Monday, October 5, 2015

Delta Zeta's Hamburgers for Hearing

On Thursday, September 25th, Delta Zeta had their Hamburgers for Hearing event benefitting their national philanthropy Speech and Hearing. Within Speech and Hearing Delta Zeta partners with The Starkey Foundation, giving them financial support. The Starkey Foundation works to change the social consciousness of hearing matters through education and research, and they provide those the gift of hearing around the world. This year Delta Zeta has a member going on a trip with The Starkey Hearing Foundation to provide hearing aids to children in other countries
 At the event everyone received delicious hamburgers cooked to order from Quixote's Bar and Grille. Thanks DZ for allowing us to eat good food for a great cause!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Kappa Kappa Gamma's Kappaccino Night

September 30th marked Kappa Kappa Gamma's Third Annual Kappa Kappaccino! The ladies of Kappa Kappa Gamma hosted a night where everyone could come enjoy unlimited desserts, coffee and hot chocolate. They also had live entertainment from Seth Baker. It's safe to say we don't think anyone left hungry!
All proceeds from this event went towards the Opelika chapter of Reading Is Fundamental, as well as the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation. Kappa Kappa Gamma's national philanthropy is Reading Is Fundamental, but the Kappa chapter here at Auburn works directly with an RIF Warehouse. Not only do they raise funds for this great organization, but Kappa members help them with anything else the RIF Warehouse may needs. These needs range from boxing books to recruiting volunteers for their annual 5K fundraiser. Kappa Kappa Gamma does everything they can to decrease illiteracy and help children receive books in order to further their education!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Alpha Gamma Delta's Wing Jam

On September 22nd, Alpha Gamma Delta held their 3rd Annual Wing Jam battle of the
bands competition. It was sponsored by Spicer’s Music, and catered by the Island Wing Company. All participating bands were given prizes donated by Spicer's Music and competed for cash prizes. This year they had 9 bands compete: Fiery Crash, Caroline Jackson and the Flint Brothers, Freddy on the Keys, Mouse Rat, The Bad Associates, Connor McCullum, Jess and the Wing Men, Peyton and the Blue Tones and Brandt Morgan!  
 Congratulations to Mouse Rat who placed first, Caroline and the Flint Brothers who came in second, and Peyton and the Blue Tones and Jess and the Wing Men who tied for third!! The People's Choice Award this year went to Brandt MorganAll proceeds from this event went towards The Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, benefitting Juvenile Diabetes research and awareness. Alpha Gam strives to go above and beyond in order to raise awareness for Juvenile Diabetes, and was able to raise around $10,000 in the past two years. Everyone had so much fun listening to all our great local bands and eating some delicious wings. Thanks ladies for putting together a night to remember!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Auburn Panhellenic Welcomes TriSigma

We are so excited that Sigma Sigma Sigma is coming to Auburn, and we can’t wait to have them join us in the Loveliest Village on the Plains! So many excited people have reached out to us with their questions. Here are the answers we have so far...

Who is Sigma Sigma Sigma?
Like the 17 sororities that currently make up Auburn Panhellenic, Sigma Sigma Sigma is a member of the National Panhellenic Conference. Sigma Sigma Sigma, Kappa Delta and Zeta Tau Alpha were founded together at Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia. Sigma Sigma Sigma has 110 active chapters across the United States. Their motto is “Ever forward,“ which is often symbolized with a sailboat. Their colors are purple and white, so get ready to see them all over campus!!

Where will they live?
Sigma Sigma Sigma will be included with our other Panhellenic sororities in the Village.  When Auburn built spaces for the sororities, they thought ahead and built room for 18 sororities when we only had 16. When our 17th sorority joined us, they moved into one of the remaining spaces. Sigma Sigma Sigma will occupy the one remaining chapter room, which has been used as programming and meeting space by Panhellenic. It is located in Magnolia Hall with Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Zeta Tau Alpha. Beginning in fall of 2017, about 40 Sigma Sigma Sigma members will begin living on the fourth floor above the chapter room.

When will they come?
Sigma Sigma Sigma will come in fall semester of 2016. Although no specific timeline has been set, it will be after classes have begun. Formal Recruitment will happen, classes will begin, and then Sigma Sigma Sigma will come to host their own recruitment process!

How will they recruit?
Sigma Sigma Sigma will put together its own process and timeline. We will not have any specifics until August 2016. They will send a team here to execute the process, and we will then take on a supporting role.

How many people will get to join?
That number cannot be determined until after Formal Recruitment concludes in 2016, but the Sigma Sigma Sigma chapter will be allowed to recruit enough women to be comparable in size to the other chapters on our campus. It will likely be in the 230-250 range.

What will it cost?
The chapter dues have not been determined, but it will be something comparable to the dues charged by our other Panhellenic chapters.

Who will they recruit?
Sigma Sigma Sigma will want to meet a variety of women.  When a sorority assembles a colony, they want to meet undergraduates of any class status, freshmen through seniors.  Like the Panhellenic sororities currently here, they are looking for women who are interested in giving back to the campus and community, can achieve academically, and are successful in other interests outside of sorority life. Colonizing a sorority is a lot of work, but this is a great opportunity for women who are excited about sorority membership and want to put a lot of effort into something that will yield great rewards.

Who will be eligible?
Sigma Sigma Sigma is interested in meeting all interested undergraduate women! Women who receive bids through Fall Formal Recruitment in 2016 will not be eligible, even if they decline the bid. Also, anyone who has already been initiated into a Panhellenic organization will not be eligible, even if she has resigned her membership. Except for these two small groups, all interested undergraduate women are encouraged to join.

How can I join?
We do not have the specifics yet, but interested women should keep an eye on our social media platforms. This is where the relevant information will be distributed.  Again, Sigma Sigma Sigma will determine their process and we will help them make it happen.

Do I have to participate in Fall Recruitment to join Sigma Sigma Sigma as they start their chapter?
No. We will provide information about Sigma Sigma Sigma at recruitment, but they will not take any new members through Formal Recruitment in 2016. Women who participate in Formal Recruitment and withdraw or are released will be eligible to join Sigma Sigma Sigma if invited, but participation in recruitment is not a prerequisite.

Will they participate in fall recruitment?
In 2016, they may have a presence in that they will provide information about their upcoming process. However, they will not take any new members through Fall Formal Recruitment in 2016. They will fully participate in Formal Recruitment in 2017 and moving forward.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Presidential Spotlight: Mary Pat Holder

Meet the president of Zeta Tau Alpha, Mary Pat Holder! Mary Pat is a Pre-Pharmacy major from Birmingham, AL. Outside her sorority, she volunteers with Lee County Humane Society and is a member of the Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society. Before Mary Pat was elected president, she served as  Zeta's Vice President. We asked her to fill out our Panny Quiz, and here's what she said:

Favorite Auburn Tradition: 
I always get goose bumps when the eagle flies!

You’re happiest when:
Going to home football games

What would you like to be famous for? 
Curing cancer

Where would you like to go for a dream vacation? 
Bora Bora

You’re on an episode of Oprah where she gives away her favorite things; what’s under your chair? 
A new car!

What’s your current Netflix addiction? 

What song always puts you in a good mood? 
"It’s a great day to be alive" by Travis Tritt

If you could give one piece of advice to a PNM, what would it be? 
Stay confident and be yourself!

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, Mary Pat!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Presidential Spotlight: Shea Davis

Meet the president of Sigma Kappa, Shea Davis! Shea is a Political Science major from Prattville, AL. Outside her sorority, she serves with Best Buddies and is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa honor society. Before Shea was elected president, she served as Sigma Kappa's Ritual Chair and Executive Vice President. We asked her to fill out our Panny Quiz, and here's what she said:

Favorite Auburn Tradition:
I love all of the pre-game festivities in the stadium during the football games. Every time the band takes the field, I get chills!

One item you couldn’t live without:
My phone. It keeps me connected to my family & friends, makes me laugh from Twitter and Buzzfeed, and keeps me informed on all of the latest celebrity gossip.

You’re happiest when:
I am playing games with my family. Family Game Night was a weekly occurrence growing up and it’s something I look forward to every time I go home for the weekend.

What would you like to be famous for?
For being a big time attorney who advocates for those whose voice isn’t being heard. Or being a Supreme Court Justice. That would be cool, too.

If you could give one piece of advice to a PNM, what would it be?

Only you know what’s best for you, so trust yourself. No matter where you end up, you will be happy and find a place in that sorority. Every chapter on this campus is awesome in it’s own way so just enjoy the Recruitment process, even though it can be stressful, the end result is worth it. Oh, and JUST BREATHE :)

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, Shea!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Presidential Spotlight: Ellie Claxton

Meet the president of Pi Beta Phi, Ellie Claxton! Ellie is an Exercise Science major from Parker, CO. Outside her sorority, she works as a group fitness instructor at the Auburn Recreation Center.  Before Ellie was elected president, she served as Pi Beta Phi's Vice President of Fraternity Development. We asked her to fill out our Panny Quiz, and here's what she said:

Favorite Auburn Tradition: 
Rolling Toomer's Corner! I love seeing all the Auburn fans walk down to the corner after a big win, there's nothing better. I get the goose bumps every time 

You’re happiest when: 
I'm outdoors! I cannot be cooped up for too long.

Where would you like to go for a dream vacation?
Bali for a yoga retreat!

You’re on an episode of Oprah where she gives away her favorite things; what’s under your chair? A puppy!!!!

What’s your current Netflix addiction?
I recently gave up my Grey's Anatomy binge after the 8th season. It literally took over my life!

What song always puts you in a good mood?
"Take on me" by a-ha.

If you could give one piece of advice to a PNM, what would it be?
Have fun!!! You won't be yourself unless you're enjoying yourself. It's a long week so take everything with a grain of salt. You want to find a sorority that's right for you, so be YOU! Everything happens for a reason and you will find your place.

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, Ellie!