Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Through the Eyes of Auburn Pi Chis

It's that time of year again! Pi Chi Applications are out, and Auburn's recruitment will be here before we know it. As girls begin the process of applying, we're catching up with some former Pi Chis and putting them in the spotlight for a change!

"I’m looking forward to getting to work with all of the Pi Chis and be sure I am there for them with everything they need. One of my main goals is to not only be their leader, but also be their friend. I want to be approachable and for the girls to know that I am there to help them 24/7. I’m so excited to work with all the new Pi Chis and make this year such a positive and fun experience!

My advice to a girl who is thinking about applying would be for them to absolutely go for it, and definitely try out. I think that every girl should go into the application and interview with confidence. One of the most important things about being a Pi Chi is to be yourself, and have a positive attitude at all times."

"Being a Pi Chi was the most rewarding experience I’ve had at Auburn and taught me valuable lessons I will carry with me even after I graduate. While being assistant Head Pi Chi, I want to improve the communication between sororities and PanHellenic during recruitment week, and complete any tasks needed for the Head Pi Chi. I also want to help the incoming Pi Chi’s have a successful and fulfilling week with their group.

To anyone who is interested in applying, I would explain to them that it's one of the best experiences you can have at Auburn and will help you grow as an individual. You meet a group of amazing Pi Chi’s that will become your best friends. You will adore your group and they will teach you to be responsible and selfless. I would recommend anyone who wants to be involved to try out for Pi Chi because it's an incredible experience!"

"I decided to become a Pi Chi because of my own Pi Chi. The second day of philanthropy I woke up sick and tried to withdraw from recruitment; my Pi Chi made sure I got to all my parties and helped me get better. She was there for me when I needed her, even though it wasn't a sorority problem. It really shined a light on all that the Pi Chis are responsible for, and made me want to help girls like she had helped me. The most rewarding part of the experience is when I run into my girls or other Pi Chis around Auburn the weeks after the recruitment. It’s really cool to see how each of the girls have found their place at Auburn. Plus after training all spring semester and living in a hotel for 10 days, the fellow Pi Chis become some of your best friends."

"My Pi Chi was one of the major influences I had in making the decision to become one. She was such a blessing to me that week and made my recruitment experience amazing. I wanted the chance to be that for my own group of girls. My hope going in to it was to have to opportunity to show my group how much fun recruitment could be and make it a positive first experience at Auburn. I wanted to communicate to potential members that you end up exactly where you are supposed to be, and hoped to help them realize that you can find what you are looking for in any sorority. I wanted to be exactly what my group needed- a comic relief when they needed a laugh, a shoulder to cry on, or a pair of ears to listen to the ups and downs of the week. 

If you are even considering it, you should absolutely apply! Being a Pi Chi has been one of the best things I have done in my time here at Auburn. SO many friendships have been formed, both with other Pi Chis and with the girls in your group. This experience will completely shift your perspective on recruitment and give you such an appreciation for Panhellenic as whole. You can be the difference in making recruitment week a blast and an incredible first memory of Auburn!"

If you're interested in applying, please follow this link
Applications are due January 30th at noon!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Delta Gamma's Milk & Cookies

On December 3rd, the ladies Delta Gamma hosted their annual Milk & Cookies event! Everyone was invited to the DG Chapter room to enjoy unlimited desserts and glasses of milk for a $5 entry fee at the door. The night was full of Christmas cheer as carols played and delicious cookies were devoured!

All proceeds from this event went towards Service for Sight, an organization dedicated to helping those who are visually impaired and improving their quality of life. The Delta Gamma Foundation donates to Service for Sight to promote sight preservation and assistance to children and adults who are blind or visually impaired.

We think it's safe to say that no one left hungry! Thank you to the Delta Gamma girls that hosted, and to those that came out and supported this great cause!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tri Delta's DHOP

On November 5th Tri Delta held their annual DHOP (Delta House of Pancakes). It was a night where for just $5 everyone in attendance could enjoy all you can eat pancakes! There was even a pancake eating contest with a $300 prize. They also had an appearance by Aubie and performances by The Roof Runners!
All of the proceeds benefitted Tri Delta's national philanthropy St. Jude Children's Hospital. The Phi Theta chapter has raised thousands of dollars annually for the children of St. Jude. In fact in the past 2 years they have raised over $145,000!! Earning them the Most Outstanding Philanthropy title at their national convention this past summer. All of Tri Delta's hard work of planning and cooking up pancakes definitely paid off, great job ladies!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Pi Beta Phi's Punt Pass Kick

Tuesday November 4th, Pi Beta Phi held their first ever Punt Pass Kick Competition! The event took place at the Rugby Fields where students were invited to compete to see who could punt, pass, and kick the farthest. There was an individual winner for each station and one overall winner with the highest average who was named "Pi Phi's #1 Draft Pick!"
All of the proceeds went towards Pi Beta Phi's national literacy initiative, Read Lead Achieve as well as the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Lee County area. 1 in 4 children are functionally illiterate. Read Lead Achieve inspires a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential creating a more literate and productive society.
Their local philanthropy is supporting the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Lee County. They have girls volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club in Auburn and Opelika every week. This past Spring they were even able to donate 500 books to them! 
Nice job ladies, and thank you to everyone who participated!

Kappa Alpha Theta's Kicks for CASA

On October 26th Kappa Alpha Theta held their annual Kicks for CASA. Kicks for CASA is a kickball tournament that took place at the Intramural Fields where 8 teams battled it out to be the ultimate kickball champions! We even got to see Aubie show off his kickball skills too. Congratulations to the brothers of Delta Chi on winning the tournament!
Then on November 11 they also hosted their very own pretzel day called Theta Twist! They opened their chapter all afternoon, and offered both sweet and savory pretzels to everyone for just $3! The girls worked tirelessly making the pretzels to order in their kitchen. Everyone had so much fun getting a delicious treat during a stressful week of tests, quizzes, and projects.
The proceeds from theses events benefitted the Lee County CASA. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. According to their website, the Alabama CASA Network is "committed to promoting awareness of child abuse and neglect in our state through the development of our local CASA programs." The CASA programs assist juvenile and family court in carrying out its role in the child protective services system by giving the children someone they can depend on while going through difficult family issues. Kappa Alpha Theta and CASA have been partners of 25 years, and the Auburn Theta's work to benefit CASA both locally and nationally! Great job ladies!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Alpha Delta Pi's Pie a Pi

On October 30th, Alpha Delta Pi held their annual Pie-a-Pi event, where students were invited to pie their favorite (Alpha Delta) Pi! All of the proceeds from this event were donated to their philanthropy, the Ronald McDonald House. The Beta Omega chapter has raised over $16,000 this year between their two events, Take it to the House in the Spring and Pie-a-Pi in the Fall. Thank you to the Alpha Delta Pi's who volunteered, and those who came out and supported this great cause!

Phi Mu's Golf Tournament

On October 26th, Phi Mu hosted their 15th Annual Golf Tournament. They had a full day of tee-times at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, where they invited golfers to come and play in their tournament. Each hole is filled with a fun activity, such as dressing up in crazy wigs and much more. Each hole also had a sponsor that is set-up by a Phi Mu Member, or the parents of a Phi Mu Member.
This event benefited Phi Mu's national philanthropy, Children's Miracle Network. Auburn's chapter of Phi Mu loves being a part of this cause, especially since they are so close to the Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Columbus, Georgia. Along with their monetary donations, the sisters of Phi Mu visit the hospital throughout the year in order to spend quality time with the precious children. Way to go Phi Mu!!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Alpha Xi Delta's Step it Up for Autism

On October 26th Alpha Xi Delta held their annual Step it Up for Autism. The opening ceremony took place right outside of their chapter room, while the 5K run and 1 mile walk went all over campus. At the opening ceremony we heard from some of Alpha Xi Delta's officers, as well as Miss Auburn University, Meg McGuffin. It was so great to see the participants and their families supporting this great cause!
 Some of the Alpha Xi Delta's formed teams in honor of a child who has Autism. They even dressed up in fun costumes that represented the person they were supporting.
Alpha Xi Delta's nationally have raised over $2 million for Autism Speaks, and the Alpha Xi Delta's at Auburn have raised almost $60,000 in just the past 2 years! The Zeta Xi chapter also has gotten very involved with the Lee County Autism Resource and Advocacy. They volunteer at their support group meetings and always lend a hand at their events. Thanks ladies for all of your hard work!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Zeta Tau Alpha Thinks Pink!

On September 30th, Zeta Tau Alpha kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by lighting up Cater Hall pink, followed by a balloon release in honor of all those fighting or have fought breast cancer. At the event they also had the College of Nursing there educating all in attendance about what to look for when doing a self examination, and handed out pamphlets about breast cancer facts and statistics.

We got to hear from so many amazing women each sharing how they were effected by breast cancer.
Women like Melanie, who is a breast cancer survivor. She had given herself a self examination, and found what felt like a lump in her breast. She went to the doctor to have it looked at, and because of her actions they caught it early. She was able to fight, and has now been cancer free for several years.

Karla Teel, Auburn University Associate Professor of Consumer and Design Sciences, is a two time breast cancer survivor. She too discovered a lump in her breast after a self examination. In order to keep the cancer from spreading, she decided to have a double mastectomy. Even after this major surgery she continued to give herself self examinations. Then one day she felt another lump. She went to the doctor, and it turned out she had developed a different type of breast cancer. Luckily they caught it early again, and she was able to fight this terrible disease for the second time.

By continuing to do self examinations both of these women saved their lives. They want to encourage everyone to give themselves examinations because if they hadn't, their battles with breast cancer may have ended very differently. Auburn also has a support group for those who are effected by breast cancer. They meet every 3rd Thursday of the month in 311 Mary E. Martin Hall, and encourage anyone who may need a shoulder to lean on to join them!
At the conclusion of the event everyone who lost someone to breast cancer released a colorful balloon, while everyone who knows a survivor or simply wanted to support the cause released a pink or white balloon.
On Tuesday, October 7th, Zeta also hosted a Cat Walk for a Cure. They had several local Auburn businesses come and have a trunk show in their chapter room. 15% of the proceeds from each purchase made went towards Breast Cancer Education and Awareness. Businesses such as Wrapsody, Stella and Dot, Ellie and many more were in attendance!
Throughout the month they also held several restaurant benefit nights at local restaurants including: Five Guys, Zoes, and Island Wing Company. All of the events benefitted the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation who then donates money towards Breast Cancer Awareness and Education. In the last two years alone, the Gamma Rho chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha has raised over $100,000 towards their national philanthropy which led them to win a major donor award at their national convention last summer!

According to their Historian, Hayley Richardson, "Breast cancer is a disease that affects so many of us. In some shape or form everyone has been touched by breast cancer. Whether it be a mother, grandmother, an aunt or a friend. That is why Zeta is so passionate about finding a cure for this disease and raising awareness."

Cabinet Spotlights of the Week

Last, but certainly not least meet our Director of Scholarship and Director of Social Media! They each serve unique roles on Panhellenic Cabinet, keep reading to find out more about what they do. 

I'm Marissa Bean, the Director of Social Media. I'm from Orange County, California, and am majoring in marketing. As the Director of Social Media I'm responsible for promoting and informing our followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram of what is happening in the Panhellenic Community. I also create all blog posts where the content ranges from philanthropy events, recruitment information, or spotlights like this one. I do my best to go to every philanthropy event to take pictures for our blog and instagram, as well as make graphics to help promote various events. If you are interested in applying for this position for the upcoming year please feel free to email me for more information at! I filled out our Panny Quiz, and here's what I said:

Leah Fayssoux is our Director of Scholarship. She is from Belmont, North Carolina, and is majoring in political science. As the Director of Scholarship she is in charge of planning and hosting the Panhellenic Convocation Awards Ceremony in the Spring. If you are interested in her position feel free to email her at! We had her fill out our Panny Quiz, and here's what she said: