hardwick, and her Pi Chi group.

Assistant Head Pi Chi, Lily Hardwick, offers some advice to those going through the application process: “I would tell anyone applying to be a Pi Chi to be yourself and be confident. Through every aspect of the application process remain true to who you are and don't be afraid to show your personality!”

Recruitment wouldn’t be possible without Pi Chis, and if you want to take a shot at being a part of this once (or twice) in a lifetime opportunity, now is the time to take action! Pi Chi applications are due January 27th at 12pm, and Panhellenic encourages everyone to take part, so apply today!


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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Delta Gamma's Milk and Cookies




On November 30, Delta Gamma held their annual philanthropy event, Milk and Cookies, benefiting Service for Sight. For $5, attendees got unlimited milk and cookies home made by Delta Gamma sisters! 


The event was Christmas themed, and Aubie even came to lend a helping hand!



All of the proceeds from the event go towards Service for Sight. This organization has four schools where children who are blind or visually impaired learn specialized skills, all of which were founded by Delta Gammas. 



Protecting the gift of sight continues to be a priority for Delta Gamma with members volunteering with over 150 sight related organizations nationally. 


Milk and Cookies continues to be a real treat for the Auburn community!




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.