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LU College Panhellenic Council Prepares for Formal Recruitment

Lamar University College Panhellenic Council will hold formal recruitment Sept.9 – 12, 2011. Formal recruitment is a four-day process when potential members are given the opportunity to meet with active members of each sorority and learn about Greek Life at Lamar. At the end of formal recruitment, potential members will have been provided with an in-depth look at the uniqueness that each sisterhood holds.

The Lamar University College Panhellenic Council is made up of three national sororities: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, and Zeta Tau Alpha. Founded on the cardinal principles of leadership, scholarship, friendship, and service each of the three CPC sororities have common values. "A sorority is a group of women who share similar values and, at the same time, couldn’t be more diverse,” according to Lindsey Prewitt, College Panhellenic Council vice president of public relations. “Individuality is important to us. We have many different interests, have a variety of majors, and come from many different hometowns,” said Prewitt.

Becoming Greek is just one of many opportunities to be involved at Lamar University; however members of the College Panhellenic Council believe that by joining a sorority, students can get everything they are looking for in student life outside of the classroom. Members of sororities have the opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience, develop life-long friendships, receive academic support, and participate in many philanthropic and community service projects. While academics are the main reason for one to attend LU, sorority membership can enhance the overall college experience through the proper balance of academics and social activities.

“Joining a sorority is a great way to get involved on campus and make the most of your college years,” said Jacey Ingham, College Panhellenic Council vice president of recruitment. “Sorority members are involved in many other organizations on campus and hold leadership roles in several major student organizations,” said Ingham. In addition, Greek Life helps to introduce and involve members in a variety of campus activities. “Any time there is an event on campus, you are sure to see members of fraternities and sororities wearing their letters and supporting Lamar” said Stormy Strickland, College Panhellenic Council president. Greek life also offers its members a built in support system and place to make lasting friendships.

Sororities also encourage their members to participate in community service and philanthropic activities and continue a pattern of lifelong service to others. Sororities individually and collectively are involved in activities such as tutoring children, promoting domestic violence and breast cancer awareness, collecting items for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and working with the elderly and people with disabilities to name a few.

Maintaining a high level of academic success is a tradition within the Greek Community. CPC sororities pride themselves on scholastic achievement and keeping grades above the all women’s GPA average. CPC sororities consistently have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Each chapter offers a wide range of support to their members including national and local scholarships, incentives and awards, time management and study skills training, workshops, tutoring and mentoring programs, established study sessions, and GPA requirements.

Anyone interested in joining a sorority or who has questions about College Panhellenic Council sororities, should contact Shannon Copeland, CPC advisor, at (409) 880-7819 or Shannon.Copeland@lamar.edu. Applications are available online at www.lamar.edu/cpc and are due by 12 Noon on Sept. 9, 2011.